Growth Energy Testifies Before EPA on REGS Rule

Chris Bliley outlines concerns about impact of REGS Rule on developing market for E15. On Dec. 6 at a hearing in Chicago, Chris Bliley, director of regulatory affairs for Growth Energy testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. During his testimony, Bliley outlined Growth Energy’s concern

VERC Enterprises Awards Veterans Free Car Wash

Nearly 200 veterans took advantage of the special Veterans Day deal. VERC Enterprises Veterans Day program a success; company provides 186 service men and women with free car wash and wax Some 186 military veterans took good advantage of a Veterans Day program at VERC Enterprises that offered a free top tier car wash and

McLane To Service 29 C-Stores Acquired by Mirabito

McLane now handles all of Mirabito’s c-store locations in the Eastern region, bringing the total to more than 100 stores. McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions throughout the U.S., has been awarded services for 29 Xtra Mart c-store locations recently acquired by Binghamton, N.Y. -based Mirabito

Love’s Travel Stops Stock Up on Holiday Gifts

Customers can find something for everyone on their list at Love’s this holiday season. From toys to turntables to drones, Love’s Travel Stops offer gift options for all generations this holiday season. “We take pride in offering quality gift items for our customers because we want to meet as many of their needs as possible,”

IRI Examines Consumers’ Alcoholic Beverage Habits

Millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers make in-store shopping trips more than once per week, and 40% of buyers walk into the store undecided on what product to purchase Information Resources Inc. has released a new study that analyzes the alcoholic beverage habits of U.S. consumers. The study revealed, although drinks of choice differed among

RILA Survey Finds Voters Oppose Swipe Fees

Some 63% of Trump voters believe banks are taking advantage of retailers. A survey conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Research on behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) found voters who cast a ballot in 2016 believe that banks are taking advantage of retailers and oppose the fees that merchants are charged every time

‘Purple Up The Pump’ Raises Funds for Alzheimer’s Association

Volta Oil associates help raise a whopping $106,391. Volta Oil employees and customers went the extra mile in fighting Alzheimer’s this year, increasing store collections by 45%. In its sixth year, Rapid Refill’s annual campaign ‘Purple Pump Up’ has once again exceeded expectations, raising an astonishing $106,391 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Having raised

Walmart Tests New C-Store Concept

A gas-grocery combo where customers can pick up online orders looks to compete in the convenience market. Walmart is again trying its hand at the convenience market with a new concept called Walmart Pickup and Fuel. The chain is testing a location in Huntsville, Ala. and Thornton, Colo. Business Insider reported that the new Walmart

Mountain Express Oil Optimizes Fuel Pricing Strategies

Partners with PriceAdvantage to maximize fuel volumes and profitability. Mountain Express Oil Co. has partnered with PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, to streamline and automate site-specific fuel pricing strategies for 70 commission sites throughout the U.S. “Mountain Express is creating a powerful commission model which utilizes software to

EMV Fuel Pump Compliance Date Moves to 2020

Retailers have three extra years to become compliant. Mastercard and Visa are changing the automatic fuel dispenser liability shift date from October 2017 to October 2020. This decision applies only to automated fuel pumps. In a press release, Mastercard noted, “EMV compliance for fuel merchants with Automatic Fuel Dispensers brings significant regulatory and implementation challenges.

Sheetz To Transition to Cage-Free Eggs

Sheetz works to balance safety standards along with consumer demand and supply as it looks to go cage-free by 2025. Sheetz is committing to making a move toward cage-free eggs, with the goal of selling only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025. The shift is a component of its efforts toward offering a wide

Dekorra, Wis. Love’s Travel Stop Opens

Amenities include a Hardee’s restaurant and more than 70 parking spaces. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Dekorra, Wis.—its fifth travel stop in the state. The new location brings 73 truck-parking spots to Interstate 39/90, Exit 115. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more customers with the ‘Clean Places,

Sheetz Reaffirms Commitment To $47,500 Base Salary

Despite judge’s FLSA injunction, Sheetz plans to continue with planned salary increases. Sheetz has announced that all of the company’s salaried employees will earn a minimum base salary of $47,500 per year. The decision was made in connection to the proposed Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, which called

Kum & Go Celebrates New Marketplace Store Opening

First 99 customers to receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is set to open a new eco-friendly convenience store in West Des Moines Iowa on Dec. 1. The new store, located at 220 EP True Parkway will open its doors at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store

Food Gifts On The Rise

As the winter holidays approach, food gift purchases are expected to rise. Packaged Facts’ August 2016 market research report “Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition,” took a look at trends and innovations when it comes to gifting food. Innovations in seasonal gifts are becoming more personalized and designed for specific recipients. Targeting specific demographics

7- Eleven Introduces Four Palm Beach County C-Stores

An additional five stores in the Palm Beach County and a total of 20 stores in Southeast Florida are expected to open in 2017. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of four Palm Beach County c-stores by inviting local residents to store opening events that feature giveaways and free product samples. 7-Eleven plans to

EPA Finalizes Fuel Volume Requirements

Standards are expected to boost growth in biofuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, announced on Nov. 23, EPA finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel,

Parker’s Old Headquarters Find A New Use

New urban lofts now sit above Parker’s Market. Parker’s former headquarters has been converted into luxury loft vacation rentals for long-term or short-term use. The old headquarters building is at 222 Drayton St. in Savannah, Ga. Located directly above Parker’s Market, the urban lofts are elegantly appointed with stylish décor and feature sleek kitchen areas,

GPM Investments Donates to JGCF

C-stores raise funds to fight childhood cancer. GPM Investments LLC’s Village Pantry and Next Door Store convenience stores donated more than $32,500 to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF). Funds raised during their 2016 Icon Campaign will aid in the support of childhood cancer research. From June 20 through July 10 of this year, 161

VERC Enterprises Participates in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fundraiser

Helps raise $2,350 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently did its part to help the Suffolk University Fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon raise $2,350 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Nov. 12, VERC Enterprises donated $2 for every

Chevron, Texaco Customers Can Win Super Bowl LI Trip

Customers who swipe their Visa card at the pump are entered to win. Chevron through its partnership with Visa is offering customers a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. customers will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI from Visa when using

NRF Demands Further Action From Visa

After Visa changes its rules due to an FTC investigation, NRF calls on the card company to ensure removal of screens doesn’t void certification of retailers’ EMV systems. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Visa’s announcement on Nov. 22 that it will no longer use EMV technology and rules to improperly steer debit card transactions

Rutter’s Announces ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Recipients

Rewards members select three charities to receive donations. Rutter’s is set to award three local charities with a total of $75,000—$25,000 each, after the c-store chain’s “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. This is the second consecutive year Rutter’s has offered this program. Vote With Your Dollars enables customers to utilize the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Retailers Fight Card Companies Over Rights to Pricing Transparency

Anti-surcharge laws are anti-competitive retailers allege. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the Retail Council of New York State, Florida Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Designs vs. Schneiderman. The case takes up the issue of whether state no-surcharge laws unconstitutionally restrict retailers

Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend