Corner Store Celebrates Two New Store Openings

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to El Dorado High School and River Valley Intermediate School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening two new stores, one in El Paso at 2300 N. Zaragoza Road, and one in Waco at 25930 W. Highway 84, on the corner of 84 and Speegleville Rd. El Paso Ribbon Cutting

Gas Prices Aiding Merchandise Sales

Foot traffic improving amid falling fuel prices. Wells Fargo Securities LLC found that low gas prices are allowing customers to trade up on in-store merchandise in the fourth quarter. Based on its recent “Tobacco Talk” and “Beverage Buzz” surveys, Wells Fargo said that gas prices and foot traffic were the largest positive factors impacting c-store

Even With Lower Gas Prices, Consumers Remain Price Sensitive

Nearly three in four consumers (71%) say that the price is the most important factor in determining where they buy gas. Even with gas prices near six-year lows, U.S. consumers are still looking for the best gas prices. Three in five (63%) consumers say they would drive five minutes out of their way to save

Foodservice: Best and Worst Practices

How you manage your food program, understand your local market and train your staff will go a long way toward determining your success. By Betsi Bixby The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for over the past year all had great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either didn’t have

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Now Open

The 2015 Expo features expanded and comprehensive knowledge-building sessions, the return of popular, retailer-centric learning labs and a rebranded Specialty Market, including a dedicated showcase. Registration has open for the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 19-21, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2015 Expo

Smart Foodservice Equipment Ideas

Expanding foodservice offerings often means shopping for new equipment. Retailers share how they are getting the biggest bang for their investment buck. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor One size doesn’t fit all, it turns out. At least it doesn’t when it comes to the new ovens ordered for Austin, Texas-based Kwik Chek Food Stores. When

Life is an Education

Sometimes the best life lessons are the ones that you teach yourself. By Jim Callahan I graduated from high school in the lower 25% of my class because I was a lazy and unmotivated student who studied just hard enough to continue to be eligible to play sports. Well, a funny thing happened on the

Cream of the Crop

Though its legacy derives from the dairy business, CoGo’s commitment to modern convenience retail is reshaping its future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Since Pittsburgh-based CoGo’s Co. chose to expand its operation in the shadow of West Virginia University (WVU) more than a year ago, the return on investment has been noteworthy. Not only did

Investing in a Foodservice Future

Few categories offer convenience store retailers a brighter financial future than foodservice. In fact, Technomic’s “Convenience Stores Market Intelligence Report,” found that c-stores continue to serve as a prime destination for younger generations and people seeking fast, on-the-go options. But there is one catch: foodservice must be done well. In fact, food quality, the experience

CSD’s 3rd Annual Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions recognizes chains that are using social media to their advantage, as well as the top trends going into 2015. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions examined the results of nearly 60 c-store chains active on social media, specifically examining Facebook and Twitter to compile its 3rd annual Social Media awards.

TA Opens New Location in Columbia, S.C.

“We are thrilled to add another TA location and expand our network in the capital and largest city in South Carolina,” says president and CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the opening of TA

Casey’s To Raise Funds for Pediatric Patients

One dollar at a time, convenience stores will raise funds during February to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is raising funds to help give miracles to sick and injured kids during its second annual Miracle Balloon fundraiser, supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the month of February, Casey’s customers can purchase

Family Dollar Stockholders Approve Dollar Tree Merger

“The Family Dollar Board of Directors and management team have worked diligently to advance the best interests of all of the company’s stockholders,” says Family Dollar chairman and CEO. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary count of the votes cast at the company’s Special Meeting of Stockholders, Family Dollar stockholders voted

PCI SSC Outlines Payment Security Mistakes

Retailers often get these things wrong when it comes to payment security. PCI Security Standards Council has put together a list of four common areas that retailers often get wrong about payment security along with advice on how to address these common vulnerabilities. Four things retailers often get wrong about payment card security Forgetting about

Garet Bishop and Dana Moloney Named to NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Board

The five-member YEO board of directors will help set educational sessions and roundtables specifically for the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Garet Bishop, Business Analyst, BFS Cos. in Morgantown, W.Va., and Dana Moloney, Manager of Information Technology, Warrenton

What’s Killing Petro Buy/Sell Deals

By Betsi Bixby Even marketers with a track record of acquisitions are starting to hit some snags they didn’t anticipate. What’s happening? What has changed? If buyers want to buy, and sellers want to sell, what is keeping happy marriages from taking place? Over the past 12-18 months, I’ve witnessed the proliferation of six common

Rutter’s Launches Limited Time Offer for the Big Game

Each Big Game Day Special can be ordered with just one touch from the Big Game Day Special button which has been added to kiosks. Just in time for the big game, Rutter’s announced a limited time offer on delicious items that pair perfectly with football from the Central PA-based retailer’s award-winning menu. The Big

Mars Announces Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

Partners with IBM Research on collaborative food safety platform. Scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public

Hershey Acquiring KRAVE Pure Foods

“We are excited to add KRAVE jerky’s unique, chef-inspired products and be a part of this transformational category,” says Hershey’s president North America. The Hershey Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, an all-natural snack brand of premium jerky products. The transaction will allow Hershey to

Pan-Oston Earns Contract with Academy Sports + Outdoors

Providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Pan-Oston has won a contract as a lane provider for the booming Academy Sports + Outdoors retailer. The manufacturing company, located in Bowling Green, Ky., will be providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Academy Ltd. operates over 185 stores in 15 states. The Texas-based company continues to add new

FastLane Convenience Store Customer in Missouri Earns Super Grand Prize

Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., wins KickBack Points’ Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Arizona, roundtrip airfare and hotel. Loyalty has its rewards, and for Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., her loyalty has earned her a trip to Arizona for the Big Game between the Seattle Seahawks and

Grande Cube Ice Machine

Ice-O-Matic has launched ‘The Grande Cuber.’ These new machines (ICE0856GA and the 50 Hz ICE0855GA) produce a ‘Grande Cube,’ that is more than twice the size of a standard, full-sized cube. The complete line of Grande cubers will be on display at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show (NAFEM) from Feb. 19-21

Restaurant Style Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, has extended its premium Pierre Signatures line with three restaurant-style sandwiches sold in clear, hand-wrapped packaging: All Beef Cheddar Cheeseburger, Southern Style Chicken Breast with Cheese and Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast with Cheese. Each hand-made sandwich features APF’s famous microwavable

House Blend

Community Coffee Company has released its newest coffee, House Blend. The newest blend, Community House Blend, provides a new option for premium medium-roast coffee customers and will be a complement to the Community Coffee Company line-up of blend offerings. This rich, smooth coffee has a medium body and brightness appealing to medium/medium-dark coffee drinkers. Community

New Apple Sauce Cup

Tree Top is introducing a 4.5-ounce Apple Sauce Cup. Portable fruit is a hallmark of Tree Top’s new 4.5-ounce Apple Sauce Cup. Made from 100% USA apples and with no sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring added, this delicious fruit cup is a great fit anywhere on the menu. It is shelf stable

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