GPM Begins Operation of 92 Roadrunner Market Stores

With acquisition finalized, GPM now operates and supplies over 1,100 sites in 18 states, making it the 7th largest convenience store chain in the U.S. GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates have taken ownership of 92 convenience stores with fuel sales in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia operated by Mountain Empire Oil Co.

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Kum & Go Expands in Coralville, Iowa

New convenience store features Marketplace prototype, including an elevated food experience. Kum & Go introduced its latest store location in Coralville, Iowa at 2600 Holiday Road. The 6,200+-square-foot store was built with the Marketplace store design and opened on March 30. To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive

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NRF Applauds Committee Approval of Secretary of Labor

Calls the move a step toward restoring ‘fairness and balance’ at Department of Labor. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the committee approval of Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said quick confirmation by the full Senate would help bring back balance at an agency where “ideological whims” have blocked job creation. “The sooner

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Mac’s Crime Prevention Success

As Mac’s works to deter theft, Harvard University is studying the convenience store chain’s approach to crime prevention. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores in central Canada is well known for having a multi-faceted approach to fighting crime and maintaining store security. CSD spoke with Sean Sportun, ICPS manager, security &

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Food Quality Factors into Customers’ Gas Station Choice

National survey reveals gas prices still key in selecting a station. After years of fighting negative perceptions about food quality, customers are finally coming around to the idea that many c-stores have fresh, healthy food. What’s more, Americans are increasingly seeking out fueling locations based on the quality of the food associated with the gas

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CITGO Honored For MDA Research Contributions

CITGO funds treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases through various fundraising events. CITGO Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing Alan Flagg accepted a special award for CITGO’s unprecedented contribution to MDA’s research program and was presented with a white coat by MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. The event took place

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QuikTrip Expanding E15 to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth Stores

Joins Kum & Go, RaceTrac and Sheetz among others in offering E15. Customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will soon have more places to buy E15 fuel. QuikTrip, the Tulsa, Okla.-based chain of convenience stores, has joined major retailers selling E15—a biofuel that contains 15% ethanol—by announcing it will sell the fuel at 44 of

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TravelCenters of America Announces 2017 Citizen Drivers Honorees

Honors professional truck drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC is honoring truck drivers with the announcement of its fourth annual “Citizen Driver” honorees during the Citizen Driver luncheon ceremony at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Citizen Driver recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession. TravelCenters launched the Citizen

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NRF Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling on Swipe Fee Settlement

SCOTUS refused to take up the case, leaving in place last year’s ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to reinstate a class action lawsuit settlement that would have blocked merchants

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RILA Celebrates SCOTUS Rejection of Interchange Settlement Reinstatement

Reinstating the settlement would have given banks and card networks “permanent immunity” from scrutiny of their anticompetitive practices. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that rejected an attempt by the country’s largest financial institutions and credit card companies to reinstate a class action settlement that had been

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Easter Spending Set To Reach $18.4 Billion

An extra month of shopping means more sales—including $2.6 billion on candy. With Easter almost three weeks later than usual this year, U.S. customers are expected to spend a record amount as they prepare to celebrate, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics found spending for

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NRF Urges House to Pass Association Health Plan Bill

“AHPs are an important building block toward improving access to affordable health coverage for our nation’s small businesses,” says NRF senior vp for government relations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Tuesday, asked the House to pass association health plan legislation scheduled for a vote this week, saying it would help small businesses compete with

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App-Controlled C-Store Launches in Shanghai

A staff-free c-store looks to change the face of c-store retailing. Will future convenience stores be run by apps instead of employees? That seems to be the vision Swedish company Wheelys has in mind. Wheelys just opened the first app-controlled, staff-free convenience store in Shanghai. New Atlas Online reported that the new c-store is open

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Enhanced Data A ‘Game Changer’ for Retailers

BRP finds real-time analytics offer major benefits, but retailers continue to struggle to use them. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers recognize the importance of enhanced data and analytics with 44% indicating improved analytics is a top priority. However, the ability to leverage analytics to improve business performance lags

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Sheetz Introduces Claysburg Beer Cave

Claysburg Sheetz marks the ninth location to offer beer in Pennsylvania. Sheetz has debuted a fully-stocked beer cave at its store located at 12604 Dunnings Highway in Claysburg, Pa. “At Sheetz, we pride ourselves in giving our customers what they want, how they want it and when they want it, 24 hours a day and

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NRF Asks House to Vote on ACA Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

The legislation would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring businesses to provide health insurance to full-time workers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its

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Kum & Go Introduces New C-Store in Northwood, Iowa

The centerpiece of the store, an expanded and open food preparation area, greets customers. Kum & Go’s newest store opened for business on March 15. The new location is situated in Northwood, Iowa, at 818 Highway 105. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Iowa and was built with the new Marketplace store design,

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QuickChek Announces New Hires and Promotions

Upper management and store-level jobs among newly-filled positions. QuickChek Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by preparing for the next 50 with new staff member hires and internal promotions. The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. continues to buck the current economic trend by opening new stores, expanding into new markets

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Wawa Begins Annual Spring Hiring Campaign

Looks for c-store employees to fill 5,000 new positions. Wawa Inc. is set to begin its Spring hiring campaign with the goal of hiring more than 5,000 new associates during the next three months, with all of Wawa’s 750 stores across its six-state operating area looking to add new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will

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Growth Energy Supports Bipartisan Senate Letter

Letter urges president to maintain point of obligation under RFS. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny proposed changes that would derail the current, successful program. The point of obligation designates

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Yesway Grows in Iowa and Kansas

Buys a total of seven convenience stores. Yesway has acquired seven additional Midwest-based convenience stores. In Iowa, Yesway has acquired the Krueger’s Convenience Stores location in Grimes, and the Pronto Market location in Kanawha. Five Pic Quik stores in Hutchinson, Kan., have also been acquired and will be added to its existing portfolio. The company

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Casey’s Selects SpeedLine for Expertise in Pizza Delivery

The new POS technology helps Casey’s streamline operations and boost sales. Casey’s General Store has selected SpeedLine Solutions Inc.’s integrated point of sale and enterprise restaurant management systems for the company’s expanding pizza delivery operations. Casey’s has installed SpeedLine point of sale systems in more than 200 locations to date. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store

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TA-Petro Sponsoring Mid-America Trucking Show

New this year, TA Truck Service OnSITE truck and technicians will be on-site in the FREE truck parking lot, ready to work on rigs. TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers is set to be an exhibiting sponsor at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.,

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7-Eleven, Ferrara Introduce Sour Sloths & New Slurpee Flavor

Now through April 30, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Sloth-filled treats. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Trolli, the sour gummie brand from Ferrara Candy Co., to introduce Trolli Sour Brite Sloths and a Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Both products will be exclusively available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide through April 30. The new Trolli Sour Brite

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Petro Columbia Opens for Business

The newly-constructed facility offers a range of amenities including a Minit Mart store. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has completed construction on Petro Columbia, located at I-77, Exit 5 (2154 South Beltline Blvd.) Columbia, S.C. The new location is now open to the public.

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