New Holyoke, Mass. Circle K

An abandoned lot in Holyoke, Mass. has been transformed into a new, state of the art Circle K. A new Circle K Convenience Store recently opened in Holyoke, Mass. According to a report from Mass Live, the new store, located at 337 Appleton St. recently hosted a grand opening celebration, at which mayor Alex Morse

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7-Eleven Signs New Deal with Card Isle

Five 7-Eleven locations are now the home of new greeting card kiosks. 7-Eleven has recently signed an agreement with an up-and-coming, student-created greeting card business which eliminated the need for stores to host a greeting card isle. According to a report from The Roanoke Times, Card Isle, which was founded by three Virginia Tech students,

Rainbo Discovers Pot of Gold

Rainbo Oil Co., which operates the Kwik Stop convenience chain, is exploring various opportunities in 2016. With new store locations and a dynamic foodservice plan, the company has developed an enviable gem in its marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the convenience store industry, there are plenty of chains that fly under the national

TravelCenters Partners with Blue Tiger to Support Professional Drivers

TravelCenters and Blue Tiger anticipate raising over $40,000, by Dec. 31, to support professional drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC has launched a new promotion to benefit professional drivers, in partnership with Blue Tiger USA. Now through Dec. 31, 2016, TravelCenters will be selling specially designed Blue Tiger Elite headsets. For each headset purchased, $10 will

RSI Petroleum Partners with VP Racing Fuels

The new partnership with VP Racing is expected to take RSI’s revenue stream to a whole new level. Ramos/Strong, Inc., doing business as RSI Petroleum Products, is now the newest partner in VP Racing Fuels’ retail branding program. Based in Mojave, California, RSI supplies 60 retail sites throughout Southern California, primarily east of the Sierra

D&H United Fueling Solutions Acquires DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance

The DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance team, including the company’s founder, will be joining the D&H United team in Dallas. D&H United Fueling Solutions has acquired a Houston-based leading fuel system service company, DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance. Through the acquisition, DNL will become the Houston branch office for D&H United. DNL personnel located in

Inter-Continental Trading Launches Loyalty Program

Inter-Continental Trading is adding incentive to drive repeat business. The recently launched Loyalty Points Program from Inter-Continental Trading USA Inc. allows customers to earn loyalty points for purchasing branded merchandise. Customers are then able to redeem their points for a variety of different rewards. Point values, which are located next to the UPC label, can

NRC Arranges Sealed Bid Sale for Sunshine Fuel

Sunshine Fuel is offering a bulk package of 21 convenience stores with fuel through a sealed bid sale, arranged by NRC. Palm Beach, Fla.- based Sunshine Fuel LLC has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of a bulk package of leasehold interests in 21 convenience stores with gasoline. Included in

Harbor Petroleum Downsizes

The owner of Harbor Petroleum has chosen to reduce the size of the company through a transaction with SEI Fuel Services, which was advised by Matrix. SEI Fuel Services Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of 7-Eleven Inc., has finalized its purchase of the contract dealer business owned by Harbor Petroleum of New England Inc. Harbor Petroleum,

Ricker’s Strives for Sustainability

Ricker’s has launched a new program to help reduce the negative effects of carbon emissions and to help customers reduce their carbon footprint. Ricker’s and GreenPrint LLC, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, have launched Ricker’s Replenish, a reduced emissions sustainability program, at Indianapolis Metro Ricker’s stores. The new program,

Sunoco GP Names New Chief Financial Officer

Sunoco GP’s new chief financial officer is expected to make great contributions to the company’s continued growth and success. Effective May 9, 2016, Thomas Miller will assume the role of chief financial officer of Sunoco GP LLC, the general partner of Sunoco LP. “We are pleased to welcome Tom to our executive management team as

Swiss Farms Names New President and CEO

A new focus on customer service and healthier product offerings will help to broaden Swiss Farms’ customer base and improve the company’s position among its competition. Swiss Farms has announced that Scott Simon has been appointed as the company’s new president and CEO. Simon has plans to lead the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through chain in

QuickChek Supports Military Veterans

QuickChek will soon launch its third annual in-store “dog tag” promotion to help raise money for military families. From May 7 to June 4, QuickChek will be selling $1 “dog tags” to raise money to support the country’s military families. All of the money raised through the promotion will be donated to Hope For The

Hershey Announces Grand Opening of New Hershey Chocolate Tour

Hershey’s fans now have access to an all new, exciting tour of the Hershey factory. The tour brings education and fun together for an experience that fans of all ages will enjoy. Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction has announced that it will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for its new Hershey’s Chocolate Tour on May

Old Habits Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week I had the honor of visiting with a company that is opening their first convenience store. They read my book and want to implement my ideas in their store. I am getting an increasing flood of inquiries regarding inventory control, and I am amazed at the difference between

Casey’s Launches Slice of Summer Campaign

Casey’s customers are being given a chance to win exciting prizes, just for shopping with Casey’s. Casey’s General Stores has launched a new Slice of Summer rewards program to its customers. Now through August 31, 2016, Casey’s customers will have the chance to win from hundreds of prizes, just for shopping at Casey’s. During the

VP Racing Fuels Partners With JAT Oil

JAT Oil will reap a number of benefits through its new partnership with VP Racing Fuels. VP Racing Fuels has joined forces with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based JAT Oil, supplier of 125 retail locations in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, in its retail branding program. “For us, the most appealing aspect of VP’s retail branding program is that

The Modern Forecourt

More convenience retailers are investing in new forecourt amenities that are bigger, brighter and potentially more profitable. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The convenience store forecourt has traditionally been an area with a limited number of fuel pumps and parking spaces, and perhaps a few retail items such as fireplace logs or bagged ice for

Whole Foods Market Announces Opening of Second 365 Location

Two innovative foodservice providers have been chosen to be featured at the newest 365 by Whole Foods Market location. Lake Oswego, Ore. will soon become the home of the second 365 by Whole Foods Market location. This new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market will open on July 14, 2016. The store will

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Pretzel Day

Cumberland Farms recently offered customers a free beverage with purchase. Cumberland Farms recently ran a promotion in celebration of National Pretzel Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. According to a report from Sun Sentinel, Cumberland Farms offered a free beverage with purchase at participating locations. Additionally, from noon to 6 p.m., customers were invited to stop

Emerson Supports Research and Innovation through The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson hopes to make The Helix a global hub of industry education. Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of The Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. Emerson invested a total of $35 million in The Helix in order to foster an ambitious and collaborative approach to conducting research. Research conducted

Core-Mark to Release First Quarter 2016 Earnings

Core-Mark has announced a release date for its first quarter 2016 earnings report. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has announced that it will release its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, before the market opens on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Additionally, the company will host an investor call later that morning at 9:00

Order Dunkin’ On-the-Go

Customers can now order Dunkin’ Donuts from their smartphones, allowing them to pay before they pick up and to skip the lines in store! Members of the DD Perks Rewards Program who reside in the Metro New York area will soon have access to exclusive On-the-Go Ordering. Beginning in mid-May, DD Perks members will have

YEO Roundtable Kicks Off At RaceTrac Petroleum

Young executives get a close up look at RaceTrac’s facility and initiatives. The National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off its third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) roundtable on April 27 in Atlanta. This year’s two-day roundtable event is being hosted by Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum, which operates more than 700 locations, both company-owned RaceTrac stores and

McLane to Supply Vintners C-Stores

Through a new partnership, Vintners will now have access to new foodservice offerings and cutting-edge technology. McLane Co. Inc. has announced that, through a new service agreement, Fremont, Calif.-based Vintners Distributers LLC and 126 of its c-store locations, including 15 of the chain’s Loop Neighborhood Stores, has officially switched from a competing supplier to McLane

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