Inland Private Capital Divests 12 7-Eleven Properties in Ohio

Sale of Ohio c-store portfolio brings IPCC a substantial return for investors. Inland Private Capital Corp. (IPCC) has sold a portfolio of a dozen 7-Eleven convenience store properties, located in northeastern Ohio, for a gross sale price of $35,329,302. IPCC, through its subsidiary, which serves as asset manager, facilitated the sale of the portfolio on


Walgreens Drives Engagement With App Partnership

The drug store chain partners with Challenged App to challenge customers to post videos on beauty tips for the chance to win prizes. Drug store behemoth Walgreens is collaborating with the new social competition app, Challenged, which connects socially-activated users, celebrity influencers and charities to drive healthy competition and positive social change. The Challenged app

Uber, ExxonMobil Partner For Fuel Card Launch

New partnership to help Uber drivers save at Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations nationwide. Uber has introduced the next addition to its Momentum Driver Rewards program: the Partner Fuel Card powered by FleetCor and MasterCard and is partnering with ExxonMobil to help Uber driver partners save at the pump. Exxon will provide Partner Fuel

Are E-Cigarettes The Future of Tobacco?

As big tobacco enters the e-tobacco category, retailers take notice. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The U.S. cigarette market retains a resilient presence—enabled by strong consumer loyalty—but regulatory initiatives continue to chip away at the industry’s dominance. As a result, customers are increasingly exploring smoking alternatives and looking to other tobacco products (OTP) from smokeless

Thorntons Divesting Eight Stores

Store sales aim to best position the c-store chain with its strategic goals. As part of its annual evaluation and repositioning of its portfolio, Thorntons plans to sell eight stores, including three in Terre Haute, Ind., according to a report by WTHITV 10 News. The company noted that the move is a step to best

VP Racing Fuel Elite Program Recognizes Racers

VP “Elite” racers can enjoy discounts and additional benefits through newly introduced program. VP Racing Fuels is introducing its “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program,” coinciding with the company’s 40th anniversary this year and recognizing racers past and present across the spectrum of motorsports who helped VP achieve its position in the industry today. As part

Getty Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

New chief operating officer to manage Getty’s real estate activities. Getty Realty Corp. has promoted Mark Olear to the role of chief operating officer, effective June 1, 2015. Olear joined Getty in 2014 as executive vice president and chief investment officer and has more than 18 years of real estate industry experience. As part of

Newcastle Introduces Summer Retail Program

Customers can submit Instagram videos for a chance to visit the birthplace of Newcastle. Newcastle Brown Ale is launching a 2015 summer retail and on-premise campaign beginning July 3, Independence Eve, inviting Americans to raise a pint of Newcastle and submit videos via social media for a chance at a free trip to England. This

Hershey Recognized As Top “Green” Company

Newsweek’s Green Rankings recognizes The Hershey Co. for its environmental commitment. The Hershey Co. made the No. 6 slot on Newsweek‘s recently released 2015 Green Rankings list of the top 500 U.S. companies when it comes to environmental stewardship. Hershey moved up a whopping 40 spots on the list compared to its 2014 ranking. “Hershey’s

Kellogg’s Enhances Family Rewards Program

Changes to the brand’s rewards program in the U.S. make it easier for customers to collect points and earn rewards. Kellogg’s announced that it is revamping its Family Rewards program in the U.S., allowing customers to collect points automatically. Members no longer need to enter codes found on the inside of packages, making it easier

How to Make Unique Roller Grill Offerings Sizzle

In a growing number of c-stores, roller grills have come a long way from being an entry-level hot dog tool. Now they serve as a provider of a wide variety of innovative meals and snack foods. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Not so long ago, most roller grills were like drinking from an iffy water

How To Unlock EMV Rules

Convenience retailers are working ahead of EMV deadline to meet compliance standards. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor A monumental change to the retailing industry will occur in October when merchants who are not EMV compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their outlets. It’s a change

Retailers Reveal Plenti

New consumer loyalty program might be a jewel of a platform for convenience stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. shoppers are fond of rewards and have approximately 3.3 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs, according to the 2015 Colloquy Loyalty Census. Research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans would prefer a rewards program

GPM Completes Acquisition of Village Pantry, Next Door Convenience Stores

Deal boosts GPM store count to more than 750 company-operated c-stores and dealer sites in 16 states. GPM Investments LLC has closed its deal to acquire 161 c-stores with gasoline in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois under the Village Pantry and Next Door Store banners. GPM plans to continue operating the stores under their respective

Will Summer Bring A Drop In Gas Prices?

As refinery maintenance ends and crude costs settle pump prices may start to fall, but a number of factors could push prices back up. On June 1, the national average price for a gallon of gas stood at $2.75, marking the highest average of 2015, according to a report by AAA. But customers might get

Super Chill ‘Swipestakes’ Kicks Off At Thorntons

Swiping a Refreshing Rewards card at Thorntons convenience stores could result in big prizes for customers this summer. Thorntons Convenience Stores has introduced its Super Chill ‘Swipestakes’ which allows guests to win prizes when they swipe their registered Refreshing Rewards card between now and Aug. 4 at their local Thorntons store. Customers are entered into

QuickChek Promotion Benefits 9/11 Service Members

‘Hope For The Warriors’ campaign kicks off June 6 at QuickChek convenience stores. QuickChek Corp. is launching a ‘Hope For The Warriors’ in-store fundraising campaign to raise funds to help support post-9/11 service members and their families. Customers are invited to purchase paper dog-tags for $1 at any of the company’s 140 store locations in

C-Stores Celebrate National Donut Day

Convenience store retailers drive traffic and bakery case sampling with free donut offers. Friday, June 5 marked National Donut Day, and many c-store retailers joined in the fun by offering free donuts to customers for the occasion. Different chains had different rules around the promotion, such as whether customers had to purchase a beverage or

OCSA Applauds Move To Up Contraband Tobacco Fight

New bill offers increased tactics for eliminating contraband tobacco. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) cheered the recently passed Budget Measures Act that cracks down on contraband tobacco. “Convenience store retailers are pleased that Finance Minister Sousa is following through on his fall commitment to tackle the underground economy,” said Dave Bryans, CEO of the

Royal Buying Group And St. Jude Team For Halloween Campaign

Halloween-themed promotion to aid St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) is preparing its 2015 Halloween promotion to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in which customers can donate to the cause in return for a Halloween-themed pinup. Pediatric cancer kills more children in the U.S. over the age of one than

NCA Details Sweets & Snacks Expo Highlights

The 2015 Expo featuring candy and snack trends marked the largest event in the show’s history. The 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which took place in Chicago in May, welcomed a record 16,000 attendees from nearly 90 countries and more than 640 exhibitors, among which some 121 were exhibiting for the first time, according to

The United Family Donates To Benefit Texas High Schools

Contributes more than $45,000 to ‘Project Graduation.’ The United Family, which operates 67 stores in Texas under five banners, including United Express Convenience Stores, is helping some 65 area high schools in West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth through a $45,000 donation to Project Graduation, which provides students with safe and substance-free graduation parties. The 2015

It’s Not the Money, Honey

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics How many times do we have to hear this to believe it? It’s something that most HR executives have learned over the years, but that most managers have yet to figure out… Whenever managers are polled about the most effective employee retention tools, money and benefits always top the list.

Who Is The Tax Payer?

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Recently a large retailer was accused of costing the taxpayers $6 billion dollars because the taxpayers were having to provide public assistance to the retailer’s lower paid employees. The next article reads, that same retailer paid $7 billion in taxes. If these articles are correct, that one retailer’s

Reaping Tax Savings

A little known tax deduction, Section 199 could save some convenience stores money—if they know what to look for. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor Can a convenience store convince the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they are “manufacturers” or engaged in “qualified production activities?” Given our complex and often confusing tax rules, it may