All convenience stores need basic equipment such as a cash register, security system and merchandise display shelves. Stores that sell cold drinks or refrigerated food items also need a walk-in cooler, open-air cooler or reach-in cooler.
Coffee makers, soft drink dispensers and ice machines allow convenience store owners to offer more drink options. Hot dog rollers and pizza ovens expand the store's hot food selection. Microwaves allow customers to heat up frozen or canned food in the store. Some convenience stores offer made-to-order sandwiches. These stores typically install sandwich preparation areas with cutting boards and refrigerated storage bins for vegetables.