Alon USA Joins Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference

Meeting materials available on website. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s management plans to attend the Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference to be held on Jan. 4, 2017 in Boston. Shai Even, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will hold one-on-one meetings with investors to discuss both Alon USA Energy and Alon USA Partners LP. The

A New Year Brings New Hope

Thinking about what you want to achieve and then developing the right plan is half of what you need to succeed. By Jim Callahan As we start a brand new year, plans for improvements and new successes are being rolled out in many boardrooms across the c-store industry. Of course, every good idea starts with

Technology Trends Ahead of 2017

Adoption of self-service kiosks and picking up online orders in store are both expected to increase in 2017. 2017 is set to bring new trends and changes, especially around technology adoption, to the retail industry. Doug Baldasare, CEO and founder of ChargeItSpot, the in-store phone charging station used by retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo,

Changing Consumer Food Trends To Watch in 2017

Convenience remains key and opportunities exist all along the food preparation spectrum. The NPD Group, a global information company, has outlines five trends that will impact foodservice in 2017. The battle for share of stomach will intensify. For several years now, more than 80% of meals have been sourced from home; fewer than 20% have

NATSO Foundation Introduces Online Training Course

Online training designed to promote highway safety. Truck stop operators can be vital in helping drivers in need who stop at their locations, and NATSO is making sure they have the tools they need to provide assistance. The NATSO Foundation has launched a new online course in the “How Truckstops Help People” educational series. Titled

First Coast Energy Divests 13 Sites

Daily’s c-stores not among the recently sold locations. First Coast Energy has divested 13 gas stations and convenience stores in Florida to Northeast Petro Holdings 1 LLC. Jacksonville, Fla.-based First Coast Energy operates 35 Daily’s stores in Florida. In addition, the company operates and supplies fuel to 200 sites. None of the properties sold was

New Year To Ring In Higher Gas Prices

Regional factors along with the recent OPEC deal push gas prices upward. Pump prices continue to move higher across the nation, with the average price of regular unleaded gas growing for 28 of the past 30 days to $2.29 per gallon as of Dec. 26—up 29 cents compared to this time last year, according to

Campbell Oil Sells Heating Oil & Commercial Fuels Business

Campbell Oil to focus on the continued growth of its retail operation, BellStores Inc. Campbell Oil Co. has closed on the sale of its residential heating oil and commercial fuels business to Lykins Energy Solutions. Campbell’s heating oil and commercial fuels business is a wholesale distributors of fuel oil, gasoline, and diesel to residential, agricultural,

QuickChek SVP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas Day

Mike Murphy and his son Matt greeted customers at the Fairfield, N.J. store. Those running out to their local QuickChek on Christmas this year in Fairfield, N.J., could find QuickChek Senior Vice President Mike Murphy, who worked Christmas Day for the 41st consecutive year, serving up fresh coffee. “If I’m going to have people work

Technavio Expects Self-Checkout To Grow

The growing retail industry and technological advances aiding higher efficiency are adding to the demand for self-checkout. A new research study by Technavio predicts the retail self-checkout terminals market to grow at a CAGR of almost 18% during the forecast period 2017-2021. To determine the market size, the study considers revenue generated based on the

OPMCA Approves of Ohio EPA Request To Remove Low RVP Requirement

Formal request seeks to eliminate 7.8 psi gasoline in Cincinnati and Dayton. After years of industry engagement and dialogue on the issue, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) officially submitted a final request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) seeking the removal of Low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements in the Cincinnati

Maverik to Host NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Roundtable

The convenience store industry’s exclusive organization for next-generation leaders and up-and-coming decision makers will be held May 24-25 at Maverik’s Base Camp headquarters in Salt Lake City. A team-building Habitat for Humanity project will take place on May 23. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is headed to Maverik. Save the date May 24-25 for the

CrossAmerica Closing Sale-Leaseback with Real Estate Investor

Includes the sale and leaseback of 17 properties from State Oil in the Chicago market. CrossAmerica Partners LP has completed the previously-announced transaction with a leading institutional real estate investor for the sale and leaseback of properties acquired as part of the State Oil acquisition for net proceeds of approximately $25 million. CrossAmerica acquired the

Hershey Names Michele Buck President and CEO

Hershey’s current executive vice president and chief operating officer to succeed John Bilbrey, who will remain on Board of Directors as non-executive chairman. The Hershey Co.’s Board of Directors has appointed Michele Buck, currently the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, as Hershey’s next president and CEO, effective March 1, 2017. She will

Global Partners Launches Peterborough, N.H. Alltown Market

New Alltown Market features a Centre St. Kitchen, which provides fresh, made-to-order meals and healthy choices. Global Partners LP is continuing expansion of its innovative store design, opening two new Alltown Market locations in Peterborough, N.H. and Middlebury, Connecticut, featuring Centre St. Kitchen. These stores are the third and fourth new concept Alltown Markets to

Love’s Travel Stops Donates Over $3.6 million To CMN in 2016

Grows support for charity in 2016 through new fundraising initiatives. As 2016 comes to a close, Love’s Travel Stops wraps up a year of record contributions to its partner charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through its annual company-wide store campaign, corporate golf tournaments, inaugural corporate campaign and other promotions, Love’s raised more than $3.64 million

Global Partners LP Opens Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn.

Brings Centre St. Kitchen’s handmade offerings to the area. Global Partners LP is celebrating the opening of its newest Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn., featuring the first Centre St. Kitchen in the state. Located at 504 Middlebury Road, the market is open 24 hours per day. Alltown Market elevates the convenience experience with an inviting

Yesway Celebrates the Season with Free Coffee

Yesway convenience store chain is offering free coffee to customers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Convenience store chain Yesway is giving a gift to its customers this holiday season —free coffee all day on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s

Retale Outlines 2017 Predictions

From beacons to virtual reality, mobile advertising is evolving in 2017. Nels Stromborg, executive vice president for Retale, a location-based mobile advertising platform for retailers and brands, offered insights on trends ahead for 2017. Top Six Trends headed into the New Year: Virtual reality (VR) set itself up as a real marketing tool in 2016.

PFSbrands Introduces Referral Program

Encourages customers to refer convenience stores they wish sold Champs Chicken for a chance at $1,000. PFSbrands, parent company of Champs Chicken, recently announced a unique referral program for new store locations via a Facebook campaign. This foodservice company has nearly 1,000 locations now inside grocery and c-stores and is always looking for new ways

The Global Foodservice Market Improves

Around the world, the foodservice market continues to meet consumers needs despite social and economic challenges. The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over

Sheetz Offers Free Coffee on Christmas and New Year’s

Continues 20+ year tradition of celebrating the holidays with a free coffee giveaway. C-store customers have one more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Sheetz is once again celebrating the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly-brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from

Thorntons Updates Refreshing Rewards Program

Starting in 2017, Thorntons moves away from tiered rewards and instead rewards based on visits. Thorntons is updating its Refreshing Rewards guest loyalty program, allowing all Rewards members to begin accessing exclusive offers and savings immediately after swiping their card. Beginning Jan. 4, 2017, the program will discontinue use of the existing tier-based (Welcome, Premium,

Liquor Stores Challenge C-Store Alcohol Sales In Oklahoma

New law gives Oklahoma c-stores and grocery stores the ability to sell wine and beer in 2018, but liquor stores argue the law would put them out of business. After new voter-approved guidelines expanded wine and beer sales in the state of Oklahoma to grocery and convenience stores, liquor stores are challenging the constitutionality of

Does Holiday Cheer Impact Spend?

According to a new study, shoppers with ‘a lot of cheer’ plan on spending more this holiday season. ChargeItSpot, a provider of cell phone charging stations for major retailers, events, and other indoor public venues, has announced the results of its first-annual “Retail Holiday Shopping Report.” The study looked at cheer – defined as how