Joe Hamza Joins Nouria Energy Corp.

Former vice president of sales and marketing for Tedeschi Food Shops to bring 25 years of experience to his new role as chief operating officer, retail and marketing at Nouria Energy Corp. Joe Hamza has joined the executive team of Nouria Energy Corp. as the company’s chief operating officer, retail & marketing. Hamza brings to


EPA Announces Stricter Ozone Protection Rules

NACS warns stricter standards could lead to higher fuel prices, among other consequences. The Obama Administration has put stronger restrictions in place on smog-causing ozone production Thursday, Oct. 1. According to USA Today, while business groups say the rules will impact jobs, environmentalists say the restrictions don’t go far enough. The new rules would restrict

How to Hire Successful Retail Managers

It is easy to turn a blind eye to your store’s issues, but a successful manager knows how to handle these issues. It is easy to distinguish between the best and the worst store managers. The easiest way to determine a manager’s quality is to look at his employees. Employees under a good manager work

Turkey Hill Announces Summer Sweepstakes Winners

Convenience store customers win free vacations. Turkey Hill has named three lucky Pennsylvania residents as the winners of its 2015 Sizzlin’ Summer Getaway sweepstakes. During May, June, and July, customers received automatic entries when they scanned their registered Turkey Hill Rewards Cards with purchases of roller grill items, fountain drinks or slusheys at Pennsylvania Turkey

Hunt Brothers’ ‘Hunt To Win’ Sweepstakes Is Back

Giveaway to include more than 40 prizes to help convenience store pizza customers make the most of hunting season. Now convenience store customers can get ready for hunting season with help from Hunt Brothers Pizza, which is bringing back its popular “Hunt to Win” sweepstakes for the fourth year in a row. Returning with some

How Nutrition Trends Are Changing

Consumers are being taken back to the future with new nutritional trends. In recent years, everything that was believed about fat and cholesterol in foods has changed. Recent reports have revealed that the consumption of cholesterol has little impact upon the cholesterol in our blood, and therefore it should not be avoided in an attempt to lower cholesterol. A

How Consumers Are Showing Interest in Specialty Foods

The range of specialty food consumers has widened considerably in recent years. The specialty food category is growing in popularity and attracting new consumers. Men are among the category’s growing fan-base, as well as some less affluent shoppers. These groups are interested in a variety of products like artisanal cheese and single-origin chocolate. Along with these

How Americans Are Coping With Debt

As the economy strengthens, consumers may become more comfortable taking on debt. Consumers have begun borrowing money again, as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen. However, a new report from Mintel has revealed that 31% of Americans are overwhelmed by debt and they feel as though they will never repay it all. Nearly half of Millennials

How Americans Perceive Natural Ingredients

Americans prefer foods with natural ingredients, but brand may be just as important as ingredients when it comes to choosing products. A new consumer poll from Instantly has revealed that many Americans do not trust large companies to produce all-natural alternatives to artificial ingredients. According to the study, 75% of Americans said that when it

Old Wisconsin Contest Offers $10,000 Grand Prize

A new recipe contest from Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin offers a $10,000 grand prize for the best recipe! Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin, owned and operated by the Buddig family. Family traditions, especially at mealtimes, are of the utmost importance to the company. Carl Buddig & Co. considers its employees, sales

As Hurricane Joaquin Approaches Is New Jersey Ready?

Could we see another situation like the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy where most gas stations were closed due to power outages and customers were forced to drive miles and stand in long lines to fill up? Hurricane Joaquin at presstime had increased in strength to a Category 3 hurricane and was heading North and expected

CSD to Honor Family Express

Limited seating still available for convenience store retailers to join us at the 2015 Chain of the Year dinner in Las Vegas. Register today. The editors and Editorial Advisory Board of Convenience Store Decisions are proud to honor Family Express as the 2015 Chain of the Year. C-store retailers can join the celebration during the

Hy-Vee to Construct New C-Store

New c-store will be constructed next to existing grocery store. Hy-Vee Inc. will soon begin construction on a new convenience store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The new convenience store will be accompanied by a fueling station. According to a report from the Gazette, the new convenience store will take the place of a former dentist

Tifton, Ga. Farmer Named 2014 Farmer of the Year

Innovative doublecropping crop production system helps Tifton, Ga. farmer earn Farmer of the Year award. Philip Grimes, a farmer from Tifton, Ga. who is known for his conservation practices and high crop yields, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2014. Grimes was named

NATO Seeks Repeal of Two Legal Age Laws

NATO submits legal commentary against cities where the legal age for purchasing tobacco products is 21. NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) is requesting that two California cities repeal their ordinances that raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21, rather than 18. The requests have been submitted as legal commentary letters to the Healdsburg, Calif. City

Wisconsin C-Store Adds CNG Fueling Facility

CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to gasoline. An Andy’s-branded gasoline station and convenience store in Milwaukee, Wis., is partnering with LLC to add a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per

Love’s Opens New Texas Travel Stop

The Love’s provides 83 parking spaces, gourmet coffee, a McDonald’s and a Chester’s among other amenities. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors of its new travel stop in Hungerford, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,000

How to Control Operating Costs

The two largest expenses a convenience retailer often faces are labor and inventory, but costs can creep up anywhere. Experienced c-stores, however, have learned how to combat such costs. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor It is a truism in business that you cannot save your way to prosperity. Somebody probably also said once that containing

NATO Seeks New Board of Director Candidates

NATO is seeking to fill 10 positions on its board of directors. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) board of directors is once again is inviting its members to consider being a candidate to join the board. Nine manufacturer directors, 12 retail directors and three wholesale directors make up the current NATO board. The board is seeking to

U.S. Oil Partners with CSA

U.S. Oil customers expected to gain significant advantage through new partnership. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, has entered into a partnership with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). This new partnership will allow independent customers access to national chain discount and rebate programs. “I have come to realize as an independent that

C-Store Provides Healthy Dinner Options

All of the ingredients that consumers need for a balanced dinner can now be found in one convenient kit, at a convenient location. Square One Markets convenience store in Bethlehem, Pa. has launched a test phase for a new dinner kit. This new kit allows nourishing family meals to be prepared in less than 30 minutes!

Hershey Launches New Global Initiative to Feed Children

Hershey will use new initiative to support the nutritional needs of children in Ghana. The Hershey Co. has launched a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. The goal of the initiative is to help supply Vivi to school children in Ghana.  Vivi is a vitamin and mineral-fortified nutritional supplement which is produced from high-quality

Retailers are Optimistic About the Fourth Quarter

Consumer and retailer optimism are up as the third quarter of 2015 comes to a close, and they seem to have good reason. The first nine months of 2015 have brought growth to convenience store sales at the pump as well as inside the store. According to a report from the National Association of Convenience

Heineken Launches Worldwide Spectre Campaign

Heineken offers a one of a kind James Bond experience through the new Spectre campaign. Heineken has announced the latest chapter of its global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise, launching the new Spectre campaign. This announcement precedes the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn. Heineken’s integrated Spectre campaign

How to Survive as an Independent C-Store Owner

In today’s competitive marketplace, it can be quite the challenge to succeed as an independent c-store owner. Difficult, but not impossible. As the retail landscape continues to change through consolidation, new players and the ever-evolving consumer, there has been a great impact on independent c-store or small c-store chains. These changes in the industry require independent owners to change