Starbucks Shuts Down La Boulange

In a surprising move, Starbucks to close La Boulange but continue using the recipes at its Starbucks locations. Just three years after purchasing La Boulange, Starbucks has decided to close down all of the pastry shop locations, according to a report by Business Insider. The announcement of the closures came as a shock to some,

Gulf Brand Reemerges in Canada

Nostalgia and brand recognition are expected to help drive sales, as Gulf returns to Canada after 30 years. After a 30-year absence, Gulf, an iconic fuel brand, is returning to Canada, according to a report by Globe and Mail. As a part of a multi-million dollar deal in 1985, Gulf was taken over by Petro-Canada,

Mondelēz International Collaborates with Facebook to Drive Sales

Facebook partnership drives sales through creative video marketing. Mondelēz International today, June 23, 2015, announced that it has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook, the world’s largest discovery platform, with a focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to

American Express Loses Antitrust Lawsuit

American Express restrictions to be lifted, merchants may take advantage of newfound flexibility Credit card giant American Express has been ordered by a federal judge to cease restrictions on businesses that accept its cards. The judge ruled such restrictions were anti-competitve, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. American Express, holds a larger

McDonald’s To Close 350 Locations

McDonald’s CEO announces new plan focused on consumer needs as the company shutters a number of locations. McDonald’s announced plans to close some 350 restaurants in the U.S., while adding only 300 restaurants worldwide, marking the first time since 1970 that the quick-serve restaurant giant is adding fewer stores than it closed, according to a

Will Gas Prices Start To Fall?

Pump prices have hit a 2015 high, but as supply grows and crude prices dip, gas prices may drop this summer. Last week, gas prices reached a new 2015 national average high of $2.80 per gallon and then dropped a penny to $2.79 per gallon. Despite the high for the year, drivers are still saving

How To Keep Millennials in the Workplace

Millennial turnover costs convenience stores and other businesses billions, but a new survey suggests there may be ways to prevent it. Millennials (“Generation Y” ages 15-35) are now being called the “turnover generation,” because over the expanse of their careers they will hold 15-16 jobs. This turnover rate is costing businesses, like convenience stores, billions of dollars.

C-store Chain Parker’s Donates to Area Schools

Parker’s presents $5,000 check to Bulloch County Schools, as part of the Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Bulloch County Schools at its board of education meeting in Statesboro, Ga., on June 11. The donation was part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools. “I

Jon Bratta Joins Core-Mark As Vice President of Marketing

The Pantry’s former vice president of fresh foods finds a new home at Core-Mark. Core-Mark is welcoming Jon Bratta to its executive team as vice president of marketing. Bratta will work from Core-Mark’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. and report to Chris Hobson, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role,

Kum & Go Promotion Offers E85 for 85 Cents Per Gallon

Two Colorado convenience stores draw attention to the benefits of flex fuel. Kum & Go is enticing its customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado to try out E85 fuel with a special promotion at two local Kum & Go convenience stores. Kum & Go is hosting a series of promotions to draw attention

CITGO Fuels United Relay Across America

CITGO to cover fuel costs for 36 support vehicles as Special Olympics athletes carry a torch throughout the U.S. to build excitement for the Summer World Games. As the official fuel sponsor of the United Relay Across America, CITGO Petroleum Corp. employees, friends and family are joining members of the Special Olympics community in Chicago

Are Millennials Experiencing ‘Digital Overload’?

The ‘always on’ generation might need a break from ongoing mass marketing email communications. Millennials are the generation that is most likely (44% more likely) to permanently disengage with brands if they receive too many generic mass emails, according to a new study by Aimia Institute, a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics. The

Mobile Aids Millennial Parents In Shopping

Survey shows the different ways Millennial moms and dads use mobile while shopping. A recently commissioned study by Retale showed the differences in mobile shopping habits between Millennial moms and Millennial dads. More than 500 Millennial adult men and women (18-34 years old) across the U.S. were polled for the study. Some 85% of all

Former Pantry VP Joins Brookwood

Brookwood welcomes Brian Trout as SVP operations for BW Gas & Convenience. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a real estate investment and asset management company, has welcomed Brian Trout to the firm as a senior vice president of operations for BW Gas & Convenience LLC. BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliated Brookwood entity that was

TravelCenters To Upgrade Displays and Fixtures

Partners with Pan Oston to revamp store displays. TravelCenters of America has partnered with Pan-Oston, which is providing high quality displays and fixtures to TA-Petro stores all over the nation. TravelCenters of America, with more than 250 locations, serves professional truck drivers, tour buses and bus drivers, and individuals by offering food, fuel and even

CrossAmerica Announces Pricing of Public Offering

Cross America begins public offering set at $31.45 per common unit. CrossAmerica Partners LP has priced its previously-announced public offering, which is expected to close on June 19. The public offering of 4.6 million common units represents limited partner interests in the partnership at a price to the public of $31.45 per common unit. The offering

Eby-Brown Wins Security Award

The convenience store products distributor is recognized for best practices in Cargo security. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has been awarded the 2014 “Best in Cargo Security Award” from CargoNet. Eby-Brown is a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S. The award recognizes CargoNet members that have demonstrated best practices in cargo security

Family Express Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

The Indiana retailer will be honored at the Chain of the Year Award gala on Oct. 12 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. Innovation, outstanding operations, superior leadership and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing are the common characteristics of the best convenience store chains in industry. Family Express embodies all of these

Gill Energy Acquires Mohawk Oil

First Sun Oil distributor in New Jersey sells to a family-owned and operated fuel retailer. Gill Energy, headquartered in Matawan, N.J., has acquired Mohawk Oil Co. The sale included a collection of fee and leased retail gas assets with convenience stores, service bays and snack shops, wholesale supply only accounts, and assignment of the Branded

Mintel Research Examines Gen Z Attitudes and Lifestyle

New research by Mintel paints a picture of today’s teens as open minded, sedentary and plugged in via social media and cell phones. Mintel found that while there are a number of similarities between American kids and teens—such as the emphasis both groups place of the opinions of their peers and parents, as well as

Parker’s Honored With TripAdvisor Award

Popular c-store foodie spot gains rave reviews from travelers. Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet in Savannah, Ga., was recently honored by TripAdvisor with a 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Owned and operated by Parker’s, a nationally recognized convenience store leader, Parker’s Market has earned this top award for three consecutive years. The popular foodie destination, located at

Rutter’s York Store Gets Makeover With Upgraded Cooler Doors

Upgraded c-store benefits with energy savings and a modern look that attracts customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores recently upgraded a convenience store in its hometown of York, Pa., with new Anthony cooler and freezer doors. The cooler/freezer area is one of the focal points for all of Rutter’s 60 convenience stores, and the cooler/freezer section of

Core-Mark To Webcast Oppenheimer Presentation

Oppenheimer 15th Annual Consumer Conference Webcast to be available for 90 days. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to Webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer 15th Annual Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 beginning at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The live Webcast can be accessed at www.core-mark.com. An archived replay of the presentation will be

CrossAmerica Partners Announces Dropdown Transaction And Acquisition

CrossAmerica has agreed to purchase the 41 company-operated One Stop convenience store network, and also announces two dropdown transactions with CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have announced two dropdown transactions totaling approximately $261.5 million between CST Brands and CrossAmerica. The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

Is Mobile Paving the Way for Biometric Identification?

As expectations around how financial institutions manage mobile identity change, retailers who may want to offer mobile payment should take note. A new report from Telstra showed more consumers see using biometrics as identification makers as safer and more secure than usernames and passwords and the majority of U.S. consumers using mobile banking applications want

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