How Long Will The Gas Price Slide Continue?

Heading into spring refinery maintenance season, pump prices are still expected to remain low. On Feb. 8, gas prices reached a national average price of $1.74 per gallon, a whopping $1.07 less than the peak 2015 price reached in June. AAA reported that domestic crude oil inventories reached their highest level for this time of

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SAS Donates Water To Flint, Gives Back To Communities

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan and Humane Society of Kent County among charities aided by SAS donations in 2015. Abraham & Sons (SAS), a convenience store distributor in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been giving back to the communities it serves this season, including donating and distributing water to its neighbors in Flint, Mich. It

Pennsylvania Rutter’s Requests Liquor License

Rutter’s hopes to become the first convenience store in Lancaster County, Pa. to sell beer. Upper Leacock Township supervisors will soon hold a hearing to discuss an application for the new Rutter’s convenience store in Leola, Pa. to sell beer. If the request were to be approved, Rutter’s would mark the first convenience store to

Tips For Convenience Store Robbers

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC  Nothing Surprises Me Anymore While doing research on convenience store robberies, I ran across a YouTube video that provides tips for convenience store robbers. Surprised? After watching this video, I realized how our preconceived notions serve to protect us from the real world at a cost of our own peril.

Chicago Aldermen Reject Proposed Tobacco Ordinance

An ordinance intended to curb youth smoking has been rejected due to the potential consequences that could occur as a result. Aldermen of the Chicago City Council have rejected a proposal that was intended to increase the smoking age, put a new tax on smokeless tobacco products and institute a price floor for cigarettes. According

How to Survive the Flavored Tobacco Controversy

Despite banking on cigar sales, more and more convenience stores face the fallout of local ordinances restricting consumer use. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Last fall, Cleveland officials introduced proposed regulations to ban all flavored tobacco products throughout the city except at tobacco shops. Officials also wanted to raise the minimum purchasing age to

2016 Corner Store Country Run Dates Announced

CST Brands will once again help improve the lives of children by donating the proceeds of the third annual Country Run to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The dates for the third annual Corner Store Country Run, presented by San Antonio, Texas-based CST Brands, have been announced. The 2016 run is sponsored by Aquafina and net

How Retailers Can Choose Proper Retail Technology

Boston Retail Partners has provided retailers with insight to help them determine what technology would best fit their store. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) have released a new study to help retailers navigate the plethora of new location-based services (LBS) that have been created for retail applications over the last few years. Selecting the right technology

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fans Celebrate

Fans of the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will soon have access to the specialty pizza, for a limited time. In response to last year’s success, Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Beginning Feb. 15, for a limited time, the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will be available to convenience store owners

United Pacific Relocates Corporate Headquarters

United Pacific has purchased land from SARES•REGIS Group to construct a new corporate headquarters and provide greater convenience to its employees. Douglas Park at Long Beach Airport will soon be the home of the new headquarters for United Pacific, formerly known as United Oil. The 2.65 acre lot, acquired from SARES•REGIS Group (SRG), provides a

Allied Brand Capital Becomes Affiliate Partner to BPAMA

A new partnership is expected to hold benefits for both Allied Brand Capital and BPAMA, along with their clients. Allied Brand Capital (ABC) is now one of the newest Affiliate Partners under the BPAMA Affiliate Member Program. “BPAMA is a powerhouse of knowledge in the petroleum marketing business and one of the most effective Associations

Uphoff Details Terms of the Dion’s Deal

Steve Uphoff tells CSD  he will keep the Dion’s brand and looks to grow operations in South Florida through acquisitions and building new sites. “We’re looking for more,” he said. By John Lofstock, Editor While the deal to acquire Dion’s Quik Mart’s by Steve Uphoff closed on Monday, it was a match 11 years in

Economic Optimism Plummets

Low fuel prices are not enough to spur economic optimism among consumers. The results of a new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have revealed that, despite fuel prices having fallen to their lowest point in seven years, optimism about the economy has reached its lowest level in almost a year.

How C-Stores Can Save on Operating Costs

ACC is offering new savings strategies to c-store chains to help stores save on day-to-day operating costs. A new cost reduction program from Alliance Cost Containment (ACC) has been introduced to the retail grocery and convenience store industry. The new program, which is being referred to as C-Store Savings, offers chains that operate 10 or

Flyers Energy Expands into the High Desert

Flyers Energy has made a number of acquisitions in the past two years, and the company has plans for furthering its expansion efforts. Flyers Energy LLC has finalized its acquisition of Hesperia, Calif.-based RE Goodspeed & Sons Distributing, a Chevron lubricants distributor. Goodspeed comprises cardlocks, bulk fuel, bulk lubricant services and transportation. Both Flyers and

New Sheetz Commercial Warns Against Making Assumptions

The newly released Sheetz commercial uses donkeys to show consumers what happens when they make erroneous assumptions about Sheetz’ foodservice. North Carolina-based Tattoo Projects is helping Sheetz to battle the assumption that a gas station can’t serve high quality food. In a continuation of their nine-year Agency of Record relationship, Sheetz and Tattoo Projects have

Jack Flash to Open Central Illinois Store

The new Jack Flash store will give customers access to Shell’s Fuel Rewards Network. Belleville, Ill. will soon be home to the 11th central Illinois Jack Flash store. A new Jack Flash convenience store and Shell gas station are slated to be constructed. The new store will be: Located on IL Rt. 15 across from

Former President of Pilot Flying J Indicted

Eight other former employees are facing indictments. Mark Hazelwood, the former president of Pilot Flying J was indicted Tuesday, Feb. 9, in connection with the ongoing investigation into a federal rebate scheme that came to light after a raid on the company’s Knoxville headquarters in 2013. According to a report by the Tennessean, Hazelwood is

How Will a New Tax on Oil Affect Motorists?

President Barack Obama has introduced a new oil tax. A new oil tax has been proposed by President Barack Obama, and this tax, if passed, is expected to result in a spike in fuel prices for motorists. According to a report from Market Watch, the proposed $10-per-barrel tax will be part of the budget request

December/January Comparison Sales Based on Sales From 33 C-Stores in Southern Mississippi

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Big changes in sales from December to January. Off the Top 100 list are Sprite two-liter, Funyuns, NEHI Peach 20 ounce, Camel Menthol Green HP, A&W Cream 20 ounce, Lighter BIC Mini, Tweaker en Drink, Marlboro 72s Gold HP, and A&W Root Beer. The big winner in January was

How to Curb Employee Theft

Encouraging best practices among employees requires effective training, monitoring and accountability. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Superior cash management and loss prevention strategies begin with best practices in labor management, including employee training, monitoring and accountability. A recent report from Retail Knowledge, a retail fraud and loss prevention firm, indicated that over the past three

CSD EXCLUSIVE: Dion’s Quik Marts Acquired by Uphoff Ventures

Acquisition allows the former owner of the Uppy’s convenience store chain in Virginia to reenter the c-store business, this time in South Florida. By John Lofstock, Editor Dion’s Quik Marts, the family-owned South Florida convenience store founded by Larry and Florence Dion in 1948, is has been sold to Chester, Va.-based Uphoff Ventures, Convenience Store

Super Bowl Series Lighters

BIC is releasing limited edition Super Bowl 50 lighters to help celebrate the winning team. BIC Consumer Products USA will soon be releasing its Super Bowl 50 Champion Series Lighters, for the third consecutive year. BIC is using real-time manufacturing and marketing to help celebrate the Broncos’ victory. The six designs in the series feature

VERC Provides Grants to Trinity Catholic Academy

A total of $1,000 has been awarded to Trinity Catholic Academy. With the help of ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has provided two checks for $500 to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, Mass. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an

Wells Fargo Releases Fourth Quarter Beverage Industry Results

U.S. beverage sales are strong, but it is not strictly smooth sailing in the current market. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the state of the beverage industry from the fourth quarter 2015. The new report shows that, despite strong industry sales, certain markets may continue to struggle in the coming year. Some

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