Chicago Aldermen Reject Proposed Tobacco Ordinance

An ordinance intended to curb youth smoking has been rejected due to the potential consequences that could occur as a result. Aldermen of the Chicago City Council have rejected a proposal that was intended to increase the smoking age, put a new tax on smokeless tobacco products and institute a price floor for cigarettes. According

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How Retailers Can Choose Proper Retail Technology

Boston Retail Partners has provided retailers with insight to help them determine what technology would best fit their store. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) have released a new study to help retailers navigate the plethora of new location-based services (LBS) that have been created for retail applications over the last few years. Selecting the right technology

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fans Celebrate

Fans of the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will soon have access to the specialty pizza, for a limited time. In response to last year’s success, Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Beginning Feb. 15, for a limited time, the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will be available to convenience store owners

United Pacific Relocates Corporate Headquarters

United Pacific has purchased land from SARES•REGIS Group to construct a new corporate headquarters and provide greater convenience to its employees. Douglas Park at Long Beach Airport will soon be the home of the new headquarters for United Pacific, formerly known as United Oil. The 2.65 acre lot, acquired from SARES•REGIS Group (SRG), provides a

Allied Brand Capital Becomes Affiliate Partner to BPAMA

A new partnership is expected to hold benefits for both Allied Brand Capital and BPAMA, along with their clients. Allied Brand Capital (ABC) is now one of the newest Affiliate Partners under the BPAMA Affiliate Member Program. “BPAMA is a powerhouse of knowledge in the petroleum marketing business and one of the most effective Associations

Economic Optimism Plummets

Low fuel prices are not enough to spur economic optimism among consumers. The results of a new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have revealed that, despite fuel prices having fallen to their lowest point in seven years, optimism about the economy has reached its lowest level in almost a year.

How C-Stores Can Save on Operating Costs

ACC is offering new savings strategies to c-store chains to help stores save on day-to-day operating costs. A new cost reduction program from Alliance Cost Containment (ACC) has been introduced to the retail grocery and convenience store industry. The new program, which is being referred to as C-Store Savings, offers chains that operate 10 or

Flyers Energy Expands into the High Desert

Flyers Energy has made a number of acquisitions in the past two years, and the company has plans for furthering its expansion efforts. Flyers Energy LLC has finalized its acquisition of Hesperia, Calif.-based RE Goodspeed & Sons Distributing, a Chevron lubricants distributor. Goodspeed comprises cardlocks, bulk fuel, bulk lubricant services and transportation. Both Flyers and

New Sheetz Commercial Warns Against Making Assumptions

The newly released Sheetz commercial uses donkeys to show consumers what happens when they make erroneous assumptions about Sheetz’ foodservice. North Carolina-based Tattoo Projects is helping Sheetz to battle the assumption that a gas station can’t serve high quality food. In a continuation of their nine-year Agency of Record relationship, Sheetz and Tattoo Projects have

Jack Flash to Open Central Illinois Store

The new Jack Flash store will give customers access to Shell’s Fuel Rewards Network. Belleville, Ill. will soon be home to the 11th central Illinois Jack Flash store. A new Jack Flash convenience store and Shell gas station are slated to be constructed. The new store will be: Located on IL Rt. 15 across from

Former President of Pilot Flying J Indicted

Eight other former employees are facing indictments. Mark Hazelwood, the former president of Pilot Flying J was indicted Tuesday, Feb. 9, in connection with the ongoing investigation into a federal rebate scheme that came to light after a raid on the company’s Knoxville headquarters in 2013. According to a report by the Tennessean, Hazelwood is

How Will a New Tax on Oil Affect Motorists?

President Barack Obama has introduced a new oil tax. A new oil tax has been proposed by President Barack Obama, and this tax, if passed, is expected to result in a spike in fuel prices for motorists. According to a report from Market Watch, the proposed $10-per-barrel tax will be part of the budget request

Super Bowl Series Lighters

BIC is releasing limited edition Super Bowl 50 lighters to help celebrate the winning team. BIC Consumer Products USA will soon be releasing its Super Bowl 50 Champion Series Lighters, for the third consecutive year. BIC is using real-time manufacturing and marketing to help celebrate the Broncos’ victory. The six designs in the series feature

VERC Provides Grants to Trinity Catholic Academy

A total of $1,000 has been awarded to Trinity Catholic Academy. With the help of ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has provided two checks for $500 to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, Mass. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an

Wells Fargo Releases Fourth Quarter Beverage Industry Results

U.S. beverage sales are strong, but it is not strictly smooth sailing in the current market. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the state of the beverage industry from the fourth quarter 2015. The new report shows that, despite strong industry sales, certain markets may continue to struggle in the coming year. Some

Minit Mart Expands California Presence

Minit Mart continues in its efforts to provide a positive experience for travelers. TravelCenters of America LLC is expanding its network of Minit Mart stores. The expansion is underway, as the company has opened the new Minit Mart Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new store is located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (5615 Laval Road) in Arvin,

Millennial Shopping Trends

Growth is on the horizon, and the new trends revealed in What’s in Store 2016 will help retailers to prepare. The annual trends research report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that Millennials will be moving into the heaviest spending life stage over the next 10 years. Millennials currently

Three Industry Trends for Leading Convenience Stores to Consider

Convergence of store concepts, a focus on fresh foods and the impact of changing regulations. By Mark Dunson, President, Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies The convenience store space is continuing to evolve to keep up with industry trends and consumer demands. Today, some retailers are expanding their footprints, others are narrowing to niche markets, and some may even

VP Racing Has a New Quality Control Manager

VP Racing’s new Quality Control Manager will help quality remain at the forefront of the company’s growth. Anna Crowder has been appointed as the Quality Control Manager for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In her new position, Crowder will report to Chris Taylor, Director of Specialty Chemicals, and will be responsible for overseeing the ISO certification

Schwan’s Food Service Creates New Position

Jeffrey Swinton has plans to help Schwan’s Food Service and its partners to drive success by developing new food offerings and service platforms. Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Swinton as the new senior director of sales, convenience stores and national accounts. This newly created position reflects the company’s dedicated commitment to these important

Hunt Brothers Has Announced Sweepstakes Winners

Thanks to a partnership with Easton Corbin, Hunt Brothers offered an unforgettable grand prize to one lucky sweepstakes winner. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced the winners of the fourth annual “Hunt to Win” sweepstakes. A number of winners have received prizes fit for any hunter and country music fan. Becky Harrell of Elizabethtown, Ky., is

RingCentral Offers Del Monte a Business Communications Solution

Del Monte’s team can now stay connected from anywhere using the cloud-based solution from RingCentral. Del Monte Foods Inc. has chosen the RingCentral Office solution to replace its current on-premise system and consolidate its communications in the cloud. RingCentral is a leading provider of cloud communications and collaboration solutions. The selection has enabled Del Monte

Wawa to Open a Location in Miami

Miami residents will soon have access to all of the convenience that Wawa has to offer. Miami residents are celebrating as Pennsylvania-based Wawa convenience store chain has announced that it will be opening a location in Miami Gardens. According to a report from The Miami Herald, the new store will open as a part of

Customers Invited to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with 7-Eleven

7-Eleven Canada is offering customers $1 coffee in celebration of Valentine’s Day. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, 7-Eleven is sharing the love by offering its customers coffee for only $1, throughout the month of February. Coffee lovers across Canada will be able to wear their heart on their cups by choosing a limited-edition Coffee Date

Rising Food Trends for 2016

As consumer taste evolves, so do foodservice offerings. As 2016 progresses, industry officials are noticing some food trends that are expected to shape the industry over the coming year. According to a report from Meat + Protein, five trends have been have been identified by Mintel, and these trends are expected to hit the market

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