NRC and Petroleum Equity Group Form Alliance

By combining resources, the two companies aim to offer even greater opportunities to clients. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC of Chicago, and Petroleum Equity Group Ltd. of Chappaqua, N.Y. have formed a strategic alliance to provide joint real estate and financial advisory and other services to owners and operators in the convenience store and

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Impulse Purchases

Today’s idea of the day: Drive impulse purchases at checkout with higher-priced items. Take a look at the items you place by the front checkout to drive impulse sales and consider how you can revamp this section to make the most profit possible. Are most of the items low-priced items?  If so, consider adding some

NOCO Raises $6,850 For Newman Family Club

Annual golf outing at Holiday Valley helps to raise donations. NOCO announced a donation of $6,850 to the Newman Family Club, the Tonawanda, N.Y. location of the Northtowns Boys and Girls Club. The funds were raised by employees and vendor partners who participated in NOCO Express’ annual golf tournament held this past summer at Holiday

TravelCenters of America Provides Winterized Diesel

Winter additives offer protection to drivers this winter. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is continuing its annual winter diesel additive program to help trucking fleets and professional drivers weather what is forecasted to be a brutally cold and snowy winter. The treated fuel dispenses

VERC Enterprises Offering Free Car Washes To Honor Veterans

Veterans receive a free top tier car wash and wax for free. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, will honor Veterans Day by offering military veterans a free car wash and wax. On Friday, Nov. 11, all veterans of the United

Subway Makes Biggest Single Day Donation To Feeding America

Provides 11 Million meals to people in need. Subway’s campaign to raise money for Feeding America helped raise a whopping $11 Million on behalf of local food banks. On Nov. 3 Americans turned out in huge numbers to participate in the first-ever SUBWAY #GoodDeedFeed event on National Sandwich Day to help Americans facing hunger. On

St. Romain Is Making its Mark

There’s no question that the Louisiana company is fulfilling its destiny. As the operator of Y-Not Stop convenience stores continues to put customer and community first, its future seems assured. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Louisiana is largely the creation of the Mississippi River. As a result, the southern state has varied geography and habitats—tidal

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Gamify

Today’s idea of the day: Gamify employee rewards. Help motivate employees using gamification. Offer badges, rewards and levels for various jobs well done such as completing a training, helping a customer, properly greeting people who enter the store and so on. Consider tracking results online where everyone can see the results. Making success at work

Love’s Expands in Colorado

Love’s opens 8th location along U.S. Highway 287. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its newest location in Eads, Colo., located along U.S. Highway 287 and S. Wansted Road. With the opening of this location, professional drivers now have access to eight Love’s locations along the 600-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 287 from Eads, Colo., to

Wawa Opens 100th Florida C-Store

Prepares to announce next convenience store expansion phase. Wawa Inc. is set to celebrate the grand opening of its 100th store in Florida. During the milestone c-store celebration, Wawa will reveal its plans for the next phase in its Florida expansion, as well as present a grant from The Wawa Foundation to Feeding America Food

Yesway Celebrates Mason City, Iowa Store Openings

Attendees to receive free coffee and food at the grand opening events set for Nov. 4-5. Convenience store chain Yesway is celebrating the grand opening of its six Mason City, Iowa stores Nov. 4-5. Featuring new and upgraded store facilities both inside and out, Yesway now offers an enhanced shopping experience, neighborly customer service, and

Carr to Join ITG Brands as President

Carr to oversee sales, marketing and operations in new role. Dan Carr, a veteran consumer packaged goods and tobacco industry leader, is joining ITG Brands LLC as president, effective Nov. 7. ITG Brands, based in Greensboro, N.C., was formed in 2015 and is the third-largest tobacco manufacturer and marketer of tobacco products in the U.S.,

The Trolley Problem

When we do nothing, the situation is often worse than performing any other action. By Bill Scott Google published an article last week that I will recap just a little bit, because it resonates like a bell on a different issue I have struggled with for 16 years regarding “Computer Assisted Ordering” in convenience stores.

NACS Show Sees Record Atlanta Attendance

The NACS Show expo was also the event’s second-largest expo in history at 408,500 square feet. This October’s National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show was the most popular NACS Show in Atlanta in terms of overall attendees. The 2016 NACS Show attracted 23,301 overall attendees, marking the third consecutive year the convenience and fuel

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Energy Efficiency

Today’s Idea of the Day: Contact your utility before making energy efficient upgrades. If you’re considering upgrading to LEDs or adding other energy efficient features, check in with your local utility first. Utilities often run different incentives and sometimes they require you to partner with an approved company or require a visit to your property

Former 7-Eleven Executive Joins Matrix Capital Markets

Robbie Radant joins Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Retail Group in new Dallas office. Robbie Radant, formerly an executive with 7-Eleven for 28 years, has joined Matrix Capital Markets as a director in its Downstream Energy & Retail Group. Radant will head Matrix’s new Dallas office, originate new client assignments and execute transactions, including mergers and

OnCue Express, OG&E Partner To Launch EV Charging Station

OnCue supports electric vehicle adoption in Oklahoma. Electric vehicle drivers now have a new location where they can quickly and conveniently charge their electric vehicle (EV), thanks to OG&E and OnCue. The two companies have partnered on a pilot installation of a level 3, DC fast charging station at the Yukon, Okla. OnCue, located at

Some Customers Believe Rewards Programs are Rigged

COLLOQUY survey shows Young Millennials (29%) Republicans (60%) are more likely to think loyalty programs are rigged. Many convenience stores offer reward programs to drive consumer loyalty, but do most customers think the programs are “rigged”? A nationwide survey of 1,500 U.S. consumers conducted by COLLOQUY during the third week of October shows that 59%

Heineken Rolls Out “What’s Your Play?” Program

This year’s program designed to bring higher basket rings for retailers. Heineken USA, an importer of premium beer brands, is set to reach customers through multiple platforms with its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program running from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The shopper and retailer-focused program during the football playoff weeks and the ultimate

Colonial Pipeline Explosion Spikes Gasoline Futures

Explosion and fire in Shelby County, Ala. restrict service. By Brian Milne, Scheider Electric Within minutes of taking over as the nearest delivered contract in the evening hour of Oct. 31, December RBOB futures spiked 18.56cts or 12.8% to a five-month high on the spot continuous chart of $1.6351 gallon in trading on the New

Steady Gas Prices Could Wobble on Speculation

Refinery maintenance impacting gas prices in certain regions. The national average price of gasoline stayed steady at $2.21 per gallon heading into November, according to a report by AAA. While prices have dipped slightly over the past six days, the normal seasonal drop has stalled with prices remaining steady since September. As traders speculate on

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Food Truck

Today’s idea of the day: Consider partnering with a local food truck. In today’s increasingly competitive market it is crucial for c-store retailers to move into foodservice. But not all stores have the capacity for a foodservice operation. If you want to bring in foodservice but lack the space at some locations, consider partnering with

Love’s Trading and Logistics Arm Opens DEF Facility

Musket Corp. to offer a flexible 24/7/365 operation with stable supply, product integrity that is competitive in the market. Musket Corp., the trading and logistics arm of the Love’s Family of Cos., recently opened its sixth DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) wholesale bulk rack in Morrow, Ga. Musket currently operates six DEF terminals across the United

No Reward in Overturning Debit Reform

Swipe fees continue to eat away at retailer profits. The income banks gain when consumers use credit cards has increased by more than 50% since 2009, while debit card fees has increased at a slower rate. By Ed Collupy Front-page news is certainly an attention grabber. The Boston Globe, in its Thursday Oct. 27, 2016

PFSbrands Welcomes New Vice President of Business Development

Parent company of Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express expands senior leadership team. PFSbrands, a U.S. supplier of branded, prepared food programs to the grocery and convenience store markets, has hired Jamie Long as vice president of business development. Long brings 14 years of in-depth foodservice knowledge and strategic thinking to PFSbrands from McDonald’s, Boston Market,