7-Eleven Extends BOGO Free Slurpee Promotion

Customers are invited to share a Slurpee for an additional week, as 7-Eleven has extended its BOGO promotion through Sept. 25. As 7-Eleven continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Slurpee beverage, the brand has extended its most recent BOGO Slurpee offer for an additional week. Slurpee-lovers now have another week to share

Cigars Lighting Up Sales

With consumers reaching for interesting flavors at still low prices, cigars—especially cigarillos—continue to move briskly off of convenience store shelves. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to IRI’s convenience store statistics for the 52 weeks ending July 10, 2016, cigars notched nearly $2.7 billion in sales, a 6.19% increase over 2015. Units rose 10.17%. To

Lake Fork, Texas C-Store Owner Pays it Forward

After seeing members of the community struggling to make ends meet, the owner of the Lake Fork, Texas Star Mart started looking for ways to help. The kindness and compassion of one convenience store owner in Lake Fork, Texas is not going unnoticed. According to a recent report from Belleville News-Democrat, one Star Mart convenience

Pumpkin Spice Returns to QuikTrip

Customers rejoice as pumpkin flavored treats return to all QuikTrip convenience locations. As pumpkin flavored treats are once again being offered across the country, QuikTrip has announced the reintroduction of a fan favorite coffee, along with the debut of a new pumpkin flavored treat that is sure to be a hit this autumn. According to

Convenience Stores are Evolving

New GetGo Café + Market offers a new, high quality convenience store experience. Convenience stores are evolving as Millennial consumers continue to expect more from the places they shop. One example of this evolution is the recently opened GetGo Café + Market in Brunswick, Ohio. According to a report from Cleveland.com, a grand opening celebration

Kum & Go Celebrates E15 Day

With the lifting of RVP restrictions for the winter months, E15 can now be sold nationwide, and Kum & Go celebrated the return with discounted E15. In celebration of E15 Day, on Sept. 16 Kum & Go offered E15 fuel for only $1.15 at select Des Moines, Iowa Kum & Go locations. The promotion ran

Sheetz: A Great Place to Work for All

Sheetz has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and Fortune. Sheetz has been included on the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women list, which is based on data collected by Great Place to Work and Fortune Sheetz has been ranked twice on the list, which is based on

Parker’s Named Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine Readers

Parker’s has now been included in Savannah Magazine’s “Best of Savannah” issue four years in a row. For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s has been voted the Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine readers. The honor was announced in the magazine’s September/October 2016 “Best of Savannah” issue. “Earning this recognition from our customers is

FDA Inspects Retailers for Tobacco Regulation Violations

The fines for tobacco regulation violations have been increased for all fines issued after Aug. 1, 2016. A new report from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has revealed that 55 retailers have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for selling tobacco products to a minor decoy. No fines were

Parker’s Celebrates 40 Years by Gifting a Free Jeep Renegade

One randomly selected Parker’s customer has received a free Jeep Renegade that sports the Parker’s logo. In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Parker’s has given away a free Jeep Renegade to one lucky customer. At the company’s Garden City, Ga. store, Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented the keys to a white Jeep emblazoned with

NRC Hires New Managing Director

Former NRC employee returns as the company’s new managing director. Mike Bohnert has joined NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to lead the company’s business development initiatives as managing director. “NRC has had a long and highly successful business relationship with Mike,” said Evan Gladstone, executive managing director at NRC. “When Mike came on board

Love’s Opens Three New Travel Stops

Drivers in three different states now have access to a variety of amenities at three brand new Love’s Travel Stops. On Thurs., Sept. 15, Love’s Travel Stops opened three new locations, with one in Kansas, one in Oklahoma and one in Mississippi. The Love’s Country Store in Meade, Kan., is located along U.S. Highway 54

Premium Chocolate Spurs Innovation

Many premium chocolate brands are working to create products that are accessible to wider audiences. Premium chocolate has experienced a rather strong growth rate over the past year, and this growth is expected to continue, especially as premium brands work to appeal to a wider audience through innovative new products. Ask the typical premium chocolate

Meijer Launches Grocery Home Delivery in Detroit

Meijer’s new delivery service in southeastern Michigan creates over 300 jobs. On Thurs., Sept. 15, Meijer launched a new grocery home delivery service in the greater Detroit area. Shoppers in the area can now have their groceries delivered to their doorstep within an hour. Not only does the partnership between the Midwest retailer and Shipt,

The Maple Bacon Donut has Returned to Thorntons

Thorntons has announced the limited time return of the perfect salty and sweet breakfast treat. For a limited time, Thorntons is once again offering the wildly popular Maple Bacon Donut. The donut, which first debuted in 2014, combines two things everyone loves: bacon and donuts. It begins as handmade yeast dough that is cut into

RVP Restrictions on E15 have Ended for the Year

As the RVP restriction is lifted, following the close of the summer months, ACE expresses the hope that Congress will alter these EPA rules so that E15 can be sold year-round. The senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has released a statement to remind retailers that, beginning Sept. 15, 2015, they

Rutter’s Celebrates Autumn with Pumpkin Palooza

Rutter’s has introduced a new line-up of pumpkin-flavored treats, just in time for the Pumpkin mania that is soon  to sweep the nation with the arrival of fall. In celebration of the arrival of fall, Rutter’s has once again launched its Pumpkin Palooza promotion, but this year Rutter’s has introduced even more pumpkin flavored treats

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Product matching

Today’s idea of the day: Draft off a local quick-service restaurant (QSR) by offering the same limited-time-offers (LTOs) that they are advertising. For example, if you offer fresh sandwiches and a major sandwich chain is offering a new meatball sub in your area and running a major advertising campaign for that item, chances are your

NAG Wraps Up In Savannah

NAG 2017 Conference location announced. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference concluded on Sept. 14 with two final sessions aimed at helping retailers gain new ideas. Josh Tahan, research consultant for Study Hall Research, presented information from the company’s “2016 Foodservice Perception Study.” As this is Study Hall

Foodservice on Display at NAG

From LTOs to P&Ls, retail experts give tips and takeaways to the NAG audience. By CSD Staff Educational session continued this Tuesday at the annual National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Savannah, Ga. with foodservice. The session, labeled “Drive-Throughs, LTO’s and P&Ls,” brought in experts from very different parts of the country to discuss some

PDI Conference Draws Hundreds of Attendees

A number of retailers, petroleum marketers and vendors gathered at the PDI UC to take advantage of networking opportunities and attend a number of events. The 2016 PDI Users Conference (UC), which took place at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, drew in over 500 retailers, petroleum marketers and vendors from across the U.S. The four-day

Consumers’ Concerns about Grocerant Food Safety Grow

Consumers don’t trust food found in grocery stores like they used to. As serving restaurant-style foods in supermarkets continues to grow in popularity, consumers concerns regarding food safety are also growing. Although the majority of U.S. consumers feel that foods in supermarkets are safe, the percentage who feels this way has decreased over the last

Consumers Brew Craft Coffee at Home

Millennials are embracing brewing their coffee at home, as it allows them to personalize their coffee to their individual tastes. According to the new Craft Coffee at Home report from The NPD Group, a growing number of consumers are choosing to brew their coffee at home. This shift to brewing craft coffee at home is,

Dairy Queen Introduces Affordable Hot Snack Menu

Dairy Queen is appealing to Millennial consumers with new high-quality oven baked snacks for under $2. As Dairy Queen continues to grow within the quick-service restaurant industry, the company has introduced a new line of oven-hot snacks to its menu. These oven-hot snacks, dubbed DQ Bakes!, are a first in the quick-service restaurant category. With

Are You Ready for Generation Z?

Retailers, restaurants and leisure companies will be required to adapt to meet the demands of the upcoming generation. According to the new report “Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment,” from Fung Global Retail & Technology, having grown up with social media and assuming instant access to almost all things digital,