Empire Petroleum Partners Buys Fuel Assets

The Dallas-based supplier to numerous convenience stores expands its southern footprint. The consignment and wholesale assets of Superior Transport Inc.’s (STi) were recently purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC. Usher Transport, Inc. acquired the transportation division assets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Empire Petroleum is a Dallas-based company, which distributes fuel to more than

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Hoosiers Prefer Cold Beer Purchases

A new survey indicates Indiana consumers support state c-stores being able to sell cold beer as part of Chill Indiana campaign. A statewide poll released June 5 indicates 70% of Hoosiers favor allowing drug, convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer, while another 65% favor Sunday carryout alcohol sales. The survey was commissioned by

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Oil Price Forecasts Lowered on Crude Glut

WSJ’s May analyst survey puts crude at an average of $56 a barrel this year, down a dollar from April survey. Just as gas prices began to rebound some during the Memorial Day holiday, long range forecasts indicate that gas prices might stall in the next few months. AAA reported that the national average price

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C-Store Beverage Buzz Survey

Convenience store beverage sales were up 4-5% over the Memorial holiday weekend, a slight deceleration from last year as weak energy sales increased. Wells Fargo recently conducted a “Beverage Buzz” survey of beverage retailers representing thousands of c-store locations across the country to get a sense of beverage trends during the recent Memorial Day holiday.

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Walmart, McDonald’s Delivering More

Big retailers are pushing delivery strategies to engage customers. Walmart is proving that no matter how dependable a drone might be it can’t replace the human touch of a company volunteer. At least that’s what the retail giant hopes in its bid to bring online order delivery to customers ahead of Amazon. Enacting its newest

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Seattle Latest to Tackle Soda Tax

  Amended bill would add a 1.75 cents per ounce tax to sweetened beverages, which would be paid by distributors. Seattle officials are expected to decide a soda tax, which could impact soda sales in convenience stores. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s soda tax legislation was revised to kick out diet drinks before moving toward the final

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Haymakers Putting Up New Stores

The 5,200-square-foot convenience store project, scheduled to be completed in August 2017, features an updated design.   Niemann Foods Inc. is expanding its Haymakers convenience chain in both Illinois and Missouri with two new store locations. Niemann Holdings has partnered again with DBS Group to develop Haymakers’ newest convenience store in Macon, Missouri. The 5,200-square-foot

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Parker’s Donates $8,500 to Bulloch County Schools

Parker’s donates a portion of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. Parker’s has donated $8,500 to Bulloch County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Mill Creek Elementary Principal Jennifer Wade, Bulloch County Schools Teacher of the Year Susan Raegan and Mill

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ACE, Fuel Retailers Urge EPA For E15 RVP Relief

Extending the RVP waiver to E15 could help remove barriers for retailers. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is continuing calls, along with retailers, for the RVP waiver to be extended to E15. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-imposed low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season has begun, which effectively bans the sale of lower-cost, higher-octane E15 until

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Tesoro Rebrands as Andeavor

The company does not plan to make the Andeavor name part of retail portfolio. Tesoro Corp. and Tesoro Logistics LP are changing their names to Andeavor and Andeavor Logistics LP, respectively, on Aug. 1, 2017. The companies also unveiled new logos and ticker symbols. “We are announcing a new name to reflect the company’s ongoing

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Marathon Petroleum Corp. Appoints Donald Templin President

Mike Hennigan to replace Templin as president of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced executive changes. Donald Templin, president of the general partner of MPLX LP, has been named president, Marathon Petroleum Corp., effective July 1. Templin joined MPC in June 2011, as senior vice president and chief financial officer before being named executive vice president,

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The Melee At Dickerson’s Stop & Go

By Bill Scott Joe and I stared in amazement as the drama played out right before our eyes. Normally, the little convenience store where Barrett Williams’ bought his daily pack of Marlboro’s was calm and serene; but Marcus Ledbetter had mentioned something about Barrett’s kids, and Barrett made disparaging remarks about Marcus’ hunting dogs, and the

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Cigars Reflect Healthy Profits

With more products to choose from, c-store consumers are keeping cigars at the forefront of the OTP category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cigar segment is a healthy one, but one that requires more than a passing familiarity with both regular offerings and evolving regulations. Cigars make up 27.9% of the Other Tobacco Products

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RAI Reveals Post-Acquisition Leadership Team

Debra Crew to remain as president and CEO of RAI. Reynolds American Inc. has announced its proposed leadership team after the anticipated third-quarter acquisition of RAI by British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT). Debra Crew will remain as president and CEO of RAI. Should the acquisition be successfully completed, she will report to Nicandro Durante, president

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Young Executives Organization (YEO) Builds with Habitat for Humanity

YEO Members were joined by Maverik employees in Provo, Utah to help frame a new house, build a new fence and lay thousands of pounds of concrete in team-building exercise (with photo slideshow and video below). More than 25 of the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders representing 13 convenience store chains, participated

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Wells Fargo Outlines Tobacco Sales Trends

Smokeless a “bright spot” while e-cigarette sales remain impressive. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased +1.1% during the four-week period ending May 20, 2017 (vs +0.7% for 12-weeks) as strong +5.6% pricing successfully offset weakening cigarette volume trends (-4.2% vs -3.8% for 12-weeks). “We expect adult tobacco consumer resilience to continue through the

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7-Eleven Brings Back ‘Operation Chill’

Local police officers give out free Slurpee coupons to reward kids. Children have the chance to earn free Slurpees this summer while having positive interactions with law enforcement. For the 22nd year, 7-Eleven is again teaming up with police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons to children and youth through its popular

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Wenzel’s Farm Unveils Brand Redesign

Packaging and point of purchase to highlight Wenzel’s Farm’s continued commitment to producing quality, healthy snacks. Wenzel’s Farm, a producer of small batch, hand-crafted and naturally hickory- smoked meat snacks has announced a complete redesign of its brand. The company, which has been producing quality Wisconsin meat products since 1949 has undergone a complete brand

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The Most Effective Way of Stopping Employee Theft

By Bill Scott I am in complete agreement with Karen Page’s excellent contribution, “Loss Prevention in Retail – What can you do about it?” In addition to Karen’s excellent points, I also would like to add that using the advantage of a liberal dose of paranoia can lessen employee theft even more, if they feel

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Accountability Is Key to Loss Prevention

Convenience stores with high standards succeed at reducing shrinkage and cash loss. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Loss prevention and inventory control at convenience stores begin at the top, with clear rules and best practices for employees and store management, followed by accountability for missteps. Convenience Store Decisions caught up with loss prevention

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Marketing Meaty Meals

When it comes to delivering product versatility, portability and good taste, you can’t beat fresh chicken and a well-kept roller grill. Retailers and other experts reveal how these two foodservice programs enable them to satisfy customer cravings from the morning until night. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The old adage goes that people eat with

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Will Parkland Corp. Expand in the U.S.?

Parkland could be looking at urban centers in Canada or in the Northern Plains states when it is ready for its next acquisition. Canada-based Parkland Corp. has embarked on a number of acquisitions —18 deals to be exact valued at more than $2.4 billion in the past six years. In the past year and a

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Insignia Capital Group Acquires Tillamook Country Smoker

Investment expands Insignia’s footprint in the food sector and growing meat snacks market. Insignia Capital Group has acquired Tillamook Country Smoker (TCS), a third-generation, family-owned provider of branded meat snacks based in Bay City, Ore. Several family shareholders participated in the transaction alongside Insignia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TCS manufactures and distributes

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House To Drop Efforts to Repeal Debit Reform

NRF to continue to follow the bill to completion to ensure repeal of debit reform is not included in the final legislation. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed reports that House Republican leaders plan to abandon an attempt to repeal debit card swipe fee reform that has saved retailers and their customers more than $40

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GPM Investments Acquires Seven Dunkin’ Donuts Locations

Grows portfolio in the Southeast. GPM Investments LLC has taken ownership of Broyles Hospitality, the franchisee that operates seven Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Tennessee and Virginia. This acquisition will further develop GPM’s existing portfolio in the Southeast region. “These Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are very well-established within the community and their employees have served customers with

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