New South Carolina Parker’s Location

In response to consumer demand, Parker’s has opened its first location on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This is the Savannah, Ga.- based company’s 43rd convenience store, and its first on Hilton Head Island. The store is located on Hwy. 278 at 165 William Hilton

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Heineken Launches its SOCCER IS HERE Program

Retailers are encouraged to take advantage of Heineken’s popularity among soccer fans through a new promotion from the brewer. Through a new partnership with UEFA Champions League(UCL) and Major League Soccer(MLS), Heineken Premium Lager is advising soccer fans Never Miss a Minute of the action this season. Beginning March 1, Heineken’s fully-integrated, 360° retail and on-premise SOCCER IS HERE

Alternative Fuels Gain Traction

Retailers such as OnCue Express and Kum & Go are cultivating business opportunities by offering consumers more options at the pump. By David Bennett, Senior Editor After much hand wringing on various fronts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued its final rule, establishing renewable volume obligations for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA did

Baby Boomers Not the Lost Generation Yet

Though more c-stores strive to attract a younger customer base, older patrons are just as valuable. By Fran Duskiewicz Often we read in the trade journals about what the convenience industry should do to attract and keep the latest generation of customers. I’ve been around long enough to remember seminars about Gen X, Gen Y, Echoes,

CrossAmerica Acquires 31 Stores for $48.5 Million

CrossAmerica becomes Holiday Station stores franchisee. In a $48.5 million agreement, CrossAmerica Partners LP will acquire 31 franchise Holiday stores located in Wisconsin and Minnesota from SSG Corp. Of the 31 company-operated stores, 28 are located in Wisconsin and three are located in Minnesota. Twenty-seven of the sites are owned fee simple locations. For the

Love’s Expects Rapid Growth in 2016

In addition to growing its number of travel stops, Love’s plans to introduce three new restaurant concepts in 2016. In 2015, Love’s Travel Stops experienced the busiest year of store openings in company history. The company opened 27 new locations and added more than 2,000 truck-parking spaces in the past year, and the company has

How Lifestyle Changes Trump Dieting

Although dieting has been on the decline over the last decade, consumers are still concerned with losing weight, they are just going about it differently. The NPD Group has discovered that U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. The NPD’s recently released annual compilation of food and

Core-Mark to Webcast ICR Conference Presentation

Core-Mark will soon put on a live webcast on the company’s website. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 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, will webcast its presentation from the 2016 ICR Conference beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. This

General Mills Acquires EPIC

General Mills is now poised to grow in the new natural snacking category. EPIC Provisions, a growing premium meat snacks company, has been acquired by General Mills Inc. Austin, Texas-based EPIC will now operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which itself has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a

Natural Gas Market Poised for Growth

Natural gas is an attractive alternative fuel, but there are some factors that are hindering growth in this market. The market for natural gas (NG) refueling infrastructure and factors expected to influence its deployment have been analyzed in a recent report from Navigant Research. Global market forecasts segmented by fuel type, station type and region,

CSA Offers Extra Incentive to Join Core-Mark

One lucky new Core-Mark member will win an all inclusive vacation for two. A new promotion from Convenience Store Alliance (CSA) is offering an all-inclusive vacation for two to the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos resort in Cabo San Lucas, airfare included, to one lucky c-store owner. From now through March 31, c-stores that convert all

New Year Begins With Sub $2 Per Gallon Gas Prices

While prices are expected to climb this spring, the days of $3 per gallon gas are not expected to return in 2016. The New Year is off to an inexpensive start for drivers who are paying the lowest average for gas since March 25, 2009. Gas prices rang in the New Year at $1.997—the lowest

Enmarket Donates $10,000 to Four Nonprofits

Enmarket strives to help Savannah, Ga. become a healthier community through education. Through Enmarket’s 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series the c-store chain donated $10,000 to four area nonprofit organizations. The company, which was founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations, then rebranded as “Enmark” in 1983 and most recently as “enmarket” in 2015 to reflect their

Circle K Closes Nine-State Deal

Circle K Stores Inc. has closed an enormous deal with Greatstone Equities Inc. Circle K Stores Inc., headquartered in Dallas, has purchased 62  locations in a nine-state deal. According to a report from Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, the stores were purchased from Greatstone Equities Inc. The purchase price for the stores has not yet

Gassing Up on Earlier Lessons

The convenience store industry should take a chapter from the big automakers’ book and adopt the stellar performance of our industry’s current “Big Seven” c-store operators. By Jim Callahan The fuel shortage that occurred in the 1970s changed the perception of foreign compacts and their superior fuel mileage. America’s gas guzzlers quickly lost favor as

Art and Crafts

Craft beers continue to entice convenience customers with homestyle brands and broader selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Craft beer has been a surprising boon to the convenience store channel for the last couple of years. As more specialty beer options have flowed, consumers have spent more and retailers have responded in kind with a

How To Promote Roller Grill & Pizza

Buoyed by a constant stream of new products and equipment upgrades as well as focus on time-tested procedures, roller grill and pizza continue to appeal to convenience store customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Made-to-order foods may get most of the buzz, but there’s a good reason why so many convenience stores still offer roller

How To Master Forecourt Appeal

From touchscreens and videos to beacons, a combination of technologies can help entice your customers from the pump into the store. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Seemingly every week, a company or vendor introduces a new technology to help people get things done faster, more efficiently and with less energy. Yet with the overabundance of

TravelCenters Completes Acquisition of Four Stores

Four stores, located in Kansas and Missouri, have been acquired by TravelCenters of America. The previously disclosed acquisition of four convenience stores in Kansas and Missouri by TravelCenters of America LLC has been completed. TravelCenters expects these convenience stores, formerly known as Meiners, will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores and that they will undergo improvements

SAS Announces 2016 Trade Show Theme

SAS to welcome comedy magician Mike Hammer as the headline entertainment for The Grand Illusion, its Thursday evening event. “SAS and Convenience Retailing – Where the Magic Begins” is the theme for the 2016 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the site

Sugar’s Reputation Doesn’t Curb America’s Sweet Tooth

The negative stigma surrounding sugar seems to be good news for the honey market. As sugar, especially white granulated sugar, continues to get a bad rap, being compared to tobacco and cigarettes in terms of the danger it poses to health, the love-hate relationship that America’s have with sugar and sweeteners grows. Some public health

EchoSat Acquires SmartLink

A new acquisition will expand EchoSat’s reach to over 20,000 merchants. The Smartlink division of Heartland Payment Systems has been acquired by EchoSat Inc. Through the addition of Heartland SmartLink’s Secure Payment Gateway (SPG) and managed network services, EchoSat, a provider of payments security, managed firewall and network solutions, will now serve more than 21,000

22nd Century Group Seeks to Introduce Reduced Exposure Cigarettes in the U.S.

BRAND A cigarettes have 95% less nicotine than “Big Tobacco” cigarettes. On Dec. 31, 2015, Goodrich Tobacco Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of 22nd Century Group, Inc., submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking a reduced exposure order. The move was made so that 22nd Century’s

TravelCenters Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

TravelCenters’ StayFit program aims to help professional drivers stay healthy. In the New Year, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, will offer professional drivers new helpful options to lead healthier lifestyles. TravelCenters now offers more better-for-you food offerings, fitness options and helpful information from their StayFit

2016 Social Media Awards

CSD’s fourth annual review of the social media strategies used by convenience store chains across the industry and how retailers can capitalize on best practices in 2016. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor For the fourth year running, Convenience Store Decisions examined the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 convenience store chains, recognizing

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