NRF Urges House to Pass Association Health Plan Bill

“AHPs are an important building block toward improving access to affordable health coverage for our nation’s small businesses,” says NRF senior vp for government relations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Tuesday, asked the House to pass association health plan legislation scheduled for a vote this week, saying it would help small businesses compete with

App-Controlled C-Store Launches in Shanghai

A staff-free c-store looks to change the face of c-store retailing. Will future convenience stores be run by apps instead of employees? That seems to be the vision Swedish company Wheelys has in mind. Wheelys just opened the first app-controlled, staff-free convenience store in Shanghai. New Atlas Online reported that the new c-store is open

Enhanced Data A ‘Game Changer’ for Retailers

BRP finds real-time analytics offer major benefits, but retailers continue to struggle to use them. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers recognize the importance of enhanced data and analytics with 44% indicating improved analytics is a top priority. However, the ability to leverage analytics to improve business performance lags

Sheetz Introduces Claysburg Beer Cave

Claysburg Sheetz marks the ninth location to offer beer in Pennsylvania. Sheetz has debuted a fully-stocked beer cave at its store located at 12604 Dunnings Highway in Claysburg, Pa. “At Sheetz, we pride ourselves in giving our customers what they want, how they want it and when they want it, 24 hours a day and

NRF Asks House to Vote on ACA Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

The legislation would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring businesses to provide health insurance to full-time workers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its

Kum & Go Introduces New C-Store in Northwood, Iowa

The centerpiece of the store, an expanded and open food preparation area, greets customers. Kum & Go’s newest store opened for business on March 15. The new location is situated in Northwood, Iowa, at 818 Highway 105. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Iowa and was built with the new Marketplace store design,

QuickChek Announces New Hires and Promotions

Upper management and store-level jobs among newly-filled positions. QuickChek Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by preparing for the next 50 with new staff member hires and internal promotions. The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. continues to buck the current economic trend by opening new stores, expanding into new markets

Wawa Begins Annual Spring Hiring Campaign

Looks for c-store employees to fill 5,000 new positions. Wawa Inc. is set to begin its Spring hiring campaign with the goal of hiring more than 5,000 new associates during the next three months, with all of Wawa’s 750 stores across its six-state operating area looking to add new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will

Growth Energy Supports Bipartisan Senate Letter

Letter urges president to maintain point of obligation under RFS. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny proposed changes that would derail the current, successful program. The point of obligation designates

Yesway Grows in Iowa and Kansas

Buys a total of seven convenience stores. Yesway has acquired seven additional Midwest-based convenience stores. In Iowa, Yesway has acquired the Krueger’s Convenience Stores location in Grimes, and the Pronto Market location in Kanawha. Five Pic Quik stores in Hutchinson, Kan., have also been acquired and will be added to its existing portfolio. The company

Casey’s Selects SpeedLine for Expertise in Pizza Delivery

The new POS technology helps Casey’s streamline operations and boost sales. Casey’s General Store has selected SpeedLine Solutions Inc.’s integrated point of sale and enterprise restaurant management systems for the company’s expanding pizza delivery operations. Casey’s has installed SpeedLine point of sale systems in more than 200 locations to date. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store

TA-Petro Sponsoring Mid-America Trucking Show

New this year, TA Truck Service OnSITE truck and technicians will be on-site in the FREE truck parking lot, ready to work on rigs. TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers is set to be an exhibiting sponsor at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.,

7-Eleven, Ferrara Introduce Sour Sloths & New Slurpee Flavor

Now through April 30, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Sloth-filled treats. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Trolli, the sour gummie brand from Ferrara Candy Co., to introduce Trolli Sour Brite Sloths and a Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Both products will be exclusively available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide through April 30. The new Trolli Sour Brite

Petro Columbia Opens for Business

The newly-constructed facility offers a range of amenities including a Minit Mart store. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has completed construction on Petro Columbia, located at I-77, Exit 5 (2154 South Beltline Blvd.) Columbia, S.C. The new location is now open to the public.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Sees “Positive Results” in Q3

Works to consolidate its position as a leader in the convenience store industry. For its third quarter ended Jan. 29, 2017, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $287 million, representing 50 cents per share on a diluted basis. “Notwithstanding the headwinds seen in the overall retail industry during the quarter, we continue seeing positive

Louisiana Among States Now Offering E15 at the Pump

American consumers have surpassed 750 million miles on E15. Louisiana has become the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15% ethanol known as E15. The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac station in Baton Rouge – now one of 672 locations nationwide to offer

Samsung Pay Now Available Through ExxonMobil Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app. Payment just got more convenient for ExxonMobil customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. ExxonMobil has enabled Samsung Pay as a method of payment through the Speedpass+ mobile payment app, providing consumers with a simple and secure way to purchase Synergy fuel and car washes

ATMs Undergo Transition

Before last Thanksgiving, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of class action lawsuits by consumers, accusing Visa, Mastercard and several U.S. banks of conspiring to inflate the prices of ATM access fees in violation of antitrust law. The lawsuits in question accused the companies of adopting rules protecting themselves from competition with lower-cost ATM

Car Wash Potential Sparkles

According to reports, the U.S. auto industry reached a sales milestone of 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016. Not only is this larger volume of vehicles good for U.S. fuel marketers, it’s also good news for convenience store operators who offer car wash services. Coupled with lower gas prices, Americans are driving more, increasing demand

Ethanol Fuels Show Promise

Fuel sales have been the backbone of gas station operations since rumble seats were considered extreme in the 1930s. Today, that fact still remains as 80.1% of convenience stores (123,807) sell motor fuels, according to the “2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count Study.” Of course, in some 90 years of fuel trends, one of the

Optimism High Even as Gas Prices Grow

Southerners report the highest levels of economic optimism and Midwesterners report the lowest. Greater economic optimism could mean more sales for c-stores. Gas price are on the rise, but still three in five (61%) gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the state of the economy, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Sheetz Named Among Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

Comes in at 87th, up 10 positions from last year. Sheetz is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 20th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Sheetz, which ranked 87th,

Love’s Travel Stops Expands in Maryland

Increases parking spaces along Interstate 81. The second Love’s Travel Stop in the state of Maryland, located in Hagerstown has opened for business. Located on Interstate 81 and Showalter Road (Exit 10A), the new travel stop adds 84 truck-parking spaces to the area. “We recognize the need for truck parking and driver services across the

VERC Enterprises Teams with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center

Two students with Autism set to intern at Danvers c-store location. VERC Enterprises is teaming with Hopeful Journey Education Center, a private school approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, which provides a comprehensive education to students ages 3-22 diagnosed with Autism and requiring an individualized curriculum. VERC Enterprises is a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf

Wawa Rewards Members Enjoy Free Coffee Fridays

The March promotion is set to be Wawa’s largest Wawa Reward giveaway yet. Wawa Rewards members have a new reason to celebrate this March: Free Coffee Fridays. Everyone with a Wawa Rewards membership gets five free days of coffee—during every Friday in the month of March. This offer continues to make connecting with Wawa through