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TravelCenters Opens New Full-Service TA Stopping Center

TravelCenters has opened a new full-service location that will help drivers stay fit, clean and connected, while offering all of the traditional driver amenities. TravelCenters of America LLC has completed the construction of the new TA Stopping Center in Caryville, Tenn. The newly constructed store, located at I-75, Exit 141 (305 Howard Baker Hwy), offers

Sheetz Starts Beer Sales in Huntingdon

Sheetz’ fight for beer reform in Pennsylvania pays off. Sheetz Convenience Stores has gained the right to sell beer at its convenience store located at 9894 Shaner Blvd. in Huntingdon, Pa., with help from a letter from Governor Wolf. The store is now debuting its fully-stocked beer cave to the public. “We applaud Governor Wolf

Nouria Tapping Retail Potential

In the past 10 years, Nouria Energy Corp. has put together a savvy organization, which is taking the necessary steps to grow its retail brand in New England. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There comes a point in every successful convenience store company’s existence wherein it’s time to broaden the customer base, introduce new products

NAG Continues its Support of Higher Education

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter of higher education. To remember John’s work and his longtime support of NAG, we are proud for

Rutter’s Upgrades Blending System

Through a partnership with f’real foods, Rutter’s plans to install more than 80 B4 blenders. Rutter’s Farm Stores has partnered with f’real foods to upgrade its blending system. The partnership began as a test in 2008 and has since become a foundational offering in Rutter’s stores. Rutter’s announced it will be replacing its f’real first-generation

Dos Equis Announces Summer Marketing Initiative

Dos Equis is encouraging consumers to choose interesting through the brand’s summer program. Dos Equis has announced the launch of its Choose Interesting summer program. Choose Interesting is a 360° retail and on-premise program that will encourage consumers to Choose Interesting and make the most of the season’s celebrations, while anticipating the launch of the

Restroom Visit Top Reason For C-store Stop

Some 41% of customers say cleanliness and bathrooms influences their decision to visit a store. Having a clean restroom has never been more important as this summer, vacation travelers are more likely to stop to use the bathroom than any other activity, including buying gas or food and drinks, according to results of a nationwide

Global Partners Enters Sales Agreement with Mirabito

A new agreement between Global Partners and Mirabito will grow Mirabito’s c-store portfolio by 31. Global Partners LP has announced that it will soon be selling 31 gas stations and convenience stores to Mirabito Holdings Inc. The stores that are being sold are located in New York and Pennsylvania. In addition, the parties will enter

America’s iGeneration Comes of Age

The oldest members of Generation Z are now 21, and they have their own ways of communicating. Often overshadowed by the preceding generation, America’s iGeneration—which Mintel defines as Americans age 9-21—is finally coming into their own, edging in on Millennials’ turf as a key consumer demographic with their own unique set of characteristics. Among them

Growth in British Convenience Store Market

New research from Mintel has revealed that the growing popularity of convenience stores in the British market can be partially attributed to consumers’ desire for a quick shopping trip. Research from Mintel has revealed that the increased popularity of “top-up” shopping has driven customers to convenience stores more often. Ever since the British sitcom, ‘Open

Gears That Keep Technology Moving

Industry standards improve profitability by reducing costs and improving competitiveness. By Ed Collupy Standards, in my early days of retailing, were always there to set expectations, something to work by, and measure compliance success with. Then I learned about technical standards. NAXML, EDI, ISO, ARTS, PCI—and the acronyms go on. These weren’t as easy to

Hy-Vee Looks to Expand to the Twin Cities

Hy-Vee has plans to stir up competition among convenience stores in the Twin Cities. Hy-Vee recently announced plans to expand its business to the Twin Cities market. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Hy-Vee is looking, not only to bring its full-scale grocery stores to the area, but also some smaller

365 by Whole Foods Market Opens in Los Angeles

A number of different amenities and grocery options are now available to customers of the newly opened 365 by Whole Foods Market.  On May 25, 2016, 365 by Whole Foods Market made its official debut in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, where the new 28,000 square-foot store has finally opened its doors for business. The

BOGO Slurpees at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven is helping its customers cool down this Memorial Day weekend with Buy One-Get One Free Slurpees. To kick off the company’s “Hundred Days of Summer,” 7-Eleven is launching a four day Buy One-Get One (BOGO) Free Slurpee promotion from May 27 through May 30. During the promotion, customers can purchase any size Slurpee, all

Nutrition Facts Label Revamp Comes When Consumers Seldom Consult Such Labels

The FDA has announced changes that will soon be made to the Nutrition Facts Label, but data from The NPD Group suggests that the new label may not have much influence on consumers.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to overhaul the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, and First Lady

Top Quick Service Burger Chains Battle for Business

Foodservice operators have reentered the business of offering value-oriented combo meals, and the competition is heating up. As the economy continues to evolve, foodservice providers are adjusting their menu offerings to help drive traffic. According to a report from The NPD Group, the top three quick service burger chains, Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s have launched

Consumers Surpass 150 Million Miles Using E15

Major retailers including Sheetz, Kum & Go, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA and Protec are adding E15 at their pumps and their choice is paying off. A key milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends has been reached. Major gasoline retailers working with Growth Energy have reported that over the past 12 months, using the U.S. average

Stripes Convenience Stores Expands In Port Arthur, Texas

Lamar State College Port Arthur receives a donation at the ribbon cutting. Stripes Convenience Stores has opened its second c-store in the Port Arthur, Texas area. Stripes Stores celebrated the new store with a grand opening fiesta ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, May 20 at 3600 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. The ribbon cutting included a $1,000

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Associate General Counsel

Jerami Davidson to represent BW Gas & Convenience in all legal matters. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm, has welcomed Jerami Davidson as Associate General Counsel. BW Gas & Convenience owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores in selected regions of the

QuickChek Once Again Sponsors Festival of Ballooning

Customers can now purchase presale tickets to the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at their local QuickChek fresh convenience markets. The 34th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, presented in association with PNC Bank, will feature several new balloons from several different countries, as the event continues to grow as a global spectacle. This

Core-Mark Offers Two-for-One Stock Split

This is the second time in the past two years that Core-Mark has offered a two-for-one stock split. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.’s Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one stock split of its outstanding common shares in the form of a stock dividend. The additional shares will be distributed on June 27, 2016 to stockholders

New Flying J Travel Plaza Opens in Texas

A new Flying J Travel Plaza has added 70 jobs to the Pasadena, Texas community. Pasadena, Texas is now home to the newest Flying J Travel Plaza from Pilot Flying J. The new travel plaza offers full amenities for drivers, and it has added 70 jobs to the community, along with other economic benefits. “We’re

How to Grow Better-For-You Sales

NACS has offered an online tool to help c-stores increase better-for-you sales. To help retailers grow their healthy offerings and to increase better-for-you item sales, NACS has created a new online toolkit that shares eight easy to implement, low-cost examples that have proven successful in the convenience store sector. Through the NACS reFresh initiative, the

Don’t Let Recent Fuel Margins Make You Complacent

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. The low fuel prices of the past two years have been good news for the convenience stores. A drop in prices typically leads to increased profitability for retailers, even though many consumers wrongly assume the opposite is true. Also, if a c-store can get someone to the pump, the chances

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