Reynolds American Designs New Logo and Website

Reynolds American updates its image following $27 billion merger and product line expansion. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has unveiled a new company logo, along with a redesigned corporate Website. The new logo comes with plans to redesign the packaging of RAI products. According to a report by the Triad Business Journal, the redesign follows the $27.4 billion


Love’s Reopens in Van Horn, Texas

Love’s is keeping the nationwide convenience store and travel stop chain fresh and new. Three months following the initial tear-down, Love’s Travel Stops has reopened its doors in Van Horn, Texas. The new travel stop, along Interstate 10, Exit 140, features a range of driver services and also provides those travelling along the southernmost transcontinental highway in

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Par Petroleum Releases Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Second quarter 2015 financial report reveals growth for Par Petroleum. Par Petroleum Corp. has released financial results for the second quarter 2015. The highlights of the report are as follows: Net Income of $11.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015 compared to net loss of $24.7 million, or $(0.81) per


Sheetz Hosts National Root Beer Float Day Celebrations

Sheetz promotes new Barq’s Root Beer Float during National Root Beer Float Day Celebrations. In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, Sheetz offered its new Barq’s Root Beer Float for only $1.99 to Sheetz loyalty card holders. All Sheetz locations participated in the celebration on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Each year, the nation comes together to celebrate


Are Convenience Store Robberies On The Rise?

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. According to the latest statistics, robberies involving convenience stores have remained fairly steady, at about 6% of all robberies reported over the past few years, with a slight decrease in the 90s, mostly attributed to the development of better crime prevention methods. Repeat victimization however


How To Attract Hispanic Shoppers

The Hispanic American population is growing steadily; therefore, it is crucial to long-term growth that retailers understand these consumers. A study performed by The NPD Group has revealed that Hispanic Americans, particularly those who speak Spanish on a regular basis, shop differently and buy different things when compared to other Americans. In particular: ●    Bilingual Hispanics spend 20%


How Stalled Traffic Growth Is Impacting The Foodservice Industry

Report by NPD Group shows a decrease in U.S. restaurant units in the face of flat traffic growth. The NPD group has released a census of U.S. commercial restaurant locations, which is compiled yearly in the spring and fall, that has revealed a decrease in U.S. restaurant units. A 3% drop in independent restaurant unit counts compared to year


David Johnson to Receive NAG’s Inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The vice president of Toot’n Totum, who served as the National Advisory Group (NAG) board chairman from 2009-2012 and has more than 35 years of convenience store industry experience, continues to be an inspiration for young executives. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has


How Legislation and Taxes Are Affecting Cigars

C-store operators looking to grow their cigar business need to keep one eye on their customers and another on legislators looking to raise OTP taxes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Several states continue to consider excise taxes for cigars and other tobacco products (OTP), while others look at raising the smoking age and enacting outright


Kum & Go to Open Three New Iowa Stores

Kum & Go expands its presence in Iowa to 156 stores. Kum & Go has acquired three Iowa City-Coralville, Iowa area convenience stores. All three stores were formerly operated as Gasby’s and are expected to be re-opened as Kum & Go stores later this year. The stores located in Iowa City (2303 Muscatine and 1310 Gilbert Street) will be re-branded and begin operations

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How To Profit With Sandwiches

Sandwich innovation is opportunity for profit as the sandwich reigns over other portable sandwich-like competition. The all-new Packaged Facts report, Sandwiches: Culinary Trend Tracking Series, has revealed that the sandwich has risen to the top of food retailers’ and culinary masterminds’ lists. Although Americans love pizza, hamburgers and the all-American hot dog, it is the


Couche-Tard to Rebrand 700 “Extra” Stores to Circle K Brand in Mexico

Circle K expects to reach a minimum of 2,400 stores in Mexico by 2030. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard) will be rebranding over 700 Extra convenience stores located throughout Mexico to the Circle K brand. An agreement was signed by Couche-Tard, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., with Comercializadora Círculo CCK, S.A. DE C.V. (CCK), which states

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How to Drive Deli Sales

A delicious deli selection can turn your c-store into a foodservice destination. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When most consumers hear the word ‘deli,’ they think of a cold-cut sandwich. This is why customers are pleasantly surprised by delis that offer additional options that can satisfy their taste buds. A deli can be more than


How to Serve Up Soup

Soup sells, no matter what the season. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to soup there are no limits. Soup can be sold as a side, a snack, an appetizer and as a main meal, and customers will eat soup during any daypart. Although the majority of consumers see soup as more of


CST Brands Reports Revenue Decline

CST Brands has high hopes for third quarter 2015, after a fair second quarter. After making some major acquisitions and capital investments this past year, San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., which operates the Corner Stores chain of convenience stores, reported a decline in revenue in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.


BellStores Reaches New Customers With Digital Coupons

Digital coupons lead to increased traffic and higher rings for BellStores. Campbell Oil Co.’s BellStores continues to find new ways to deliver deals to customers through their mobile phones. The easiest way for customers to find deals is by using their mobile phones to access BellStores’ branded app and Website. BellStores launched their app and Website with


Core-Mark Releases Second Quarter Financial Results

Cigarette sales increase, along with increases in volume and sales margin increases, have led Core-Mark to experience significant growth.   Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced financial results for second quarter 2015, which ended June 30. The results in the report reveal exceptional growth in a number of areas. This growth has led the company to adjust

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Retailers Look to Enhance Loyalty Programs

As customer behaviors and shopping habits evolve, so must loyalty programs and the entire shopping experience. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) have released a report which reveals that retailers understand the necessity of updating loyalty programs to satisfy today’s tech-savvy customers. New technology has ignited evolution of consumer habits, and it is crucial that retailers evolve with the consumer.


Hershey Learn to Grow Benefits Thousands in Côte d’Ivoire

Hershey is helping cocoa farmers increase productivity with The Hershey Learn to Grow program, but the aid doesn’t end there. Thousands of farmers in Côte d’Ivoire will be helped through the new partnership between The Hershey Company and its long-term cocoa sourcing partner, Barry Callebaut. The Hershey Learn to Grow program will help not only Ivorian cocoa


Sunoco LP Releases Financial Results

Sunoco LP reveals substantial growth in year-over-year comparison.   Sunoco LP has released its second quarter financial and operating results for the three months which ended June 30, 2015. Along with these results, Sunoco provided updates on recent developments. A year-over-year comparison of the results from second quarter of 2014 and the results that have


Kwik Shop Takes Over Former QuikTrip Site

Kroger c-store expands its footprint in the Midwest. Kwik Shop has purchased the former QuikTrip convenience store and gas station in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Kroger Co.-owned convenience retailer announced it has bought the land and all existing buildings at 1749 W. Broadway and plans to reopen a larger, renovated store within two months. A much


Stripes Opens in Rosenberg, Texas

The latest Stripes convenience store boasts a truck stop and super beer cooler. Rosenberg, Texas is now home to the newest store location from Stripes Convenience Stores. The store’s grand opening, August 7, showcases a large selection of convenient food options provided by Laredo Taco Co. A ribbon cutting ceremony held at the grand opening

How New Technology Will Drive Your Foodservice Sales

Top 5 Reason to Attend the NAG Conference #2 Driving Foodservice Sales Through New Technology The latest technologies being used to manage c-store food programs—from foodservice ordering terminals and high speed cooking equipment to digital signage and high-definition TV menu boards—are transforming the foodservice business by allowing marketers to streamline operations and enhance communications with

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How to Raise Roller Grill Profitability

Roller grills have come a long way and become much more than a convenient hot dog cooker. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it first entered the market, the roller grill was considered a relatively low labor foodservice tool that was used to heat hot dogs, but the times have changed, and so have customer

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Colorado’s Largest Cigar Festival Gearing Up for 6th Annual Celebration

Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival will take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield Co. on Saturday, Aug. 225. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its 6th year, has become known as the premier festival of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region. Created to cater to