MAPCO Settles Data Breach for $1.9 Million

Tennessee convenience chain puts legal matter to rest. After more than three years of legal proceedings and a class action lawsuit, MAPCO Express Inc. is moving on from a payment card data breach that occurred in the spring of 2013. A Tennessee federal judge last month approved a proposed settlement of up to $1.9 million

Stripes’ Fresh Opening in Corpus Christi

The company’s next-generation location offers a dining area that seats 28 inside and an outdoor patio with seating for 20 more patrons. Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Company continue the rollout of next-generation Stripes stores with the planned opening of its newest store in Corpus Christi, Texas. This morning, Stripe will host a grand

Aloha Petroleum Rolling Out Dunkin’ Donuts Across Hawaii

Dunkin’ Donuts, which is marking its return to Hawaii this summer near the Honolulu airport, will also be making its way to convenience stores on Oahu, including at the Shell gas station in Kailua and at an Aloha Island Mart on in Waikiki, the Hawaii franchisee for Dunkin’ Donuts told Pacific Business News (PBN). Dunkin’

VERC Enterprises Supports Mass. Elementary School

VERC Enterprises, which operates 23 convenience stores across Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, presented Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass., with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp. and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers

MSA/Core-Mark Partner on Data Agreement

Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) and c-store wholesaler Core-Mark International reached a deal to have MSA manage its data, provide analytics and deliver insights around Category Management, Program Performance, and Retail Execution effectiveness to Core-Mark and Core-Mark’s valued Vendor Partners, including exclusive rights for a vendor viewer portal. Core-Mark’s selection of MSA includes the use of MSA’s Gateway 360

A&W Restaurants Uncorks C-Store Plan

Five years after YUM! sale, the restaurant company is launching a new franchise sales  initiative, adding c-store and traditional foodservice locations. Quick-service chain A&W Restaurants has kicked off an aggressive development program. The new growth initiative calls for 12 c-store locations to launch in 2017. A&W franchisees own and operate a total of 625 U.S. restaurants, with

Recognizing Organic Shoppers

It’s not surprising that Millennials are helping to drive the natural/organic trend, but GenXers and families also play a large role, a new report says. The latest “Hot Topic Report, Back to Our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper,” from sales and marketing agency Acosta explores modern-day natural/organic shoppers, including what they’re buying and

Battle Brewing Over Swipe Fees

A forthcoming Republican bill to reshape the financial regulatory system is expected to kick off “one of the largest industry-versus-industry lobbying battles ever.” A report in the Washington Examiner said the House Financial Services Committee is set to release a new version of last year’s Financial Choice Act in a matter of weeks. “The bill

Yesway Convenience Stores Supports Iowa Reading Program

Convenience store raises money through a month-long grand opening fundraiser. Convenience store chain Yesway has awarded $1,600 raised through a month-long grand opening fundraiser to the Reading Buddies program of Ottumwa, Iowa. Throughout the fundraiser, five cents from every cup of coffee purchased at Yesway stores was donated directly to the organization. The check was

Allsup’s Partners with Cardtronics on ATMs

Allsup’s Convenience Stores, the Clovis, N.M.-based operator of more than 300 stores in New Mexico, West Texas, and Oklahoma, has named Cardtronics its exclusive provider of ATM services. The newly-formed relationship will add more than 300 ATMs to Allsup’s stores in 160 towns and cities in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Commencing immediately, Cardtronics will

Operators Discuss Customer Service, Industry Trends and Potential Disruptors at The NATSO Show 2017

By Amy Toner, NATSO Vice President Publishing and Digital Content Truckstop and travel plaza operators, industry suppliers and business experts gathered in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 21-24 to discuss the state of the industry, learn how to prepare for the future, and find the products and services that can improve sales and operations. Great Ideas The

Identity Fraud Hits Record Number

Despite widespread efforts to fight this high-tech crime, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16 billion in 2016. Identity thieves successfully victimized a record 15.4 million Americans in 2016, a 16% jump from 2015, according to the new “2017 Identity Fraud Study” from Javelin Strategy & Research. Despite widespread efforts to

C-Store Sales Remain Soft

A new Wells Fargo report indicates that convenience store category gains in the last quarter were meager. Convenience store sales in the fourth quarter remained soft for many major categories, according to a new report from Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Bonnie Herzog, managing director of tobacco, beverage and convenience store research at Wells Fargo Securities,

Smoker Friendly Closes Cigars on 6th Acquisition

Smoker Friendly, the largest retail tobacco store operator in the country, reported that is has completed the acquisition of “Cigars on 6th” a premium tobacconist and cigar store in Denver. Smoker Friendly will continue to operate the store under the “Cigars on 6th” flag, but will introduce the Smoker Friendly brand family of cigars in

MSA Acquires InRhythm CPG Contracts

Consumer packaged goods industry business intelligence market leaders to drive innovation and provide leading-edge big data solutions. Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) announced a broad-ranging strategic alliance with InRhythm including the acquisition and merger of InRhythm’s consumer packaged goods services and customer contracts. MSA is also concurrently partnering with InRhythm’s offshore development resources and business intelligence software.

Mexican Fuel Deregulation Causing Ripples

The shakeup in Mexico is related to the election of President Donald Trump and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is now up in the air. A rise in Mexican gas prices is having a ripple effect on the U.S. side of the border, according to the Texas Food and Fuel

Casey’s Moves Ahead With Ohio Expansion

The Buckeye State marks the company’s 15th state of operation. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores is embarking on expanding its freshly minted geographic footprint in Ohio. According to local new organizations, the publicly traded convenience retailer is committed to additional locations in Ohio chain has more sites under contract in Ohio’s Miami Valley. The Dayton

DGX Hopes to Draw Millennials

According to the NPD Group, one quarter of the shoppers at three of the top dollar store chains are Millennials from households earning $100,000 per year. Stakeholders in the convenience industry are watching Dollar General’s latest foray in to the c-store channel with its new pilot location, which officially opened in Nashville at the end

Manitowoc Foodservice Changing Name to Welbilt

Rebranding as Welbilt: Bringing Innovation to the Table Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., a leading global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, announced today that it is rebranding the company, its logo and its brand identity to Welbilt, Inc. The ticker symbol will change to “NYSE:WBT” on March 6, 2017. The new name and brand represent a long-standing

Chevron Expands Loyalty Program to Southern California

Partnership with Albertsons helps grocery shoppers gain gas rewards at Chevron and Texaco. Albertsons Cos. LLC and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Southern California. The expansion of the Gas Rewards program, already in place

Building A Better Foodservice Program

In CSD’s 2017 Foodservice Edition, we look at the latest trends and basic principles that convenience  retailers are following to ensure  quality offerings, modern menu options and bigger profits. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The foodservice landscape continues to shift. Customers want transparency, clean labels and better-for-you foods, but quality and variety are

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Day

Free pizza slices during the week of Feb. 6. In honor of National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, the largest operator of travel centers in North America will treat guests to a promotion worthy of its pizzeria-quality, gourmet pies. From Feb. 6 through Feb. 12 – the entire week of National Pizza Day – Pilot

Wawa Sues Dawa Over Trademark Infringement

Dawa convenience store owner owner claims the name means ‘welcome’ in Korean. Wawa has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a convenience store named “Dawa” in Paterson, N.J., claiming that the store is looking to take advantage of its reputation by using a similar name, according to a report by ABC News. Wawa operates convenience

Online Grocery Shopping Set to Grow

Online grocery shopping is especially appealing to Millennials who appreciate global cuisines. The internet is quickly becoming the virtual grocery store for many U.S. consumers with 52 million currently grocery shopping online, finds a new study from The NPD Group, a global information company. According to the NPD report, 20 million consumers who are current,

Valentine’s Day Spending Dips

The number of people surveyed who plan to celebrate the holiday has dropped by nearly 10 percentage points since 2007. For the past decade, customers have been increasing their Valentine’s Day spending, but according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to