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


NACS Sessions Feature Technology, Trends

During Tuesday’s NACS Show, guests had the chance to attend a variety of educational sessions. By CSD Staff The 2014 NACS Show opened in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 7, and education sessions were high on the agenda. In the session “Creating A Dialogue With Your Customers,” DJ Saul, chief marketing officer, iStrategyLabs, walked


Kangaroo Express Guests Can Win a Year’s Supply of Chips

As part of a brand new product launch, customers can use the free Kangaroo Express mobile app to enter to win Totino’s pizza flavor chips. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it will award one loyal guest with a year’s supply of Totino’s chips. The giveaway is to celebrate the Totino’s chips product


Enmark Opens Five New Stores in South Carolina

All five stores will have gas and diesel fueling stations, fresh-brewed coffee and other convenience store items. The Savannah based service station and convenience store chain, Enmark Stations, Inc. announced the opening of five new locations in South Carolina. The new convenience store locations include: 125 Mathews Drive in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 3860 Highway

Douglass Gives Customers Free Enrollment Into CSA

“It’s really a no-risk opportunity,” says Douglass Vice President of Wholesale Fuels. Douglass Distributing announced a business relationship with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), a national buying program designed to help independent convenience store operators compete with large chains. For the month of October, Douglass will cover CSA’s $300-per-site enrollment fee for all customers who elect

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Rutter’s VIPs Go Card Free at Pumps, In Stores

“One of the requests we received most often from our customers since beginning the Rutter’s Rewards program has been to give them the flexibility to use an alternative to the card at the pump,” says Rutter’s chief customer officer. This week, Rutter’s Farm Stores launched the Rutter’s Rewards VIP Club, offering members three benefits; the


NACS Show Kicks Off In Las Vegas

Tuesday events include education sessions, Technology Edge and evening Kick-Off party. The 2014 NACS Show opens in Vegas this afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 7. The day begins with a range of more than 20 educational sessions and an evening Kick-Off Party to welcome everyone to the Show. From Retail Innovation to Cybercrime and Foodservice Trends, Tuesday’s


NACS Names New Supplier Board Members

Joe Vonder Haar of iSEE Store Innovations to lead NACS Supplier Board for upcoming year. During its board meeting at the NACS Show, the NACS Supplier Board named its leadership for the coming year. The NACS Supplier Board is comprised of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in

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New VTM Offerings Could Boost Vapor Growth in C-Stores

As LOGIC and blu expand offerings, Wells Fargo expects growth acceleration of VTMs in c-stores. LOGIC and blu are expanding into personal vapor products with LOGIC Pro and blu+, spurring Wells Fargo Securities analysts to predict that the products should generate faster growth than e-cigarettes and held re-accelerate vapor growth in c-stores. “These introductions are


Gulf Oil Expands Sales Team

Christopher Gannon and Careyann Robleski-Chmelik join the Gulf team. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced that two additional industry veterans have joined its team as part of Gulf’s successful national expansion efforts. Focused on the South and Midwest regions, each of these new managers


Consumer Optimism Holds Steady

While unchanged from September, optimism is higher than this time last year. Economic optimism held steady in October, with 46% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. A majority of consumers ages 18-34 (53%) say that they are optimistic about the economy. While


Sunoco And VeriFone Partner

Installing integrated dispenser video screens at all branded locations. VeriFone Systems Inc. and Sunoco Inc. announced that VeriFone has been selected as the exclusive media provider for Sunoco’s fueling islands. VeriFone will provide Sunoco with cutting-edge dispenser card readers that have integrated video screens and dynamic streaming content. These payment terminals will enhance the fueling


Cardtronics Completes Acquisition of Welch ATM

Welch ATM adds 26,350 U.S. ATMs, growing Cardtronics’ domestic portfolio to 93,350 ATMs. Cardtronics Inc., the world’s largest retail ATM owner/operator, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Welch ATM, a retail ATM services company. Cardtronics USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardtronics, has acquired the Welch ATM business for cash purchase consideration of


Rethinking Oil Demand Expectations

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor at Schneider Electric The outlook for global oil demand suddenly got gloomy, with the futures markets for crude, gasoline and diesel selling off hard in ushering in the fourth quarter, as market participants raced to the exits, unloading long positions. A tenth of a penny increase in the U.S. retail

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C-Store Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Up +6.2%

Energy and Teas driving growth, according to Wells Fargo Beverage Buzz survey. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 c-store locations across the U.S. to get a sense of Q3 trends. Based on the “Beverage Buzz” survey results, non-alcoholic beverage trends remain strong with +6.2% yr/yr sales growth


CST Brands, Lehigh Gas Partners Complete Acquisition

Lehigh Gas Partners to change its name to CrossAmerica Partners LP. CST Brands Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners (LGP) announced CST’s completion of the purchase of 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP from Lehigh Gas Corp. and all of the outstanding IDRs of