Turkey Hill Announces Summer Sweepstakes Winners

Convenience store customers win free vacations. Turkey Hill has named three lucky Pennsylvania residents as the winners of its 2015 Sizzlin’ Summer Getaway sweepstakes. During May, June, and July, customers received automatic entries when they scanned their registered Turkey Hill Rewards Cards with purchases of roller grill items, fountain drinks or slusheys at Pennsylvania Turkey


As Hurricane Joaquin Approaches Is New Jersey Ready?

Could we see another situation like the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy where most gas stations were closed due to power outages and customers were forced to drive miles and stand in long lines to fill up? Hurricane Joaquin at presstime had increased in strength to a Category 3 hurricane and was heading North and expected

CSD to Honor Family Express

Limited seating still available for convenience store retailers to join us at the 2015 Chain of the Year dinner in Las Vegas. Register today. The editors and Editorial Advisory Board of Convenience Store Decisions are proud to honor Family Express as the 2015 Chain of the Year. C-store retailers can join the celebration during the

Hy-Vee to Construct New C-Store

New c-store will be constructed next to existing grocery store. Hy-Vee Inc. will soon begin construction on a new convenience store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The new convenience store will be accompanied by a fueling station. According to a report from the Gazette, the new convenience store will take the place of a former dentist

Wisconsin C-Store Adds CNG Fueling Facility

CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to gasoline. An Andy’s-branded gasoline station and convenience store in Milwaukee, Wis., is partnering with VNG.co LLC to add a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per

Love’s Opens New Texas Travel Stop

The Love’s provides 83 parking spaces, gourmet coffee, a McDonald’s and a Chester’s among other amenities. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors of its new travel stop in Hungerford, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,000

How to Control Operating Costs

The two largest expenses a convenience retailer often faces are labor and inventory, but costs can creep up anywhere. Experienced c-stores, however, have learned how to combat such costs. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor It is a truism in business that you cannot save your way to prosperity. Somebody probably also said once that containing

NATO Seeks New Board of Director Candidates

NATO is seeking to fill 10 positions on its board of directors. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) board of directors is once again is inviting its members to consider being a candidate to join the board. Nine manufacturer directors, 12 retail directors and three wholesale directors make up the current NATO board. The board is seeking to

U.S. Oil Partners with CSA

U.S. Oil customers expected to gain significant advantage through new partnership. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, has entered into a partnership with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). This new partnership will allow independent customers access to national chain discount and rebate programs. “I have come to realize as an independent that

Heineken Launches Worldwide Spectre Campaign

Heineken offers a one of a kind James Bond experience through the new Spectre campaign. Heineken has announced the latest chapter of its global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise, launching the new Spectre campaign. This announcement precedes the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn. Heineken’s integrated Spectre campaign

How to Survive as an Independent C-Store Owner

In today’s competitive marketplace, it can be quite the challenge to succeed as an independent c-store owner. Difficult, but not impossible. As the retail landscape continues to change through consolidation, new players and the ever-evolving consumer, there has been a great impact on independent c-store or small c-store chains. These changes in the industry require independent owners to change

TravelCenters Acquires 36 C-Stores

The previously disclosed agreement for the acquisition of 36 c-stores has been completed. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) announced it has completed the acquisitions of 36 convenience stores. These new stores are located throughout Missouri and Kansas, and they are part of a previously disclosed agreement. All of the acquired stores have begun operation under TravelCenters.

The United Family Launches Sweepstakes

United Family’s sweepstakes offers once-in-a-lifetime grand prize opportunity. The United Family has launched the Farmland Race with Royalty Sweepstakes. All United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, West Texas and New Mexico will participate in the sweepstakes.  According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing for The United Family, the

Chevron to Sponsor Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chevron’s new sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holds promise of future promotions for fans. Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We are excited to welcome Chevron as our newest sponsor,” said Brian Ford, chief operating officer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Chevron’s

How to Build a Strong Service Team

Does your team really make service a priority? There are things you can do to develop a strong service team—and happier customers. By CSD Staff Developing a customer service team that has the skills to provide quality assistance to your customers can be the most straightforward plan if taken step by step. What can you

How to Foster a Stronger Workforce

As convenience retailers compete with other channels to attract qualified workers, it may be time for c-stores to rethink their strategies. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The old adage that one bad apple spoils the bunch can apply to numerous things—from pies to politicians. Inside c-stores, a bad apple can impair customer service, productivity and

QuickChek Revises New Market Plans in Seaford

QuickChek seeks to assure the local community that the new market concept will greatly benefit the local economy. QuickChek has revised it’s original plans for the construction of a new convenience market in Seaford, N.Y. The company’s original plans were met with concerns from the community, and in order to show that the new market

Wawa Signs Multi-Year Credit Agreement With Citi

Wawa customers will soon have a credit card of their own to make fueling up better than ever. Wawa Inc. has announced a new multi-year agreement with Citi Retail Services to launch a private label consumer credit card program for Wawa customers. The new program will launch on Sept. 30, 2015, and the service and portfolio

Tyson and NACS Provide Protein to Food Bank

Tyson and NACS help to provide wholesome food to hungry people throughout southern Nevada. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)  recently donated a truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. This donation was made in an effort to eliminate hunger in southern Nevada. Three Square, which serves Clark, Esmeralda,

New Sheetz Concept Launched in State College, Penn.

The new store concept is expected to attract the students of nearby Penn State University. The students of Pennsylvania State University now have a new place to eat and purchase alcohol, within walking distance of campus. A new and improves Sheetz store has just opened and this is a treat for all State College, Penn.

Postmates to Deliver for Walgreens

7-Eleven isn’t the only chain delving into delivery.  Postmates, which recently partnered with 7-Eleven, is also set to deliver for Walgreens drug stores in all cities where Walgreens has stores and Postmates operates. This newest partnership is helping Postmates to expand delivery beyond the realm of food and into more diverse categories. According to a

New Frisco, Texas Corner Store Opens

New Corner Store celebrates grand opening while demonstrating commitment to the community with donations to local high school. In celebration of the grand opening of its newest Frisco, Texas location, Corner Store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with giveaways to customers in attendance. The new store is located at 6529 Dallas Parkway on the corner of

How to Figure Acquisition Financing

If a convenience store operation is primed to commit to a merger or acquisition, the potential benefits can be huge. However, missteps made when raising the capital can also be huge. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Obviously, not every company is in a position to buy, but for many small convenience store operators and chains,

How the Rules of Work Are Changing

The rules in some industries may be changing, but the ‘old rules’ still apply to convenience store employees. By Mel Kleiman Except for the recent brouhaha about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the business press routinely ignores the approximately 60% of American workers, who are hourly employees. A recent article in Fast

How to Market to the Hispanic Consumer

Before convenience stores can effectively attract more Hispanic customers, they have to strive for cultural competence. This only happens through due diligence and time. By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger and Kate Brogan, Hispanic Food Communications Inc. There are more than 55 million Hispanic consumers in the U.S. today, and the Hispanic population is expected to double