TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Location

TravelCenters has opened its sixth California Popeyes location. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Buttonwillow, Calif. The new Popeyes is located at 27769 Lagoon Dr., at the I-5 Exit 257 (Hwy. 58). The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

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Wawa Volunteer Center Opens at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Wawa continues its support for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through a $5 million philanthropic gift. The Wawa Foundation has funded a new Wawa Volunteer Center, which is now open at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Center was funded by a $5 million philanthropic gift from The Wawa Foundation. The hospital’s existing volunteer

Eby-Brown Adds New Sales and Marketing Executives

Three experienced professionals have been added to Eby-Brown’s sales marketing teams. Eby-Brown is poising for growth by adding three new sales and marketing executives to further the company’s growth in the convenience store distribution and food services market. Eby-Brown is the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S. with annual revenues in excess

Coca-Cola European Partners Registration Declared Effective

A number of Coca-Cola subsidiaries are combining to create the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler. In relation to a previously announced transaction, which will combine Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U (CCIP) and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH (CCEG), CCE has announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the Registration Statement of Coca-Cola European

ACE Discusses Importance of RFS

ACE is pushing for support for legislation that would extend RVP relief to E15 and other blends. On April 13 and 14, the eighth annual fly-in for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) took place in Washington D.C., and nearly 70 of ACE’s grassroots members were in attendance. ACE members had more than 125 meetings

US Foods Acquires Food Genius

US Foods has greater access to foodservice data through its acquisition of Food Genius. US Foods has officially acquired Food Genius, a leading foodservice data and analytics provider. US Foods has also announced that Food Genius team members are being invited to join US Foods. Focused exclusively on foodservice, Food Genius offers a suite of

Fuel Prices Take a Slight Dip

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively steady over the coming weeks. After experiencing nearly two months without a decrease in fuel prices, the average price of gasoline has fallen on the week. According to a report from AAA, gas prices have increased for 28 of the past 35 days, and drivers across the country

Thomaston Land Co. Offers Another Property for Sealed Bid Sale

Thomaston Land Co. has added a fifth convenience store property to its sealed bid sale offering. A new site has been added to the sealed bid sale from Thomaston Land Co. The company is offering to sell six properties in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the most recent property that has been added to the list

Stripes and APlus Stores Are Raising Funds for CMN Hospitals

Every year, 10 million sick and injured children benefit from donations made by customers at Stripes and APlus Stores. Stripes Convenience Stores and APlus Stores are once again raising funds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). Through May 3, 2016, the two chains will ask customers to “Put Their Money Where The Miracles

In-Store Sales Drive Profitability

While motor fuels account for the majority of industry sales, they did not do much for profitability. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) released the industry metrics for 2015 at NACS State of the Industry Summit, which took place in Chicago from April 11-13. According to the data collected by NACS, U.S convenience stores

Consumers Expect Fuel Prices to Rise

Consumers are reporting increased fuel prices for the first time since June 2015, and economic optimism is on the decline among consumers. Research from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that a growing number of U.S. fuel consumers expect fuel prices to increase in the next month. 64% of American fuel consumers,

NRF Expert Appointed to Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold, of the NRF, will now serve as an adviser for the global supply chain. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced that Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy, has been appointed to the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Established in 2011, the committee consists of 45 senior-level

Wallis Oil Acquires Schnucks Express Stores

As Schnucks moves to focus on its supermarkets, its c-stores get new ownership. Schnucks Express convenience stores in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy, Ill. have been acquired by Wallis Oil Co. of Cuba, Mo., which will begin running the stores on May 2. The News-Gazette reported that Schnucks plans to focus on its supermarket, which it

7-Eleven Celebrates 7-Rewards Week

Customers have the chance to get free snacks with the purchase of a beverage all week. 7-Eleven is celebrating 7-Rewards Week when rewards members will not only earn stars toward free beverages, they will also get FREE 7-Select snacks and sweets. Every single day—from Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17. During 7Rewards Week, members

MFA Oil Co. Acquires Brownfield Oil Co.

The purchase of Brownfield Oil to help MFA Oil improve operational efficiency. MFA Oil Co. has acquired Brownfield Oil Co., a refined fuels and lubricants supplier based in Moberly, Mo. The purchase includes a Sinclair gas station in Shelbina, Mo. and a Sinclair cardlock fueling facility in Kirksville, Mo. “Brownfield Oil serves an area where

Customers Desire a Healthier Restaurant Experience

Many consumers are on the lookout for healthier menu items, but the majority believe that healthy menu items are too expensive. New research from Mintel has revealed that the shift away from calorie counting and toward holistic wellness has led to a search among U.S. consumers for restaurants that provide clear indicators of healthy items.

Low Gas Prices Increase Spending in Other Markets

Although some are spending the money they save on fuel in different areas, many are choosing to save more and pay off their debts.  According to data from a recent consumer survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), there is variation in the categories that are profiting from current fuel savings. More

Dunkin’ Donuts Rewards New App Users

There are so many ways for Dunkin’ Donuts fans to earn free beverages through the brand’s mobile app. From April 14-21, Dunkin’ Donuts customers can earn extra points towards free beverages by enrolling in the DD Perks Rewards program. Customers who join during the promotion period need only use the special code “STARS” to earn

Limited Edition Cheyenne Tropical Cigar Earns Best New Tobacco Product Title

Cheyenne Cigars thanks its fans for choosing an award-winning packaging design. The fresh style and distinctive packaging of Cheyenne Cigars’ first limited edition style, Tropical 100s, has earned the product the 2016 Best New Tobacco Product title at the 2016 Tobacco Plus Expo. Each year a panel of industry buyers judge four categories of new

Technavio Forecasts Food Stabilizers Market Growth

Growth in the food stabilizers market will help the foodservice industry to innovate and expand. The new Global Food Stabilizers Market 2016-2020 report from Technavio provides an in-depth analysis of the food stabilizers market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. Data from the report suggests that the market will generate $9.69 billion in

AdvancePierre Proposes Public Shares Offering

AdvancePierre may be offering common stock shares for sale through three book-running managers. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. has proposed an initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The company has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the offering. The number of

What to Know About Sale-Leasebacks

A recent lease accounting rule change provides a new financing wrinkle for retailers. By Mark Radosevich Fifteen years ago, I worked as a deal originator for a Lehman Brothers entity focused on the sale-leaseback (SLB) as an alternative to traditional debt financing for retail petroleum acquisitions. Some of the advantages of an SLB that we

Croton Holding Co. Acquires Par Mar

Par Mar Oil Co. has been acquired by Croton Holding Co., based in Pittsburgh. Fifth Third Securities Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Par Mar Oil Co. in the transaction. “This transaction highlights the continued strategic activity in this industry and the value of partnering two organizations that can grow by leveraging their

Cruisers Launches Mobile App

Cruisers customers now have the chance to win exclusive prizes through the company’s new mobile app. Through a new partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore, Boyett Petroleum’s Cruisers gas stations and convenience stores has announced launched a brand new mobile app. In addition, Cruisers has announced a complete redesign of its Website. The new and improved website,

NATO to Drop Trade Show, Focus on Public Policy Issues

The 2016 show later this month in Las Vegas will be the last as the association turns its attention to issues at the local, state and federal levels. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced it will focus its resources exclusively on public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, and end

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