Healthcare Will Change, but How?

No matter the GOP’s best intentions, reducing Obamacare to nothingness probably won’t happen. However, convenience retailers will have to wait and see what component parts President-elect Donald Trump keeps and what goes away. By CSD Staff Few pieces of legislation in recent U.S. history have endured as much magnification, criticism and accolades as the Patient

Matt Anderson Joins Server Products

Anderson to lead field and laboratory testing, among other tasks in his new role. Server Products has hired Matt Anderson as engineering project application manager. As project application manager, Anderson will lead Server’s efforts in field and laboratory testing, regulatory approvals, and customer engineering support. Prior to joining Server Products, Anderson was head of food-service

More Wage Clashes to Come

Living-wage issues will continue to be a point of contention for convenience stores going forward. However, the industry might have powerful allies waiting in the West Wing. By CSD Staff With just days before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Nov. 22 halted the implementation of a rule that would have

Rutter’s Reaches Donation Record in 2016

Opens six new c-store locations in 2016, spurring community donations. Rutter’s donated $810,000 to central Pennsylvania charities during 2016, raising the company’s charitable giving total to over $6 million in the past decade. It also marks a new annual giving record for Rutter’s. “This has been a huge year for Rutter’s. We opened six new

Kum & Go Opens New Location in Bevington, Iowa

Newly rebuilt store designed for LEED-certified status. Kum & Go has introduced its newest store at 101 East Iowa Highway 92 in Bevington, Iowa. The chain’s latest location opened its doors on Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in central Iowa built with the new Marketplace store design, which

Shuffling the Deck: What the Trump Administration Means for C-Stores

C-store operators are betting that a Trump administration will usher in a more business-friendly environment. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the world of New York real estate, Donald Trump earned a reputation as a self-publicist and an assertive schemer. Now, as the soon-to-be leader of the free world, President-elect Trump is still viewed by

Shaping Clifford Fuel’s Future

With on-the-job training, industry veterans are helping Mike Clifford learn the ins and outs of the competitive convenience store industry. By John Lofstock, Editor Growing up in the convenience store industry is tough. It’s even tougher when the chain is growing and the pressure is on to produce positive results. Welcome to life in the

Murphy USA Opens 1,400th C-Store

New Murphy Express convenience store to serve Lafayette, La. Murphy USA Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its 1,400th location in Lafayette, La. The 3,450-square-foot Murphy Express will be open 24 hours and provide customers competitive low-priced gasoline along with a wide assortment of convenience items. “The opening of our 1,400th location represents another

Chevron Introduces ‘ExtraMile Extras’ Rewards Program

Customers earn free ‘extras’ after five qualifying purchases. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced the launch of its ExtraMile Extras Rewards program to more than 700 ExtraMile locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Since the first store opened more than 10 years ago, the ExtraMile store concept has experienced steady

Americans Drive Over 500 Million Miles on E15

More than 400 stations in 28 states sell E15 fuel today. Growth Energy announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the U.S. have more than 500 million miles driven on

Functional Foods, Beverages Set To Grow

Adults become more health conscious and parents are increasingly concerned about the health of children, fueling the growth of functional products. Technavio research analysts are forecasting that the global functional foods and beverages market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% from 2017-2021. The Technavio report segments the market into two broad categories

C-Store Retailers Optimistic for 2017

Some 79% of retailers and 60% of U.S. fuel consumers are optimistic about the U.S. economy as the New Year begins. Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released by the National Association of

Rutter’s Employees End 2016 With Acts of Kindness

Employees present checks to local charities. To finish 2016, Rutter’s provided many of their employees with $1,000 checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation. Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of: –         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo

Enmarket Donates To Local Nonprofits Through Encourage Health Series

Enmarket works to help Savannah become a healthier community. During its 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series, enmarket has donated $5,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: The Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, Savannah AMBUCS, Savannah Tree Foundation and Urban Hope Inc. In conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, the fuel and convenience

EMV Deadline for Pumps Extended Until 2020

Issues with regulatory-compliant EMV hardware and software to enable most upgrades by 2017 prompted shifting the compliancy deadline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Citing technological and regulatory challenges, Visa, MasterCard and American Express recently announced that the U.S. deadline for installing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card readers at automated fuel pumps has been extended

How To Maintain Foodservice Compliance In Face of U.S. Labor Laws

How does a company ensure their food operation is in compliance with U.S labor regulations? Just as people would trust their health with a doctor, the government trusts restaurant owners and foodservice operators with labor integrity. Shockingly, in a recent article released by Restaurant Business Online, 95% of Restaurants in Austin, Texas, that were audited

Eight Big Trends Ahead for 2017

University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business points to the top trends influencing business in the New Year. The “Amazoning of America,” McDonald’s table service and a lower corporate tax rate are among business developments to watch in 2017, according to a group of professors at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith

Business Leaders Expect Growth in 2017

Express Employment Professionals poll through the Refresh Leadership blog, finds optimism among business professionals. Express Employment Professionals has released new poll results revealing business leaders’ business performance predictions for 2017. Employers were asked, “What are your business performance predictions for 2017?” on the Refresh Leadership blog for executives and business leaders. Of 133 respondents, 58%

Big Red Stores Plans Three Stores for the New Year

New c-stores to feature contemporary design, touchless bathrooms and fresh food items. Big Red Stores is set to introduce three new convenience store locations in 2017 and has already has begun construction of its 34th store in central Arkansas located in Cabot at the corner of Highway 367 and Highway 38. This store will be

Understanding the Hispanic Market

Growing populations warrant c-stores’ investment in Hispanic/Latino communities. By James Johnson, Jr., Terry Johnson and Allan Parnell Hispanics/Latinos continue to reshape our nation’s demography and consumer markets. They are the nation’s youngest consumer group, with a median age of 28 and tend to be brand-loyal consumers, especially when culturally-sensitive marketing and advertising are used to

VERC Enterprises Presents $500 Grant to Local School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps VERC Enterprises invest in local community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.,

Retailers Chase Growth As Clock Runs Out on 2016

Deep discounts keep shoppers buying but retailers fail to boost dollar sales. NPD Holiday Shopping Bag 2016 Weekly Report shows the week seven (ending Dec. 17) holiday shopping push didn’t bringing in the dollar sales of last year. Deep discounts may be driving shoppers into stores but are further delaying the benefits for retailers. According

Wawa Selects Harmelin Media as Media Agency of Record

Harmelin Media set to innovate for Wawa through new and strategic media formats. Wawa is starting the New Year with a new media company. Harmelin Media has been selected as Wawa’s Media Agency of Record effective Jan. 1, 2017. Harmelin will be responsible for various media channels including TV, radio, out-of-home, digital channels and sports

Kum & Go’s Republic, Mo. Store Opens its Doors

An open food preparation area greets c-store customers. Kum & Go opens the doors Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Republic, Mo., at 638 US Highway 60. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Republic built with the new Marketplace store design, which features a variety of unique offerings.