Retailers Make the Most of EMV Compliance Deadline

EMV upgrades can be a time to reconsider partners or enhance system functionality. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor C-store retailers are staring down the October 2015 deadline when those who are not EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their stores.


7-Eleven Partners With Ultra Mobile

Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans now available at 6,000 U.S. 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven and Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, have reached a key distribution agreement where Ultra Mobile will supply more than 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this

More Vacationers Will Travel by Car this Summer

More vacationers to be traveling by car this summer. One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and 86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Affordability is

Kissimmee Citgo Adds E15 Fuel

Introduces E15 fuel to the greater Orlando area. Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel

Marathon Settles Lawsuit For Almost $6 Million

Marathon to reduce emissions and pay civil penalties. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $6 million dollars and cut emissions at facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, reported. The EPA and the Justice Department claimed

7-Eleven Acquires Tedeschi

7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits

NAG Conference Heads To Santa Fe

National Advisory Group conference to feature speakers from more than a dozen leading c-store chains. Registration for the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference is open now. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 13-16 in Santa Fe, N.M. The El Dorado Hotel will play host to one of the convenience store industry’s can’t-miss educational

Duchess Raises Over $50K for American Red Cross

Duchess employees and customers partner with the American Red Cross to raise money for the local chapter. Duchess, an operator of gas stations and convenience stores in Ohio and West Virginia, partnered with the American Red Cross to promote Red Cross month at its sites during the month of March. Throughout the month of March

Delek US Acquires Ownership Interest in Alon USA

“This acquisition is an exciting strategic step for us as it broadens our asset diversity,” says CEO of Delek US. Delek US Holdings Inc. has completed the acquisition of approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock from Alon Israel Oil Co. Ltd. “We are

C-Store Owner Incorrectly Targeted By Drug Law Gets Money Back

Low bank deposits make c-store owner target of IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has dismissed a civil forfeiture case against a Fairmont, N.C. convenience store owner, who found himself unexpectedly facing asset forfeiture under a law intended to target drug dealers and money laundering. Last July, Lyndon McLellan, who has owned and operated L&M

Retailers File New Swipe-Fee Lawsuit Against Visa and Mastercard

C-store chains among plaintiffs in class action lawsuit alleging Visa and Mastercard are violating antitrust laws. On Tuesday, May 12, a group of retailers filed a class action lawsuit in Texas federal court against Visa and MasterCard, accusing the payment card giants of conspiring in violation of federal antitrust laws, unlawfully restraining competition and forcing

New Allegations Emerge From Truckers Suing Pilot

Trucking firms suing in federal court say they thought Pilot’s “cost-plus” offers were based on Pilot’s actual fuel costs, when in fact they were based on an industry average. Following the 2013 FBI raid on Flying Pilot J, the company quickly settled many rebate fraud claims but a handful of companies that refused to settle

Phoenix Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Sunridge Elementary. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Phoenix with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 15. The store is located at 1111 N. 67th Avenue. At a ribbon-cutting, George Engle, Zone Manager for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented

TravelCenters Donates To St. Christopher Fund

Customers and employees of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, have once again shown their generosity through donations of $7,744.89 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a nonprofit organization that provides direct assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have

Love’s Travel Stops opens in Woodburn, Ind.

Love’s to donate $2,000 to local nonprofit. The City of Woodburn, Ind. received a little ‘Love’ during its 150th birthday celebration. The new Love’s Travel Stop, which offers residents a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more, opened for business last week. The 12,000 square-foot facility, located at U.S. Highway 24 and State

TA& Petro Stopping Centers Restaurants Offer Free Food For Kids

This summer, with purchase of adult meal, kids eat for free. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, invites parents to take a break from cooking all summer long. From May 15 – Sept. 7, 2015, TA Country Pride Restaurants and Petro Iron Skillet Restaurants will give

Consumers Weigh In On Organic Labeling

Over half of U.S. consumers think organic labeling is an excuse to charge more.        Organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, but new research from Mintel reveals that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic

Mac’s Fights Crime With New Mural At Brampton Store

Community graffiti project aims to give residents ownership of their local convenience store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard in Canada, has seen continued success using a mural project to combat crime at its stores, and introduced a fifth store to the program just last week in Brampton.

Memorial Day Travel Volume To Be Highest In 10 Years

Despite climbing gas prices, drivers expected to take to the road in record numbers during the holiday weekend. AAA predicts that automotive travel this Memorial Day holiday will be up 5.3% (33 million travelers) compared to last year’s holiday weekend, which would be the highest volume in 10 years. Increasing gas prices are apparently not

Subway Opens 5,000th C-store Location

“All along, this growth in non-traditional areas, has allowed us to bring our product to where the customers are,” says Subway’s chief development officer. Global quick-service restaurant chain SUBWAY restaurants is celebrating its latest developmental milestone in the brand’s growth with the opening of its 5,000th convenience store and truck stop location in Lima, Peru.

Royal Buying Group Announces Vendor of The Year

Also recognizes new product display winners. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced the 2014 Vendor of the Year Award at the 2015 Independent C-Store Expo on April 30. RBG provided this award to one vendor who provided outstanding programing and services to its network of retailers through new product innovation, core program information and excellent

Kum & Go Opens First Public CNG Store in Springdale

“Kum & Go has a proud tradition of being an industry leader in sustainable practices,” says CEO of Kum & Go. Kum & Go announced it will be opening its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Springdale, Ark. The station will be located at 1220 E Robinson Ave. While there are 1,540 public

Love’s Travel Stops Opens in Baird, Texas

Love’s to donate to local nonprofits. Baird, Texas residents now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more. The new Love’s Travel Stop, located on Interstate 20 at U.S. Highway 283, opened for business last week. The 10,000 square foot facility is open 24 hours a day. Customers will find gourmet coffee,

Consumer Optimism Wilts as Gas Prices Rise

Nationwide, economic optimism fell from 52% to 48%. Nearly nine in 10 consumers (85%) say that gas prices affect their feelings about the economy, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Gas prices have risen roughly 50 cents per gallon since February. One in 10 consumers (10%) say that

M&M’S Brand Turns Laughs Into Donations

Partners with U.S. Red Nose Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced that M&M’S, known for its colorful chocolate candies and equally colorful sense of humor, is kicking off a new campaign called “#MakeMLaugh” to support Red Nose Day as it debuts in the U.S. This integrated, socially driven campaign is one of many ways M&M’S