Nielsen, RetailNext Form Strategic Relationship

“We are committed to collaborating with the best in the industry to bring impactful solutions to retailers,” says president of global retail, Nielsen. Nielsen and RetailNext, providers in retail analytics for brick-and-mortar stores, announced a strategic alliance that will bring RetailNext proprietary technology on in-store analytics to Nielsen’s retail client base, including grocery, mass, drug,

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Finke

Convenience broker and retail veteran to serve as Southwest region sales manager. Convenience Valet, a supplier of single and double dose over-the-counter (OTC) medications and convenience/travel size personal care and general merchandise, has named Mike Finke as sales manager-Southwest region. Finke brings more than 25 years of experience in the convenience retail industry and was

VERC Enterprises Enters Plymouth Business Hall of Fame

Wins Best of Plymouth Award for 8th consecutive year. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire proudly announces receipt of the 2015 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category, an honor it has taken for eight consecutive years to qualify the company for

EquiTrend Study Names Brands of the Year

Sheetz takes the award in the c-store category. The 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, an annual study of brands, recently released its “Brand of the Year” awards to brands that rank highest in Equity. The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three key factors—Familiarity, Quality and Consideration—that result in a Brand Equity rating for

H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods To Merge

Combination creates unparalleled portfolio of powerful and iconic brands. H.J. Heinz Co. and The Kraft Foods Group have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co. The merger will create the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. The

U.S. Retailers Struggling To Meet Consumer Expectations

Mobile capabilities and in-store experience fall short, Accenture study finds. U.S. retailers must move quickly to improve their operational capabilities in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience to customers who say their expectations are not being met, according to new research by Accenture. For the second consecutive year, two studies of “seamless retailing” indicate

C-Stores Place On Top 100 Global Franchises List

Subway leads the list of 100 franchises. Convenience stores 7-Eleven and Circle K were among the 2015 list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. This annual industry benchmark is one of the leading franchise ranking reports. Franchise Direct has been providing the Top 100 Global Franchises list since 2009. The ranking is based on a

Sunoco LP, ETP Announce $816 Million Dropdown of Interest in Fuel Distribution Business

Transaction to give Sunoco greater geographic and channel diversification. Sunoco LP (SUN) and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) announced the second dropdown of a portion of ETP’s retail business to SUN. SUN has agreed to acquire from ETP Retail Holdings, an affiliate of ETP, a 31.58% equity interest in Sunoco LLC, which distributes approximately 5.3

Fresh & Easy Closing 50 Stores

Exploring e-commerce system in Las Vegas, and plans to open more stores. Fresh & Easy plans to close 50 stores in three states, and is testing a new e-commerce business model, according to TheReporter.com Fresh & Easy is testing a new version of “modern convenience,” through an e-commerce system called “Click and Collect,” in Las

GPM Begins Operation of 42 Road Ranger Stores

Convenience store banner to transition to one of GPM’s existing retail brands. GPM Investments LLC has expanded into the Midwest by taking ownership of 42 convenience stores with gasoline sales and one Subway location in Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky. GPM will initially operate these stores under the Road Ranger brand name and then transition to

Ricker’s, Nissan Team To Fuel Electric Cars

“Whatever the future of fuel is, Ricker’s will be here to dispense it to our loyal, Hoosier customer base,” says president and CEO of Ricker Oil. Thanks to a local partnership with Ricker’s, Nissan is now bringing its “No Charge to Charge” program to Indianapolis, providing two years of no-cost, public charging to new Nissan

Skyline Products Installs RetroFit Price Signs

Retrofit kits help Northeast Coast retailer upgrade price displays easily. Skyline Products, long known for its high-quality electronic fuel price displays, announced it has begun installing Price Sign RetroFit kits in a large Northeast Coast retail fuel chain. Many of the sites have received LED RetroFit kits, while some sites require signs with Scroll technology

Sunoco LP Announces Private Offering Of Senior Notes

Sunoco LP announced a private offering of $800 million of senior notes due 2023. Sunoco Finance Corp., a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Sunoco, will serve as co-issuer of the notes. Sunoco intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund the cash consideration for its acquisition of a 31.58% membership interest in Sunoco

TravelCenters Acquires Best Oil Co. Assets

Some 19 Little Store convenience locations are among assets sold. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. (“Matrix”) announced the successful closing on the sale of 19 Little Stores brand c-stores of Best Oil Co. to TravelCenters of America LLC and the sale of Best Oil Co.’s wholesale fuel supply business and transportation division to NuWay Cooperative,

Enmark Stations Unveils Aggressive Fresh Food Initiative

“Enmark has always had an interest in making our communities healthier,” says director of marketing at Enmark Stations. Enmark Stations announced this week that 37 of their Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina stores have launched a custom fresh food program to meet the growing consumer demand for healthier, fresher food options. All trends point

New Sweets Added to Rutter’s Dessert Menu

Oreo Churro and Krispie Treat are new sweet options for consumers. Rutter’s menu promises a happy ending to every meal with the addition of the Oreo Churro and Krispie Treat to the dessert menu, the central Pennsylvania retailer announced. The Oreo Churro is seven-inches of Oreo cookie twist, which is fried to a crisp and

Obama Touts Healthy Economy

The president appears in Cleveland to explain how “middle-class economics” is taking hold and helping. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Boasting one of the most diverse manufacturing bases in the country, the city of Cleveland served as a suitable backdrop for President Obama who arrived Wednesday to promote proposals for more federal investment to help

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Box Elder, S.D.

Love’s adds 74 parking spaces on Interstate 90. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens its second location in South Dakota on Thursday, March 19. The new Love’s in Box Elder is located at Interstate 90, Exit 67B. Professional drivers have 24-hour access to name-brand snacks, gourmet coffee, a Hardee’s restaurant, electronics, gift merchandise, a game room,

Sheetz Opens New Locations in North Carolina

“Sheetz is experiencing a lot of growth companywide and we have done a tremendous amount of growth in the North Carolina market,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Sheetz opened two new locations in Winston-Salem and Lexington, N.C., on March 11. The stores give people in Winston-Salem and Lexington a new location for great food and drinks. The

CST Brands Celebrates Grand Opening of New Distribution Center

New complex in San Antonio will serve as new company headquarters in 2016. Fortune 500 company CST Brands (parent company of Corner Store) celebrated the grand opening of its new Corner Store Distribution Center on Tuesday, a 365,000 square foot warehouse that will serve as the main hub for distributing food and merchandise to approximately

QuikTrip Site Burned In Ferguson Riots To Be Repurposed

Jobs training center set to be built on the property. The site of a QuikTrip destroyed during the Ferguson riots earlier this year is finding a new purpose. QuikTrip Corp. recently donated its former convenience store property at 9420 W. Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. to the Urban League of Metropolitan St., which plans to

Couche-Tard Begins Pantry Overhaul

The company has already begun consolidating staff and downsizing via employee layoffs. Following the acquisition of The Pantry by Couche-Tard, the company has laid off 250 employees as it consolidates job functions, according to Triangle Business Journal. The cuts were disclosed via mandatory filing with the N.C. State Commerce Department, and are directly related to

ExxonMobil Launching Coalition Loyalty Program

Debuting this spring, customers can earn and use points among well-known brands. ExxonMobil, AT&T Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu are joining with American Express to launch Plenti, the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program with well-known brands where consumers can earn and use Plenti points for purchasing a wide range of products, regardless

Couche-Tard, Pantry Deal Complete

Couche-Tard reviews third quarter results. Couche-Tard has completed its acquisition of The Pantry through an all-cash transaction valued at US $36.75 per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion including debt assumed. The Pantry operates over 1,500 stores in 13 states. “The third quarter of fiscal 2015 was marked by the great

E-Z Mart Selects PriceAdvantage Fuel Pricing Software

Gains greater speed and control over fuel pricing. E-Z Mart has chosen PriceAdvantage software to drive fuel pricing automation at 286 convenience stores throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. E-Z Mart selected PriceAdvantage based on the software’s automation of manual processes, management by exception tools, and demonstrated return on investment. “Simply put, we wanted greater

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