Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

Marathon Petroleum Responds to Elliott Management Statements

Hedge fund suggests a breakup of the firm to unlock value, but MPC notes it is already taking aggressive actions. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has responded to hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which in a letter to MPC’s board alleged that the company is extremely undervalued and that it should consider a break up of

Thanksgivings Day Traditions Evolve

NPD Group looks at how cultural shifts are impacting Thanksgiving Day norms. Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves, a consumer qualitative insights company that looks at consumer behavioral data. A mix of influences—economic,

QuickChek Debuts Bordentown Store

Grand opening promotions include free coffee. QuickChek recently opened a new 5,496-square-foot c-store at the Rivergate Bordentown Waterfront located at 500 Route 130. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain opened the store on Nov. 8., with grand opening promotions including free large hot coffees for patrons from Nov. 8-Nov. 20. The new store will be open

Sheetz Welcomes New Public Relations Manager

Nick Ruffner brings wide range of communications experience to Sheetz. Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager. Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S.

Unified Commerce Not Yet A Reality

Numerous struggles exist on the path to creating an omni-channel environment, BRP finds. While an omni-channel approach might be a goal to strive for, few retailers are there today. According to Boston Retail Partners (BRP), savvy retailers know their current planning tools are not capable of supporting the unified commerce environment necessary to satisfy today’s

Boston Globe Lists VERC Enterprises Among Top Places to Work

VERC Enterprises makes the list for the fourth time. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has once again been named to the Boston Globe Top Places to Work list for 2016. VERC Enterprises was recognized as one of 125 companies in

Love’s Debuts New Locations in Texas and Tennessee

Customers have a chance to win prizes in celebration of Love’s surpassing the 400 stores mark. Texas and Tennessee drivers have more fueling, dining and parking options now that Love’s Travel Stops has opened new locations in Domino, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59 and Route 3129, and in White House, Tenn., along Interstate 65 and

Rutter’s Opens 66th C-Store, Sixth Site of 2016

Award winning food and world class convenience headed to Strasburg, Pa. Rutter’s introduced its 66th retail location and its fourth site in Lancaster County on Nov. 16 in Strasburg, Pa. The new convenience store will add 50 new jobs. The new Rutter’s is located in the central part of Strasburg near the train station, situated

7-Eleven Adds Sustainably-Sourced Coffee

New premium brew is sourced from coffee growers held to strict environmental standards. 7-Eleven Convenience Stores have rolled out an exclusive new premium Nicaragua single-origin coffee from Matagalpa that is the retailer’s first coffee to be Rainforest Alliance Certified. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable

Wawa Celebrates 500th Location With Fuel

Shows thanks to veterans during c-store opening. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its 500th fuel store, located at 8250 Limekiln Pike in Cheltenham, Pa. on Nov. 10. The celebration included representatives from the Horsham, Pennsylvania, Air and Army National Guard; Liberty USO; Cheltenham Township and Pennsylvania state representatives; Cheltenham Fire and Police; local

GPM Investments Acquires 170 Admiral Petroleum Stores

GPM becomes the eighth largest convenience store chain in the country. GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates have acquired 137 convenience stores with fuel sales and 33 discount tobacco shops in Michigan and Indiana from Admiral Petroleum Co. This acquisition will further develop GPM’s existing portfolio of stores in the Midwest region. GPM will continue

Stripes Commissions Corpus Christi Latina Artist

Three new Stripes Convenience Stores to debut original artwork. A number of new Stripes Convenience Stores are about to get an aesthetic boost from a local artist. Stripes Convenience Stores recently opened three new stores across Texas in the cities of Seguin, Elgin and Houston featuring commissioned artwork by Corpus Christi artist Mayra Zamora. Zamora

Stockholders Approve CST Brands, Couche-Tard Merger

Merger remains subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The merger between CST Brands and a U.S. subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was given a green light to move forward now that CST Brands’ stockholders have approved the previously-announced merger at its special meeting of stockholders. Based on the tabulation of the stockholder vote, approximately

Game of Thrones

Presenting patrons clean and comfortable restrooms is an important part of any convenience retailer’s customer service planning. Some c-stores, however, do it better than others. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Buc-ee’s 37 convenience stores, all located in Texas, are popular for plenty of reasons: caramel-coated snacks known as Beaver Nuggets, dozens of gas pumps per location

Trillium CNG Expands

New compressed natural gas stations now open in Washington and Maryland. Love’s Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Cos., has added two additional CNG stations in Washington and Maryland to its network of locations. The compressed natural gas company also recently signed an agreement to design a CNG system for an existing station

7-Eleven’s Slurp4Good Campaign To Help St. Jude

Eleven cents per Slurpee drink sold through Jan. 3 will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Convenience store customers now can help raise funds to benefit children with cancer when they purchase a Slurpee at 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven Inc. has launched a national Slurpee Slurp4Good fundraising campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

BP Introduces “Miles” Personality Pump

Chicago and New York City gas customers are introduced to technologically-advanced pumps, with interactive features to make filling up more fun. BP is set to change the way gas customers view the experience of filling up their tanks. BP is debuting new, highly-interactive fuel pumps at a few sites around New York City and Chicago

Corner Store 5K County Run Series Raises $1.46 Million

Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities benefit from Corner Store fundraising events. CST Brands, parent company of Corner Store, has announced the fundraising results of its Corner Store Country Run Series. The third annual event that included 5K races in 10 cities raised a net total of $1.46 million for Big Brothers Big

Gas Prices Dip for 10 Straight Days

Pump prices are expected to move lower through the end of the year. An abundance of crude oil in the global market has helped push gas prices increasingly lower over the past 10 days. AAA reported that as of Nov. 14, the national average price of gas sat at $2.17—five cents per gallon less than

NOCO Raises $21,000 To Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma

August through September campaign raised money with the help of c-store employees and customers. Through a number of events in August and September at NOCO, convenience store customers and employees raised $21,173, which was donated to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter. “This is the fourth year NOCO has

TravelCenters Opens Black Bear Diner

Award-winning full-service dining concept comes to Barstow, Calif. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), is opening of the second Black Bear Diner restaurant with a log-cabin and bear-themed aesthetic in the TA and Petro network. This new full-service restaurant is located at TA, I-15, Exit 178 (2930 Lenwood Road), in Barstow, Calif. Black Bear Diner was

Pizza Still Piping Hot

With its easy-to-eat format and versatility that enables it to showcase both tried-and-true and trending ingredients and flavor profiles, pizza remains a top pick for consumers seeking a satisfying snack or full meal. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor America’s passion for pizza shows no sign of dwindling. CNBC reported that sales have reached $45 billion

Growth Energy Supports EPA Proposal

Opens comment period on denying petition by refiners. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel into the

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