Are Low Gas Prices Good for the Economy?

Customers weigh in on what they think of today’s gas prices. Gas prices tend to tick upward at the beginning of the year, but what do consumers think of the shift and at what point does it start to impact their business? According to results of the NACS Consumer Fuels Survey, Americans overwhelmingly say that

Sheetz Introduces New Loyalty Card

New loyalty card allows Sheetz shoppers to rack up points with every swipe of their MySheetz Card. Sheetz has introduced a new loyalty card allowing customers to enjoy free items and other rewards and become official ‘Sheetz Freakz.’ MySheetz Card holders will now receive points on nearly every in-store purchase* and can choose customized rewards

Rutter’s Customers Vote for Charity Donation Recipients

Rutter’s customers vote for the charity of their choice with every dollar spent at Rutter’s. Rutter’s has re-launched its ‘Vote with your Dollars’ program for 2017 and has announced 10 charities to participate in the third consecutive year of the philanthropic program. The charities include: Adams County SPCA Diakon Adoption and Foster Care House of

7-Eleven Agrees to Buy 1,100-Plus Sunoco Sites

The convenience giant will significantly expand its geographic footprint in the Atlantic, Northeast. 7- Eleven Inc., the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, is pleased to announce it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states. Terms

Forbes Features PFSbrands ESOP Strategy

PFSbrands’ owner has sold 100% of the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Shawn Burcham, the founder and CEO of PFSbrands, has long worked at instilling “ownership thinking” as one of the key driving forces behind his company’s celebrated culture. PFSbrands is the home of the prepared food brands for c-stores—

NACS SOI Summit Kicks Off

The NACS SOI Summit reveals industry numbers for the past year across key categories. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) Summit kicked off in Rosemont, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel on April 5. C-store retailers gathered to hear the economic outlook, as well as industry numbers and

Kum & Go Supports Habitat for Humanity ‘Home is Key’ Campaign

Kum & Go set to distribute several grants to local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Kum & Go convenience store customers have a chance to join the chain in its support of Habitat for Humanity this April as it embarks on its fourth year running partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build strength, stability and self-reliance

PDI Announces Three Software Company Acquisitions

Acquisitions aid global expansion plans while strengthening and broadening PDI’s its software solutions portfolio. PDI has acquired three privately-owned companies: DataMax Group Inc., LOMOSOFT and FireStream WorldWide Inc. PDI is a global provider of enterprise-class software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, and the triple acquisition is expected to accelerate the company’s

VP Rolls Out FASTLUBE Facilities

VP FASTLUBE offers an attractive image, a credit card program with one of the lowest rates in the industry. VP Racing Fuels is expanding into the quick lube business. The company has introduced VP FASTLUBE, a quick lube concept that will complement VP’s fast-growing retail branding program for gas stations and convenience stores. While stand-alone

GPM Begins Operation of 92 Roadrunner Market Stores

With acquisition finalized, GPM now operates and supplies over 1,100 sites in 18 states, making it the 7th largest convenience store chain in the U.S. GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates have taken ownership of 92 convenience stores with fuel sales in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia operated by Mountain Empire Oil Co.

Dos Equis Launches ‘Taste Adventure All Summer’

HEINEKEN USA looks to drive consumer engagement with can buckets and digital or Uber gift cards. HEINEKEN USA is introducing the Dos Equis ‘Taste Adventure All Summer’ program this May to heat up sales for retailers. The program, beginning May 1, leverages the overall growth of Mexican Imports and the rising popularity of beer served

Ricker’s Gets Indiana Beer Reprieve

The c-store chain is immersed in an effort to clarify Indiana’s alcohol laws in advance of lawmakers taking an in-depth look at the regulation of the industry. Ricker’s convenience stores in Columbus and Sheridan would still be able to sell cold carryout beer—for now—under a measure passed Monday by an Indiana House panel, according to

Eby-Expo East Explores Foodservice

For the first time, Eby Brown is expanding its show presence to include the eastern U.S. Eby-Expo East wraps up today, April 5, in Cleveland, Ohio as more than 900 retail partners and vendors were on hand to preview what Eby-Brown Co. had to offer in terms of retail solutions for c-stores and their growing

All-Channel Tobacco Numbers Fluctuate

Cigarette volume deceleration persists while industry maintains firm pricing.  At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco segments remained steady overall, despite deceleration in cigarette volume. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth in the multiple market divisions, and the report also indicates that some segments are doing better

National Beer Day Is Tale of Sales

Beer continues to wet the whistles of American consumers. As adults across the country raise a glass of their favorite malt beverage to celebrate, total retail sales and other figures are something else to celebrate, according to recent Nielsen data including: Retail beer sales totaled more than $34 billion in the last year. Beer, cider

IRI’s Most Successful Consumer Packaged Goods Brands of 2016

Personalized products are finding their niche with consumers. IRI has announced last year’s most successful consumer packaged goods launches in its “2016 New Product Pacesetters” report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands of new brands hit retail shelves during 2016, with 80% of the top-ranking brands

Sandwich Chain Expands into C-Stores

This Idaho Eatery hopes to make its mark in the convenience channel. San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery, an emerging limited-service sandwich franchise, is targeting convenience stores on its path to nationwide expansion. The Idaho-based chain plans to launch up to 100 locations across the country over the next five years, according to Asian American Trade

7-Eleven to Power Texas Stores with Wind

  The c-store chain is integrating alternative energy to blow away traditional electrical utilities in the Lone Star State. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100% Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which covers 425 stores, starts June

Wawa Expands Partnership with Nielsen

The Pennsylvania c-store chain is looking at the resource provider to deliver analytic pricing among other services. Nielsen and Wawa Inc. announced today an expansion and extension of their long-standing relationship, with the renewal of contracted services for data insights and analytics. Nielsen will now cover metrics for all Wawa stores, which includes more than

Bull, Deuser Elected to NYACS Hall of Fame

Two New York industry veterans earn their way onto honor roll of successful entrepreneurs. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has announced that c-store veterans Larry Bull and Mike Deuser have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors individual retailers and suppliers for exceptional

McLane and Walmart Reach Sweet Deal

Supply chain services provider caps 25-year relationship with the exclusive distribution of seasonal candy to Walmart’s U.S. retail locations. McLane Company Inc., a leading, today announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the U.S., in addition

Kum & Go Expands in Coralville, Iowa

New convenience store features Marketplace prototype, including an elevated food experience. Kum & Go introduced its latest store location in Coralville, Iowa at 2600 Holiday Road. The 6,200+-square-foot store was built with the Marketplace store design and opened on March 30. To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive

NRF Applauds Committee Approval of Secretary of Labor

Calls the move a step toward restoring ‘fairness and balance’ at Department of Labor. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the committee approval of Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said quick confirmation by the full Senate would help bring back balance at an agency where “ideological whims” have blocked job creation. “The sooner

Drive Foot Traffic to Store Locations

New “Store Traffic Guarantee” for the Retale mobile app helps retailers meet performance parameters. Retale, a technology company that develops mobile-first shopping experiences, has launched the “Retale Store Traffic Guarantee.” Now available for its retail partners, its Store Traffic Guarantee is specifically for the Retale mobile app, the company‘s flagship location-based shopping service. Today, 5,200

NPD Group Profiles Online Grocery Shoppers

Young men, young adults and Amazon Prime members among groups that look for online grocery opportunities. Although online grocery shoppers can be found across all demographic groups, they are more likely to be younger men, ages 18-44, according to a recent report on online grocery shopping by The NPD Group, a global information company. Amazon