Stripes Raises Over $1.4 Million In Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign

Donations go to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Stripes Stores is proud of its customers and employees for raising more than $1.4 million for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as part of the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Stripes Stores raised a total of $1,405,706


Cumberland Farms Continues to Believe in Youth

Announces opening of Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program for High School Class of 2015. Cumberland Farms today announced that for the ninth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its eight state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Since Cumberland Farms began


Survey Shows Halloween Candy Trends

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked as the top favorite candy for Halloween last year. According to a national survey conducted by The Hershey Co., eight in 10 consumers purchase Halloween candy every year, but few people wait for trick-or-treat to break open the bag. In fact, 53% of consumers who purchased Halloween candy immediately put


VeriFone Announces Integrated Solution

Consolidated platform provides efficient path to EMV compliance and enhanced POS, payment and fuel system management. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced RubyCi, an integrated site controller and point-of-sale (POS) solution that combines features of its Ruby2 POS system and Commander Site Controller. The solution will enable average-sized convenience stores and petroleum retailers to more efficiently


Speedway and First Bankcard Launch Rewards Credit Card

Customers benefit by needing only one card to pay and manage their rewards. Speedway LLC, the second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain in the nation, and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha and a leading issuer of credit cards, are announcing the launch of the Speedy Rewards MasterCard, one

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Love’s Travel Stops Raises Nearly $2 Million For CMN

Five-week store campaign benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Love’s generous and dedicated customers donated $1.86 million throughout the company’s annual five-week drive to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More than 330 Love’s stores in 39 states raised more money this year than ever before, bringing Love’s total contribution over the past 16 years to


U.S. Consumers Plan to Increase Holiday Spending This Year

Accenture study finds shoppers feel greater optimism about personal finances this year. Amid signs of increased optimism about their personal finances, one-quarter (25%) of U.S. consumers plans to spend more on holiday shopping this year compared to 20% in 2013, and spending on holiday gifts is expected to average $718, according to Accenture’s annual holiday

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Technomic Study Shows Women’s Adult Beverage Preferences

“Men are traditionally the target of adult beverage marketing initiatives, but women truly are influencers,” says senior director at Technomic. The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age—and they’re increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of

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Gasoline Prices Sink as Bear Market Firms Grip

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange are down nearly 30% from their June high to Oct. 10, and possibly more stunning have erased 19.3% of their value in 11 days from the late September high while the U.S. retail average for gasoline is down


Sheetz Joins Partnership For A Healthier America

Commits to delivering more nutritious options to meet the needs of the communities it serves. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, announced that Sheetz has made a two-year commitment to


C-Store Industry Positioned For Growth Through Consolidation

Wells Fargo Securities outlines industry trends. Wells Fargo Securities LLC hosted Wells Fargo’s 2nd Annual Convenience Store Forum in conjunction with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conference in Las Vegas last week. Wells Fargo listed five key themes for the c-store industry: (1) Industry is ripe for consolidation, which should drive efficiency and


U.S. Oil & Core-Mark Open Clean Fuel Station

New GAIN Clean Fueling Station is located in Aurora, Colo. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced with U.S. Oil the grand opening of the first new GAIN Clean Fuel station in Aurora, Colo. This marks the third


Steve Loehr Leads NACS Executive Committee

2014-2015 executive committee announced during the NACS Show. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of its 2014-15 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, was named the association’s 2014-15 chairman.


Making A Difference

“We don’t just serve them; we make a difference in their lives. By giving back to our communities. By helping others when they need it,” says 2014-2015 NACS Chairman. “We can truly make a difference in people’s lives,” said Kwik Trip Vice President of Operations Support Steve Loehr in accepting the gavel as the 2014-2015


NACS CEO Outlines Major Industry Initiatives

Shares plans to “refresh” the industry’s image. “Rest assured, you will not have to go it alone” — whether in fighting for a change to the broken payments system or in sharing positive stories about the industry,” NACS President and CEO Hank Armour told a standing room-only crowd during the Oct. 9 General Session at

Food Innovators Serve Up Advice

The NACS Show provides a forum for convenience store operators to learn what it takes to make a foodservice program pay off. CSD Staff Jim Bressi, director of research and development at Kwik Trip Inc. of La Cross, Wis. and one of three panelists at the Foodservice Innovators Forum held Thursday, Oct. 9, explained to

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Jerry Weiner Honored

The c-store industry surprises Weiner with a special recognition plaque during a Thursday morning session. During the Foodservice Innovators Forum at the NACS Show on Oct. 9, Jerry Weiner, vice president food service for Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., received a special recognition in light of his long service to the industry and


Kwik Trip Celebrates Opening of 30th CNG Location

Expands fuel offerings using only its own internal resources and expertise. Kwik Trip Inc., the Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores, celebrated the opening of its 30th compressed natural gas station today with the opening of its Fond Du Lac, Wis. location. Kwik Trip opened its first CNG location in April of 2012 and has since


Survey Shows One In Nine Americans Have Worked at A C-Store

Of those whose first job was at a c-store, 96% say the work experience was valuable. One in nine American adults has worked in a convenience store and they say that the experience gave them valuable experience in how to work with people, how to manage processes and how to run a business, according to


CST’s Tony Bartys Named To NACS Board

Bartys among five retail members named to board of National Association of Convenience Stores. Tony Bartys, chief operating officer for Corner Store’s parent company CST Brands, was named to the board of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.


The Myths and Realities Behind Healthy Eating

Media has demonized c-stores, but retailers have a huge opportunity to play a role in addressing obesity epidemic. If your business has yet to jump on the healthy, wholesome food bandwagon, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. “Obesity is the greatest crisis we’ve ever faced,” said NACS Show Opening General Session keynote speaker journalist David

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CSD Honors RaceTrac At Awards Dinner

RaceTrac receives 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Last night, Wednesday, Oct. 8, Convenience Store Decisions honored RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. as the 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year at an awards dinner at Paradise Beach South at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event drew ore than 200 attendees

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Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

Does your chain tolerate bullies? At the NACS Show on Wednesday, Bob Graczyk, vice president human resources, Quick Chek Corp., spoke about the impact of bullying on employee well being and productivity, and how c-store chains can prevent bullying behavior at their stores in an educational session titled, “No Bullies Allowed: Positive Workplace Culture,” Some


NACS Names Five New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors


NACS Show, Industry Are Big Winners, Says NACS Chairman Brad Call

Call urges retailers to redouble their efforts to build and operate stores that the community will be proud of. NACS Chairman Brad Call wants NACS Show attendees to remember one thing about the 2014 NACS Show: “You’re a winner, baby, and that’s no lie!” Repurposing the line from a 1970s-era hit song by the band