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

McIntosh Launches AmBest Rewards Program

McIntosh is now rewarding professional drivers simply for fueling up. McIntosh Energy has made it even more rewarding for professional drivers to visit two of its major Macfood Mart Convenience Stores and fueling stations. McIntosh Energy has now launched the AmBest rewards program at its stations located at 6925 E U.S. 930 and 4126 W.

Mars Strives for Sustainability

Mars has made significant progress towards making its operations sustainable. Mars recently released its annual Principles in Action Summary report in order to share and track the company’s progress in regards to its bold commitments. Mars has made adopting sustainable practices across the world and creating healthier products its priority, as it works to create

Sheetz Opens Four New Stores in Four States

Sheetz grows its store base in West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. One of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated c-store chains, Sheetz, has announced the addition of four new store locations. These four new stores are located in four different states, with one in Morgantown, W.Va., Morrisville, N.C., St. Clairsville, Ohio and Bethel,

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