NRF Speaks Out After Labor Secretary Nomination

Calls for a Labor Secretary who will ‘put the American economy ahead of partisan politics.’ The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to head the federal Department of Labor: “The secretary of labor plays an important role in many

QuickChek Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Promotions

Starting Feb. 20, consumers can enjoy deals from free coffee and fountain drinks to buy-one-get-one foodservice offers. QuickChek is celebrating its 50th anniversary by rewarding c-store customers with 10 weeks of promotions, featuring five offers per week. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain will begin offering a variety of in-store and mobile app

Parker’s Welcomes New District Manager

Troy Krout brings more than 20 years of retail experience to his new role at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s convenience stores recently hired retail industry veteran Troy Krout as district manger. In his new position, Krout is responsible for overseeing daily operations at Parker’s stores in coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Krout brings

Love’s Partners With Reflexis

Adds workforce manager for budgeting, forecasting and labor scheduling, as well as a retail store auditing program, among other solutions. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a travel stop operator with more than 400 locations in 40 states, has selected the Reflexis workforce management suite of solutions. Love’s locations provide, fuel, snacks, travel items, motorist

Pairing Menus and Automation

Technology for menu boards and kiosks is quickly revamping how foodservice is being delivered in the convenience channel. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Utilizing traditional back-lit LED frames for menu boards, Pride Stores, a St. Charles, Ill.-based retailer with 12 stores, wanted to step its foodservice program up a notch. The opportunity arose when the

Despite Gas Price Fluctuations Consumer Optimism Stays Strong

Southern consumers are the most optimistic in the U.S. A majority of Americans (57%) are optimistic about the economy as gas prices fell by five cents per gallon over the past month, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Consumer Fuels Survey of U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle at

Wheeler Ridge Petro Stopping Center Opens New Arby’s

TA Restaurant Group now operates eight Arby’s locations. The TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Arby’s and drive-through adjacent to the Petro Stopping Center in Wheeler Ridge located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (Laval Road W.), in Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new Arby’s will serve their delicious variety of meaty sandwiches and crave-able sides such

QMart Donates $20,000 to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Funds to help fund staff hotline, one on one parent coaching and more. Northwest Petroleum (NWP)’s convenience store, QMart recently donated $20,000 to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK), a national organization that helps families coping with drug abuse by providing counseling support and other invaluable resources on the path to recovery. QMart organized and

Parker’s Introduces Revamped Market

Dramatically-renovated flagship location offers chopped salad bar, hot Panini and milkshakes in addition to other new features. Parker’s recently re-opened its Parker’s Market location at 222 Drayton St. in downtown Savannah, after giving the c-store a dramatic interior renovation and adding a number of innovative food and beverage options. “We’re building on our commitment to

Grab and Go Gets Hot

As dayparts blur and snacking soars, Rutter’s appeals to customers with quality and variety. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ 66 locations offer a complete grab-and-go experience with 83 hot grab-and-go offerings. Items span many flavors and sizes of burgers, fried & grilled chicken sandwiches, subs and wraps, tornados, pork egg rolls and stromboli. The York, Pa.-based retailer’s

Kum & Go, Thorntons Join Growth Energy as Associate Members

Both convenience store retailers participate in the Prime the Pump program to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy announced that two leading fuel retailers, Kum & Go and Thorntons, have joined Growth Energy as associate members. “We are thrilled to welcome Kum & Go and Thorntons to the Growth Energy team,” said

Parker’s Welcomes New Controller

Keith Saltzman’s financial expertise to help optimize financial operations at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s recently hired financial expert Keith Saltzman as the company’s Controller. In his new position, Saltzman is responsible for overseeing all company accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and financial data audits. Before joining Parker’s, he served as the chief financial officer and

Love’s Introduces Kansas Travel Stop On U.S. Highway 169

The new travel top marks the second along U.S. Highway 169. Love’s Travel Stop in Chanute, Kan., has opened for business. Love’s 22nd location in Kansas brings driver services to U.S. Highway 169 at 190th Road. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more Customers with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s

Chevron Expands Loyalty Program to Southern California

Partnership with Albertsons helps grocery shoppers gain gas rewards at Chevron and Texaco. Albertsons Cos. LLC and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Southern California. The expansion of the Gas Rewards program, already in place

Valentine’s Day Spending Dips

The number of people surveyed who plan to celebrate the holiday has dropped by nearly 10 percentage points since 2007. For the past decade, customers have been increasing their Valentine’s Day spending, but according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to

Leonard E. Belcher Divests Commercial Fuels and Wholesale Distillate Businesses

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to L. E. Belcher during sale. Sprague Operating Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Sprague Resources LP acquired Leonard E. Belcher Inc.’s distillate terminal assets and commercial fuels and wholesale distillate businesses. The acquired assets consist of two pipeline supplied distillate terminals and a distillate

Food Origin, Transparency Among Key Customer Concerns

Some 50% of customers surveyed listed plants as the best source of protein. Food origin is an important consideration for today’s shoppers, as they want to know how their food is produced, transported and handled. This is one of hundreds of findings in “What’s in Store 2017,” the latest edition of the annual trends publication

Convenience Store Industry Grows

The convenience store industry has grown its store count by 63% in the last 30 years. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores as of Dec. 31, 2016, a 0.2% increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The industry store count has

Pilot Flying J Reveals Road Warrior Contest Winners

Three professional drivers receive cash prizes. Pilot Flying J has announced the winners of its third annual Road Warrior campaign. Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Ga., Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kan., and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the grand, second and third place Road Warrior winners respectively. In September 2016, Pilot Flying J

CITGO Named ‘Official Fuel Sponsor’ of Boston Marathon

CITGO presence to extend beyond race day to the months leading up to the event on April 17. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the beginning of a multiple-year sponsorship agreement, making the Houston-based oil refining and marketing company the Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Since 1965, CITGO has

Parker’s, WSAV Partner To Recognize Outstanding Students

U.S. Naval Academy student receives academic scholarship. Parker’s partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Madeline Prince, a senior at Hilton Head Island High School on Hilton Head Island, S.C. who plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the Fall of 2017. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Prince with

Ricker’s Launches Merchandise Pricing and Promotion Solution

Partners with Kalibrate to grow inside store profits. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores recently collaborated with Kalibrate, a provider of strategy and technology services to the global fuel and convenience retail industry, to optimize its retail merchandise pricing strategy. With a strategic objective to increase gross profits at targeted revenue objectives in its 56 convenience retail

NOCO Express Opens New C-Store

After three-month remodel, acquired c-store features Tim Hortons, fresh food and expanded beverage variety. NOCO Express officially celebrated the grand opening of its newest City of Buffalo, N.Y. location at 2058 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Amherst Street. The family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience chain purchased the former Sunoco location in 2016 and recently

Harvest Partners Acquires Minority Interest in GPM

GPM looks to work with Harvest Partners to find and assess acquisition opportunities. Harvest Partners SCF, LP has completed the acquisition of a $62.5 million minority ownership position in GPM Investments LLC, the largest privately-owned convenience store company in the United States. GPM is led by president and CEO Arie Kotler. The investment provided liquidity

Parker’s Continues Community School Donations

On the first Wednesday of each month, Parker’s donates a portion of gas sales to a local school. Parker’s recently donated $5,000 to Bryan County Schools through the company’s popular Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of the sale of every gallon of gas on the first Wednesday of each month to area