Eby-Brown Honored

Named One of Northern Tier Retails’ Strategic Partners of The Year Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., was awarded one of Northern Tier Retail’s Strategic Partner of the Year awards. Northern Tier Retailer, a petroleum convenience store operator with 260 corporate & franchise locations in Wisconsin

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Shell Becomes Largest Independent Producer of LNG

Acquisition of BC Group Plc marks biggest oil-and-gas deal in 20 years. Royal Dutch Shell has acquired of smaller British rival BG Group Plc for about USD 70 billion to create the world’s largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Business Standard reported. The deal, the first major acquisition since oil prices began to

Circle K Sponsoring North Carolina Festival

Following The Pantry acquisition agreement, Circle K to sponsor Speed Street festival in Charlotte. Circle K, which is acquiring Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry, is set to sponsor the North Carolina festival Speed Street, which begins next month, The Charlotte Observer reported. Speed Street, which is presented by Coca Cola, is now in its 21st year

Par Petroleum To Introduce New Hawaii Branding Strategy

Plans to communicated and executed in the coming months. Par Petroleum Corp., owner of Hawaii’s largest oil refinery, plans to unveil a new branding strategy in the next 2-3 months, according to Pacific Business News. In 2013, Houston-based Par Petroleum’s subsidiary, Hawaii Independent Energy, closed on its purchase of the former Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery

Sunoco LP Expands Revolving Credit Facility to $1.5 Billion

Sunoco LP announced that it has amended its existing revolving credit facility and expanded aggregate credit commitments from $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion. The facility with a syndicate of banks matures in September 2019. The expansion will provide the Partnership with additional financing flexibility and liquidity to fund future growth capital expenditures. The Partnership has

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Williams, Ariz.

Love’s adds 91 parking spaces on Interstate 40. Ninety-one additional truck-parking spaces are now available along Interstate 40 in Arizona. The new Love’s Travel Stops location in Williams, located at Interstate 40, Exit 163, opened yesterday, April 9. The 12,000 square foot facility gives professional drivers access to a variety of products and driver services,

Stripes Raises Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

Campaign to provide vital funds for pediatric programs through an in-store Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaign. Now through May 5, Stripes Convenience Stores will be asking customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are and purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Stripes has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network

Dunkin’ Donuts Adds Google Wallet

Guests with Android devices will be able to purchase and reload virtual Dunkin’ Donuts Cards using Google Wallet on Dunkin’ Mobile App. Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled a new mobile payment option, announcing that U.S. customers with Android devices can now purchase and reload virtual Dunkin’ Donuts Cards using Google Wallet. This new digital payment option

National Average Gas Price Continues To Drop

Today’s average gas price stands at $2.39. Pump prices continue to dip as refineries complete scheduled maintenance and prepare for the summer driving season, AAA reported. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen for 24 of the past 30 days, after reaching a peak-to-date price for 2015 of $2.46 per gallon on

Does Apple Pay Violate Durbin Amendment?

As merchants using Apple Pay have the ability to select routing options that allow for lower fees, some say Apple Pay is in violation of the Durbin Amendment, American Banker reported. The amendment by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., into the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, requires issuers to give greater access to certain PIN. Under the law,

Pay Raises For Walmart Associates In Florida Go Into Effect

Pay raises a key aspect of overall commitment to help workers move beyond entry-level jobs. As part of Walmart’s additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year, Walmart is giving pay raises to 34,244 associates in Florida for the pay period starting April 4. With the raises, associates earn at least $1.75 an hour

NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

Kenmore store also newly renovated to provide expanded selection of fresh foods. NOCO Express announced the grand opening of Tim Hortons at its store located at 535 Kenmore Avenue, at the corner of Klauder Road, in Tonawanda, N.Y. This is the first Tim Hortons for which NOCO is the franchisee. The store also marked the

Oil Prices and U.S. Gasoline Demand Growth

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor at Schneider Electric West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures have again nosed above $50 bbl early in the second quarter, trading at a roughly $6 bbl discount to global oil prices, with renewed discussion in the market again that oil prices have found their bottom after a better-than eight-month nosedive,

7-Eleven Stores Toasts New To-Go ‘Melt’ Sandwiches

Based on popular demand for fresh and hot sandwiches, 7‑Eleven introduces its Melt sandwiches at participating stores for a suggested retail price of $2.99. Making a sandwich is easy, right? Two slices of bread, meat, cheese and sauce … done. Creating the two new 7‑Eleven Melt artisan sandwiches was a little more involved. Like evaluating

Casey’s General Store to Hold May “Dog Tag” Promotion

Proceeds to benefit nonprofit Hope for the Warriors. During the entire month of April, Casey’s General Store is offering a special “Dog Tag” Promotion to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors and for the growing needs of service members and military families. For only $1, Casey’s customers can do their part to

Gulf Racing Fuels Becomes Official Fuel of Atlantic Championship Series

Sponsorship includes Atlantic-themed consumer and retail promotions. The Atlantic Championship Series has announced that Gulf Racing Fuels will be the official fuel for the 2015 Atlantic Championship Series season. Gulf Racing Fuel MACH 110 octane unleaded race gas will be the specified fuel for all Atlantic race cars during all seven weekends and 14 races

EPA Recognizes Hoshizaki America Inc.

Hoshizaki receives the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year –Sustained Excellence Award. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Hoshizaki America, Inc. with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Hoshizaki’s accomplishments will be recognized

Tackling Workforce Issues

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Staffing is one of the biggest investments in the convenience store industry. Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics collaborated to examine the most pressing human resource issues and where companies are spending their money. To help convenience store retailers better manage their workforce and understand what employees

Minimum Wage and Beyond

C-stores cast a wary eye toward various minimum wage initiatives that could impact workforce costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Because most convenience retailers strive to retain the most capable employees, it’s common that hourly wage rates at c-stores often eclipse the respective wage rate mandated by the state or states that they operate in.

Winning at Word of Mouth

Keeping customers engaged on social media can drive WOM and increase traffic at the store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media is crucial for staying top of mind for customers and driving word-of-mouth (WOM) advertising for your chain, which many customers today trust more than traditional marketing. Cindy Morrison, social media strategist with social

Reinventing Open Pantry

Longtime employees assume control of the daily operations of Open Pantry stores, while CEO Buhler provides financial backing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After 17 years as president and CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., Robert Buhler at the beginning of the year turned the corporate reins over to his longtime, right-hand

Weathering Change

Automotive and marketing advances are challenging c-store car washes to keep pace. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor The calendar officially states spring has sprung, and residents in the mountains, across the prairies, all the way to the New England coast welcome the reprieve from winter’s harsh grip. Not only did the bitter cold try

Kum & Go, Habitat for Humanity Expand Partnership

Customer fundraising in April will help select site for company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go and Habitat for Humanity announced an expansion of their partnership, launching a national campaign that will feature a corporate donation and in-store fundraising during the month of April. Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help select a community

U.S. Oil Expands Distribution and Supply Footprint

 Acquires Wisconsin Terminal. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture Inc., has acquired a Milwaukee area terminal from Marathon Petroleum Corp., based in Findlay, Ohio. The terminal, located at 9125 North 107th Street will add 530,000 barrels of capacity to the U.S. Oil network and will expand its distribution network

Overtime Expansion Would Harm Retail Careers, Says NRF

NRF survey shows overtime expansion proposal would hollow out middle management. An Obama administration proposal to expand overtime and redefine what it means to be a restaurant or retail manager will likely harm mangers’ career paths and undermine the quality of customer service they are able to provide, according to a new survey conducted for

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