GasBuddy Launches Dating App

GasBuddy will soon help customers meet the budget-conscious driving partner of their dreams. The lonely traveler doesn’t have to be lonely any longer now that GasBuddy, the fuel app for helping consumers save money at the pump, has announced the launch of a new dating app, GasBuddyWithBenefits. While GasBuddy has been a mainstay in the

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TravelCenters Set to Close Quaker Steak Deal

By David Bennett, Senior Editor TravelCenters of America LLC expects to complete the acquisition of Quaker Steak & Lube chain in the next few days, said the national owner and operator of truck stops and convenience stores. Famous for its hot wings and burgers, the Sharon, Pa.-based Quaker Steak & Lube filed for bankruptcy in

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco LP Complete Dropdown Transaction

A dropdown transaction to Sunoco LP is expected to increase the company’s distributable cash flow. The previously announced dropdown transaction between Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco LP is now officially complete, as of March 31, 2016. The transaction includes the dropdown of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC to Sunoco LP, along

Love’s Opens Second New York Location

Love’s newest location offers a wide range of amenities, including a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The second Love’s Travel Stop location in New York is now officially open at the intersection of Interstate 90 and State Route 22 in Canaan, N.Y. The new location offers professional drivers a new place to rest and access driver services,

Kum & Go Marketplace Prototype Design Opens in Missouri

A new Kum & Go location in Republic, Mo. offers customers a wide variety of unique offerings. On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Kum & Go opened the doors to its newest convenience location in Republic, Mo. This newly constructed 6,200+ square-foot Marketplace design prototype is located at 3049 U.S. Highway 60. The new store has

M&M’S to Introduce New Peanut Flavor

Mars Chocolate North America is granting fans to opportunity to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut flavor. In honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, M&M’S is inviting fans to help the brand to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut. A nationwide “Flavor Vote” will grant M&M’S fans the power to choose the brand’s new great

PepsiCo Announces Changes in Leadership

New leadership changes has expanded the responsibilities of a number of PepsiCo senior executives. In an effort to support ongoing strategies for company growth, PepsiCo Inc. has made a number of leadership changes which will expand the responsibilities of key leaders in the company. The company has announced the departure of Tom Greco, CEO of

Developing Employees at Roadrunner Markets

One convenience store chain shares its story on how it transformed its employee pool into a deep resource. By David Hite Roadrunner Markets, part of Mountain Empire Oil Co., is a 92-location convenience store chain located in the Appalachian region comprising southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. We have more than 700 employees,

Sales of Accessories Add Up

For years, tobacco accessories—a category that covers a litany of products, from lighters to roll-your-own papers to hookahs—catered to traditional tobacco users. Smokers reflexively reach for lighters or matches as they pay for cigarettes or cigars at convenience store counters. In fact, this relationship has prompted sports teams, music groups, and television shows to expand

Boston C-store Retailers Protest Flavored Tobacco Ban

Boston Convenience Store Owners Association leads protest outside city hall. Convenience store owners rallied outside Boston’s City Hall on the morning of Wednesday, March 30, to protest a citywide ban on selling flavored tobacco products. Metro U.S. Online reported that Boston Public Health Commission voted unanimously in December raise the minimum age for buying tobacco

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rules Until 2017

Fight to change the menu-labeling rules continues in the Senate. Convenience store operators can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as expensive menu-labeling rules, which were required to be implemented this year, are now being delayed until 2017. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that it would delay the enforcement of menu

Children Influencing Shopping Trends

Some 26% of parents learn about new products from their children. Kids play a big role in influencing consumer awareness of food and beverage products, according to a new report by Packaged Facts, entitled “Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S., 8th Edition.” For the U.S. retail food sector, the children aren’t just the

NJOY Daily E-Cig Sales Soar

Accessible pricing and lightweight, soft touch design help spur consumer demand for NJOY Daily. E-cigarette manufacturer NJOY shared the latest IRI FDMxC (“All-Channel”) data, revealing that the NJOY Daily disposable e-cig is currently the fastest-turning new e-vapor product, outselling other new products such as JTI’s Logic Pro and Pax Labs’ Juul. The data indicates that

Hormel Foods Leadership Changes Amid Retirements

As vice presidents of financing and engineering retire, company members step up to new positions. Hormel Foods Corp.’s vice president of finance, Roland Gentzler, and James Schroeder, vice president of engineering, are retiring. As a result, Gary Jamison, vice president and chief financial officer at Jennie-O Turkey Store, will advance to vice president and treasurer,

Square Donut Battle

Family Express faces off with Square Donuts regarding the use of the words “square donuts.” Family Express is in a battle over its square doughnuts. The Valparaiso, Ind. based c-store chain has been offering square-shaped doughnuts since 2005 and is asking a judge to allow it to continue to market its renowned four-sided pastries as

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Brand Manager

Darrin Samaha to lead development of BW Gas & Convenience’s c-store brand. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has hired Darrin Samaha as vice president and brand manager for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC (“BW Gas & Convenience”). BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliate of Brookwood, which owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores

NCSA Inducting Individuals To Candy Hall of Fame

Ceremony for Candy Hall of Fame inductees to take place in October in Tampa, Fla. National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) is recognizing 11 candy industry leaders with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla. at an event on Saturday Oct. 15. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor,

Love’s CNG Company Wins PennDOT Contract

Love’s set to build and operate 29 CNG facilities in new contract. Trillium CNG, Love’s Travel Stops compressed natural gas company, was awarded a substantial contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Trillium and PennDOT will enter into a 20-year public-private partnership under which Trillium will design, build, operate and maintain 29 compressed natural

Sunoco Refines Customer-Centric Strategies with APT

APT’s Test & Learn for Sites software to help Sunoco evaluate and refine promotional strategy. Sunoco has extended its license agreement with Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn for Sites and Market Basket Analyzer software. Additionally, Sunoco is expanding the relationship, adding a license of APT’s Test & Learn for Customers software to evaluate

Millennials Using Smartphones For Shopping, Video Calls

Millennials leading increased smartphone activity. Millennial technology preferences are shifting away from computers and toward smartphones for activities like shopping and video calls. Millennials are driving the increased usage of video calling as a preferred application among smartphone users. In fact, according to The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Application and Convergence Report, more than half

Panhandle, Texas CEFCO Re-opens with Sonic

The newly-upgraded Panhandle, Texas CEFCO store offers an enhanced shopping experience to customers.  Following a redesign, the CEFCO Convenience Store located in Panhandle, Texas, at Highway 60 and FM 207 has officially re-opened. This latest opening represents the 23rd, 5,500-square-foot prototype location that CEFCO has opened over the past several years, and is the second

Fuel Prices on the Rise

The transition to summer-blend fuel has gas prices rising across the nation. As fuel refineries prepare for the production of summer-blend gasoline and conduct their seasonal maintenance, fuel prices are on the rise across the country. According to a report from AAA, the national average price for gasoline has reached above $2 per gallon, and

CCRRC Helps Retailers Break Down Barriers With Latest Video Installment

The CCRRC has released a video to help retailers connect with their employees and to maximize business. The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC), in association with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has released the fifth video installment of its “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series. The latest installment, entitled “It’s a Partnership,” discusses

Stripes Opens in Houston

A new Laredo Taco Co. accompanies the new Stripes store in Houston. Stripes Convenience Stores is adding 30 new jobs to the Houston community with the opening of its newest convenience location. The grand opening for the store, located at 7677 Gessner Road, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The grand

Hoshizaki Receives ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

Hoshizaki demonstrates commitment to energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc. is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The EPA has presented Hoshizaki with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its accomplishments. Hoshizaki

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