Developing Employees at Roadrunner Markets

One convenience store chain shares its story on how it transformed its employee pool into a deep resource. By David Hite Roadrunner Markets, part of Mountain Empire Oil Co., is a 92-location convenience store chain located in the Appalachian region comprising southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. We have more than 700 employees,

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FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rules Until 2017

Fight to change the menu-labeling rules continues in the Senate. Convenience store operators can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as expensive menu-labeling rules, which were required to be implemented this year, are now being delayed until 2017. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that it would delay the enforcement of menu

Square Donut Battle

Family Express faces off with Square Donuts regarding the use of the words “square donuts.” Family Express is in a battle over its square doughnuts. The Valparaiso, Ind. based c-store chain has been offering square-shaped doughnuts since 2005 and is asking a judge to allow it to continue to market its renowned four-sided pastries as

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Brand Manager

Darrin Samaha to lead development of BW Gas & Convenience’s c-store brand. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has hired Darrin Samaha as vice president and brand manager for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC (“BW Gas & Convenience”). BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliate of Brookwood, which owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores

Sunoco Refines Customer-Centric Strategies with APT

APT’s Test & Learn for Sites software to help Sunoco evaluate and refine promotional strategy. Sunoco has extended its license agreement with Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn for Sites and Market Basket Analyzer software. Additionally, Sunoco is expanding the relationship, adding a license of APT’s Test & Learn for Customers software to evaluate

Panhandle, Texas CEFCO Re-opens with Sonic

The newly-upgraded Panhandle, Texas CEFCO store offers an enhanced shopping experience to customers.  Following a redesign, the CEFCO Convenience Store located in Panhandle, Texas, at Highway 60 and FM 207 has officially re-opened. This latest opening represents the 23rd, 5,500-square-foot prototype location that CEFCO has opened over the past several years, and is the second

CCRRC Helps Retailers Break Down Barriers With Latest Video Installment

The CCRRC has released a video to help retailers connect with their employees and to maximize business. The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC), in association with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has released the fifth video installment of its “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series. The latest installment, entitled “It’s a Partnership,” discusses

Stripes Opens in Houston

A new Laredo Taco Co. accompanies the new Stripes store in Houston. Stripes Convenience Stores is adding 30 new jobs to the Houston community with the opening of its newest convenience location. The grand opening for the store, located at 7677 Gessner Road, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The grand

Vendor Managed Inventory Cuts Delivery Costs By 50% (Or More)

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC The low fuel costs of late have been a godsend for many suppliers, but it’s only a temporary respite, which will end as soon as fuel prices start rising again. While the experts keep touting the tremendous savings to be received from the supply chain, they mostly ignore the

QuickChek Named One of New York’s Best Places to Work

QuickChek is committed to providing its employees with a great place to work, and consumers with a great place to shop. For the fourth consecutive year, QuickChek Corp. has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain was recognized by The

Maverik Streamlines Pricing Strategy with PriceAdvantage

Maverik intends to reap the extensive benefits of adopting PriceAdvantage software. Maverik Inc. has officially chosen to utilize PriceAdvantage software to streamline its fuel price management across its 274 convenience store locations, throughout 10 western states. Maverik selected PriceAdvantage based on the software’s ability to allow Maverik fuel pricing analysts to conduct price research in

CITGO Petroleum Supports STEM Education

CITGO Petroleum is helping to fuel education through a competition where teachers can win exclusive training sessions and quality supplies to help enhance their teaching practices. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is continuing to display its dedication to youth education through its fourth annual Fueling Education Program, which focuses on the importance of engaging young students in

CCRRC Releases Fourth Employee Engagement Video Installment

The latest video from CCRRC demonstrates the importance of recognizing employee accomplishments. The fourth video installment of the “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) has been released. The fourth installment of the CCRRC North America NACS video, which is entitled “Even Small Accomplishments Deserve Recognition,” expresses the importance

Beaumont, Texas C-Store For Sale

Bid deadline on the convenience store set for April 26. A convenience store with gas, a quick-service restaurant and self-storage is available for purchase in Beaumont, Texas via a lender-directed sealed bid sale. The c-store, built in 1998, spans 3,490 square feet and is located at Highway 365 and Labelle Road. The lot measures 2.34

Behavioral Products, a New Science In Retailing

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Recently, my friend Mel Haynes Sr. and I have been having conversations regarding how products can affect behavior in retail. I will call these ‘Behavioral Products.’ I have often said that all products are interlinked with every other product in one way or another. Sometimes the link is glaringly

Wawa Launches Hiring Campaign

Wawa is committed to providing fulfilling job opportunities to members of the communities it serves. Over the next three months, Wawa Inc. plans to hire more than 5,000 new associates, as each of Wawa’s 700+ stores across the company’s six-state operating region searches for new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will span the spring season,

M-PACT Teaches Best Hiring Practices

There’s more to developing a solid workforce than just hiring to fill a vacancy. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Hiring the right people for a c-store operation can be challenging. One expert at the M-PACT Show in Indianapolis, which concluded March 24, explained how to build a better mousetrap to capture capable candidates. Over time,

Dollar General Announces Financial Growth Outlook

Dollar General has revealed strategic growth plans for the company over the next two years, including the opening of 900 stores in 2016. At its 2016 Investor Conference, Dollar General Corp. outlined strategic plans to support the company’s current financial growth model. Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, provided an update on key initiatives to support

Gasoline Reigns Supreme

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but won’t replace combustible engines anytime soon. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Though alternative fuels are gaining momentum nationwide, gasoline is still the primary fuel that Americans use, explained John Eichberger, the executive director of the Fuels Institute, a nonprofit think tank, at this year’s M-PACT Show, which is

Starbucks To Donate 100% of Unsold Food

FoodShare program to provide 5 million meals in the first year. On March 22, Starbucks set a goal to donate 100% of its unsold food that is still safe to consume to help feed the hungry. All of Starbucks’ 7,600 stores are set to participate. According to USA Today, Starbucks’ plans to work in partnership

California Minimum Wage To Be Decided at Ballot Box

A Field Poll finds 68% of voters support the initiative to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. California state voters will get to decide whether the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15 by 2021 at the ballot box on Nov. 8. If approved by voters, California would become the largest state to

European Commission Approves Couche-Tard Shell Acquisition in Denmark

Couche-Tard plans to divest some current sites and Shell-branded stations ahead of the acquisition. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is set to move forward with its acquisition of A/S Dansk Shell’s downstream retail business in Denmark after receiving approval this week from the European Commission for the deal, which is subject to divestment commitments. Completion of the

NOCO Express Launches ‘Code Blue’ Fundraising Campaign

The Western New York c-store chain to donates more than $14,000 to Buffalo City Mission. NOCO Express has launched a Code Blue fundraising campaign at its 31 Western New York Stores to benefit the Buffalo City Mission, and to aid those in need during the cold winter months. NOCO customers generously donated $7,148 by purchasing

Is Unified Commerce Realistic?

While the majority of retailers strive to offer a unified commerce platform, ‘faux’ omni-channel is the reality, a Boston Retail Partners report finds. Boston Retail Partners (BRP), “SPECIAL REPORT: Unified Commerce is the Goal, “Faux” Omni-channel is the Reality,” found retailers are falling short when it comes to offering customers an experience that transcends channels.

VP Racing Fuels Teams With M-Sport, Introduces Specialty Fuel

New specialty fuel to power Fiesta R5. The Ford Fiesta R5 has become one of M-Sport’s most successful projects and a new collaboration with VP Racing Fuels has taken development a step further this week. Conducting a thorough research and development programme, the two companies have developed “VP R5” – a high-performance 102 Octane FIA-certified

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