NASM Elects New Chairperson

NASM appoints former chairman’s daughter as the 2016 chairperson. Valerie Kelley Amsden of Shakopee, Minn.- based Kelley Fuels, has been appointed as the 2016 chairperson for The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM). Amsden carries on a long family tradition of service to NASM and other industry associations, following in the footsteps of her father,

What Did You Learn From Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If your answer is: “Not a thing,” you must not be asking any questions and that’s the biggest mistake a manager can make. Your people are the ones in the trenches and they know exactly what’s going on, but they’re not going to tell you unless you ask. Here are

Core-Mark Enters Amendment to Expand Credit Facility

Core-Mark expands credit facility to support company growth. North American marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has entered into a seventh amendment to its credit facility, which is expected to mature in May 2020. The amendment increases the size of its credit facility from $200 million to $300 million. The

7-Eleven Seeks U.S. Veterans For Franchise Operations

Operation: Take Command from 7-Eleven will award one qualified military veteran a fee-free 7-Eleven franchise. 7-Eleven has something in store for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are looking to open a franchise and be their own boss. Dallas-based 7-Eleven is recruiting qualified men and women who have been honorably discharged to enlist in

Ted Cruz Partakes in NACS In Store Event

Ted Cruz reaches out to the community through the NACS In Store events program. As a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) In Store events, Republican presidential candidate from Texas, senator Ted Cruz, took a break from campaigning to spend a day working at the Casey’s convenience store in Manly, Iowa. According

McDonald’s Announces Brand Makeover

In keeping with the company’s progressive views, McDonald’s has launched a worldwide company makeover. In an attempt to create a new atmosphere for consumers, McDonald’s has given its brand packaging a major makeover. According to a report from NBC Chicago, McDonald’s has opted to use colors outside of the brand’s traditional red and yellow for

CST Brands Announces Leadership Changes

CST shuffles leadership as it looks to increase profitability. CST Brands Inc. has announced the following organizational changes in leadership positions. Hal Adams, CST’s senior vice president, chief marketing officer, has been named to the newly created position of president, retail operations, combining marketing and merchandising with operations. Tony Bartys, senior vice president and chief

SUPERVALUE Explores Separation From Save-A-Lot

SUPERVALUE has proposed turning Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone company. An initial Form 10 Registration Statement (Form 10) has been filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by SUPERVALU INC. in connection with the possible spin-off of its Save-A-Lot business into a separate, publicly traded company. SUPERVALU announced in July 2015 that it was exploring

FriendShip Enjoys Smooth Sailing

With its expanded Anchor Café foodservice program, new store locations and stronger customer engagement, Ohio-based FriendShip Food Stores is charting its course for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Situated between Toledo and Cleveland, the Ohio city of Port Clinton means walleye fishing, the dizzying roller coasters of Cedar Point and the eminence of Lake

Parker’s Appoints New Director of Finance and Administration

An accomplished CPA has been named Parker’s new Director of Finance and Administration. Brian Prevatt, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) was recently hired as Parker’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prevatt is now responsible for overseeing financial strategy and fiscal operations at Parker’s. An accomplished CPA, Prevatt excels at developing long-term strategic and financial plans. Before

Enmarket Hosts Encourage Health Series

Nonprofit organizations are invited to compete for a chance to win a $1,000 grant through and Enmarket Stations Facebook contest. Nonprofit organizations in the Savannah, Ga. area are being invited by Enmarket Stations to participate in the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1,000 grant. Any Savannah, Ga. area

Bad Inventory Management Leads To More Employee Theft

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Starting and running a business is not for sissies. I know, because during my life I have started several. 38 years ago I finally got it right. There’s an old saying that goes, “If you want to start a perfect company, start your third one first.”

New South Carolina Parker’s Location

In response to consumer demand, Parker’s has opened its first location on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This is the Savannah, Ga.- based company’s 43rd convenience store, and its first on Hilton Head Island. The store is located on Hwy. 278 at 165 William Hilton

Heineken Launches its SOCCER IS HERE Program

Retailers are encouraged to take advantage of Heineken’s popularity among soccer fans through a new promotion from the brewer. Through a new partnership with UEFA Champions League(UCL) and Major League Soccer(MLS), Heineken Premium Lager is advising soccer fans Never Miss a Minute of the action this season. Beginning March 1, Heineken’s fully-integrated, 360° retail and on-premise SOCCER IS HERE

CrossAmerica Acquires 31 Stores for $48.5 Million

CrossAmerica becomes Holiday Station stores franchisee. In a $48.5 million agreement, CrossAmerica Partners LP will acquire 31 franchise Holiday stores located in Wisconsin and Minnesota from SSG Corp. Of the 31 company-operated stores, 28 are located in Wisconsin and three are located in Minnesota. Twenty-seven of the sites are owned fee simple locations. For the

Love’s Expects Rapid Growth in 2016

In addition to growing its number of travel stops, Love’s plans to introduce three new restaurant concepts in 2016. In 2015, Love’s Travel Stops experienced the busiest year of store openings in company history. The company opened 27 new locations and added more than 2,000 truck-parking spaces in the past year, and the company has

Core-Mark to Webcast ICR Conference Presentation

Core-Mark will soon put on a live webcast on the company’s website. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, will webcast its presentation from the 2016 ICR Conference beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. This

General Mills Acquires EPIC

General Mills is now poised to grow in the new natural snacking category. EPIC Provisions, a growing premium meat snacks company, has been acquired by General Mills Inc. Austin, Texas-based EPIC will now operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which itself has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a

CSA Offers Extra Incentive to Join Core-Mark

One lucky new Core-Mark member will win an all inclusive vacation for two. A new promotion from Convenience Store Alliance (CSA) is offering an all-inclusive vacation for two to the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos resort in Cabo San Lucas, airfare included, to one lucky c-store owner. From now through March 31, c-stores that convert all

Enmarket Donates $10,000 to Four Nonprofits

Enmarket strives to help Savannah, Ga. become a healthier community through education. Through Enmarket’s 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series the c-store chain donated $10,000 to four area nonprofit organizations. The company, which was founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations, then rebranded as “Enmark” in 1983 and most recently as “enmarket” in 2015 to reflect their

Circle K Closes Nine-State Deal

Circle K Stores Inc. has closed an enormous deal with Greatstone Equities Inc. Circle K Stores Inc., headquartered in Dallas, has purchased 62  locations in a nine-state deal. According to a report from Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, the stores were purchased from Greatstone Equities Inc. The purchase price for the stores has not yet

TravelCenters Completes Acquisition of Four Stores

Four stores, located in Kansas and Missouri, have been acquired by TravelCenters of America. The previously disclosed acquisition of four convenience stores in Kansas and Missouri by TravelCenters of America LLC has been completed. TravelCenters expects these convenience stores, formerly known as Meiners, will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores and that they will undergo improvements

TravelCenters Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

TravelCenters’ StayFit program aims to help professional drivers stay healthy. In the New Year, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, will offer professional drivers new helpful options to lead healthier lifestyles. TravelCenters now offers more better-for-you food offerings, fitness options and helpful information from their StayFit

2016 Social Media Awards

CSD’s fourth annual review of the social media strategies used by convenience store chains across the industry and how retailers can capitalize on best practices in 2016. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor For the fourth year running, Convenience Store Decisions examined the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 convenience store chains, recognizing

Wendy’s Commits to Cage Free

A timeline has been announced as a part of Wendy’s cage free initiative. The Wendy’s Co. has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs in its U.S. and Canadian locations by 2020. The announcement represents the next step in Wendy’s overarching animal welfare program. Since the late 1990s, the Company has worked with animal welfare

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