New Love’s Opens in Lubbock, Texas

The new Love’s Travel Stop offers a wide variety of driver services, including a safe place to park and a place to rest. There is now a new Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s) along Interstate 27 in Lubbock, Texas, at Exit 8. This new stop is the second location along the Interstate. Professional drivers will now


Turkey Hill Acquiring Two Giant to Go C-Stores

Two new Turkey Hill stores will offer a wide variety of products to residents of Lancaster, Pa. Turkey Hill Minit Markets will soon acquire two Giant to Go convenience stores from GIANT Food Stores LLC. Although an agreement has been made, the settlement on both properties will not be completed until the third week of September. The two stores,

How to Deal With Real Estate

Anytime a c-store acquires an existing property, there are various items to consider—from the environmental pollution that might exist in ground, to the traffic patterns on the corner, to the competition down the road. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A popular saying touts that the three most important considerations of a real estate deal are

How to Combat the Lazy Brain

Five tips to override this natural human tendency—and bolster your company in the process. By CSD Staff Humans are lazy thinkers. Although the brain comprises only about 2.5% of our body weight, it generally uses 20% of the body’s energy. That’s why the human learning machine prefers to operate in a low gear—on autopilot—as much

Rutter’s Ranks High on List of Top 100 Private Companies

What is it that has kept Rutter’s in the top 10 Private Companies of Central Pennsylvania for 10 years straight? The No. 3 spot on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2015 list of Top 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania has been claimed by Rutter’s convenience stores. The York, Pa.-based retailer has been ranked in the

How Eskimo Hut Plans To Double Its Retail Footprint

Some 27 new convenience store units are scheduled to open in Texas, and a new store design is underway. Convenience store chain Eskimo Hut is set to double in size with help from several multi-unit store development franchise agreements. The 27-store chain of drive-through convenience stores, specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go in Texas,

What’s Ahead For Labor Day Gas Prices?

Customers are set to pay the lowest average price for gas over the Labor Day weekend in 11 years as long as there are no supply disruption surprises. Gas prices are expected to be the lowest they have been over Labor Day weekend since 2004. On Monday, Aug. 31, AAA reported that the national average

RaceTrac Petroleum Sealed Bid Deadline Extended

RaceTrac to sell 22 currently-operating stores. The bid deadline for the sealed bid sale of 29 RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. properties has been extended to Sept. 24. The sale is being conducted by NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC, and includes properties located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. According to a

YA Strikes Partnership With InComm

InComm expands to provide more businesses with its patented technology. Young America (YA) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with InComm. This new partnership offers new benefits to both of the companies involved. As part of the partnership, InComm will provide YA with its expanded reward and payment solutions to clients, including hundreds of branded retailer gift

Chipotle Offers Delivery Through Tapingo

More than 100 college campuses will have the option of having Chipotle delivered by spring 2016. Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with Tapingo to make it easier for college students to indulge in their favorite burritos. Chipotle and Tapingo will save college students time by providing food pickup and delivery. Chipotle will offer delivery at 40 college campuses

U.S. Bank Voyager Cards to be Accepted at Washington ARCO Stations

BP and U.S. Bank agree to allow Voyager cards to be used at select stations. BP will now accept fleet cards from the U.S. Bank Voyager Network at BP’s 146 ARCO-branded fueling stations in the state of Washington. “ARCO provides our Voyager cardholders in Washington with an outstanding new fueling option,” said U.S. Bank Fleet Product

How A Strategic Partnership Is Making 7-Eleven Delivery Service Possible

7-Eleven stores are now offering delivery services in select markets. 7-Eleven customers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago can now order products from their local 7-Eleven store to be delivered straight to their door. The service, made possible through 7-Eleven’s partnership with DoorDash, will soon also be available in Washington, D.C., and Boston. This new

How the ACA Affects You After SCOTUS

The Supreme Court this summer upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance subsidies to all qualifying Americans. Looking deeper, what does this mean for the convenience store industry? By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell has ruled the tax subsidies for health insurance

Rutter’s Welcomes New Director of Foodservice

A long career in food has prepared Ryan Krebs to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Weiner. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ryan Krebs has taken over the foodservice reins at Rutter’s Farm Stores after Jerry Weiner, the renowned vice president of foodservice, retired on Aug. 28. Krebs, however, is no new comer to the

Hershey’s Ranked High by Millennials

Millennials like to work for companies where they can make a difference. The Youth 100 VoxBurner Report and the 2015 Millennial Career Survey  by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) have revealed The Hershey Co. to be a top company and workplace for Millennials. On the list of the top 100 companies, The Hershey

How Retailers Are Adapting to Obama Care

The ever-evolving Affordable Care Act continues to pose challenges for retailers, even as many c-store chains make employee healthcare a top priority. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) here to stay for the foreseeable future, convenience stores are working overtime to meet the new guidelines and prepare

How Poor Customer Service Is Hurting Mass Merchandisers

LoyaltyOne and Verde Research find shoppers with children under 18 most likely to be upset when faced with insufficient information available near a displayed item, which places revenues at risk. The latest LoyaltyOne, Verde Group research found mass merchandisers may need a refresher in customer service, at least if they hope to secure repeat business

How Do Buzzwords Impact Customer Purchase Behavior?

A recent Harris Poll looked into what buzzword advertisements touting that products are “craft” or “limited edition” “hand-crafted” or “artisan” and how shoppers actually interpret the meaning of such words and how it influences their purchase behavior. The Harris Poll surveyed 2,225 U.S. adults online between May 20-26. It discovered that “handmade/handcrafted” tops the provided

How State Gas Taxes Differ

States vary widely in how they choose to tax gasoline. The U.S. Census Bureau in its recent “Profile America” report, pointed to how taxes paid at the gas pump differ widely from state to state. The highest state tax plus fees on gasoline is 51.6 cents per gallon, levied in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State also

Pic-n-Pac Stores To Join VP Brand

Wuest’s Inc. converts San Antonio area convenience stores to VP Racing Fuels’ branded program. Wuest’s Inc. has become the latest c-store retailer to join VP Racing Fuels’ branded program. Headquartered in McQueeney, Texas, Wuest’s, Inc. owns and operates 15 Pic-n-Pac stores and services two other retail locations in the greater San Antonio area. Four of

TravelCenters of America Sponsors Great American Trucking Show

From free samples to prizes to activity challenges, TravelCenters helped professional drivers get the most out of GATS. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, sponsored and hosted the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas from Aug. 27-29. From the Shower Trailer, to FREE Truck Parking, to

How Clifford Fuel Is Expanding the Easy Way

The Utica, N.Y. chain opens its 17th Nice N Easy franchised store in impressive fashion. By John Lofstock, Editor When CST Brands acquired Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes following the death of founder John MacDougall last year, many around the industry wondered if we’d seen the last of one of the convenience store industry’s most

Green Zebra Grocery To Open Second Store

More store openings are planned for the coming years. Green Zebra Grocery is set to open its second store in Portland’s Lloyd District, early next year, following successfully raising $2.5 Million in capital in order to fund the expansion. Green Zebra will be the anchor tenant for Portland’s “newest neighborhood,” known as Hassalo on Eighth.

NLRB’s New Labor Standards To Impact Franchise Relationships

Under the new standard franchisors could potentially be held liable for the labor practices at its franchise locations. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a more expansive definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act. The move came in a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California. As part of the

Courtney Vercollone Promoted to District Manager At VERC Enterprises

Formerly in the marketing department, Vercollone to oversee issues, audits and inspections in her new role. VERC Enterprises has promoted Courtney Vercollone of Plymouth, Mass. to District Manager. Vercollone is set to cover the South Shore District. In her new position, Vercollone will oversee issues and perform monthly audits and weekly inspections at the company’s