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QuikTrip Testing Anti-Loitering Ground Mats

C-store chain installs 3-D printed mats bearing “anti-loitering domes” at some stores




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To deter loitering outside its stores, QuikTrip (Tulsa, Okla.) is testing special mats that are difficult to stand on at a select number of locales in its hometown, C-Store Dive reports.

The 3-D printed mats, which are covered with dimples, come in a variety of sizes and are installed on the ground along the outer walls of a building, according to a photo shared by local radio station KRMG-FM.

QuikTrip is testing these devices “to provide our customers with the best experience while ensuring the safety of both our employees and communities in which we are honored to serve,” Aisha Jefferson, QuikTrip’s corporate communications manager, told C-Store Dive.

While many c-stores have long posted “no loitering” signs, QuikTrip is trying this novel approach to stop people from hanging out in front of such locales, similar to how some 7-Elevens have used loud music. While loitering may not be illegal in and of itself, it can cause customers to avoid entering a store, C-Store Dive notes.

Improving the actual and perceived safety of a store can not only make the location more attractive to customers, but can also make it easier to retain employees, the trade publication notes.

Founded in 1958, QuikTrip operates about 1000 convenience stores across 17 states.




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