Sunoco Becomes Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising Project

Entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Sunoco engagement and fan experiences. International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Sunoco have formed a multi-year partnership that will make Sunoco the fourth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s

American Vaping Association Opposes Chicago Mayor’s Proposed Tax On Vapor Products

E-liquids could see a tax increase of $8.75 per bottle in Chicago. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on ex-smokers, business owners, and public health advocates in Chicago to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed tax on vapor products. Set to be released

7-Eleven Partners With PayNearMe To Introduce Mobile Bill Payment Center

Bilingual, co-branded app to help 7-Eleven’s underbanked convenience store customers. 7-Eleven has partnered with PayNearMe, a financial services technology company, to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app, enabling U.S. consumers to pay over 17,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7-Eleven stores. The domestic bill payment service is

MAPCO Benefits From Zenput’s New Task Management Function

With new task management capabilities on Zenput’s mobile solution, MAPCO is able to auto-generate tasks for individual district managers or groups of store employees. MAPCO Express is among businesses using Zenput’s new task-management capabilities for its mobile solution. Zenput is a provider of mobile operations management for retail, restaurant and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

good2grow Announces New Vice President of Sales

Dustin Snyder, formerly with Eby-Brown, joins good2grow team to lead convenience channel division. good2grow has hired a new vice president of sales to lead its convenience channel division. Effective Sept. 1, Dustin Snyder is overseeing all sales-related functions, including the management of the good2grow convenience channel team. Snyder will report directly to Gunner Olson, president.

Exclusive: Is Flash Foods Set To Be Acquired?

Are the rumors true? Rumors swirled yesterday that Flash Foods, with 173 stores in Georgia and Florida, might be considering an acquisition offer. Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) confirmed that Waycross, Ga.-based Flash Foods is considering a potential sale with an unnamed suitor. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring

New Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

New Corner Store shows commitment to community through donations to the local high school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been held to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Corner Store in Temple, Texas. Along with the ceremony the store hosted giveaways for the customers who attended. The new store is located at 2502 W. FM 93

The United Family Expands Loyalty Program

With points accumulation, guest can earn free fuel or groceries. The United Family is expanding its rewards program by launching a points program, which allows guests to earn free fuel or groceries by making everyday purchases at any of the 66 United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express locations in West Texas,

Kum & Go Headquarters Construction Set To Begin

Construction will continue through 2018. Construction of the Kum & Go Downtown Headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, is set to move forward as early as next week. Construction fencing has been installed around the perimeter of the project at 1459 Grand Avenue, and demolition of existing buildings is slated to begin the week of Sept. 21,

Mickey Mart Partners With OpenStore By Gas Buddy

Expands digital marketing presence at its convenience stores through a new mobile app. Mickey Mart Convenience Stores is expanding its digital marketing with its new OpenStore by GasBuddy mobile app. Locally-owned and operated, Mickey Mart takes pride in offering the best customer experience. The new app expands its engagement to customers’ mobile phones. “OpenStore offers

QuickChek Supports U.S. Veterans

QuickCheck works to give back to its local communities. More than 5,000 bottles of water were provided by QuickChek Corp. to participants in the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon to Support Our Veterans. The fresh convenience market chain is a Silver Star sponsor of the Sept. 13 race benefiting veterans living in Suffolk County. “We’re

CITGO Customers Compete For The Ultimate Road Trip Experience

Sweepstakes allows CITGO to engage customers online, in-store and through their mobile phones. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes,” running now through Oct. 26, 2015. “We’re proud to be a part of our customers’ lives and fuel their road trips, whether that involves everyday trips like driving to work or once-in-a-lifetime

CITGO Helping Underserved Youth Though Red Sox Foundation Partnership

Donates $2,500 in gas gift cards, aids transportation costs. CITGO, along with its local branded marketers and retailers, is joining forces with the Red Sox Foundation to further help underserved youth in the Boston area. With a $2,500 donation of CITGO Gift Cards, the foundation can now provide transportation for youth involved in its two

NAG Conference Wraps Up In Santa Fe

Foodservice stats, trends and takeaways dominate the closing sessions of the 2015 NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The fourth and final day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) 2015 conference kicked off yesterday with a presentation by Tampa, Fla.-based Study Hall Research. The session focused on Study Hall Research’s “2015 Foodservice Perception Study” and was

Three States See Pump Prices Below $2

South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama boast the lowest gas prices in the country. Gas prices have continued their downward trend through and beyond the Labor Day holiday. Three states—South Carolina ($1.94), Mississippi ($1.99) and Alabama ($1.99)—are all posting averages below $2 a gallon, according to AAA’s Sept. 14 report. This marks the first time that

How Loyalty Is Taking a Front Seat

Loyalty providers are meeting customer expectations with innovative programs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, loyalty programs aren’t only providing Americans with savings at the pump and inside the store, but are enabling convenience retailers to boost sales and engage their customers in ways like never before. Loyalty was in the spotlight at the 2015

Why Consumers Say New Credit Cards Aren’t Safe Enough

PIN would protect data better than signature, according to a report by the National Retail Federation. Some 62% of customers in the U.S. believe the new credit cards being issued by banks don’t go far enough to protect card data or prevent fraud, according to a new survey released on Wednesday, Sept. 16, by the

How To Define Your Retail Culture

Leading retailers discuss how they use core values to drive retail culture at their convenience stores. Tuesday morning of the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off with a session about defining company culture. Many business owners talk about their company culture but often can’t define it. A well-defined culture is crucial for attracting top

David Johnson Receives NAG Inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson recognized at the 2015 NAG Conference in Santa Fe, N.M for his long service with the National Advisory Group. By CSD Staff David Johnson, vice president of operations at Amarillo, Texas-based Toot’n Totum Food Stores, Monday night was named the first recipient of the Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing Monday night

NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

QuickChek Supports Hope for the Warriors

QuickChek customers help raise over $100,000 to support post-9-11 service members and their families. Through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing, with the help of generous customers, QuickChek was able to donate $132,000 to support post-9/11 service members and their families. During the past six weeks, QuickChek customers were able to purchase

Johnsonville Helps Delaware North Sportservice’s Ring in 100th Anniversary

Some 36 grills were needed to grill Johnsonville’s giant sausage. In celebration of Delaware North Sportservice’s 100th anniversary, Johnsonville grilled the unofficial longest brat in the U.S. The celebration took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., where the company is in charge of general concessions, restaurants and catering operations. Heath Barbato, executive

CST Brands CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

With Lubel at the helm, CST Brands looks to build 50 new c-stores. Kim Lubel, chairman, CEO and president of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, CST Brands is a convenience store retailer with 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada and

Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

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