New Kum & Go to Open in Waukee, Iowa

On Thurs., June 16, Kum & Go will become the first retailer in Waukee, Iowa’s Kettlestone development. Kum & Go is scheduled to open the doors of its newly built store in Waukee, Iowa, at 6 a.m. on Thurs., June 16. The brand new store, located at 3105 Grand Prairie Parkway, features the brand’s Marketplace

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Third Oregon Location

Loves continues to strengthen its store network with the opening of its newest travel stop. Boardman, Ore. is now home to the newest Love’s Travel Stops location. This new travel stop offers drivers in northern Oregon a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. The new store is located along Interstate 84 at Exit

NACS Names Applegreen 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn location has earned the company the title of International Convenience Retailer of the Year for its wide array of conveniences and its effective use of space. On June 8, during this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala, NACS awarded the NACS 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award to Applegreen. The

Dover Corp. to Acquire Wayne Fueling Systems

A change in ownership is expected to benefit both Wayne and its customers around the world. Dover Corp. recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wayne Fueling Systems. Wayne is a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies, and the company is currently majority-owned by funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC. “Today’s

CST Brands Announces Common Stock Cash Dividend

CST Brands will pay a cash dividend to holders of its common stock next month. The Board of Directors for CST Brands Inc. recently announced a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock. The cash dividend is in the amount of $0.0625 per share, and will be payable on July 15, 2016 to holders

NRF Reveals the Likely Adverse Effects of New Overtime Rule

Research from the NRF has revealed that the new overtime rule will not lead to more take-home pay for workers, despite its intention. The Labor Department recently introduced a new overtime rule, and although this rule theoretically should benefit both businesses and their employees, the true effects that this new rule will likely have on

Shell Enters Milti-Year Agreement with Chase

Shell customers paying with Chase credit and debit will soon have the option to use mobile payments at the pump. Shell will now be accepting Chase Pay at its stations across the U.S. as a part of a multi-year agreement that the company recently signed with Chase. Chase Pay is a payment service that lets

TravelCenters of America Acquires Five Convenience Stores

TravelCenters will add five Minit Mart locations in Illinois. TravelCenters of America LLC has officially completed it acquisition of five Illinois convenience stores. This previously disclosed transaction includes the acquisition of five Apollo Markets located in Illinois. TravelCenters has announced plans to rebrand each of these stores to the Minit Mart brand, and all of

NACS Opposes the Repeal of the Swipe Fee Reform

NACS is encouraging members of the convenience store industry to take action against the recently announced legislation that would repeal debit swipe reforms. Following the announcement from House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) that he will soon introduce legislation to repeal the debit swipe reforms in the Durbin Amendment, the National Association of

V2 Reveals Consumer Response to Federal E-Cig Regulation

Nearly half of vapers would turn back to combustible cigarettes if e-cigarettes were taken off the market. A new commissioned study by V2, an e-cigarette retailer, has revealed the reactions of e-cigarette users to the recent decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend federal regulatory control to e-cigarettes. The survey polled

Cleveland Minimum Wage Proposal May Not Make November Ballot

The proposal to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour may have been turned in too late to be included on the November ballot. A petition to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has been submitted to the city council for review, but it is likely that the petition was submitted too

Youth Cigarette Use is Trending Downward

Although youth cigarette smoking rates are down, overall nicotine use has increased among teens.  A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), has revealed that U.S. high school students are now smoking fewer cigarettes than ever in the survey’s history. However, despite this

Thorntons Renews APT License

Thorntons is continuing to fuel its innovation with Applied Predictive Technologies.  Thorntons has officially renewed its license of Applied Predictive Technologies’ (APT) Test & Learn technologies. Their license agreement includes APT’s Test & Learn for Sites, Test & Learn for Customers and Market Basket Analyzer software. Thorntons joins industry leaders, including Wawa, Sunoco, Maverik and

RYO Faces the Future

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco isn’t immune to regulatory policy, but still has the equilibrium to remain a solid industry player. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco remains a segment in flux, tied as it is to such diverse factors as the health of the economy, the price of gasoline and stiffening federal and state

Stirring Up E-Cig Sales

Could the e-cigarette segment rebound now that federal regulations are finalized? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On May 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its deeming regulations, concluding that e-cigarettes fall within the same purview as other regulated tobacco products. Also of note, recent research results out of the United Kingdom

Walmart Tests Grocery Delivery

Beginning in late June, customers in certain markets will have the chance to order their groceries from Walmart online and have them delivered to their door. In an attempt to keep up with the competition that Amazon has imposed on the grocery market, Walmart has announced plans to launch its own grocery delivery service. According

C-Store Driven Out of Business by High Swipe Fees

Is the prevalence of credit and debit card payments driving small businesses into the ground? In mid-May, Quechee Mobil Mart was forced to close its doors for good, as it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy status, and store-owner Sheryl Trainor has laid the blame on credit and debit card acceptance fees. According to a recent

Loyalty Programs Drive Traffic

New data has revealed that return on loyalty programs is now higher than ever, but many loyalty programs are not as effective as they could be. Bond Brand Loyalty has released the 2016 Bond Loyalty Report, its sixth annual consumer loyalty report. Data collected in the report has revealed that a growing number of consumers

Holiday Stationstores Opens its Second CNG Fueling Location

Holiday Stationstores has partnered with Trillium CNG to add a CNG fueling station to one of Holiday’s existing convenience store and fueling locations.  Customers of the Holiday Stationstores located at 21100 Kenrick Ave. in Lakeville, Minn. now have access to compressed natural gas (CNG), as the company has added a fast-fill CNG fueling location to

Some Divisions of the Restaurant Industry are Faring Better than Others

As a whole, the restaurant industry has seen little growth in recent years, but there are sections within the industry that have experienced more promising growth. Data representing the restaurant industry has revealed that the industry as a whole is experiencing only minimal growth, quarter-after-quarter, year after year. Research from The NPD Group has revealed

Core-Mark Acquires Pine State Convenience

A recent transaction between Core-Mark and Pine State Trading Co. is expected to improve Core-Mark’s financial outlook for 2016. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has officially closed on its purchase of Pine State Convenience. According to a report from, Core-Mark now owns the Pine State Convenience division of Gardiner, Maine-based Pine State Trading Co. The

Rutter’s Sponsors Newly Announced Film

Rutter’s has donated $10,000 to the production of a film that features a Central Pennsylvania little league team. A new film featuring a Central Pennsylvania little league baseball team may feature one popular convenience store brand. According to a recent report from Central Penn Business Journal, Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced plans to purchase a

Hershey Recalls SoFit Products

As sunflower seed supplier expands its recall, Hershey has chosen to voluntarily recall certain SoFit products. On June 1, a supplier who provides sunflower seeds for The Hershey Co.’s SoFit brand expanded its sunflower seed recall, and, in response, Hershey has issued a voluntary recall of three products sold under the SoFit brand. The supplier,

Consumers Cut Calories by Increasing Bottled Water Consumption

Bottled water has gained popularity, as Americans continue to become more health conscious, and many Americans are increasingly choosing bottled water as a means to cut calories. A new study from the Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) has revealed that a tremendous rise in U.S. bottled water consumption has resulted in significant caloric savings among consumers.

Amazon Offers Delivery from Local Restaurants

Amazon Prime members in Atlanta can now order from select local restaurants and enjoy free delivery within the hour. Amazon Prime members in Atlanta now have the ability to order from their favorite local restaurant and enjoy free one-hour delivery by Amazon. Using the Prime Now mobile app or by visiting the new Prime Now