C-Stores Compete for Millennial Foodservice Dollars

C-store competition heats up in Virginia. Wawa and 7-Eleven are heating up the competition in Virginia in an attempt to capture Millennial consumers. A new report from Daily Press has revealed that both companies are adding new stores in the state, with Wawa building a new store at Pembroke Avenue and Mercury Boulevard in Hampton,

Western Refining Partners with St. Jude to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Western Refining has launched a Halloween campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In an effort to help fight the monster that is pediatric cancer, Western Refining and St. Jude have joined together to raise money through a Halloween themed fundraising campaign. This year, parents of 16,000 children in the U.S. will

Leadership and a Changing Industry

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief Small- and family-owned businesses remain the backbone of the convenience store industry. Many chains have been successfully passed on from one generation to the next, but more and more, family executives these days seem to be expressing concern about passing the family business on to the next generation. This trend is

FAILED!

By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Most of us started out with the drive to do something outstanding with our lives; but, somewhere along the way, we felt compelled to compromise on the important things that resulted in a hum-drum existence of simply making a living, further exacerbated by the feeling that we had failed.

Parker’s Opens New Location on South Carolina

Parker’s continues its rapid expansion efforts with the opening of a new store in Port Royal, S.C. On Sept. 15, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of its newest retail store in Port Royal, S.C. As a part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held, which featured Beaufort County dignitaries. Port Royal

Kwik Trip Named No. 1 Large Company in Des Moines

Kwik Trip attracts employees with impressive benefits and profit sharing. The Des Moines Register’s 2016 survey of top workplaces has listed Kwik Trip as the No. 1 large company in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Kwik Trip was named No. 1 based on a number of criterion, including its extensive employee benefits. According to the

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban

Sixteen more Walmart Canada stores will soon stop accepting Visa cards. Walmart Canada is continuing its fight against Visa’s high swipe fees by announcing that it will soon be increasing the number of Canadian locations that will no longer accept Visa Inc. cards. After ceasing to accept Visa cards in three Thunder Bay, Ontario stores

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens 12,00th Location

Dunkin’ Donuts is continuing its strategic westward expansion with a new location in the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside, Calif. is now the home of the 12,000th Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The new store is located at 4922 La Sierra Ave. With this milestone location, Dunkin’ Donuts continues its steady and strategic westward expansion, opening more than

Royal Buying Group Strikes New Partnership with Alliance Cost Containment

A new, long-term partnership will strengthen the value propositions of both RBG and ACC. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Alliance Cost Containment (ACC). Through this new partnership, RBG members will have access to customized indirect expense cost reduction programs. These customized programs provide pre-negotiated

Hershey Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Hershey’s sustainability practices are among the top in the world. For the fourth consecutive year, The Hershey Co. has been named to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices (DJSI). Hershey is one of only 11 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in the World Index and ranked in the

A Rule to Operate By

Part of managing c-store real estate is finding opportunities to obtain sites for new stores. Sometimes, however, the job requires weeding out underperforming sites. By Terry Monroe If you have heard me speak at a NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) event or a state association convention, I sometimes refer to the ‘1/3, 1/3, 1/3

Reviewing Regulation Irregularities

Nobody said that operating a c-store is easy, but knowing the ground rules helps. By Fran Duskiewicz If you sit around and chat with a group of convenience store executives, sooner or later, the discussion will turn to horror stories of dealing with local, state and federal inspectors and the inconsistent nature in which they

The United Family Recognizes Outstanding Rewards Partners

Two companies have been recognized by The United Family for their active participation in The United Family’s rewards program. On Aug. 30, 2016, at the company’s second annual partners meeting in Lubbock, Texas, The United Family awarded Smithfield and Dole with the company’s first ‘Outstanding Rewards Partner of the Year Award.’ The Outstanding Rewards Partner

Lake Fork, Texas C-Store Owner Pays it Forward

After seeing members of the community struggling to make ends meet, the owner of the Lake Fork, Texas Star Mart started looking for ways to help. The kindness and compassion of one convenience store owner in Lake Fork, Texas is not going unnoticed. According to a recent report from Belleville News-Democrat, one Star Mart convenience

Pumpkin Spice Returns to QuikTrip

Customers rejoice as pumpkin flavored treats return to all QuikTrip convenience locations. As pumpkin flavored treats are once again being offered across the country, QuikTrip has announced the reintroduction of a fan favorite coffee, along with the debut of a new pumpkin flavored treat that is sure to be a hit this autumn. According to

Convenience Stores are Evolving

New GetGo Café + Market offers a new, high quality convenience store experience. Convenience stores are evolving as Millennial consumers continue to expect more from the places they shop. One example of this evolution is the recently opened GetGo Café + Market in Brunswick, Ohio. According to a report from Cleveland.com, a grand opening celebration

Sheetz: A Great Place to Work for All

Sheetz has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and Fortune. Sheetz has been included on the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women list, which is based on data collected by Great Place to Work and Fortune Sheetz has been ranked twice on the list, which is based on

Parker’s Named Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine Readers

Parker’s has now been included in Savannah Magazine’s “Best of Savannah” issue four years in a row. For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s has been voted the Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine readers. The honor was announced in the magazine’s September/October 2016 “Best of Savannah” issue. “Earning this recognition from our customers is

Parker’s Celebrates 40 Years by Gifting a Free Jeep Renegade

One randomly selected Parker’s customer has received a free Jeep Renegade that sports the Parker’s logo. In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Parker’s has given away a free Jeep Renegade to one lucky customer. At the company’s Garden City, Ga. store, Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented the keys to a white Jeep emblazoned with

Love’s Opens Three New Travel Stops

Drivers in three different states now have access to a variety of amenities at three brand new Love’s Travel Stops. On Thurs., Sept. 15, Love’s Travel Stops opened three new locations, with one in Kansas, one in Oklahoma and one in Mississippi. The Love’s Country Store in Meade, Kan., is located along U.S. Highway 54

Meijer Launches Grocery Home Delivery in Detroit

Meijer’s new delivery service in southeastern Michigan creates over 300 jobs. On Thurs., Sept. 15, Meijer launched a new grocery home delivery service in the greater Detroit area. Shoppers in the area can now have their groceries delivered to their doorstep within an hour. Not only does the partnership between the Midwest retailer and Shipt,

How Many Good Sellers Have You Unknowingly Dropped?

By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Last year, in March, a manager at one of my customer’s stores asked me to find out when the last sale of a certain item occurred. I reported back that the last sale occurred in November of the previous year. A little more digging around and I discovered the

Consigned Inventory in Retail Stores

Is consigned inventory in the convenience channel possible? By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Gasoline and diesel fuel is the single, highest investment a convenience store can make. In the past, it was common practice for fuel distributors to keep convenience store tanks filled with fuel and only bill the stores AFTER the fuel was

Sheetz Partners with Feeding America to Launch Made-to-Share Campaign

Sheetz remains committed to ending hunger in the communities which it serves. September is Hunger Action Month, and in an attempt to help those who struggle with hunger, Sheetz has partnered with Feeding America to launch the Made-to-Share campaign. Through this campaign, Sheetz will provide weekly product donations to Feeding America member food banks in

Adopters and Adapters

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group My recent business travels took me by my city neighborhood grammar school. It reminded me of the many yearly assignments to write a story about my summer vacation. My travels these past two summers have been to both new and familiar places and more car travel than

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