QuickChek Named To Best Places to Work List

Offering its employees impressive benefits and providing exemplary customer service has earned QuickChek a spot on the list of the Best Places to Work. The weekly business journal NJBIZ has named QuickChek Corp. as one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” in 2016. This is the sixth time in the past seven


Alon Brands Rewards Clean TEAM Top Performers

Clean TEAM leaders are being rewarded for their quality management skills and strengthening store performance. An awards ceremony was held recently to celebrate the sixth year of Alon Brands’ Clean TEAM program, which was established in 2010 by Alon Brands, Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels and the largest licensee of 7-Eleven in North

Should Pennsylvania C-Stores Be Allowed to Sell Alcohol?

Some of the terminology in the state law against the sale of beer and fuel by the same business may be up for debate. The state of Pennsylvania currently bans the sale of alcohol in “locations, places and properties” that also sell liquid fuel and oil, meaning that convenience stores in Pennsylvania are currently not

Amazon Offering One-Hour Food Delivery In San Diego Market

Customers can track orders on their phone and order alcohol to boot. Amazon just took convenience to a new level. On Feb. 16, the company announced that one-hour meal delivery would now be available for San Diego members of its Prime Now service. Beginning last fall, Amazon was offering one-hour deliveries in San Diego for

VERC Enterprises Awards Grant To Local Elementary School

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program allows VERC Enterprises to invest in local community. VERC Enterprises recently presented a check for a $500 grant—made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program—to Cold Spring Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity

Proposed SNAP Rule Could Affect Retailers’ Ability To Offer Program

Rules to ensure SNAP participants carry healthy choices could negatively impact convenience stores’ ability to accept SNAP benefits. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon on Feb. 16, announced a proposed rule designed to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increased access to healthy foods by

Food and Beverage Trends Continue to Shift

Consumer consumption patterns are forcing major food companies to evolve to meet consumer needs. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that evolving attitudes and behaviors have caused a shift in which foods and beverages consumers choose. Fewer dishes and ingredients are being used in meal preparation, and the number of food and beverage

Speedway Continues Support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Speedway is entering its 25th year as a partner for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2015, Speedway LLC raised $10.3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, through donations from its customers, vendor partners and employees – $2.3 million more than in 2014. The money raised by Speedway will help support children’s hospitals in the communities


SUPERAMERICA customers have access to another opportunity to save money on fuel. SUPERAMERICA has partnered with First Bankcard to provide its customers with the new SUPERAMERICA Credit Card program. Customers at all of SUPERAMERICA’s 267 locations in three states now have the ability to save money on fuel. The SUPERAMERICA Credit Card offers consumers five-cents

Reynolds American and its Affiliates Donated Huge Cash Sums to Nonprofits in 2015

Millions of dollars in monetary donations and facilities were donated to nonprofits throughout 2015. Thanks to the generosity of Reynolds American Inc., its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees, a wide range of nonprofit organizations received donations in 2015. Collectively, approximately $10.8 million was donated throughout the year. “I am very proud to be

2016 Products of the Year Announced

Product of the Year USA has named the products that are expected to have an edge for success in the coming year. The 2016 award winners of the Product of the Year USA have been announced. Product of the Year USA is the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, polling the votes of over 40,000

Computer Glitch Causes Fuel Price War

Drivers in Toledo, Ohio recently encountered fuel prices under 20 cents per gallon. A computer glitch at an Ohio Pilot travel center ignited a price war on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 14. Drivers who were out and about in the early morning hours in Toledo, Ohio were in for a real treat. According to

BP and Exxon Agree to Revive Esso Brand

The Esso brand is now allowed in the 15 states where it was previously banned. BP PLC and ExxonMobil Corp. have reached an agreement to allow Exxon to use the “Esso” gas station trademark in the 15 states where the trademark was formerly banned, and a federal judge from Missouri has signed off on the

Kangaroo Express Stores to be Rebranded

Circle K will be progressively expanding its presence in the Southeast in the coming year. All Kangaroo Express locations throughout the Southeast are soon to be rebranded as Circle K stores. The rebranding initiative is scheduled to begin within the month and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. According to

Operation: Take Command Registration Deadline Approaches

Thousands of veterans have already registered for 7-Eleven’s second franchise giveaway. 7-Eleven Inc.’s Operation: Take Command is now in its second year, and the contest has already registered more entrants than last year’s contest. The registration deadline is Feb. 26, and more than 9,000 veterans have entered the contest, and hundreds of veterans are still

Why C-Stores Must Invest in Foodservice Equipment

Though a well-conceived menu is key to a launching a foodservice program, it takes the right tools to make it successful. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor With only enough space for a warming box, two of the convenience stores at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) were very limited as to the number and types

Bacon Leads Casey’s Foodservice Efforts

A focus on quality helps Casey’s foodservice program stand out. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With more than 30 years of c-store foodservice experience under his belt, Darryl Bacon, vice president of foodservice for Casey’s General Stores, has been leading the company to foodservice success since he stepped into the role of foodservice director back

Are Pump Prices Heading Back Up?

While refinery maintenance is likely to bring higher gas prices, prices are still expected to be lower compared to this time last year. The national average price of gas increased on Feb. 16, marking the first time there has been an uptick in 20 days. Nonetheless, today’s average price of $1.70 hasn’t been seen since

C-Stores and Gas Stations Vulnerable to Data Skimming

Data breaches are on the rise, and preventing them is not as simple as it may seem. A new report from Risk Based Security has revealed that convenience store and gas station chains seem to be highly susceptible to data breaches. According to a report from Credit Union Times, Risk Based Security’s “Data Breach QuickView:

Lawrence “Hayden” Baylock Has Passed Away

The family of this late industry veteran aims to continue Hayden’s legacy through donations to diabetes research. On Feb. 6, 2016, Lawrence “Hayden” Baylock passed away in Homestead, Fla. Hayden leaves behind a legacy in the industry. He was a member of the NASM Board of Directors from 1991-2007, and NASM chairman for two separate

How QuikTrip is Shaping its Culinary Future

Nick Powell, corporate chef for QuikTrip Corp., has helped guide the convenience store retailer to the top of the foodservice pyramid. By David Bennett, Senior Editor While working in research and development for Tulsa, Okla.-based Bama Frozen Dough Co. seven years ago, Nick Powell enjoyed being part of a hometown company with a big business

Speedway and McLane Co. Reach Service Agreement

A new partnership will help Speedway continue its growth in new markets. McLane Co. Inc. will now service Speedway stores in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S., as a result of a recently signed multi-year service agreement between Speedway LLC and McLane. “McLane has demonstrated both the efficiency and flexibility to rapidly absorb new stores. They

Valero Adds Acumera’s Processor Connections Service

Acumera and Valero have worked to develop cost effective solutions for PCI compliance and a number of other services. Valero distributors and dealers now have access to a number of valuable services through Acumera’s recently launched Processor Connections Service. This new service provides Valero distributors and dealers with a secure connection, remote visibility, backup connectivity

Jiffy Mart Helps The Shepherd’s Staff Support Families in Need

Jiffy Mart recently held an event to help give back to the community through monetary and food donations. Jiffy Mart held an autograph signing event on Dec. 3, where Baltimore football fans filled the Greene Turtle to help tackle hunger and to meet Tight End Crockett Gillmore. The Jiffy Mart Autograph signing event raised $2,500

TravelCenters and Minit Mart Open a Fuddruckers Restaurant

The new Commerce, Ga. Fuddruckers location recently held its grand-opening celebration. TravelCenters of America LLC and its Minit Mart brand have opened a new Fuddruckers restaurant next to the Minit Mart inside the TA travel center at I-85, Exit 149 (US 441), in Commerce, Ga. Texas-based Fuddruckers is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers,