Implementing ADA Compliance Changes

Having the tools to take charge of ADA compliance before a lawsuit mandates your chain to do so, gives retailers more control over how the process is handled. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions recently sat down with Brad Gaskins, managing principal of the McIntosh Group. Gaskins is well versed in the Americans


Oneida Nation SāvOn Opens Revamped Store

A walk-in humidor and a custom-made beer cave to greet c-store customers on opening day. The Oneida Nation, a federally recognized Indian nation in central New York is debuting its newly remodeled and rebranded SāvOn store at Oneida Lake, located at 3802 Route 31, on Friday, June 12. The new store features more than 30

Pittsburgh Airport Sunoco Offers Three Alternative Fuels

In addition to gas and diesel, customers at the newly reopened Sunoco can opt for natural gas, propane or use an electric charging station. Sunoco’s APlus Convenience store at the Pittsburgh International Airport has reopened for business, becoming the first Sunoco station in the U.S. to offer customers three alternative fuels alongside traditional gas and

Love’s Debuts New Mississippi Travel Stop

New travel stop in Poplarville, Miss. off Interstate 59 offers 70 parking spaces and numerous amenities for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops, on June 11, debuted its newest travel stop. The new location opened along Interstate 59 in Poplarville, Miss., and includes an array of driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Sun Capital Completes Sale of VPS Subsidiaries

Transaction marks completion of long-term growth strategy for the convenience store chain. Sun Capital Partners Inc. announced that an affiliate has completed the sale of its investment in the subsidiaries of VPS Convenience Store Group to GPM Investments. As CSD reported earlier this week, GPM acquired 161 Village Pantry and Next Door Convenience stores in

How To Cut Fuel Pricing Time by 75%

SpeedyQ Market cut fuel price posting time from hours to just minutes with help from a mobile solution. By-Lo Oil Co. and its 18 SpeedyQ Market stores in Michigan are now establishing and posting new fuels prices faster by leveraging a mobile solution from PriceAdvantage. The performance improvements are featured in a recent case study

New Products Attract the Curious

Duchess Shoppe customers treated to the latest in snacks, sweets and drink offerings. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Shielded from the mid-Ohio sun by a spacious tent erected in the parking lot, the curious and the eager, the young and the old were inclined to participate in the first Consumer’s Choice Contest The event, sponsored

What Customers Think of Gas Prices And Where They Are Headed

Even as customers expect gas prices to rise, more are optimistic about the economy. Customers expect that gas prices are going to continue their upward climb in June, according to a survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). June is usually a period in which gas prices tend to moderate or even

How Digital Coupons Could Sway Millennial Shoppers

A Linkable Networks-commissioned study shows that Millennials are more likely to use coupons if they can automatically redeem them. If consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and brands want to reach Millennial shoppers with coupons they need to offer digital coupons that offer automatic redemption. Those were the findings of a recent study conducted by Forrester

White Castle VP Testifies on Proposed Overtime Changes

White Castle participates in a hearing on federal labor and wage regulations on behalf of the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the National Retail Federation. White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson testified on June 10 before a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Committee was examining federal

Chevron Rolls Out Its Xponent Rewards Card

Gas customers save five cents a gallon plus gain opportunities for additional rewards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has introduced its new Chevron and Texaco Xponent Rewards Card in select markets with plans to further expand the program across its Chevron- and Texaco-branded retail footprint in the U.S. The new rewards card is a reloadable, prepaid card

Casey’s Celebrates Record Fiscal Year

Total gallons of gas sold were up 9.1%, while same store sales were up 12.4% at the c-store chain for the year. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported strong performance results for fiscal 2015 with sales increases in multiple c-store categories and outlined its 2016 goals. The c-store chain reported diluted earnings per share of

Hess Tops List of ‘Green’ Energy Companies on Newsweek List

Hess’ ranking shows its commitment to sustainability and environmental impact. Hess Corp. came in first place on the list of ‘green’ U.S. energy companies on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings – U.S. 500 that assesses the environmental performance of corporations. The rankings reflect the sustainability and environmental impact of the 500 largest publicly traded companies

United Oil Becomes ‘United Pacific’

Triples convenience store portfolio with major acquisition from Pacific Convenience & Fuels. United Oil, based in Southern California, has completed an acquisition of 251 gas station and convenience stores from Pacific Convenience & Fuels (PC&F) operating under the My Goods Market and Circle K brands. With the acquisition complete, United Oil is set to begin

Inland Private Capital Divests 12 7-Eleven Properties in Ohio

Sale of Ohio c-store portfolio brings IPCC a substantial return for investors. Inland Private Capital Corp. (IPCC) has sold a portfolio of a dozen 7-Eleven convenience store properties, located in northeastern Ohio, for a gross sale price of $35,329,302. IPCC, through its subsidiary, which serves as asset manager, facilitated the sale of the portfolio on

Walgreens Drives Engagement With App Partnership

The drug store chain partners with Challenged App to challenge customers to post videos on beauty tips for the chance to win prizes. Drug store behemoth Walgreens is collaborating with the new social competition app, Challenged, which connects socially-activated users, celebrity influencers and charities to drive healthy competition and positive social change. The Challenged app

Uber, ExxonMobil Partner For Fuel Card Launch

New partnership to help Uber drivers save at Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations nationwide. Uber has introduced the next addition to its Momentum Driver Rewards program: the Partner Fuel Card powered by FleetCor and MasterCard and is partnering with ExxonMobil to help Uber driver partners save at the pump. Exxon will provide Partner Fuel

Thorntons Divesting Eight Stores

Store sales aim to best position the c-store chain with its strategic goals. As part of its annual evaluation and repositioning of its portfolio, Thorntons plans to sell eight stores, including three in Terre Haute, Ind., according to a report by WTHITV 10 News. The company noted that the move is a step to best

VP Racing Fuel Elite Program Recognizes Racers

VP “Elite” racers can enjoy discounts and additional benefits through newly introduced program. VP Racing Fuels is introducing its “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program,” coinciding with the company’s 40th anniversary this year and recognizing racers past and present across the spectrum of motorsports who helped VP achieve its position in the industry today. As part

Getty Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

New chief operating officer to manage Getty’s real estate activities. Getty Realty Corp. has promoted Mark Olear to the role of chief operating officer, effective June 1, 2015. Olear joined Getty in 2014 as executive vice president and chief investment officer and has more than 18 years of real estate industry experience. As part of

Hershey Recognized As Top “Green” Company

Newsweek’s Green Rankings recognizes The Hershey Co. for its environmental commitment. The Hershey Co. made the No. 6 slot on Newsweek‘s recently released 2015 Green Rankings list of the top 500 U.S. companies when it comes to environmental stewardship. Hershey moved up a whopping 40 spots on the list compared to its 2014 ranking. “Hershey’s

Kellogg’s Enhances Family Rewards Program

Changes to the brand’s rewards program in the U.S. make it easier for customers to collect points and earn rewards. Kellogg’s announced that it is revamping its Family Rewards program in the U.S., allowing customers to collect points automatically. Members no longer need to enter codes found on the inside of packages, making it easier

Retailers Reveal Plenti

New consumer loyalty program might be a jewel of a platform for convenience stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. shoppers are fond of rewards and have approximately 3.3 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs, according to the 2015 Colloquy Loyalty Census. Research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans would prefer a rewards program

GPM Completes Acquisition of Village Pantry, Next Door Convenience Stores

Deal boosts GPM store count to more than 750 company-operated c-stores and dealer sites in 16 states. GPM Investments LLC has closed its deal to acquire 161 c-stores with gasoline in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois under the Village Pantry and Next Door Store banners. GPM plans to continue operating the stores under their respective

Will Summer Bring A Drop In Gas Prices?

As refinery maintenance ends and crude costs settle pump prices may start to fall, but a number of factors could push prices back up. On June 1, the national average price for a gallon of gas stood at $2.75, marking the highest average of 2015, according to a report by AAA. But customers might get