Pump Prices Tick Upward With Memorial Day Weekend on the Horizon

Crude oil prices, demand drive pump prices upward. After four weeks of gas price dips, pump prices are again climbing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. AAA reported that the national average price of gas, on May 22, was $2.36 per gallon – two cents more than a week ago, six cents less than a month

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Love’s To Introduce 50 New Locations This Year

Enters Montana—the company’s 41st state. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is expecting to open more than 50 new stores in 2017. The move comes on the heels of a record year in 2016 where the chain opened 47 new locations, the most ever opened in one year for the company. With more than 410 locations nationwide

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Consider An Experienced Mentor To Help Grow Your Business

Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers walks readers through founding, maintaining and growing a small business. A small business takes time and effort to build, maintain and grow. You need patience, a willingness to endure setbacks and—most important of all—an experienced mentor. John Matthews, president and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., offers that mentorship. After decades

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Demand Continues For Health & Wellness Food

Natural and herbal products on the rise. Customers are continuing to consider their health when it comes to food purchases, and retailers and manufacturers are eager to cater to their evolving needs. Technavio’s latest market research report on the global health and wellness food market 2017-2021 provides an analysis on the most important trends expected

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Retailers Speak Out On $1 Trillion Border Tax Proposal

Higher prices for customers would hurt business, NRF says. Retailers would “have no choice” but to pass the higher costs on to consumers if Congress passes a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax as part of tax reform, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said. “The border tax proposal would cause the tax burden on retailers

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Core-Mark To Acquire Farner-Bocken Co.

Acquisition gives Core-Mark a strong foothold in the Midwest and additional foodservice and fresh expertise. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has entered into a ‘Definitive Asset Purchase Agreement’ to acquire substantially all of the assets of Farner-Bocken Co. located in Carroll, Iowa. The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $190 million, predicated on the value

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NYACS Awards Marshall First MacDougall Leadership Award

The award recognizes industry leadership, relationship building and involvement in NYACS. During the New York Association of Convenience Stores’ (NYACS) recent trade show and convention, Case Marshall of Pit Stop Convenience Stores, Weedsport N.Y, was presented with the first-ever John MacDougall Leadership Award. Named for the late president of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and

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Yesway Welcomes Vice President of Operations

Douglas Wald promoted from his former position as regional manager. Douglas Wald has been promoted to vice president of operations for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Yesway, a gas station and convenience store chain with locations in Iowa and Kansas, and with expansions underway across the Midwest. Yesway is expected to employ over

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Rutter’s Serves Troops Before Deployment

Active military members enjoy free coffee and fountain drinks at Rutter’s. In anticipation for their upcoming deployment, a local military unit is making the Rutter’s in York Springs their last stop before departure from Sunday going forward. Yesterday a military unit added the Rutter’s on Heidlersburg Road in York Springs as the last stop on

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Paytronix Finds Low-Frequency Guests Key to Loyalty Success

As good programs mature, most new members were once infrequent customers. Paytronix Systems Inc., a provider of reward program solutions to restaurants and retailers, explained that targeting low frequency guests is the key to loyalty program impact in its latest brief, “Target low-frequency guests. Here’s why.” Defining critical mass as the point where more than

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Electronic Shelf Tag Market Grows

Electronic shelf tags market to reach $11.64 million in convenience stores by 2021. The electronic shelf labels market in the U.S. is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 20% from 2017-2021. Technavio’s latest market study, titled “Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL) Market in the U.S. 2017-2021” provides an in-depth analysis of the market

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Wawa To Enter Washington, D.C. Market

Specific location for the new c-store remains a secret. Wawa is headed for Washington, D.C. The Washington Business Journal reported that the first Wawa store in Washington, D.C. is set to feature a unique design created specifically for the nation’s capital. But the specifics on where the store will be located, whether it will offer

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Customers Reach for Energy Drinks

Energy and sports drink market set for growth, according to Packaged Facts. Busy lives are inspiring customers to choose energy and sports drinks. Over the past five years, the U.S. retail market for energy and sports drinks expanded in vigorous fashion culminating in sales of $25 billion in 2016 after rising at an annual rate

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Strongbow Cider Brings Americans a Nature Fix

HEINEKEN announces global launch of Nature Remix campaign. HEINEKEN is looking to bring customers back to nature with its latest campaign. Scientists say that people living in urban environments surrounded by concrete, cars and a cacophony of city sounds feel isolated from nature. It’s called Nature Deficit Disorder and experts say that even small sparks

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Do Customers Prefer Cash?

Despite a plethora of payment options, from virtual wallets and ecommerce to mobile payments and online banking, 79% of U.S. customers still make monthly cash payments. Retailers face pressure to offer new and expanding payment options to keep up with the competition, but Packaged Facts found many customers are still comfortable with cash. In fact,

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RILA Speaks Out on Tax Reform Proposals

Retailers want tax reform that benefits American consumers. Jennifer Safavian, RILA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for comprehensive tax reform following today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs”: “Retailers have a significant impact on the

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Wawa Introduces Mobile Ordering

Wawa Rewards Members have the chance to order fresh food and beverages right from the app. Now Wawa Rewards members can order built-to-order fresh food and beverages via mobile ordering at all Wawa stores across its six-state operating area using the Wawa mobile app. According to a recent survey of Wawa Rewards members, more than

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VERC Enterprises Welcomes New Human Resources Manager

Vicki Richard brings 15 years of experience to her new role. VERC Enterprises announced that Vicki Richard of Quincy, Mass. has joined the company as human resources manager. VERC Enterprises is a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In this role, Richard’s responsibilities will include employee relations,

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Yesway Grows in Texas

Yesway looks to build on the work of the previous owner as it adds 35 c-store locations to its portfolio. Yesway is acquiring 35 Wes-T-Go and Chillerz Convenience Stores in Abilene, Texas. These new Yesway stores will be added to the company’s existing portfolio of 38 locations currently operating in Iowa and Kansas. By the

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TA Opens Burger King in Pearsall, Texas

Dining room seats 74 guests. TravelCenters of America’s TA Restaurant Group has introduced a new BURGER KING restaurant located at I-35 Exit 101 (Southbound), Exit 100 (Northbound) (110 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.), in Pearsall, Texas. The new BURGER KING will serve the high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food for which BURGER KING is famous. Guests can

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BRP Study Finds Retailers Looking to Incorporate New Technologies

Unified commerce helps retailers reach customers. According to a new report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), 55% of retailers are focused on optimizing the customer experience to increase customer loyalty by improving the mobile shopping experience and creating a unified experience across all channels. “The customer experience in a unified commerce world is much more

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NRF Fights Consumption Tax Proposal

The Ryan-Brady plan would transition the United States from its longstanding income tax system toward a consumption tax system. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system through comprehensive reform rather than moving toward a consumption tax. Under either approach, Congress should reject a proposed

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Mobil-Branded Stations To Open in Mexico

Exxon-Mobil plans a $300 million investment in fuels logistics, product inventories and marketing over next 10 years. ExxonMobil is entering the Mexican fuels market in 2017 with Mobil-branded stations and its new signature line of advanced Synergy gasoline and diesel fuels. The company plans to open its first Mobil service station in central Mexico during

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Sheetz Hosts 19th Annual Golf Event to Benefit Kids

The annual tournament is a major fundraising effort for the company’s Sheetz for the Kidz charity arm. Sheetz is once again giving back to the communities it serves. Sheetz for the Kidz is set to hold its 19th annual For the Kidz Golf Classic on May 21-22 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Festivities

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How C-Stores Can Prepare For Increasing Competition

As channels blur in an attempt to diversify, Nielsen outlines how c-stores can maintain their lead in addressing convenience. A new report by Nielsen revealed that U.S. convenience stores have had the edge over adjacent retail channels in recent years in terms of strength and sales, a trend expected to continue thanks to c-stores’ ability

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