European Commission Approves Couche-Tard Shell Acquisition in Denmark

Couche-Tard plans to divest some current sites and Shell-branded stations ahead of the acquisition. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is set to move forward with its acquisition of A/S Dansk Shell’s downstream retail business in Denmark after receiving approval this week from the European Commission for the deal, which is subject to divestment commitments. Completion of the

NOCO Express Launches ‘Code Blue’ Fundraising Campaign

The Western New York c-store chain to donates more than $14,000 to Buffalo City Mission. NOCO Express has launched a Code Blue fundraising campaign at its 31 Western New York Stores to benefit the Buffalo City Mission, and to aid those in need during the cold winter months. NOCO customers generously donated $7,148 by purchasing

Is Unified Commerce Realistic?

While the majority of retailers strive to offer a unified commerce platform, ‘faux’ omni-channel is the reality, a Boston Retail Partners report finds. Boston Retail Partners (BRP), “SPECIAL REPORT: Unified Commerce is the Goal, “Faux” Omni-channel is the Reality,” found retailers are falling short when it comes to offering customers an experience that transcends channels.

VP Racing Fuels Teams With M-Sport, Introduces Specialty Fuel

New specialty fuel to power Fiesta R5. The Ford Fiesta R5 has become one of M-Sport’s most successful projects and a new collaboration with VP Racing Fuels has taken development a step further this week. Conducting a thorough research and development programme, the two companies have developed “VP R5” – a high-performance 102 Octane FIA-certified

Stripes Expands With Odessa, Texas C-Store

Free refillable mugs, former Super Bowl Champion greet guests at Grand Opening Fiesta. Stripes Convenience Stores continues its growth in Texas with the debut of its newest Stripes location in Odessa, Texas. Stripes is hosting a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony along the Odessa Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March

RaceTrac To Host ‘Run for Research’ 5K and 1K

Runners are encouraged to wear their craziest socks to the fundraising event. For the third year in a row, RaceTrac is set to host its annual Run for Research 5K and 1K Fun Run, which raises money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). The event is set for Saturday, April 9,

IDDBA Reveals Show & Sell Center Highlights

FDA presentation on menu labeling among workshop presentations. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has announced key highlights for the Show & Sell Center at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 5-7 in Houston, Texas. The Show & Sell Center is the huge interactive marketplace that is the centerpiece of the industry-leading show, providing best-in-class merchandising,

Big Red Debuts 32nd Location

New c-store features a contemporary design, including touchless restrooms and fresh made foods. Big Red Stores is opening its first of three planned new convenience stores for 2016 in Ward, Ark. This is part of a continuing growth strategy focused on meeting customer needs. The first store is set to open in early May at

NRF Speaks Out on Consumption Tax

With a still stagnant economy, a consumption tax would cause great disruption, warned NRF Senior Vice President of Government Relations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Tuesday, March 22, asked Congress to reject any form of consumption tax as it considers tax reform. NRF is encouraging Congress to instead focus on the income tax system

7-Eleven Debuts Slurpee Doughnuts

7-Eleven has turned its beloved Slurpee into a tasty treat. A new offering from 7-Eleven has transformed the iconic Slurpee beverage into an indulgent treat. According to a report from The Daily Meal, 7-Eleven has introduced a new wild cherry Slurpee-flavored doughnut to its line of product offerings. This is a non-frozen treat inspired by

U.S. Average Gas Price Set to Surpass $2 Mark

New Jersey boasts the least expensive gas at an average price of $1.73 per gallon. Monday, March 21, saw an average national gas price of $1.98 per gallon, the highest pump price since January, after gas prices climbed for two straight weeks. According to a report by AAA, the national average price may soon hit

Analyzing Inventory Can Be a Blast!

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC WE ALL KNOW that beer sells better on a hot weekend, don’t we? And sticky-buns sell better in the morning than in the afternoon and evening. Depending on your area, Coca Cola 16 ounce may be the best seller, and Marlboro Light 100’s — you can’t keep enough of

Love’s Opens Four New Locations

Along with the opening of four new stores, Love’s has also officially opened its first ever Dunkin’ Donuts location. Love’s Travel Stops has opened four new store locations in four different states. With the new store openings, Love’s is expanding its presence in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. A Love’s Country Store is now serving

A New Kum & Go Experience

A new store design from Kum & Go is offering customers a variety of new amenities to add to the convenience experience. A newly constructed Kum & Go opened its doors for business in Joplin, Mo. On Friday, March 18, at 6 a.m. The newly constructed store is located at 3434 South Range Line Road,

VERC Named Best of Plymouth

VERC is being recognized for its exceptional marketing efforts and its commitment to its community. For the ninth consecutive year VERC Enterprises has been awarded the 2016 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Store Category. VERC is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The

Heineken Launches New Campaign

Heineken’s new marketing campaign emphasizes the brands star status. A new 360° global marketing campaign from Heineken invites LDA+ consumers to explore the stories behind the iconic brand. The new fully integrated campaign, There’s More Behind the Star, explores the brand’s foundation by incorporating national TVC, digital and social support, along with limited edition packaging,

Stripes Convenience Stores Debuts Pecos, Texas Location

Kicks off c-store grand opening Fiesta and ribbon cutting with a refillable mug promotion. Stripes Convenience Stores debuted its new Pecos, Texas c-store on March 16 with a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony. The new convenience store is located at 2612 State Highway 17. The ribbon cutting included a $1,000 donation check presentation

NRF Applauds Proposal To Delay Overtime Legislation

New bill asks for Department of Labor to review how the regulations would impact small businesses, such as convenience stores. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is speaking out in favor of the The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which was introduced in Congress on March 17, and aims to delay the Department of Labor

7-Eleven Waiving Franchise Fee on Select U.S. Stores

The Zero Franchise Fee initiative helps a number of aspiring 7-Eleven franchise owners save up to $80,000. After a strong response to its Zero Franchise Fee initiative last year, 7-Eleven has decided to bring the program back in 2016 as an ongoing program to offer a low-cost investment opportunity for both proven business owners and

Will New Legislation Halt Overtime Rule?

The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act looks to delay overtime regulations. The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have introduced a new bill —he Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act—that looks to delay the publication of a rule expected from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would dramatically change the rules governing overtime

Rogers Petroleum Acquires BV Oil Co.’s Western Division

The purchase marks Roger Petroleum’s entrance into the Florida market. Rogers Petroleum Inc. recently concluded the purchase of BV Oil Co. Inc.’s western division in Florida. The deal included an established commercial fuels and lubricants business; two commercial bulk plant facilities located in Arcadia and Wauchula, Fla.; a card lock facility in Arcadia, and related

Thomaston Land Co. Selling Four C-Stores In Maryland and Pennsylvania

The bid deadline for the sales being coordinated by NRC is May 3, 2016. The sales of four convenience stores with gasoline and one quick service restaurant (QSR) in Johnstown, Pa. and La Vale, Md. are now being coordinated. The lots and stores are of varying sizes, but all of the properties offered are free-owned.

VP Racing Remains Official Fuel of FASTRAK

A multi-year agreement will help to grow the VP Racing Fuels brand through significant brand exposure. A multi-year agreement between the FASTRAK Racing Series and VP Racing Fuels has once again named VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of FASTRAK. VP Racing’s sponsorship extends to both the FASTRAK weekly series and touring series throughout

Turns * Margin = Profit

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC One of my favorite sales stories is the one about the new salesman that was constantly nagged by his superior to make more sales calls. On his first day, he made five sales calls and was told that if he wanted to make it in the company, he would

Couche-Tard Discusses Third Quarter Financial Results

Alimentation Couche-Tard experienced merchandise and service gross margin increases of 0.5% in the U.S, 3.4% in Europe and 0.2% in Canada. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has officially released the financial results for the third quarter ending Jan. 31, 2016. The company’s financial report revealed that the company experienced significant growth and accrued substantial earnings throughout the

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