2016 Social Media Awards

CSD’s fourth annual review of the social media strategies used by convenience store chains across the industry and how retailers can capitalize on best practices in 2016. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor For the fourth year running, Convenience Store Decisions examined the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 convenience store chains, recognizing

Wendy’s Commits to Cage Free

A timeline has been announced as a part of Wendy’s cage free initiative. The Wendy’s Co. has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs in its U.S. and Canadian locations by 2020. The announcement represents the next step in Wendy’s overarching animal welfare program. Since the late 1990s, the Company has worked with animal welfare

Jiffy Mart Donates To Help Breast Cancer Patients

Carroll Hospital receives $3,500 from Jiffy Mart. Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil, Inc., recently donated $3,500 to the Center for Breast Health to benefit breast cancer patients at Carroll Hospital. Employees from Jiffy Mart locations throughout Carroll County presented a check to Brenda Frazier, director of development at the Carroll Hospital Foundation, and

Holiday Spending Trends

Are low gas prices spurring consumers to spend more this holiday season? A new study from MasterCard SpendingPulse has revealed that the retail industry fared well this holiday season, and the season hasn’t even come to a complete halt yet, as many consumers reported intentions to continue shopping after Christmas. According to a report from

On the Move Expansion

Florida’s growth potential is expected to be key in On the Go’s southern growth strategy. New gas station and convenience store chain, On the Move, has announced that it will be expanding into Jacksonville, Fla., bringing new competition to Wawa, RaceTrac, Daily’s, QuikTrip and other companies in the area. According to a report from Financial

Big Y Expands

Three new Big Y locations will soon be up and running as a part of the company’s expansion efforts. Big Y Foods Inc. has purchased three O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations in an effort to expand its Big Y Express Gas and Convenience concept. The three O’Connell Convenience Plus stations, which are currently branded as

Stewart’s Shops Corp. Plans Rapid Expansion

Stewart’s Shops is now one of Albany, N.Y.’s largest private-sector employers, and it is only growing. Malta, N.Y.-based family- and employee-owned c-store chain, Stewart’s Shops Corp., has announced plans for significant expansion in the coming year. According to a report from Albany Business Review, these expansion plans include the intention to spend more than $30

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores Appoints New Leadership

As current president retires, a seasoned association veteran prepares to take the lead. Jim Tudor, who has served the convenience store industry for over 35 years, is retiring from his position as president of The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), at the end of 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016, current vice president of association

How To Attract Millennial Applicants

TeamOne Logistics has revealed the top four things Millennials look for in a job. Millennials currently account for 36% of the millions of job seekers in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to 46% by 2020. Most Millennial job seekers resort to online job boards, social media groups or postings and staffing agencies in

7-Eleven May Be GlobeOne’s Newest Corporate Member

GlobeOne aims to launch in the U.S., Mexico and Vietnam in 2016.  7-Eleven Mexico has signed an official letter of intent with GlobeOne. 7-Eleven Mexico would be GlobeOne’s latest corporate member in Mexico as it builds up its rapidly expanding network of both corporate members and member banks around the world. Targeting both the financially

QuickChek Stores Open Christmas Day

QuickChek senior vice president worked in a store on Christmas Day. QuickChek convenience stores were once again open on Christmas Day this year, and Senior Vice President Mike Murphy worked in a store on Christmas Day for the 40th consecutive year. According to a report from My Central Jersey, Murphy claimed that if the company

Sheetz Offers Gift of Coffee on Christmas Day

Sheetz once again thanks loyal customers for their business by offering free coffee on Christmas. Sheetz Convenience Stores celebrated the holidays by offering coffee lovers a free cup of freshly brewed Sheetz coffee on Dec. 25. Guests were invited to walk into any one of 511 Sheetz stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland

Parker’s Expands Presence in Bluffton, S.C.

Parker’s has opened a new location, just in time for the company’s 40th anniversary. The company expects to open four more locations in the coming months. Bluffton, S.C. is now home to the 42nd Parker’s retail location. The company’s sixth Bluffton, S.C. store, located on the Buckwalter Parkway at 8251 Pinellas Dr., sells high-quality Parker’s gas,

Biggest Trends in Retail 2015

Retale president Pat Dermody revealed the top trends in retail from 2015—including all things mobile and more. Retale president Pat Dermody has shared industry insight on the trends of 2015, and she has revealed trends expected to grow in 2016. The Three Biggest Retail Trends of 2015 “Mobile and all things related to mobile would

Weigel’s Volunteers Help Local Kids Have A Happy Christmas

Since the program in conjunction with the Salvation Army began in 1998 more than 3,200 children have been impacted. Weigel’s celebrated its 18th year of teaming with the Salvation Army. This year more than 400 volunteers brought joy and dreams to 200 underpriviledged children from Knoxville and the surrounding areas via a Christmas shopping spree.

Pressure on CST Brands Heats Up

A second shareholder asks CST Brands to consider a sale. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor and John Lofstock, Editor-In-Chief JCP Investment Management Group on Dec. 22, a significant shareholder of CST Brands Inc., became the second shareholder to put pressure on CST Brand’s CEO Kim Lubel and CST’s Board of Directors in a public letter

Second CST Shareholder Voices Concern

Another shareholder of CST Brands has joined Engine Capital in identifying concerns and offering suggestions on how to solve profitability issues. Significant shareholders of CST Brands Inc. — JCP Investment Management LLC, Josh Schechter and Brad Radoff — have delivered a letter to the Kim Lubel, CEO of CST Brands, and CST’s board of directors. The full

Western Refining to Absorb Northern Tier Energy

At the completion of a new merger agreement, Northern Tier will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Refining.  Through a new merger agreement, Western Refining Inc. will acquire all of Northern Tier Energy LP’s outstanding common units not already owned by Western. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Northern Tier unitholders will receive $15

What’s Ahead For The 2016 Cheese Market?

Seven key factors are expected to play a role in the 2016 cheese market. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has identified the key factors that will drive consumer cheese purchases in 2016. Americans’ passion for cheese continues to be at an all-time high. According to recent reports from the USDA, the average American consumes 34

Take a Tip from Your Medical Practitioner

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics When you are asking for information, skip saying things like: “How’s it going” or “Is everything okay?” All you’ll get are answers like: “Fine” and “Yes.” To elicit meaningful feedback, do what doctors do when they want to assess how much pain a patient is experiencing and ask: “On a

Midwest Retail Group Appoints New Chief Strategic Officer

After selling his family business, Peter Tedeschi joins the Midwest Retail Group. The Midwest Retail Group LLC has appointed Peter Tedeschi as its new chief strategic officer. His appointment follows the successful sale of Tedeschi Food Shops Inc. to 7- Eleven in September. Tedeschi is joining forces with Jim Fiene and Paul Reuter as part

First Ever Port Arthur, Texas Stripes Store Opens

Stripes adds 30 new jobs to Port Arthur, Texas community.  Stripes Convenience Stores has announced that it will soon open its first Stripes Convenience Store in Port Arthur, Texas. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5,

New Stripes Opens in Conroe, Texas

Stripes adds over 30 jobs to Conroe, Texas community. Conroe, Texas is home of the newest Stripes Convenience Store. A grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting will be held with the Conroe Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, beginning at 11 a.m. The new store is located at 2325 N. FM 3083 E.

Retailers Relieved By New Spending Plan

The newly passed spending plan is expected to stimulate the economy. The final passage of a wide-ranging spending and tax-relief package is a welcome change for the National Retail Federation. The new package includes provisions that will delay onerous portions of Obamacare, make it easier for businesses to share cyber threats and renew tax law

How Online Shopping Is Changing Demand

Consumers aren’t satisfied by rapid shipping, they want their orders now, and they want them delivered free. “Holiday Shipping 2015: Faster, Faster,” a new report from Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC), has revealed that the growing popularity of online shopping has boosted the appeal of companies that can offer free and