7-Eleven Selects New Distributor For 900 Locations

Core-Mark will soon service 7-Eleven stores in three western regions. A five-year supply agreement was recently signed stating that approximately 900 7-Eleven stores in three western regions will be serviced by Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. Core-Mark will be the primary wholesale distributor, delivering a wide range of products to these stores out of three of

How Falling Crude Costs Are Keeping Gas Prices Low

Drivers are getting relief at the pump, but will it last? The average pump price has fallen nationally for regular unleaded gasoline for 17 consecutive days, providing customers with a total savings of 12 cents per gallon. The national average currently sits at $2.20 per gallon, the lowest price since February, according to a report

SCV Oil Acquires Five C-Stores

SCV Oil expands presence in the Southeast. Southern South Carolina-based SCV Oil LLC has acquired five convenience stores located in Western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee from various related entities of Sunshine Fuel LLC of Florida. This is SCV Oil’s second acquisition this year, greatly expanding the company’s geographic reach to now encompass a wide area of the

CNG Energy Partners to Open Texas CNG Station

New CNG station expected to encourage the use of cleaner, cheaper, domestically produced fuel. CNG Energy Partners LLC has signed a 10-year contract with the City of Lake Jackson, Texas to build, operate and maintain a public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The new facility will be commercial truck friendly, support the local desire to embrace the

How To Decorate Your C-Store For the Holidays

The do’s and don’ts of store decorating. The holidays can be a confusing time for business owners. Decisions need to be made in regards to staffing, inventory, and what can prove to be the trickiest of all: decorating. There are some definitive do’s and don’ts, and they can all impact a businesses’ bottom-line at the

VERC Makes Strides Against Cancer

VERC exceeds $10,000 fundraising goal through the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator, has exceeded its $10,000 fundraising goal of $10,000 for cancer research. The company raised a total of $11,207 through this year’s Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Team VERC was comprised of 60 VERC employees, relatives and friends, all participating

Construction Commences for Krause Gateway Center

Kum & Go breaks ground on new five-story company building. Groundbreaking has begun for the new Krause Gateway Center at 1459 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa. State and local officials, architect Renzo Piano and Kum & Go leaders and associates recently celebrated the first step in the process of building the new center. Kum & Go

Mars Celebrates Halloween in Newark, N.J.

Mars will sponsor two day Halloween celebration in its hometown. This Halloween, M&M’S is bringing its trademark colorful fun to its birthplace: Newark, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand will sponsor a two-day Halloween celebration the entire community of Newark can enjoy, complete with a Halloween pop-up M&M’S store, more than 15,000 free

How to Win Over Specific Consumers

General Mills has identified distinct consumer segments and how to appeal to each type of consumer. Although all consumers are unique in their shopping habits, there are some key trends that retailers can appeal to. Research Overview General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has identified four distinct consumer segments—each with their own attitudes, behaviors and needs—to help convenience retailers

OPW Presents Collaborative Product Improvement Award

OPW shows appreciation for customer assistance in improving products. Michael Zubel of Houston-based Landmark Industries has been awarded the new OPW Collaborative Product Improvement Award, an award that recognizes OPW distributors and customers that demonstrate collaborative partnership which significantly exceeds typical standards and results in the improvement of a product beneficial to the industry. “The OPW Collaborative Product

Ricker’s Combats Domestic Violence

Ricker’s looks to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores is offering a safe place to victims of domestic violence. According to a report from The Elkhart Truth, all Ricker’s Convenience Stores in Hamilton County, Ind., north of Indianapolis, have joined the “Safe Haven” initiative. As a part of

Fresh & Easy Closes its Doors

West Coast grocery chain to layoff thousands. The 97 remaining Fresh & Easy grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada will soon be closing their doors, for good. According to a report from NBC News, the chain has struggled, since opening in 2007, to keep up with consumers, and it has finally become too much

Cumberland Farms Opens Four New Stores

Cumberland Farms expands Florida presence to the central region. Cumberland Farms has opened four new concept store locations in Central Florida over the last several weeks. The brand currently owns and operates nearly 50 stores throughout Florida, and the four new stores in Brevard County will mark the first in the central region of the

New Love’s Opens in Southern Alabama

New Love’s store provides travelers with a new place to rest and refuel. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its newest store in Prichard, Ala. The new store is located at Interstate 65, Exit 8, and it provides drivers in south Alabama with a place to rest and access to many driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit,

Coca-Cola Provides Tips to Retailers on Immediate Consumption

Retailers must focus on appealing to immediate consumption shoppers. The Coca-Cola Co.Knowledge & Insights group has released the results of its latest proprietary Individual Shopping Habits, Occasions and Perceptions (iSHOP) tracking study on immediate consumption food and beverages in convenience retail. There is tremendous possibility for retailers to boost immediate consumption purchases, and some key strategies follow.

Holiday Spending Up From Previous Years

Holiday shoppers have already added friends and family to the ‘nice list’ as the shopping season begins. As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans have already begun their holiday shopping. The National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics has revealed that holiday spending is predicted to be higher than previous

Quarles Acquires Two Virginia Oil Companies

Quarles looks forward to expanding its local, family owned business with new acquisitions. Fredericksburg, Va.-based Quarles Petroleum Inc. recently purchased Whiting Oil Co. in Culpeper, Va. and Northern Neck Oil Co. in Warsaw, Va. from Petroleum Marketers Inc. Whiting Oil and Northern Neck Oil provide heating oil, gasoline and diesel products to both residential and commercial customers. The

Could The National Average Price of Gas Dip Below $2?

Pump prices are expected to continue their downward slope, possibly reaching a low not seen since 2009, according to AAA. As of Monday, Oct. 19, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline had fallen for 10 consecutive days, reaching a price of $2.26 per gallon, a low that gas station customers haven’t enjoyed since

Cumberland Farms Accepting Scholarship Applications

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to provide $1,000 scholarships to 130 eligible students. For the 10th consecutive year Cumberland Farms is now accepting applications for the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, which will once again be providing critical financial assistance to more than 100 bright and ambitious high school seniors from across its eight state

How Are Adults Celebrating Halloween?

Saturday Halloween means adults are 70% more likely to celebrate, with 80% buying candy and 84% purchasing alcohol. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, Adults will be more likely to celebrate the holiday and make purchases to go along with it! Some 70% of adults said they plan to celebrate this year, according

Inside The NACS Show’s Cool New Products Room

From relaxation aids to a self-serving bagged ice machine, retailers get inspired by innovation. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor As yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques grow in popularity, it’s no surprise products designed to relax —rather than energize—grew in presence at this year’s Cool New Products Preview room at the NACS Show. Other

How Key Trends Are Driving The Pet Supplies Segment

As customer pamper their pets, pet supplies market looks to grow. Valued at $15 billion in 2014, nonfood pet supplies are part of a much larger U.S. market for retail pet products and services, totaling almost five times this amount. Yet the competitive allure of the pet supplies segment—which grew by 15% during the five-year

New Maverik to Open in Sturgis, S.D.

New Maverik will bring competition in the c-store industry to Sturgis. A new First Adventures Maverik convenience store is expected to open soon in Sturgis, S.D. According to the Meade County Times-Tribune, the new store is planned to be constructed at 2426 Junction Ave., the current location of the Star Lite Motel. The motel will

Par Petroleum Implements Major Changes

Par Petroleum has made  some major changes in order to improve the company. Effective Oct. 20, 2015, Par Petroleum Corp. will change its name to Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. The name change is meant to more accurately reflect Par’s growth strategy of building and acquiring businesses. The company’s ticker symbol, PARR, will remain the same. Along with the name change, the company

Couche-Tard Purchases Texas Star Assets

Couche-Tard expands its base of Circle K stores in its Southwest Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase all the assets operated under the Texas Star brand from Texas Star Investments Inc. and its affiliates. The agreement was signed through Couche-Tard’s wholly‑owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The assets are comprised of 18