Swipe Fee Rules Remain Pending Appeal

Merchants can breathe a sigh of relief as the ruling means fees won’t skyrocket. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s rules for debit-card swipe fees are set to stay the same while the Fed appeals U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 ruling that the Fed didn’t have the authority to set a 21-cent cap on debit-card

Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises Nearly $2.7 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Fisher House Foundation and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc. announced its third annual summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million, bringing the total to $8.4 million raised over the past three summers. From Independence Day through Labor

Kum & Go Donates $15,000 to American Red Cross

Helps communities affected by Colorado flooding. Kum & Go is joining forces with the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in Colorado. The convenience retailer is making a $15,000 donation to help people and communities affected by the recent floods. In addition to the donation, Kum & Go is working hard to


Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

7-Eleven franchisee Tom El-Dalati lost his flagship store in last year’s superstorm. One year later the struggle to rebuild his business continues . By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor. Nearly one year ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states leaving a stream of destruction and chaos for homes and businesses. Extreme winds, devastating


Enmark Celebrates 50 Years

With a strong commitment to foodservice and customer service, the Savannah, Ga. convenience store chain is preparing to debut its larger-format prototype locations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Enmark Stations Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and preparing its business for the next 50, with new larger format stores, remodeled retail graphics and

Stripes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Presents donation to Texas Children’s Hospital Mobile Clinic. Stripes Convenience Stores have announced the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Spring, Texas. Stripes is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at noon on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 25510 Kuykendahl Spring, Texas. The grand opening celebration will be

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Nice N Easy Partners With Ronald McDonald House

“Some of our employees have had to utilize the House in the past, and we found it necessary to help in the building of the organization’s new home,” says Nice N Easy CEO. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has proudly partnered with the central New York (CNY) Ronald McDonald House. President and CEO John MacDougall

Dallas Drivers Turn Everyday Purchases into Fuel Savings at Shell

Now drivers can save every time they fill up at Shell with the Fuel Rewards Network Program in Dallas.            Now paying less for fuel is more than just a dream, it is a reality for Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) Members. Since the Fuel Rewards Network program launch in June 2012, drivers across the country have

Luke Smith, GPM Region Operations Manager; Amy Black, Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive with Martha Jefferson Hospital; Rob Bader, Jobber Sales Manager with BP Products North America Inc.

Everyday Shops and Cafes’ BP Sites Donate $12,500

Support community health through the BP Fueling Communities Program. Everyday Shops and Cafes, a convenience store chain owned and operated by GPM Investments, presented $12,500 in grants to Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation to support community health initiatives in Charlottesville, Va., thanks to the BP Fueling Communities Program. “It is our privilege to work with our

Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Aids Communities

Some $185,000 is donated to charities in the areas where E-Z Mart serves.   E-Z Mart Stores Inc. kicked off its 23rd Annual Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 16, 2013 at the Texarkana Country Club.  Approximately $185,000 was raised from the one day event. The tournament had 240 players take part in

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NAG Conference Wraps Up In Music City

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, ended Tuesday with a golf outing at Hillwood Country Club. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the morning sessions included a

IRI Research Examines How Americans Eat

Consumers who eat on the run represent $90 billion market. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) recently conducted extensive research into the daily eating habits of Americans and found that the age-old image of a family seated around the dining room table enjoying a home-cooked meal is falling by the wayside. While 79% of Americans are planners

Sunoco Relamps High-Rise Signage

Partners with Action Services Group. Sunoco Inc. has partnered with Action Services Group, which will provide sign relamping services, plus location asset-survey services, for their retail high-rise signs across specified locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The retail high-rise signs, ranging in height from 35-to-70 feet, will have all lamps and

Kangaroo Express Hosts Roo Run 5K At Jacksonville Zoo

Funds will help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Pantry Inc. is hosting a Roo Run 5K race through the Jacksonville Zoo to raise funds for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their


Balloon Ride Excursion Fulfills Promise

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, Pilot Lynn Huppert, Michele Huppert and Tony Huppert, owner of Team Oil Inc. of Spring Valley, Wis., collected on a promise made nine years earlier. In 2004 a Hot Air Balloon Fund Festival was held at the Spring Valley, Wisconsin High School to raise money to offset fees for students


NAG Kicks Off In Nashville

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. NAG is part of Harbor Communications and the Convenience Store Decisions Group. It is an association driven by retailers for

Parker’s Hires Convenience Store Industry Veteran

Jon Mangum joins Parker’s as director of operations. Parker’s recently hired convenience store industry veteran Jon Mangum as the company’s new director of operations. In his new position, Mangum is responsible for overseeing retail operations at Parker’s locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Before joining Parker’s, Mangum served as retail operations manager for Stinker Stores


J & H Oil Launches New Mobile App and Website

J & H Family Stores Convenience Store Chain partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy. J & H Family Stores locations are committed to courteous customer service and quality products., and with the introduction of J & H Family Stores app and Website, the company is taking this philosophy to the digital market. Showcasing mobile coupons, in-store

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests that have a penny saved will earn a hot, fresh cup

CITGO Launches Fall 2013 Fueling Good Project

Non-profits can win $5,000 in CITGO gift cards for helping local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. invites eligible 501(c)(3) organizations to enter its Fall Fueling Good Project to win $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards for doing good in their local communities. From now until Oct. 20, non-profit organizations can enter this year’s program at www.FuelingGood.com/participate or

Research Shows Retailers How To Woo Smartphone Shoppers

Columbia Business School and Aimia researchers survey more than 3000 consumers to understand how they use smartphones in store aisles. With brick-and-mortar-retail stores continuing to struggle with the rise of “showrooming” consumers—those visiting a store to see a product but then purchasing it later online—groundbreaking research from Columbia Business School and global loyalty experts Aimia


Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Awards Kia Soul Winner

Summer Soul Promotion recognizes finalists with prizes. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, recently awarded a 2013 Kia Soul to Gary Dillon of Westmoreland, N.Y Dillon’s name was drawn on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 50 qualifiers at the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes’ Summer with Soul Promotion Grand


Big Y and F. L. Roberts Announce Partnership

Big Y Express to open in fall 2013. Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. Inc., two long established western Massachusetts, family-owned and operated businesses, have partnered in a new venture to develop their own brand of convenience stores with fuel under the name Big Y Express. The first facility will open in


Sheetz Recognizes Exceptional Vendor

For more than 10 years, Sheetz has been gathering its vendors together to establish goals for the coming year, have fun and raise money for the Sheetz Brother Charities. The vendor event is one of the largest fundraisers for the charities that include the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While raising money through vendor support is an objective

Chevron’s 2013 Fuel Your School Program Expands

Helps fund classroom projects in 14 U.S. communities. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to 14 U.S. communities this fall from nine communities in 2012. Designed to support education for local public schools based on the specific requests of each classroom, Fuel Your School will help meet the critical