Accessories Stay Afloat

As tobacco products evolve, sellers of tobacco accessories must foster new market opportunities. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor As tobacco products feel a squeeze from regulations, accessories must adapt to thrive. Tobacco accessories include lighters, rolling papers, e-cigarette cartridges and other purchases that complement tobacco use. Smoking accessories totaled $254 million for the

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Ontario Mulls $15 Minimum Wage

A proposal would raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. While minimum wage hikes grab the attention of convenience retailers in the U.S., c-stores to the north are seeing similar headlines. For example,

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CHOICE Act Keeps Fee Reform

One part of the Financial CHOICE Act, House Republicans dropped language that would have repealed the debit swipe fee reforms which have saved businesses and consumers billions of dollars since being implemented under Dodd-Frank. Late last week, the House passed a bill to roll back some of the strongest Wall Street regulations spurred by the

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Speedway Teeing Up for Children’s Charity

Since 1991, Speedway LLC has hosted the Speedway Miracle Tournament and in 2013, in conjunction with the Miracle Tournament, began hosting the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner. June 12-13 marks Speedway LLC’s 26th annual Speedway Miracle Golf Tournament, which is held annually to raise funds for children in need. The event, which is held in Dayton, Ohio,

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Pinnacle Honing POS Technology

Merchants can leverage the Pinnacle Palm POS with existing hardware and various back office systems to help keep pace with ever-evolving regulatory mandates and enhancements, such as the liability shift surrounding chip card transactions. The Pinnacle Corp., a leader in mobile, loyalty and point-of-sale integration solutions for retail convenience stores, and Worldpay, a leading provider

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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Tennessee Tobacco Mark-Up on Tap

The law, enacted in three phases, raises retailers’ minimum mark-up on cigarettes by 35 cents per pack in three stages over a two-year period, increasing the minimum markup from 8% to 15%. The last phase of singular tobacco policy known as the Unfair Cigarette Sales Law will affect Tennessee retailers, beginning July 1. The regulation

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Dewbre Resigns From CST Brands Board

The industry veteran’s resignation was reported in a SEC notice filed today. Rocky Dewbre, a veteran with decades of experience in the energy, distribution and convenience store sectors, has resigned from the board of directors at San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc. According to the June 8 SEC filing, “effective June 5, 2017, Rocky B. Dewbre

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Rutter’s Extends Its Area of Operation

The Pennsylvania convenience retailer is also expanding its push to have more wine sales at some locations. A month after opening its 67th store location , Rutter’s Farm Stores has another project going—this time in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny. Work is under way on a new Rutter’s convenience store, according to the Altoona Mirror. York-based Rutter’s plans

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Adult Beverages Create Summer Wave

As summer moves in, consumers are looking forward to relaxing with their favorite adult beverage—as are convenience retailers. Canned wine was all the rage in summer 2016, so what beverage trends are bubbling up for 2017? The Mintel Group looks at how some adult beverage segments will fair this year. Return of Zima Zima is

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Store Closing Data Revealing

Fung Global researchers found that year-to-date in 2017, store closing announcements in the U.S. increased by 97 percent year-over-year, to 3,296 locations. A new research study from Fung Global Retail & Technology, an international think tank that follows retail and technology trends, uses hard data to outline what retail property owners and managers already know—store

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Millennials Worry More Over Personal Finances

Young adults spend more time at work pondering bills and crunching numbers than their slightly older peers. When it comes to personal finances, there’s a significant confidence gap between the Millennials and baby boomers, according to a new report published recently by USA Today. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 48% felt very positive about their financial

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Love’s Makes Two Key Promotions

As part of its growth spurt, the travel stop company is tapping employees to help oversee retail operations. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has promoted two employees to help lead managers and team members at Love’s growing number of travel stops. Gary Price has been promoted to vice president of operations, and Tony Cribb has been

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7-Eleven Opens Vietnam Location

The convenience retailer expands its international footprint with new Southeast Asian location. Ho Chi Minh City residents soon will be able to enjoy convenience, 7-Eleven style, while many visitors to the country will recognize some of their favorites from home. Seven System Viet Nam JSC (SSV), a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., will now have

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30th Annual ACE Conference Talks Market

ACE’s 30th annual conference also features a breakout session with Bosselman Enterprises and Husker Ag and how they are growing their volume by supplying ethanol directly to retailers by passing on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) value. Retailers who want to learn the latest ethanol issues can now register for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

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C-Stores Investigated In Illegal Cigarette Sales

Some of those indicted bought cigarettes in St. Louis using convenience stores they owned then sold them in high cigarette tax areas like Chicago and New Jersey without paying taxes. Police and federal agents recently made a series of arrests in Chicago and on the eastern area of St. Louis in an investigation of illegal

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QuickChek “Tags” Support For Military

For the fourth year, QuickChek customers are invited to purchase $1 paper “dog tags” in support of military families. Beginning June 10 and running through July 15, QuickChek customers will have the opportunity to support veterans, service members and military families through the convenience store’s “dog tag” campaign. For the fourth year, QuickChek customers are

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Apple to Introduce Peer-to-Peer Payments

Providing U.S. consumers another payment option, Pay Cash will allow one user to pay another user through their smartphone. CNBC recently reported that Apple announced that its new iOS 11 mobile-operating system will support peer-to-peer payments through a new feature called Pay Cash, making it a direct competitor to similar services offered by Square Cash,

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Casey’s Reports Fiscal 2017 Earnings

Fiscal 2017 marked the 16th consecutive year of positive same-store sales growth for the Iowa convenience chain. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported diluted earnings per share of $0.76 for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ending April 30, 2017 compared to $1.19 for the same period a year ago. For the year, diluted

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Dawa is Dawa No More

A small New Jersey convenience opts to forgo its name after Wawa earlier this year filed a lawsuit, alleging that the similar sounding Dawa would diminish the value of Wawa’s trademark. Convenience store Dawa Food Mart has agreed to change its name to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Wawa. Wawa, the Pennsylvania-based chain

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Gift Card Demand Grows

When asked how many gift cards they gave last year, according to a new InComm survey, 100% of consumers said at least one and 92% said two or more. Gift cards are clearly a hot commodity, and there are many ways that retailers can leverage them to boost online and in-store traffic. Additionally, a recently

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Sobeys Prepping New express Location

Canadian grocer Sobeys continues the measured rollout of its convenience store program. Sobeys Inc. is remodeling one of its Charlottetown store as part of its expanding convenience store program. The company is converting a Needs Store on Euston Street in Charlottetown to a Sobeys express, according to the Guardian In December 2015, Sobeys—a wholly owned

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ALON Making Headway With Green Program

As part of reduced emissions initiative, ALON 7-Eleven will plant over 100,000 trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. As the Strive Reduced Emissions Fuel Program continues to drive positive results, ALON 7-Eleven plans a final rollout to their remaining 170 locations. Later this summer, the program will launch in El Paso and Abilene

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Empire Petroleum Partners Buys Fuel Assets

The Dallas-based supplier to numerous convenience stores expands its southern footprint. The consignment and wholesale assets of Superior Transport Inc.’s (STi) were recently purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC. Usher Transport, Inc. acquired the transportation division assets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Empire Petroleum is a Dallas-based company, which distributes fuel to more than

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Hoosiers Prefer Cold Beer Purchases

A new survey indicates Indiana consumers support state c-stores being able to sell cold beer as part of Chill Indiana campaign. A statewide poll released June 5 indicates 70% of Hoosiers favor allowing drug, convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer, while another 65% favor Sunday carryout alcohol sales. The survey was commissioned by

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