Par Petroleum Implements Major Changes

Par Petroleum has made  some major changes in order to improve the company. Effective Oct. 20, 2015, Par Petroleum Corp. will change its name to Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. The name change is meant to more accurately reflect Par’s growth strategy of building and acquiring businesses. The company’s ticker symbol, PARR, will remain the same. Along with the name change, the company


C-stores And Other Retailers Testing Mobile Payment Platform

Columbus beta expansion includes MCX’s CurrentC payment platform. Merchant Customer Exchange’s (MCX) mobile payment platform, CurrentC, can now be used at participating Kmart, Sam’s Club, Sears and Walmart locations around Columbus, Ohio. This move comes as part of an expanding beta in the city. The beta will soon grow to include select local Exxon, Mobil and Shell fuel stations,

Couche-Tard Purchases Texas Star Assets

Couche-Tard expands its base of Circle K stores in its Southwest Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase all the assets operated under the Texas Star brand from Texas Star Investments Inc. and its affiliates. The agreement was signed through Couche-Tard’s wholly‑owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The assets are comprised of 18

Couche-Tard Vice President Resigns

Couche-Tard vice president and chief financial officer leaves after successful 13 years. Raymond Paré, vice president and chief financial officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has resigned. Paré has indicated his intention to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family. Couche-Tard’s board of directors has accepted his resignation and wishes him success in

TravelCenters Acquires C-Stores in Western Wisconsin

TravelCenters may expand deal pending closing conditions for Western Wisconsin c-stores. TravelCenters of America LLC has acquired convenience stores located in Western Wisconsin. The previously disclosed acquisition included seven stores which were acquired Oct. 14, and one additional store may be acquired, if the seller satisfies certain closing conditions. TravelCenters has begun to operate all of the stores. TravelCenters expects

What Consumer Trends Are Ahead for 2016?

Consumer trends continue to evolve as we head into 2016. Mintel has revealed four key North American consumer trends that are expected to impact the U.S. market in 2016. Mintel consumer trends consultants Stacy Glasgow and Jenny Zegler are looking ahead to 2016 and have revealed implications for both consumers and brands in the coming

NACS Sessions Explore Design and Food

Foodservice is moving from a key concept to critical component for c-store operators. By David Bennett, Senior Editor NACS 2015 continued Oct 13 with various education sessions meant to inform and explore. Many attendees packed the room to hear discussions from a session, titled, “The Psychology of Store Design.” Joseph Bona, president of the retail

Kofdarali Takes the Helm as NACS Chairman

NACS helps to connect those in the industry to our country’s most influential people. NACS encouraged industry members to strive for greatness at the 2015-16 NACS Show. “Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better,” Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., told NACS Show attendees after accepting the

NACS Releases 2015 Ideas 2 Go Video

Retailers can now experience the Ideas 2 Go program from the comfort of their home. The 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go program can now be purchased in an online video format. The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at

Gearing Loyalty Programs Towards Millennials

Retailers are gearing their loyalty programs towards Millennial consumers. Loyalty marketers who are striving for a successful loyalty rewards program must account for the Millennials’ desire for fun and excitement in a rewards program. More than 80-million consumers in the U.S. consumer segment are accounted for by 18- to 34-year-olds (Millennials). In a COLLOQUY-sponsored nationwide

Hershey Sponsors Team USA

Hershey is now the official sponsor of The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. The Hershey Co. has entered into a five-year partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will be supported by Hershey through the 2016 Rio Games, the 2018 PyeongChang Games and the 2020 Tokyo Games. The new partnership is

Dollar General Restructures to Drive Growth

Dollar General Corp. plans to eliminate 200 positions through corporate restructuring, effective immediately. In an attempt to improve efficiencies and reduce expenses, Dollar General Corp. will be eliminating 255 positions, effective immediately, by restructuring its corporate support functions. “Over the last several months, we have taken a hard look at our cost structure and are streamlining our support

China Welcomes belVita Breakfast Biscuits

Three new belVita breakfast options have been released in China. Mondelēz International has officially launched belVita breakfast biscuits in China. The launch follows belVita’s successful rollout in more than 50 markets around the world. Mondelēz International already markets in China with beloved brands such as Oreo, Chips Ahoy! and TUC. Leveraging consumer snacking trends around health and nutrition, the company

7-Eleven Opens in Dubai

Dubai residents and visitors can now enjoy the convenience of a local 7-Eleven store. Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., has officially opened its first 7-Eleven store in the United Arab Emirates. The store opened for business in Dubai on Oct. 6, and the company held an event with a ribbon-cutting, VIP attendance

Anheuser-Busch To Acquire SABMiller

Biggest beer deal in history would create a super brewery with nine of the top 20 beers by volume. Anheuser-Busch InBev is purchasing rival SABMiller—maker of Miller Lite, Pilsner Urquell and Peroni, for $104 billion dollars, creating the world’s largest beer manufacturer. The “super brewery” will boast sales of $55 billion and create nine of

NACS Experts Get Fresh

Retailers learn the benefits of fresher food options, as well as cutting costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fresh is easier said than done, especially in the convenience store business. But for operators looking to introduce fresh food options in their stores, there’s practical ways to go forward, according to a panel that shed some

Low Fuel Prices Increase Consumer Optimism

Consumers are optimistic about the state of the economy, but few believe that fuel prices will fall any lower. As fuel prices fall, consumer optimism about the economy rises. According to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey results from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), for the first time since June, a majority of American consumers

NACS Celebrates Victories of 2015

NACS has faced a number of industry problems head on in the past year, and continues to fight for what is best for the industry as a whole. NACS scouts and shares global best practices in order to improve the convenience retailing industry. NACS develops programs to help members improve their operations and addresses critical

NACS Recognizes 11 Scholarship Recipients

NACS recognizes future industry leaders. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has awarded 11 college students with a $3,000 scholarship, awarded by the NACS Scholarship Program. In addition to the scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 11–14, where they were recognized during a special

New Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Minit Market Opens

Turkey Hill celebrates new store opening with limited-time product specials. Turkey Hill Minit Markets is working to expand its presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In order to expand, the company is slated to open a new store, later this month. The new store will soon open at 140 N. Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre. Serving customers 24 hours

From Private Label to Beacons NACS Show Educates on Trends

During the educational sessions Monday, c-store retailers had the opportunity to learn the latest trends and innovations in the area of their choosing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Monday at the NACS Show kicked off with a number of educational sessions to help convenience store retailers maximize success. In an educational session on private label

Tri Star and truenorth Adopt Verifone POS Solutions

Verifone technology is helping Tri Star and truenorth to enhance customer experiences. Tri Star Energy and truenorth have each chosen one of Verifone’s EMV-ready petroleum and c-store management and point of sale (POS) solutions to deploy across all company-owned and affiliate locations.  EXPEDITED EMV MIGRATION Verifone’s solutions will enable Tri Star and truenorth to accept EMV payments

Hershey is Nourishing Minds

Hershey strives to nourish 1 million minds by 2020. The Hershey Company has launched a new global purpose that will provide children in the U.S. and abroad with the basic nutrition that is necessary for them to learn and grow. This new initiative is being referred to as Nourishing Minds. In the U.S., 15 million

Chain of The Year Dinner Honors Family Express

Convenience Store Decisions presents Chain of the Year award to Family Express. Convenience store retailers joined to celebrate Family Express, Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year award winner, during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nirvana Pool inside the

NACS Show Kicks Off

From mobile to FDA rules for food labeling and tobacco, NACS shares the latest trends and information with convenience store retailers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show kicked off in Vegas on Oct. 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a number of educational sessions. In an