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

Texas Food & Fuel Association Names New President

The association has chosen an experienced, seasoned industry veteran to lead the organization at this important time. Effective Jan. 25, 2016, Paul Hardin will assume the role of president of the Texas Food & Fuel Association. In his new position, Hardin will will lead the organization and continue its mission to serve as an advocate for the petroleum marketing

CITGO Supports C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Through a month long fundraising effort, CITGO raises nearly $5,000 for a local children’s hospital. Nearly $5,000 was raised by CITGO Marketers in Michigan who recently participated in the Month of Mott fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The money was raised to support the hospital’s Buckle Up program. This program

NRAEF Offers Scholarships For Students and Educators

The NRAEF has released the applications for its 2016 scholarships for those interested in advancing their knowledge in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The application process for the The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEFs) 2016 merit-based scholarships is now open. Awards range from $1,750 – $10,000, and are available for students as well as

Nestlé Commits to Cage Free

Nestlé is strengthening its commitment to the global welfare of farm animals. Within the next five years, Nestlé will transition to using only cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. food products. The move represents yet another example of Nestlé’s commitment to the health, care and welfare of animals raised for food. Nestlé uses approximately

Top 10 Challenges for Employers in 2016

Employers are expected to face a number of challenges in the coming year. According to an annual report from XpertHR, same-sex marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) protections, accommodating a diverse workforce, paid sick leave, workplace wearables and independent contractor rights are among the biggest employment issues. Court cases, legislation and regulatory actions have called

Gas Under $2 Per Gallon Becomes A Reality

Inspired by low gas prices, more than 91 million Americans opt to drive 50 or more miles during the holiday season. U.S. average gas prices fell below the $2-per-gallon mark on Monday, Dec. 21, just in time for holiday travel. Today’s national average is $1.998 per gallon. Gas hasn’t been this inexpensive since March 25,

NOCO Supports The Salvation Army

NOCO employees and customers help to raise money for those most in need. In this spirit of the holiday season, NOCO Express has donated $13,000 to The Salvation Army of Buffalo, N.Y. Each of NOCO Express’ 35 locations sold paper kettles for $1 each, throughout the month of November to raise money for The Salvation Army.

Retailers Concerned With Internal Theft

Internal theft is one of the greatest concerns for retailers, and it is on the rise. The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed that employee theft, of both stock and cash, is now one of the top three concerns for retailers. The survey reveals that alongside online fraud and return fraud, internal theft is

CPD Energy Supports St. Jude

Fundraising efforts made throughout the year by CPD operated c-stores and fueling stations raise $96,000 for St. Jude. Results of CPD Energy Corp.’s Annual Charity Drive, on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, have been revealed. At an annual recognition meeting for company managers on Dec. 16, 2015, CPD Energy Corp. presented a check in

New Oklahoma Love’s Location

There is a new resting place for drivers in central Oklahoma. Union City, Okla. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stops, which has opened its doors for business along U.S. Highway 81 and Southwest 59th Street. Drivers in the central part of Oklahoma now have a new place to rest and access to driver

2016 Packaging Trends

Consumers will soon make purchasing decisions based on packaging when choosing between similar products. Mintel has revealed six key trends that are set to impact the global packaging markets in 2016. These trends hold implications for both consumers and brands. “There’s a parallel path between brands striving to engage consumers on a more personal level

Eskimo Hut Debuts New Location in Lubbock, Texas

The new convenience store offers wine and beer on tap. Eskimo Hut, a chain of drive-through convenience stores specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go, has introduced a new store in southwest Lubbock, Texas. The new store is located at 54th Street and Slide Road, near Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, Wild Oats and Melrose clothing store.