LFFO Using Automation To Speed Delivery

Partnership with Descartes optimizes planning and scheduling to deliver fresh produce to market shelves in record time. Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is using the Descartes Route Planner On-demand solution to more efficiently deliver freshly-picked produce to wholesale markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) members. “Our mission is to deliver healthy, high-quality food within 24

Family Express Partners With Watchfire Signs

As Family Express moves into made-to-order foodservice it installs Watchfire electronic message centers. Family Express has selected Watchfire Signs to provide digital signage for its convenience store locations throughout the Midwest. Named the 2015 Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, Family Express is pivoting into made-to-order foodservice and needed a digital marketing platform

Delek Proposes Completing Alon USA Acquisition

Delek looks to purchase outstanding shares of Alon USA. After purchasing part of Alon USA last year, Delek US Holdings is looking to take its acquisition of the company’s assets further. Delek, on Friday, Oct. 14, delivered non-binding letter to special committee of the board of Alon USA, in which it proposed a potential business

TA Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

New restaurant marks 61st opened by TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced that the TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Matthews located at I-55 Exit 58 (854 State Hwy 80), in Matthews, Mo. The new Popeyes

Kroger Stores in North Carolina Donate To Hurricane Matthew Relief

Joins forces with American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide supplies. Kroger’s 14 North Carolina stores are donating more than $60,000 in goods to Hurricane Matthew-impacted locations within North Carolina. Kroger has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide the supplies needed to bring relief to the

Break Time Debuts MyTime Rewards Program

Loyalty program powered by Paytronix rolling out to 74 Break Time c-stores this December. MFA Oil’s retail division, Break Time, a chain of convenience stores located in Missouri and Arkansas, is launching a new Paytronix-powered MyTime Rewards program. Break Time selected the Paytronix Rewards platform for its comprehensive capabilities, including its integration to NCR’s Radiant

Wawa ‘Fall Free for All’ Promotion Rewards Guest

Wawa to double the number of giveaways since the start of 2016 with new fall c-store promotion. Guests to Wawa convenience stores have the chance to win a record number of giveaways this fall. Wawa has introduced its Fall Free for All promotion, making connecting with Wawa through its mobile app and Wawa Rewards program

Sunoco Completes Denny Oil Acquisition

Acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s existing c-store and wholesale fuel distribution business in east Texas and Louisiana. Sunoco LP has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries completed the acquisition of Denny Oil’s convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business for approximately $53 million. This acquisition includes six company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a

Sheetz Showcases E15 Availability in North Carolina

Partners with Growth Energy to offer E15 at 61 North Carolina locations. Sheetz and Growth Energy are demonstrating the availability of E15 for North Carolina drivers alongside the #62 car that Sheetz is sponsoring in today’s Drive For the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. E15, the same high-performance fuel that will power the Sheetz

QuickChek Converts Headquarters Into Mini Golf Course

Event raises funds for the QuickChek Family Fund. QuickChek Corp. converted the lawn of its company’s headquarters support center in Whitehouse Station, N.J. into a makeshift miniature golf course on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in order to raise money for the QuickChek Family Fund. More than 150 executives, employee team members and vendors of the fresh

Love’s Travel Stops CMN Campaign Raises $2.5 Million

Love’s donates more than $16 million to CMN Hospitals in 18-year history. Love’s Travel Stops store employees with the help of customers raised a record amount of donations during the company’s 18th annual companywide campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Employees at more than 390 stores in 40 states raised $2.53

Growth Energy Congratulates RaceTrac on E15 Debut

Consumer demand for E15 grows. On Oct. 11, RaceTrac announced that it expanded E15 sales to four locations in Florida, giving consumers access to a higher biofuel blend. RaceTrac recently joined a list of major retailers as part of the Prime the Pump initiative, which works in collaboration with Growth Energy to expand consumer choice

Nominate A Next-Generation C-Store Leader

Nominate your next-generation leader today. The National Advisory Group (NAG) and Convenience Store Decisions are proud to partner on the Young Executive Organization’s (YEO) second annual 40 Under 40 Leaders. CSD will be recognizing a number of young executives to watch as they move through their careers in the c-store industry. Please take a minute

Consumer Optimism Rises Ahead of Election

Time will tell if optimism jumps even higher after the November election. Optimism about the economy is up for the first time in seven months, and stable gas prices may be one reason behind the uptick. Consumer sentiment increased slightly to 46%, a one-point increase from September, according to the results of a national consumer

Love’s Ormond Beach Site Requests ‘Fuel And Go’ During Biketoberfest

To prevent traffic jams at a busy exit, truck drivers are advised not to park at the location from Oct. 13-16. The Love’s location on I-95/US Hwy 1in Ormond Beach, Fla. plans to act as a fuel-and-go only location during Biketoberfest, which takes place Oct. 13-16. Thousands of motorcyclists are set to arrive in the

RaceTrac Debuts E15 Fuel

More than 100 RaceTrac locations to offer E15. RaceTrac is adding E15 fuel at more than 100 stores throughout the South, including in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. E15 fuel is a higher octane fuel that is a combination of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Consumers may find advantages to using E15 fuel, including improved

Kroger To Upgrade 10,000 fuel dispensers to EMV

Partners with Wayne Fueling Systems to achieve EMV compliance. Kroger has partnered with Wayne Fueling Systems for the EMV upgrade of 10,000 fuel dispensers in more than 2,100 sites across the U.S. Under this agreement, Wayne will provide the new Wayne iX Pay T7 secure payment terminal retrofit kit for many of its legacy fuel

Gas Prices On The Rise

Despite concerns, Hurricane Matthew is not expected to have long-term impact on  gas supply. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline reached $2.26 per gallon on Oct. 10, according to AAA, eight cents more than one month ago and six cents less than one year ago. Hurricane Matthew caused concerns about gasoline supply, but

Buc-ee’s Cancels Louisiana Plans

Buc-ee’s continues to pursue expansion outside of Texas. Buc-ee’s has canceled plans to open its first store in Baton Rouge, La., eight months after it first announced its expansion outside of Texas, according to WBRZ2ABC News. The store had been set for the Millerville exit on I-12, and would have marked the company’s first location

Sheetz Begins Selling Wine

Following Act 39, Sheetz begins wine sales in Pennsylvania. A Sheetz store in central Pennsylvania has become the first convenience store in Pennsylvania to sell wine, according to Pittsburgh’s Action 4 News. The move comes after the passing of Act 39 in June, which widened the number and types of private businesses that can sell

Japanese C-Store Chain Plans Ambitious U.S. Expansion

Seven & I Holdings anticipates eventual operation of 20,000 U.S. c-stores. Seven & I Holdings, the Japanese parent company of 7-Eleven, has announced plans for a continued U.S. expansion. The company is now seeking acquisition opportunities to accelerate the company’s North American growth efforts. According to a recent report from Dallas Business Journal, Seven &

Asian Convenience Store Industry Anticipates Growth

A number of different factors are driving growth in the Asian Convenience Store Industry. As disposable income continues to increase and convenience stores continue to offer an increasing variety of value added services, modern convenience stores are growing in popularity in Asia. Active participation of international retailers, such as 7-Eleven, Familymart and Ministop, and increasing

Rutter’s Celebrates New Mercersburg, Pa. Store Opening

New Mercersburg, Pa. Rutter’s features the company’s first Beer Cave. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 11, Rutter’s will host a Grand Opening ceremony for the company’s new Mercersburg, Pa. location. The Rutter’s in Mercersburg, Pa. is located at 378 North Main Street. Customers will be able to stop by and try samples

Eby-Brown Named Official C-Store Partner of AFPD

Eby-Brown and AFPD join to help convenience retailers to continue to grow their businesses. Eby-Brown is now officially the exclusive c-store endorsed program partner of AFPD. Eby-Brown and AFPD share similar missions that make them perfect partners. AFPD is dedicated to remaining and continuing to gain position in the convenience store industry and Eby-Brown is

Love’s Opens Eighth Louisiana Location

The newest Love’s location offers southern Louisiana drivers an array of food and fueling options. Love’s Travel Stops is now offering a new place for drivers in southern Louisiana a new place to eat, rest and fuel up. Love’s has now opened its eighth location in Louisiana at U.S. Highway 190 and Saizan Ave. in