ATMs Undergo Transition

Before last Thanksgiving, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of class action lawsuits by consumers, accusing Visa, Mastercard and several U.S. banks of conspiring to inflate the prices of ATM access fees in violation of antitrust law. The lawsuits in question accused the companies of adopting rules protecting themselves from competition with lower-cost ATM

Car Wash Potential Sparkles

According to reports, the U.S. auto industry reached a sales milestone of 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016. Not only is this larger volume of vehicles good for U.S. fuel marketers, it’s also good news for convenience store operators who offer car wash services. Coupled with lower gas prices, Americans are driving more, increasing demand

Optimism High Even as Gas Prices Grow

Southerners report the highest levels of economic optimism and Midwesterners report the lowest. Greater economic optimism could mean more sales for c-stores. Gas price are on the rise, but still three in five (61%) gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the state of the economy, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Younger Consumers Turn to Snacks for Main Meals

Fresh fruits and vegetables with a “health halo” are in demand. Snacking is allowing customers to eat on the go and support an active lifestyle. Health consciousness, more solo households and convenience are among the reasons more U.S. consumers, particularly young adults, are eating snack foods as part of their main meals, finds The NPD

Culinary Visions Panel Reveals Latest Foodie Trend

Customers want variety and food markets are offering options. As customers look for new dining experiences, food markets and festivals are piquing their interest. Culinary Visions Panel’s latest research explores consumer attitudes towards experiential-based dining opportunities such as food halls, farmers markets, emporiums and arcades. The inspiration for this emerging market report was a recent

Sheetz Named Among Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

Comes in at 87th, up 10 positions from last year. Sheetz is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 20th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Sheetz, which ranked 87th,

Love’s Travel Stops Expands in Maryland

Increases parking spaces along Interstate 81. The second Love’s Travel Stop in the state of Maryland, located in Hagerstown has opened for business. Located on Interstate 81 and Showalter Road (Exit 10A), the new travel stop adds 84 truck-parking spaces to the area. “We recognize the need for truck parking and driver services across the

VERC Enterprises Teams with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center

Two students with Autism set to intern at Danvers c-store location. VERC Enterprises is teaming with Hopeful Journey Education Center, a private school approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, which provides a comprehensive education to students ages 3-22 diagnosed with Autism and requiring an individualized curriculum. VERC Enterprises is a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf

Energy Drinks Chugging Along

On-the-go consumers—who make up the bulk of c-stores’ customer base—show no sign of slowing down, which means energy drink sales will continue to grow. The reason is obvious: Americans crave energy. According to a projection by Packaged Facts, sales of energy drinks and shots will grow to $21.5 billion by the end of 2017, driven

C-Stores Learning Their Craft

Beer ranks third among the top 10 merchandise categories, behind cigarettes and packaged beverages, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) “2016 State of the Industry” Report preliminary data, derived from submissions as of March 31. In addition, the beer category ranks sixth for in-store gross margin contribution at 4.2%. Moreover, Americans are

A Twist On Refreshment

Both bottled water and sports drinks are thirst quenchers that continue to be staples in the convenience channel. According to research firm Mintel, 83% of U.S. consumers drink unflavored still bottled water, compared with 82% drinking tap water. Flavored still bottled water was consumed by 48% of those surveyed, and 46% sought out both unflavored

Cool Category Carries On

Perhaps there is no “destination category” that best captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the convenience store industry as does cold and frozen dispensed beverages. More and more when patrons enter a c-store, they are likely to encounter dedicated spaces known as the “Chill Zone,” “Siberian Chill,” or “Cold Corner.” Cold dispensed beverages remain a staple

Wawa Rewards Members Enjoy Free Coffee Fridays

The March promotion is set to be Wawa’s largest Wawa Reward giveaway yet. Wawa Rewards members have a new reason to celebrate this March: Free Coffee Fridays. Everyone with a Wawa Rewards membership gets five free days of coffee—during every Friday in the month of March. This offer continues to make connecting with Wawa through

Americans Want Year-Round Seasonal Flavors

Seasonal flavors are associated with being fresh, special and nostalgic. Customers wait all year for their favorite seasonal foods and beverages to appear, but new research from Mintel found that 67% of customers enjoy being able to consume specific seasonal ingredients year-round. Still, while Americans want the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the

GasBuddy Reveals Top Rated C-Store in Each State

QuikTrip, Wawa are among the highest rated chains. GasBuddy has released the results of the highest rated convenience store brands in each of the 50 states. Data was collected from millions of GasBuddy app user ratings throughout the country who said these brands had the best overall convenience store retail experience. Brands needed to have

Lively Soft Drinks Emerge

Although the news is not all positive for carbonated soft drinks, innovation in the category has the potential to create a reboot. Demand for both regular and diet carbonated soft drinks has declined as more consumers turn to healthier beverages to quench their thirst, according to IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based market research firm. It reported

St. Patrick’s Day Spending Set for Record High

Retailers prepare for a boost in sales as customers gear up for St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day spending is expected to grow this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The survey found spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an

Yesway Launches Customer Appreciation Gas Promotion

Customers who fuel up at Yesway save $2 on in-store purchases of $10 or more with receipt. On Wednesday, March 8, convenience store chain Yesway launched “TANK YOU! Gas Up & $ave” – a new customer appreciation promotion to say thank you to its loyal patrons. From March 8 through April 5, 2017, Yesway customers

On the Move C-Stores Offers Loose Leaf Tea

Through a partnership with Village Tea Company Distribution and the Florida Panthers On the Move tests single-serve POS displays of various tea flavors. On the Move Convenience Stores is featuring loose leaf tea at its 11 of its stores across Florida. Village Tea Company Distribution, Inc., as part of its ongoing effort to introduce more

Indiana C-Stores Fight Cigarette Tax Hike

Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns sales would fall if rates are increased to the same rate as neighboring states. Indiana convenience stores are fighting against a proposal by House Republicans to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. According to WIBC News, the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association is speaking out to

2017 Looks Rich for Dairy

Dairy products like milk, frozen novelties, ice cream and more continue to be essential items for Americans—and just the kind that convenience stores specialize in. Health is an obvious driver. Darryl David, CEO of Darryl’s Ice Cream Solutions LLC, a private-label ice cream consulting firm in St. Petersburg, Fla., said more often than not, U.S.

NRF Supports House Plan to Repeal ObamaCare

Retailers want competition-driven private health-care market, says NRF. The National Retail Federation (NRF) supports legislation that was introduced by House Republicans to repeal and replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Retailers want reforms that drive us toward a more competition-driven private health care market, and the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bills take us in that direction,”

Beverage Segments See Soft Results

Wells Fargo reports beverage and salty snacks numbers for four, 12 and 52 weeks ending Feb. 25. Wells Fargo Securities reported that all channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) for the total snack and beverage categories during the four-week period ending Feb. 25, 2017 were up +1.4%. Total carbonated soft drinks

Love’s Offers Fuel-and-Go during Bike Week

High traffic means no long-term parking for trucks during Bike Week in Ormond, Fla. Love’s to offer only fuel-and-go in Ormond Beach, Fla. for Bike Week March 10-19 Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will converge on the Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area March 10-19 for Bike Week. Daytona Harley Davidson (DHD), located next door to Love’s

Casey’s Introduces Share Repurchase Program

Reports on financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $0.58 for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended Jan. 31, 2017, compared to $0.97 per share for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $3.72 versus