Hershey Announces Grand Opening of New Hershey Chocolate Tour

Hershey’s fans now have access to an all new, exciting tour of the Hershey factory. The tour brings education and fun together for an experience that fans of all ages will enjoy. Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction has announced that it will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for its new Hershey’s Chocolate Tour on May

Old Habits Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week I had the honor of visiting with a company that is opening their first convenience store. They read my book and want to implement my ideas in their store. I am getting an increasing flood of inquiries regarding inventory control, and I am amazed at the difference between

Casey’s Launches Slice of Summer Campaign

Casey’s customers are being given a chance to win exciting prizes, just for shopping with Casey’s. Casey’s General Stores has launched a new Slice of Summer rewards program to its customers. Now through August 31, 2016, Casey’s customers will have the chance to win from hundreds of prizes, just for shopping at Casey’s. During the

VP Racing Fuels Partners With JAT Oil

JAT Oil will reap a number of benefits through its new partnership with VP Racing Fuels. VP Racing Fuels has joined forces with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based JAT Oil, supplier of 125 retail locations in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, in its retail branding program. “For us, the most appealing aspect of VP’s retail branding program is that

The Modern Forecourt

More convenience retailers are investing in new forecourt amenities that are bigger, brighter and potentially more profitable. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The convenience store forecourt has traditionally been an area with a limited number of fuel pumps and parking spaces, and perhaps a few retail items such as fireplace logs or bagged ice for

Whole Foods Market Announces Opening of Second 365 Location

Two innovative foodservice providers have been chosen to be featured at the newest 365 by Whole Foods Market location. Lake Oswego, Ore. will soon become the home of the second 365 by Whole Foods Market location. This new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market will open on July 14, 2016. The store will

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Pretzel Day

Cumberland Farms recently offered customers a free beverage with purchase. Cumberland Farms recently ran a promotion in celebration of National Pretzel Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. According to a report from Sun Sentinel, Cumberland Farms offered a free beverage with purchase at participating locations. Additionally, from noon to 6 p.m., customers were invited to stop

Emerson Supports Research and Innovation through The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson hopes to make The Helix a global hub of industry education. Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of The Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. Emerson invested a total of $35 million in The Helix in order to foster an ambitious and collaborative approach to conducting research. Research conducted

Core-Mark to Release First Quarter 2016 Earnings

Core-Mark has announced a release date for its first quarter 2016 earnings report. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has announced that it will release its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, before the market opens on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Additionally, the company will host an investor call later that morning at 9:00

Order Dunkin’ On-the-Go

Customers can now order Dunkin’ Donuts from their smartphones, allowing them to pay before they pick up and to skip the lines in store! Members of the DD Perks Rewards Program who reside in the Metro New York area will soon have access to exclusive On-the-Go Ordering. Beginning in mid-May, DD Perks members will have

YEO Roundtable Kicks Off At RaceTrac Petroleum

Young executives get a close up look at RaceTrac’s facility and initiatives. The National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off its third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) roundtable on April 27 in Atlanta. This year’s two-day roundtable event is being hosted by Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum, which operates more than 700 locations, both company-owned RaceTrac stores and

McLane to Supply Vintners C-Stores

Through a new partnership, Vintners will now have access to new foodservice offerings and cutting-edge technology. McLane Co. Inc. has announced that, through a new service agreement, Fremont, Calif.-based Vintners Distributers LLC and 126 of its c-store locations, including 15 of the chain’s Loop Neighborhood Stores, has officially switched from a competing supplier to McLane

Rutter’s Launches Summer Rewards Program

Rutter’s customers in Central Pennsylvania will soon have the chance to win valuable prizes through Rutter’s new summer sweepstakes. Rutter’s Rewards has launched its new #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. As a part of the new sweepstakes, Rutter’s Rewards members throughout Central Pennsylvania have the chance to win a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, along with a variety of other

Jiffy Mini-Marts Future Questioned As Legal Battle Persists

BDS Oil claims it is owed $247,000 in past rent and interest payments. A rental dispute and shareholder disagreement resulting in a court case has the future of seven Terre Haute, Ind. Jiffy Mini-Marts in limbo. Customers visiting the locations are greeted by “no gas” signage, pumps covered by plastic bags and low in-store inventory,

ExxonMobil Assists Houston-Area Flood Relief Efforts

American Red Cross donation to help recent storm victims. Exxon Mobil Corp. has donated $100,000 toward American Red Cross disaster relief assistance for communities impacted by recent severe storms and flooding in the Greater Houston area. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to residents who have been affected by the recent storms and flooding,” said Rex

Mister Car Wash Purchases Seven Venture Car Washes

Expands into Mississippi, marking its 20th state of operations. Mister Car Wash, earlier this month expanded its business into Mississippi through a purchase of seven Venture Car Washes. The acquisition represents the company’s 20th state and 29th market. Venture opened its first car wash in Ridgeland in 2003, adding stores in Brandon, Clinton, Meridian, Flowood

Chevron Selling Hawaii Assets

Transaction with Island Energy Services expected to close in the second half of 2016. Chevron USA Inc. reached an agreement last week with Island Energy Services to sell its assets in Hawaii. According to a report by Khon2News, the sale includes the 58,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Kapolei, interests in a network of 58 retail service

Stripes Adds Over 30 New Jobs to Navasota, Texas

Stripes will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest location on April 27. Navasota, Texas is now home to the newest Stripes Convenience Store. The opening of the new store marks the first ever Navasota, Texas Stripes Store. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony along the Navasota

Sheetz Promotes its Made-to-Order Milkshakez

Sheetz has announced a number of advertising initiatives that will help the company to promote its new MTO shakez. Sheetz Convenience Stores has launched a new TV spot in support of their hand-made, made-to-order MilkShakez. The spot premiered in select markets across Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia on April 20, 2016. Created by Tattoo

Core-Mark to Acquire Pine State Convenience

Core-Mark is acquiring the industry leading “supplier of choice” for the northeast. A Definitive Asset Purchase Agreement has been signed, stating that Core-Mark Holding Co. will acquire all of the assets of Pine State Convenience. Pine State Convenience is a division of Pine State Trading Co., located in Gardiner, Maine. The transaction is structured as

Stripes Opens a New Texas Location

Brownsville, Texas consumers have access to a wide range of amenities at the new Stripes Convenience Store. Brownsville, Texas is now home to the newest Stripes Convenience Store. The new location held a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Brownsville, Texas Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 22, 2016. The new Stripes

Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage

The secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry praises Sheetz for its decision to raise workers’ pay. During the recent “Jobs that Pay” tour in Cambria County, Pa., Kathy Manderino, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, focused her presentation on raising the minimum wage. At the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical

AMBEST Announces 2015-16 Grand Prize Winner

One lucky AMBEST customer has been awarded a brand new Harley Davidson. Steve Johnson has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015-16 AMBUCK$ Grand Prize.  On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Johnson was awarded the AMBEST Grand Prize Harley Davidson Softail Motorcycle by AMBEST, in partnership with Lucas Oil Products, at the AMBEST Penn

Thomaston Extends Sealed Bid Deadline

The previous sealed bid deadline for the six properties being offered by Thomaston Land Co. has been extended an additional two weeks. The deadline for the previously announced sealed bid sale offered by Thomaston Land Co. has been extended. The company is still offering six properties located in Maryland and Pennsylvania by sealed bid sale,

Bob O’ Connor Appointed Chairman of WPMCA

The NAG board member and president of the Jetz convenience store chain was elevated to chairman at the association’s annual conference this week in Green Bay, Wis. The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) has elevated Bob O’Connor to chairman of the organization’s board of directors. O’Connor has been a member of the board

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