New Holyoke, Mass. Circle K

An abandoned lot in Holyoke, Mass. has been transformed into a new, state of the art Circle K. A new Circle K Convenience Store recently opened in Holyoke, Mass. According to a report from Mass Live, the new store, located at 337 Appleton St. recently hosted a grand opening celebration, at which mayor Alex Morse

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7-Eleven Signs New Deal with Card Isle

Five 7-Eleven locations are now the home of new greeting card kiosks. 7-Eleven has recently signed an agreement with an up-and-coming, student-created greeting card business which eliminated the need for stores to host a greeting card isle. According to a report from The Roanoke Times, Card Isle, which was founded by three Virginia Tech students,

ExxonMobil Partners with FuelCell Energy

ExxonMobil seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase power generation at power plants. Through a recently signed agreement, ExxonMobil Corp. and FuelCell Energy Inc. will pursue novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells. This new initiative could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more

The European Court Justice Upholds Tobacco Products Directive

The ECJ has ruled against the industry’s challenge of the 2014 tobacco directive. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the tobacco industry’s challenge to the 2014 tobacco directive. The directive is being upheld in its entirety. According to Wells Fargo, the directive effectively bans menthol cigarettes, requires health warnings to cover at

FDA Institutes New E-Cig Regulations

The federal ruling extends the FDA’s authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. By CSD Staff Convenience retailers that have waited for federal decision makers to take a firm position on the regulation of electronic cigarettes don’t have to wait any longer. In a press conference this morning, Health

FDA Deeming Rules Could Stifle Innovation

The costly and time-consuming requirements will be burdensome for many small manufacturers. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on FDA’s Thursday, May 5, announcement on the final ruling on electronic cigarettes and vapor regulation, which provides a framework for the FDA to regulate previously “undeemed” tobacco products, including e-cigs/vapor products and cigars in the U.S., and

TravelCenters Partners with Blue Tiger to Support Professional Drivers

TravelCenters and Blue Tiger anticipate raising over $40,000, by Dec. 31, to support professional drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC has launched a new promotion to benefit professional drivers, in partnership with Blue Tiger USA. Now through Dec. 31, 2016, TravelCenters will be selling specially designed Blue Tiger Elite headsets. For each headset purchased, $10 will

RSI Petroleum Partners with VP Racing Fuels

The new partnership with VP Racing is expected to take RSI’s revenue stream to a whole new level. Ramos/Strong, Inc., doing business as RSI Petroleum Products, is now the newest partner in VP Racing Fuels’ retail branding program. Based in Mojave, California, RSI supplies 60 retail sites throughout Southern California, primarily east of the Sierra

D&H United Fueling Solutions Acquires DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance

The DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance team, including the company’s founder, will be joining the D&H United team in Dallas. D&H United Fueling Solutions has acquired a Houston-based leading fuel system service company, DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance. Through the acquisition, DNL will become the Houston branch office for D&H United. DNL personnel located in

Inter-Continental Trading Launches Loyalty Program

Inter-Continental Trading is adding incentive to drive repeat business. The recently launched Loyalty Points Program from Inter-Continental Trading USA Inc. allows customers to earn loyalty points for purchasing branded merchandise. Customers are then able to redeem their points for a variety of different rewards. Point values, which are located next to the UPC label, can

Showcasing Innovation

The upcoming Innovation Avenue event from the NCA will help turn new-to-industry products into household names. A number of the industry’s newest candy and snack entrepreneurs are slated to showcase their featured products at the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo’s Innovation Avenue. The event, a destination for up-and-coming products and companies, is scheduled to take

How To Avoid Being A Cyber-Crime Victim

“Most companies have some vulnerability and it doesn’t take a sophisticated attack to cause a security breach,” warns the CEO of SnoopWall. Apparently, the heist couldn’t have been any simpler if it had been drawn up in the lunch line at an elementary school cafeteria. In February, Bangladesh’s central bank saw $81 million disappear out

Kwik Trip and BJ’s are Consumers’ Favorite Fueling Locations

A study from Market Force has revealed consumers favorite fueling stations, and it has identified the key factors that drive consumer preference. A new study from Market Force Information has revealed that Kwik Trip and BJ’s Wholesale Club are consumers’ favorite places to fill up their gas tanks. Market Force polled more than 10,000 consumers

NRC Arranges Sealed Bid Sale for Sunshine Fuel

Sunshine Fuel is offering a bulk package of 21 convenience stores with fuel through a sealed bid sale, arranged by NRC. Palm Beach, Fla.- based Sunshine Fuel LLC has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of a bulk package of leasehold interests in 21 convenience stores with gasoline. Included in

7-Eleven Commits to Cage-Free

7-Eleven is showing the importance of humane treatment of animals through its new cage-free initiative. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced that it will be working with suppliers to achieve its new goal of sourcing only 100% cage-free eggs by 2025 for all U.S. and Canada locations, based on available supply. “7-Eleven cares about the treatment of

Love’s and Trillium Create New Logo

A new logo has been designed to represent the variety of services Love’s and Trillium will now offer customers. At the recent ACT Expo, a new logo was unveiled by leaders from Love’s Travel Stops and Trillium CNG. The new logo, representing both Love’s and Trillium, follows Love’s recent acquisition of Trillium, a veteran in

Harbor Petroleum Downsizes

The owner of Harbor Petroleum has chosen to reduce the size of the company through a transaction with SEI Fuel Services, which was advised by Matrix. SEI Fuel Services Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of 7-Eleven Inc., has finalized its purchase of the contract dealer business owned by Harbor Petroleum of New England Inc. Harbor Petroleum,

NYACS Announces Additional Workshop for 2016 Trade Show

Three industry panelists will hold a workshop covering some of the more sensitive industry topics that are likely to affect the industry in the coming year. The retail education lineup for the upcoming 2016 Trade Show has been altered, as the New York Association of Convenience Stores has added a “hot button issue” workshop to

Ricker’s Strives for Sustainability

Ricker’s has launched a new program to help reduce the negative effects of carbon emissions and to help customers reduce their carbon footprint. Ricker’s and GreenPrint LLC, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, have launched Ricker’s Replenish, a reduced emissions sustainability program, at Indianapolis Metro Ricker’s stores. The new program,

Fabulous Freddy’s Opens Co-Branded Doc Popcorn and Dippin’ Dots

All Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash locations will soon be home to co-branded Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn units. The Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash in St. George, Utah is now home to the first ever co-branded Doc Popcorn and Dippin’ Dots franchise unit. The official grand opening of the co-branded unit featured free samples, contests and

Sunoco GP Names New Chief Financial Officer

Sunoco GP’s new chief financial officer is expected to make great contributions to the company’s continued growth and success. Effective May 9, 2016, Thomas Miller will assume the role of chief financial officer of Sunoco GP LLC, the general partner of Sunoco LP. “We are pleased to welcome Tom to our executive management team as

Fuel Prices Jump Higher

Despite being lower than previous years, many consumers feel that today’s average fuel price is “too high.” Market data has revealed that fuel prices have jumped substantially over the last month, and consumers are noticing this price increase. According to a report from AAA, gas prices are currently at their highest point in more than

The State of the Tobacco Industry

At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco industry remained in a favorable position. Despite the rise in health-conscious consumers, recent data from the recent four-week period ending April 23, 2016 has revealed that the tobacco market remains strong as a whole. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth

Eversmoke Brand Dissolves into VaporFi

In response to the evolving needs of customers of the vaping industry, the International Vapor Group has chosen to combine two of its electronic cigarette lines. International Vapor Group Inc. has announced that Eversmoke, one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, will be transitioning to the VaporFi brand. “We’re very excited about the shift in the

Swiss Farms Names New President and CEO

A new focus on customer service and healthier product offerings will help to broaden Swiss Farms’ customer base and improve the company’s position among its competition. Swiss Farms has announced that Scott Simon has been appointed as the company’s new president and CEO. Simon has plans to lead the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through chain in

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