Love’s Debuts Second Travel Center in Van, Texas

New 12,000-square-foot travel center features an array of foodservice options. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its second travel stop in Van, Texas on Interstate 20. The new site is directly across the street from the existing Love’s Travel Center location at Exit 540. “Opening our second location in Van is monumental because

New Competition Cropping Up in New Jersey

Royal Farms has plans for at least four new New Jersey c-stores. Maryland-based Royal Farms has announced plans to continue its expansion into Southern New Jersey. According to a report from, Royal Farms has plans to bring at least four new convenience store locations to the area. The first of these four locations will

Thorntons Seeks 100 New Team Members

Thorntons is looking to fill a variety of positions, and is offering competitive base pay and benefits to attract 100 new team members. Thorntons is currently looking to hire over 100 new team members in the Louisville, Ky. area. The new team members will be hired at a new hourly minimum rate of $10.25, which

Eby-Brown Names New Senior Vice President of Merchandising

Eby-Brown’s newest executive team member is expected to be an asset to the company’s continued growth. Eby-Brown has added T.J. Powers to the company’s executive team. In his new position as senior vice president of merchandising, Powers will be responsible for the enhanced growth and positioning of the company’s merchandising strategy. “T.J. brings more than

7-Eleven and Redbox are Offering Free Movie Nights this Summer

7-Eleven customers can now receive a coupon for a free Redbox movie when they purchase a Big Gulp fountain drink. 7-Eleven Inc. is teaming up with Redbox to bring free movies to 7-Eleven customers. Now through Aug. 31, 7-Eleven customers can receive a FREE Redbox movie night with every Big Gulp fountain drink purchase, while

VERC Demonstrates its Appreciation of Law Enforcement

Following the recent tragic events nationwide, VERC has decided to show its support to local law enforcement by sending fruit baskets to police stations. VERC Enterprises recently sent fruit baskets to police departments in the 25 towns where it maintains convenience stores in order to show its appreciation of local law enforcement. The idea came

Retailers Reinvest in Growth

Many retailers are freeing up their resources so that they can focus their energies on innovation. Many retailers have found themselves in positions that allow for few growth opportunities and hinder their abilities to compete in today’s market, but new research from Accenture suggests that retailers have the ability to reverse this trend. According to

New Rutter’s Store to Open in Hamburg, Pa.

Rutter’s has announced the construction of its 65th convenience store. Rutter’s has announced that it will soon be opening a store in new territory. According to a report from Leigh Valley Business, Rutter’s will soon open a new store in Berks County, Pa., on a busy stretch near an entrance to Interstate 78. The new

Certain Walmart Stores in Canada No Longer Accept Visa

Unable to reach a new swipe fee agreement, Walmart has chosen to stop accepting Visa cards for payment in its Canada stores. Last month, Walmart announced that it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in its Canadian locations if the company was not able to reach a deal over Visa’s “unacceptably high” swipe fees, and

Swiss Farms Celebrates National Drive-Through Day

Swiss Farms will offer select ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ beverages in celebration of its 48 years in the drive-through market on National Drive-Through Day. Swiss Farms will be celebrating National Drive-Through Day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sun., July 24. In celebration of the unofficial holiday, Swiss Farms will be offering a

Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Ken Schrader

Hunt Brothers Pizza is hosting the driver who holds the fastest truck lap record at Eldora Speedway. Hunt Brothers Pizza will once again be the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports (CMS) Toyota Tundra. Hunt Brothers will be sponsoring Schrader for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on July 20

New QuickChek Features Pharmacy

QuickChek is redefining convenience with the addition of pharmacy services at its newest location.  A new QuickChek fresh market store has opened in Beachwood, N.J., and unlike any other QuickChek location, this new 7,460-square-foot store offers pharmacy services. The new store is located at 533 Atlantic City Boulevard, just down the road from its current store.

CrossAmerica to Acquire State Oil Co. Asssets

CrossAmerica will attain valuable properties in the Chicago area as a part of a newly announced transaction. CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Libertyville, Ill. based State Oil Co. for total consideration of $45 million. The assets consist of 59 fee sites, including 55 Lessee Dealer accounts,

Mark VII Reaches 50 Year Milestone

Car wash industry innovator celebrates 50 years of business.  Mark VII Equipment Inc. is currently commemorating its 50th year in business. Mark VII, the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, was founded in 1966, when it became one of the pioneers of automatic car washing. The company is now a market leader in

Eby-Brown to Open New Distribution Center

A new distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced that it will soon open a new distribution center in Shepherdsville, Ken. This new, state-of-the-art 300,000 square foot distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South market. The distribution center will open January 2nd,

NRF Approves of New Legislation Regarding Overtime Regulations

The harmful effects of the new overtime regulations may be somewhat alleviated by new legislation. Representative Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., has introduced new legislation proposing that the Labor Department’s new overtime regulations be phased in, rather than implemented all at once. If implemented, the new proposal would reduce the damage that the new overtime regulations will

Chevron is Fueling Education

Chevron recently donated funds to 24 school districts to help fund STEM education programs.  As a part of the company’s month-long “Energy for Learning” series, Chevron awarded grants totaling $1.4 million to 24 school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay, Calif. area. These grants will be used to fund local Science, Technology,

Kum & Go Announces New Iowa Location

Kum & Go is offering a wide variety of amenities to customers in Rock Springs, Wyo. at its newly built store.  At 6 a.m. on Thurs., July 14, Kum & Go opened the doors to its newly built location in Rock Springs, Wyo. The new store is located at 3910 Foothill Boulevard. The brand new,

The Guess Corp. Seeks to Acquire C-Stores

The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire 1,000 convenience store/gas station units. Through one of its subsidiaries, The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire a number of convenience store/gas station units over the next year. The acquired units may include both branded and unbranded locations. The company intends to acquire at least 1,000 units over

Thorntons Announces Opening of New Illinois Location

Thorntons’ newest store offers an array of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch items for on-the-go customers. On Friday, July 15, 2016, Thorntons Inc. will be hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony and a check presentation in celebration of the opening of its new store located at 476 North York Road Elmhurst, Ill. 60126. The check

Alon USA Energy Reviews Strategic Alternatives

Alon has yet to reach a decision regarding the possible merger with Delek US Holdings Inc. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s Board of Directors recently formed a Special Committee to review strategic alternatives for the company’s future. Since its formation, the Special Committee, which is comprised of members who have no affiliation with Delek US Holdings Inc.,

What Will That Meeting Cost You?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Before you call your next meeting, calculate the hourly salary/wage of all those attending and multiply by the number of hours you think it will take. This exercise will usually make you reconsider. However, if a meeting is really needed, you can make it shorter by doing one or all

Parker’s Hires New District Manager

Parker’s has chosen a highly successful industry veteran to serve as one of the company’s district managers. Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s has hired Scott Morris, an industry veteran, to serve as district manager for the company. Morris has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, and in his new position he is responsible

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Expansion in Los Angeles

Plans have been made to open eight new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Los Angeles. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee Precision Hospitality & Development to develop eight new restaurants in Los Angeles. The first restaurant under the new agreement is planned to open in 2018. This agreement closes out

Don’t Help Your Competition…

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics When you get a call asking for a reference on a STAR employee who left you, you’ve just been put on notice that he or she is looking for a new job. So, before you share any information, tell the caller that you will have to call the former employee