KickBack Points to Showcase Industry-Leading Loyalty Solution at the 2015 NACS Show

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions at booth 5427 for convenience store and petroleum operators of all sizes at convenience store industry’s premier conference in Las Vegas Oct. 11-14. KickBack Points knows retailers have many questions when it comes to implementing a loyalty solution. That’s why the Idaho-based


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

EMV Compliance Discussion to be Held at NACS Show

As the EMV compliance deadline approaches, VP Racing and Allied Brand Capital will offer strategies and solutions to NACS attendees. VP Racing Fuels and Allied Brand Capital will jointly hold a panel discussion at the upcoming NACS Show. A panel of industry leaders and experts will discuss strategies and solutions for achieving EMV compliance, just in time the October 2015 deadline. Attendees will

TravelCenters Acquires 36 C-Stores

The previously disclosed agreement for the acquisition of 36 c-stores has been completed. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) announced it has completed the acquisitions of 36 convenience stores. These new stores are located throughout Missouri and Kansas, and they are part of a previously disclosed agreement. All of the acquired stores have begun operation under TravelCenters.

Good Oil Co. Releases Mobile App

With access to on-the-go customers, the new app from Good Oil will help to attract new and repeat business, as well as drive in-store sales. Good Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore in an attempt to reach on-the-go customers. The Indiana-based company, Good Oil, currently owns and operates 14 convenience locations throughout Indiana and Illinois under the Good

The United Family Launches Sweepstakes

United Family’s sweepstakes offers once-in-a-lifetime grand prize opportunity. The United Family has launched the Farmland Race with Royalty Sweepstakes. All United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, West Texas and New Mexico will participate in the sweepstakes.  According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing for The United Family, the

Chevron to Sponsor Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chevron’s new sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holds promise of future promotions for fans. Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We are excited to welcome Chevron as our newest sponsor,” said Brian Ford, chief operating officer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Chevron’s

Anheuser-Busch Acquires Golden Road

Golden Road is the latest addition to Anheuser-Busch’s High End Business Unit’s portfolio. Anheuser-Busch has announced that it will soon acquire Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing. Anheuser-Busch will help to bring the fresh, canned beer of Golden Road to more consumers. Golden Road’s commitment to bring fresh beer to the market in the most sustainable way possible

How to Build a Strong Service Team

Does your team really make service a priority? There are things you can do to develop a strong service team—and happier customers. By CSD Staff Developing a customer service team that has the skills to provide quality assistance to your customers can be the most straightforward plan if taken step by step. What can you

Taco Bell Offers Pre-Pay Option Through New Website

Taco Bell has unveiled innovative plans to revolutionize the fast food experience. Taco Bell has launched its new virtual restaurant and Website,, which will allow customers to customize, order and pay for food in advance. The new site gives customers access to the full Taco Bell menu and to flavor combinations that they never knew

Research and Markets Reveals Confectionary Trends

An increase in disposable income has led to increased customer willingness to pay for better quality confections. Rising disposable income has led to increased consumer willingness to pay more for better quality products and premium chocolates, according to a new report by Research and Markets, titled Confectionery Market in the US 2015-2019. Confectionery Market in