EMV Fuel Pump Compliance Date Moves to 2020

Retailers have three extra years to become compliant. Mastercard and Visa are changing the automatic fuel dispenser liability shift date from October 2017 to October 2020. This decision applies only to automated fuel pumps. In a press release, Mastercard noted, “EMV compliance for fuel merchants with Automatic Fuel Dispensers brings significant regulatory and implementation challenges.

Sheetz To Transition to Cage-Free Eggs

Sheetz works to balance safety standards along with consumer demand and supply as it looks to go cage-free by 2025. Sheetz is committing to making a move toward cage-free eggs, with the goal of selling only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025. The shift is a component of its efforts toward offering a wide

Dekorra, Wis. Love’s Travel Stop Opens

Amenities include a Hardee’s restaurant and more than 70 parking spaces. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Dekorra, Wis.—its fifth travel stop in the state. The new location brings 73 truck-parking spots to Interstate 39/90, Exit 115. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more customers with the ‘Clean Places,

Sheetz Reaffirms Commitment To $47,500 Base Salary

Despite judge’s FLSA injunction, Sheetz plans to continue with planned salary increases. Sheetz has announced that all of the company’s salaried employees will earn a minimum base salary of $47,500 per year. The decision was made in connection to the proposed Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, which called

Kum & Go Celebrates New Marketplace Store Opening

First 99 customers to receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is set to open a new eco-friendly convenience store in West Des Moines Iowa on Dec. 1. The new store, located at 220 EP True Parkway will open its doors at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store

Food Gifts On The Rise

As the winter holidays approach, food gift purchases are expected to rise. Packaged Facts’ August 2016 market research report “Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition,” took a look at trends and innovations when it comes to gifting food. Innovations in seasonal gifts are becoming more personalized and designed for specific recipients. Targeting specific demographics

7- Eleven Introduces Four Palm Beach County C-Stores

An additional five stores in the Palm Beach County and a total of 20 stores in Southeast Florida are expected to open in 2017. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of four Palm Beach County c-stores by inviting local residents to store opening events that feature giveaways and free product samples. 7-Eleven plans to

EPA Finalizes Fuel Volume Requirements

Standards are expected to boost growth in biofuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, announced on Nov. 23, EPA finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel,

Parker’s Old Headquarters Find A New Use

New urban lofts now sit above Parker’s Market. Parker’s former headquarters has been converted into luxury loft vacation rentals for long-term or short-term use. The old headquarters building is at 222 Drayton St. in Savannah, Ga. Located directly above Parker’s Market, the urban lofts are elegantly appointed with stylish décor and feature sleek kitchen areas,

GPM Investments Donates to JGCF

C-stores raise funds to fight childhood cancer. GPM Investments LLC’s Village Pantry and Next Door Store convenience stores donated more than $32,500 to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF). Funds raised during their 2016 Icon Campaign will aid in the support of childhood cancer research. From June 20 through July 10 of this year, 161

VERC Enterprises Participates in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fundraiser

Helps raise $2,350 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently did its part to help the Suffolk University Fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon raise $2,350 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Nov. 12, VERC Enterprises donated $2 for every

Chevron, Texaco Customers Can Win Super Bowl LI Trip

Customers who swipe their Visa card at the pump are entered to win. Chevron through its partnership with Visa is offering customers a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. customers will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI from Visa when using

NRF Demands Further Action From Visa

After Visa changes its rules due to an FTC investigation, NRF calls on the card company to ensure removal of screens doesn’t void certification of retailers’ EMV systems. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Visa’s announcement on Nov. 22 that it will no longer use EMV technology and rules to improperly steer debit card transactions

Rutter’s Announces ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Recipients

Rewards members select three charities to receive donations. Rutter’s is set to award three local charities with a total of $75,000—$25,000 each, after the c-store chain’s “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. This is the second consecutive year Rutter’s has offered this program. Vote With Your Dollars enables customers to utilize the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Retailers Fight Card Companies Over Rights to Pricing Transparency

Anti-surcharge laws are anti-competitive retailers allege. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the Retail Council of New York State, Florida Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Designs vs. Schneiderman. The case takes up the issue of whether state no-surcharge laws unconstitutionally restrict retailers

Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

Marathon Petroleum Responds to Elliott Management Statements

Hedge fund suggests a breakup of the firm to unlock value, but MPC notes it is already taking aggressive actions. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has responded to hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which in a letter to MPC’s board alleged that the company is extremely undervalued and that it should consider a break up of

Thanksgivings Day Traditions Evolve

NPD Group looks at how cultural shifts are impacting Thanksgiving Day norms. Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves, a consumer qualitative insights company that looks at consumer behavioral data. A mix of influences—economic,

QuickChek Debuts Bordentown Store

Grand opening promotions include free coffee. QuickChek recently opened a new 5,496-square-foot c-store at the Rivergate Bordentown Waterfront located at 500 Route 130. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain opened the store on Nov. 8., with grand opening promotions including free large hot coffees for patrons from Nov. 8-Nov. 20. The new store will be open

Sheetz Welcomes New Public Relations Manager

Nick Ruffner brings wide range of communications experience to Sheetz. Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager. Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S.

Unified Commerce Not Yet A Reality

Numerous struggles exist on the path to creating an omni-channel environment, BRP finds. While an omni-channel approach might be a goal to strive for, few retailers are there today. According to Boston Retail Partners (BRP), savvy retailers know their current planning tools are not capable of supporting the unified commerce environment necessary to satisfy today’s

Boston Globe Lists VERC Enterprises Among Top Places to Work

VERC Enterprises makes the list for the fourth time. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has once again been named to the Boston Globe Top Places to Work list for 2016. VERC Enterprises was recognized as one of 125 companies in

Love’s Debuts New Locations in Texas and Tennessee

Customers have a chance to win prizes in celebration of Love’s surpassing the 400 stores mark. Texas and Tennessee drivers have more fueling, dining and parking options now that Love’s Travel Stops has opened new locations in Domino, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59 and Route 3129, and in White House, Tenn., along Interstate 65 and

Rutter’s Opens 66th C-Store, Sixth Site of 2016

Award winning food and world class convenience headed to Strasburg, Pa. Rutter’s introduced its 66th retail location and its fourth site in Lancaster County on Nov. 16 in Strasburg, Pa. The new convenience store will add 50 new jobs. The new Rutter’s is located in the central part of Strasburg near the train station, situated

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