Parker’s Awards Academic Scholarship

A senior at Benedictine Military School receives $500 and a chance to win more. Parker’s, an award-winning convenience store leader, recently partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Collins Sherrill, a senior at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Sherrill with a check at a

Cue Vapor Launches National Ad Campaign

Educates smokers and vapers on its “Click and Vape” technology. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Swisher International, has launched a national advertising campaign for the Cue Vapor System (Cue) (patent pending), a breakthrough alternative to smoking. Cue is vaping made simple, providing fulfilling satisfaction in a premium-performance, stylish device that any

Chevron, Albertsons, Vons Expand Joint Rewards Program in Nevada

Now customers in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. can save at the pump after shopping for groceries. Albertsons Companies, LLC, and Chevron Products Company, 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 Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. Customers who earn

Looking Ahead at CM in 2017

In its March issue CSD examines 38 c-store categories, highlighting new product lines, technological advances, industry trends and best in sales. A CSD Staff Report There are strange noises circling the c-store industry. For instance, there’s a buzz about Amazon, which unveiled a 1,800-square-foot convenience location in Seattle that allows shoppers to skip the checkout

Chevron, Albertsons Expand Rewards Program to St. George, Utah

Customers can earn points shopping for groceries at Albertsons and redeem them at their local Chevron or Texaco. Albertsons Companies LLC, and Chevron Products Company, a division of  Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are bringing their popular Gas Rewards program to customers in St. George, Utah. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at their local Albertsons

GasBuddy App Users Rate C-Stores

App shows ratings of c-stores in core areas, including clean restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and more. GasBuddy has introduced a rating and reviews feature on its popular free mobile app where app users can weigh in on convenience store performance and appearance. The new feature is available across GasBuddy’s network of hundreds of

Sheetz Adds DMV Kiosks

West Virginia customers looking to renew their driver’s license can now visit their local Sheetz instead of the DMV. The definition of convenience continues to expand as retailers add new services to attract customers. Sheetz’ Beckley, W.Va. and Start City, W.Va. locations each added a DMV kiosk where customers can renew their West Virginia driver’s

Businesses Raise Funds through MDA Shamrocks

The program now in its 35th year has raised millions to support families with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Tens of thousands of retailers nationwide—including convenience stores— have rallied together to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy by

Core-Mark Releases 2016 Q4 and Full-Year Financial Results

Reports record annual sales of $14.5 Billion. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016, as well as a strong outlook for 2017 driven by anticipated organic growth. Core-Mark is a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North

Mach 1: Breaking Barriers

This convenience chain is making cool things cooler and old things newer—all the while expanding its presence in the communities it serves. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like many convenience retailers that pour over the details until they have a sure course of action, Mach 1 Stores contemplates its future steps carefully. The result has

Wendy’s Introducing Ordering Kiosks

Kiosks expected to cut down on labor costs, appeal to younger customers. Fast-food behemoth Wendy’s has announced plans to introduce self-ordering kiosks in one out of every six—or about 1,000—of its franchise locations nationwide by the end of 2017, with a typical location receiving three kiosks, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.

Rutter’s Remodels To Introduce Beer Caves

Rutter’s looks to offer beer in as many stores as possible. Rutter’s has just remodeled its Middletown, Pa. location to incorporate a beer cave, making it the first convenience store in Dauphin County to offer a Beer Cave to customers. Previously, Rutter’s remodeled its Waynesboro, Pa. location to include a Beer Cave. This was the

Terrible Herbst Partners with PDI

The move allows Terrible Herbst to reduce software footprint and manage every part of operations. Terrible Herbst has selected PDI, provider of enterprise-class software solutions, as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. Terrible Herbst, who had been a customer of The Pinnacle Corp. since 2003, was among the more than 100 customers acquired by

Home Service Oil Joins VP Racing Fuels

Home Service Oil begins reimaging first site with the VP brand in Piedmont, Mo. Home Service Oil has joined VP Racing Fuels’ national retail branding program. A wholesale fuel distributor based in Barnhart, Mo., Home Service owns and operates nine Express Mart c-stores and supplies 60 other retail sites across Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. “We

Last Chance to take the CSD/Humetrics HR Survey

Time is running out to participate in the CSD/Humetrics Human Resources survey and gain complementary access to survey results.  In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating

NRF, RILA Ask Supreme Court To Let Stand Swipe Fee Appeals Court Ruling

Settlement deal “a bad one, unworthy of resuscitation,” say NRF and RILA. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand an appeals court ruling that struck down a controversial 2012 settlement of a class action lawsuit over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card

CST Brands Reports Q4, Year-End Financial Results

CST Brands opened 50 new-to-industry stores in 2016 with 38 in the U.S. and 12 in Canada. With its acquisition of Flash Foods in the rearview and its pending merger with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. set to close in the first half of 2017, CST Brands Inc. wrapped up a year of extensive changes in 2016.

NJOY Finishes Financial Restructuring

Following the restructuring, NJOY is majority-owned by Mudrick Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar investment firm, specializing in corporate turnarounds. NJOY LLC announced the acquisition of the assets of NJOY Inc. in connection with NJOY Inc.’s financial restructuring. In conjunction with this acquisition, NJOY completed a $35 million equity capital raise, and is now a well-capitalized

S. Abraham & Sons Celebrates 90 Years in Grand Fashion

More than 1,250 retailers and suppliers were on hand last week to honor S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) as the wholesaler celebrated its 90th anniversary at its annual trade show in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Once in a lifetime you get to celebrate 90 years.” said Alan Abraham, president of S. Abraham & Sons, which distributes to

Gulf Pay to Integrate with Masterpass

Masterpass to be added as a payment option in the new Gulf mobile application. Gulf Oil’s new mobile payment application, Gulf Pay plans to integrate with Mastercard’s Masterpass. Gulf Pay, powered by P97’s PetroZone mobile commerce platform, will enable Gulf customers to find the nearest Gulf gas station and utilize mobile payment technology to complete

‘Experience Economy’ to be Showcased at IDDBA 17

Show and Sell to offer an interactive marketplace of merchandising ideas and retailing concepts. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) Show and Sell at IDDBA 17, set for Anaheim, Calif. on June 4-6, will reflect fundamental principles of the “Experience Economy,” exposing attendees to interactive and innovative merchandising concepts designed to energize their stores

Circle K Customer Wins KickBack Points Grand Prize

A Grants Pass, Ore. resident, takes home $55,000 as KickBack Points Points’ 2016 Grand Prize winner. Locally-owned My Circle K, powered by Colvin Oil, announced that the winner of the 2016 Kickback Grand Prize is a Grants Pass, Ore. resident. The winner of the grand prize, Verna Dietert, has been a KickBack Points cardholder for

GPM Raises $190,000 During MDA Fundraising Campaign

In the last three years alone, GPM has raised over half a million dollars to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. GPM Investments LLC announced that its 2016 MDA Holiday Fundraising Program raised over $190,000 to help liberate children and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. For the entire month

QuickChek Named A Best Place to Work in New York and New Jersey

The 2016 award recipient of CSD’s Convenience Store Chain of the Year earns rare distinction. QuickChek Corp. has once again been named one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” and one of the “Best Companies to Work for in New York State.” The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station,

Quenching Thirsts and Sales

Spring is almost here, which means summer isn’t too far behind. It’s time to get your beverage business in order. By Jim Callahan The warning, “Beware the Ides of March” probably resonates more with readers of Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” than it does with c-store operators. Still, March is an important month to mark on