NRC Completes Sale of Two Portfolios

NRC has completed the sale of a number of convenience stores with gasoline on bahalf of Sunshine Fuel. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC has closed two portfolios through the company’s sealed-bid sale process. NRC completed the sale of a package of leasehold interests in 21 convenience stores with gasoline in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma,

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Digital gift cards

Today’s idea of the day: Offer digital gift cards as an option alongside your physical gift card display. Younger generations prefer to do things on a mobile/digital platform when possible and digital or electronic gift cards are no exception. While many customers appreciate having a tangible gift card, you can boost sales by also offer

Conexxus Introduces New Mobile Payments Standard

Conexxus has now added great value to the mobile payments process, and interaction between mobile payments and loyalty has never been smoother. Conexxus’ new Mobile Payments Standard, v2.0 has been approved and is now being released to the industry. The new standard allows tightly coordinated interaction between mobile payment and loyalty applications, helping to create

Retailers Find Value in Social Media Marketing

Retailers have plans to invest more funds into social media and digital marketing in years to come. When it comes to effective marketing for retailers, paid search and email marketing top the list, but new research has revealed that social media and mobile marketing are gaining favor among retailers seeking effective customer acquisition channels. This

Empire Petroleum Acquires Sunshine Fuel’s Distribution Rights

Empire Petroleum enters into new markets through its acquisition of Sunshine Fuel’s distribution rights. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully acquired the Missouri, Oklahoma and a portion of the Kansas wholesale distribution rights of Florida-based Sunshine Fuel LLC. Sunshine is a distributor of branded fuels to gas stations in the Kansas City market as well

Chevron Expands its Gas Rewards Program

Albertsons and Tom Thumb adopt Chevron’s popular Gas Rewards program. The popular Gas Rewards program from Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A., has now arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, as Albertsons Cos. and Tom Thumb stores have adopted the program at their stores. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

House Votes on Six-Month Delay of Federal Overtime Rule

Congress may vote to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule to June 1, 2017, seeing as nearly 50% of business owners are still unaware of the new rule. The House of Representatives has announced that it will soon vote on a six-month delay of the Labor Department’s new federal overtime

TravelCenters Reopens TA Truck Service Center

TravelCenters opens its newly remodeled truck service center in Candler, N.C. A grand reopening ceremony has been planned for the newest TA Truck Service facility from TravelCenters of America LLC. The newly remodeled facility is located at I-40, Exit 37 (153 Wiggins Road) in Candler, N.C. The newly remodeled 5,001 square foot truck service center

Kum & Go Hosts Promotional E-15 Offering

Four Kum & Go stations offered discounted E-15 fuel to encourage consumers to fill their tanks with something new. On Wed., Sept. 28, Kum & Go offered E-15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at four Sioux Falls-area locations. The following locations offered the discounted fuel from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Store 620 – 412

Love’s Expands Truck Maintenance Program

Love’s is addressing the top needs of trucking customers with an expanded array of truck maintenance services. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is expanding its truck maintenance program at all of its travel stop locations nationwide. In addition to the company’s existing truck tire care and light mechanical options, the newly expanded program

VP Racing Fuels Partners with Owner of Montauk Native Gas

VP Racing Fuels comes to Long Island through a new partnership with Andre Hardy. Andre Hardy, owner and operator of Montauk Native Gas, has entered into a new branding partnership with VP Racing Fuels. Montauk Native Gas, located in Mastic, N.Y., will be the first station on Long Island to brand with VP. It will also

CrossAmerica Purchases State Oil Co.

State Oil Co. has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners following five years of strategic planning. CrossAmerica Partners LP and its affiliates have officially purchased State Oil Co. and certain related entities’ retail assets and wholesale fuels distribution business. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. served as an advisor to State Oil for the transaction. Immediately prior to the

Heineken Launches the Brand’s Larges U.S. Media Investment Ever

Heineken spreads cheer with its new holiday oriented campaign.  Heineken has announced the launch of a new, fully integrated program to help spread cheer as the holiday season approaches. This new program, which features Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, is supported by the brand’s powerful ‘There’s More Behind the Star’ credentials campaign. The

Honoring an Icon and a Friend

By John Lostock, Editor-in-Chief I have been covering the convenience store industry for close to 20 years as a journalist. It has been a rewarding career filled with wonderful opportunities to meet great people. As I have mentioned many times before, I first found a home in this industry back when my father served as

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Compete on Snacks

Today’s idea of the day: Look at what supermarkets are doing with food snacks and see what you can replicate. Snacks today span more than chips and meat sticks. As customers turn to snacking throughout the day, prepared food bites that they can eat either between meals or as they graze all day long are

Pinnacle Launches Mobile App Solutions for C-Stores

Pinnacle has launched a new mobile app that will help to drive traffic at convenience stores. The Pinnacle Corp. has now officially launched its new consumer facing mobile app solutions for convenience store retailers across the U.S. Driving consumer traffic has always been one of the biggest challenges for convenience store retailers, and as a

National Gas Price Average Stable Despite Pipeline Leak

Texas boasts the least expensive pump prices. Disruptions on the Colonial Pipeline have pushed pump prices higher in some regions—mostly in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic—but overall, the national average price of regular unleaded gas stayed flat at $2.21 per gallon on Monday, Sept. 26, compared to a week prior, according to AAA. In fact, 25

Hispanic Consumers Want More

The reasons why the U.S. Hispanic community increasingly matters to c-stores’ marketing plans are becoming more varied, and important. By Sylvia Klinger and Tania Melendez, Contributing Editors In a country that has been shaped by the cultures of many different lands, it should come as no surprise that the many changes occurring in convenience stores

Top 10 Emerging States for C-Stores

CSD examines certain U.S. states that have the economic might to shoulder future industry growth.  By David Bennett, Senior Editor San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., a Texas-born company, is known as an industry leader not only because of its strong Corner Store brand, but the bolt-on acquisitions it achieved in the last few years. For

Pilot Flying J Offers Free Hot Beverages on National Coffee Day

Pilot and Flying J customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive a free small hot beverage on Sept. 29. Pilot Flying J has announced that a coupon for a free small Pilot Coffee (or another hot beverage, including teas and cappuccinos) will be available on the company’s Facebook page on National Coffee Day, Sept.

Cumberland Farms Offers Mobile Free Coffee Coupon on National Coffee Day

In addition to offering free coffee on National Coffee Day, Cumberland Farms has announced the return of “Free Coffee Fridays.” Cumberland Farms has invited its customers to text FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a coupon for a free cup of coffee on National Coffee Day. The coupon is valid only on Thurs., Sept. 29, and

Wawa Offers Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

Customers at any Wawa location can receive any size coffee for free on National Coffee Day. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Thurs., Sept. 29, Wawa will be offering free coffee to customers at all of the company’s more than 730 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Customers at any

Sheetz Debuts Cold Brew

Sheetz is changing the face of coffee offerings in the convenience industry with its launch of Cold Brew coffee. On National Coffee Day, Sept. 29,2016, Sheetz will launch its very own Cold Brew coffee offering in all of its company stores. “Cold Brew is, without a doubt, the best way to make cold coffee, because

Seasons Corner Market Implements EMV Upgrades

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has been chosen to help Seasons Corner Market continue its technological advancements. Colbea Inc., parent company of Seasons Corner Market, has announced that the company has chosen to adopt Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport Point of Sale with EMV functionality and FlexPay IV forecourt payment terminals. These payment terminals will be implemented across the company’s

Loyalty’s Evolving Landscape

For convenience retailers, opportunity lies in using data to tailor loyalty programs to customers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Tony Huppert, founder of Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was surprised to find the USA Rocket on the Team Oil Travel property is a Pokéstop in the popular Pokémon Go game, which launched