CST Brands Announces BOD Appointments

Following agreements, JCP Investment Management and Engine Capital L.P. withdraw their plans to nominate candidates for CST’s Board of Directors. CST Brands Inc. has entered into an agreement with JCP Investment Management (JCP) and Joshua Schechter through which Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Pantry Inc. was appointed to

CST Brands To Explore “Strategic Alternatives”

Wells Fargo weighs in on CST Brands’ plans. CST Brands Inc. is beginning an “exploration of strategic alternatives” to further enhance stockholder value, the company has reported. In order to facilitate the review, the Board of Directors will oversee the process through a committee of outside, independent directors. The strategic review process will be comprehensive

Heineken Highlights its Passion for Soccer

Heineken is celebrating soccer’s rise and growth within the U.S. Heineken has launched a new year-long campaign to highlight soccer’s rich history in the U.S., and to promote the sport’s exciting future. In an effort to support the growth of the sport in the U.S., Heineken recently launched a number of new commercials, contests and

ALON Brands Expands its Strive Sustainability Program

Drivers in Texas and New Mexico can support the community and the environment, just by purchasing fuel at an ALON 7-Eleven station. The Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program is now available at more than 50 ALON 7-Eleven fuel locations in Texas and New Mexico, as the company, in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation

CoGo Appoints New Company Leadership

John Eby III to replace father-in-law as CoGo’s president and CEO. John Eby III has been named as the new president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based c-store chain CoGo’s Co. Eby has held a number of leadership positions at PNC Bank, FORE Systems and most recently Kraft Heinz. He is replacing Carl Colteryahn Jr., his father-in-law

ARTS Updates Current Standard RFPs and Offers Technical Support

ARTS is fostering innovation and supporting the retail community with the addition of two new retailer resources. Two new resources have now been made available to retailers by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), part of the National Retail Federation’s (NRFs) technology leadership community. These new resources will assist retailers in their efforts to

Parker’s Continues to Fuel the Community

Parker’s has donated $32,000 to the communities it serves in the past two weeks.  Parker’s, through its Fueling the Community program, recently donated $15,000 to Savannah-Chatham County, Ga. Public Schools. Parker’s presented the check on Feb. 26 at a ceremony at Godley Station School in Pooler, Ga. This donation is part of the $32,000 that Parker’s

Rutter’s Expands Northward

New Rutter’s convenience store will offer a wide variety of food and beverage options to travelers and residents of Juniata County, Pa.  With the opening of its second store of 2016, Rutter’s is expanding North. The new Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa. store marks the company’s 63rd location, and it is slated to open in the

Eby-Brown Acquires Liberty USA

Eby-Brown is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania through its acquisition of Liberty USA. An agreement has been made through which the Eby-Brown Co. LLC will purchase the assets of Liberty USA. Eby-Brown, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S., boasts annual revenues in excess of $5 billion and services retail accounts throughout

New Chicago Thorntons

Thorntons is opening a first of its kind Chicago kitchen. A new Thorntons kitchen is slated to open on Friday, March 4 at 6 a.m. at 2095 East Algonquin Road in Chicago. This new Thorntons, the first of its kind in Chicago, is a foodservice-focused location which will feature a grab-and-go kitchen and thirst-quenching beverages

Snyder’s-Lance Acquires Diamond Foods

Snyder’s-Lance is expanding its portfolio of snack foods through its acquisition of Diamond Foods. The acquisition of Diamond Foods Inc. by Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has been completed. The terms of the deal state that Snyder’s-Lance now owns all outstanding shares of Diamond Foods due to a cash and stock merger transaction, and Diamond Foods stockholders have

Engine Details Its Nominees for CST’s BOD

Engine says the right Board of Directors can substantially increase shareholder value for CST Brands. Engine Capital L.P., a shareholder of CST Brands Inc. intends to deliver a formal nomination of what it says are four highly qualified director candidates for election to CST Brands’ Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2016 annual meeting

BellStores Streamlines Pricing Strategies with PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage will now help BellStores make faster, more informed price changes in response to market changes. BellStores has officially chosen to use PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, to streamline and automate its store-specific fuel pricing strategies at the company’s 55 convenience stores located throughout Ohio. BellStores selected PriceAdvantage

The Pinnacle Corp. has Promoted Drew Mize to President

Drew Mize is moving his way up the corporate ladder of  The Pinnacle Corp. Drew Mize, former chief operating officer for The Pinnacle Corp., has been promoted to the position of president for Pinnacle, a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries. “It’s a pleasure to have worked with Drew at

7-Eleven Releases Hot Dog Bill of Rights

7-Eleven believes that all consumers have the right to the highest quality hot dogs available. 7-Eleven is committed to ensuring that consumers receive only the highest standards, and the company recently produced The Hot Dog Bill of Rights. The proclamation follows Burger King’s Feb. 23 launch of its grilled hot dog offering, which features two

How To Maximize Employee Engagement

The Coca-Cola Research Council releases the results of an employee engagement study in a three-part guide called “Power Up Your People.” When it comes to business growth numbers matter, but so does creating a culture of employee engagement that can help grow a convenience store’s financial performance, decrease turnover and build stronger customer loyalty. For

GPM Expands Midwestern Store Portfolio

GPM has acquired 15 c-stores across three states. The acquisition of 15 convenience stores with gasoline by GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates is helping to further develop the company’s existing portfolio of stores in the Midwest. GPM acquired stores from Gas-Mart USA Inc. and its affiliates. The 15 stores are located in Southern Illinois,

Citizens Bank Provides Barney’s Convenience Mart with Credit Facility

Citizens Bank has committed to helping Barney’s Convenience Mart meet ambitious financial goals. Barney’s Convenience Mart Inc., a convenience store and retail fuel operator of 18-sites in Northwest Ohio, has received a $21.3 million credit facility from Citizens Bank. The funds include a $17.8 million term loan for the acquisition of real estate, a $500,000

Rotten Robbie Ready to Grow

The northern California convenience retailer prepares to tackle the next phase of its future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Arguably, California sports its own version of what may be perceived as the gold standard: the California Gold Rush, the state’s rich citrus industry, the Golden Gate Bridge, Beverly Hills and maybe even the Golden Warriors’

Are Gas Prices On The Upswing?

Only four states are seeing pump price averages above $2 a gallon, but will these low prices start to rise as spring refinery maintenance season gets underway? Even as drivers continue to enjoy gas price savings—some 31 states have average gas prices at or below $1.75 per gallon—the national average gas price has grown for

Dos Equis is the Beer of Choice for Cinco de Mayo

Dos Equis has launched a program to encourage consumers to choose Dos Equis for all of their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Through a fully-comprehensive, 360-degree program, Dos Equis inviting customers to join them in celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The new program provides LDA+ consumers with everything they need for their best Cinco de Mayo celebration

Parker’s Opens New Drive-Through Location

Parker’s remains committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting the schools in the community. As a part of its official grand opening ceremony, the new Parker’s drive-through retail location in Claxton, Ga. presented a check for $2,000 to Evans County schools. Along with the check presentation, the store also held a

TravelCenters Acquires Five Illinois Convenience Stores

Newly acquired stores are set to get upgrades in the coming months. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of five convenience stores—formerly known as TD Pete’s— located in Illinois. TravelCenters expects to rebrand the stores as Minit Mart convenience stores. The stores are also set to undergo improvements in the

Car Sales Rebound, Driving Increases

As automotive sales have grown, so has the demand for gas, but with fuel prices low, consumers are spending less at the pump. New data from The NPD Group has revealed that the automotive aftermarket industry experienced significant growth in 2015. The report shows that dollar sales have been on the rise since 2013, but

U.S. Increase in Cash Theft

The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed a correlation between cash theft and secure POS storage. The new U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 from Retail Knowledge, sponsored by Volumatic, has revealed that that theft of cash from U.S. retailers has increased, just as the number of stores using secure storage at POS has dropped.