QuickChek Named A Best Place to Work in New York and New Jersey

The 2016 award recipient of CSD’s Convenience Store Chain of the Year earns rare distinction. QuickChek Corp. has once again been named one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” and one of the “Best Companies to Work for in New York State.” The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station,

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Kum & Go To Open New Store in Ozark

Brand new store features Marketplace store prototype, fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go opened the doors Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Ozark, Mo., at 901 West Jackson Street. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the first store in Ozark and was built with the new Marketplace

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Dollar General Opening 16th Distribution Center

The facility is expected to supply products to approximately 800 Dollar General stores throughout New York and the northeastern states that Dollar General serves. Dollar General is set to build its 16th distribution center, which will be located in Amsterdam, N.Y., in Montgomery County. At full capacity, the project is expected to create 430 new

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Gas Prices Steady Heading into March

Following OPEC agreement, participating countries implemented 90% of agreed upon production cuts. The national gas average stayed steady over the past week, growing by only “fractions of a penny,” AAA reported, to reach $2.28 per gallon for regular unleaded gas on Feb. 21. The price is five cents less than last month and 56 cents

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Growth Energy Congratulates Pruitt’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Looks to Pruitt’s leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security. Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement: “We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward

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7-Eleven Names InComm ‘Vendor of the Year’

7-Eleven has partnered with InComm for more than 13 years. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven named InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, its Services Vendor of the Year, marking the first time 7-Eleven has given out an award for excellence to any of its services vendors. “Our customers rely on 7-Eleven for a wide

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NRF Speaks Out After Labor Secretary Nomination

Calls for a Labor Secretary who will ‘put the American economy ahead of partisan politics.’ The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to head the federal Department of Labor: “The secretary of labor plays an important role in many

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QuickChek Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Promotions

Starting Feb. 20, consumers can enjoy deals from free coffee and fountain drinks to buy-one-get-one foodservice offers. QuickChek is celebrating its 50th anniversary by rewarding c-store customers with 10 weeks of promotions, featuring five offers per week. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain will begin offering a variety of in-store and mobile app

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Parker’s Welcomes New District Manager

Troy Krout brings more than 20 years of retail experience to his new role at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s convenience stores recently hired retail industry veteran Troy Krout as district manger. In his new position, Krout is responsible for overseeing daily operations at Parker’s stores in coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Krout brings

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Love’s Partners With Reflexis

Adds workforce manager for budgeting, forecasting and labor scheduling, as well as a retail store auditing program, among other solutions. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a travel stop operator with more than 400 locations in 40 states, has selected the Reflexis workforce management suite of solutions. Love’s locations provide, fuel, snacks, travel items, motorist

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Pairing Menus and Automation

Technology for menu boards and kiosks is quickly revamping how foodservice is being delivered in the convenience channel. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Utilizing traditional back-lit LED frames for menu boards, Pride Stores, a St. Charles, Ill.-based retailer with 12 stores, wanted to step its foodservice program up a notch. The opportunity arose when the

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Despite Gas Price Fluctuations Consumer Optimism Stays Strong

Southern consumers are the most optimistic in the U.S. A majority of Americans (57%) are optimistic about the economy as gas prices fell by five cents per gallon over the past month, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Consumer Fuels Survey of U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle at

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Wheeler Ridge Petro Stopping Center Opens New Arby’s

TA Restaurant Group now operates eight Arby’s locations. The TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Arby’s and drive-through adjacent to the Petro Stopping Center in Wheeler Ridge located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (Laval Road W.), in Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new Arby’s will serve their delicious variety of meaty sandwiches and crave-able sides such

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QMart Donates $20,000 to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Funds to help fund staff hotline, one on one parent coaching and more. Northwest Petroleum (NWP)’s convenience store, QMart recently donated $20,000 to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK), a national organization that helps families coping with drug abuse by providing counseling support and other invaluable resources on the path to recovery. QMart organized and

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Parker’s Introduces Revamped Market

Dramatically-renovated flagship location offers chopped salad bar, hot Panini and milkshakes in addition to other new features. Parker’s recently re-opened its Parker’s Market location at 222 Drayton St. in downtown Savannah, after giving the c-store a dramatic interior renovation and adding a number of innovative food and beverage options. “We’re building on our commitment to

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Grab and Go Gets Hot

As dayparts blur and snacking soars, Rutter’s appeals to customers with quality and variety. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ 66 locations offer a complete grab-and-go experience with 83 hot grab-and-go offerings. Items span many flavors and sizes of burgers, fried & grilled chicken sandwiches, subs and wraps, tornados, pork egg rolls and stromboli. The York, Pa.-based retailer’s

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Kum & Go, Thorntons Join Growth Energy as Associate Members

Both convenience store retailers participate in the Prime the Pump program to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy announced that two leading fuel retailers, Kum & Go and Thorntons, have joined Growth Energy as associate members. “We are thrilled to welcome Kum & Go and Thorntons to the Growth Energy team,” said

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Parker’s Welcomes New Controller

Keith Saltzman’s financial expertise to help optimize financial operations at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s recently hired financial expert Keith Saltzman as the company’s Controller. In his new position, Saltzman is responsible for overseeing all company accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and financial data audits. Before joining Parker’s, he served as the chief financial officer and

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Love’s Introduces Kansas Travel Stop On U.S. Highway 169

The new travel top marks the second along U.S. Highway 169. Love’s Travel Stop in Chanute, Kan., has opened for business. Love’s 22nd location in Kansas brings driver services to U.S. Highway 169 at 190th Road. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more Customers with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s

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Chevron Expands Loyalty Program to Southern California

Partnership with Albertsons helps grocery shoppers gain gas rewards at Chevron and Texaco. Albertsons Cos. LLC and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Southern California. The expansion of the Gas Rewards program, already in place

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Valentine’s Day Spending Dips

The number of people surveyed who plan to celebrate the holiday has dropped by nearly 10 percentage points since 2007. For the past decade, customers have been increasing their Valentine’s Day spending, but according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to

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Leonard E. Belcher Divests Commercial Fuels and Wholesale Distillate Businesses

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to L. E. Belcher during sale. Sprague Operating Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Sprague Resources LP acquired Leonard E. Belcher Inc.’s distillate terminal assets and commercial fuels and wholesale distillate businesses. The acquired assets consist of two pipeline supplied distillate terminals and a distillate

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Food Origin, Transparency Among Key Customer Concerns

Some 50% of customers surveyed listed plants as the best source of protein. Food origin is an important consideration for today’s shoppers, as they want to know how their food is produced, transported and handled. This is one of hundreds of findings in “What’s in Store 2017,” the latest edition of the annual trends publication

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Convenience Store Industry Grows

The convenience store industry has grown its store count by 63% in the last 30 years. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores as of Dec. 31, 2016, a 0.2% increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The industry store count has

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Pilot Flying J Reveals Road Warrior Contest Winners

Three professional drivers receive cash prizes. Pilot Flying J has announced the winners of its third annual Road Warrior campaign. Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Ga., Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kan., and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the grand, second and third place Road Warrior winners respectively. In September 2016, Pilot Flying J

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