PFSbrands Sells Business to Employees Via an ESOP

PFSbrands CEO remains at the helm to steer company forward. The sole shareholders of PFSbrands—Shawn and Julie Burcham—have concluded the sale of 100% of their company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). CEO Shawn Burcham and PFSbrands senior leadership team will remain in place to continue driving the explosive growth the

VERC Enterprises Acquires Mayflower Food & Spirits

Plymouth, Mass. landmark to continue to sell ‘comfort food’ maintain its ‘homey feel’ as VERC provides capital improvements. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is the new owner of Mayflower Food & Spirits, known throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities for its prepared hot meals,

What’s In Store Report Looks at Dairy Trends

Demand for health and protein is leading to new flavors, tastes and concepts. Dairy consumption in the U.S. appears to be lower than in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region, according to findings from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2017?” report. Consumers globally purchase dairy items an average of

VP Racing Fuels, Rally America Extend Partnership

VP official fuel of Rally America National Championship through 2019. Officials with Rally America, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally racing in the U.S., announced an extension of its agreement with VP Racing Fuels designating VP as the Official Fuel of the Rally America National Championship through 2019. Under the agreement, VP will continue

2017 Social Media Awards

CSD presents its fifth annual review of social media trends, best practices for the new year and c-store retailers succeeding on social platforms. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor For the fifth straight year, Convenience Store Decisions reviewed the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 c-store chains and is recognizing those

7-Eleven Selects New Creative Agencies

7-Eleven Inc. has selected Deutsch as its lead creative agency of record. The 7-Eleven Brand shifted to a new creative agency to support its ongoing efforts to cater to changing customers’ needs. Ketchum will retain the public relations business. “The challenge is to stay one step ahead of our customers, offering the products they want,

NCA To Honor Retailers at its 2017 State of the Industry Conference

Recipients selected for their personal leadership, knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that Christina Groth from The Kroger Co. and Brian Rinker from The Walgreen Co. are the recipients of the 2017 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The award celebrates the honorees’ contributions to the category through their

Stripes Opens Next-Generation C-Stores

New design features Laredo Taco Co.’s fresh and authentic food.  Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Co. have unveiled a redefined customer experience with the opening of its next-generation stores across Texas and Louisiana. The first next-generation Stripes stores opened in October 2016 in Texas, offering a more spacious convenience-store and dining experience. The new

Pilot Flying J Welcomes New Vice President of Food Innovation

Five-year modernization plan involves a revamp of food offerings. Pilot Flying J has named Shannon Johnson as vice president of food innovation. “As Pilot Flying J embarks on a $485 million five-year modernization and expansion plan, a key component of the strategy includes our food offerings,” said Ken Parent, Pilot Flying J president. “Shannon Johnson

Tax Proposals and Consequences

Under the Trump administration, the overall tax bills for most U.S. taxpayers—including many owners/operators and convenience store businesses—are almost certain to be lowered. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Any change in Washington brings the possibility, indeed the likelihood, of tax law changes and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president is no

QuickChek & The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Celebrate 25 Years

Festival attendees can taste new QuickChek menu items or favorite subs, sandwiches and wraps in QuickChek’s 2,700-square-foot air-conditioned store. Entering its 25th year, QuickChek’s title sponsorship of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank is the longest running sponsorship of any festival in the U.S. The meeting to put the partnership

Hunt Brothers Pizza Raises Funds for Toys for Tots Foundation

Christmas coloring contest brings in $7,300 in donations for Middle Tennessee Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Hunt Brothers Pizza recently presented the local Middle Tennessee chapter of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation a donation of $7,300 in honor of its 7,300 retailer locations across the U.S. Funds were raised during the company’s second annual

Rutter’s and SOAR Support Troops Overseas

For 12th year running, Rutter’s helps American troops have a happy Valentine’s Day. Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) are teaming up for the 12th year packing Valentine’s Day gift boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2016. The boxes will be filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and

Stripes Opens Three New C-Stores In Louisiana

Grand opening celebrations include free lunchtime tacos from Laredo Taco Co. Stripes Convenience Stores has announced the opening of two new c-stores in Lafayette, La., and one new c-store in Lake Charles, La. The Lake Charles location will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Southwest Louisiana Chamber Economic Alliance beginning at

Euromonitor Lists Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017

Authenticity and personalization are key attributes to customers. Euromonitor International has released its annual “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017” report, which analyses the trends that will shape the consumer landscape this year. 2016 was defined by uncertainty with growth in global consumer expenditure slowing to 2.4% in real terms – the lowest rate

Sunoco LP Divesting 100 Real Estate Assets

Properties are located in a number of states and will be sold in a sealed bid sale. Sunoco LP (“SUN” or the “Partnership”) has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to assist with strategic alternatives for more than 100 real estate assets. Real estate assets included in this process are company-owned locations, undeveloped greenfield

TA Opens New Fuddruckers In Nevada

The Sparks, Nev. Fuddruckers showcases a classic, roadhouse design. The TA Restaurant Group has announced its opening of a new Fuddruckers restaurant located at I-80, Exit 19 (McCarren Blvd.), in Sparks, Nev. This location is the third Fuddruckers in the TA Restaurant Group. The Texas-based eatery is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers, a

What Does Healthy Mean in 2017?

More than one quarter of consumers say health concerns influence their choice of food and 23% are more likely to buy food with a health claim on the package. A new report by research firm Mintel found less than half (42%) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy, even as interest in healthy food

FDA Releases Tobacco Free Sample Draft Guidance

FDA is seeking comments on the draft guidance for 60 days. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that allows manufacturers to provide free samples to retailers in “limited quantities” if it is part of an effort to market or sell that product to the retailer. This guidance is

7-Eleven Introduces Breakfast Pizza

New pizza features a biscuit crust and is available whole or by the slice. The breakfast daypart just got even more delicious for 7-Eleven customers. Participating 7-Eleven stores now have hot, ready-to-eat breakfast pizza. While some like to eat traditional breakfast foods for the first meal of the day, others choose what’s easy, like leftover

Rutter’s Expands Grab-And-Go Selections With Hot Pouch

Kiosk side items now available in the grab-and-go section thanks to state-of-the-art packaging. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Rutter’s debuted a new hot grab-n-go pouch to put highly-craveable side items from its popular kiosk service at the fingertips of grab-and-go customers. The new offering will be available at 53

Reynolds American Inc. To Merge with British American Tobacco

Combination will create a global tobacco company with multiple iconic tobacco brands, and a world-class pipeline of next-generation vapor and tobacco-heating products, says RAI’s executive chairman of the board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) today announced that it has reached an agreement with British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BATS.L) under which BAT will acquire the

Musket Corp. Opens DEF Facility in St. Louis

Musket operates seven DEF terminals across the U.S. with plans to double that count by the end of the year. Musket Corp., the trading and logistics arm of the Love’s Family of Cos., recently opened its seventh DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) wholesale bulk rack in Alorton, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, Mo. Musket is

Food Rules Gnaw at C-Store Operations

Will the ‘regulatory creep,’ which marked the Obama administration, withdraw under President-elect Trump? By CSD Staff There’s no shortage of pundits who assert that compliance with governmental rules and laws is a greater encumbrance on small companies than large ones, thwarting small business formation, growth and job creation. The federal government’s track record of increasing

NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up

Pilot Flying J, Kroger Co., among retailers involved in launch of education and credentialing program to help people gain jobs in retail. Pilot Flying J is among a dozen retailers and nonprofit organizations that have come together with the NRF Foundation to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a groundbreaking new training and