CST Brands Encourages Customers To #SHAREAHERO

New contest aims to drive social engagement and in-store traffic as well as feel-good stories about the everyday heros in people’s lives. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor CST Brands and Corner Store, this week, launched its #SHAREAHERO Sweepstakes, a 360-degree campaign that encourages customers to share stories about the heros that have touched their lives.

Mintel Finds Americans Reverting To Pre-Recession Spending Habits

As the economy rebounds, customers are spending again. Mintel’s flagship report ‘American Lifestyles 2015’ shows that now that the economy is rebounding Americans are going back to their pre-recession habits when it comes to spending and accruing debt. The report gives a comprehensive look at American consumer markets, where over the next five years total

Global Partners Acquires Capitol Petroleum Group Retail Portfolio

The $156 million deal includes 51 retail locations and seven dealer supply accounts in New York City and 46 retail locations in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., market. Capitol Petroleum Group (CPG) has divested a large portion of its portfolio to Global Partners LP in a $156 million deal that includes 97 Mobil- and Exxon-branded retail gas

Buc-ee’s Posts Employee Pay

New signage shows Buc-ee’s is committed to compensating its c-store employees at a competitive rate. Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores, since the second quarter of 2015, has been sharing with its customers how much it pays its c-store employees via signs posted at its locations, according a Gazette Review article posted to the chain’s Website. The Website

7-Eleven Debuts Airport Terminal Store

Travelers and airport employees at LAX can soon meet all their convenience needs at the new 7-Eleven store in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. 7-Eleven is set to open its first U.S. airport terminal store in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Westfield and LS travel retail North America, the concessionaire operating the location, plans to

Why You Should Learn To Love Negative Customer Feedback

Irate shoppers might be hard to handle, but they’re giving your store an opportunity to retain their revenue. Did you know that more than eight in 10 shoppers don’t even give retailers an opportunity to right a poor customer experience? That’s why shoppers who vocally vent frustration should be a welcome sight. It’s the c-store

The Pantry’s Collupy Joins W. Capra Consulting Group

Ed Collupy to act as executive consultant for W. Capra.   W. Capra Consulting Group is welcoming Ed Collupy as its new executive consultant. W. Capra Consulting Group is a retail technology, payments, security and strategic implementation firm. Collupy joins W. Capra from The Pantry Inc., which recently merged with Couche-Tard. At the Pantry, Collupy

Enmark Stations Rebrands as ‘enmarket’

Convenience store name change looks to reflect the chain’s commitment to healthy and fresh foods. Enmark Stations is embarking on a new imaging and branding this week, changing its convenience store banner to ‘enmarket.’ The new imaging and branding will be unveiled at store #10, located at 14000 Abercorn St. across from the Savannah Mall.

Kum & Go Fundraises for Habitat for Humanity

Kum & Go is donating more than $480,000 to Habitat for Humanity International and helping to build a home for a low-income family in Sioux Falls, S.D. In March, Kum & Go and Habitat announced an expanded partnership that resulted in customer contributions exceeding $275,000, as well as a corporate donation of $206,000. This is

7-Eleven’s Zero-Franchise Fee Offer Set To Expire

Potential 7-Eleven franchisees have until the end of June to gain a store without paying the franchise fee. 7‑Eleven Inc.’s Zero Franchise Fee Initiative continues until June 30. The c-store behemoth is waving the franchise fee on approximately 250 select U.S. 7‑Eleven stores, offering a savings of up to $80,000. The stores are located across

How To Turn a Hot Dog Into A Free Vacation

Turkey Hill’s sweepstakes will send lucky c-store customers on a free trip. Turkey Hill is tempting customers with the chance to win its Sizzlin’ Summer Getaway vacation. A Turkey Hill Rewards Card and a hot dog, fountain drink or slushey could become a ticket to a free vacation for Grand Prize winners of the Sizzlin’

New Website Answers C-store Retailers’ Questions On Flex Fuels

Site includes first hand stories from convenience store retailers about their experiences. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has introduced a new Website to assist gas and fuel marketers with their questions about E15, E85 and other flex fuel blends. The move is part of the ACE’s ongoing retailer-focused campaign called Flex Fuel Forward. “When

Wawa Welcome America To Kick Off In Philadelphia

For the sixth year, c-store chain Wawa sponsors Welcome America treating customers to free beverages and fun activities. Wawa Inc. is embarking on its sixth year as the title sponsor of the Philadelphia region’s biggest Independence Day celebration: Wawa Welcome America. The festival includes eight days of activities, and this year Wawa plans to introduce

Google Introduces Android Pay

Stores equipped with NFC technology can begin offering customers the ability to pay with their Android phone. Google introduced a new digital wallet called Android Pay, which lets customers pay using their smartphones, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, May 28, The Wired reported Android Pay will be available on select

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Cut Artificial Ingredients

In response to customer demand, Yum Brands is switching to ingredients customers can recognize. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut—both owned by Yum Brands Inc.—are removing artificial colors and flavors from their foods as customers demand more natural food and transparency when it comes to ingredients. For example, instead of “black pepper flavor,” Taco Bell plans

Sunoco Bottles Gasoline-Scented Cologne

New racing track and gasoline scented fragrance launches as part of a social media campaign. Sunoco Racing has debuted “The Essence of Racing,” in a new fragrance called Burnt Rubbér as part of a wider social media campaign that is sure to draw attention. Sunoco has joined forces with racing stars Jimmie Johnson, Graham Rahal

Core-Mark To Webcast Investment Conference Presentation

Both the live and archived presentation will be available on Core-Mark’s Website. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is featuring a Webcast of its presentation from the Stephens Spring Investment Conference on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 beginning at 2 p.m. EST. The live Webcast will be available on the company’s Website. An archived replay of the presentation

How To Make Your C-store Shine

Convenience store retailers can follow this easy checklist from Cintas to better clean their stores this spring. As convenience store retailers prepare for summer traffic and warm temperatures, Cintas Corp. introduced a checklist to show c-store retailers how to shed the final remnants of winter grime and dirt and help their stores shine. “After an

Nielsen Finds Consumer Confidence Cautiously Growing in 2015

Spending among U.S. consumers picked up in the first quarter of 2015, but many customers continue to struggle financially. Nielsen’s Q1 2015 Consumer Confidence Report examined 30,000 consumers in 60 countries and found consumer optimism is on the rise so far this year, although many consumer continue in a recessionary mindset. U.S. results were widely

Fresh & Easy Introduces New Bakery Offering

Wild Oats Organic line of muffins and cakes to provide convenient bakery options for customers as part of its new vision of modern convenience. Fresh & Easy is appealing to health conscious customers by making organic products more available, affordable and now even more delicious with the introduction of some of the first lines of

7-Eleven Listed Among BrandZ’s Top Retail Brands

7-Eleven joins Walgreens, CVS on Retail Top 20 list, showing convenience is a key trend. 7-Eleven took the No. 17 spot on BrandZ’s Retail Top 20 list, part of its 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. The appearance of 7-Eleven in the BrandZ Retail Top 20 for the first time confirms the strength of the

Love’s Travel Stops Aids Drivers With New Tire Service

TirePass rolls out to 75 sites, and is expected to be at all locations by end of summer. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted TirePass, a new system designed to inflate tires automatically, offering fleets and drivers a way to stay on the road longer by catching potential problems before they occur. Love’s TirePass is now

Gas King Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Gas King becomes first Canadian c-store retailer to team with OpenStore, introducing a complete digital marketing solution. Gas King introduced its new mobile app and Website this month to become the first Canadian convenience store retailer to partner with OpenStore by GasBuddy to better reward and connect with its c-store customers. OpenStore is a complete

BP Adds New Cost-Effective Loyalty Program For C-store Retailers

Gas station loyalty program features three great card options and the same low fees for c-store marketers. BP has launched a simpler Driver Rewards loyalty program, providing BP-branded gas stations with an easier and more cost-effective program to manage. Gas station and c-store customers visiting the BP-branded sites now have the option of choosing between

Fast Max Convenience Stores Grows Annual Fuel Volumes

Fast Max sees improved fuel gross profits with PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software. Kocolene, operator of 22 Fast Max convenience stores throughout Indiana and Kentucky, experienced a 3% increase in 2014 fuel volume sales after just one year of using PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software—exceeding the national average increase by 2%. At the same time, the fuel