Kum & Go Opens Marketplace Prototype in Arkansas

Kum & Go customers in Paragould, Ark. have access to a variety of new offerings at the brand’s recently opened Marketplace prototype. On Friday, June 10, 2016, Kum & Go opened the doors of its new store in Paragould, Ark. The newly constructed 6,200+ square-foot store, which features the brand’s new Marketplace design, is located

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Cumberland Farms Awards $130,000 in Scholarships

Cumberland Farms recently distributed $130,000 in scholarships among 130 talented high school seniors. Cumberland Farms has once again awarded 130 high school seniors the $1,000 Cumberland Farms “Believe & Achieve” Scholarship. This year’s scholarship presentation marks the 10th consecutive year that the brand has distributed the award. From the launch of its scholarship program a

New Kum & Go to Open in Waukee, Iowa

On Thurs., June 16, Kum & Go will become the first retailer in Waukee, Iowa’s Kettlestone development. Kum & Go is scheduled to open the doors of its newly built store in Waukee, Iowa, at 6 a.m. on Thurs., June 16. The brand new store, located at 3105 Grand Prairie Parkway, features the brand’s Marketplace

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Third Oregon Location

Loves continues to strengthen its store network with the opening of its newest travel stop. Boardman, Ore. is now home to the newest Love’s Travel Stops location. This new travel stop offers drivers in northern Oregon a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. The new store is located along Interstate 84 at Exit

NACS Names Applegreen 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn location has earned the company the title of International Convenience Retailer of the Year for its wide array of conveniences and its effective use of space. On June 8, during this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala, NACS awarded the NACS 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award to Applegreen. The

Dover Corp. to Acquire Wayne Fueling Systems

A change in ownership is expected to benefit both Wayne and its customers around the world. Dover Corp. recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wayne Fueling Systems. Wayne is a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies, and the company is currently majority-owned by funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC. “Today’s

Shell Enters Milti-Year Agreement with Chase

Shell customers paying with Chase credit and debit will soon have the option to use mobile payments at the pump. Shell will now be accepting Chase Pay at its stations across the U.S. as a part of a multi-year agreement that the company recently signed with Chase. Chase Pay is a payment service that lets

TravelCenters of America Acquires Five Convenience Stores

TravelCenters will add five Minit Mart locations in Illinois. TravelCenters of America LLC has officially completed it acquisition of five Illinois convenience stores. This previously disclosed transaction includes the acquisition of five Apollo Markets located in Illinois. TravelCenters has announced plans to rebrand each of these stores to the Minit Mart brand, and all of

Thorntons Renews APT License

Thorntons is continuing to fuel its innovation with Applied Predictive Technologies.  Thorntons has officially renewed its license of Applied Predictive Technologies’ (APT) Test & Learn technologies. Their license agreement includes APT’s Test & Learn for Sites, Test & Learn for Customers and Market Basket Analyzer software. Thorntons joins industry leaders, including Wawa, Sunoco, Maverik and

Walmart Tests Grocery Delivery

Beginning in late June, customers in certain markets will have the chance to order their groceries from Walmart online and have them delivered to their door. In an attempt to keep up with the competition that Amazon has imposed on the grocery market, Walmart has announced plans to launch its own grocery delivery service. According

C-Store Driven Out of Business by High Swipe Fees

Is the prevalence of credit and debit card payments driving small businesses into the ground? In mid-May, Quechee Mobil Mart was forced to close its doors for good, as it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy status, and store-owner Sheryl Trainor has laid the blame on credit and debit card acceptance fees. According to a recent

Loyalty Programs Drive Traffic

New data has revealed that return on loyalty programs is now higher than ever, but many loyalty programs are not as effective as they could be. Bond Brand Loyalty has released the 2016 Bond Loyalty Report, its sixth annual consumer loyalty report. Data collected in the report has revealed that a growing number of consumers

Core-Mark Acquires Pine State Convenience

A recent transaction between Core-Mark and Pine State Trading Co. is expected to improve Core-Mark’s financial outlook for 2016. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has officially closed on its purchase of Pine State Convenience. According to a report from StreetInsider.com, Core-Mark now owns the Pine State Convenience division of Gardiner, Maine-based Pine State Trading Co. The

Rutter’s Sponsors Newly Announced Film

Rutter’s has donated $10,000 to the production of a film that features a Central Pennsylvania little league team. A new film featuring a Central Pennsylvania little league baseball team may feature one popular convenience store brand. According to a recent report from Central Penn Business Journal, Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced plans to purchase a

Casey’s General Stores Reports Record Earnings for Fiscal Year 2016

The opening of a second distribution center and the launch of the company’s new mobile app, among other factors, contributed to significant earnings for Casey’s in the recently ended fiscal year.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released data on the company’s financial standings, which have revealed that the company encountered substantial growth during the recent

Parker’s Hires New Inventory Control Lead

One former U.S. Marine Corps supervisor will now serve as Parker’s inventory control lead. Brian McClure will now be responsible for conducting inventory audits at all Parker’s locations, in his new position as the company’s new inventory control lead. A former supervisor in the U.S. Marine Corps, McClure excels at directing others to complete tasks

Thorntons Announces New Store Opening

Thorntons has invited the Blue Island, Ill. community to participate in the celebration of its newest store location. On Friday, June 10, Thorntons Inc. will open the doors of its newest convenience store location in Blue Island, Ill. In celebration of the new store opening, an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held, along with

Greed Could Be Killing Our Industry

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Every now and then I get a request from a vendor that wants to know how their products are selling in our customers’ stores. I don’t mind providing that information. It’s a simple task and if the short amount of time I spend helps our customers, then all the

Plaid Pantries Appoints New President

Plaid Pantry has promoted one of its own board members to the position of company president. Jonathan Polonsky has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Plaid Pantries Inc. to the position of president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Polonsky assumes his new position after being promoted from his previous position of chief

goPuff Convenience Delivery Service to Enter New Markets

goPuff has raised an impressive sum of venture funding as the start-up delivery service gains popularity. The new on-demand convenience store delivery service, goPuff, has announced its intention to expand into new markets. The company recently acquired an $5 million in venture funding from company investor Anthos Capital, bringing goPuff’s Series A investment round total

Walmart Seeks to Set Itself Apart from Grocery Competition

Walmart redesigns produce aisles and bakery departments as a strategy to drive traffic. Walmart is revamping its grocery department in an attempt to attract more consumers with greater variety. According to a report from USA Today, a growing number of Walmart stores are dedicating entire walls to organic produce, gourmet cheeses and fresh sushi. This

Western Refining Looks to Acquire Northern Tier Energy

Western Refining seeks to acquire 260 c-store locations by purchasing Northern Tier Energy. Western Refining has announced plans to acquire Northern Tier Energy (NTI), and the company is now seeking financial means to complete the transaction. A report, published May 18 by the El Paso Times, revealed that Western Refining have requested funds from several

Hershey Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Hershey promotes from within to name new chief operating officer. Michele Buck has been promoted to the position of executive vice president, chief operating officer of The Hershey Co., effective immediately. Buck will continue to report to CEO and chairman of the Board John Bilbrey. Buck, age 54, brings more than 25 years of consumer

7-Eleven Acquires C-Stores from CST Brands

7-Eleven has finalized the purchase of 79 c-stores from CST Brands. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced the finalization of its acquisition of a number of stores from CST Brands Inc. The previously disclosed agreement stated that 7-Eleven, which has been increasing its merchandise capabilities and expanding its store network in North America, will be purchasing 79

Seven & I Holdings and Couche-Tard Eye CST Brands

A number of big name convenience retailers have expressed interest in purchasing CST Brands in hopes of growing their own companies. As low profit margins sweep the nation, convenience stores across the nation move toward consolidation to find savings by growing their companies. Thus, some of the country’s biggest convenience chains are moving in on

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