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

Give Your Team Something or Someone to Beat

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In sports, the goal is always clear cut… outscore the opponent. You can motivate your work team in a similar way. Whether it’s to outperform a competitor or beat last year’s production record, when you give your employees a definite, measureable target, everyone will pull together and get behind the

Rutter’s Opens 63rd C-Store

New Rutter’s marks Northward expansion. With the opening of a new store in Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa., Rutter’s is continuing its 2016 expansion. The new store will mark Rutter’s 63rd convenience location. This new Rutter’s is farther North than any previous Rutter’s store. The doors to the new store will open to the public on

Starbucks Announces Plans for Wage Increase

Starbucks is planning significant wage increases for all of its employees. Following recent accusations from employees that Starbucks Corp. has drastically cut employee hours in the U.S., the company has announced that it will soon be raising wages for all of its workers. According to a new report from Yahoo Finance, the coffee chain has

Free Fruit Available to Children at Family Express

Changes are coming to Family Express stores as a part of the company’s new “Better For You” initiative. As a part of an initiative to expand access to healthy foods, Family Express c-stores are now offering a free piece of fruit to children 12 and under. According to a report from the NWI Times, the

Western Refining Helps Send Kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp

Western Refining raised $600,000 to help send kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp. Western Refining has announced that more than 260 company stores raised $600,000 during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp pinup program to help kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases experience a week of fun and friendship at MDA Summer

Kroger Increases Sustainability Efforts

Among other new commitments, Kroger has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020. The Kroger Co. is working towards greater sustainability with new commitments to increase its responsible sourcing and improve its eco-stewardship by 2020. Kroger’s new sustainability goals include: Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of

7-Eleven Strives for Sustainability

7-Eleven has made changes in three major focus areas to help build a healthier planet. In partnership with Conservation International (CI), 7-Eleven is working to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals in an attempt to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. 7-Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015

Fiesta Mart Acquires 11 Dallas Stores

Fiesta Mart expands its Texas store base to 70 through a new acquisition. Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC is increasing the number of stores it operates with the acquisition of 11 Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from RLS Supermarkets LLC. Fiesta is a specialty grocery retailer known for its international offerings that cater

Mass Markets are Dead, Long Live the Mom and Pops

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week, a friend was complaining about the fact that he had gained thirty-pounds since Christmas, and he didn’t know where it came from. Neither could he recall any unintentional life changes. He didn’t sit down and eat one, 30-pound meal in a single sitting, that’s for sure. If

Moving Forward

In many family convenience stores, next-generation leaders are helping forge their companies’ futures. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the U.S., 97% of family businesses don’t survive past the third generation, according to the Family Business Institute. No doubt that among those elevated statistics are convenience store entrepreneurs who had a succession plan, but determined

What C-Stores Can Learn From Submarines

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions Famed management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker, but of the manager.” This is especially true with younger employees who often lack workforce experience. This is where great leadership can have its biggest impact. Setting expectations for your

BW Gas & Convenience Acquires Multiple Iowa Stores

As part of a rapid expansion project, BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is acquiring over 20 stores from Kum & Go. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, has announced that it will soon be closing on the acquisition of 21 convenience stores from Kum & Go L.C. All

CST Brands Sells California and Wyoming Stores to 7-Eleven

CST Brands has sold nearly 80 stores to 7-Eleven. The previously announced transaction between CST Brands Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. has been completed. Through the transaction, CST Brands has sold all 79 of its stores in the California and Wyoming markets to 7-Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc. The closing purchase

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay Program Saves Customers Millions

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program automatically saves customers money, just for filling up their tanks. Since its inception in 2013, Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program has saved Cumberland Farms customers a total of $50 million. The program, which is free to join and use, is available as both a payment card and a mobile payment app. SmartPay

Amazon Launches Private-Label Grocery Lines

Amazon is now competing with brands who currently make their grocery items available online. Amazon is once again branching out into a new market with the introduction of its own private-label groceries. According to a new report from Fortune, Amazon has officially debuted its very own coffee and baby food. The new coffee line has

Swiss Farms Partners with PathWays PA

Swiss Farms is working to help provide vulnerable women, teens and children with meals. Swiss Farms has entered into a new local partnership with PathWays PA, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable women, teens and children stabilize their lives. As a part of the new partnership, beginning on July 11, 2016, Swiss Farms will donate

Global Partners Completes Sale-Leaseback Transaction

Global Partners completes a transaction to further unlock the value in their retail portfolio. On June 29, 2016, Global Partners LP completed its sale-leaseback of certain gasoline stations and convenience stores in New England to a premier institutional real estate investor. The previously announced transaction closed for a total purchase price of approximately $63.5 million.

Maritz Motivation Solutions Launches Customer Loyalty Guide

A new guide from Maritz Motivation Solutions offers brands and marketer advice on how to create a successful loyalty program. Maritz Motivation Solutions is now providing insight and tips on loyalty programs to marketers and brands with the new Insider’s Guide to Customer Loyalty. “Engagement and loyalty are what all brands desire from their customers.

Sheetz For The Kidz Launches July Giving Campaign

2016 marks Sheetz For The Kidz 11th year partnering with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help children with life-threatening conditions to experience the trip of a lifetime.  Sheetz For The Kidz, an employee run 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is once again working to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children within the communities in which

TravelCenters Completes Renovation of South Carolina Travel Stop

Extensive renovations have turned the Columbia North, S.C. TA location into a luxury stopping place.  The TA stopping center located  at 7400 Wilson Blvd. in Columbia North, S.C., which is operated by TravelCenters of America LLC, has undergone extensive remodeling and changes to turn the location into a full-service travel center. The newly remodeled location

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