Stay Fresh Cigars

Swisher International, in collaboration with Drew Estate, has now reintroduced ACID G-Fresh Cigars. The G-Fresh Cigars come in innovative G-Fresh foil pouches, which ensure longer-lasting shelf life and promise consistent product quality for each individually-packaged cigar. In addition to the updated and improved packaging, ACID G-Fresh will also feature new blends only available in the […]

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One California Gas Station Gives Drivers a Blast from the Past

On National Collector Car Appreciation Day, retro car owners in Beverly Hills, Calif. had the chance to fuel up for retro prices. One of the nation’s most iconic gas stations, located in Beverly Hills, Calif., was recently transformed into a full-service station from the past by Hagerty magazine. The transformation was performed in celebration of

Kroger Increases Sustainability Efforts

Among other new commitments, Kroger has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020. The Kroger Co. is working towards greater sustainability with new commitments to increase its responsible sourcing and improve its eco-stewardship by 2020. Kroger’s new sustainability goals include: Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of

Cumberland Farms Releases National Ice Cream Day Survey Results

Cumberland Farms has introduced a new frozen treat, just in time for National Ice Cream Day. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day, which is Sun. July 17, Cumberland Farms has released the results of its recent consumer survey where consumers indicated their personal ice cream preferences. Cumberland Farms’ National Ice Cream Day survey

7-Eleven Strives for Sustainability

7-Eleven has made changes in three major focus areas to help build a healthier planet. In partnership with Conservation International (CI), 7-Eleven is working to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals in an attempt to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. 7-Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015

ALON Brands Launches Reduced Emissions Fuel Program

On July 15, all of ALON Brands 7-Eleven stores in Midland and Odessa, Texas will launch the Strive  – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program. The new program, which was created by ALON Brands with GreenPrint LLC and in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, is the first sustainability program of its kind. The new sustainability program

The Gift of Coloring

Incredibly Charming Paper & Gifts (ICPG) recently debuted its new Coloring Gift Collection at the National Stationery Show (NSS) in New York City. This new collection includes travel mugs, weekly desk pads, canvas bags, ceramic coffee mugs, desk calendars, greeting cards and list pads. During the NSS, ICPG also debuted its holiday gift and party […]

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Fiesta Mart Acquires 11 Dallas Stores

Fiesta Mart expands its Texas store base to 70 through a new acquisition. Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC is increasing the number of stores it operates with the acquisition of 11 Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from RLS Supermarkets LLC. Fiesta is a specialty grocery retailer known for its international offerings that cater

Mass Markets are Dead, Long Live the Mom and Pops

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week, a friend was complaining about the fact that he had gained thirty-pounds since Christmas, and he didn’t know where it came from. Neither could he recall any unintentional life changes. He didn’t sit down and eat one, 30-pound meal in a single sitting, that’s for sure. If

Moving Forward

In many family convenience stores, next-generation leaders are helping forge their companies’ futures. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the U.S., 97% of family businesses don’t survive past the third generation, according to the Family Business Institute. No doubt that among those elevated statistics are convenience store entrepreneurs who had a succession plan, but determined

What C-Stores Can Learn From Submarines

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions Famed management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker, but of the manager.” This is especially true with younger employees who often lack workforce experience. This is where great leadership can have its biggest impact. Setting expectations for your

McDonald’s Expands All-Day Breakfast Menu

More breakfast favorites to join McDonald’s all-day breakfast offering. McDonald’s has announced that, this fall, the company will be adding new items to its all-day breakfast menu. According to a report from Fortune, the launch of McDonald’s all-day breakfast was met with an increase in visits, and the chain is hoping to continue increasing traffic

BW Gas & Convenience Acquires Multiple Iowa Stores

As part of a rapid expansion project, BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is acquiring over 20 stores from Kum & Go. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, has announced that it will soon be closing on the acquisition of 21 convenience stores from Kum & Go L.C. All

Survey Says It’s Card Companies Who Are Holding Up Chip Cards

By Mallory Duncan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The National Retail Federation A new NRF survey proves what we’ve been saying for months about conversion to the new chip-and-signature credit cards – that retailers have done their part and it’s the card industry that’s dropped the ball. The survey, conducted in May and June,

CST Brands Sells California and Wyoming Stores to 7-Eleven

CST Brands has sold nearly 80 stores to 7-Eleven. The previously announced transaction between CST Brands Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. has been completed. Through the transaction, CST Brands has sold all 79 of its stores in the California and Wyoming markets to 7-Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc. The closing purchase

How Are Consumers Responding to Savings at the Pump?

JPMorgan Chase Institute has revealed how consumers are using the money they are saving at the pump. A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute has revealed consumers’ financial response to a year of lower gas prices. With U.S. gas prices down 25% year over year in 2015, middle income households spent $477 less at

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay Program Saves Customers Millions

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program automatically saves customers money, just for filling up their tanks. Since its inception in 2013, Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program has saved Cumberland Farms customers a total of $50 million. The program, which is free to join and use, is available as both a payment card and a mobile payment app. SmartPay

NAG Burning Issue #1: Transitioning Leadership: Grooming Next-Generation Leaders

Convenience store chains that plan and implement successful leadership transitions are well-positioned to build upon their legacies and achieve new levels of success. But sometimes leadership transitions cannot be planned. This NAG session will discuss what c-store chains can do to ensure they have a viable strategy to groom leaders of tomorrow. The convenience store industry proves

Wawa’s Welcome America Celebration Features Two Mile Long Hoagie

Wawa helps feed those who go hungry in the Philadelphia area. On Thurs., June 30, 2016, Wawa kicked off its Welcome America Celebration, which ran through July 4, 2016. According to a report from The Philly Voice, thousands of individuals attended the kick-off celebration, which was hosted at the Independence Mall. As a part of

Amazon Launches Private-Label Grocery Lines

Amazon is now competing with brands who currently make their grocery items available online. Amazon is once again branching out into a new market with the introduction of its own private-label groceries. According to a new report from Fortune, Amazon has officially debuted its very own coffee and baby food. The new coffee line has

Swiss Farms Partners with PathWays PA

Swiss Farms is working to help provide vulnerable women, teens and children with meals. Swiss Farms has entered into a new local partnership with PathWays PA, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable women, teens and children stabilize their lives. As a part of the new partnership, beginning on July 11, 2016, Swiss Farms will donate

Hostess Becomes a Publicly Listed Company

A new agreement has turned Hostess into a publicly listed company, as a part of a long-term growth plan. A definitive agreement between Hostess Brands LLC and Gores Holdings Inc., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group LLC, is introducing Hostess as a publicly listed company. Hostess has an

CST Brands Hosts Second Annual Corner Store Country Run

The proceeds from this year’s Corner Store Country Run will benefit the Big Btothers Big Sisters program. On Aug. 6, 2016, San Antonio, Texas-based CST Brands will be hosting its second annual Corner Store Country Run in Syracuse, N.Y. This year’s run will be held at Onondaga Community College at 8:30 a.m. The 2016 run

Global Partners Completes Sale-Leaseback Transaction

Global Partners completes a transaction to further unlock the value in their retail portfolio. On June 29, 2016, Global Partners LP completed its sale-leaseback of certain gasoline stations and convenience stores in New England to a premier institutional real estate investor. The previously announced transaction closed for a total purchase price of approximately $63.5 million.

UPS to Install Drop-Off Lockers Outside 7-Eleven Stores

Consumers who order online can now pick up their items at drop-off lockers outside 7-Eleven stores. Following a successful test run in Chicago, UPS has announced that it will be installing 300 locker pickup locations across the U.S. UPS uses these locker locations as drop-off points for packages ordered online, and customers then have 24/7

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