Albertsons-owned Tom Thumb is opening its first convenience store, the Dallas Morning News reports, a “2,500-square-foot store, about the size of a 7-Eleven … with six gasoline pumps out front and some expected quick-stop basics like coffee, Freal milkshake and smoothie machine and an ICEE maker. The store will also sell fresh items from a nearby Tom Thumb supermarket: sandwiches, salads, cut fruit and hot foods ready to take home.”

The story says that the c-store is being opened to stake out some competitive territory, just east of downtown Dallas, while it waits for a new full-sized store to be completed late next year.

KC's View: Smart move … competitive format flexibility has to be a core value if one wants to survive the increasingly hot retail inferno.