E-Cigarettes Strive in 2015

Though there were positive developments in the e-cigarette segment, the biggest development in 2015 was the further strengthening of Vuse by R.J. Reynolds Vapor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reynolds American. Data compiled by Wells Fargo Securities LLC indicated the Vuse brand firmly holds onto the No. 1 spot with 38.5% of the dollar shares as

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Stripes Celebrates Livingston C-Store With Grand Opening Fiesta

New convenience store adds more than 30 jobs to the community. Stripes Convenience Stores celebrated the opening of its first Stripes Convenience Stores in Livingston, Texas, on March 8 with a grand opening fiesta ribbon cutting celebration. The new store is located at 2301 US Hwy 190 W. The ribbon cutting included a performance by

Flavors, Textures and Cheese Lead Snack Trends in 2016

Snacking remains a popular and growing pastime with Americans—about 80% admit to enjoying at least one a day, 29% snack twice a day and 22% grab something to curb their appetites three or more times a day, according to research by CivicScience. According to industry data, multi-snackers, who snack two or more times per day,

RaceTrac Petroleum Set To Revamp C-Stores In Louisiana

As the convenience store chain renovates more than 20 locations, it plans to implement an updated design and expand its coffee offering. RaceTrac Petroleum convenience store locations in Louisiana are set to get a major facelift. Some 21 c-stores from Baton Rouge to Lafayette to New Orleans are scheduled for remodel by the end of

Caryville Travel Center Adds Minit Mart C-Store

In May, the location plans to introduce an expanded truck parking lot, diesel islands, CAT truck scale and a professional driver entrance. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) adds a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a Minit Mart convenience store and a Shell gasoline offering at the TA located at I-75, Exit 141 (289 Howard Baker Hwy) in

Love’s Debuts Three New Travel Centers

New Indiana, Oklahoma and Colorado travel centers offer drives a range of amenities from showers and gourmet coffee, to foodservice and name-brand electronics. Love’s Travel Stops is now welcoming customers at three new travel centers. All opened for business on March 10. They are located along U.S. Highway 30 in Plymouth, Ind.; along Interstate 70

Buc-ee’s To Break Ground On Louisiana C-Store

Buc-ee’s plans to include local Baton Rouge products in its first convenience store location outside of Texas. Buc-ee’s is expanding its footprint beyond the Lone Star State by opening its first convenience store in Louisiana. According to a report from the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Buc-ee’s is debuting its new location in The Greens

Healthy Snacking Spans Three Dayparts

More and more Americans are eating smaller portions of food more frequently throughout the day, and there is universal agreement in the food industry that this mega-trend is here to stay. This tendency is especially evident during the morning daypart, where on-the-go meal sales are surging. What’s also increasing is sales of breakfast and snack

Baby Boomers Snacking 20% More Often Than Millennials

Millennials reach for grab-and-go snacks when they’re hungry, while boomers find snacking more convenient than preparing a big meal. While marketers and retailers are busy vying for Millennial dollars, when it come to snacking it turns out baby boomers are leading the trend, with boomers eating ready-to-eat snack food 20% more often than Millennials, according

Patriot Capital, U.S. Oil Partnership To Help Dealers With EMV Upgrades

U.S. Oil retailers to gain access to financing programs that make it possible to convert forecourt, in-store equipment to meet EMV compliance requirements. A partnership between fuel distributor U.S. Oil and Patriot Capital is set to aid dealers in meeting EMV deadlines. U.S. Oil retailers, whose brands include Shell, Sunoco, BP, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Marathon,

ATMs Meet Industry Cash Needs

Visitors to the NAC2016 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., hosted by the National ATM Council Inc. in October, will learn the latest advances in the ATM industry, from machines that work with mobile devices, to those which enable customers to make cardless cash withdrawals, purchase lotto tickets, exchange foreign currency and participate in coupon

7-Eleven Canada Purchasing 148 C-Stores From Imperial Oil

The Imperial locations will be remodeled as 7-Eleven convenience stores and stocked with a full assortment of fresh products. 7-Eleven Inc. is growing its footprint in Canada, where it already operates more than 500 stores. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, 7-Eleven Canada Inc., is acquiring approximately 148 convenience and fuel retail sites from Imperial Oil of Canada.

Feds Secretly Recorded Conversations During Pilot Flying J Investigation

Prosecutors look to keep files involved in the ongoing investigation of Pilot Flying J rebate fraud sealed. More indictments could surface in the Pilot Flying J scandal after federal agents revealed they secretly recorded more than 200 hours of conversations that took place during the investigation of rebate fraud at the Knoxville, Tenn.-based travel center

7-Eleven Divesting 13 East Coast C-Stores

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire-based convenience stores will be sold using NRC’s “buy one, some or all” sealed-bid sale process. 7-Eleven Inc. plans to sell 13 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores in the Eastern U.S., which includes 12 locations in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire. 7-Eleven has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to

GPM Closes Fuel USA Deal, Begins Operation of Apple Mart Stores

Purchase expands GPM’s convenience store portfolio in the Southeast. GPM Investments LLC has closed on the acquisition of Fuel USA’s 42 Apple Market convenience stores with gasoline sales and supply to 20 dealer-operated stores in Virginia and Kentucky. The purchase further develops GPM’s existing portfolio of stores in the Southeast region. GPM will initially operate

CEFCO Partners With GasBuddy to Introduce Deals Club and Website Redesign

CEFCO Convenience Stores customers receive digital coupons and alerts about giveaways through new CEF Club. CEFCO Convenience Stores, through a partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore has introduced a newly redesigned Website and CEF Club—a new deals club. The new site— www.cefcostores.com —features a clean design and engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation tools. Customers

Couche-Tard Buying 279 Esso-Branded Sites in Canada From Imperial Oil

Located in key urban areas in Ontario and Québec, the c-store sites include a long-term supply agreement for Esso-branded fuel. Alimentation Couche-Tard, through its wholly‑owned indirect subsidiaries Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. and Couche-Tard Inc., is set to acquire a number of Canadian convenience retail assets located in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec from Imperial

AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New Board Member

Perlin, former chief financial officer of Capital One, to bring extensive financial, risk and governance experience to his position on the board. AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has named Gary Perlin to its board of directors, expanding its board membership to eight. Perlin’s 40-year career in finance, which included C-Suite roles across the public and private sectors

Most Interesting Man In The World Says Goodbye

As Dos Equis campaign evolves a new Most Interesting Man is set to be introduced this year. Dos Equis’ legendary “Most Interesting Man in the World,” campaign is taking an unexpected turn as the character heads to Mars in a new commercial. The latest spot from Dos Equis, “Mission to Mars,” will be the last

How To Succeed With Bakery At C-Stores

Led by Millennials, time-pressed consumers continue to turn away from sit-down breakfast options in favor of more portable snacks they can eat while on the go. Instead of grocers and baked good shops, customers more and more are drawn to convenience stores that boast diverse bakery offerings, including single-serve and snacking options. Whether it’s premium

Snacking Trends Boost Roller Grill

Hot dog and sausage sales in the U.S. are expected to grow an annualized 1.9% to $18.1 billion by 2019, according to a report by IBISWorld, a market research company. While the traditional varieties will continue to be favorites, the researchers projected that manufacturers will create items made with leaner poultry meat, organic meat, and

Enmarket Raises Management and Starting Salary Wages

The wage-increase strategy aims to attract new talent and aligns with enmarket’s “Enriching Life” campaign that looks to foster the personal and professional growth of team members. Enmarket is upping its starting salary above the federal minimum wage and giving management a financial boost too. Savannah, Ga.-based enmarket, (formerly Enmark) is investing more than $500,000

Cigarettes Continue Rebound As E-Cig Dollar Sales Dip

Strong pricing in the cigarette segment helps grow profits. Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes saw dollar sales growth in February, but electronic cigarette sales declined. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased +2.4% during the recent four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016 (+2.9% for 12-weeks; +2.7% for 52-weeks), according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. The

Weighing Profits and Pizza Preferences

After chocolate, pizza ranks as the top comfort food for American consumers, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll found. During the tightest of the recent economic times, consumers tended to go for the frozen or refrigerated options found in supermarkets, according to Mintel market research. “But as the economy continues to improve, albeit

Sandwiches Satisfy New Tastes

Over the past year, Giant GetGo convenience stores have seen both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwich sales climb. That has included hot and cold subs, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant GetGo, which operates 200 locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, said a trend that’s growing

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