CITGO, ClassWish Launch Fueling Education Promotion

Registration opens for teachers to win $1,000 in school supplies. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched its Fueling Education Promotion, a new program with ClassWish that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. From April 15 through July 7, 2013, K-12 public school teachers can


Susser Provides First Quarter 2013 Operating Results

Earnings conference call set for May 8. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP today provided partial operating results for the first quarter of 2013.  Susser Holdings expects to report:     • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4.2%.     • Retail average per-store fuel volume growth of approximately 4.1%. New Locations Update Susser Holdings opened


FBI Investigates Pilot Flying J

Haslam says Pilot Flying J is cooperating with FBI. The FBI secured Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J headquarters Monday, NBC Sports reported. It remains unclear why FBI and IRS officials are looking into Pilot Flying J, run by Jimmy Haslam, who is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns. Haslam said in a statement that


Kangaroo Express Introduces New Mobile App

Customers can download the free smartphone app to find their next RooCup refill and unlock $30 in digital coupons. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., has launched its new mobile app, allowing guests to quickly find nearby store locations, unlock exclusive in-store savings and more. The Kangaroo Express mobile app is free to download


Atlas Oil Launches Earth Market Stores

Atlas to host Chicago-area store grand opening on Earth Day. Atlas Oil is set to launch its all new convenience store concept—Earth Market—on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013 with a grand opening at its Frankfort Store located at 16 E. Lincoln Hwy. in Frankfort, Ill. Local influential and company personnel will be on hand


Express Mart Raises Over $50,000 For MDA

Buddy Bass Tournament and Shamrock sales aid cause. Home Service Oil Co.’s annual Buddy Bass Tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in April raised approximately $50,000, thanks to a combination of Shamrock sales in Express Mart Convenience Stores and 61 two-person teams who participated in the fishing tournament fundraiser.   Tournament winners Scott


Circle K Renews Exclusive Agreement With MoneyGram

Adds money transfer and bill payment services.   Circle K, the nation’s second-largest convenience store chain has renewed its exclusive relationship with MoneyGram, a global money transfer company.  Circle K has also expanded its product offerings to include money transfer and bill payment services in addition to the money order service MoneyGram previously provided to


Motivating Employees Through Gamification

Gamification is one way to increase employee productivity and morale, noted Linda McKenna-Welch during a breakout session at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit. Linda McKenna-Welch, principal of Employee Performance Strategies Inc., spoke with retailers on how to revolutionize employee performance through gamification during a breakout session on human capital and operations at


NACS SOI Summit Reveals Industry Performance, Opportunities

A strong 2012 brought $700.3 billion in sales, but opportunities exist to grow foodservice, and drive customer spending on trips in 2013. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit took place in Chicago on April 10-11, giving retailers an overview of the economy, industry statistics, and the challenges that are just ahead. Glenn Plumby,


Tedeschi Outlines Challenges Facing Retailers At SOI Summit

Peter Tedeshi points out that while retailers can’t control all challenges facing the industry in 2013, there are many they can begin to influence. Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO, Tedeschi Food Shops Inc., CSD’s Convenience Store Chain of the Year, closed out the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, with


Plan Today For The Loyalty And Payment Technology Of Tomorrow

During a session at the NACS SOI Summit, experts advised retailers to have a road map leading to the technology of tomorrow, instead of just planning for today’s rewards program. At the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, John Keenan, principal, Anthem Marketing Solutions and Patrick Raycroft, managing partner, W.


NRF Announces Industry Perception Campaign

Campaign to focus on original research, digital content—video, social media, customized Website. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced a new initiative to broaden and enhance perceptions of the industry beyond providing consumers with great products. NRF’s This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation campaign, will highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen


NOCO Raises Over $20,000 For MDA

Customers at NOCO Express buy paper shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees recently made March a very lucky month for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by donating a record $20,265 in the annual “Share the Shamrock Spirit” in-store campaign. From Feb. 17 to March 17, customers could


Wawa C-store Planned For St. Petersburg

Agree Realty Corp. has closed on the acquisition of a parcel of land located at the southwest quadrant of 34th Street and 38th Avenue in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the development of a Wawa convenience store with fuel. The project is pre-leased under a long-term ground lease agreement and is expected to be completed during


Rutter’s Breaks Ground On 58th Convenience Store

New location to offer 12 gas fueling spaces, an espresso bar and free Wi-Fi. Rutter’s Farm Stores recently broke ground on its largest store to date in Mountville, Pa., the 58th store for the central Pennsylvania-based chain. The 6,280-square-foot store will offer the extensive menu that earned Rutter’s recognition for Best Coffee, Best Quick Service


McMahon Named One of Nation’s Top HR Executives

Cumberland Gulf Group executive recognized for top performance. John McMahon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been selected by the ranking committee of ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives, as a “Top Private Company HR Executive” for 2012. The rankings are the result of two


Valero Approves Spinoff

After stock distribution, CST Brands will be an independent, publicly traded company. Valero Energy Corp. on Thursday approved the spinoff of its retail business, effective May 1, San Antonio Express News reported. San Antonio-based Valero’s  board of directors approved a plan to distribute 80% of the outstanding shares of the new company, CST Brands Inc.,


Stripes Fundraises For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) is proud to announce that more than 550 Stripes Convenience Stores will be raising funds this month for needed pediatric equipment, treatments and recovery to benefit local sick and injured kids. Donations from the ninth annual Miracle Balloon


Kum & Go Opens New Colorado Springs Store

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go, L.C. has announced the opening of a new Kum & Go store today in Colorado Springs, at 620 E. Fillmore St. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to nine stores in Colorado Springs and to 49 stores throughout Colorado.

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CITGO Continues Sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus

Funds support national children’s literacy program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is renewing its sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus, one of the first Fueling Good winners and a nationwide advocate for literacy. Throughout 2013, Bess will travel to schools, community centers, shelters and after-school programs in more than 30 cities across the country, while also continuing


NATSO Foundation Doubles Bill Moon Scholarships

Applications accepted until May 1, 2013. The NATSO Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time in 20 years it is doubling the financial awards granted under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education. The NATSO Foundation will award


The 2013 Convenience Store Human Resources Study

Nearly 100 convenience store chains representing more than 12,000 stores offered insights on employee salaries, hiring trends and labor costs. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics. In order to support convenience store operators as they plan and forecast their human resources investments over the next 12 months, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our


BP Launches First Brand-Wide Fuel Loyalty Program

BP Driver Rewards offers cents-per-gallon fuel savings. BP Products North America Inc. has announced the launch of BP Driver Rewards, a fuel loyalty program that offers consumers a smarter way to save money on quality gasoline. Now available at participating BP stations, the program features a free loyalty card that rewards customers with savings on


Parker’s Breaks Ground On Newest Convenience Store

The Bloomingdale, Ga. site marks Parker’s 31st location. Parker’s officially broke ground this week on its latest state-of-the-art store in Bloomingdale, Ga., in response to customer demand. The Bloomingdale store, located at Hwy. 80 and Zeigler Road, will offer discounted gasoline as well as nearly 4,000 square feet of retail space. The company’s 31st location


Fuel Rewards Network Brings Big Savings At Shell

Since the program’s launch in 2012 customers have saved more than $68 million. Shell knows that paying less for fuel continues to be top of mind and consumers are hungry for a loyalty rewards program that will help them drop their price at the pump. The Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program, the first-of-its-kind national program,