McDonald’s Rolling Out “Experience of the Future” Concept

Pulling from fast-casual restaurants, McDonald’s is introducing kiosk ordering, table service. McDonald’s Corp. is engaging Millennials and adding a fast-casual spin to fast-food with the roll out of a new design that includes self-order kiosks, premium menu items and table service. McDonald’s noted that it has 500 restaurants in Southern California, New York City and

Food & Drink Trends Ahead for 2017

From new but recognizable to sustainable, Mintel outlines key influences expected to impact the food and beverage market in the new year. Mintel has predicted six key trends will impact the food and beverage market in 2017. According to the Chicago-based research firm, 2017 will be a year of extremes, from “ancient” products including grains,

AAA Predicts 43.5 Million To Road Trip This Thanksgiving

Twelve states see gas price averages dip below $2. With gas prices at a low $2.14 per gallon, AAA forecasts that some 43.5 million Americans will road trip for Thanksgiving this year. At $2.14 gas prices are the second cheapest they have been for the holiday since 2008 when the national average was $1.85. Pump

RaceTrac Supports EPA Proposal on Point of Obligation

“The current structure is the best approach to ensure that RFS program goals can be achieved,” says Metroplex Energy. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Metroplex Energy, has voiced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to deny moving the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Through its efforts to

Retailers Fight Card Companies Over Rights to Pricing Transparency

Anti-surcharge laws are anti-competitive retailers allege. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the Retail Council of New York State, Florida Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Designs vs. Schneiderman. The case takes up the issue of whether state no-surcharge laws unconstitutionally restrict retailers

Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend

CSD Seeks Nominations For Annual Social Media Awards

This January, CSD will again evaluate best practices and best c-store posts and campaigns across social media. Convenience Store Decisions is embarking on its 5th annual social media awards, and this year is seeking convenience store chain nominations in a number of categories: Best engagement with a single post or promotion by a c-store chain

Tying Up the 2016 Tax Season?

Business tax rules are never simple, but there are things to know that may make the process less painful and costly. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Convenience store retailers should be turning to their advisors for strategies on how to reduce their convenience operation’s—and their own—tax bill. Fortunately, every c-store retailer has at their disposal

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

FTC Investigating Visa’s Routing Rules

Federal Reserve says no payment card network can directly or indirectly force retailers to deploy a technology or enforce a rule that inhibits merchant routing choice. The Federal Reserve has declared that the technical specifications and rules provided to merchants as part of the EMV migration violate federal law. In response to the declaration by

Marathon Petroleum Responds to Elliott Management Statements

Hedge fund suggests a breakup of the firm to unlock value, but MPC notes it is already taking aggressive actions. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has responded to hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which in a letter to MPC’s board alleged that the company is extremely undervalued and that it should consider a break up of

Thanksgivings Day Traditions Evolve

NPD Group looks at how cultural shifts are impacting Thanksgiving Day norms. Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves, a consumer qualitative insights company that looks at consumer behavioral data. A mix of influences—economic,

Consumers Demand Transparency On Meat, Poultry

Customer concerns over food ingredients, shape foodservice trends. The new golden rule in the U.S. food industry: “An informed consumer is a satisfied consumer.” This extends not just to the information printed on labels for products such as frozen or shelf-stable foods, but also increasingly includes fresh meat and poultry sold both at retail and

Thanksgiving Weekend Set to Attract Shoppers

Some 74% of surveyed shoppers plan to shop on Black Friday. American’s are gearing up for a busy shopping weekend following Thanksgiving. Some 59% of Americans – an estimated 137.4 million people – are planning to or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF)

QuickChek Debuts Bordentown Store

Grand opening promotions include free coffee. QuickChek recently opened a new 5,496-square-foot c-store at the Rivergate Bordentown Waterfront located at 500 Route 130. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain opened the store on Nov. 8., with grand opening promotions including free large hot coffees for patrons from Nov. 8-Nov. 20. The new store will be open

Cumberland Farms Offers Free Coffee on Thanksgiving

C-store chain surveys customers about their holiday preferences and plans. Thanksgiving Day travelers have something extra to be thankful for as Cumberland Farms will be providing free coffee—any blend, hot or iced in any size—all day long on Thanksgiving Day. This offer is good at Cumberland Farms’ nearly 600 retail locations throughout the Northeast and

Sheetz Welcomes New Public Relations Manager

Nick Ruffner brings wide range of communications experience to Sheetz. Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager. Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S.

Unified Commerce Not Yet A Reality

Numerous struggles exist on the path to creating an omni-channel environment, BRP finds. While an omni-channel approach might be a goal to strive for, few retailers are there today. According to Boston Retail Partners (BRP), savvy retailers know their current planning tools are not capable of supporting the unified commerce environment necessary to satisfy today’s

Boston Globe Lists VERC Enterprises Among Top Places to Work

VERC Enterprises makes the list for the fourth time. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has once again been named to the Boston Globe Top Places to Work list for 2016. VERC Enterprises was recognized as one of 125 companies in

Thanksgiving Day One of Biggest Shopping Days of 2015

Only Black Friday saw more in-store sales. While most c-stores will be open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, many retailers in other channels had to make tough decisions about whether or not to stay open during the holiday. New information from NPD Group may have some reconsidering their decision. Despite predictions of diluted and weak

Love’s Debuts New Locations in Texas and Tennessee

Customers have a chance to win prizes in celebration of Love’s surpassing the 400 stores mark. Texas and Tennessee drivers have more fueling, dining and parking options now that Love’s Travel Stops has opened new locations in Domino, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59 and Route 3129, and in White House, Tenn., along Interstate 65 and

Rutter’s Opens 66th C-Store, Sixth Site of 2016

Award winning food and world class convenience headed to Strasburg, Pa. Rutter’s introduced its 66th retail location and its fourth site in Lancaster County on Nov. 16 in Strasburg, Pa. The new convenience store will add 50 new jobs. The new Rutter’s is located in the central part of Strasburg near the train station, situated

7-Eleven Adds Sustainably-Sourced Coffee

New premium brew is sourced from coffee growers held to strict environmental standards. 7-Eleven Convenience Stores have rolled out an exclusive new premium Nicaragua single-origin coffee from Matagalpa that is the retailer’s first coffee to be Rainforest Alliance Certified. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable

Wawa Celebrates 500th Location With Fuel

Shows thanks to veterans during c-store opening. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its 500th fuel store, located at 8250 Limekiln Pike in Cheltenham, Pa. on Nov. 10. The celebration included representatives from the Horsham, Pennsylvania, Air and Army National Guard; Liberty USO; Cheltenham Township and Pennsylvania state representatives; Cheltenham Fire and Police; local

GasBuddy Announces Executive Hires

New vice presidents of operations and marketing join the team. GasBuddy, the technology company changing the way consumers find, purchase and save money on gasoline, has announced two new additions to the company’s executive team coming at the heel of a year of stellar growth. Sarah McCrary joins the company as vice president of operations