Kwik Trip Will Add PDQ Employees

The Lacrosse, Wis. convenience chain has plans to hire on PDQ workers as part of its recent acquisition. Officials from Kwik Trip Inc. want to ensure stakeholders that a recent mandatory announcement doesn’t impact the possibility of PDQ coworkers joining the Kwik Trip team. Kwik Trip, of La Crosse, Wis., this past July signed an agreement to acquire PDQ, a Middleton

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The Crave for Confections

For a category that’s always straightforward, the intricacies of non-chocolate candy are becoming more refined. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When it comes to non-chocolate candy, consumers from coast to coast look to convenience retailers to satisfy their sweet tooth. For smart c-store operators, that phenomenon means large and growing sales and profits. Health concerns

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TravelCenters Announces Q2 Financial Results

TA’s continued improvements at recently acquired c-store sites partially offset by increase in site level operating expenses. TravelCenters of America (TA) released its second quarter results for 2017. “During the second quarter of 2017 our dispute with FleetCor/Comdata increased our operating expenses by about $5.3 million in legal fees and what we believe to be

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PDQ Set to Layoff Employees

Employees are encouraged to apply with Kwik Trip, which is expected to finalize its acquisition of PDQ in October. Convenience store chain PDQ is set to lay off the majority of its 313 employees the week of Oct. 9. The announcement follows news of the chain’s acquisition by La Cross, Wis.-based Kwik Trip on July

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Core-Mark Announces Second Quarter Sales of $3.8 Billion

Total non-cigarette sales increased 7.4%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Net sales increased 3.1% to $3.8 billion for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $3.7 billion for the same period in 2016. “Core-Mark was able to generate modest sales growth in a

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CrossAmerica To Acquire Jet Pep of Alabama

Assets include 102 commission operated retail sites. CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Holly Pond, Ala.-based Jet Pep Inc. for $72 million. The assets consist of 102 commission operated retail sites, including 92 fee sites, five lease sites and five independent commission accounts. The locations sold nearly

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Rutter’s, Caramel M&M’s Sponsor Kyle Busch in NASCAR Win

Busch drives to victory in car No. 18, which sported Caramel M&M’s and Rutter’s logos. Rutter’s teamed up with Mars M&M’s Caramel as proud sponsors of Kyle Busch’s latest NASCAR win at the Poconos race in the Overton’s 400 on July 30. After leading a total of 74 laps, Kyle Busch took home the trophy

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Broaster Co. Welcomes Joe Heinz as Vice President of Sales

Heinz brings 20 years of sales experience to the Broaster team. Broaster Co. has hired Joe Heinz as its new vice president of sales. Heinz has spent 20 years transforming the sales approach in many industries and for companies such as Dreisilker Electric Motors and Dr. Martens Airwair USA. Combining his leadership skills with the

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Minneapolis Restricts Menthol Tobacco Sales

C-stores in the city must cease menthol tobacco sales. Minneapolis is set to restrict menthol tobacco, after the Minneapolis City Council approved limiting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the ordinance adds to an existing citywide limit on flavored tobacco sales

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S.Abraham & Sons Introduces FreshBite Café

New program offers c-store operators the chance to provide meal solutions and snacking alternatives to customers. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) is launching FreshBite Café at its annual Foodservice Showcase, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. SAS is a wholesale distributor specializing

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What Will it Take to Remain Competitive on Fuel?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is changing fuel economics across the country. Combined with new regulatory requirements, enhanced fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative power sources are muddying gasoline’s future and threatening trips to the convenience store. Hear from a panel of fuel industry experts only at the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville. But hurry, Early Bird

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Packaged Beverage Sales Flow

As traditional carbonated soft drink sales continue to lag, the convenience store channel is proving a hot bed for new beverage options sought by younger consumers, including healthier craft sodas and cold brew coffee. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Industry experts say Millennials are leading the escape from mass produced, over-processed and over-packaged foods with

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Despite Previous Veto, Maine Ups Smoking Age to 21

Maine joins California, Hawaii and New Jersey in increasing the tobacco purchase age. Maine will become the fourth state—following in the footsteps of California, Hawaii and New Jersey—to raise the smoking age to 21, after lawmakers overrode Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto. According to an article in The New York Times, lawmakers  passed the legislation,

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TravelCenters of America Introduces ‘Back on the Road’ Blog

Blog to offer expert advice as well as stories from the road. TravelCenters of America LLC has added a new blog called Back on the Road to its website in order to share engaging content, truck maintenance tips and advice as well as the latest in exciting news and information from TravelCenters. Not only are

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Parkland Fuel Corp. Increases Its 2017 Guidance by $55 Million

Releases Q2 results, which includes the acquisition of CST Brands. Parkland Fuel Corp. saw organic volume growth and increased same-store sales in Q2, according to its recently released financial and operating results for the three months ending June 30, 2017. Parkland is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent marketers of fuel

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Rutter’s Expands Corporate Office to 23,000 Square Feet

The building addition will create room for 50 more office team members. As York, Pa.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s continues to grow, it’s also expanding its corporate office to include more space for team members and departments. The convenience retailer recently started construction to expand and double the size of its corporate office to 23,000

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Leadership Change at RaceTrac, Moran No Longer CEO

Allison Moran will no longer serve as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain. Allison Moran, the daughter of Carl Bolch who served as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain since 2012, is out of the top spot, but will remain on the board of directors. In a statement to Convenience Store Decisions, the company said: “As of July

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Core-Mark Introduces New, Upscale Coffee Line

Core-Mark and Boyd’s create a premium line of coffee exclusively available to Core-Mark’s customers. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is introducing its new, upscale line of coffees: Arcadia Bay Select Coffees. Core-Mark is a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. The new premium line of coffees offers

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Celebrates 10 Years of NASCAR Partnership

Introduces “throw-back” paint scheme and themed items for fans. After 10 years as a sponsor of NASCAR drivers, Hunt Brothers Pizza is participating in throwback weekend—paying tribute to its first year in NASCAR with a throwback paint scheme on the No. 41 Ford Mustang Kevin Harvick will drive during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200

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U.S. Gasoline Prices Have Room to Run Higher in August

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  By Brian Milne Although selling off during the first trade session in August, wholesale gasoline prices in the United States could spike a dime or more per gallon ahead of Labor Day after closing out July with a rally and at the highest valuations since

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Chevron Expands Joint Rewards Program with Albertsons

Now West Texas and New Mexico-based shoppers can save at the pump. Albertsons Cos. LLC, through its United Family division, and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons Market stores in New Mexico, and the addition of

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McLane, Love’s Extend Partnership

McLane’s national scope allows Love’s Travel Stops to achieve its growth goals. Love’s Travel Stops and McLane Co. are renewing their service agreement. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to more than 430 Love’s stores across 41 states. With its consistent service levels, efficient operational structure and nationwide reach, McLane

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7-Eleven Adding Surcharge-Free ATMs at 8,000 C-Stores

ATM provider FCTI partners with MoneyPass. 7-Eleven is set to offer surcharge-free ATMs to convenience store customers at more than 8,000 U.S. convenience store locations, following a multi-year agreement between MoneyPass and FCTI Inc., 7-Eleven’s ATM provider. According to a reporty by CUInsight, beginning this month and continuing through Q1 of 2018, MoneyPass access will

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MoneyPass to Provide Surcharge-Free ATMs at 8,000 7-Elevens

The convenience retailer will add a new wrinkle to its financial services. Beginning August 2017, MoneyPass access will be rolled out across ATMs in approximately 8,000 7- Eleven stores nationwide. The ATM roll out is expected to continue through first quarter 2018. At the completion of the roll out, MoneyPass will have an estimated 33,000 surcharge-free ATMs

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Core-Mark To Release Q2 Earnings

Call scheduled for Aug. 8. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 for the second quarter ending June 30, 2017, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the

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