Adopting Ways to Obtain the Best Hires

Hiring managers often make the mistake of hiring the best applicants instead of the candidates who in the end make the best employees. By Mel Kleiman Six years ago, Convenience Store Decisions published an article I wrote that began: “Just two short years ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only had to

Expansion Funding Options

Large or small, convenience stores can access financing programs that best fit their growth plans.  By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Interest rates remain close to their historical lows but financing for many convenience store businesses continues to be elusive. Lower interest rates have translated into lenders and investors being more selective. How then, can convenience

Finding Property Tax Savings

There are four steps you can take to save money and improve your overall commercial property tax management. By Anne Joyner Sheehan Let’s face it. Taxes are never a convenient issue for business owners, no matter if the tax levied occurs at the federal, state or local level. The common denominator for businesses is one

Car Washes Still Sparkle

A car wash can be a profitable venture for convenience stores, but retailers should ensure they do their homework.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor A well-run car wash operation can do plenty of good for a convenience store, from driving traffic to promoting value and squeezing revenue out of more of the site’s square footage.

How Geography Impacts Sales

A store’s location, customer demographics and product mix play a big role in potential profits, but sometimes it’s the small business details that mean the most. By Bill Scott A few years ago, while counting items in one of our client’s stores, I noticed what appeared to be an out-of-balance situation involving Ben & Jerry’s

Biodiesel Crosses New Boundaries

Realizing financial incentives, attracting fleet customers and riding the sustainability wave are some of the benefits retailers can obtain by adding biodiesel. By Jon Scharingson Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. and you’re likely to hit a spot where selling biodiesel makes good business sense for convenience stores. Financial incentives in the

A Marketer’s Call to Action

Despite the dynamics that affect the convenience store industry today, established business associations still remain constructive partners. By Mark Radosevich At the time of this writing the presidential election is only 90 days away and there’s a perceptible mood of foreboding throughout the industry. After eight frustrating years of an illogical anti-business administration, it’s unfathomable

Small Town Heroes

There’s something about places where our roots remain. The same can be said about the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz Many years ago, when I was a young English teacher sitting in the teachers’ lounge, expounding upon why central New York was such a great place to live, the school’s guidance counselor chastised me

Street Corner Opens Two New Locations

Street Corner is bringing together convenience, grocery and deli services with its newest stores. Topeka, Kan.-based Street Corner has announced the opening of two new store locations, with one in Chattanooga, Tenn. and one in Jackson, N.J. These two new stores mark the chain’s 42nd and 43rd locations. Street Corner’s store designs run the gamut

Kum & Go Opens New Des Moines, Iowa Location

Kum & Go offered a number of promotions to celebrate the opening of its newest Marketplace location. On Fri., Sept. 23, Kum & Go opened its newly built location in Des Moines, Iowa. The new location, which is located at 6304 SW 9th Street, opened its doors at 6 a.m. The brand new, 6,200+-square-foot store

Thorntons Celebrates New Illinois Store Opening

Thorntons hosts a grand opening celebration for its newest Illinois store location. On Fri., Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Thorntons Inc. opened its newest store in Illinois. In celebration of the new store located at at 3233 Grand Avenue Waukegan, Ill., the company held an official ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony. In order to

Store Design for the Retail Environment

By John Matthews, founder and president, Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., and Kraig Kessel, co-founder, Kraido One of the most important challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business. There are only so many resources to go around and carving out the strategic time to not

Irving Oil Concludes its Pump Up the Fun Summer Giveaway

Irving Oil concludes its Summer Giveaway with the presentation of two major prizes. Two major prizes have been awarded as the Pump Up the Fun, $5 Million Summer Giveaway from Irving Oil has come to a close. To close out the summer contest, one lucky Massachusetts resident, Jenna Taylor, picked up her $100,000 grand prize

American Eating Habits are Evolving

How can retailers attract Millennials and earn their loyalty as consumers? As the dietary needs of consumers continue to evolve, supermarkets and other food retailers are constantly faced with the task of continuing to attract new generations of grocery shoppers. The task that faces food retailers today is attracting Millennial consumers and turning them into

Maverik Expands to Colorado Springs

Maverik is facing the competition with larger stores and a wide array of menu offerings. The convenience store competition is heating up in Colorado Springs, Colo. as Maverik has announced plans to expand into the territory, an area formerly dominated by 7-Eleven, Kum & Go and other convenience retailers. According to a recent report from

Seven-Eleven Japan Plans Aggressive U.S. Expansion

Seven-Eleven Japan is confident that its new expansion efforts will lead to great success. Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has announced plans for an aggressive expansion in the U.S. According to a recent report from The Japan Times, Seven-Eleven Japan has plans to open more than 10,000 stores throughout the U.S., increasing the company’s total store count

Tools to Gauge Your Corporate Culture

It’s never too late to determine what makes your company tick. By David Hite In my last article, we looked at the different types of company cultures and how they affect the whole organization. This month, I want to address a few items that pertain to assessing your company culture. As an organizational development and

ARCO and Goodwill Partner to Give Back to Local Communities

ARCO has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to transform the lives of the people in the community. Tesoro, owner of the ARCO brand, has announced a new partnership with Goodwill Southern California (GSC) in order to assist the nonprofit in furthering  mission of “Transforming Lives Through The Power Of Work.” GSC’s footprint spans across Los Angeles,

Western Convenience Stores Emerges from Bankruptcy

Petroleum Equity Group and Garrison Investment Group help pull Western Convenience out of bankruptcy. With the assistance of Petroleum Equity Group, Western Convenience Stores has undergone a financial restructuring, which has successfully pulled the company out of bankruptcy. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., the company remained in full operation during the bankruptcy period, which began on

C-Stores Compete for Millennial Foodservice Dollars

C-store competition heats up in Virginia. Wawa and 7-Eleven are heating up the competition in Virginia in an attempt to capture Millennial consumers. A new report from Daily Press has revealed that both companies are adding new stores in the state, with Wawa building a new store at Pembroke Avenue and Mercury Boulevard in Hampton,

Western Refining Partners with St. Jude to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Western Refining has launched a Halloween campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In an effort to help fight the monster that is pediatric cancer, Western Refining and St. Jude have joined together to raise money through a Halloween themed fundraising campaign. This year, parents of 16,000 children in the U.S. will

Leadership and a Changing Industry

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief Small- and family-owned businesses remain the backbone of the convenience store industry. Many chains have been successfully passed on from one generation to the next, but more and more, family executives these days seem to be expressing concern about passing the family business on to the next generation. This trend is

FAILED!

By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Most of us started out with the drive to do something outstanding with our lives; but, somewhere along the way, we felt compelled to compromise on the important things that resulted in a hum-drum existence of simply making a living, further exacerbated by the feeling that we had failed.

Parker’s Opens New Location on South Carolina

Parker’s continues its rapid expansion efforts with the opening of a new store in Port Royal, S.C. On Sept. 15, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of its newest retail store in Port Royal, S.C. As a part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held, which featured Beaufort County dignitaries. Port Royal

Kwik Trip Named No. 1 Large Company in Des Moines

Kwik Trip attracts employees with impressive benefits and profit sharing. The Des Moines Register’s 2016 survey of top workplaces has listed Kwik Trip as the No. 1 large company in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Kwik Trip was named No. 1 based on a number of criterion, including its extensive employee benefits. According to the

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