TravelCenters Ranks High on Driver Satisfaction Survey

For 10th year running, TA and Petro Stopping Centers voted “Best Truck Stop Experience. ” TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) has released the results of its tenth annual “Voted Best” survey. The TA and Petro survey of professional truck drivers independently conducted during October, 2016 garnered professional driver feedback on truck stop services and amenities.

Sheetz Introduces Cinnabon Treatz

Holiday beverages also on the c-store menu. Sheetz is debuting Cinnabon-flavored treats this holiday season in addition to traditional holiday beverages like gingerbread and peppermint flavored lattes. Customers are invited to try a variety of fun, seasonal Cinnabon treats, including: Cinnabon Milkshake Cinnabon White Hot Chocolate Cinnabon Cinnapopperz (bite-size Cinnabon snackz) For guests looking for

Overall Holiday Sales Down Even After Strong Thanksgiving Week

Seasonal shopping lags during post-Black Friday lull. NPD Group data has shown that despite dollar sales doubling in the fourth week of the 2016 holiday shopping season, which included Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, compared to the previous week, overall holiday season sales are down from 2015. This year’s Thanksgiving week sales were 1% lower

Four Little Cigar Manufacturers Receive FDA Warning Letters

FDA claims the little cigars in question are actually flavored cigarettes that have been labeled as little cigars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, according to a press release that FDA issued Dec. 9.

Amazon’s New C-Store Concept To Change Checkout

Introduces “Walk Out Technology. ” Amazon has released new details about its Amazon Go convenience store plans, including the checkout-free way customers can grab and leave with products. The company is introducing a way for customers to take the products they want from the shelves and exit the store without ever having to go through

Stripes Convenience Stores Opens New Location in Midland

Set to host grand opening with free refillable mugs for first 200 c-store customers. Stripes Convenience Stores is set to open its newest Stripes Convenience Store in Midland, Texas. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Midland Chamber of Commerce beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at

Trump Could Tap Puzder as Labor Secretary

Head of Hardee’s is a long-time critic of President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. By CSD Staff Media outlets have reported that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Andy Puzder, a fast food executive, for secretary of labor. Trump is said to have narrowed his list of likely candidates

USDA Issues Final Rule on Food Stamp Acceptance

NACS outlines concerns that some provisions may hurt SNAP beneficiaries. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has applauded the removal of some problematic provisions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) final rule, which was released on Dec. 8, 2016, on changes to eligibility requirements for retailers participating in

Casey’s Positioned for Future Growth

Some 84 sites under contract for new-store construction. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2017. The c-store chain noted diluted earnings per share of $1.44 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended Oct. 31, 2016, compared to $2 per share for the same quarter a year

Experian Report Examines Email Marketing Trends

Mobile usage is impacting email marketing click rates. Experian has released the findings of its Cross-Channel Marketing’s Q3 2016 Email Benchmark Report. Among the highlights, the report examined year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter email marketing trends. The analysis found that total click rates have declined year-over-year for the past four quarters, while the percentage of clicks generated

Sunoco LP, Stripes Fundraiser Supports Cancer Research

Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrow campaign drives donations for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Sunoco LP customers, team members and supplier partners joined together with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to support cancer research, education, prevention and hospital programs for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. This year, their combined efforts raised

Kum & Go To Debut Latest Marketplace Location in West Des Moines

First 99 customers to receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is introducing its latest c-store to the public on Friday, Dec. 9 beginning at 6 a.m. The new convenience store is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, at 5901 Mills Civic Parkway. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store design

TA Participates in Wreaths Across America Day

Veterans and volunteers to receive dinner at Petro Stopping Centers on their journey to Arlington National Cemetery. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) is set to welcome volunteers and vets involved in transporting wreaths for the Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., to its Petro Stopping Centers Bordentown,

Saluting Next-Generation Leaders

By John Lofstock, editor-in-chief For many years, retail leaders have faced difficult challenges, but none more important than finding the next generation of leadership to guide the organization. Esteemed author and business consultant Jim Collins reminds us that great leadership is not a function of circumstance. Greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

Grow Seasonal Candy Sales This Winter

While Halloween is known to be a big seasonal candy driver, c-store retailers can also drive candy sales around Christmas and other holidays. A new report by Packaged Facts is showing that seasonal candy is driving sales at retail. Retailers see the candy department as a key profit zone. Holidays in particular are a key

October-November Comparisons Are In

Are these top 100 products in your convenience stores? By Bill Scott Four products tied for first place in best performance during this period. They were Monster Java Mean Bean 15-ounce to rank at No. 72, Jailhouse Time ended up in position No. 79, Monster Java Loco Moca 15-ounce to position No. 99, and Frito-Lay

Buc-ee’s Teams With Enchanted Rock, Texas Microgrid

Buc-ee’s prepares ahead to ensure service is available to customers during weather related emergencies. Texas-based Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores has partnered with Enchanted Rock Ltd. (“ERock”) and Texas Microgrid LLC in a long-term service agreement. Through the agreement ERock and Texas Microgrid will to provide back-up power to 10 stores, with the intent to serve all

Sheetz Debuts Three New C-Stores In Pennsylvania

The new convenience stores will offer free self-serve coffee for a limited time. Sheetz is set to open three new convenience stores in central Pennsylvania: Manheim, Hummelstown-Derry Township and York. The first opening is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 at the store in Manheim, located at 1205 Lancaster Road. On Dec. 15, Sheetz will welcome

Cumberland Farms Encourages High School Seniors To Apply For Scholarship

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to help 130 high school seniors with college costs. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its eight-state service area that time is running out to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. With the December 15, 2016 application deadline only two weeks away, the convenience

Starbucks Unveils Five-Year Plan, New Innovations

From an expanded food menu to the new My Starbucks Barista voice-activated ordering option through its mobile app, Starbucks takes innovation to the next level. Starbucks has outlined a number of changes coming to the company from a new CEO to the launch of Sous Vide Egg Bites in January 2017 and Certified Gluten-Free Breakfast

EMV: Stalled at the Pump?

Despite recently announced extension to 2020, retailers should not put off the EMV transition.  By Ed Collupy The convenience and fuel retailing industry is buzzing about the announcements from VISA, Mastercard, and American Express that they will delay most of the liability shift for automated fuel dispenser (AFD EMV chip card transactions by three years.

CSD Presents: 40 Leaders 40 and Under

Whether they’re in big corporations or modest c-store chains, individuals who shine—for professional successes and civic contributions—also form the backbone of the convenience store industry. Once again, CSD and the Young Executives Organization (YEO) collaborated to honor this year’s crop of inspiring industry leaders. A CSD Staff Report IN THE LAST FEW years, Millennials more

Growth Energy Testifies Before EPA on REGS Rule

Chris Bliley outlines concerns about impact of REGS Rule on developing market for E15. On Dec. 6 at a hearing in Chicago, Chris Bliley, director of regulatory affairs for Growth Energy testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. During his testimony, Bliley outlined Growth Energy’s concern

VERC Enterprises Awards Veterans Free Car Wash

Nearly 200 veterans took advantage of the special Veterans Day deal. VERC Enterprises Veterans Day program a success; company provides 186 service men and women with free car wash and wax Some 186 military veterans took good advantage of a Veterans Day program at VERC Enterprises that offered a free top tier car wash and

McLane To Service 29 C-Stores Acquired by Mirabito

McLane now handles all of Mirabito’s c-store locations in the Eastern region, bringing the total to more than 100 stores. McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions throughout the U.S., has been awarded services for 29 Xtra Mart c-store locations recently acquired by Binghamton, N.Y. -based Mirabito