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 https://www.barkerstores.com/vpperformancegear/ 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

CCRRC North America NACS Releases Final Report in Employee Engagement Series

A final report from CCRRC North America NACS reveals that employee engagement strategies improve business for convenience stores.  The final report from the three-phase “Power Up Your People” project from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council North America NACS has been released. Studies show that employee engagement leads to growth in businesses, and the new report

Sunoco Acquires Rattlers Retail Convenience Store and Wholesale Fuel Business

A recent acquisition expands Sunoco’s reach in three Texas markets. One wholly owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has acquired the “Rattlers” retail convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business from Kolkhorst Petroleum Inc. This acquisition includes 14 company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a network of independent dealer-owned and dealer-operated locations in the

Sunoco Acquires C-Store Business from Valentine Stores

The recent transaction between Valentine Stores and Sunoco LP will expand Sunoco’s presence in Upstate New York. One of Sunoco LP’s wholly owned subsidiaries has now completed the acquisition of a retail convenience store business from Valentine Stores Inc. The acquisition includes 18 company-operated locations that serve Upstate New York market and sell approximately 20

BW Gas & Convenience Expands Its Management Team

New hires help position BW Gas & Convenience for pending c-store acquisition in Iowa. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC welcomes Lisa Dodson, Kolby Jones, Greg Penman, Tony Sparks and Rebecca Teiken to BW Gas & Convenience’s management team. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a private equity

Chevron and Albertsons Extend Loyalty Program to Florida

Now Florida customers in select markets can gain fuels rewards points, redeemable at Chevron and Texaco, when they shop at Safeway. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Albertsons Cos. LLC are expanding their joint fuel rewards program to customers in parts of Florida. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

Rutter’s Rewards Schools Program Kicks Off

During the past year, more than 40 schools and organizations have received donations through Rutter’s Rewards Schools. Rutter’s Rutter’s Rewards Schools program is set to raise funds for local organizations every time Registered Rutter’s Rewards Card and VIP Club Members use their card for purchases. This program helps to raise money for non-profit schools, clubs,

Mondelēz International Renews Partnership with Facebook

Partnering with Facebook will help Mondelēz International to connect with consumers and fuel growth. In an effort to create more meaningful “mobile-first” experiences between consumers and brands, Mondelēz International has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to leverage and innovate around consumer insights and Messenger to

C-Stores Encounter Increase in Chargebacks

What can retailers do to combat the recent increase in chargeback fraud that has followed the October 2015 EMV liability shift? A number of retailers have reported a drastic increase in chargebacks, many of them erroneous, since the October 2015 EMV liability shift. According to a recent report from NACS, at the 2016 Conexxus Annual

Brookshire Grocery to Debut New Convenience Store Concept

Brookshire expects to open 25 Spring Market convenience stores later this summer. Earlier this year, a number of Walmart Express stores in Texas and Louisiana closed their doors, permanently, and Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced that the company will be acquiring 25 of those stores. According to a report from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Brookshire

Retail Inventory Shrink is On the Rise

A new survey has revealed that retailers reported an increase in inventory shrink in 2015. The 2016 National Retail Security Survey, a new survey from the National Retail Federation, conducted in collaboration with the University of Florida, has revealed, overall, retailers have experienced an increase in inventory shrink over the past year. Data from the 2016 survey revealed

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

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