Buc-ee’s Expanding in Florida

Texas-based Buc-ee’s set to open a c-store in Dayton Beach, Fla. Buc-ee’s has plans to open a 50,000 square-foot Buc-ee’s convenience store, marking the chain’s first location outside of Texas. The Daytona Beach News Journal reported that Buc-ee’s agreed to purchase a 35-acre site and plans to open as soon as next year. The convenience

QC Team Members Among New Jersey Food Council Scholarship Winners

Twenty scholarships totaling $67,000 to help students pay for college. The New Jersey Food Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Education Development Scholarship Awards, and QuickChek team members were among the winners. Twenty member scholarships totaling $67,000 were awarded to an employee or family member of food industry related companies at a special

Techron Advantage Card Holders Save at Chevron, Texaco

New cardholders get a discount on gas during the first 60 days of opening an account. Chevron is offering Techron Advantage Credit Cardholders the opportunity to earn 15 cents in fuel credits on every gallon for the first 60 days from the account open date at Chevron and Texaco stations. The intro offer allows new

QuikTrip Tops List of Favorite Places to Fuel Up

Of gas station and c-store brands, Cumberland Farms places 2nd and Sheetz comes in third. From the most frequented c-stores to the fresh food quality, Market Force evaluated customer perceptions and preferences in its annual survey. QuikTrip and Costco are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks, according to a new study by Market

Identifying the C-Store Industry’s HR Challenges

The 2017 CSD/Humetrics HR Survey finds overall optimism for the year ahead, but concerns for staffing and turnover. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey. The results reported here are based on the respondents’ recent experiences

Rutter’s Customers Vote for Charity Donation Recipients

Rutter’s customers vote for the charity of their choice with every dollar spent at Rutter’s. Rutter’s has re-launched its ‘Vote with your Dollars’ program for 2017 and has announced 10 charities to participate in the third consecutive year of the philanthropic program. The charities include: Adams County SPCA Diakon Adoption and Foster Care House of

NACS SOI Summit Kicks Off

The NACS SOI Summit reveals industry numbers for the past year across key categories. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) Summit kicked off in Rosemont, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel on April 5. C-store retailers gathered to hear the economic outlook, as well as industry numbers and

Kum & Go Supports Habitat for Humanity ‘Home is Key’ Campaign

Kum & Go set to distribute several grants to local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Kum & Go convenience store customers have a chance to join the chain in its support of Habitat for Humanity this April as it embarks on its fourth year running partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build strength, stability and self-reliance

GPM Begins Operation of 92 Roadrunner Market Stores

With acquisition finalized, GPM now operates and supplies over 1,100 sites in 18 states, making it the 7th largest convenience store chain in the U.S. GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates have taken ownership of 92 convenience stores with fuel sales in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia operated by Mountain Empire Oil Co.

Kum & Go Expands in Coralville, Iowa

New convenience store features Marketplace prototype, including an elevated food experience. Kum & Go introduced its latest store location in Coralville, Iowa at 2600 Holiday Road. The 6,200+-square-foot store was built with the Marketplace store design and opened on March 30. To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive

NRF Applauds Committee Approval of Secretary of Labor

Calls the move a step toward restoring ‘fairness and balance’ at Department of Labor. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the committee approval of Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said quick confirmation by the full Senate would help bring back balance at an agency where “ideological whims” have blocked job creation. “The sooner

Mac’s Crime Prevention Success

As Mac’s works to deter theft, Harvard University is studying the convenience store chain’s approach to crime prevention. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores in central Canada is well known for having a multi-faceted approach to fighting crime and maintaining store security. CSD spoke with Sean Sportun, ICPS manager, security &

Food Quality Factors into Customers’ Gas Station Choice

National survey reveals gas prices still key in selecting a station. After years of fighting negative perceptions about food quality, customers are finally coming around to the idea that many c-stores have fresh, healthy food. What’s more, Americans are increasingly seeking out fueling locations based on the quality of the food associated with the gas

CITGO Honored For MDA Research Contributions

CITGO funds treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases through various fundraising events. CITGO Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing Alan Flagg accepted a special award for CITGO’s unprecedented contribution to MDA’s research program and was presented with a white coat by MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. The event took place

QuikTrip Expanding E15 to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth Stores

Joins Kum & Go, RaceTrac and Sheetz among others in offering E15. Customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will soon have more places to buy E15 fuel. QuikTrip, the Tulsa, Okla.-based chain of convenience stores, has joined major retailers selling E15—a biofuel that contains 15% ethanol—by announcing it will sell the fuel at 44 of

TravelCenters of America Announces 2017 Citizen Drivers Honorees

Honors professional truck drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC is honoring truck drivers with the announcement of its fourth annual “Citizen Driver” honorees during the Citizen Driver luncheon ceremony at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Citizen Driver recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession. TravelCenters launched the Citizen

NRF Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling on Swipe Fee Settlement

SCOTUS refused to take up the case, leaving in place last year’s ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to reinstate a class action lawsuit settlement that would have blocked merchants

RILA Celebrates SCOTUS Rejection of Interchange Settlement Reinstatement

Reinstating the settlement would have given banks and card networks “permanent immunity” from scrutiny of their anticompetitive practices. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that rejected an attempt by the country’s largest financial institutions and credit card companies to reinstate a class action settlement that had been

Easter Spending Set To Reach $18.4 Billion

An extra month of shopping means more sales—including $2.6 billion on candy. With Easter almost three weeks later than usual this year, U.S. customers are expected to spend a record amount as they prepare to celebrate, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics found spending for

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,