Rutter’s York Store Gets Makeover With Upgraded Cooler Doors

Upgraded c-store benefits with energy savings and a modern look that attracts customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores recently upgraded a convenience store in its hometown of York, Pa., with new Anthony cooler and freezer doors. The cooler/freezer area is one of the focal points for all of Rutter’s 60 convenience stores, and the cooler/freezer section of


How To Drive Snack Sales

C-stores can boost sales by offering some of the most in-demand snack items, including healthy and protein-dense options. Customers love snacking and a new report by global research consultancy TNS showed the top 20 snack categories showing the most growth potential among U.S. consumers. The rankings were identified using Growth Point, TNS’s new proprietary, first-of-its

Core-Mark To Webcast Oppenheimer Presentation

Oppenheimer 15th Annual Consumer Conference Webcast to be available for 90 days. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to Webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer 15th Annual Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 beginning at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The live Webcast can be accessed at An archived replay of the presentation will be

How To Take a Proactive Approach to EMV

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group. Conversations, whenever and wherever c-store retailers, payment processors, issuers and service providers are brought together for a discussion on the current and future state of the payments landscape, move quickly to EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) readiness despite all the vision and opportunities in front of

Can An Old Marketer Learn New Tricks?

By Betsi Bixby When’s the last time you learned something new specifically for your business that made you say “Wow!” If you are over 50, and can recall a recent time, congratulations! You are in the Amazing Opportunity portion of the industry. If it’s been awhile, you may be overdue and in the Death Spiral

How To Increase Employee Engagement

By Mel Kleiman, founder of Humetrics Engagement is the key to employee retention and here’s an easy-to-implement, cost-free, way to get some going… Make it a practice to ask your people a Question of the Week – either individually or as a question up for discussion at the weekly staff meeting. Examples include: What could

Are Customers Really Always Right?

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. With all the changes in retail business and society, it gets more challenging to accept the old saying, “the customer is always right.” When a customer fills their diesel trucks tank with gasoline, or hooks a water hose, instead of an air hose, and fills the tire

CrossAmerica Partners Announces Dropdown Transaction And Acquisition

CrossAmerica has agreed to purchase the 41 company-operated One Stop convenience store network, and also announces two dropdown transactions with CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have announced two dropdown transactions totaling approximately $261.5 million between CST Brands and CrossAmerica. The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

Is Mobile Paving the Way for Biometric Identification?

As expectations around how financial institutions manage mobile identity change, retailers who may want to offer mobile payment should take note. A new report from Telstra showed more consumers see using biometrics as identification makers as safer and more secure than usernames and passwords and the majority of U.S. consumers using mobile banking applications want

Exxon, Safeway End Loyalty Partnership

Safeway shoppers can still redeem points at Safeway locations with on-site gas stations. Safeway and ExxonMobil have concluded a gas partnership program in the Mid-Atlantic that began in January 2013. The Exxon partnership ended May 31, according to a report by the Washington Business Journal. The partnership made it possible for shoppers to redeem Safeway

Monster, Coca-Cola Transaction Complete

Wells Fargo predicts a positive long-term opportunity for the energy drink companies, even as the short term may have its bumps. A previously-announced transaction between Coca-Cola and Monster closed Friday, June 12, 2015. With the transaction complete, Monster now gains access to Coca-Cola’s global distribution network and energy brands, plus $2.15 billion in cash in

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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