Experience or Talent?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Skim through online job ads and you’ll find about 95% of them have one word in common: “Starting wages based on experience…” “Looking for experienced, energetic servers and kitchen staff…” “We are currently seeking an experienced office assistant…” Why is it that experience is so often our number one criteria?

Loblaw Considers Sale of Fuel Sites

Loblaw is looking to attain a strategic buyer for its fuel sites in an attempt to elevate company value to its customers. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. has announced the completion of its strategic review of its gas bar operations. According to a report from the Montreal Gazette, Loblaw has announced plans to engage potential buyers for

Lawson Convenience Chain Looks to Expand in U.S. Market

Lawson may be following in the footsteps of 7-Eleven, as the company has announced plans to expand overseas. Japan’s second largest convenience store operator, Lawson Inc., has announced plans for expansion into the U.S. market, as the company increases its overseas expansion efforts. A report from The Japan Times stated that the chain has set

U.S. Representative Leonard Lance Participates in NACS In Store Program

The NACS In Store program continued on June 1, as another U.S. Representative spent the day serving in a local convenience store. As a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) In Store program, U.S. Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey spent the morning of June 1 getting acquainted with members of the

Pilot Flying J Becomes a Summer Travel Stopping Destination

Upgraded amenities and a new variety of meal options will attract increased traffic to Pilot Flying J this summer. Pilot Flying J is has launched special summer discounts and an expanded variety of menu items to offer the perfect stopping place for this summer’s record number of travelers. A recent survey from AAA has revealed

Ricker’s Offers Fee-Free ATMs

Ricker’s is helping to save its customers’ money by offering free ATM cash withdrawals. Ricker’s Convenience Stores has announced that it will now offer free ATM cash withdrawals at its convenience locations. According to a report from NACS, customers at all 56 Ricker’s locations can now make feeless cash withdrawals, regardless of where they bank.

Emotion and Logic

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Recently, I posted a link to an article regarding the effects Amazon has had on retailers. Many of you will suggests that Amazon has had little effect on the convenience store industry. On its surface I would agree… kind of. But I would also append that remark with the

CITGO Combats Muscular Dystrophy

2016 marks the 30th year of the partnership between CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Over the past 30 years, the partnership has raised nearly $200 million for the nonprofit health organization. In January 1986, CITGO partnered with MDA, and the company is now the organization’s largest corporate sponsor. CITGO and its

Mutual Oil Sells Unbranded Fuels Business

Selling its unbranded fuels business to TAC Energy will expand fuel supply, logistics capabilities and support services that Mutual can provide. Truman Arnold Cos. (TAC Energy) has completed the acquisition of the high volume unbranded fuels business from Mutual Oil Co. Inc. The transaction was advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Dallas-based TAC Energy

Global Partners to Sell and Leaseback 33 C-Stores

A new sale and leaseback agreement will grant debt reduction and financial flexibility to Global Partners. Global Partners recently announced an agreement for the sale and leaseback of 33 gas stations and convenience stores to a premier institutional real estate investor. The stores will be sold for approximately $67 million, and the sale is expected

Parker’s Hires New Fuel Administrator

Parker’s has hired a business economics expert as the company’s newest fuel administrator. Portia Keene has been hired as Parker’s newest fuel administrator. Keene is now responsible for completing fuel contracts as well as maintaining a record of sales and fuel delivery diversions in all states where Parker’s conducts business. A business economics expert, Keene

QuickChek Redefines “Fresh Convenience”

QuickChek customers can now use their smart phones to order, customize and select a convenient pick-up time for menu items. QuickChek customers can now order from among the brand’s freshly prepared menu items in advance, using their smart phones, making it easier than ever for customers to get their hands on their favorite QuickChek menu

Dunne Manning Acquires District Petroleum

Matrix has announced the successful sale of District Petroleum and related entities to Dunne Manning.  Dunne Manning Inc. has officially closed on its acquisition of District Petroleum Products Inc. and its related entities. The transaction was advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. District Petroleum, headquartered in Huron, Ohio, owns and operates 22 Hy-Miler convenience

Rutter’s Voted Best of York, Pa.

Rutter’s has been voted the best convenience store in York, Pa. Rutter’s Farm Stores was recently nominated in five different categories, and readers of The York Daily Record and The York Sunday News have voted the chain as first in three categories and third in the other two categories for which it was nominated. Rutter’s

QuikTrip Extends Fuel Management Contract

QuikTrip Extends 23-Year Relationship with WEX. QuikTrip has announced that it will continue its long-standing fuel management program with WEX Inc. WEX is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, and QuikTrip, a prominent convenience store and gasoline marketer, has agreed to continue to market their co-branded and proprietary commercial card programs. “We are honored

TravelCenters Opens New Full-Service TA Stopping Center

TravelCenters has opened a new full-service location that will help drivers stay fit, clean and connected, while offering all of the traditional driver amenities. TravelCenters of America LLC has completed the construction of the new TA Stopping Center in Caryville, Tenn. The newly constructed store, located at I-75, Exit 141 (305 Howard Baker Hwy), offers

Nouria Tapping Retail Potential

In the past 10 years, Nouria Energy Corp. has put together a savvy organization, which is taking the necessary steps to grow its retail brand in New England. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There comes a point in every successful convenience store company’s existence wherein it’s time to broaden the customer base, introduce new products

NAG Continues its Support of Higher Education

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter of higher education. To remember John’s work and his longtime support of NAG, we are proud for

Dos Equis Announces Summer Marketing Initiative

Dos Equis is encouraging consumers to choose interesting through the brand’s summer program. Dos Equis has announced the launch of its Choose Interesting summer program. Choose Interesting is a 360° retail and on-premise program that will encourage consumers to Choose Interesting and make the most of the season’s celebrations, while anticipating the launch of the

Global Partners Enters Sales Agreement with Mirabito

A new agreement between Global Partners and Mirabito will grow Mirabito’s c-store portfolio by 31. Global Partners LP has announced that it will soon be selling 31 gas stations and convenience stores to Mirabito Holdings Inc. The stores that are being sold are located in New York and Pennsylvania. In addition, the parties will enter

Growth in British Convenience Store Market

New research from Mintel has revealed that the growing popularity of convenience stores in the British market can be partially attributed to consumers’ desire for a quick shopping trip. Research from Mintel has revealed that the increased popularity of “top-up” shopping has driven customers to convenience stores more often. Ever since the British sitcom, ‘Open

Hy-Vee Looks to Expand to the Twin Cities

Hy-Vee has plans to stir up competition among convenience stores in the Twin Cities. Hy-Vee recently announced plans to expand its business to the Twin Cities market. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Hy-Vee is looking, not only to bring its full-scale grocery stores to the area, but also some smaller

365 by Whole Foods Market Opens in Los Angeles

A number of different amenities and grocery options are now available to customers of the newly opened 365 by Whole Foods Market.  On May 25, 2016, 365 by Whole Foods Market made its official debut in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, where the new 28,000 square-foot store has finally opened its doors for business. The

Stripes Convenience Stores Expands In Port Arthur, Texas

Lamar State College Port Arthur receives a donation at the ribbon cutting. Stripes Convenience Stores has opened its second c-store in the Port Arthur, Texas area. Stripes Stores celebrated the new store with a grand opening fiesta ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, May 20 at 3600 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. The ribbon cutting included a $1,000

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Associate General Counsel

Jerami Davidson to represent BW Gas & Convenience in all legal matters. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm, has welcomed Jerami Davidson as Associate General Counsel. BW Gas & Convenience owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores in selected regions of the

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