Grab and Go Gets Hot

As dayparts blur and snacking soars, Rutter’s appeals to customers with quality and variety. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ 66 locations offer a complete grab-and-go experience with 83 hot grab-and-go offerings. Items span many flavors and sizes of burgers, fried & grilled chicken sandwiches, subs and wraps, tornados, pork egg rolls and stromboli. The York, Pa.-based retailer’s

Kum & Go, Thorntons Join Growth Energy as Associate Members

Both convenience store retailers participate in the Prime the Pump program to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy announced that two leading fuel retailers, Kum & Go and Thorntons, have joined Growth Energy as associate members. “We are thrilled to welcome Kum & Go and Thorntons to the Growth Energy team,” said

Parker’s Welcomes New Controller

Keith Saltzman’s financial expertise to help optimize financial operations at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s recently hired financial expert Keith Saltzman as the company’s Controller. In his new position, Saltzman is responsible for overseeing all company accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and financial data audits. Before joining Parker’s, he served as the chief financial officer and

Love’s Introduces Kansas Travel Stop On U.S. Highway 169

The new travel top marks the second along U.S. Highway 169. Love’s Travel Stop in Chanute, Kan., has opened for business. Love’s 22nd location in Kansas brings driver services to U.S. Highway 169 at 190th Road. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more Customers with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s

Chevron Expands Loyalty Program to Southern California

Partnership with Albertsons helps grocery shoppers gain gas rewards at Chevron and Texaco. Albertsons Cos. LLC and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Southern California. The expansion of the Gas Rewards program, already in place

Valentine’s Day Spending Dips

The number of people surveyed who plan to celebrate the holiday has dropped by nearly 10 percentage points since 2007. For the past decade, customers have been increasing their Valentine’s Day spending, but according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to

Leonard E. Belcher Divests Commercial Fuels and Wholesale Distillate Businesses

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to L. E. Belcher during sale. Sprague Operating Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Sprague Resources LP acquired Leonard E. Belcher Inc.’s distillate terminal assets and commercial fuels and wholesale distillate businesses. The acquired assets consist of two pipeline supplied distillate terminals and a distillate

Food Origin, Transparency Among Key Customer Concerns

Some 50% of customers surveyed listed plants as the best source of protein. Food origin is an important consideration for today’s shoppers, as they want to know how their food is produced, transported and handled. This is one of hundreds of findings in “What’s in Store 2017,” the latest edition of the annual trends publication

Convenience Store Industry Grows

The convenience store industry has grown its store count by 63% in the last 30 years. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores as of Dec. 31, 2016, a 0.2% increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The industry store count has

Pilot Flying J Reveals Road Warrior Contest Winners

Three professional drivers receive cash prizes. Pilot Flying J has announced the winners of its third annual Road Warrior campaign. Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Ga., Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kan., and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the grand, second and third place Road Warrior winners respectively. In September 2016, Pilot Flying J

CITGO Named ‘Official Fuel Sponsor’ of Boston Marathon

CITGO presence to extend beyond race day to the months leading up to the event on April 17. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the beginning of a multiple-year sponsorship agreement, making the Houston-based oil refining and marketing company the Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Since 1965, CITGO has

Parker’s, WSAV Partner To Recognize Outstanding Students

U.S. Naval Academy student receives academic scholarship. Parker’s partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Madeline Prince, a senior at Hilton Head Island High School on Hilton Head Island, S.C. who plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the Fall of 2017. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Prince with

Ricker’s Launches Merchandise Pricing and Promotion Solution

Partners with Kalibrate to grow inside store profits. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores recently collaborated with Kalibrate, a provider of strategy and technology services to the global fuel and convenience retail industry, to optimize its retail merchandise pricing strategy. With a strategic objective to increase gross profits at targeted revenue objectives in its 56 convenience retail

NOCO Express Opens New C-Store

After three-month remodel, acquired c-store features Tim Hortons, fresh food and expanded beverage variety. NOCO Express officially celebrated the grand opening of its newest City of Buffalo, N.Y. location at 2058 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Amherst Street. The family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience chain purchased the former Sunoco location in 2016 and recently

Harvest Partners Acquires Minority Interest in GPM

GPM looks to work with Harvest Partners to find and assess acquisition opportunities. Harvest Partners SCF, LP has completed the acquisition of a $62.5 million minority ownership position in GPM Investments LLC, the largest privately-owned convenience store company in the United States. GPM is led by president and CEO Arie Kotler. The investment provided liquidity

Parker’s Continues Community School Donations

On the first Wednesday of each month, Parker’s donates a portion of gas sales to a local school. Parker’s recently donated $5,000 to Bryan County Schools through the company’s popular Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of the sale of every gallon of gas on the first Wednesday of each month to area

Connecticut Eyes $15 Minimum Wage

The proposal could face a tough time passing the state Senate. Democratic lawmakers are leading a charge in Connecticut to increase state’s hourly minimum wage to $15. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the state’s minimum wage increased to 10.10 on Jan. 1 from $9.60 an hour, but advocates of a further

Gulf Oil Expands With Falcon Oil Partnership

Three Falcon Oil stations convert to the Gulf brand and two additional locations may follow. Gulf Oil has increased its reach in Pennsylvania through an expanded relationship with Falcon Oil. With this expansion, Gulf will provide branded wet barrel supply to several of the Blakely, Pa.-based company’s stations throughout the region. Three of Falcon Oil’s

Are Pump Prices Declining?

While the average price of gas is up over last year, increased U.S. oil production is behind a current dip in price over the past 15 days. Gas prices are moving downward with the average price of gas at $2.31 on Jan. 23 —down four cents from last month. Prices have moved lower for 14

Target To Launch Mobile Payment

Target shoppers will soon have the ability to pay using a cell phone app. Target Corp. on Tuesday announced plans to introduce its own mobile payment service in Target stores, allowing shoppers to pay via an app on their mobile phones. According to a report by Reuters, while the launch is expected to be this

Kum & Go Launches Food Rescue Pilot Program

Partners with Care and Share Food Bank. Kum & Go and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado announced a food rescue pilot program at a grand opening celebration for Kum & Go’s newest Colorado Springs store. Through the food rescue program, Kum & Go will donate safe, prepared excess food to Care and

Ownbey Enterprises Divests Chevron-Branded Dealer Supply Business

The sale allows Atlanta-area marketer, Premier Petroleum to extend into parts of north Georgia and Tennessee. Long time Chevron branded marketer, Ownbey Enterprises has strategically divested its entire dealer supply business as part of a comprehensive business reorientation. “The decision to part from Chevron and our many dealers was a very hard one to make.

VERC Enterprises Acquires Mayflower Food & Spirits

Plymouth, Mass. landmark to continue to sell ‘comfort food’ maintain its ‘homey feel’ as VERC provides capital improvements. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is the new owner of Mayflower Food & Spirits, known throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities for its prepared hot meals,

7-Eleven Selects New Creative Agencies

7-Eleven Inc. has selected Deutsch as its lead creative agency of record. The 7-Eleven Brand shifted to a new creative agency to support its ongoing efforts to cater to changing customers’ needs. Ketchum will retain the public relations business. “The challenge is to stay one step ahead of our customers, offering the products they want,

Stripes Opens Next-Generation C-Stores

New design features Laredo Taco Co.’s fresh and authentic food.  Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Co. have unveiled a redefined customer experience with the opening of its next-generation stores across Texas and Louisiana. The first next-generation Stripes stores opened in October 2016 in Texas, offering a more spacious convenience-store and dining experience. The new