Frozen Beverage Revolution

Known for thrills, chills and even spills, frozen beverages have grown from meager c-store beginnings to celebrity status. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Before frozen dispensed beverages made a mark in venues such as amusement parks, movie theaters and shopping food courts, the unique product was born and raised in the convenience store industry. No


Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

Quick Fuel Selects PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage to expedite rapid, accurate price changes at 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel, a division of Jacobus Energy, has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software for its 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel has delivered some of the industry’s most progressive fuel management solutions to America’s fleets, facilities, emergency responders and businesses for more than

Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

Blendtec Named Business of The Year

Recognized for overcoming adverse conditions in the face of massive growth by Utah Valley Chambre of Commerce. Blendtec, a manufacturer of commercial-grade blending equipment, was recognized for being selected as Business of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year runner-up behind Google Fiber by Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Voting took place over a

Sunoco LP Announces 10% Increase in Quarterly Distribution

Sunoco LP’s Board of Directors of its general partner has declared a quarterly distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014 of $0.60 per unit, which corresponds to $2.40 per unit on an annualized basis. This represents a 10% increase compared to the distribution for the third quarter of 2014 and a 24% increase compared with

Preventing Power Outages

Generators can set your c-store apart when customers need food and fuel during disasters or bad weather. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Power outages and natural disasters can occur at any time, resulting in disrupted business, spoiled food and much worse. For many c-store owners, having a game plan to keep operations up and running

Design Efficiency

Good store design is more than just a pretty face. It can mean the difference between efficient and inefficient work flow, and whether customers see your products and perceive your brand in a positive light. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Alon Brands, the nation’s largest licensee of 7-Eleven stores, with 295 locations in west and

Three Strategies To Automate Operations

How to stay ahead in an ever changing industry. By Matt Lauck, Emerson Climate Technologies Convenience stores have historically been known for selling packaged foods, cigarettes and cold beverages. Today, convenience stores are evolving to become foodservice destinations. This is a result of busy consumers wanting fresh, ready-to-eat meal solutions faster. For convenience store operators,

Seasonal Factors Poised to Arrest U.S. Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in the primary wholesale spot market in the United States rallied on the final trading day of January on a spike by oil futures triggered by a weekly report on US rig drilling activity, an attack on the Iraq city of Kirkuk by the Islamic State,

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