Fresh & Easy Introduces New Bakery Offering

Wild Oats Organic line of muffins and cakes to provide convenient bakery options for customers as part of its new vision of modern convenience. Fresh & Easy is appealing to health conscious customers by making organic products more available, affordable and now even more delicious with the introduction of some of the first lines of

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7-Eleven Listed Among BrandZ’s Top Retail Brands

7-Eleven joins Walgreens, CVS on Retail Top 20 list, showing convenience is a key trend. 7-Eleven took the No. 17 spot on BrandZ’s Retail Top 20 list, part of its 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. The appearance of 7-Eleven in the BrandZ Retail Top 20 for the first time confirms the strength of the

Love’s Travel Stops Aids Drivers With New Tire Service

TirePass rolls out to 75 sites, and is expected to be at all locations by end of summer. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted TirePass, a new system designed to inflate tires automatically, offering fleets and drivers a way to stay on the road longer by catching potential problems before they occur. Love’s TirePass is now

Gas King Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Gas King becomes first Canadian c-store retailer to team with OpenStore, introducing a complete digital marketing solution. Gas King introduced its new mobile app and Website this month to become the first Canadian convenience store retailer to partner with OpenStore by GasBuddy to better reward and connect with its c-store customers. OpenStore is a complete

BP Adds New Cost-Effective Loyalty Program For C-store Retailers

Gas station loyalty program features three great card options and the same low fees for c-store marketers. BP has launched a simpler Driver Rewards loyalty program, providing BP-branded gas stations with an easier and more cost-effective program to manage. Gas station and c-store customers visiting the BP-branded sites now have the option of choosing between

Fast Max Convenience Stores Grows Annual Fuel Volumes

Fast Max sees improved fuel gross profits with PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software. Kocolene, operator of 22 Fast Max convenience stores throughout Indiana and Kentucky, experienced a 3% increase in 2014 fuel volume sales after just one year of using PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software—exceeding the national average increase by 2%. At the same time, the fuel

Memorial Day Brings Highest Gas Prices of 2015

Midwestern region sees largest uptick in prices based on production issues. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.74 on Memorial Day, marking the highest pump price of the year, but the lowest pump price for the Memorial Day holiday since 2010, AAA reported. Drivers are paying three cents more than one week

Marketing To Gen Z

Gen Z is coming of age and they want fresher, faster, healthier and less expensive products. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Young adults coming of age right now—Generation Z—have never known a life without the Internet or cell phones. While baby boomers may currently hold the buying power, as the nation ages, retailers will need

Stripes Celebrates Grand Opening

Donates $1,000 to Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Stripes Convenience Stores celebrated the opening of its first Stripes Convenience Store in Dayton, Texas with a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, May 22, 2015 at 811 Highway 90. The grand opening celebration was held in honor of Stripes guests and showcased the many

Casey’s Adds Online Ordering

Select counties offer the chance to get pizzas and subs through online ordering. Casey’s General Stores are now offering online ordering for pizzas, subs and more at select convenience store locations in Polk, Dallas and Warren, Iowa counties. Customers can visit www.caseystogo.com to see if it’s available in their area, KCCI News Online reported. Casey’s

Parker’s Wins 2015 Historic Preservation Award

Parker’s recognized for renovation of Philbrick-Eastman Mansion in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently won a Historic Savannah Foundation Historic Preservation Award for the company’s renovation of the Philbrick-Eastman House. Winners were recognized at Historic Savannah Foundation’s annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 7. Under the leadership of company president and CEO Greg

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Jacksonville, Fla.

Love’s adds 82 parking spaces. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its doors for business in Jacksonville, Fla., along Interstate 95. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 1,200-mile highway that stretches from Florida to Maine. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Retailers Make the Most of EMV Compliance Deadline

EMV upgrades can be a time to reconsider partners or enhance system functionality. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor C-store retailers are staring down the October 2015 deadline when those who are not EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their stores.

7-Eleven Partners With Ultra Mobile

Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans now available at 6,000 U.S. 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven and Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, have reached a key distribution agreement where Ultra Mobile will supply more than 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this

More Vacationers Will Travel by Car this Summer

More vacationers to be traveling by car this summer. One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and 86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Affordability is

Kissimmee Citgo Adds E15 Fuel

Introduces E15 fuel to the greater Orlando area. Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel

Marathon Settles Lawsuit For Almost $6 Million

Marathon to reduce emissions and pay civil penalties. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $6 million dollars and cut emissions at facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland.com reported. The EPA and the Justice Department claimed

7-Eleven Acquires Tedeschi

7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits

NAG Conference Heads To Santa Fe

National Advisory Group conference to feature speakers from more than a dozen leading c-store chains. Registration for the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference is open now. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 13-16 in Santa Fe, N.M. The El Dorado Hotel will play host to one of the convenience store industry’s can’t-miss educational

Duchess Raises Over $50K for American Red Cross

Duchess employees and customers partner with the American Red Cross to raise money for the local chapter. Duchess, an operator of gas stations and convenience stores in Ohio and West Virginia, partnered with the American Red Cross to promote Red Cross month at its sites during the month of March. Throughout the month of March

Delek US Acquires Ownership Interest in Alon USA

“This acquisition is an exciting strategic step for us as it broadens our asset diversity,” says CEO of Delek US. Delek US Holdings Inc. has completed the acquisition of approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock from Alon Israel Oil Co. Ltd. “We are

C-Store Owner Incorrectly Targeted By Drug Law Gets Money Back

Low bank deposits make c-store owner target of IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has dismissed a civil forfeiture case against a Fairmont, N.C. convenience store owner, who found himself unexpectedly facing asset forfeiture under a law intended to target drug dealers and money laundering. Last July, Lyndon McLellan, who has owned and operated L&M

Retailers File New Swipe-Fee Lawsuit Against Visa and Mastercard

C-store chains among plaintiffs in class action lawsuit alleging Visa and Mastercard are violating antitrust laws. On Tuesday, May 12, a group of retailers filed a class action lawsuit in Texas federal court against Visa and MasterCard, accusing the payment card giants of conspiring in violation of federal antitrust laws, unlawfully restraining competition and forcing

New Allegations Emerge From Truckers Suing Pilot

Trucking firms suing in federal court say they thought Pilot’s “cost-plus” offers were based on Pilot’s actual fuel costs, when in fact they were based on an industry average. Following the 2013 FBI raid on Flying Pilot J, the company quickly settled many rebate fraud claims but a handful of companies that refused to settle

Phoenix Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Sunridge Elementary. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Phoenix with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 15. The store is located at 1111 N. 67th Avenue. At a ribbon-cutting, George Engle, Zone Manager for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented

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