Six Iowa C-Stores for Sale

NRC coordinates sale of six Iowa c-stores with the option of fuel supply. Ravinia Capital LLC of Chicago has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to act as marketing agent and broker to coordinate the sale of six Guppy’s on the Go stores. Ravinia Capital is the financial advisor to the seller. The six stores

Mondelēz International Partners with RBG

Mondelēz International is expanding its reach through a new partnership with RBG. In an effort to drive brand awareness to the independent retail channel, Mondelēz International Inc. has partnered with Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG). “We’re excited to partner with top brands like Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Sour Patch Kids, Trident and many more to ensure

Giving the Gift of Food

Americans are increasingly giving food as a gift, in fact, food gifting sales are expected to reach $18 billion in 2016. New research released in the new Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition has revealed that many Americans are choosing to give food as a gift for a variety of occasions. Since 2010, consumers

Tobacco Companies Prevail in Suit Against FDA

Judge rules that new packaging does not create a new product. In 2015, the Big Three tobacco manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the new tobacco guidelines introduced on Sept. 8, 2015 were too restrictive. Finally, on Tues., Aug. 16, 2016, a federal judge ruled partially in favor

Seating Now Open for QuickChek Chain of the Year Dinner

The New Jersey chain will be honored Oct. 19 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. QuickChek, the New Jersey-based operator of 143 convenience stores, has been a model of consistency for nearly five decades and continues to be a shining example of the best the convenience store industry has to offer. For its ongoing commitment

Dunkin’ Donuts Welcomes Back Fall Flavors

Dunkin’ Donuts is counting down to fall flavors with a special promotion that will surprise lucky guests with $1000 cash. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that its lineup of fall flavors will be returning to its restaurants nationwide no later than August 29. However, customers in Metro New York can already get their hands on their

Consumer-Centric Chinese Convenience Store

Lin Jia Convenience Store is working to provide consumers with an above-average convenience store shopping experience, and the company’s success in these efforts has resulted in substantial growth, as the company is now preparing to enter markets outside of China. Lin Jia Convenience Store, a Chinese retailer that focuses in customer service excellence and innovation,

The Evolution of Grocery Shopping

A number of trends are emerging that may be changing the face of grocery shopping. While the traditional grocery store hasn’t changed a great deal since the first supermarket was introduced in 1930, certain megatrends are emerging that have the potential to change grocery shopping forever, according to The Revolution of Grocery Shopping, the most

TravelCenters Sponsors GATS 2016

TravelCenters is offering some exciting incentives for drivers who attend GATS 2016. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, is hosting and sponsoring a variety of exciting events at this year’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. TravelCenters is making sure that GATS 2016 is well worth the visit. The following

Convenience Delivered

Delivery service competition is heating up in Portland, Ore. Consumers in Portland, Ore. can now have convenience store items delivered to their doors within 30 minutes. According to a recent report from GeekWire, on Aug. 16, goPuff launched its delivery service in Portland, Ore. goPuff offers 30-minute delivery of over 3,000 c-store products, including snacks,

Americans Avoid Drinking Calories

Many Americans are seeking healthy swaps for their favorite foods and beverages in an attempt to cut back on caloric intake. As Americans continue to grow increasingly more health-conscious, many are seeking ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle, while also finding opportunities to indulge. According to a new Harris Poll survey, which was commissioned by

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Candy Sizes

Today’s idea of the day: On all candy, bigger sizes are better because they bring better margin and higher sales. Especially when it comes to merchandising candy items at the front counter, always go with the bigger king-size bars and multipacks. From the customer perspective the price difference is negligible, but for the retailer, the

Growth Energy Discusses Impact of RFS

Growth Energy is confident that the EPA will see the benefits of the RFS. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to review the Renewable Fuels Standard, and the benefits of the program may be hard to overlook. Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement in regards to the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS)

John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

The National Advisory Group awards four scholarships for the upcoming school year to children of NAG members. As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter of higher education. To remember John’s work

Dos Equis Kicks Off College Football Season with New Retail Program

A new retail program will help make Dos Equis the beer of choice during this year’s college football season. Throughout the college football season, Dos Equis, the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP), will be running a comprehensive, 360° retail and on-premise program that will encourage consumers who are 21 and older

Thorntons Opens New Illinois Location

Thorntons will celebrate the opening of its newest travel center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and check presentation on Aug. 19. Thorntons Inc. has opened a new travel center at 24144 W. Eames St. in Channahon, Ill. In celebration of the new store’s opening, the company will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony and a

CVS Introduces a New Way to Pay

It is now easier than ever to pick up prescriptions, make payments and earn loyalty rewards at CVS. CVS is streamlining the checkout process both at the front of the store and at the pharmacy with the introduction of its new mobile payment platform. According to a recent report from Fortune, CVS has launched the

Generational Differences in Dinner Preferences

Millennials’ desire to personalize their food has led them to prefer preparing their dinners at home. A new generational study from The NPD Group has revealed that dinner is the one meal that exemplifies the differences between generations, as each generation seems to have unique motivations, needs and wants when it comes to dinner. Millennials,

Phillips 66 to Accept Chase Pay

Phillips 66 customers now have a more convenient way to pay at the pump and for in-store purchases at Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 branded locations. A new multiyear agreement between JP Morgan Chase and Phillips 66 will now enable Phillips 66 to accept Chase Pay at its Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 branded locations

7-Eleven Opens its 60,000th Location

The world’s largest convenience retail chain now operates 60,000 stores. 7-Eleven Inc. has now officially opened its 60,000th c-store location. 7-Eleven started out as Southland Ice Co. in Oak Cliff, Texas, 89 years ago in 1927. In 1946, with stores open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the name was changed to 7-Eleven. Stores started

Server Products Hires New Engineering Manager

Server Products’s new engineering manager will lead the company’s new product development. Greg Hug has been hired on as the new engineering manager for Server Products. In the capacity of engineering manager, Hug will lead Server’s engineering team in developing new products and improving existing ones. He is a proven professional with more than 30

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: DSD

Today’s idea of the day: Use warehouse programs and discontinue any duplications with DSD (direct store delivery). Do you have an idea to share? Email Senior Editor Erin Rigik Del Conte at

Is A CST Sale Coming Soon?

Rumors speculate that Couche-Tard may be close to reaching an acquisition agreement for CST Brands. Alimentation Couche-Tard is reported to be close to reaching a deal to acquire CST Brands, according to a report by the Financial Post. The deal is expected as soon as this week. But the Wall Street Journal said other bidders,

CSD Announces Consumer’s Choice Contest Winners

Customers lined up to taste-test new products at the Consumer’s Choice Contest hosted at a truenorth convenience store. Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) has announced the winners of the second-annual Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest. The product contest, hosted by Truenorth Energy, took place on Thursday, July 28, in the parking lot of a truenorth convenience

Campbell Oil Partners with Little Caesars

Campbell Oil has plans to open multiple Little Caesars Express locations in company convenience stores as a part of a new partnership. Family owned and operated Campbell Oil Co. has announced a new partnership with Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. Campbell Oil Co. is the parent company of the Minuteman Food Mart/Marathon convenience store, and this