Card Skimming Hot Topic at NACS 2016

Convenience stores can take steps to protect themselves from data theft at the pump. By CSD Staff Many convenience retailers by now are aware of what card skimming is and the losses it can mean to an operation. As c-stores become more diligent in stopping the illegal practice, thieves of credit card information are becoming

With Major Shifts Ahead C-Stores Must Prepare

Cultural and demographic shifts are set to change consumer needs and subsequently how c-stores adapt to stay relevant. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor In an educational session titled, “Ready or Not! The World of Work is Changing (And What it Means for the Convenience Industry),” speaker John Martin, CEO and president of Southeastern

Love’s Travel Stops Returns To Gulfport, Miss.

Love’s adds 97 truck-parking spaces along Interstate 10. Love’s Travel Stops is back in Gulfport, Miss., following a seven-year absence from the area. The new Love’s is located at Interstate 10 and County Farm Road, three miles west of the original Love’s on Interstate 10 and Canal Road. The new location is larger and features

QuickChek Honored At Chain of the Year Award Dinner

QuickChek receives the oldest and most prestigious award for convenience retailing. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, QuickChek was honored as Convenience Store Decisions’ 2016 Convenience Store Chain of the Year at a dinner held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali Opens NACS General Session

From a food focus to threatening regulations, Kofdarali talks about the opportunities and challenges ahead for the c-store industry. “More than ever, I truly believe that food is our future,” said NACS 2015-16 Chairman Jack Kofdarali during his speech in Wednesday’s NACS Show general session. But, he cautioned that while all signs are pointing toward

Verifone’s McGuinness To Helm NACS Supplier Board

Coca-Cola’s Jay Ard named chair-elect. Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Co., was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named

NACS Announces Five New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

New members named during Board of Directors meeting at NACS Show in Atlanta. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced the election of new retail members to its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show

C-Stores Donate Almost $1 Billion To Charities in 2016

Nearly 100% of c-store companies surveyed say they give to charities. A new survey shows c-stores are helping the communities they serve through charitable donations. Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores

Nouria Energy Acquires F.L. Roberts’ C-stores, Car Washes

Atlantic Coast Enterprises purchases F.L. Roberts’ Jiffy Lube business. F.L. Roberts and Co. Inc. has sold its convenience store, car wash and Jiffy Lube businesses, with assistance from Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Affiliated companies of Nouria Energy Corp. purchased the convenience store and car wash businesses, and the Jiffy Lube business was acquired by

QuickChek, Tesla Launch Supercharger Station

Featuring more power than any existing charging station, the new supercharger station allows customers to charge on the go. QuickChek has joined forces with Tesla, the California-based maker of the award-winning electric Model S sedan and Model X SUV, to launch a Tesla Supercharger station at the company’s fresh convenience market in Ulster, N.Y. The installation

C-Stores Invest Over $6 Billion A Year to Upgrade Stores

Convenience store owners regularly update stores to meet the demands of modern customers. To keep pace with the needs of today’s consumers and the competition, convenience store owners are regularly revamping locations to add foodservice and other amenities. The U.S. convenience store industry cumulatively invested more than $6 billion in upgrading stores in communities across

Kum & Go’s Krause To Be Inducted Into Iowa Business Hall of Fame

Krause honored for contributions to Iowa’s business climate. The Greater Des Moines Committee is honoring Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go LC, by inducting him into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame, according to a report in the Business Record. Krause, along with two other inductees—Randy Winegard, CEO of Winegard Co. and

Cumberland Farms Accepting Believe and Achieve Applications

Embarks on 11th consecutive year for Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Cumberland Farms is helping prospective college students reach for their dreams. The c-store chain is accepting applications for the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, marking the 11th consecutive year the company will provide financial assistance to deserving high school seniors. The Believe and Achieve

Certus Partners with LDSP, National Vending On Tire Inflation

Together the three companies look to raise the bar for the tire inflation industry. In a move to continuing to change the way the tire inflation market operates in the U.S., Certus Manufacturing LLC (Certus) has formed new strategic partnerships with Lil’ Drug Store Products (LDSP) and National Vending. The partnerships, which took effect Sept.

McLane Co. Gives Sneak Peek of NACS Show Presentations

McLane Kitchen and new CVP line among showcased initiatives and items. McLane Co. Inc., has announced its 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show experience taking place Oct. 18-21 in Atlanta. As an annual exhibitor, McLane will highlight its many signature programs and initiatives including McLane Kitchen, Fresh Produce +, Consumer Value Products (CVP)

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate to Atlanta Food Bank

Some 33,000 pounds of donated food to help people in need. The Atlanta Community Food Bank just received a sizeable protein food donation, thanks to Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Atlanta Community Food Bank, which serves 29 counties, will distribute the donated food through its service network of 600

Quality Oil Adds Play at the Pump

Now c-store customers can play the lottery right at the fuel pump. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Quality Oil is adding lottery sales at its fuel-and-go kiosks. The company partnered with Linq3, adding Play at the Pump technology without expanding its physical footprint. Typically, industry-standard fuel kiosks cannot support many lottery technologies, such as lottery vending machines, due

LFFO Using Automation To Speed Delivery

Partnership with Descartes optimizes planning and scheduling to deliver fresh produce to market shelves in record time. Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is using the Descartes Route Planner On-demand solution to more efficiently deliver freshly-picked produce to wholesale markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) members. “Our mission is to deliver healthy, high-quality food within 24

Family Express Partners With Watchfire Signs

As Family Express moves into made-to-order foodservice it installs Watchfire electronic message centers. Family Express has selected Watchfire Signs to provide digital signage for its convenience store locations throughout the Midwest. Named the 2015 Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, Family Express is pivoting into made-to-order foodservice and needed a digital marketing platform

Delek Proposes Completing Alon USA Acquisition

Delek looks to purchase outstanding shares of Alon USA. After purchasing part of Alon USA last year, Delek US Holdings is looking to take its acquisition of the company’s assets further. Delek, on Friday, Oct. 14, delivered non-binding letter to special committee of the board of Alon USA, in which it proposed a potential business

TA Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

New restaurant marks 61st opened by TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced that the TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Matthews located at I-55 Exit 58 (854 State Hwy 80), in Matthews, Mo. The new Popeyes

Kroger Stores in North Carolina Donate To Hurricane Matthew Relief

Joins forces with American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide supplies. Kroger’s 14 North Carolina stores are donating more than $60,000 in goods to Hurricane Matthew-impacted locations within North Carolina. Kroger has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide the supplies needed to bring relief to the

Break Time Debuts MyTime Rewards Program

Loyalty program powered by Paytronix rolling out to 74 Break Time c-stores this December. MFA Oil’s retail division, Break Time, a chain of convenience stores located in Missouri and Arkansas, is launching a new Paytronix-powered MyTime Rewards program. Break Time selected the Paytronix Rewards platform for its comprehensive capabilities, including its integration to NCR’s Radiant

Wawa ‘Fall Free for All’ Promotion Rewards Guest

Wawa to double the number of giveaways since the start of 2016 with new fall c-store promotion. Guests to Wawa convenience stores have the chance to win a record number of giveaways this fall. Wawa has introduced its Fall Free for All promotion, making connecting with Wawa through its mobile app and Wawa Rewards program

Sunoco Completes Denny Oil Acquisition

Acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s existing c-store and wholesale fuel distribution business in east Texas and Louisiana. Sunoco LP has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries completed the acquisition of Denny Oil’s convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business for approximately $53 million. This acquisition includes six company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a