How to Protect Yourself from ADA Lawsuits

Five ways business owners and facility managers can protect themselves from ADA lawsuits when building new facilities. By Brad Gaskins Irene Bowen shared alarming statistics and noteworthy news last week week at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s class titled ADA and Facility Access Compliance: An Advanced Interpretation and Application Workshop on Federal Accessibility

Play at the Pump Gains Popularity

Playing the lottery in North Carolina is now more convenient and efficient than ever. There is a new way to play the lottery in North Carolina, and consumers are taking notice. The partnership between Linq3, creator of Play at the Pump technology, and the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) has now surpassed $1 million in

Gulf Offers Increased Rewards to New Gulf Visa Card Holders

New Gulf Visa Card holders will receive extra rewards points on purchases at Gulf stations for their first two billing cycles. Gulf Oil has now launched a summer campaign to encourage customers to apply for the Gulf Visa Card. The new program offers incentive to consumers for becoming a Gulf Visa Card holder. During the

QuickChek Debuts New C-Store Location

Donates a portion of sub and sandwich sales to Bloomingdale Butler Youth Club in celebration. QuickChek has opened a new Butler, N.J. convenience store, which began welcoming customers on Aug. 9. The new c-store measures 4,542-square-feet and is located at 1268 Route 23. It will be open 24 hours a day, enabling customers to create

Chevron Expands Rewards Program

Rewards between Chevron and Albertsons Co. expands into southern Louisiana. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Albertsons Cos. LLC have announced further expansion of their fuel rewards program to customers in southern Louisiana. The expansion of the fuel rewards program helps to maximize value and savings for both Albertsons and Chevron

Reinventing Sobeys Express

It’s still early in the rollout of Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc.’s new convenience store program, but the results are promising. By David Bennett, Senior Editor It’s true that every chain begins with one link. Of course, it helps when you have several other chains to take up the slack, if necessary. Last December, Sobeys Inc.—a

Northwest Petroleum Hosts Charity Classic Golf Tournament

Proceeds to benefit The Lighthouse of Houston, which provides resources for the blind and visually impaired. Northwest Petroleum LP is set to hold its first Charity Classic Golf Tournament in which all proceeds will benefit The Lighthouse of Houston, an organization that is dedicated to providing education, recreation and career resources for the blind and

TA C-Store Acquisitions Boost Second Quarter Results

Significantly lower market prices for fuel cause fuel revenue declines. TravelCenters of America reported its second quarter financial results, including for the c-store segment where are up 161.4%, compared to the second quarter of 2015, due to gains in fuel sales volume from the 172 sites it has acquired in the past year. “During the

Fastrac Debuts New C-Store

The new convenience store is the largest for the chain to date and features an upgrade c-store model. Fastrac recently opened a new convenience store store on Oriskany Street in Utica, N.Y. The new Utica store bears little resemblance to its former self, which stood less than a quarter mile away from the present site.

Speedway Chooses FleetCor to Manage its Fuel Card Program

FleetCor will help Speedway to expand the reach its SuperFleet program. Speedway LLC has chosen FleetCor Technologies Inc. to manage the company’s commercial fuel card program. Under the terms of this new agreement between FleetCor and Speedway, FleetCor Technologies will provide a variety of services in support of Speedway’s SuperFleet program including transaction processing and

CST Brands Releases Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CST Brands encountered impressive growth, both in stores and at the pump, during the second quarter of 2016. CST Brands Inc. has released the company’s financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2016. “During the second quarter of 2016, we grew the company with impressive results both inside the stores and at the

Green Zebra Earns its Stripes

With a focus on healthy food, aggressive expansion plans and a c-store model that evades the boundaries of normal classification, Green Zebra gallops ahead.   By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The moment customers set foot inside a Green Zebra store, it’s clear this isn’t the type of convenience store where “Bubba” buys his smokes

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Two new Love’s locations offer drivers along two busy highways a new place to park and dine. Love’s Travel Stops is offering drivers in Florida and Arkansas a new option for dining and parking when they’re on the go. On Aug. 4, 2016, Love’s opened the doors to a new store in Hawthorne, Fla., along

Sunoco LP Releases Second Quarter 2016 Financial and Operating Results

Sunoco LP has revealed a number of accomplishments from the second quarter of 2016. Sunoco LP has released its financial and operating results for the recent three-month period ending June 30, 2016. Revenue totaled $4.1 billion, a decrease of 19.6%, compared to $5.1 billion in the second quarter of 2015. The decline was the result

Gulf Oil Strikes Up Two New Partnerships

Gulf has partnered with two MLB teams to promote its online shopping rewards program. Gulf Oil has teamed up with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets to promote the company’s online shopping rewards program: Power Points. Customers in the Boston market who enroll in the Power Points program between July 1 and

RaceTrac Reflects the Future

RaceTrac Petroleum in the last few years has topped itself, which leaves something for other convenience stores to aspire to. By Jim Callahan I was seriously wowed recently and I loved every minute of it, and thought I’d share the occasion with you. On a beautiful night in historic Newnan, Ga., which is 30 minutes

Giving Back to the Communities You Serve

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief Being a good corporate citizen isn’t something convenience store operators can take lightly. In fact, giving back to the community should be considered part of the cost of doing business, not to mention part of a company’s long-term mission In today’s competitive convenience store industry, your corporate values and what you

Comcast Customers Can Now Pay Their Bills at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven offers Comcast customers a convenient and simple around-the-clock location to pay their bills in cash. 7-Eleven is now making it easier than ever for Comcast customers to pay their TV, Internet or phone bills with cash. Comcast customers now have the option to pay their bills with cash at one of more than 7,700

Will Fewer Employees Become the Norm?

In the pursuit of efficiency, c-store operations are changing. But, is it for the better? By Fran Duskiewicz Near where I live, the Target and Walmart stores have installed self-checkout sections with scale scanners, payment systems and bagging units available 24 hours a day.  They’re always busy and customers seem comfortable with the process, handling

The Art of Negotiation

Many convenience stores that rely on vendors to supply their retail operations know there’s some give-and-take involved when it comes to relationship building. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Part of running a profitable c-store business involves effectively negotiating supply contracts and employing solid direct store delivery (DSD) management. Both require experience, a command of a

Why Do Your Employees Think You’re Rich?

Most of your store personnel are unaware of just how much money it takes to operate your business. By Mel Kleiman While your reality may be otherwise, your people probably think you’re rolling in dough simply because you write their paychecks. On top of that, you own your own business, drive a nice car and

Kellogg’s Launches Promotion for Convenience Channel

Kellogg’s has launched an exciting, Olympics themed promotion in the convenience store channel. The Kellogg Co. is bringing the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympics to convenience stores with the new Kellogg’s Win Gold promotion. “The spirit of the Olympics is contagious,” said Gavin Bowyer, senior director of morning foods and bars. “The ceremonies, the

Massachusetts Makes Equal Pay Mandatory

A new law requires that men and women be paid equally for comparable work in Massachusetts. On Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, during a Statehouse ceremony, Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill into law. According to a report from CBS Boston, the new law, which will take effect July 1, 2018, requires

The Awesome Power of Inventory

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC It was in the summer of 1984, 32 years ago, a time that preceded the commercial use of the Internet; when Microsoft Windows, Networking, Powerpoint, the World Wide Web, Web Browsers, E-mail, J-Peg images, Broadband, Google, Wi-Fi and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” were yet to materialize. My newest

Scotsman Ice Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Scotsman has hired an individual with an impressive foodservice background to serve as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. Scotsman Ice Systems has hired Nick Mirkovich as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, Mirkovich is now responsible for managing sales through distribution, key chain and