Select Thorntons Locations Offer Unleaded15 Fuel

Thorntons is now offering better value fuel to its Chicagoland consumers. All 43 of Thorntons Chicago area stores are now offering Unleaded15. Unleaded15 is Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option that typically offers lower cost, improved engine performance and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. “Unleaded15 offers a great value to our Chicago guests, and supports our desire


7-Eleven Debuts Slurpee Doughnuts

7-Eleven has turned its beloved Slurpee into a tasty treat. A new offering from 7-Eleven has transformed the iconic Slurpee beverage into an indulgent treat. According to a report from The Daily Meal, 7-Eleven has introduced a new wild cherry Slurpee-flavored doughnut to its line of product offerings. This is a non-frozen treat inspired by

Pilot Flying J Debuts New Offerings in 2016

The Mid-America Trucking Show will host the debut of a number of  new offerings from Pilot Flying J, which are scheduled to be introduced to stores this year. Pilot Flying J is bringing an impressive lineup of new products and offerings to the annual 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), which is scheduled for March 31

U.S. Average Gas Price Set to Surpass $2 Mark

New Jersey boasts the least expensive gas at an average price of $1.73 per gallon. Monday, March 21, saw an average national gas price of $1.98 per gallon, the highest pump price since January, after gas prices climbed for two straight weeks. According to a report by AAA, the national average price may soon hit

NCA Anticipates Record Setting 2016 Expo

A second hall has been added to the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo layout, as the event has expanded beyond the constraints of its traditional venue. The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 24-26 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, will mark the largest, most successful Expo in the event’s 19

Candy Remains an Iconic Part of Easter Tradition

Parents are planning on providing their children with Easter treats, but many have plans to offer advice on moderation and balance along with these indulgences. A new survey from the National Confectioners Association has revealed that a majority of American parents will be keeping with the tradition of creating and sharing seasonal baskets with their

IRS Returns Wrongfully Seized Funds

After two years, a convenience store owner who has the money he used to support his business seized, has been fully refunded. In 2014, convenience store owner Khalid Quran had $150,000 seized from his personal account by the IRS, due to frequent cash withdrawals that raised a red flag for the IRS. Quran was able

Customizing Carbonated Beverages

Manufacturers of carbonated soft drinks are finding innovative ways to bring their product back into the favor of today’s young consumer. The carbonated soft drinks industry is struggling to find ways to reengage with young consumers in a time when healthful choices are knocking these fizzy beverages out of favor with many consumers. According to

Love’s Opens Four New Locations

Along with the opening of four new stores, Love’s has also officially opened its first ever Dunkin’ Donuts location. Love’s Travel Stops has opened four new store locations in four different states. With the new store openings, Love’s is expanding its presence in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. A Love’s Country Store is now serving

A New Kum & Go Experience

A new store design from Kum & Go is offering customers a variety of new amenities to add to the convenience experience. A newly constructed Kum & Go opened its doors for business in Joplin, Mo. On Friday, March 18, at 6 a.m. The newly constructed store is located at 3434 South Range Line Road,

VERC Named Best of Plymouth

VERC is being recognized for its exceptional marketing efforts and its commitment to its community. For the ninth consecutive year VERC Enterprises has been awarded the 2016 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Store Category. VERC is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The

Heineken Launches New Campaign

Heineken’s new marketing campaign emphasizes the brands star status. A new 360° global marketing campaign from Heineken invites LDA+ consumers to explore the stories behind the iconic brand. The new fully integrated campaign, There’s More Behind the Star, explores the brand’s foundation by incorporating national TVC, digital and social support, along with limited edition packaging,

McDonald’s Testing ‘Supersized’ Breakfast Menu

McDonald’s employees still adjusting to initial all-day breakfast rollout. After launching all-day breakfast—albeit with a limited array of items—in October, McDonald’s is now testing expanding its menu to feature all of its breakfast items all day long. A report by Fortune noted that McDonald’s expanded breakfast menu would include items such as McGriddles and hash

Stripes Convenience Stores Debuts Pecos, Texas Location

Kicks off c-store grand opening Fiesta and ribbon cutting with a refillable mug promotion. Stripes Convenience Stores debuted its new Pecos, Texas c-store on March 16 with a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony. The new convenience store is located at 2612 State Highway 17. The ribbon cutting included a $1,000 donation check presentation

NRF Applauds Proposal To Delay Overtime Legislation

New bill asks for Department of Labor to review how the regulations would impact small businesses, such as convenience stores. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is speaking out in favor of the The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which was introduced in Congress on March 17, and aims to delay the Department of Labor

Chicago Cubs Unhappy With Smokeless Tobacco Ban

New law in Chicago regulates smokeless use at baseball stadiums. Will New York follow? A new tobacco ban would fine players caught using smokeless tobacco at Wrigley Field—home of the Chicago Cubs—or U.S. Cellular Field—home of the Chicago White Sox. According to a report by, catcher Miguel Montero, pitcher John Lackey and manager Joe

7-Eleven Waiving Franchise Fee on Select U.S. Stores

The Zero Franchise Fee initiative helps a number of aspiring 7-Eleven franchise owners save up to $80,000. After a strong response to its Zero Franchise Fee initiative last year, 7-Eleven has decided to bring the program back in 2016 as an ongoing program to offer a low-cost investment opportunity for both proven business owners and

Will New Legislation Halt Overtime Rule?

The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act looks to delay overtime regulations. The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have introduced a new bill —he Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act—that looks to delay the publication of a rule expected from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would dramatically change the rules governing overtime

Beer Innovation Booming

One in five beer drinkers drank flavored beer in 2015. Mintel has found that flavored beer launches are soaring with beer innovation up overall. From grapefruit to habanero, Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD) reveals the proportion of new flavored beer product launches has grown from just 15% of total U.S. beer launches in 2010

CBBB, NCA To Promote Responsible Advertising To Children

A number of major candy companies have pledged to not advertise candy or chocolate directly to children under age 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced a new self-regulatory initiative that promotes responsible advertising to children. Under the Children’s Confection Advertising Initiative (CCAI), participating

Rogers Petroleum Acquires BV Oil Co.’s Western Division

The purchase marks Roger Petroleum’s entrance into the Florida market. Rogers Petroleum Inc. recently concluded the purchase of BV Oil Co. Inc.’s western division in Florida. The deal included an established commercial fuels and lubricants business; two commercial bulk plant facilities located in Arcadia and Wauchula, Fla.; a card lock facility in Arcadia, and related

Thomaston Land Co. Selling Four C-Stores In Maryland and Pennsylvania

The bid deadline for the sales being coordinated by NRC is May 3, 2016. The sales of four convenience stores with gasoline and one quick service restaurant (QSR) in Johnstown, Pa. and La Vale, Md. are now being coordinated. The lots and stores are of varying sizes, but all of the properties offered are free-owned.

Ricker’s Fights Back Against Skimming

Ricker’s Oil Co. has announced that it will invest over $100 thousand in anti-skimming efforts. A rise in the frequency of skimming incidences at gas stations throughout central Indiana has certain retailers stepping up their defense. According to a report from Inside Indiana Business, Anderson, Ind.-based Riker Oil Co. is taking steps to combat the

Chicago Raising OTP Taxes, Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age

The Cigar Association of America outlines a new Chicago ordinance and what it means for retailers in the city. Chicagoans who use other tobacco products (OTP) including cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco are in for more taxes beginning in July due to a new ordinance. And the age to purchase tobacco products has also been

Dunkin’ Donuts Woos Customers On St. Patrick’s Day

Customers have the chance to win big during Dunkin’ Donuts’ St. Patrick’s Day contest. Customers can experience the luck of the Irish at Dunkin’ Donuts on St. Patrick’s Day, as five lucky winners will be handed a $1,000 check at the check out counter. The promotion is mean to celebrate the March 17 holiday and