New South Carolina Parker’s Location

In response to consumer demand, Parker’s has opened its first location on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This is the Savannah, Ga.- based company’s 43rd convenience store, and its first on Hilton Head Island. The store is located on Hwy. 278 at 165 William Hilton

Heineken Launches its SOCCER IS HERE Program

Retailers are encouraged to take advantage of Heineken’s popularity among soccer fans through a new promotion from the brewer. Through a new partnership with UEFA Champions League(UCL) and Major League Soccer(MLS), Heineken Premium Lager is advising soccer fans Never Miss a Minute of the action this season. Beginning March 1, Heineken’s fully-integrated, 360° retail and on-premise SOCCER IS HERE

CrossAmerica Acquires 31 Stores for $48.5 Million

CrossAmerica becomes Holiday Station stores franchisee. In a $48.5 million agreement, CrossAmerica Partners LP will acquire 31 franchise Holiday stores located in Wisconsin and Minnesota from SSG Corp. Of the 31 company-operated stores, 28 are located in Wisconsin and three are located in Minnesota. Twenty-seven of the sites are owned fee simple locations. For the

Love’s Expects Rapid Growth in 2016

In addition to growing its number of travel stops, Love’s plans to introduce three new restaurant concepts in 2016. In 2015, Love’s Travel Stops experienced the busiest year of store openings in company history. The company opened 27 new locations and added more than 2,000 truck-parking spaces in the past year, and the company has

Core-Mark to Webcast ICR Conference Presentation

Core-Mark will soon put on a live webcast on the company’s website. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, will webcast its presentation from the 2016 ICR Conference beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. This

General Mills Acquires EPIC

General Mills is now poised to grow in the new natural snacking category. EPIC Provisions, a growing premium meat snacks company, has been acquired by General Mills Inc. Austin, Texas-based EPIC will now operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which itself has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a

CSA Offers Extra Incentive to Join Core-Mark

One lucky new Core-Mark member will win an all inclusive vacation for two. A new promotion from Convenience Store Alliance (CSA) is offering an all-inclusive vacation for two to the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos resort in Cabo San Lucas, airfare included, to one lucky c-store owner. From now through March 31, c-stores that convert all

Enmarket Donates $10,000 to Four Nonprofits

Enmarket strives to help Savannah, Ga. become a healthier community through education. Through Enmarket’s 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series the c-store chain donated $10,000 to four area nonprofit organizations. The company, which was founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations, then rebranded as “Enmark” in 1983 and most recently as “enmarket” in 2015 to reflect their

Circle K Closes Nine-State Deal

Circle K Stores Inc. has closed an enormous deal with Greatstone Equities Inc. Circle K Stores Inc., headquartered in Dallas, has purchased 62  locations in a nine-state deal. According to a report from Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, the stores were purchased from Greatstone Equities Inc. The purchase price for the stores has not yet

TravelCenters Completes Acquisition of Four Stores

Four stores, located in Kansas and Missouri, have been acquired by TravelCenters of America. The previously disclosed acquisition of four convenience stores in Kansas and Missouri by TravelCenters of America LLC has been completed. TravelCenters expects these convenience stores, formerly known as Meiners, will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores and that they will undergo improvements

TravelCenters Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

TravelCenters’ StayFit program aims to help professional drivers stay healthy. In the New Year, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, will offer professional drivers new helpful options to lead healthier lifestyles. TravelCenters now offers more better-for-you food offerings, fitness options and helpful information from their StayFit

2016 Social Media Awards

CSD’s fourth annual review of the social media strategies used by convenience store chains across the industry and how retailers can capitalize on best practices in 2016. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor For the fourth year running, Convenience Store Decisions examined the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 convenience store chains, recognizing

Wendy’s Commits to Cage Free

A timeline has been announced as a part of Wendy’s cage free initiative. The Wendy’s Co. has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs in its U.S. and Canadian locations by 2020. The announcement represents the next step in Wendy’s overarching animal welfare program. Since the late 1990s, the Company has worked with animal welfare

Jiffy Mart Donates To Help Breast Cancer Patients

Carroll Hospital receives $3,500 from Jiffy Mart. Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil, Inc., recently donated $3,500 to the Center for Breast Health to benefit breast cancer patients at Carroll Hospital. Employees from Jiffy Mart locations throughout Carroll County presented a check to Brenda Frazier, director of development at the Carroll Hospital Foundation, and

Holiday Spending Trends

Are low gas prices spurring consumers to spend more this holiday season? A new study from MasterCard SpendingPulse has revealed that the retail industry fared well this holiday season, and the season hasn’t even come to a complete halt yet, as many consumers reported intentions to continue shopping after Christmas. According to a report from

On the Move Expansion

Florida’s growth potential is expected to be key in On the Go’s southern growth strategy. New gas station and convenience store chain, On the Move, has announced that it will be expanding into Jacksonville, Fla., bringing new competition to Wawa, RaceTrac, Daily’s, QuikTrip and other companies in the area. According to a report from Financial

Big Y Expands

Three new Big Y locations will soon be up and running as a part of the company’s expansion efforts. Big Y Foods Inc. has purchased three O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations in an effort to expand its Big Y Express Gas and Convenience concept. The three O’Connell Convenience Plus stations, which are currently branded as

Stewart’s Shops Corp. Plans Rapid Expansion

Stewart’s Shops is now one of Albany, N.Y.’s largest private-sector employers, and it is only growing. Malta, N.Y.-based family- and employee-owned c-store chain, Stewart’s Shops Corp., has announced plans for significant expansion in the coming year. According to a report from Albany Business Review, these expansion plans include the intention to spend more than $30

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores Appoints New Leadership

As current president retires, a seasoned association veteran prepares to take the lead. Jim Tudor, who has served the convenience store industry for over 35 years, is retiring from his position as president of The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), at the end of 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016, current vice president of association

How To Attract Millennial Applicants

TeamOne Logistics has revealed the top four things Millennials look for in a job. Millennials currently account for 36% of the millions of job seekers in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to 46% by 2020. Most Millennial job seekers resort to online job boards, social media groups or postings and staffing agencies in

7-Eleven May Be GlobeOne’s Newest Corporate Member

GlobeOne aims to launch in the U.S., Mexico and Vietnam in 2016.  7-Eleven Mexico has signed an official letter of intent with GlobeOne. 7-Eleven Mexico would be GlobeOne’s latest corporate member in Mexico as it builds up its rapidly expanding network of both corporate members and member banks around the world. Targeting both the financially

QuickChek Stores Open Christmas Day

QuickChek senior vice president worked in a store on Christmas Day. QuickChek convenience stores were once again open on Christmas Day this year, and Senior Vice President Mike Murphy worked in a store on Christmas Day for the 40th consecutive year. According to a report from My Central Jersey, Murphy claimed that if the company

Sheetz Offers Gift of Coffee on Christmas Day

Sheetz once again thanks loyal customers for their business by offering free coffee on Christmas. Sheetz Convenience Stores celebrated the holidays by offering coffee lovers a free cup of freshly brewed Sheetz coffee on Dec. 25. Guests were invited to walk into any one of 511 Sheetz stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland

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