CrossAmerica to Acquire State Oil Co. Asssets

CrossAmerica will attain valuable properties in the Chicago area as a part of a newly announced transaction. CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Libertyville, Ill. based State Oil Co. for total consideration of $45 million. The assets consist of 59 fee sites, including 55 Lessee Dealer accounts,

Mark VII Reaches 50 Year Milestone

Car wash industry innovator celebrates 50 years of business.  Mark VII Equipment Inc. is currently commemorating its 50th year in business. Mark VII, the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, was founded in 1966, when it became one of the pioneers of automatic car washing. The company is now a market leader in

Eby-Brown to Open New Distribution Center

A new distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced that it will soon open a new distribution center in Shepherdsville, Ken. This new, state-of-the-art 300,000 square foot distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South market. The distribution center will open January 2nd,

NRF Approves of New Legislation Regarding Overtime Regulations

The harmful effects of the new overtime regulations may be somewhat alleviated by new legislation. Representative Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., has introduced new legislation proposing that the Labor Department’s new overtime regulations be phased in, rather than implemented all at once. If implemented, the new proposal would reduce the damage that the new overtime regulations will

Chevron is Fueling Education

Chevron recently donated funds to 24 school districts to help fund STEM education programs.  As a part of the company’s month-long “Energy for Learning” series, Chevron awarded grants totaling $1.4 million to 24 school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay, Calif. area. These grants will be used to fund local Science, Technology,

Kum & Go Announces New Iowa Location

Kum & Go is offering a wide variety of amenities to customers in Rock Springs, Wyo. at its newly built store.  At 6 a.m. on Thurs., July 14, Kum & Go opened the doors to its newly built location in Rock Springs, Wyo. The new store is located at 3910 Foothill Boulevard. The brand new,

The Guess Corp. Seeks to Acquire C-Stores

The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire 1,000 convenience store/gas station units. Through one of its subsidiaries, The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire a number of convenience store/gas station units over the next year. The acquired units may include both branded and unbranded locations. The company intends to acquire at least 1,000 units over

Thorntons Announces Opening of New Illinois Location

Thorntons’ newest store offers an array of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch items for on-the-go customers. On Friday, July 15, 2016, Thorntons Inc. will be hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony and a check presentation in celebration of the opening of its new store located at 476 North York Road Elmhurst, Ill. 60126. The check

Alon USA Energy Reviews Strategic Alternatives

Alon has yet to reach a decision regarding the possible merger with Delek US Holdings Inc. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s Board of Directors recently formed a Special Committee to review strategic alternatives for the company’s future. Since its formation, the Special Committee, which is comprised of members who have no affiliation with Delek US Holdings Inc.,

What Will That Meeting Cost You?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Before you call your next meeting, calculate the hourly salary/wage of all those attending and multiply by the number of hours you think it will take. This exercise will usually make you reconsider. However, if a meeting is really needed, you can make it shorter by doing one or all

Parker’s Hires New District Manager

Parker’s has chosen a highly successful industry veteran to serve as one of the company’s district managers. Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s has hired Scott Morris, an industry veteran, to serve as district manager for the company. Morris has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, and in his new position he is responsible

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Expansion in Los Angeles

Plans have been made to open eight new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Los Angeles. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee Precision Hospitality & Development to develop eight new restaurants in Los Angeles. The first restaurant under the new agreement is planned to open in 2018. This agreement closes out

Don’t Help Your Competition…

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics When you get a call asking for a reference on a STAR employee who left you, you’ve just been put on notice that he or she is looking for a new job. So, before you share any information, tell the caller that you will have to call the former employee

Give Your Team Something or Someone to Beat

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In sports, the goal is always clear cut… outscore the opponent. You can motivate your work team in a similar way. Whether it’s to outperform a competitor or beat last year’s production record, when you give your employees a definite, measureable target, everyone will pull together and get behind the

Rutter’s Opens 63rd C-Store

New Rutter’s marks Northward expansion. With the opening of a new store in Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa., Rutter’s is continuing its 2016 expansion. The new store will mark Rutter’s 63rd convenience location. This new Rutter’s is farther North than any previous Rutter’s store. The doors to the new store will open to the public on

Starbucks Announces Plans for Wage Increase

Starbucks is planning significant wage increases for all of its employees. Following recent accusations from employees that Starbucks Corp. has drastically cut employee hours in the U.S., the company has announced that it will soon be raising wages for all of its workers. According to a new report from Yahoo Finance, the coffee chain has

Free Fruit Available to Children at Family Express

Changes are coming to Family Express stores as a part of the company’s new “Better For You” initiative. As a part of an initiative to expand access to healthy foods, Family Express c-stores are now offering a free piece of fruit to children 12 and under. According to a report from the NWI Times, the

Western Refining Helps Send Kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp

Western Refining raised $600,000 to help send kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp. Western Refining has announced that more than 260 company stores raised $600,000 during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp pinup program to help kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases experience a week of fun and friendship at MDA Summer

Kroger Increases Sustainability Efforts

Among other new commitments, Kroger has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020. The Kroger Co. is working towards greater sustainability with new commitments to increase its responsible sourcing and improve its eco-stewardship by 2020. Kroger’s new sustainability goals include: Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of

7-Eleven Strives for Sustainability

7-Eleven has made changes in three major focus areas to help build a healthier planet. In partnership with Conservation International (CI), 7-Eleven is working to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals in an attempt to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. 7-Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015

Fiesta Mart Acquires 11 Dallas Stores

Fiesta Mart expands its Texas store base to 70 through a new acquisition. Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC is increasing the number of stores it operates with the acquisition of 11 Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from RLS Supermarkets LLC. Fiesta is a specialty grocery retailer known for its international offerings that cater

Mass Markets are Dead, Long Live the Mom and Pops

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week, a friend was complaining about the fact that he had gained thirty-pounds since Christmas, and he didn’t know where it came from. Neither could he recall any unintentional life changes. He didn’t sit down and eat one, 30-pound meal in a single sitting, that’s for sure. If

Moving Forward

In many family convenience stores, next-generation leaders are helping forge their companies’ futures. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the U.S., 97% of family businesses don’t survive past the third generation, according to the Family Business Institute. No doubt that among those elevated statistics are convenience store entrepreneurs who had a succession plan, but determined

What C-Stores Can Learn From Submarines

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions Famed management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker, but of the manager.” This is especially true with younger employees who often lack workforce experience. This is where great leadership can have its biggest impact. Setting expectations for your

BW Gas & Convenience Acquires Multiple Iowa Stores

As part of a rapid expansion project, BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is acquiring over 20 stores from Kum & Go. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, has announced that it will soon be closing on the acquisition of 21 convenience stores from Kum & Go L.C. All

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