Low Gas Prices Boosting In-Store Sales

Wells Fargo outlines category gains. From soft drinks to salty snacks, c-stores closed out 2014 with gains across a number of in-store categories. Soft Drink Sales Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy—dollar sales in the U.S. c-store channel were up a solid 3.6% ( up 2.1% for prior 12 weeks) during the four-week period ending


Plenty of Energy

As sales chug along, energy drinks continue to be an influential driver in the beverage market. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The energy category continues to be a staple of the convenience store mix. And while top-selling brands such as Red Bull and Monster remain on top, consumers are coming to look for new flavors

E-Cigs Driving E-Choices

As big tobacco embraces the market, consumers are seeking a broader array of vaping products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Savvy convenience store operators are taking stock in consumers’ growing hunger for tobacco alternatives, which is widening to include more than just electronic cigarettes. While best sellers like Lorillard Tobacco’s blu, Logic, NJOY, R.J. Reynolds’

Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

Striking a Balance

Americans are constantly weighing convenient food options that are either indulgent or healthier. As a result, more convenience stores are ensuring they have both types to choose from. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The average American eats six convenience foods daily, according to industry statistics. With a number that significant, and more consumers relying on

Profits by the Slice

Pizza is America’s go-to food for single dining, group meals or snacking occasions. Because of the trend, c-store sales are mushrooming. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It’s no secret that Americans love pizza. Every week, two out of three Americans eat pizza and the average consumer purchases pizza away from home five times a month—more

A Home Heating Business and Lessons Learned

If a home heating firm can lose nearly 50% of its business over an extended period of time, the same underlying factors are applicable to your convenience store. By Jim Callahan Many years ago, when I was younger and a little less wise, I led an acquisitions team that purchased a small fuel oil and

Fuel Demand Requires Strategic Thinking

Convenience retailers must think about what tomorrow’s consumers will demand and develop strategies today to accommodate changing fuel dynamics. By John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute Fuel demand is under pressure from a variety of sources and retailers need to develop strategies to remain relevant in tomorrow’s market. According to a new study by the

Mad Max Growing Retail Assets With Acquisition of O’Connor Oil

The Wisconsin convenience store company is feeling pretty good after adding four new c-stores, but the deal to acquire O’Connor’s jobber operations creates a host of opportunities. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mad Max Convenience Stores is set for an aggressive expansion. This fall it purchased the assets of O’Connor Oil Co., growing its footprint

Thanks, But No Thanks

By Mel Kleiman, Humetrics The No. 1 complaint of job seekers nationwide is that recruiters and interviewers never get back to them. Not even a “thanks, but no thanks.” I don’t know why this simple courtesy is so often ignored, especially when it could be so easily automated. What’s being overlooked here is the “bad

Tamburro Departs Nice N Easy to Join Clifford Fuel, Duskiewicz to Retire

Following the sale of the company to CST Brands, the industry veteran and National Advisory Group (NAG) board member, will serve as general manager at the family-owned company in Dolgeville, NY.,Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Company president Fran Duskiewicz to retire January 11. By John Lofstock, Editor Changes are afoot at Nice N Easy. Peter

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To High School

Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton gains $500 grant funded by the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the

Poma Oil and Redwood Coast Petroleum Sold to Flyers Energy

Flyers Energy continues strategic acquisition push. Flyers Energy LLC has acquired the assets and business operations of both Bloomington, Calif.-based Poma Distributing Co. Inc. and Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Redwood Coast Petroleum, and related entities. These acquisitions come on the heels of Flyers’ acquisitions of California marketer Redding Oil and Nevada marketer Allied Washoe, both completed

Turkey Hill Donates $102,000 To Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

“If it had not been for Turkey Hill Minit Markets sponsoring us over the past two years, we may not even be in existence,” says Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation chairman. Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented a donation check for over $102,000 to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation in a ceremony on Dec. 18 at the Turkey Hill

Disposable & Rechargeable E-Cigs

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s Convention & Expo

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions for retail chains of all sizes at NRF’s 104th annual conference in New York. KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, will share its industry-leading technology capabilities at the National Retail Federation’s 104th Annual Convention and Expo at the

Community Involvement

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The government’s knee jerk reaction following hurricanes Katrina and Sandy was having meetings and studies and then more meetings on coordinating a way to respond to energy outages that caused hardship and stress on the citizens. People react differently in a crisis, causing long lines and unruly people

Kum & Go Opens Two New Stores in Will Rogers Archway

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened two new convenience stores in Vinita, Okla. These stores are located on the Will Rogers Turnpike (767 East Will Rogers Parkway) and are part of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Oasis at the Vinita interchange. The stores are part

Illinois Starts 2015 With New E-Cig Regulations

New rules for cider sales also go into effect. Retailers in Illinois must comply with new regulations for e-cigarettes in 2015. E-cigarettes must be kept behind the counter at convenience stores, and vapor refills must be in child-proof packaging, effective Jan. 1, reported WQAD8 News. Hard ciders are also facing new rules. Apple and other

Chevron Hosts Game Day Chef Challenge

Five regional champions put go-to game day recipes to the final test on bowl game day. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has announced the Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge grand finale cook-off—a cooking contest that launched in August giving football fans and foodies in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington the opportunity to compete for the grand prize

IDDBA Predicts Deli Trends

“Retailers can capitalize on Millennials’ propensity to shop deli departments by keeping current with food trends and delivering an ever-changing assortment of offerings,” says IDDBA’s vice president education. Millennials are likely the most frequent customers in the deli, as it appeals to several values the generation tends to share, such as convenience, variety, the ability

Eight Ways Americans Will Eat Cheese in 2015

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board predicts the top cheese trends for the New Year. The growth of online shopping, snacking, bold flavors, pairings, convenience foods and an ongoing trend of consumers choosing natural, artisan foods will impact the ways Americans eat cheese in 2015, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). With American cheese consumption

Nielsen Data Shows Solid Improvements in Energy Category

Wells Fargo weighs in on beverage category numbers. Energy drinks sales are improving, while liquid tea and sports drinks sales remain strong, a recent report by Wells Fargo Securities reported. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy drinks—dollar sales were up 0.1% (up 0.5% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks

Chevron Working To Bring Apple Pay To The Pump

No timeline on rollout despite  reports. Chevron is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay to the pump—possibly by early 2015, reported Apple Insider. The news from Apple Insider came following a Twitter post from Chevron, but Chevron later clarified via Twitter that it has no specific timeline for the pump rollout, but does plan

Wawa Opening Stores in Palm Beach County

Wawa continues Florida expansion. Wawa has announced it will break ground on its first stores in Palm Beach County in 2016, with more details to come in late January, PalmBeachPost.com reported. The chain has not said where the stores will be located. Wawa has more than 675 stores in six states. The company has opened