Labor Day weekend: A weekend filled with road trips, camping, and barbeques. While AAA estimates travel won’t be nearly as high as last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, c-stores are still bound to see an uptick in customers for Labor Day 2020. We’re sharing tips for prepping and cleaning your fueling locations for the celebratory end-of-summer weekend.
Stock up on supplies
It’s a given you’ll want to stock up on most items in your c-store, but consider ordering larger quantities of items that will be useful for campers and travelers. Things like:
- Paper plates and napkins
- Bags of ice
- Shampoo and soap
- Trash and recycling bags
- Food and drink
Having these items on-hand will be incredibly convenient for customers — and enough to win their business again as they make the journey back home. For this year in particular, it might also serve you well to stock up on hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, masks, gloves and other safety essentials that travelers might need before reaching their destination.
Empty Trash cans regularly
Emptying trash cans should already be a part of your daily cleaning checklist, but you’ll want to pay extra close attention over the holiday weekend. Travelers may try to throw out potentially dangerous items like hot coals or excess trash they’ve been collecting. Overflowing bins and loose debris in your forecourt can be one of the most notable signs of a dirty c-store. As a result, you can lose out on potential customers and their much-needed business.
Clean and refill squeegee buckets
While Labor Day typically marks the end of summer, it certainly doesn’t mark the end of summer bugs and insects. That means most customers will be counting on fresh squeegee buckets to clean their windshields. Our pro tip? Don’t just top off the buckets each day; your solution will quickly become grimy and smelly. Use ORUS® Squeegee Bucket Solution Concentrate, a solution that cleans your buckets and windshields simultaneously. Win-win.
Clean your forecourt and indoors
Just like excess trash will turn customers away, so will unkempt facilities. Oil-stained concrete, dirty fuel pumps, messy bathrooms — unkempt c-stores can hurt your bottom line. Over two-thirds of customers admit they’ve walked out of a store because it was disorganized or wasn’t clean, and 94% say they would go out of their way to avoid a business in the future if they experience dirty restrooms. That’s a lot of lost business on any given day, but especially over a holiday weekend.
Especially right now, it is also helpful to have your customers see you taking precautions to sanitize and clean surfaces. Have a regular cleaning routine , including the pump handles, bathrooms, counters, and more.
Use CAF to get holiday ready
To get your fueling locations ready for Labor Day, turn to CAF cleaning solutions. All of our products are made to provide a deep clean that’s both effective and environmentally friendly . Use our solution finder to explore all of our indoor and outdoor solutions so you’re more than ready to welcome customers traveling for the holiday weekend.