How Clifford Fuel Is Expanding the Easy Way

The Utica, N.Y. chain opens its 17th Nice N Easy franchised store in impressive fashion. By John Lofstock, Editor When CST Brands acquired Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes following the death of founder John MacDougall last year, many around the industry wondered if we’d seen the last of one of the convenience store industry’s most

Green Zebra Grocery To Open Second Store

More store openings are planned for the coming years. Green Zebra Grocery is set to open its second store in Portland’s Lloyd District, early next year, following successfully raising $2.5 Million in capital in order to fund the expansion. Green Zebra will be the anchor tenant for Portland’s “newest neighborhood,” known as Hassalo on Eighth.

NLRB’s New Labor Standards To Impact Franchise Relationships

Under the new standard franchisors could potentially be held liable for the labor practices at its franchise locations. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a more expansive definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act. The move came in a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California. As part of the

Courtney Vercollone Promoted to District Manager At VERC Enterprises

Formerly in the marketing department, Vercollone to oversee issues, audits and inspections in her new role. VERC Enterprises has promoted Courtney Vercollone of Plymouth, Mass. to District Manager. Vercollone is set to cover the South Shore District. In her new position, Vercollone will oversee issues and perform monthly audits and weekly inspections at the company’s

How Customers Rank Fuel Rewards

Some 37% of U.S. gas station customers prefer to receive fuel savings as opposed to card rewards, cash back or coupons and discounts, according to a new report. Do you know how your fuel customers like to be rewarded for loyally filling up at your convenience store? Well now a new study on consumer behavior,

Bid Deadline Approaches For 25 7-Eleven Stores

The sealed bid deadline for a number of 7-Eleven convenience stores is less than two weeks away. 7-Eleven is divesting 25 properties in 10 states in a sealed bid sale scheduled for Sept. 10, with assistance from NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC. The properties are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New York,

Thoroughbred Energy Divests 21 C-Stores To TravelCenters of America

The sale of an additional 13 convenience locations expected close in the coming weeks. Thoroughbred Energy has closed on the sale of 21 petroleum marketing and convenience store assets and a wholesale business to TravelCenters of America. Closings on the company’s additional 13 c-stores, mainly leased sites, are expected to occur over the next few

SEC Won’t Pursue Charges Against Target Following 2013 Data Breach

Federal Trade Commission continues to investigate. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it won’t take action against Target, after the big box behemoth suffered a data breach in 2013 that saw some 40 million credit and debit cards compromised. According to a report by Bloomberg Big Law Business, the SEC’s investigation

How Friendship Food Stores Enhanced Communication With Customers

OpenStore by GasBuddy rollout has improved the line of communication between Friendship Food Stores and its customers. FriendShip Food Stores, owned and operated by Bell Suppliers Inc., has learned much in the year it has relied on OpenStore by GasBuddy to expand customer reach and communication. When launching with OpenStore last fall, FriendShip Food Stores

How eGifts Are Adding Value For Retailers

Convenience stores can improve their gift card programs by adding egifts. A recent survey conducted by Blackhawk Network shows that convenience store retailers have an opportunity to increase the value of their in-store gift card programs by supplementing physical cards with egifts. Gift cards remain the most popular and coveted gift for all occasions with

Stuarts Draft, Va. is Home to Newest Sheetz Convenience Store

Sheetz uses grand opening celebration as an opportunity to give back to the community. The newest Sheetz Convenience Store opened in Stuarts Draft, Va. on Aug. 27. This new location offers convenience to customers in the surrounding Virginia area. The store’s grand opening was celebrated with fun games, free food and drinks to attendees. For a limited time, The new store

Love’s Raises Money for CMN Hospitals

Love’s launches campaign to help sick and injured children. Love’s Travel Stops has launched its annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. In order to raise money for the hospitals, more than 350 Love’s locations will sell paper balloons for $1, $5 and $20 from Aug. 25 – Sept. 30. Other fundraising activities such as

BP Whiting, Ind. Refinery Comes Back Online

Midwest gas prices expected to drop, as more fuel supply enters the market this week. Gas prices in the Midwest should return to normal soon after they soared over the past two weeks following a BP refinery shut down. On Tuesday, BP announced that its crude distillation unit at its Whiting, Ind., facility was back

Sheetz Debuts Private Label Credit Card

In a partnership with First Bankcard, Sheetz provides c-store customers with discounts and rewards through the new Sheetz Personal Credit Card. Sheetz has introduced the Sheetz Personal Credit Card, a private label credit card, to its c-store customers. Sheetz partnered with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, to offer its c-store

Winning Military Vet Embarks on Career as 7-Eleven Franchisee

Two other contest winners set to take command of their franchise stores later this fall. After winning the 7-Eleven Operation: Take Command contest earlier this year, Military veteran Mark Anthony Page assumed control of his 7-Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas. It is the culmination of nine months’ work and a competition to win first America’s

How Today’s Gas Prices Compare

Although the Midwest continues to face higher prices after a refinery malfunction, nationwide, gas prices are on the decline. Average U.S. gas prices today stand at $2.59, marking the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004, according to an Aug. 24 report by AAA, which pointed to a decline in the cost of

G&M Oil Partners With OpenStore To Launch Mobile App

Also introduces a redesigned Website for on-the-go c-store customers. G&M Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to introduce the free G&M Mobile App and a newly redesigned Website, As an incentive to customers to check out the new app, those who download it will be rewarded immediately with a free fountain drink

Love’s Completes TirePass Rollout

The full-service tire inflation system is now available nationwide at more than 200 sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed its nationwide rollout of TirePass, a full-service tire inflation system. Installations began earlier this year and now more than 200 locations offer TirePass. This means professional drivers across the country now have access

VP Racing Fuels Welcomes Perfect Petroleum

Distributor Perfect Petroleum joins VP’s retail branding program as it looks to target Millennial customers and tap into new revenue streams. Perfect Petroleum, based in Orlando, Fla., has joined VP Racing Fuels’ retail branding program. Perfect Petroleum services more than 250 retail locations and is positioned to greatly enhance VP’s expansion efforts in Florida and

7-Eleven Completes Tedeschi Acquisition

Adds 180 convenience stores to its portfolio. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops, adding approximately 180 stores to its existing 150 7-Eleven stores in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area. 7-Eleven has made job offers to employees working at the stores and most non-store personnel of

Missouri Convenience Stores Offer Cigarette Tax Proposal

As numerous voices debate cigarette tax increases, Missouri c-stores offer solutions of their own. Missouri convenience stores appear to be taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” approach to fighting tobacco taxation proposals. After spending decades fighting efforts by the state of Missouri to raise cigarette taxes in the state, the c-stores are

Fortune Recognizes Starbucks’ Impact

Starbucks named to Fortune list for its reach and progress with social and environmental issues. Fortune magazine has listed Starbucks as No. 23 among 51 companies making “a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of its competitive strategy.” The list is meant to “shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant

RDG Pushing TravelCenters of America To Engage in Share Buyback

Shareholder looks to boost stock price for TA to $17 a share. RDG Capital Fund Management, a shareholder of TravelCenters of America (TA), has requested that TA in a share buyback to grow travel stop chain’s stock price. RDG announced it has delivered a letter to the TA’s Board of Directors strongly recommending a $100

Parker’s Debuting Drive-Through C-Store in Vidalia, Ga.

New site to mark Parker’s second drive-through location. Parker’s is set to open the company’s 38th retail store—and second drive-through location—on Friday, Aug. 21, at 105 Queen St. in Vidalia, Ga. The new store, which will be open 24/7, will sell high-quality Parker’s gas (including non-ethanol and diesel fuel) at 16 fueling locations, the company’s

BP Wins Fraud Lawsuit Brought By Franchisees

Judge chides BP for intending to deceive plaintiffs, but says plaintiffs failed to prove BP’s concealment played a role in their gas station purchase decisions. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor has ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought by two Chicago-area franchisees that claimed the oil giant had