Restaurant operators wondering where their customers have gone should step out of their half-empty dining rooms and into their local convenience store. 
 While traffic and sales still may be sluggish at restaurants, c-store traffic, sales and average visits increased in the second quarter of 2010, according to new convenience store market research from The NPD Group. 
 “Convenience stores were like a lot of American retailers in the last few years and definitely impacted by the ...

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