40 Under 40: Saluting the C-Store Industry’s Next-Generation Leaders

Young executives across the industry are assuming greater responsibilities in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and technology. CSD partnered with the Young Executives Organization (YEO) to look at these emerging leaders. A CSD Staff Report Growth in the c-store industry today, as it was decades ago, is a complex, multi-tiered web that requires everyone


CVS Hosts Three-Day Holiday Sale

CVS offers shopper incentives to bring in business on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year. CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards members will have extra savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at all 7,900 CVS/pharmacy locations. The three-day event kicks off Thanksgiving Day and goes through Saturday, Nov. 28. A three-day circular can

Dollar General Offers Customers Seven Days of Savings

Dollar General is kicking off the holiday shopping weekend early. Dollar General is offering customers seven straight days of savings for their holiday shopping. Customers who shop online and at one of its more than 12,000 retail locations between Sunday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 28 can take advantage of these promotional sales. “Dollar General

TravelCenters Unveils RoadKing Family

TravelCenters RoadKing Family edition highlights the importance of the country’s truck driving industry. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers, has published RoadKing Family, a special annual edition of its popular RoadKing magazine. RoadKing Family has been mailed to the homes of more the 150,000 professional drivers who have earned the most UltraONE

How to Get the Most Out of Consumer Optimism

Consumers are more optimistic about finances this year, but they are still looking for the best prices of the season. According to an independent study from Synchrony Financial, consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year with optimism about their personal finances. Nearly half (47%) of surveyed consumers indicated that they are more confident in their financial

How Turkey Hill Is Attracting Black Friday Shoppers

Turkey Hill is drawing in business with Black Friday offers that shoppers just can’t pass up. The majority (nearly 57%) of holiday shoppers have already made a dent in this year’s holiday shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, these shoppers began their gift search in early November. This is the highest percentage of early

VERC Named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists

Ranks 15th on the list based on 2014 revenue. VERC Enterprises has been named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the region’s largest family-owned businesses. Published in a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal, the lists provide a unique source to track the progress of local sectors and the key

SuperAmerica Employees Protest

SuperAmerica employees seek higher authority in an attempt to improve terms of employment. SuperAmerica employees recently participated in a protest at the company’s headquarters in Woodbury, Minn. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal, company employees sought to meet with president Jack Helmick to ask for higher pay, a policy ensuring workers of all races

How To Design for Efficiency

From aesthetics to flow, store design can make or break your customers’ shopping experience. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Aesthetics. Interior design. Customer flow. Those terms aren’t necessarily the first thoughts that come to mind when discussing convenience stores. But, increasingly, these are items that c-stores are considering when designing new stores. Whether it’s helping

How To Operate With a Vision for the Future

This retailer’s natural growth progression and organic ingenuity has it well suited to compete in the New York state marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Not every convenience store operates with a full vision for the future. Some in the industry seem to function in the dark for the most part, blindly trying new innovations

How Consumers Are Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 2015

Millennials tend to be Thanksgiving Day shoppers. A recent survey from MarketResearch.com has offered some insights into Thanksgiving 2015. As many consumers gear up for holiday weekend bargains, a big group is also shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly $2.4 billion will be spent on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin

Rebranding Corner Store

CST Brands is rebranding its stores to create a refreshing atmosphere for shoppers. CST Brands Inc. has announced a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within three years. CST has unveiled its first rebranded Corner Store built from the ground up. The store

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Loves provides a new place to rest for travelers in Maryland and Wisconsin.  Love’s Travel Stops has recently opened the doors of two new store locations. The new stores are located along Interstate 68 in Cumberland, Md, and along Interstate 94 in Menomonie, Wis. The 24/7 travel stops each feature seven showers, RFID cardless fueling

Rutter’s Donates Thousands to Local Charities

Rutter’s has donated a total of $75,000 to local charities through its new philanthropic program.  Rutter’s has identified the three charities that will receive $25,000 each from Rutter’s new “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. Rutter’s new corporate giving program, Vote With Your Dollars, has enabled customers to utilize technology and the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Do You Really Know How Well Your Hiring System Works?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics A restaurant client of ours was having trouble recruiting qualified applicants and puzzled as to why. I suggested they test their system by sending one of their best employees to another one of their locations to apply and she ended up getting the brush off! Turns out she walked in at

Think Like an Applicant!

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In light of the ever-tightening labor market, you can’t afford to lose even one promising applicant. So, let me ask once again, are you making it easy for jobseekers to get into your hiring system? Case in point: One client thought they had “made it easy,” by adding the following

RaceTrac Automates Accounting, Pricing and Inventory Management

Adds PDI’s financial and retail software packages to more than 600 stores. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has completed its rollout of PDI/ Enterprise. PDI is a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries. PDI’s software package includes financial, retail, wholesale petroleum and workforce management product offerings. Atlanta-based RaceTrac,

QuickChek’s Graczyk Among Veterans Who Rang NASDAQ Bell

U.S. companies are being encouraged to hire more veterans. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a select group of military veterans was invited to ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ in Times Square. Among the chosen veterans was Bob Graczyk, QuickChek’s vice president of human resources. Graczyk, a retired officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with

TravelCenters To Acquire Quaker Steak & Lube

TravelCenters to convert some of its existing full-service restaurants to the Quaker Steak & Lube brand. TravelCenters of America LLC has agreed to acquire Quaker Steak & Lube® casual dining restaurants and certain related assets, including existing restaurant operations, restaurant franchise program and bottled sauces for retail sale business, for $25 million. Founded in 1974,

BRP Releases its Vision of the Future Store

The future store will seamlessly transition customers from digital retailing. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) is formulating a transformation of the store environment. BRP has published “The Future Store Manifesto” to illustrate its vision of the future store and to identify the challenges that retailers will face in delivering the experience consumers expect. “Stores must now encompass both worlds – the

ETP and Sunoco Announce Dropdown Transaction

Energy Transfer Partners is confident that Sunoco will continue to grow into the future. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) L.P. and Sunoco LP have announced an approaching dropdown transaction. The dropdown will equate to approximately $2.226 billion, and it includes the dropdown if of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC and 100% interest in the legacy Sunoco

Low Fuel Prices May Raise Black Friday Spending

C-stores can expect traffic from Black Friday shoppers, along with regular travelers this holiday shopping season. A new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that nearly half (42%) of all regular Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season as a result of lower gas prices. Shoppers

Consumers Expected To Spend More This Holiday Season

Harris Poll shows consumer confidence is up, with customers are planning on purchasing more toys for pets and children this year. Nearly six in 10 Americans (58%) are planning to purchase toys as gifts this holiday season, a seven point jump from last year’s 51%, according to a recent Harris Poll of 2,225 U.S. adults

How To Optimize Merchandising

The key to adding sales at checkout is having the proper products on display by the register. As consumers needs evolve and the retail landscape continues to change, so must retailers. Shoppers are making purchases in more ways than ever before, and it is up to retailers to evolve with the changing needs of consumers.

Stripes Moves Operations

Energy Transfer Partners has announced that Stripes will be moving some of its business North. Stripes’ owner is planning to move more of its operations from southern Texas to Dallas. According to a report from the Caller-Times, company officials recently informed employees that Stripes will soon open an office in Dallas, where Energy Transfer Partners,