Surviving the Next Superstorm

Do you have a contingency plan in place in case disaster strikes one or more of your convenience store locations? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Being prepared for major storms and disasters is vital to any convenience store, especially those in areas most susceptible to hurricanes, as Superstorm Sandy taught us just last year. The


Delivering the Goods

There’s no one-solution-fits-all when it comes to distribution. Focus and timing can make all the difference in the world. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. After working with a single distributor for 40 years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores last month signed three-year agreements with Core-Mark and US Foods. Robert Perkins, Rutter’s vice president of marketing,

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Maintaining Data Security Standards

While many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI compliance, Visa and MasterCard are constantly changing the rules, requiring stores to make costly changes and upgrades. By John Lofstock, Editor. When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if

Yucaipa Acquiring Fresh & Easy

The acquisition “offers us an orderly and efficient exit from the U.S. market,” says Tesco CEO. Yucaipa Cos. LLC is set to acquire Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain from Britain-based Tesco, which has been struggling to turn a profit with the chain since its debut in 2007. The deal was announced Tuesday, although the

NCASEF To Donate $750,000 To Hire Heros USA

7-Eleven Inc. and vendor partners break donation record.   The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), in partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc. and 15 vendor partners, recently announced its single largest financial commitment ever to a charitable organization—Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization offering transition and job search assistance to military veterans and their

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Break Time Launches Loyalty Program

Smartphone app built on VERGE Retail Platform. MFA Oil Co., which operates 77 Break Time convenience stores across Missouri and Arkansas has partnered with VERGE Retail, using its Connect smartphone platform to launch a loyalty program. With the loyalty features built into the Break Time app, c-store customers are rewarded each time they use their

Kroger Achieves Perishable Donations Partnership Milestones

The company has donated 175 million fresh meat, produce & dairy meals to feed hungry families since 2008. The Kroger Co. has donated 175 million meals from fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to Feeding America food banks since 2008 through its groundbreaking Perishable Donations Partnership. The program has also enabled Kroger to divert

Kangaroo Express Introduces New Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Offering

New on-the-go breakfast item is included in $2 breakfast combo and grill deals. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the Jimmy Dean Sausage and Biscuit Bun, its exclusive new breakfast biscuit, is rolling in on the grill to its 1,160 grill-ready stores. Taking a twist on the classic American hot dog, the Jimmy

Consumer Pessimism Continues Its Worrisome Climb

Consumers are more pessimistic about the economy than they have been all year— and gas prices may not be the primary cause. For the first time this year, consumer pessimism increased over a 30-day period when gas prices fell. More than three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic, an increase from the

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Albertson’s LLC Acquiring United Supermarkets

Acquisition includes 50 supermarket locations, 26 fuel sites, three distribution centers, and one manufacturing facility in North and West Texas. United Supermarkets LLC, d.b.a. The United Family (United) announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Albertson’s LLC, which currently operates more than 600 locations in 16 states. Terms of the transaction were not

A Gallon of Hope for Hunger Action Month

7-Eleven, Dean Foods donate a meal to North Texas Food Bank for each gallon of Oak Farms milk sold during four-week campaign. In North Texas, each gallon of milk purchased at participating 7-Eleven stores between Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 could mean a meal for someone suffering from hunger. In recognition of Hunger Action Month

Corner Store Debuts New Snacks For Fall

BBQ pork ribs, new whoopie pie and kolache varieties add warmth and spice. As fall football season approaches, Corner Store is introducing finger-licking BBQ pork ribs, a Sweet Jalapeño Whoopie Pie and a Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit Breakfast Sausage Kolache under the store’s signature Fresh Choices brand, a selection of crave-able and creative foods you can’t


Englefield Oil Celebrates Utica Duchess Shoppe Opening

The newly built store features 16 fueling stations plus a grander Duchess Deli and Crown Café. Englefield Oil Co. is set to celebrate the grand opening of its Utica Duchess Shoppe on Thursday Sept. 12, 2013 at 12 Columbus Road Utica, Ohio.  The event grand opening event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2

NATSO Foundation To Award Best Idea At NATSO Show

A $500 prize awaits best idea for improving operations. The NATSO Foundation plans to award $500 during the NATSO Show 2014 to the independent truckstop or travel plaza operator who generates the best new idea for improving truckstop operations. The $500 prize, which will be awarded during the 2014 Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Session,

Susser Holdings Acquires Gainesville Fuels

“The Gainesville acquisition gives us access to new geographic wholesale markets in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma,” says Susser president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) announced that SUSS has completed the acquisition of Gainesville Fuels Inc., which operates a wholesale fuel and lubricants distribution business selling approximately 60

Kum & Go Celebrates its 41st Store Opening in Arkansas

New convenience store in Maumelle features fresh food and sustainable practices. Kum & Go is set to open a new, 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Sept. 6, in Maumelle, Ark. This new store, located at 21510 Highway 365 North, is part of the company’s aggressive growth strategy in the Little Rock metropolitan area. The new

PAPCO Acquires 24 Virginia Locations

Acquisition will leverage supply and marketing capabilities in Hampton Roads, Va. Virginia Beach, Va.-based petroleum marketer PAPCO Inc. has acquired the “Tidewater Retail Assets” which consists of 23 Shell branded retail gas stations and one Exxon location, from SMO Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wills Group, Inc. “We are very excited about the SMO

Sites For Sale In Alabama

Bid deadline is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2013. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is coordinating the sale of four operating convenience stores with gas and one retail pad site in Alabama. The retail pad site, zoned B2—Business, is located in Evergreen, Ala., directly off of Interstate 65, while the convenience stores are located

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Partners With Convenience Valet

Convenience Valet to donate a minimum of $250,000 annually. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, has partnered with Convenience Valet. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Convenience Valet will donate a minimum $250,000 annually to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals based on proceeds from carded items with

BP Branded Sites To Be Sold In Bankruptcy Sale

“A little TLC and these stations can be pumping high gas gallons and have great inside sales,” says NRC’s executive managing director. Eugene Crane, as Chapter 11 Trustee, has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC, (NRC) to coordinate the sale of five operating convenience stores with gas. The stores are being sold pursuant to

Corner Store Opens New Texas Locations

New stores feature fresh-baked items. Continuing its Texas growth streak, Corner Store has opened two new locations in Texas, one in Burnet, Texas and the other in Conroe, Texas, just north of the Houston metro area. Both stores measure 4,650 square feet and feature indoor and outdoor dining, a beer cave, an ATM and seven

Kwik Trip Celebrates 15th Compressed Natural Gas Station

More stations planned for Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Kwik Trip Inc. celebrated the opening of its 15th compressed natural gas station on Aug. 28 in Janesville, Wis. The company plans to add an additional 10 stations before the end of the calendar year. Kwik Trip has committed to developing a functional CNG fueling infrastructure throughout

CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program Kicks Off

More than 600,000 CFL bulbs are donated to benefit low-income families. This week at the Linden House in Chicago, CITGO Petroleum Corp. President and CEO Nelson Martinez was joined by 4th District Illinois State Representative Cynthia Soto to launch the fourth edition of the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP), which will provide 625,000 compact

Couche-Tard Announces Results for Q1 of Fiscal 2014

“Numerous improvement efforts deployed in Europe enabled us to turn around the negative trend in in-store sales as well as fuel volume,” says CEO. For its first quarter of fiscal 2014, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced net earnings of $255.0 million, up $152.1 million (147.8%), which equals $1.35 per share on a diluted basis. The

Wawa Opens 25th Florida Store

New location located across from Orlando International Airport. Wawa Inc. has announced exciting news for the Orlando Community—the grand opening of its newest store located directly across from the Orlando International Airport, at the intersection of Rt. 436 & Lee Vista Blvd at 6500 South Semoran Blvd. After years of price gauging at the pump,