ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS) survey showed 82 percent of convenience store retailers have a positive outlook on the first three months of 2015, according to CSnews.com.

The article states that a drop in gas prices is the main reason for the optimism. Sixty-two percent of retailers revealed savings at the pump have been spent inside stores.

Theron Soderlund of Country Corner noted in the article, “We are back to pre-recession sales numbers — and going up.”

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C-store operators also believe 2015 presents opportunities to grow merchandise and food sales, reported the article. Eighty-eight percent said “that offering prepared foods is important to their business in 2015.”

Despite growing optimism in their industry, 62 percent of retailers said in the survey they are unenthusiastic about the economy over the first quarter.

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