Sunoco Acquiring Valentine Stores’ C-Store Business

The sale is set to close in the second quarter of 2016 and includes 18 c-store locations. Valentine Stores Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP to sell its retail convenience store business serving Upstate New York to Sunoco. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second

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Convenience Stores Change Lives

Convenience Stores that are active as Safe Places are providing a sanctuary to at-risk youth. In the latest Convenience Matters podcast, National Safe Place Network president and CEO Laurie Jackson spoke about how convenience stores and other community businesses are helping youth in distress. Jackson also informed listeners on how they can also become a

CITGO Partners with the Boston Red Sox

CITGO customers can help underserved children in the Boston area by fueling up at CITGO Spirit Pumps. CITGO has been named a “Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox” for the 2016 baseball season. CITGO will feature customized, co-branded activations at more than 400 CITGO stations in the New England area and in the Fenway

Walmart to Expand Drive-Up Grocery Service

Greater convenience is on the horizon for Walmart customers. As Internet retailers continue to grow on the grocery market, Walmart is stepping up its game in order to keep up with the competition. According to a report from CNet, Walmart has announced that it will be expanding its drive-up service to eight more U.S. markets

The NRF Wants Health Benefits Tax Exclusion Cap Rejected

The NRF predicts that a health benefits tax exclusion cap will not reduce health care costs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has requested that the proposals to cap the exclusion of employer-provided health benefits from federal income tax be rejected by the House Ways and Means Committee. “Favorable tax treatment today supports health coverage for

Wawa Celebrates 52 Years

Wawa is saluting its customers, employees and the communities it serves during the company’s 52nd Wawa Day. Wawa Inc. celebrated the company’s 52nd anniversary in retail by offering its customers free coffee of any size on this year’s Wawa Day, April 14. The free coffee offering was chain-wide, and it lasted all day long. This

Thorntons Brings Back Bourbon Ball Donuts

Available through the end of May, Thorntons convenience store customers can enjoy this iconic treat for only 99 cents. Kentucky Derby fans and doughtnut fans alike can rejoice, as Thorntons Bourbon Ball Donut is back just in time for Derby season! Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut first debuted in Spring 2015, and it is back by

McDonald’s Testing McCafe Kiosks

Automated kiosk to serve up espresso to order. Customers who want to avoid lines can now order their espresso beverage of choice via kiosk at two Chicago McDonald’s locations—part of a recent test by the fast food giant. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the McCafe kiosk features a touchscreen to select lattes,

Sunoco LP Acquiring Rattlers Convenience Store Chain

Wholesale motor fuel distribution business also being divested. Navasota, Texas-based Kolkhorst Petroleum is divesting its 14 Rattlers convenience stores and its wholesale motor fuel distribution business to affiliates of Sunoco LP. The 14 stores are located in six counties throughout Central Texas. According to a report by Sealy News, the transaction is set to take

Enmarket Sets Aggressive Fundraising Goal

Enmarket seeks to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the search for a cure for blood cancer. From Wednesday, April 27 to Tuesday, May 31, enmarket will be selling paper icons in its 64 retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The icons are being sold to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma

Consumers Lack Knowledge Regarding High Ethanol Fuel Blends

Research shows that consumers are unaware of the dangers of using the wrong fuels in their power equipment. The results of a recent poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) have revealed that awareness and knowledge regarding how to use high ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged among

Forecasting? What’s That?

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport Convenience store operators tend to live in the present—How much will I sell today, this week, this month, this year—and put little or no effort in forecasting. Forecasting is easy, IF you have the tools to do it. Forecasting may consists of multiple systems addressing multiple objectives. For example, merchandise planning,

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Location

TravelCenters has opened its sixth California Popeyes location. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Buttonwillow, Calif. The new Popeyes is located at 27769 Lagoon Dr., at the I-5 Exit 257 (Hwy. 58). The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

Wawa Volunteer Center Opens at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Wawa continues its support for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through a $5 million philanthropic gift. The Wawa Foundation has funded a new Wawa Volunteer Center, which is now open at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Center was funded by a $5 million philanthropic gift from The Wawa Foundation. The hospital’s existing volunteer

Eby-Brown Adds New Sales and Marketing Executives

Three experienced professionals have been added to Eby-Brown’s sales marketing teams. Eby-Brown is poising for growth by adding three new sales and marketing executives to further the company’s growth in the convenience store distribution and food services market. Eby-Brown is the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S. with annual revenues in excess

Coca-Cola European Partners Registration Declared Effective

A number of Coca-Cola subsidiaries are combining to create the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler. In relation to a previously announced transaction, which will combine Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U (CCIP) and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH (CCEG), CCE has announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the Registration Statement of Coca-Cola European

ACE Discusses Importance of RFS

ACE is pushing for support for legislation that would extend RVP relief to E15 and other blends. On April 13 and 14, the eighth annual fly-in for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) took place in Washington D.C., and nearly 70 of ACE’s grassroots members were in attendance. ACE members had more than 125 meetings

US Foods Acquires Food Genius

US Foods has greater access to foodservice data through its acquisition of Food Genius. US Foods has officially acquired Food Genius, a leading foodservice data and analytics provider. US Foods has also announced that Food Genius team members are being invited to join US Foods. Focused exclusively on foodservice, Food Genius offers a suite of

Fuel Prices Take a Slight Dip

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively steady over the coming weeks. After experiencing nearly two months without a decrease in fuel prices, the average price of gasoline has fallen on the week. According to a report from AAA, gas prices have increased for 28 of the past 35 days, and drivers across the country

Thomaston Land Co. Offers Another Property for Sealed Bid Sale

Thomaston Land Co. has added a fifth convenience store property to its sealed bid sale offering. A new site has been added to the sealed bid sale from Thomaston Land Co. The company is offering to sell six properties in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the most recent property that has been added to the list

Stripes and APlus Stores Are Raising Funds for CMN Hospitals

Every year, 10 million sick and injured children benefit from donations made by customers at Stripes and APlus Stores. Stripes Convenience Stores and APlus Stores are once again raising funds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). Through May 3, 2016, the two chains will ask customers to “Put Their Money Where The Miracles

In-Store Sales Drive Profitability

While motor fuels account for the majority of industry sales, they did not do much for profitability. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) released the industry metrics for 2015 at NACS State of the Industry Summit, which took place in Chicago from April 11-13. According to the data collected by NACS, U.S convenience stores

Consumers Expect Fuel Prices to Rise

Consumers are reporting increased fuel prices for the first time since June 2015, and economic optimism is on the decline among consumers. Research from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that a growing number of U.S. fuel consumers expect fuel prices to increase in the next month. 64% of American fuel consumers,

NRF Expert Appointed to Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold, of the NRF, will now serve as an adviser for the global supply chain. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced that Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy, has been appointed to the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Established in 2011, the committee consists of 45 senior-level

Wallis Oil Acquires Schnucks Express Stores

As Schnucks moves to focus on its supermarkets, its c-stores get new ownership. Schnucks Express convenience stores in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy, Ill. have been acquired by Wallis Oil Co. of Cuba, Mo., which will begin running the stores on May 2. The News-Gazette reported that Schnucks plans to focus on its supermarket, which it

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