Couche-Tard Purchases Premium 7 Brand Assets

Couche-Tard has plans to continue the expansion of it’s European footprint with the acquisition of 23 sites in Europe. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Circle K Eesti AS, has signed an agreement to purchase the majority of the assets operated under the Premium 7 brand from Sevenoil Est OÜ and its affiliates. The

Assessing and Changing Culture

The culture of your organization impacts everything, from customer satisfaction and employee engagement to overall sales. By David Hite The one constant that I’ve experienced in every organization and industry that I’ve worked in is that change is inevitable. Today, organizations must change frequently to keep up with competition, workforce diversity, technology and regulatory pressures.

Ricker Oil Announces New Hiring Initiative

Ricker’s recent menu expansion drives the company to expand its employee base. Ricker Oil Co. has announced that it will be hiring at an increased rate over the next six month. A recent report from Inside Indiana Business has revealed that Ricker’s has plans to hire more than 200 employees at more than 20 locations,

G&M Stays Bright with PWM’s LED Price Signs

Bright signs add greater visibility and increase G&M station activity both during the day and in nighttime conditions. In an effort to improve the purchasing process for customers, increase employee safety and enhance energy efficiency, G&M senior vice president and general manager Julie Jackson has selected PWM’s SMD LED price sign technology for more than

Loyalty Programs Generate Revenue

Loyalty program members generate more revenue for retailers than non-members. New research from Accenture Interactive has revealed that customers who are members of a retailer’s customer loyalty program generate significantly more revenue for the retailer than customers who are not members. In fact, Accenture’s data revealed that members of retailers’ customer loyalty programs generate between

Displaying the Wares

Convenience retailers are optimizing space by creating distinctive displays that draw customers into the store and maximize incremental and impulse sales. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Although it may seem unconventional for a convenience store to take floor space away from a traditional gondola area, shifting the focus to higher-margin foodservice items turned out to

New Love’s Travel Stops Location Opens in Tolleson, Ariz.

With the opening of its new Arizona store, Love’s now employs more than 120 ingividuals in the greater Phoenix area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors to a new store located in the Phoenix metro-area, along Interstate 10. The new store adds approximately 40 jobs to the Maricopa County, Ariz. community. “With its strong

Love’s Opens New Travel Stop in Virginia

Consumers in Meadowview, Va. now have a new place to dine, shop and refuel. Meadowview, Va. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stops location, which opened along Interstate 81, on June 16. The opening of this new travel stop has added approximately 60 jobs to Washington County, Va. “Becoming a member of the

TravelCenters of America Declines Buyout Offer

One private equity firm recently offered TravelCenters a buyout deal, but TravelCenters has refused the offer. In December 2015, TravelCenters of America LLC received a non-binding letter from a private equity firm requesting confidential discussions about that firm possibly buying TA. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Golden Gate Capital made the offer

Definition of Prepared

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I have had numerous conversations regarding the education of our nation’s work force. Educators are constantly trying to convince me every student needs to go on to higher education, tech school or a university to be prepared for what life throws their way. I beg to differ. A

Surmounting Consumers’ Fears of Public Restrooms

Bradley Corp. has offered suggestions for businesses to help customers feel comfortable using their facilities. A recent survey from Bradley Corp. has revealed key insights into the reasons why many American’s have an aversion to public restrooms. The 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by restroom fixture manufacturer Bradley Corp., reveals restroom pain points, surprising

Enmarket Supports Light the Night Walk

Over the past five years, enmarket has raised a total of $332,265 for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Through the sales of paper icons and its “Full-Service Friday” events, enmarket has raised $91,530 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) 2016 Light the Night Walk. This is the fifth year enmarket, formerly Enmark

Speedway Announces Four State Hiring Initiative

Speedway is hosting a number of job fairs to assist in its search for over 500 new team members. Speedway has announced that it will be holding a number of job fairs in four states as the company looks to hire a slew of new employees. According to reports from HCP Press and The Orlando

Wawa Announces Plans for North Florida Expansion

Wawa has plans to open 30-40 North Florida stores in the coming years. Wawa Inc. has announced that the company has big plans for its expansion into North Florida. According to a report from The Daily Record, Wawa has announces that the company will begin the roll-out of stores with up to five gas station-convenience

Change is On the Horizon for Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms has plans to return its focus to retail. Cumberland Farms’ CEO, Ari Haseotes, has announced a number of big changes that are on the horizon for the company. According to a recent report from The Boston Globe, Haseotes is planning a number of changes which will allow the company to return to its

QuikTrip Launches Private Label Credit Card Program

QuikTrip customers can receive special rewards for using the new QuikTrip Credit Card in QuikTrip stores. QuikTrip Corp., in partnership with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, has launched the new QuikTrip private label credit card program. The new QuikTrip Credit Card, which can be used at any QuikTrip throughout the

QuickChek Opens Second Howell, N.J. Location

The newest QuickChek store in Howell, N.J. is hosting a number of limited time promotions to celebrate the store’s grand opening. On Tues., June 14, 2016, QuickChek opened a new 5,496-square foot store in Howell, N.J., at 4253 Route 9. It is the company’s second location in the township; QuickChek recently opened a new store

Walmart Canada No Longer Accepting Visa

High swipe fees have led Walmart Canada to discontinue its acceptance of Visa branded cards. Walmart Canada has announced that, beginning this summer, the company will no longer accept Visa cards for payment in their stores. According to a report from USA Today, Walmart Canada stated that the change comes in response to Visa’s “unacceptably

Miracles Rarely Happen

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Thirty years ago, I lived in a small community between Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas known as Bedford. I was at the height of my career. I had 360 customers who had purchased and were using my software to run their oil distribution companies and convenience stores. I had

McLane Co. Hires New Vice President of Sales

McLane Co. now has a new vice president of sales for three of the company’s accounts. Vito Maurici has been hired as the new vice president of sales for the convenience, military and travel accounts for McLane Co. Inc. “Vito’s proven track record of driving results as well as his deep understanding of our industry,

BRP Highlights the Importance of Omni-Channel Integration

Retailers are making the creation of a seamless shopping experience across channels their top priority. As the face of retail continues to evolve, retailers must progress rapidly if they hope to maintain their customer loyalty. Retail is growing more and more complicated as customers look to a multitude of platforms to do their shopping. The

MFA Oil Co. Supports Operation Homefront

MFA Oil Co. raised $165,000 for Operation Homefront through the company’s second annual charity golf outing. On June 6, farmer-owned cooperative, MFA Oil Co., hosted its second Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., where the company is based. Through the recent charity outing, the company raised

Kroger Convenience Store Brands Launch Summer Promotion

This summer, all Kroger convenience store brands will be participating in Kroger’s It’s Your Great American Summer loyalty promotion. On Thurs., June 16, the Kroger family of convenience store brands will launch the It’s Your Great American Summer promotion. Kwik Shop, Loaf ‘N Jug, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill will be participating in the Kroger family of

Hershey Reports Company Progress in 2015

Hershey adapted to customers’ changing relationships with food better than ever before in 2015. In its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, “Shared Goodness,” The Hershey Co. has showcased the progress the company made against a variety of priority issues in 2015. Building on 2014, Hershey made continued progress through a range of efforts supporting

Boston Retail Partners Offers Solutions for POS and EMV Transaction Speed

Boston Retail Partners is addressing retailers’ concerns about how EMV transaction processing times are impacting customer satisfaction. Despite the benefits that EMV presents to many retailers, the new transaction process has had a negative impact on transaction processing times, and many retailers are second-guessing the methods and systems that they have used to implement EMV.