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

Street Corner Opens Two New Locations

Street Corner is bringing together convenience, grocery and deli services with its newest stores. Topeka, Kan.-based Street Corner has announced the opening of two new store locations, with one in Chattanooga, Tenn. and one in Jackson, N.J. These two new stores mark the chain’s 42nd and 43rd locations. Street Corner’s store designs run the gamut

Kum & Go Opens New Des Moines, Iowa Location

Kum & Go offered a number of promotions to celebrate the opening of its newest Marketplace location. On Fri., Sept. 23, Kum & Go opened its newly built location in Des Moines, Iowa. The new location, which is located at 6304 SW 9th Street, opened its doors at 6 a.m. The brand new, 6,200+-square-foot store

Thorntons Celebrates New Illinois Store Opening

Thorntons hosts a grand opening celebration for its newest Illinois store location. On Fri., Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Thorntons Inc. opened its newest store in Illinois. In celebration of the new store located at at 3233 Grand Avenue Waukegan, Ill., the company held an official ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony. In order to

Store Design for the Retail Environment

By John Matthews, founder and president, Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., and Kraig Kessel, co-founder, Kraido One of the most important challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business. There are only so many resources to go around and carving out the strategic time to not

Irving Oil Concludes its Pump Up the Fun Summer Giveaway

Irving Oil concludes its Summer Giveaway with the presentation of two major prizes. Two major prizes have been awarded as the Pump Up the Fun, $5 Million Summer Giveaway from Irving Oil has come to a close. To close out the summer contest, one lucky Massachusetts resident, Jenna Taylor, picked up her $100,000 grand prize

American Eating Habits are Evolving

How can retailers attract Millennials and earn their loyalty as consumers? As the dietary needs of consumers continue to evolve, supermarkets and other food retailers are constantly faced with the task of continuing to attract new generations of grocery shoppers. The task that faces food retailers today is attracting Millennial consumers and turning them into

Maverik Expands to Colorado Springs

Maverik is facing the competition with larger stores and a wide array of menu offerings. The convenience store competition is heating up in Colorado Springs, Colo. as Maverik has announced plans to expand into the territory, an area formerly dominated by 7-Eleven, Kum & Go and other convenience retailers. According to a recent report from

Seven-Eleven Japan Plans Aggressive U.S. Expansion

Seven-Eleven Japan is confident that its new expansion efforts will lead to great success. Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has announced plans for an aggressive expansion in the U.S. According to a recent report from The Japan Times, Seven-Eleven Japan has plans to open more than 10,000 stores throughout the U.S., increasing the company’s total store count

Tools to Gauge Your Corporate Culture

It’s never too late to determine what makes your company tick. By David Hite In my last article, we looked at the different types of company cultures and how they affect the whole organization. This month, I want to address a few items that pertain to assessing your company culture. As an organizational development and

ARCO and Goodwill Partner to Give Back to Local Communities

ARCO has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to transform the lives of the people in the community. Tesoro, owner of the ARCO brand, has announced a new partnership with Goodwill Southern California (GSC) in order to assist the nonprofit in furthering  mission of “Transforming Lives Through The Power Of Work.” GSC’s footprint spans across Los Angeles,

Western Convenience Stores Emerges from Bankruptcy

Petroleum Equity Group and Garrison Investment Group help pull Western Convenience out of bankruptcy. With the assistance of Petroleum Equity Group, Western Convenience Stores has undergone a financial restructuring, which has successfully pulled the company out of bankruptcy. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., the company remained in full operation during the bankruptcy period, which began on

C-Stores Compete for Millennial Foodservice Dollars

C-store competition heats up in Virginia. Wawa and 7-Eleven are heating up the competition in Virginia in an attempt to capture Millennial consumers. A new report from Daily Press has revealed that both companies are adding new stores in the state, with Wawa building a new store at Pembroke Avenue and Mercury Boulevard in Hampton,

Western Refining Partners with St. Jude to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Western Refining has launched a Halloween campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In an effort to help fight the monster that is pediatric cancer, Western Refining and St. Jude have joined together to raise money through a Halloween themed fundraising campaign. This year, parents of 16,000 children in the U.S. will

Leadership and a Changing Industry

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief Small- and family-owned businesses remain the backbone of the convenience store industry. Many chains have been successfully passed on from one generation to the next, but more and more, family executives these days seem to be expressing concern about passing the family business on to the next generation. This trend is


By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Most of us started out with the drive to do something outstanding with our lives; but, somewhere along the way, we felt compelled to compromise on the important things that resulted in a hum-drum existence of simply making a living, further exacerbated by the feeling that we had failed.

Parker’s Opens New Location on South Carolina

Parker’s continues its rapid expansion efforts with the opening of a new store in Port Royal, S.C. On Sept. 15, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of its newest retail store in Port Royal, S.C. As a part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held, which featured Beaufort County dignitaries. Port Royal

Kwik Trip Named No. 1 Large Company in Des Moines

Kwik Trip attracts employees with impressive benefits and profit sharing. The Des Moines Register’s 2016 survey of top workplaces has listed Kwik Trip as the No. 1 large company in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Kwik Trip was named No. 1 based on a number of criterion, including its extensive employee benefits. According to the

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban

Sixteen more Walmart Canada stores will soon stop accepting Visa cards. Walmart Canada is continuing its fight against Visa’s high swipe fees by announcing that it will soon be increasing the number of Canadian locations that will no longer accept Visa Inc. cards. After ceasing to accept Visa cards in three Thunder Bay, Ontario stores

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens 12,00th Location

Dunkin’ Donuts is continuing its strategic westward expansion with a new location in the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside, Calif. is now the home of the 12,000th Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The new store is located at 4922 La Sierra Ave. With this milestone location, Dunkin’ Donuts continues its steady and strategic westward expansion, opening more than

Royal Buying Group Strikes New Partnership with Alliance Cost Containment

A new, long-term partnership will strengthen the value propositions of both RBG and ACC. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Alliance Cost Containment (ACC). Through this new partnership, RBG members will have access to customized indirect expense cost reduction programs. These customized programs provide pre-negotiated

Hershey Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Hershey’s sustainability practices are among the top in the world. For the fourth consecutive year, The Hershey Co. has been named to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices (DJSI). Hershey is one of only 11 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in the World Index and ranked in the

A Rule to Operate By

Part of managing c-store real estate is finding opportunities to obtain sites for new stores. Sometimes, however, the job requires weeding out underperforming sites. By Terry Monroe If you have heard me speak at a NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) event or a state association convention, I sometimes refer to the ‘1/3, 1/3, 1/3

Reviewing Regulation Irregularities

Nobody said that operating a c-store is easy, but knowing the ground rules helps. By Fran Duskiewicz If you sit around and chat with a group of convenience store executives, sooner or later, the discussion will turn to horror stories of dealing with local, state and federal inspectors and the inconsistent nature in which they

The United Family Recognizes Outstanding Rewards Partners

Two companies have been recognized by The United Family for their active participation in The United Family’s rewards program. On Aug. 30, 2016, at the company’s second annual partners meeting in Lubbock, Texas, The United Family awarded Smithfield and Dole with the company’s first ‘Outstanding Rewards Partner of the Year Award.’ The Outstanding Rewards Partner