Three Industry Trends for Leading Convenience Stores to Consider

Convergence of store concepts, a focus on fresh foods and the impact of changing regulations. By Mark Dunson, President, Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies The convenience store space is continuing to evolve to keep up with industry trends and consumer demands. Today, some retailers are expanding their footprints, others are narrowing to niche markets, and some may even

VP Racing Has a New Quality Control Manager

VP Racing’s new Quality Control Manager will help quality remain at the forefront of the company’s growth. Anna Crowder has been appointed as the Quality Control Manager for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In her new position, Crowder will report to Chris Taylor, Director of Specialty Chemicals, and will be responsible for overseeing the ISO certification

Schwan’s Food Service Creates New Position

Jeffrey Swinton has plans to help Schwan’s Food Service and its partners to drive success by developing new food offerings and service platforms. Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Swinton as the new senior director of sales, convenience stores and national accounts. This newly created position reflects the company’s dedicated commitment to these important

Hunt Brothers Has Announced Sweepstakes Winners

Thanks to a partnership with Easton Corbin, Hunt Brothers offered an unforgettable grand prize to one lucky sweepstakes winner. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced the winners of the fourth annual “Hunt to Win” sweepstakes. A number of winners have received prizes fit for any hunter and country music fan. Becky Harrell of Elizabethtown, Ky., is

Wawa to Open a Location in Miami

Miami residents will soon have access to all of the convenience that Wawa has to offer. Miami residents are celebrating as Pennsylvania-based Wawa convenience store chain has announced that it will be opening a location in Miami Gardens. According to a report from The Miami Herald, the new store will open as a part of

Customers Invited to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with 7-Eleven

7-Eleven Canada is offering customers $1 coffee in celebration of Valentine’s Day. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, 7-Eleven is sharing the love by offering its customers coffee for only $1, throughout the month of February. Coffee lovers across Canada will be able to wear their heart on their cups by choosing a limited-edition Coffee Date

R.E. Powell Adopts New Buying Program

A new buying program from CSA offers customers significant money saving opportunities. A new buying group has been administered to the Pacific Northwest-based fuel distributor, R.E. Powell, by Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). The addition of this new group brings the buying power of CSA’s 1,130 stores to R.E. Powell’s network of customers throughout Washington, Oregon

Forehand Joins Golden Pantry

The Athens, Ga.-based chain’s local flavor and consumer-centric values resonate with Jacob Forehand who has left Flash Foods to join the Golden Pantry team. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Jacob Forehand, former director of human resources at Flash Foods, is set to join Golden Pantry Convenience Stores as the new director of human resources and

Parker’s Opens 44th C-Store Location

Just in time for the company’s 40th anniversary, Parker’s has opened its 44th convenience location. Statesboro, Ga. is now home of the 44th Parker’s convenience store location. The newly opened store is also the fifth Parker’s in Statesboro, Ga. The new store, conveniently located at 12399 US 301 near Veterans Memorial Parkway, sells high-quality Parker’s

QuickChek Donates to Feed the Hungry

Check-Out Hunger is grateful to QuickChek and the communities it serves for its generous donations to the annual fundraiser. QuickChek Corp. is helping to feed hungry families in New Jersey’s metropolitan area through its partnership with Check-Out Hunger. During the seven-week campaign, QuickChek raised $160,000. The company’s Piscataway store raised $10,877, the most money of

Love’s Expands Kansas Network

A new 24-hour Love’s location offers a wide variety of amenities to drivers in Kansas. Garden City, Kan. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stop. Garden City, Kan. residents and travelers along U.S. Highway 50/400 now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. “We are excited to expand our Kansas

Blackhawk Acquires NimbleCommerce

The acquisition of NimbleCommerce has expanded the distribution capabilities and offers that Blackhawk can offer its customers. Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments network, has acquired NimbleCommerce. NimbleCommerce is a digital commerce platform and network for promotions that also allows merchants and brands to manage their own prepaid offer and gift card programs, or resell

TravelCenters Opens Franchise Location in Bernardo, Texas

New travel center is always open and features a range of amenities, including a pet walking area. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) continues to expand its network. The company recently debuted its new TA Bernardo location at I-10, Exit 709 (6701 US Hwy. 90) in Bernardo, Texas. Amenities at the new, always-open, TA Bernardo travel

How to Become an Adaptive Retailer

Despite the advancements that retailers have made in recent years, many are struggling to meet the ever-evolving needs of the consumer. According to two new studies from Accenture, retailers are failing to meet consumer demand for increased convenience while shopping with mobile devices. Accenture’s research findings have highlighted the need for retailers to become more

CST Brands and CrossAmerica to Hold Joint Conference Call

CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners will hold a conference call to discuss year-end and fourth quarter earnings results. On Feb. 19, 2016, CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP will host a joint conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central Time). During the conference call, the companies will discuss 2015 year-end and

Coming Soon: Five New Orleans Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Strong Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees help the brand to secure strong growth opportunities. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Panama City Donuts LLC, an existing franchise group. The agreement includes the development of five new restaurants in New Orleans, with the first restaurant under the agreement slated to open in 2017. Led

On the Move Adds Three C-Stores to its Store Portfolio

On the Move is fighting to keep up with the competition by striving to add 50 new stores in 2016. As a part of brand expansion, On the Move Corp. (OTM) has acquired three convenience stores/gas stations in South Florida. These units, located in Jupiter, Wellington and Boynton Beach, Fla. are in addition to the

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Senior Vice President

A fresh perspective will help Manitowoc to take advantage of new growth opportunities. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced that Andreas Weisharr is now the senior vice president of strategy, marketing & human resources for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “Andreas brings a unique set of skills to Manitowoc Foodservice. He has led and implemented large-scale corporate

Chobani Continues Natural Ingredient Campaign

Chobani has not let a judge’s ruling hinder the spread of the company’s message about natural versus artificial ingredients. As Chobani LLC awaits its day in court, the company intends to continue its mission to call on food makers to use only natural ingredients. Chobani will respect the Court’s preliminary decision that it can focus

CST Brands’ Acquisition of Flash Foods Completed

CST Brands’ CEO welcomes Flash Foods’ team members. CST Brands Inc. has closed the previously announced acquisition of the Flash Foods convenience stores from the Jones Co. and its affiliates. Based in Waycross, Ga., the Jones Co. and its affiliates operate 165 stores in the Georgia and Florida markets. “I want to welcome the dedicated

Matrix’s DER Group Advised Transactions Involving Iconic Brands

Matrix’s DER Group closed several successful transactions throughout 2015. As the most active transactional advisory services provider to downstream energy and convenience retailing companies, the Downstream Energy & Retail Group (DER Group) of Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. successfully advised on 18 M&A transactions which closed in 2015. The clients advised by DER Group in

Couche-Tard Acquires Topaz Energy Group

The acquisition of Topaz plays a major role in Couche-Tard’s global expansion. As a part of a previously announced deal, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has finalized its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Ltd. in Ireland. The transaction, which was announced in December, has received the appropriate regulatory approvals and all final closing requirements have been completed.

ExxonMobil Smart Card Savings

ExxonMobil has introduced one of the most rewarding offers on a branded fuel credit card.   ExxonMobil Smart Card users will now enjoy six cents in savings per gallon of gas purchased at Exxon- or Mobil-branded station. The savings have no minimum purchase requirements, and no maximum savings cap. “The six cents per gallon discount

VP Racing Appoints New Director of Supply

VP Racing Fuels chooses a creative professional to improve company supply chain management. Jeff Mitchell has been named the new director of supply for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In his new position, Mitchell will be responsible for the procurement of materials for all VP divisions and supply chain management. Mitchell will work from the company’s

The NRA and NRAEF Have Elected New Officers

The NRA and NRAEF have chosen foodservice veterans to lead their boards. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have elected new officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week in Palm Beach,