QT To Open C-Stores in San Antonio, Austin

More than 100 convenience stores planned for the launch in San Antonio and Austin. QuikTrip (QT) is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The first QT stores in each city are expected to open in the summer of 2018. QT has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently

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Getty Realty Lease-Back Related to Couche-Tard’s CST Brands Acquisition

Getty provides lease-back funding necessary for Empire Petroleum to purchase the 70 sites Couche-Tard must shed to finish its CST Brands acquisition. In order to complete it’s acquisition of CST Brands as scheduled on June 28, Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Circle K Stores must divest 70 locations. Those locations are being purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners LLC,

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Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

Pressing mandates involving tobacco products aren’t just playing at the federal and state levels anymore. Increasingly, local ordinances are having a direct impact on tobacco sales within the convenience store channel. By Mary Szarmach When Convenience Store Decisions asked me to write an article about state and local issues regarding tobacco products, I wasn’t quite

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Alimentation Couche-Tard, CST Brands Deal Set to Close

Closing date set for June 28. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has obtained clearance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the acquisition of CST Brands Inc. Closing is expected to occur on June 28, 2017. As per the terms of the merger agreement, CST stockholders will receive US$48.53 in cash per share, without interest, representing a

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Empire Petroleum Acquiring 70 Corner Store Gas Stations

Purchase moves Empire into the Arizona market, as well as expanding its presence in existing areas of business. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Circle K Stores Inc. and CST Brands, Inc. to acquire 70 Corner Store gas stations. The acquisition of these Corner Store locations will expand

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MFA Oil Adds Outdoor Payment Solution at Break Time Convenience Stores

MFA Oil is bringing the latest pay-at-the-pump technology to customers’ fingertips. MFA Oil, an energy and farmer-owned cooperative that operates 73 Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas, has selected NCR OPTIC 5 NCR solution for its user-friendly software, open source platform and cutting edge media management features. The NCR solution will allow MFA

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NRF PROTECT Recognizes Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention Experts

Award recognizes pioneers in the retail loss prevention community whose “honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.” The National Retail Federation (NRF) is honoring those who have helped the retailer community better succeed at loss prevention. Three members of the law enforcement and retail loss prevention community will be honored this

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Kwik Trip, Gas Buddy Partner in “Fuel Up for Freedom”

Customers have the chance to get free gas on June 29 at a soon-to-be announced Kwik Trip location if they are using the Gas Buddy app. A number of lucky Kwik Trip fuel customers in the Twin Cities using the Gas Buddy app are about to get free gas in honor of Independence Day. GasBuddy,

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ampm Partners With Los Angeles Dodgers Player Justin Turner

ampm took over Dodger Stadium June 24. Toomgis, spokes-creature for ampm convenience stores, which operates nearly 1,000 West Coast locations, has recruited his orange-bearded buddy, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, to help him find a summer job. Five humorous social media videos, show Toomgis, the loveable snack giant whose moniker stands for Too

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NACS Partners With the American Red Cross

In time for Hurricane season, NACS looks to foster donation collection by c-stores to aid disaster relief. The American Red Cross and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), have joined forces to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American

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TravelCenters Honors Active Military Members, Veterans on July 4

‘Fallen Soldier Tables’ include a single place setting at an empty table to represent the wish that fallen men and women of the armed forces could be present to dine. TravelCenters of America LLC’s TA Restaurant Group division is honoring service men and women this Fourth of July. The TA Restaurant Group invites all active

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San Francisco Aims To Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

If ordinance becomes law, San Francisco would become the first city to approve a sales ban on flavored tobacco. San Francisco has introduced an ordinance —approved by city supervisors—that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette juices that include nicotine, as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes—citing concerns that the flavors entice children.

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Smokeless Makes a Comeback

A recent manufacturer’s recall of several popular smokeless brands produced some unexpected benefits for retailers. By Andrea Myers The last time there was so much chatter in the industry about smokeless tobacco was when the two largest American cigarette manufacturers acquired the two largest American smokeless companies. Those were exciting times. On Jan. 31, 2017,

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Realizing E-Cigarette Potential

Evolving with e-cigs requires commitment, but it can pay dividends for c-store retailers. By Anne Flint In order to be successful with the electronic cigarettes segment, convenience store retailers have to think about the broader tobacco category and the role that electronic cigarettes play in total store profitability. The role of electronic cigarettes is evolving

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Join Us for the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels.

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Sunoco LP President and CEO Bob Owens To Retire

Joe Kim named president and chief operating officer, while other executives also announce retirement. Sunoco LP’s President and CEO, Robert “Bob” Owens, announced his intention to retire from the Partnership as of Dec. 31, 2017, after more than 20 years with Sunoco and its predecessors. Owens, who joined Sunoco Inc. in 1997, has been serving

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NRF Supports Reauthorization of Perkins Act

The NRF Foundation is implementing RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills and Education), a new training and credentialing initiative. The National Retail Federation (NRF) weighed in ahead of the House of Representatives scheduled vote on Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. NRF and more than 200 business groups urged Congress to pass

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Jason Reiser Joins Dollar General as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer

Reiser brings more than 30 years of retail experience to Dollar General. Dollar General Corp. is welcoming Jason Reiser as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer effective, July 12. Reiser replaces Jim Thorpe who recently retired. Reiser brings more than 30 years of experience in retail management, private brand sourcing, regulatory affairs as well

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Parker’s Honors Outstanding High School Students

Awards top scholarship of $1,000 as well as several $500 scholarships. Parker’s Convenience Stores is continuing its commitment to supporting education by awarding scholarships to high school students. The chain recently hosted the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony, where Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented scholarship checks and gifts to six exceptional area high

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Server Products Introduces New Website

New website design quickly displays  Server products and resources to assist retailers in solving everyday challenges. Server Products has given its website, www.server-products.com, a modern makeover so you can find what you need to serve better faster. From on-trend equipment features and sustainable solutions to an assortment of post-sale support resources and a simple online

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Euromonitor Sees Tobacco Industry Shift

Tobacco focus expected to continue to move toward vaping and heated tobacco. New research from Euromonitor International, a market research provider, shows the global tobacco industry is shifting from cigarettes to vaping and heated tobacco. In fact, Euromonitor research shows that the cigarettes market will record a US$7.7 billion loss by 2021, compensated by the

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Americans Set To Increase Spending Around July 4 Weekend

Some 27.6% of customers were planning to purchase patriotic merchandise in the weeks leading up the Fourth of July. The weather is warm, gas prices are down and consumers are ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday, and they’re not afraid to dig into their wallets to do it. Americans are expected to spend $7.1

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Tyson Convenience Survey Outlines Food Preferences

Demand grows for breakfast all day at convenience stores. A new survey from Tyson Convenience shows consumer preferences when it comes to prepared foods at convenience stores. With 29% of consumers saying they will drive more in June as compared to the previous month (2017 NACS Consumer Fuels), and U.S. gas prices at the lowest

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Record 44.2 Million Americans To Travel Over July 4 Weekend

National average gas price is four cents cheaper over last year and a contributing factor to the increase in travelers on the roads. This July 4, Americans are expected to travel in record numbers. AAA reported that a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home. With 1.25 million more

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Focus on Category Opportunities

Despite constant pressure from regulatory bodies, there’s still enough potential in tobacco for c-stores to grow sales. By Don Burke The onslaught of tobacco regulations, increased age restriction legislation and higher taxation in many areas is creating quite a bit of concern among convenience retailers. This is understandable as tobacco products continue to deliver more

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