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Enmarket Honored With Gulfstream Community Involvement Award

Savannah Chamber of Commerce recognizes enmarket. Enmark Stations, which recently rebranded as enmarket, has been honored by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce with the Gulfstream Community Involvement Award. The award was presented at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo and Awards Banquet. Enmarket was one of eight businesses honored out of

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RAI Completes Lorillard Acquisition

Reynolds American Inc. CEO says the transaction supports RAI’s efforts to lead the transformation of the tobacco industry.  Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has completed its acquisition of Lorillard Inc. and related divestiture transactions, effective June 12. With the acquisition finished, Lorillard is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of RAI, and former Lorillard shareholders now own approximately

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TravelCenters Adds LNG Fueling Option

Truck service facilities at 10 locations to service natural gas vehicles. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is introducing LNG (liquefied natural gas) fueling lanes at its TA location at I-20, Exit 472 (I-635), (7751 Bonnie View Rd.) in Dallas. To date TravelCenters has also

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365 By Whole Foods Market Debuts

Whole Foods is planning to open smaller footprint stores in 2016. Yet another chain is encroaching on c-store territory. Whole Foods Market Inc. announced the launch of 365 by Whole Foods Market, a line of stores offering convenience and everyday lower prices on natural and organic products, which is expected to begin opening in 2016.

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Don’t Label E-Cigarettes Just Yet

Not unlike killers of spiders, anti-smoke groups and some lawmakers are moving quickly to stomp out e-cigarettes without really knowing what effect the act will have. By Jim Calvin, President, New York Association of Convenience Stores Some people have responded to the emergence of e-cigarettes the way they might react to seeing a spider on

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Tobacco’s Future Muddy for Merchants

In more ways than one, tobacco’s pie is shrinking. The net result for convenience stores could cut either way. By Carl V. Phillips, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association The future is bright for tobacco consumers. Sure there’ll be some bumps along the way as tobacco control dead-enders fight their desperate

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Industry Pearls of Wisdom

Advice may be cheap, but words that self-motivate are priceless. By Jim Callahan I’ve been fortunate enough and have benefited greatly by being surrounded by some great and learned minds, from cashiers to CEOs. Along the way, I’ve learned life lessons that have been ingrained in me. Allow me to share some pearls of wisdoms

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2015 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

Of all the different tobacco legislative bills introduced this year, two themes have emerged: increased tobacco taxation and greater scrutiny of electronic cigarettes. Both issues will shape the tobacco offering at convenience stores for years to come. Tom Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sat down with Convenience Store Decisions

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Tobacco Category Update

Industry experts sketch out why the tobacco category is as robust as ever. By Mary Szarmach, NATO President The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) Show held in Las Vegas this past April was an ideal place for retailers to learn about market trends on all tobacco product categories. I had the opportunity to personally

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Implementing ADA Compliance Changes

Having the tools to take charge of ADA compliance before a lawsuit mandates your chain to do so, gives retailers more control over how the process is handled. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions recently sat down with Brad Gaskins, managing principal of the McIntosh Group. Gaskins is well versed in the Americans

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What’s Your Path to Success?

By John Lofstock, Editor Having kids has indeed been the roller coaster ride everyone told me it would be when my first child was born 11 years ago. Now, with three daughters, we’re all pretty much on track despite an occasional hiccup. The biggest surprise parenthood has had for me continues to be just how

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NCA Announces New Product Awards

Following the May Sweets & Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association has identified the winners among the 45 new confectionery and snack products nominated in nine categories for new product awards. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is announcing the winners of its Most Innovative New Product contest. During the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held

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Sometimes Success Is A Box of Rocks

By Bill Scott, Founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Several years ago, I was reworking a convenience store on behalf of the owner. The store was already a pretty good store… as good as stores go in most small towns, I guess. After a few weeks of ferreting out all the stock (which

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Oneida Nation SāvOn Opens Revamped Store

A walk-in humidor and a custom-made beer cave to greet c-store customers on opening day. The Oneida Nation, a federally recognized Indian nation in central New York is debuting its newly remodeled and rebranded SāvOn store at Oneida Lake, located at 3802 Route 31, on Friday, June 12. The new store features more than 30

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Pittsburgh Airport Sunoco Offers Three Alternative Fuels

In addition to gas and diesel, customers at the newly reopened Sunoco can opt for natural gas, propane or use an electric charging station. Sunoco’s APlus Convenience store at the Pittsburgh International Airport has reopened for business, becoming the first Sunoco station in the U.S. to offer customers three alternative fuels alongside traditional gas and

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Love’s Debuts New Mississippi Travel Stop

New travel stop in Poplarville, Miss. off Interstate 59 offers 70 parking spaces and numerous amenities for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops, on June 11, debuted its newest travel stop. The new location opened along Interstate 59 in Poplarville, Miss., and includes an array of driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

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Website To Help Canadian C-Stores Fight Contraband Tobacco

Now convenience store retailers in Canada can report illegal cigarette dealers confidentially and online. Canadian c-stores are fighting back against illegal cigarette dealers with help from a new Website launched by the Western Convenience Store Association (WCSA). WCSA is encouraging convenience store retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada to use the Website

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Sun Capital Completes Sale of VPS Subsidiaries

Transaction marks completion of long-term growth strategy for the convenience store chain. Sun Capital Partners Inc. announced that an affiliate has completed the sale of its investment in the subsidiaries of VPS Convenience Store Group to GPM Investments. As CSD reported earlier this week, GPM acquired 161 Village Pantry and Next Door Convenience stores in

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How To Cut Fuel Pricing Time by 75%

SpeedyQ Market cut fuel price posting time from hours to just minutes with help from a mobile solution. By-Lo Oil Co. and its 18 SpeedyQ Market stores in Michigan are now establishing and posting new fuels prices faster by leveraging a mobile solution from PriceAdvantage. The performance improvements are featured in a recent case study

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Exploring Tobacco’s Future

As cigarette sales drag, OTP segments are filling the gap. For real momentum, however, e-cigs are breaking away from the pack. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Except for automobiles, processed food and banking perhaps, few U.S. industries have encountered the vast market influences that tobacco has. In the past century, the tobacco industry has been

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Don’t Blow Off Cigarettes

Cigarette sales have been steadily declining, but the category is too big to ignore and too lucrative to disappear any time soon. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Since cigarettes sales have been slowly falling the last few years, convenience retailers have invested in foodservice and other ventures to help balance in-store revenue—which seems a wise

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How to Push Smokeless Sales Higher

Smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow at convenience stores, which are pressing their advantage over competing retail channels. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While the overall cigarette smoking prevalence has declined in recent years, the overall use of smokeless tobacco has remained strong. That’s good news for the convenience store channel. The main types of

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How E-Cigs Are Spurring A Growing Market

While stakeholders await finalization of possible regulatory policies, convenience stores tap into e-tobacco’s vast potential. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor If one were to describe the current state of the e-tobacco industry, “mixed results” might be the most accurate description. On one hand, year-to-year pricing for the past 12 consecutive periods is down, according

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Regional Slurpee Flavor Comes To Michigan, Ohio 7-Eleven Stores

7-Eleven partners with Faygo to introduce a new flavor for frozen beverage customers. Detroit-based soft drink company Faygo announced via twitter this week that it’s partnering with convenience store chain 7-Eleven on a regional slurpee flavor for Michigan and Ohio. The flavor is called Faygo Rock & Rye. The Huffington Post reported that Faygo Rock

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New Products Attract the Curious

Duchess Shoppe customers treated to the latest in snacks, sweets and drink offerings. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Shielded from the mid-Ohio sun by a spacious tent erected in the parking lot, the curious and the eager, the young and the old were inclined to participate in the first Consumer’s Choice Contest The event, sponsored

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