Industry Leader Mario Coletta Laid to Rest

The founder of East Side Enterprises built a company that today includes the Seasons Corner Market convenience chain. By CSD Staff Mario Coletta, founder of East Side Enterprises LLC, which comprises dozens of gas stations, convenience stores, car washes, service centers, auto sales and towing facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts passed away June 28

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7-Eleven Suing Two Locations For Trademark Infringement

Eleven-7 Food Mark and Z-Eleven allegedly use logos meant to “deceive customers” into thinking they’re associated with the 7-Eleven brand. 7-Eleven is suing Eleven-7 Food Mart on Coney Island Ave. and Z-Eleven deli on Henry St., in New York, seeking to remove the signage, which is similar to 7-Eleven branding. According to New York Daily

Parker’s Announces New Director of Operations

Jeff Bush to help Parker’s expand into new markets. Parker’s has promoted Jeff Bush to director of operations. In his new position, Bush is responsible for overseeing daily operations of all retail stores, including fuels, pricing and logistics. Bush joined Parker’s in 2012 as director of fuel management and was responsible for overseeing fuel logistics,

New Mexico C-Stores Offer Lottery Option At Fuel Pump

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets available right at the gas pump. The New Mexico lottery has teamed with Linq3 in the rollout of Play at the Pump technology. As a result, New Mexico convenience store retailers will be able to offer their fueling customers the ability to buy Powerball and Mega Millions tickets directly from

TA Expands, Doubling Godfather’s Pizza Offering

Some 40 Minit Mart convenience stores are planned for Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois, where customers will be able to order Godfather’s Pizza. Travel Centers of America is set to add 40 new Minit Mart stores this year around Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; and across the state of Illinois, and in doing so will double

Speedway Adds NCR’s OPTIC Solution

OPTIC helps convenience store chain Speedway get EMV-ready and offers flexibility for developing unique retailer applications. Speedway LLC, the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store retailer, has selected NCR’s OPTIC pay-at-the-pump terminals, which are EMV-ready for its 2,770 stores in 22 states. The NCR solution offers a robust consumer experience on an open

Hanley Investment Group Finishes Sale of Three 7-Eleven Convenience Stores

The c-store sales show the “strong appetite investors have for high quality investment-grade net-lease properties,” says Hanley Investment Group SVP. Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors’ Senior Vice President Jeremy McChesney has completed the sale of three 7-Eleven stores—two located in Los Angeles County and one in Orlando, Fla. One of the transactions had a

Testing Foodservice Truisms

Q1 Consulting analyzes what consumers really want when it comes to prepared foods. By Tim Powell Q1 Consulting recently finalized its in-depth research into the convenience store prepared foods channel. The study investigated both retailers and shoppers, and tested many of the “truisms” of convenience stores—such as foodservice perception, freshness and any changes in the

Kent Cos. Alli Bixler Joins YEO Board of Directors

A third-generation executive at The Kent Cos. In Texas, Bixler will help shape the direction of the growing Young Executive Organization. As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executive Organization (YEO) is a

Brands Struggle On Customization Efforts

A new survey by Radius Global Market Research shows that brands’ customization attempts aren’t meeting the mark as far as customers are concerned. It is common knowledge that customization is of high importance to customers today, and brands are increasingly responding by using technology and data to provide these customized products and services. A new

CITGO, Boston Red Sox Foundation Introduce Spirit Pump Campaign

Red Sox-branded fuel pumps to help raise money for the Red Sox Foundation at some CITGO-branded gas stations. A number of CITGO branded stations are set to get a Red Sox makeover from July through October as part of a unique campaign. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its local New England partners, SEI Fuels, H.A.

Double Quick Finds Fuel Management Solution

The c-store chain gains better control over inventory with Pinnacle Corp.’s Dispatcher Workstation. Obtaining complete control over fuel inventory from ordering to projecting sales and beyond is a key concern for any c-store operation that also sells fuel. Double Quick, based in Mississippi, is using Pinnacle Corp.’s Dispatcher Workstation to more effectively control its fuel

7-Eleven, Flirtey Partner For Drone Delivery

7-Eleven and Flirtey plan to expand drone delivery tests. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, and successfully completed the first fully-autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. The milestone exercise was intended to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a

Hough Petroleum Adds Software To Assist With Fuel Price Strategy

Hough Petroleum looks to PriceAdvantage software to help the chain optimize fuel prices and take advantage of market opportunities. Hough Petroleum is streamlining store-specific fuel pricing strategies at its owned and operated locations located throughout New Jersey. Hough Petroleum selected PriceAdvantage software to achieve its goals, based on the software’s ability to centralize critical fuel

NAG/YEO Partner With Study Hall Research for Exclusive Conference Research

Results from two surveys will be shared at the 2016 National Advisory Group Conference in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 14. As the 2016 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference approaches, Study Hall Research is working with Convenience Store Decisions and NAG to tailor industry research exclusively for NAG members and NAG conference attendees. In order to

Are Food Delivery Trends Hurting Drive-Through Sales?

Today’s consumers are ordering meals for delivery from a wide variety of restaurants. Foodservice delivery is gaining steam among hungry consumers who see it as “the ultimate” dining convenience, and its uptick in popularity is hurting drive-through sales at restaurants and convenience stores, according to a recent report by global information company NPD Group. Over

Yesway Welcomes Former Cumberland Farms CEO

Petrowski to help Yesway in its strategy to grow to 1,000 c-stores. Yesway, the new convenience store brand by BW Gas & Convenience, has hired industry veteran Joseph Petrowski, former Cumberland Farms CEO, as a senior advisor and member of the firm’s executive committee. Petrowski will report directly to Thomas Nicholas Trkla, the firm’s chairman

Kwik Trip Campaign Raises Funds To Fight Childhood Obesity

Kwik Trip convenience stores raised $65,000 through checkout lane coin canister donations. Kwik Trip Convenience Stores during the month of June raised $65,000 through its 2016 coin canister campaign. The campaign supported the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to help

Love’s Debuts Second Travel Center in Van, Texas

New 12,000-square-foot travel center features an array of foodservice options. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its second travel stop in Van, Texas on Interstate 20. The new site is directly across the street from the existing Love’s Travel Center location at Exit 540. “Opening our second location in Van is monumental because

Customers Willing To Pay More For Quality Snacks

New research from Mintel reveals what’s driving consumer snack purchases. As Americans continue to diverge from a traditional three-meals-a-day eating schedule, more are seeking healthy snack options throughout the day, and customers are willing to pay more for high quality healthy snacks. New research from Mintel reveals that three in four (73%) consumers are willing

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Red Gold has once again teamed-up with Pop! Gourmet Foods and Huy Fong Foods to introduce Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in seven-gram packets. Whether your customers are sit down diners or grab-and-go customers they will love The Original Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in seven-gram packets. Made from an intensely flavorful blend […]

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Spicy Specialty Pizza

Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced the reintroduction of the popular Buffalo Chicken Pizza. This fan favorite limited time offer (LTO) is now available across the country, while supplies last. This bold LTO is packed with 100% all-natural white- meat chicken topped with a mixture of ranch dressing, Frank’s RedHot sauce, and mozzarella and Monterey jack […]

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Fish Sandwich

National Fish & Seafood’s Matlaw’s brand has introduced a new fully-cooked fish square that makes a fantastic fish sandwich. This new sandwich is the perfect grab-and-go item. The squares are cut from whole, wild caught pollock fillets, coated with extra crunchy panko breading and deep fried, locking in moisture for super tender flakier fish. Just […]

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Novelty Easter Candies

CandyRific has introduced a number of new Easter treats for 2017, including Embossed Egg Tins, Easter Candy Fans, a Peter Cottontail Light-Up Fan and eight-inch dispenser with jelly-beans, and Light-Up Bug Fans topped with adorable oversized insects. The Embossed Egg Tins feature the M&M’s characters embossed on cheerful Easter Eggs. Each keepsake egg comes with […]

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Versatile Food Packaging

Tray-Pak Corp. is expanding upon its success with Milliken & Co.’s advanced NX UltraClear polypropylene (PP) by producing several new packaging designs using this glass-like, heat-resistant polymer. Tray-Pak’s containers enable supermarkets and convenience stores to enhance the appeal and convenience of fresh-to-go foods with value-added packaging. The containers are suitable for hot and cold foods, […]

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