U.S. Oil Partners with CSA

U.S. Oil customers expected to gain significant advantage through new partnership. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, has entered into a partnership with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). This new partnership will allow independent customers access to national chain discount and rebate programs. “I have come to realize as an independent that

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Heineken Launches Worldwide Spectre Campaign

Heineken offers a one of a kind James Bond experience through the new Spectre campaign. Heineken has announced the latest chapter of its global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise, launching the new Spectre campaign. This announcement precedes the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn. Heineken’s integrated Spectre campaign

How to Survive as an Independent C-Store Owner

In today’s competitive marketplace, it can be quite the challenge to succeed as an independent c-store owner. Difficult, but not impossible. As the retail landscape continues to change through consolidation, new players and the ever-evolving consumer, there has been a great impact on independent c-store or small c-store chains. These changes in the industry require independent owners to change

TravelCenters Acquires 36 C-Stores

The previously disclosed agreement for the acquisition of 36 c-stores has been completed. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) announced it has completed the acquisitions of 36 convenience stores. These new stores are located throughout Missouri and Kansas, and they are part of a previously disclosed agreement. All of the acquired stores have begun operation under TravelCenters.

The United Family Launches Sweepstakes

United Family’s sweepstakes offers once-in-a-lifetime grand prize opportunity. The United Family has launched the Farmland Race with Royalty Sweepstakes. All United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, West Texas and New Mexico will participate in the sweepstakes.  According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing for The United Family, the

Chevron to Sponsor Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chevron’s new sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holds promise of future promotions for fans. Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We are excited to welcome Chevron as our newest sponsor,” said Brian Ford, chief operating officer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Chevron’s

How to Build a Strong Service Team

Does your team really make service a priority? There are things you can do to develop a strong service team—and happier customers. By CSD Staff Developing a customer service team that has the skills to provide quality assistance to your customers can be the most straightforward plan if taken step by step. What can you

How to Foster a Stronger Workforce

As convenience retailers compete with other channels to attract qualified workers, it may be time for c-stores to rethink their strategies. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The old adage that one bad apple spoils the bunch can apply to numerous things—from pies to politicians. Inside c-stores, a bad apple can impair customer service, productivity and

QuickChek Revises New Market Plans in Seaford

QuickChek seeks to assure the local community that the new market concept will greatly benefit the local economy. QuickChek has revised it’s original plans for the construction of a new convenience market in Seaford, N.Y. The company’s original plans were met with concerns from the community, and in order to show that the new market

Wawa Signs Multi-Year Credit Agreement With Citi

Wawa customers will soon have a credit card of their own to make fueling up better than ever. Wawa Inc. has announced a new multi-year agreement with Citi Retail Services to launch a private label consumer credit card program for Wawa customers. The new program will launch on Sept. 30, 2015, and the service and portfolio

Tyson and NACS Provide Protein to Food Bank

Tyson and NACS help to provide wholesome food to hungry people throughout southern Nevada. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)  recently donated a truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. This donation was made in an effort to eliminate hunger in southern Nevada. Three Square, which serves Clark, Esmeralda,

New Sheetz Concept Launched in State College, Penn.

The new store concept is expected to attract the students of nearby Penn State University. The students of Pennsylvania State University now have a new place to eat and purchase alcohol, within walking distance of campus. A new and improves Sheetz store has just opened and this is a treat for all State College, Penn.

Postmates to Deliver for Walgreens

7-Eleven isn’t the only chain delving into delivery.  Postmates, which recently partnered with 7-Eleven, is also set to deliver for Walgreens drug stores in all cities where Walgreens has stores and Postmates operates. This newest partnership is helping Postmates to expand delivery beyond the realm of food and into more diverse categories. According to a

New Frisco, Texas Corner Store Opens

New Corner Store celebrates grand opening while demonstrating commitment to the community with donations to local high school. In celebration of the grand opening of its newest Frisco, Texas location, Corner Store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with giveaways to customers in attendance. The new store is located at 6529 Dallas Parkway on the corner of

How to Figure Acquisition Financing

If a convenience store operation is primed to commit to a merger or acquisition, the potential benefits can be huge. However, missteps made when raising the capital can also be huge. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Obviously, not every company is in a position to buy, but for many small convenience store operators and chains,

How the Rules of Work Are Changing

The rules in some industries may be changing, but the ‘old rules’ still apply to convenience store employees. By Mel Kleiman Except for the recent brouhaha about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the business press routinely ignores the approximately 60% of American workers, who are hourly employees. A recent article in Fast

How to Market to the Hispanic Consumer

Before convenience stores can effectively attract more Hispanic customers, they have to strive for cultural competence. This only happens through due diligence and time. By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger and Kate Brogan, Hispanic Food Communications Inc. There are more than 55 million Hispanic consumers in the U.S. today, and the Hispanic population is expected to double

Kocolene Marketing Sells 13 C-Stores To Couche-Tard

Kocolene to continue to operate seven retail fuel outlets and 14 tobacco stores in addition to its wholesale motor fuels distribution business. Kocolene Marketing LLC has closed the sale of convenience store assets to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores, LLC. The Company’s assets acquired by Couche-Tard include 13 company-operated convenience

GPM Buying 175 Gas Stations in Midwest

If deal is completed as planned GPM would grow its store count to 950 stations. GPM Investments, owned by Arko Holdings Ltd., is purchasing up to 175 filling stations, c-stores and tobacco stores in the Midwest, according to a report by Globes. The deal is reportedly happening in two stages. In stage one of the

MacFood Mart Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Drives convenience store traffic with new Web page and mobile app. Mcintosh Energy, parent company of MacFood Mart, has partnered with OpenStore by Gasbuddy to embrace all aspects of convenience store marketing through a multiplatform approach. McIntosh Energy realized that it takes more than just having a good location to drive business to a store.

How American Customers Are Celebrating Halloween

Nine in 10 Halloween shoppers are expected to buy candy this year. Fall is here, and fast on its heels will come Halloween. This year more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average

Parker’s Presents Fueling the Community Donation To Area School District

Candler County School District receives $1,000 donation. As part of its Fueling the Community program, Parker’s Convenience Store chain recently presented the Candler County School District in Georgia with a $1,000 donation. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools, was officially presented at the Candler County School District’s

SuperAmerica, Eby-Brown Extend Contract

Partnership helps SuperAmerica reach its goals of continued customer satisfaction. SuperAmerica and Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., have reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal. Under a long-term agreement, Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to all of the corporate SuperAmerica stores and will

Sheetz Among List of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

The list is determined by a survey sent to both the employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the state. Sheetz is among the list of 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The alphabetical list was revealed this week by Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED.

Speedway Raises More than $2 Million For CMN

The 24th Annual Speedway Golf Tournament is the largest single-day golf fundraising event for the charity. More than 700 golfers raised over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 24th Annual Speedway Miracle Celebration and Tournament, the centerpiece of Speedway LLC’s annual fundraising efforts. Recently held in Dayton, Ohio, the tournament raised this

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