Are Customers Still Reluctant To Spend?

Shaped by the Great Recession, shoppers still remain less financially optimistic.     Market research firm Packaged Facts’ new report “Consumer Banking and Borrowing: U.S. Market Trends” shows consumers remain fiscally cautious —a sign that the impact of the Great Recession still lingers. U.S. consumers are less likely to amass unnecessary debt, more likely to save

Sweet Snacking Soars

General Mills c-store shopper survey shows consumer snacking preferences. Sweet snacks continue to grow in popularity. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a Sweet Snacking Segmentation Survey among c-store consumers to better understand how shoppers are buying sweet snacks throughout the day and the needs that each sweet snack meets. General Mills found that

SAS Hosts Seventh Annual Foodservice Showcase

Some 45 exhibitors representing 65 product lines to greet attendees in Lansing, Mich. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) is set to host its seventh annual Foodservice Showcase on Thursday, Aug.18 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The show will feature more than 45 exhibitors representing 65 product lines. In addition,

Thorntons Offers Discounted E15 and Educational Sessions

Thorntons to host a third discounted E15 promotions and Unleaded 15 educational sessions. During the month of July, Thorntons held two educational sessions on Unleaded15 fuel in the greater Chicago area. Thorntons also held the first in a series of three discounted E15 fuel days on July 22. The Thorntons’ branded E15 fuel option traditionally

Wallis Cos. to Acquire 33 C-Stores

A new agreement will nearly double the c-store base for Wallis Cos. Wallis Cos. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of U-Gas Holdings Inc. The newly inked agreement states that Wallis Cos. will be acquiring 19 U-Gas c-stores, along with 14 Dirt Cheap convenience stores from U-Gas Holdings.

Category Growth in Beverage Market

Overall, the beverage market experienced growth in the recent four week period. During the recent four-week period ending July 16, 2016, each beverage category in the market recorded dollar sales growth. A number of different factors drove growth in the period, but underperformance by certain brands hindered category growth. Beverage Dollar Sales Broadly Positive A

Gas Prices Drop On Crude Costs, Supply Surplus

Across the country, gas stations post pump prices lower than last year. The national average price of gas has fallen to the lowest it has been since April, now sitting at $2.21 per gallon. According to a report by AAA, ample fuel supplies mixed with declining crude oil costs have contributed to gas prices falling

Parker’s Opens 45th C-Store Location

Parker’s has now opened its 11th South Carolina convenience store. Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s has opened its newest retail store in Port Royal, S.C., along Savannah Highway at Shell Point Rd. This new store marks Parker’s 11th South Carolina location, and it is the company’s 45th location overall. “We’re delighted to open our latest store in Beaufort

Tobacco Categories See Gains

E-cigs up 11.7%, cigarettes up 1.2% and smokeless up 4.8%. Cigarette dollar sales were up 1.2% for the recent four-week period ending Jul 16, 2016, driving by improved volume trends and continued solid pricing (up 3.2%), according to Wells Fargo LLC. Prices were up 1.4% for 12 weeks and 2.4% for 52 weeks. The industry

Industry Leader Mario Coletta Laid to Rest

The founder of East Side Enterprises built a company that today includes the Seasons Corner Market convenience chain. By CSD Staff Mario Coletta, founder of East Side Enterprises LLC, which comprises dozens of gas stations, convenience stores, car washes, service centers, auto sales and towing facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts passed away June 28

7-Eleven Suing Two Locations For Trademark Infringement

Eleven-7 Food Mark and Z-Eleven allegedly use logos meant to “deceive customers” into thinking they’re associated with the 7-Eleven brand. 7-Eleven is suing Eleven-7 Food Mart on Coney Island Ave. and Z-Eleven deli on Henry St., in New York, seeking to remove the signage, which is similar to 7-Eleven branding. According to New York Daily

Parker’s Announces New Director of Operations

Jeff Bush to help Parker’s expand into new markets. Parker’s has promoted Jeff Bush to director of operations. In his new position, Bush is responsible for overseeing daily operations of all retail stores, including fuels, pricing and logistics. Bush joined Parker’s in 2012 as director of fuel management and was responsible for overseeing fuel logistics,

New Mexico C-Stores Offer Lottery Option At Fuel Pump

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets available right at the gas pump. The New Mexico lottery has teamed with Linq3 in the rollout of Play at the Pump technology. As a result, New Mexico convenience store retailers will be able to offer their fueling customers the ability to buy Powerball and Mega Millions tickets directly from

TA Expands, Doubling Godfather’s Pizza Offering

Some 40 Minit Mart convenience stores are planned for Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois, where customers will be able to order Godfather’s Pizza. Travel Centers of America is set to add 40 new Minit Mart stores this year around Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; and across the state of Illinois, and in doing so will double

Speedway Adds NCR’s OPTIC Solution

OPTIC helps convenience store chain Speedway get EMV-ready and offers flexibility for developing unique retailer applications. Speedway LLC, the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store retailer, has selected NCR’s OPTIC pay-at-the-pump terminals, which are EMV-ready for its 2,770 stores in 22 states. The NCR solution offers a robust consumer experience on an open

Hanley Investment Group Finishes Sale of Three 7-Eleven Convenience Stores

The c-store sales show the “strong appetite investors have for high quality investment-grade net-lease properties,” says Hanley Investment Group SVP. Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors’ Senior Vice President Jeremy McChesney has completed the sale of three 7-Eleven stores—two located in Los Angeles County and one in Orlando, Fla. One of the transactions had a

Testing Foodservice Truisms

Q1 Consulting analyzes what consumers really want when it comes to prepared foods. By Tim Powell Q1 Consulting recently finalized its in-depth research into the convenience store prepared foods channel. The study investigated both retailers and shoppers, and tested many of the “truisms” of convenience stores—such as foodservice perception, freshness and any changes in the

Kent Cos. Alli Bixler Joins YEO Board of Directors

A third-generation executive at The Kent Cos. In Texas, Bixler will help shape the direction of the growing Young Executive Organization. As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executive Organization (YEO) is a

Brands Struggle On Customization Efforts

A new survey by Radius Global Market Research shows that brands’ customization attempts aren’t meeting the mark as far as customers are concerned. It is common knowledge that customization is of high importance to customers today, and brands are increasingly responding by using technology and data to provide these customized products and services. A new

CITGO, Boston Red Sox Foundation Introduce Spirit Pump Campaign

Red Sox-branded fuel pumps to help raise money for the Red Sox Foundation at some CITGO-branded gas stations. A number of CITGO branded stations are set to get a Red Sox makeover from July through October as part of a unique campaign. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its local New England partners, SEI Fuels, H.A.

Double Quick Finds Fuel Management Solution

The c-store chain gains better control over inventory with Pinnacle Corp.’s Dispatcher Workstation. Obtaining complete control over fuel inventory from ordering to projecting sales and beyond is a key concern for any c-store operation that also sells fuel. Double Quick, based in Mississippi, is using Pinnacle Corp.’s Dispatcher Workstation to more effectively control its fuel

7-Eleven, Flirtey Partner For Drone Delivery

7-Eleven and Flirtey plan to expand drone delivery tests. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, and successfully completed the first fully-autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. The milestone exercise was intended to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a

Hough Petroleum Adds Software To Assist With Fuel Price Strategy

Hough Petroleum looks to PriceAdvantage software to help the chain optimize fuel prices and take advantage of market opportunities. Hough Petroleum is streamlining store-specific fuel pricing strategies at its owned and operated locations located throughout New Jersey. Hough Petroleum selected PriceAdvantage software to achieve its goals, based on the software’s ability to centralize critical fuel

NAG/YEO Partner With Study Hall Research for Exclusive Conference Research

Results from two surveys will be shared at the 2016 National Advisory Group Conference in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 14. As the 2016 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference approaches, Study Hall Research is working with Convenience Store Decisions and NAG to tailor industry research exclusively for NAG members and NAG conference attendees. In order to

Are Food Delivery Trends Hurting Drive-Through Sales?

Today’s consumers are ordering meals for delivery from a wide variety of restaurants. Foodservice delivery is gaining steam among hungry consumers who see it as “the ultimate” dining convenience, and its uptick in popularity is hurting drive-through sales at restaurants and convenience stores, according to a recent report by global information company NPD Group. Over

css.php