Millennials Contradict Slacker Stereotype

Gen Y showing more intensity and resiliency in job search, Snagajob data finds. Millennials are proving more ambitious in their job searches, re-engaging at a faster rate and applying for more jobs compared to older job seekers, according to Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers. Snagajob, which hosts more than


Parker’s Hires Jeff Bush as Director of Fuel Services

“Jeff’s military background, commitment to excellence and attention to detail make him an excellent addition to the Parker’s team,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s recently hired Jeff Bush as Director of Fuel Services. In his new position, Bush is responsible for overseeing fuel logistics, pricing strategies, supply costs and supplier negotiations. He previously served as business


Basic, Necessary, Affordable Business Insurance

Whether it’s a fire, a natural disaster or protecting yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits, convenience store operators must have the proper coverage to protect their investments. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Can any convenience store chain, franchisee or independent gasoline marketer withstand the financial hit of a fire that results in a two-month shutdown of


Industry Awaits Delayed Swipe Fee Ruling

At presstime, Tuesday’s expected ruling on the proposed swipe fee settlement by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Court has not yet been issued. The ruling is part of a series steps before the $7.2 billion proposed settlement can take effect. The proposed settlement was announced on  July 13, 2012, and received preliminary


Elliott Management Makes Nominations To Hess Corp. Board

$21.5 billion private investment firm urges strategic and operational review. Elliott Management Corp. recently sent a letter to shareholders of Hess Corp., urging them to elect at the Company’s 2013 Annual Meeting the following slate of five independent directors to the Board: Rodney Chase – Former Deputy Chief Executive, BP plc Harvey Golub – Former


Meat Snacks Go Gourmet

Innovative flavors and new packaging target female and young snackers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Manufacturers are finding other ways to woo women into choosing their products over chips and cookies when mid-day hunger pangs strike. One way is by emphasizing the snacks’ “better-for-you” attributes. Oh Boy! Oberto retooled its recipes to make them all-natural,


Tedeschi Food Shops Honored By Social Media Award

Tedeschi responds to CSD’s first annual social media awards. Tedeschi Food Shops noted it is honored to be the recipient of the Convenience Store Decisions’ Facebook Growth Award. The Tedeschi Food Shops Facebook Fan Page grew 1,663% in 2012. “Serving and delighting our customers is our passion. Social media allows us to engage our customers


MAPCO, U.S. Postal Service Partner

“The business partnership we’ve established with MAPCO is a real win for the community,” says USPS spokesperson. Mailing a letter in Memphis just got easier. MAPCO convenience stores recently teamed with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to offer four new contracted postal units in Memphis, the Memphis Business Journal reported. The units aim to provide


Susser Provides Fourth Quarter Results

Analyst day set for March 21 in Houston. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP have provided partial operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2012, Susser Holdings expects to report: • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 5.8%, compared to growth of 5% for the year-earlier


Empire Petroleum Acquires Besche Oil Co.

“The Besche Oil acquisition illustrates Empire’s continued ability to exercise on our growth plans, especially in our local market,” says Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has acquired the fuel distribution rights of The Besche Oil Co., a Waldorf, Md.-based distributor that supplies branded and unbranded fuel to gas stations throughout Eastern Maryland. The addition

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Record Growth For Kum & Go

In biggest-ever expansion, Kum & Go built 43 stores in 2012. It was a banner year for Kum & Go. In 2012, the privately held convenience store chain built a record 43 new stores in nine states—more than double its previous record of 21 new stores in 2009. The chain’s total reach is now 430


Mutual Oil Co. Sells 19 Gas Stations

The wholesale assets were purchased by a number of buyers, including Alliance Energy LLC, regional jobbers and individual store operators. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has announced the successful sale of 19 gas station and convenience store wholesale assets for Mutual Oil Co. Inc. The wholesale assets have been sold to multiple buyers, including Alliance


7-Eleven Aids Last Minute Shoppers

From batteries to gift cards, shoppers can find what they need at 7-Eleven, where the doors are open all holiday season. The holiday season is bookended by two frenzied shopping periods. The first one begins with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Thanksgiving Day itself—the new Gray Thursday as some have called it. This year


Lehigh Gas Acquires Express Lane

The acquisition helps Lehigh achieve expansion beyond its core geographic footprint in the Northeast and gain property in a highly-trafficked metro market, says Lehigh CEO. Lehigh Gas Partners LP (LGP) has completed the acquisition of Express Lane Inc. of Lynn Haven, Fla., including Express Lane’s 45 motor fuel sites in the Florida “panhandle” region. The


Murphy Oil Teams With Walmart To Build Over 200 Fuel Stations

Construction process to span three years. Murphy Oil Corp.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA Inc., has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to provide access to more than 200 new locations within its core market area, covering the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. Under the terms of the agreement, Murphy USA will have the

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Pilot Flying J Donates $100,000

Honors military veterans through Wreaths Across America. This holiday season, hundreds of thousands of wreaths were placed on the tombstones and memorials of the nation’s fallen heroes thanks to Wreaths Across America (WAA). With the help of professional drivers and customers across the nation, Pilot Flying J was proud to contribute $100,000 to the WAA


Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

Rincon, Ga.’s new 4,500-square-foot Parker’s c-store features a gourmet coffee bar, fountain soda with Chewy Ice, fresh-brewed iced tea and a full selection of snacks and drinks. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, has opened a new state-of-the-art store in Rincon, Ga. in response to customer demand. The 30th Parker’s location, located at the site


Susser Opens New Stripes Stores

Management to ring opening bell at the NYSE Today to celebrate Susser Holdings’ move to the big board. Susser Petroleum acquired four newly constructed Stripes convenience stores from Susser Holdings Corp. yesterday, in addition to four stores previously acquired during the month of November.  The total cost to Susser Petroleum to acquire these eight stores


The Car Wash Show Heads To Vegas

Join the International Carwash Association this April for the latest on new products and strategies for your car wash. International Carwash Association has announced that the 2013 Car Wash Show is set for April 22–24, 2013, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Car Wash Show, the largest car wash event


Steps to Success in Opening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

Dannon Foodservice and YoCream University help operators succeed. Whether operators plan to open a frozen yogurt shop, need expert advice to help take their stores to the next level, or want to connect with people who can help grow their businesses, YoCream University may be their first step to success.  YoCream, a brand of Dannon


Market Domination Strategies to Boost Retail Profits

Companies have many options when it comes to gaining market share and increasing profits. Learn about strategic marketing and the tools companies are using to their advantage. By Betsi Bixby, Contributing Editor. One of my greatest joys is when clients discover strategies and develop game plans that result in market domination. What does it take


Sustainable Steps for Conserving Energy

Kum & Go goes large with LEED certification, while smaller operators are opting for lighting upgrades. What can your store do to grow sustainability? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Regardless of a convenience store chain’s size, opportunities exist for improving the bottom line through energy efficiency, both by reducing operations costs and by attracting environmentally-focused


Are Fresh & Easy’s Days Numbered?

Tesco evaluates the U.S. grocery chain before making a final decision. British supermarket chain Tesco is evaluating whether to close its struggling American Fresh & Easy grocery store venture after it failed to deliver acceptable shareholder returns, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The chain spans 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, which are often


Starbucks Unveils Accelerated Global Growth Plans

My Starbucks Rewards program to enable customers to earn Starbucks stars— redeemable for free beverages and food at Starbucks retail stores —when they purchase Starbucks-branded products in CPG channels. Starbucks reaffirmed its leadership position and growth agenda across its global retail, emerging brands and CPG channels at its biennial Investor Conference. “Starbucks business and brand


Thorntons Opens First Florida Location

Some 15-20 Thorntons stores are scheduled to open in Florida over the next three years. Thorntons is set to debut its first Florida location with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.   The new store is located at 1698 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater. Clearwater Chamber of Commerce members, Tony Harris,