Retailers Applaud Postponement of Federal Overtime Regulations

The new deadline for the new overtime regulations is July 1, 2017, six months after the initial implementation date. The House has officially voted to pass the legislation which will delay the Labor Department’s expansion of the overtime rules. The new overtime rules will now be delayed for six months after their initial implementation date

Rutter’s Opens New Pennsylvania Store

Rutter’s will soon hold a grand opening ceremony for its first Berks County, Pa. store. Hamburg, Pa. is now the home of Rutter’s 65th convenience store location. The new store, which is located on Grand Street, near the Hamburg Area High School, about one mile off Interstate 78 exit 30, is the first Rutter’s store

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center

Parker’s shows its continued commitment to healthcare through a donation to Memorial University Medical Center. As a part of a $1 million endowment, Parker’s recently donated $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. This $1 million endowment is to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented

Love’s Opens 17th Indiana Location

Love’s continues to expand its presence in the Hoosier State. Love’s Travel Stops has announced the opening of its newest store location in western Indiana. This new travel stop offers travelers a new place to eat, rest and fuel up in Terre Haute, Ind., along U.S. Highway 41 and Harlan Drive. This new travel stop

Chevron Expands its Gas Rewards Program

Albertsons and Tom Thumb adopt Chevron’s popular Gas Rewards program. The popular Gas Rewards program from Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A., has now arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, as Albertsons Cos. and Tom Thumb stores have adopted the program at their stores. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

TravelCenters Reopens TA Truck Service Center

TravelCenters opens its newly remodeled truck service center in Candler, N.C. A grand reopening ceremony has been planned for the newest TA Truck Service facility from TravelCenters of America LLC. The newly remodeled facility is located at I-40, Exit 37 (153 Wiggins Road) in Candler, N.C. The newly remodeled 5,001 square foot truck service center

Love’s Expands Truck Maintenance Program

Love’s is addressing the top needs of trucking customers with an expanded array of truck maintenance services. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is expanding its truck maintenance program at all of its travel stop locations nationwide. In addition to the company’s existing truck tire care and light mechanical options, the newly expanded program

VP Racing Fuels Partners with Owner of Montauk Native Gas

VP Racing Fuels comes to Long Island through a new partnership with Andre Hardy. Andre Hardy, owner and operator of Montauk Native Gas, has entered into a new branding partnership with VP Racing Fuels. Montauk Native Gas, located in Mastic, N.Y., will be the first station on Long Island to brand with VP. It will also

CrossAmerica Purchases State Oil Co.

State Oil Co. has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners following five years of strategic planning. CrossAmerica Partners LP and its affiliates have officially purchased State Oil Co. and certain related entities’ retail assets and wholesale fuels distribution business. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. served as an advisor to State Oil for the transaction. Immediately prior to the

Heineken Launches the Brand’s Larges U.S. Media Investment Ever

Heineken spreads cheer with its new holiday oriented campaign.  Heineken has announced the launch of a new, fully integrated program to help spread cheer as the holiday season approaches. This new program, which features Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, is supported by the brand’s powerful ‘There’s More Behind the Star’ credentials campaign. The

Are We Watching the Birth of a Two-Tier Supply Chain?

Allen Saunders: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. —Readers Digest, 1957 By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC The interesting thing about evolution is that it is a slow progression of minuscule occurrences that can only be evaluated when viewed through hindsight. ‘Technology Impact Analysis’ is the armor against a

Making a Wise Investment

Employee appreciation is a good starting point in any successful training program. By Jim Callahan If you don’t have a comprehensive training program in place for your employees you’re failing them. And of course, you’re cheating your company since a well-trained workforce is the most valuable commodity in the convenience store industry. If you already

Top 10 Emerging States for C-Stores

CSD examines certain U.S. states that have the economic might to shoulder future industry growth.  By David Bennett, Senior Editor San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., a Texas-born company, is known as an industry leader not only because of its strong Corner Store brand, but the bolt-on acquisitions it achieved in the last few years. For

Power Mart Flexes Its Brand

A unique retail service provider is expanding its vision for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor If casual observers fail to recognize that Sam Odeh has the power then they aren’t reading the signage. The entrepreneur and broker of the Power Market brand, Odeh, founder and CEO of Power Buying Dealers USA Inc. (PBD

“Better-For-You” Varies by Geography

Regional differences exist when it comes to what c-store customers consider healthy. By Tim Powell Two decades ago it would have seemed ridiculous to consider finding a healthy item in a convenience store. Convenience store shoppers have historically looked to these venues for cigarettes, frozen slushees, beer and Slim Jims. However, this is no longer

C-Stores Go Mobile

A mobile convenience store is offering a new level of convenience to students at Wichita State. Students and staff at the Wichita State Metropolitan Complex now have access to a new convenience store concept. According to a new report from The Sunflower, this new convenience store literally rolled onto campus in mid-September to offer a

Love’s Supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through National Coffee Day Promotion

A portion of the sales of 24 ounce coffees sold by Love’s on National Coffee Day will go to help sick children. National Coffee Day is Thurs., Sept. 29, and in celebration of the holiday, Love’s Travel Stops will donate $1 of every 24 ounce coffee or cappuccino that is purchased on Sept. 29 and

Adopting Ways to Obtain the Best Hires

Hiring managers often make the mistake of hiring the best applicants instead of the candidates who in the end make the best employees. By Mel Kleiman Six years ago, Convenience Store Decisions published an article I wrote that began: “Just two short years ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only had to

Expansion Funding Options

Large or small, convenience stores can access financing programs that best fit their growth plans.  By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Interest rates remain close to their historical lows but financing for many convenience store businesses continues to be elusive. Lower interest rates have translated into lenders and investors being more selective. How then, can convenience

Finding Property Tax Savings

There are four steps you can take to save money and improve your overall commercial property tax management. By Anne Joyner Sheehan Let’s face it. Taxes are never a convenient issue for business owners, no matter if the tax levied occurs at the federal, state or local level. The common denominator for businesses is one

Car Washes Still Sparkle

A car wash can be a profitable venture for convenience stores, but retailers should ensure they do their homework.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor A well-run car wash operation can do plenty of good for a convenience store, from driving traffic to promoting value and squeezing revenue out of more of the site’s square footage.

How Geography Impacts Sales

A store’s location, customer demographics and product mix play a big role in potential profits, but sometimes it’s the small business details that mean the most. By Bill Scott A few years ago, while counting items in one of our client’s stores, I noticed what appeared to be an out-of-balance situation involving Ben & Jerry’s

Biodiesel Crosses New Boundaries

Realizing financial incentives, attracting fleet customers and riding the sustainability wave are some of the benefits retailers can obtain by adding biodiesel. By Jon Scharingson Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. and you’re likely to hit a spot where selling biodiesel makes good business sense for convenience stores. Financial incentives in the

A Marketer’s Call to Action

Despite the dynamics that affect the convenience store industry today, established business associations still remain constructive partners. By Mark Radosevich At the time of this writing the presidential election is only 90 days away and there’s a perceptible mood of foreboding throughout the industry. After eight frustrating years of an illogical anti-business administration, it’s unfathomable

Small Town Heroes

There’s something about places where our roots remain. The same can be said about the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz Many years ago, when I was a young English teacher sitting in the teachers’ lounge, expounding upon why central New York was such a great place to live, the school’s guidance counselor chastised me

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