Industry Advocacy Needed

Committee work and share groups allow c-store stakeholders to impart ideas and information for the betterment of everyone. By Fran Duskiewicz I worked for Nice N Easy for 30 years. For 20 of those years, it seemed as though I spent as much time on activities and projects outside of our company on things that

Containing Utility Costs

Today, there are many ways for convenience stores to reduce their utility bills. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Scott Zaremba likes to experiment with new ideas. The owner of three Zarco USA convenience stores in Lawrence, Kan., Zaremba grew in the fuel and convenience store industry and is constantly searching for ways to boost his

Core-Mark Appoints New Board Member

Core-Mark has added a ninth member to its Board of Directors. Laura Flanagan has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. This new appointment increases the size of Core-Mark’s Board from eight to nine members. In her new position, Flanagan will serve as an independent director under the Board’s appointment

The United Family Strives to End Child Hunger

The United Family of stores raised over $40,000 through an in-store promotion to raise awareness for child hunger.  The United Family of stores has raised $40,181.56 to raise awareness for the problem of food insecurity and to help end child hunger. From May 18 to June 1, The United Family held its scan tag promotion,

Morrisons’ Fueling Network Features ClearView Wetstock Management Product from Wayne

Morrisons now has access to solutions to compliance and operational challenges through Wayne’s ClearView.  Morrisons’ fueling network now features the ClearView wetstock management service product from Wayne Fueling Systems. Morrisons, one of the United Kingdom’s leading supermarket and fuel retailers, awarded a contract to Wayne that allows the company to install the ClearView wetstock management

Global Partners Opens New Alltown Market

The newest Alltown Market features the company’s second Center St. Kitchen and a full-service Dunkin’ Donuts. Stoughton, Mass. is now home to the newest Alltown Market. Global Partners LP held a Grand Store Opening for the new location on June 23. The new Alltown Market features the first Centre St. Kitchen in the state. Located

Energy Transfer Equity Terminates Merger Agreement with The Williams Cos.

Following the failure of ETE’s council to deliver a required tax opinion on The Williams Cos., Energy Transfer Equity has terminated its merger agreement with Williams. Effective June 29, 2016, the merger agreement between Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) and The Williams Cos. Inc. has been terminated. The termination of the agreement was initiated by

Parker’s has been Voted the “Most Fabulous Gas Station”

Effingham Living readers have voted to name Parker’s the “Most Fabulous Gas Station” in Effingham County, Ga. The Summer 2016 issue of Effingham Living has named Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s convenience store company the “Most Fabulous Gas Station.” Parkers was chosen to receive this honor by Effingham Living readers. “We’re deeply honored to earn this

Midwest Petroleum Purchases 88-Year-Old Missouri Oil Company

Delano fuel stations and convenience stores will soon be rebranded to Midwest Petroleum. After 88 years in business, the St. James, Mo.-based, family owned Delano Oil Co. is being sold. According to a report from The Rolla Daily News, Delano’s president, Jay Delano, has announced that the company is being sold to Midwest Petroleum. The

TravelCenters of America Honors Military Heroes

TravelCenters is encouraging its customers to help support both active military members and veterans this summer. TravelCenters of America has now launched a six week promotion to honor the country’s military. The company is encouraging customers to visit TA and Petro Stopping Centers during this summer driving season to show their support of military heroes.

How to Connect with Hispanic Shoppers

Hispanic shoppers don’t look at grocery shopping as a chore, but rather a social experience.  The U.S. Hispanic population is growing in size and influence, and it is crucial that retailers understand how to attract these shoppers, and how to better engage with this unique audience. New research from Acosta and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI),

Fueling the Marketplace

Has the branded retail business become a house of cards?   By Mark Radosevich Several major oil companies are expending exorbitant sums to shore up their market positions around the country. A Southeastern marketer told me recently that the deals being offered to brand-switch one of his 60,000 gallon/month dealer accounts was “simply unprecedented.” Some offers

The Reinvention of Retail Calls For Innovation

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC “Innovation is not a big breakthrough invention every time. Innovation is a constant thing. But if you don’t have an innovative company, coming to work every day to find a better way, you don’t have a company. You’re getting ready to die on the vine.”  -Jack Welch We’ve all

QuikTrip Opens First Non-Fuel Location

A new non-fuel store concept will help QuikTrip to grow into non-traditional markets. Midtown Atlanta is now home to QuikTrip’s firs ever non-fuel store. QuikTrip has launched this new store concept to attract urban customers in search of convenience items. According to a recent report from 11 Alive, the new store opened on Thurs., June

New Kum & Go Marketplace Opens in Missouri

Springfield, Mo. consumers can now experience the “more” that Kum & Go offers with the brand’s new Marketplace design prototype. On Friday, June 24, at 6 a.m., Kum & Go opened the doors to its newest store in Springfield, Mo. This brand new, 6,200+ square-foot Marketplace prototype is located at 2808 S Campbell Ave., and

Best Practices for Refrigerant Leak Detection: What Retailers Need to Know

Do you have a refrigerant leak detection program in place? By John Wallace, Director of Innovation, Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions The Savings – and Costs – Associated with Refrigerant Leaks Effective refrigerant leak detection strategies can help retailers with savings not only at the individual store level, but across an entire enterprise. Refrigerant leaks

The Responsibility that Comes with Leadership – Retail Reinvention

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Recently, someone posted an article on ‘Leadership’ in our LinkedIn forum, ‘Convenience Store Supply Chain Management.’ David Marcotte posted an excellent response. Last night, as I was trying to get to sleep, the thought kept running through my head that leadership is a result, more so than it is

Northern Tier Energy and Western Refining Complete Merger

Western Refining now owns all of NTI’s outstanding common units, and WNR expects this new merger to drive significant profitability growth. The common unitholders of Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI), who met on June 23, 2016, have officially voted in favor of the merger of NTI and a subsidiary of Western Refining Inc. (WNR). The

Parker’s Promotes from Within

One of Parker’s store managers has been promoted to supervisor of the company’s inventory team. Parker’s has promoted one of its store managers to the position of Inventory Control Lead. In this position, Priscilla Risinger will now supervise an inventory team to perform cash, retail and deli audits at Parker’s retail locations in Georgia and

NRF Warns Against Harmful Effects of New Overtime Regulations

New overtime regulations will likely cut full-time positions and lead to hiring freezes and layoffs. The recently proposed new federal overtime regulations, which are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, will likely have negative effects on America’s workforce. The National Retail Federation recently told the House Small Business Committee that the new federal

NRF Encourages Congress to Reject the Repeal of Swipe Fee Cap

89% of consumers believe that the Durbin Amendment should be kept in place. Over the past five years, the cap on debit card swipe fees, which was put in place by the Durbin Amendment, has saved consumers billions of dollars, but the head of the House Financial Services Committee recently proposed to repeal this cap.

7-Eleven Announces OPERATION: Take Command Winner

This year’s winner of OPERATION: Take Command hopes to franchise a store close to his family in New York state. The winner of the second annual OPERATION: Take Command franchisee competition from 7-Eleven Inc. has been announced. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jean Cetoute of Richlands, N.C. has now been named the 2016 winner of his

Pilot Flying J and Speedway Form SFJ Southeast

A new joint venture between Pilot Flying J and Speedway will make PFJ Southeast a top choice for professional drivers. Pilot Flying J and Speedway LLC have entered into a joint to create a new entity: PFJ Southeast LLC. This new venture consists of 120 travel plazas, primarily in the Southeast U.S., and PFJ Southeast

VP Racing Debuts Branded Apparel Program

VP Racing Fans can now purchase VP branded clothing and novelties. VP Racing Fuels Inc. has launched a new program to promote VP-branded apparel, promotional items and novelties. As part of the new program, Barker Specialty is partnering with VP to host a new e-commerce site at and serve as a one-stop shop for

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Enid, Okla.

Love’s Travel Stops opens 70th Oklahoma location. Enid, Okla. is now home to the newest Love’s Travel Stop, and drivers traveling along U.S. Highway 412 now have a new place to fuel up and purchase snacks and more. Enid marks Love’s third location to open in Oklahoma this year and 70th overall in the Sooner