Sheetz Offers Free Coffee on Christmas and New Year’s

Continues 20+ year tradition of celebrating the holidays with a free coffee giveaway. C-store customers have one more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Sheetz is once again celebrating the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly-brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from

Thorntons Updates Refreshing Rewards Program

Starting in 2017, Thorntons moves away from tiered rewards and instead rewards based on visits. Thorntons is updating its Refreshing Rewards guest loyalty program, allowing all Rewards members to begin accessing exclusive offers and savings immediately after swiping their card. Beginning Jan. 4, 2017, the program will discontinue use of the existing tier-based (Welcome, Premium,

Liquor Stores Challenge C-Store Alcohol Sales In Oklahoma

New law gives Oklahoma c-stores and grocery stores the ability to sell wine and beer in 2018, but liquor stores argue the law would put them out of business. After new voter-approved guidelines expanded wine and beer sales in the state of Oklahoma to grocery and convenience stores, liquor stores are challenging the constitutionality of

Does Holiday Cheer Impact Spend?

According to a new study, shoppers with ‘a lot of cheer’ plan on spending more this holiday season. ChargeItSpot, a provider of cell phone charging stations for major retailers, events, and other indoor public venues, has announced the results of its first-annual “Retail Holiday Shopping Report.” The study looked at cheer – defined as how

How Will The Trump Administration Impact U.S. Energy?

LeClairRyan attorneys make predictions for the upcoming presidential term. Will President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, along with hundreds of years’ worth of clean coal, translate into a huge boon for the U.S. energy sector? Three veteran energy attorneys for LeClairRyan express have produced

Will Holiday Shopping Season Finish Strong?

Sales down compared to 2015. This year’s annual holiday sales lull is looking much greater than the lull in 2015, and deep discounting may be a big reason. Retailers are now scrambling to measure up or beat last year’s results before the end of the year. According to The NPD Group’s weekly point-of-sale results for

Philadelphia Soda Tax To Remain

Judge dismisses beverage industry lawsuit against city of Philadelphia over soda tax. Philadelphia can keep its soda tax, a judge has ruled. Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the beverage industry’s lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia regarding the soda tax “in its entirety” on Friday, according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal. An attorney

Kum & Go Opens First Colorado Springs Marketplace

First 99 c-store customers get a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is introducing its 6,200+-square-foot marketplace store in Colorado Springs, Colo. The new location is located at 2422 Research Parkway and will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thursday Dec. 22. The new location marks the first store in Colorado

Fred’s Acquires 865 Rite Aid Stores

Walgreens and Rite Aid divest locations to assist merger approval. As Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) looks to acquire Rite Aid, the chains are selling some 865 Rite Aid Stores to Fred’s Inc. for $950 million, according to USA Today. Assuming regulators approve the deal, Fred’s would become one of the biggest pharmacy chains in the

7-Eleven Welcomes Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

From batteries to gadgets to a bottle of wine, 7-Eleven is prepared to save to day for last-minute and emergency shoppers this holiday season. Few days remain for Christmas shoppers to snag last-minute gifts and goodies for holiday parties. As the holiday countdown continues, 7 Eleven stores become last-minute shopping headquarters and emergency stops for

Sales of Pet Gifts Soar this Holiday Season

In 2016, dog and cat toys in the U.S brought in retail sales of approximately $1 billion. As convenience stores stock up on gifts for last-minute holiday shoppers, they would be wise to include some stocking stuffers for furry family members. These days stocking stuffers and bow-wrapped presents are increasingly extending to non-human loved ones

New Generation of Coffee Drinkers Shape Market

Ready-to-drink coffee sales to reach nearly $18 billion by 2020. Coffee sales are going strong, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. The U.S. market for packaged and ready-to-drink coffee sold at retail was estimated at $13.5 billion in 2015, up almost 10%. By 2020, Packaged Facts expects sales of packaged and ready-to-drink coffee in

7-Eleven Completes Month One of Commercial Drone Deliveries

The convenience store giant plans to expand drone deliveries in 2017. 7-Eleven, in partnership with Flirtey, has completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S. Flirtey and 7-Eleven began a commercial collaboration, in July with the world’s first autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. Flirtey conducted regular weekend deliveries during November

Love’s Travel Stops Celebrates Record Store Openings in 2016

During ‘landmark year’ Love’s adds 220 showers and 3,000 truck-parking spaces at new travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops opened a record number—47 to be exact—of new Love’s locations in 2016. The locations span 40 states. It marks the largest number of stores opened in a single year in Love’s history. “2016 was a landmark year

Kasich Squashes Minimum Wage Increases in Cleveland

Cities in Ohio can no longer increase minimum wage above the state minimum wage. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, earlier this week, signed Senate Bill 331, which will halt next year’s election vote on whether to increase the Cleveland minimum wage to $15 an hour. Cleveland.com reported that the bill prohibits communities in the state of

Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Announce “The Candy Bowl” Super Bowl Promotion

Customers can join Team Snickers or Team Skittles as part of Sweepstakes. Mars Chocolate and Wrigley team in joint promotion featuring playful rivalry between Skittles and SNICKERS. Building off of the success of last year’s Super Bowl activation, Wrigley and Mars Chocolate will deliver their second joint-selling program, The Candy Bowl, to leverage the power

Gas Prices Continue Climb

OPEC deal sends pump prices higher. Prices at the gas pump are now posting at the highest mark since October. The national average price of gas has continued to grow for 20 of the past 21 days $2.24 per gallon, an increase of 11 cents, according to AAA. The price is 24 cents more than

Risser Oil Implements Fuel Pricing Strategies

Views real-time information via mobile phones. Risser Oil (Rally Stores) has selected PriceAdvantage software to consolidate competitor pricing data and rapidly execute pricing strategies for 54 company-owned and commission sites throughout central Florida. “Risser Oil is a great example of how PriceAdvantage can provide extraordinary value to fuel marketers who need to navigate the complexities

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Digi International

Love’s automates food temperature monitoring and task logging. Love’s Travel Stops has signed a multi-year agreement to implement Digi International’s task management and food temperature monitoring solution across its entire chain of locations throughout the U.S. Digi International provides machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. Love’s Travel Stops has more

Strong Growth Ahead for Tea

New innovation in the tea category engages customers. Tea sales in the U.S. have shown strong growth in 2016, continuing the upswing in ready-to-drink and refrigerated categories. In the brand new report” Tea and Ready-to-Drink Tea: U.S. Retail Market, 6th Edition,” market research firm Packaged Facts estimated tea sales slightly exceeded $7 billion in 2015,

NACS Helps Families This Holiday Season

NACS’ donations mirror what convenience stores contribute to communities across the country. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conducted toy and food collection drives to help two local community groups: Volunteer Alexandria’s Community Toy Drive (Virginia) and DC Central Kitchen. NACS staff purchased 120 toys for the Alexandria Community Toy Drive, which will be

Chevron Partners with WEX Bank

WEX to handle fleet card distribution and provide related payment services to Chevron and Texaco customers. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has partnered in a long-term agreement with WEX Bank, a subsidiary of WEX Inc. to issue and operate Chevron- and Texaco-branded commercial fleet cards commencing in January 2018. Through this

Growth Energy Endorses Coalition Letter to President-Elect Trump

Letter shows support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy, along with other members of Fuels America, sent a letter to President-elect Trump last week, congratulating him on his successful election, and expressing a desire to work with the new administration to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) remains a driving force of domestically

Swiss Farms Introduces Cruiser the Rooster

After a social media contest, Swiss Farms has a name for its iconic Rooster. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market, has introduced Cruiser who, after a lengthy name search and social call to action campaign, will have a number of responsibilities as company mascot for the organization. Cruiser will serve as brand and

Rutter’s Helps Feed More than 150 Families at Christmas

Provides donations to charities during ribbon cutting celebration for new c-store. Rutter’s is giving back this holiday season. During Rutter’s Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its newest store in Strasburg, Pa. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Rutter’s donated $4,000 to local charities. Each organization received $1,000. Recipients were the Food Pantry in the First