Cumberland Farms Accepting Scholarship Applications

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to provide $1,000 scholarships to 130 eligible students. For the 10th consecutive year Cumberland Farms is now accepting applications for the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, which will once again be providing critical financial assistance to more than 100 bright and ambitious high school seniors from across its eight state


How Are Adults Celebrating Halloween?

Saturday Halloween means adults are 70% more likely to celebrate, with 80% buying candy and 84% purchasing alcohol. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, Adults will be more likely to celebrate the holiday and make purchases to go along with it! Some 70% of adults said they plan to celebrate this year, according

Inside The NACS Show’s Cool New Products Room

From relaxation aids to a self-serving bagged ice machine, retailers get inspired by innovation. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor As yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques grow in popularity, it’s no surprise products designed to relax —rather than energize—grew in presence at this year’s Cool New Products Preview room at the NACS Show. Other

How Key Trends Are Driving The Pet Supplies Segment

As customer pamper their pets, pet supplies market looks to grow. Valued at $15 billion in 2014, nonfood pet supplies are part of a much larger U.S. market for retail pet products and services, totaling almost five times this amount. Yet the competitive allure of the pet supplies segment—which grew by 15% during the five-year

New Maverik to Open in Sturgis, S.D.

New Maverik will bring competition in the c-store industry to Sturgis. A new First Adventures Maverik convenience store is expected to open soon in Sturgis, S.D. According to the Meade County Times-Tribune, the new store is planned to be constructed at 2426 Junction Ave., the current location of the Star Lite Motel. The motel will

Par Petroleum Implements Major Changes

Par Petroleum has made  some major changes in order to improve the company. Effective Oct. 20, 2015, Par Petroleum Corp. will change its name to Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. The name change is meant to more accurately reflect Par’s growth strategy of building and acquiring businesses. The company’s ticker symbol, PARR, will remain the same. Along with the name change, the company

Couche-Tard Purchases Texas Star Assets

Couche-Tard expands its base of Circle K stores in its Southwest Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase all the assets operated under the Texas Star brand from Texas Star Investments Inc. and its affiliates. The agreement was signed through Couche-Tard’s wholly‑owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The assets are comprised of 18

Couche-Tard Vice President Resigns

Couche-Tard vice president and chief financial officer leaves after successful 13 years. Raymond Paré, vice president and chief financial officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has resigned. Paré has indicated his intention to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family. Couche-Tard’s board of directors has accepted his resignation and wishes him success in

TravelCenters Acquires C-Stores in Western Wisconsin

TravelCenters may expand deal pending closing conditions for Western Wisconsin c-stores. TravelCenters of America LLC has acquired convenience stores located in Western Wisconsin. The previously disclosed acquisition included seven stores which were acquired Oct. 14, and one additional store may be acquired, if the seller satisfies certain closing conditions. TravelCenters has begun to operate all of the stores. TravelCenters expects

NACS Sessions Explore Design and Food

Foodservice is moving from a key concept to critical component for c-store operators. By David Bennett, Senior Editor NACS 2015 continued Oct 13 with various education sessions meant to inform and explore. Many attendees packed the room to hear discussions from a session, titled, “The Psychology of Store Design.” Joseph Bona, president of the retail

Gearing Loyalty Programs Towards Millennials

Retailers are gearing their loyalty programs towards Millennial consumers. Loyalty marketers who are striving for a successful loyalty rewards program must account for the Millennials’ desire for fun and excitement in a rewards program. More than 80-million consumers in the U.S. consumer segment are accounted for by 18- to 34-year-olds (Millennials). In a COLLOQUY-sponsored nationwide

Hershey Sponsors Team USA

Hershey is now the official sponsor of The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. The Hershey Co. has entered into a five-year partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will be supported by Hershey through the 2016 Rio Games, the 2018 PyeongChang Games and the 2020 Tokyo Games. The new partnership is

Dollar General Restructures to Drive Growth

Dollar General Corp. plans to eliminate 200 positions through corporate restructuring, effective immediately. In an attempt to improve efficiencies and reduce expenses, Dollar General Corp. will be eliminating 255 positions, effective immediately, by restructuring its corporate support functions. “Over the last several months, we have taken a hard look at our cost structure and are streamlining our support

7-Eleven Opens in Dubai

Dubai residents and visitors can now enjoy the convenience of a local 7-Eleven store. Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., has officially opened its first 7-Eleven store in the United Arab Emirates. The store opened for business in Dubai on Oct. 6, and the company held an event with a ribbon-cutting, VIP attendance

NACS Experts Get Fresh

Retailers learn the benefits of fresher food options, as well as cutting costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fresh is easier said than done, especially in the convenience store business. But for operators looking to introduce fresh food options in their stores, there’s practical ways to go forward, according to a panel that shed some

New Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Minit Market Opens

Turkey Hill celebrates new store opening with limited-time product specials. Turkey Hill Minit Markets is working to expand its presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In order to expand, the company is slated to open a new store, later this month. The new store will soon open at 140 N. Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre. Serving customers 24 hours

From Private Label to Beacons NACS Show Educates on Trends

During the educational sessions Monday, c-store retailers had the opportunity to learn the latest trends and innovations in the area of their choosing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Monday at the NACS Show kicked off with a number of educational sessions to help convenience store retailers maximize success. In an educational session on private label

Hershey is Nourishing Minds

Hershey strives to nourish 1 million minds by 2020. The Hershey Company has launched a new global purpose that will provide children in the U.S. and abroad with the basic nutrition that is necessary for them to learn and grow. This new initiative is being referred to as Nourishing Minds. In the U.S., 15 million

Chain of The Year Dinner Honors Family Express

Convenience Store Decisions presents Chain of the Year award to Family Express. Convenience store retailers joined to celebrate Family Express, Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year award winner, during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nirvana Pool inside the

NACS Discusses Fuel, Employees and Branding

NACS 2015 kicks off with education sessions that strike at the core of c-store operations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the session, Preparing Your Infrastructure for Future Fuels, Norman Turiano, principal of Turiano Strategic Consulting, theorized that because gasoline costs will likely rise again, alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) will continue to increase in number

C-Stores Thrive on Finding Great People

No other works as hard to make each other better than the c-store industry. In his general session presentation at the 2015 NACS Show, Steve Loehr, NACS vice president of operations, explained that the key to Kwik Trip’s success is finding great people and giving them resources to help them thrive The lessons shared about

Seven Days of Free Coffee

Being a 7Rewards member has never been better. 7-Eleven, Inc. has launched the 7Rewards Free Coffee Week. From Oct. 12-18, 7Rewards members can  enjoy a FREE any-size hot beverage every day through the 7‑Eleven app. During the promotion, no purchase is necessary to receive a free fresh-brewed cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate

Thorntons Customers Save On Fuel

A new program from Thorntons drives in-store sales saves  customers money on fuel purchases. Thorntons has introduced Swipe to Save, a new addition to its Refreshing Rewards program. Swipe to Save provides even more ways for guests to save on fuel purchases. Refreshing Rewards guests qualify for additional cents off on fuel when they purchase select

How Stinker Stores is Refreshing for the Future

With a new store design and a myriad of new company initiatives, everything is coming up roses for Stinker Stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The interactive LED display boards now being erected outside select Stinker Stores locations provide customers the latest in-store promotions, cool graphics and crisp digital messaging all at the flip of

Q1 Acquires Think Marketing

Q1 expands its range of customer services through acquisition of Think Marketing. Q1 Productions has acquired the practice of Think Marketing, Research and Consulting Services of Columbus, Ohio. This move is designed to expand and enhance Q1’s range of client services as Think provides marketing research and strategic consulting services to food, beverage and consumer branded companies. Think founder,