Big Red Stores Plans Three Stores for the New Year

New c-stores to feature contemporary design, touchless bathrooms and fresh food items. Big Red Stores is set to introduce three new convenience store locations in 2017 and has already has begun construction of its 34th store in central Arkansas located in Cabot at the corner of Highway 367 and Highway 38. This store will be

Understanding the Hispanic Market

Growing populations warrant c-stores’ investment in Hispanic/Latino communities. By James Johnson, Jr., Terry Johnson and Allan Parnell Hispanics/Latinos continue to reshape our nation’s demography and consumer markets. They are the nation’s youngest consumer group, with a median age of 28 and tend to be brand-loyal consumers, especially when culturally-sensitive marketing and advertising are used to

VERC Enterprises Presents $500 Grant to Local School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps VERC Enterprises invest in local community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.,

Retailers Chase Growth As Clock Runs Out on 2016

Deep discounts keep shoppers buying but retailers fail to boost dollar sales. NPD Holiday Shopping Bag 2016 Weekly Report shows the week seven (ending Dec. 17) holiday shopping push didn’t bringing in the dollar sales of last year. Deep discounts may be driving shoppers into stores but are further delaying the benefits for retailers. According

Wawa Selects Harmelin Media as Media Agency of Record

Harmelin Media set to innovate for Wawa through new and strategic media formats. Wawa is starting the New Year with a new media company. Harmelin Media has been selected as Wawa’s Media Agency of Record effective Jan. 1, 2017. Harmelin will be responsible for various media channels including TV, radio, out-of-home, digital channels and sports

Kum & Go’s Republic, Mo. Store Opens its Doors

An open food preparation area greets c-store customers. Kum & Go opens the doors Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Republic, Mo., at 638 US Highway 60. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Republic built with the new Marketplace store design, which features a variety of unique offerings.

Alon USA Joins Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference

Meeting materials available on website. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s management plans to attend the Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference to be held on Jan. 4, 2017 in Boston. Shai Even, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will hold one-on-one meetings with investors to discuss both Alon USA Energy and Alon USA Partners LP. The

Technology Trends Ahead of 2017

Adoption of self-service kiosks and picking up online orders in store are both expected to increase in 2017. 2017 is set to bring new trends and changes, especially around technology adoption, to the retail industry. Doug Baldasare, CEO and founder of ChargeItSpot, the in-store phone charging station used by retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo,

First Coast Energy Divests 13 Sites

Daily’s c-stores not among the recently sold locations. First Coast Energy has divested 13 gas stations and convenience stores in Florida to Northeast Petro Holdings 1 LLC. Jacksonville, Fla.-based First Coast Energy operates 35 Daily’s stores in Florida. In addition, the company operates and supplies fuel to 200 sites. None of the properties sold was

QuickChek SVP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas Day

Mike Murphy and his son Matt greeted customers at the Fairfield, N.J. store. Those running out to their local QuickChek on Christmas this year in Fairfield, N.J., could find QuickChek Senior Vice President Mike Murphy, who worked Christmas Day for the 41st consecutive year, serving up fresh coffee. “If I’m going to have people work

OPMCA Approves of Ohio EPA Request To Remove Low RVP Requirement

Formal request seeks to eliminate 7.8 psi gasoline in Cincinnati and Dayton. After years of industry engagement and dialogue on the issue, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) officially submitted a final request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) seeking the removal of Low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements in the Cincinnati

CrossAmerica Closing Sale-Leaseback with Real Estate Investor

Includes the sale and leaseback of 17 properties from State Oil in the Chicago market. CrossAmerica Partners LP has completed the previously-announced transaction with a leading institutional real estate investor for the sale and leaseback of properties acquired as part of the State Oil acquisition for net proceeds of approximately $25 million. CrossAmerica acquired the

Global Partners Launches Peterborough, N.H. Alltown Market

New Alltown Market features a Centre St. Kitchen, which provides fresh, made-to-order meals and healthy choices. Global Partners LP is continuing expansion of its innovative store design, opening two new Alltown Market locations in Peterborough, N.H. and Middlebury, Connecticut, featuring Centre St. Kitchen. These stores are the third and fourth new concept Alltown Markets to

Love’s Travel Stops Donates Over $3.6 million To CMN in 2016

Grows support for charity in 2016 through new fundraising initiatives. As 2016 comes to a close, Love’s Travel Stops wraps up a year of record contributions to its partner charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through its annual company-wide store campaign, corporate golf tournaments, inaugural corporate campaign and other promotions, Love’s raised more than $3.64 million

Global Partners LP Opens Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn.

Brings Centre St. Kitchen’s handmade offerings to the area. Global Partners LP is celebrating the opening of its newest Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn., featuring the first Centre St. Kitchen in the state. Located at 504 Middlebury Road, the market is open 24 hours per day. Alltown Market elevates the convenience experience with an inviting

Retale Outlines 2017 Predictions

From beacons to virtual reality, mobile advertising is evolving in 2017. Nels Stromborg, executive vice president for Retale, a location-based mobile advertising platform for retailers and brands, offered insights on trends ahead for 2017. Top Six Trends headed into the New Year: Virtual reality (VR) set itself up as a real marketing tool in 2016.

The Global Foodservice Market Improves

Around the world, the foodservice market continues to meet consumers needs despite social and economic challenges. The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over

Sheetz Offers Free Coffee on Christmas and New Year’s

Continues 20+ year tradition of celebrating the holidays with a free coffee giveaway. C-store customers have one more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Sheetz is once again celebrating the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly-brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from

Thorntons Updates Refreshing Rewards Program

Starting in 2017, Thorntons moves away from tiered rewards and instead rewards based on visits. Thorntons is updating its Refreshing Rewards guest loyalty program, allowing all Rewards members to begin accessing exclusive offers and savings immediately after swiping their card. Beginning Jan. 4, 2017, the program will discontinue use of the existing tier-based (Welcome, Premium,

Kum & Go Opens First Colorado Springs Marketplace

First 99 c-store customers get a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is introducing its 6,200+-square-foot marketplace store in Colorado Springs, Colo. The new location is located at 2422 Research Parkway and will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thursday Dec. 22. The new location marks the first store in Colorado

7-Eleven Welcomes Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

From batteries to gadgets to a bottle of wine, 7-Eleven is prepared to save to day for last-minute and emergency shoppers this holiday season. Few days remain for Christmas shoppers to snag last-minute gifts and goodies for holiday parties. As the holiday countdown continues, 7 Eleven stores become last-minute shopping headquarters and emergency stops for

7-Eleven Completes Month One of Commercial Drone Deliveries

The convenience store giant plans to expand drone deliveries in 2017. 7-Eleven, in partnership with Flirtey, has completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S. Flirtey and 7-Eleven began a commercial collaboration, in July with the world’s first autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. Flirtey conducted regular weekend deliveries during November

Love’s Travel Stops Celebrates Record Store Openings in 2016

During ‘landmark year’ Love’s adds 220 showers and 3,000 truck-parking spaces at new travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops opened a record number—47 to be exact—of new Love’s locations in 2016. The locations span 40 states. It marks the largest number of stores opened in a single year in Love’s history. “2016 was a landmark year

Kasich Squashes Minimum Wage Increases in Cleveland

Cities in Ohio can no longer increase minimum wage above the state minimum wage. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, earlier this week, signed Senate Bill 331, which will halt next year’s election vote on whether to increase the Cleveland minimum wage to $15 an hour. Cleveland.com reported that the bill prohibits communities in the state of

Risser Oil Implements Fuel Pricing Strategies

Views real-time information via mobile phones. Risser Oil (Rally Stores) has selected PriceAdvantage software to consolidate competitor pricing data and rapidly execute pricing strategies for 54 company-owned and commission sites throughout central Florida. “Risser Oil is a great example of how PriceAdvantage can provide extraordinary value to fuel marketers who need to navigate the complexities