Pilot Flying J Settlement Approved

Settlement of $84.9 million to end class action lawsuit. A federal judge in Arkansas has approved an $84.9 million class action settlement of fraud claims against Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Online reported. The settlement breakdown: • $56.5 million to pay trucking companies the fuel rebates and discounts they were allegedly shorted •  $9.75 million in

Wawa Adds Lottery To New Jersey Stores

Celebrates grand opening of Jackson, N.J. location. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey store in Jackson, on Nov. 22,  and officially announced its statewide partnership with the New Jersey Lottery and the addition of offering lottery in all New Jersey Wawa stores. Located at 329 North County Line Road in

Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions Delivers

In wake of weekend storms, fuel is transported to mission-critical businesses. After the Midwest was rocked by a series of tornadoes and severe storms on Sunday, Nov. 17 that left an estimated 235,000 southeast Michigan homes and businesses without power, Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions (EFS) delivered more than 10,000 gallons of emergency fuel to

The Pantry To Host Q4 Conference Call

The Pantry Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m.

CST Brands To Ring Opening Bell

After listing its IPO on the NYSE earlier this year, CST is set to ring in Tuesday’s trading day.   Corner Store team members will be busy this holiday season building nine new stores, most of them slated to open in the first quarter of 2014. The new builds on tap follow a slate of

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Scroggins Receives Foodservice Editorial Council’s Top Award

John Scroggins’ contributions to IFEC and the field of foodservice communications are honored with the Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) has announced John Scroggins, vice president, Noble, as the recipient of the 2013 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The council’s highest honor, informally called the “Betty,” is presented annually

7-Eleven and Belly Launch Meal Donation Program in Chicago

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Belly members can redeem loyalty points at 7-Eleven stores to donate meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 7-Eleven Inc. and Belly have launched “Give a Little & Do Great,” a joint program running until Dec. 2 at all participating Chicago 7-Eleven store locations. The two companies will donate a meal

Study Shows Why Consumers Crave In-Store Shopping Experience

Millions of consumers will shop at physical stores this Black Friday. Despite the growing popularity of online shopping, millions of consumers will flock to the stores this Black Friday.  According to a recent study, these shoppers are not just in pursuit of the ultimate deal, but rather, the ultimate experience.  WD Partners, a customer experience

Corner Store Raises $2.4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

“At Corner Store, we love to be part of our communities and can’t think of a better cause than helping children and families going through a challenging illness or injury,” says CEO of CST Brands. Customers and team members at CST Brands Inc.’s Corner Stores raised a record-breaking $2.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,

RGCA Reveals Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey

Consumers embrace online and mobile options, but 78% plan to spend gift cards at brick and mortar retail locations. The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and to kick it off, the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) has released the results of the Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey that examines how consumers

Walgreens Debuts Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store in Evanston, Ill. will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground, Walgreens is celebrating the official opening of what is believed

Supermarket Guru Predicts 2014 Trends

Social shopping and healthy snacking ahead as Millennials shape consumer trends in the new year. Millennials, health-conscious shoppers and a shift in consumer palates set the stage for what’s to come in the food world this year according to Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. For 2014, Lempert, who works closely with ConAgra Foods Inc. and its

Pilot Flying J Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55-cent cups of coffee on the anniversary date. On Nov. 20, 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, marked its 55th anniversary. The Pilot journey began in 1958 when James A. “Jim” Haslam II opened the first Pilot in Gate City, Va., Pilot Store

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AWMA Announces Major Changes for Annual Convention

A redesigned Marketplace & Solutions Expo to greet attendees. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced a new redesigned format for The AWMA Show, the annual convention and exposition, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now known as the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo, the convention will

Parker’s Hires Veteran Chef As Director of Food Service

Steven Stempel joins the Parker’s team. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, recently hired veteran restaurant owner and accomplished chef Steven Stempel as director of food service. In his new position, Stempel is responsible for culinary creative, branding development and oversight of all food service for Parker’s. “Steve brings an insider’s knowledge of the restaurant

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Preparing for Industry Challenges

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip and the current NACS vice chairman and treasurer, shares his insights on the issues affecting convenience retailers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales

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Managing Your Workforce

Labor scheduling can be a complex, time-consuming and tedious task, but if it’s not done right it can be costly, in terms of wasted money and lost customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Managing labor hours is just one of a handful challenges human resources managers face every day and St. Joe Petroleum is no

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Cool New Products Preview Room Wows Retailers

From electronic cigarettes to touchscreen beverage dispensers and healthier snacks—there was something new for everyone at the NACS Show in Atlanta last month. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry has long been known for its retail innovations and this year’s NACS Show, held last month in Atlanta, didn’t disappoint in showcasing cutting-edge

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Maverik Celebrated as CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year

The Utah marketer honored for its unique adventure culture, an ongoing commitment to employees and its service-first mantra for delivering a memorable shopping experience.By John Lofstock, Editor. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by

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Keeping Your Customers Connected with WiFi

With the proliferation of Smartphones, iPads and laptops, now more than ever your “always on” customers expect wireless Internet access where they go.By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In 1993 when Brett Stewart was speaking to top technology gurus at a conference in San Francisco, he predicted that the world would eventually enjoy the benefits of

Cumberland Gulf Group Executive Named 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer John McMahon recognized by peers for his contributions to human resources. John McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been named a 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the Global HR Leadership Summit in recognition of his ability as

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Global Partners Participates in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program

Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gas Distributors help foster math and science education in Northeast schools. Global Partners announced that its retail gasoline dealers, Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gasoline Distributors are participating in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program, a nationwide initiative to enhance math and science learning at K-12 institutions.  More

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CITGO Teams Up With Miss America Representatives

Promotes volunteering, health, education and other important issues in local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has partnered with 16 states that are a part of the Miss America Organization to promote awareness surrounding the key issues of education and social investment, energy assistance, environmental protection and conservation and health. The Miss America state representatives serve as

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Go-Mart Teams With Acumera

“One of the factors that attracted us to Acumera is the breadth and depth of the team’s PCI knowledge, and their willingness to guide us through the complex process of building and maintaining a PCI-compliant network,” says Go-Mart general manager. Go-Mart, which operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia and surrounding states, has

TravelCenters of America To Purchase 31 C-Stores For $67 Million

Sites located in Kentucky and Tennessee. Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company, which operates these c-stores under its proprietary brand name “Minit Mart.” Twenty-eight of the c-stores are

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