White Castle Introduces New Vegetarian LTO

Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Slider and Bacon Jam Slider join limited time menu. The health conscious trend is inspiring more customers to opt for vegetarian offerings and White Castle is making sure its bold new limited time offerings (LTOs) appeal to everyone—including those limiting or avoiding meat. The chain is introducing Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean

FPMA Scholarship Deadline Approaches

Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is set to award scholarships. The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA) scholarship deadline is approaching. For 36 years, FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to FPMA member company owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs

How To Prevent Bad Hires

A team can help combat hiring blindness. Here you are again. Your organization just hired another employee who didn’t perform as expected, despite giving a great interview. Too often, candidates who present sparkling résumés and great initial impressions disappoint when they show up for work. Over time, these underperforming employees diminish morale, reduce efficiency, and

Kum & Go Donates Fresh Food

A pilot program that delivers fresh food to Colorado residents in need has the potential to become prevalent in other communities the convenience retailer serves. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience retailer Kum & Go is exploring the power of fresh food as part of a program that targets a whole different group of consumers.

Part Two of Category Management & Inventory Management

By Bill Scott Part 2 Category Management is an important tool that should be included in every retailer’s tool kit, but it’s not the ONLY tool. Over 11 years ago, when I purchased my current home, I had been living in an apartment for a decade, and most of my tools had been permanently loaned

Starbucks Releases Unicorn Frappuccino

Coffee giant gets creative with new beverage offering. Unicorns are trending and Starbucks is jumping on the bandwagon with its first Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage, available starting Wednesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 23, while supplies last. The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème

OMEGA Helps Children in Need

Mother’s Day themed, paper flowers will be sold for $1 at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores throughout West Virginia. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association has launched its 7th Annual ‘Every Child Deserves A Loving Home’ Campaign to raise funds to help children and families in crisis across the state. More

What Do You Expect?

by Mel Kleiman You only need a simple, three point scale to evaluate job applicants as well as the performance of your present employees: “Will not meet expectations” or “Is not meeting expectations” “Will meet expectations” or “Is meeting expectations” “Will exceed expectations” or “Is exceeding expectations” Before you can do this though, you need

CSD Exclusive: Clifford Fuel Drops Nice N Easy, Rebrands as “Cliff’s Local Market”

After more than 30 years with the Nice N Easy brand, the New York chain is committed to a company-wide rebranding. Clifford Fuel Co. is about to undergo a complete makeover and rebranding after 30 years with the Nice N Easy franchise. During the month of May, the company’s 18 stores will rebrand from Nice

M&M Mid-Valley Supply, Leighton O’Brien Form Distribution Agreement

Partnership to enhance fuel cleaning and polishing services for underground and above ground storage tanks. M&M Mid-Valley Supply, known for installation, service and equipment distribution with four branches throughout the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia region of the U.S., and global tank and fuel management company Leighton O’Brien announced the distributorship of Leighton O’Brien’s

CST Brands Prepares to Release Q1 Results

With a pending merger with Circle K, CST won’t include financial guidance. CST Brands Inc.’s is set to release its first quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Monday, May 8, 2017. In light of the pending merger with Circle K Stores Inc., a Texas corporation (“Circle K”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation

Gas Prices Continue To Creep Higher

OPEC cuts to oil production could extend beyond June. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on April 17 hit $2.41, two cents above last week’s price, 12 cents more than last month and 30 cents more than a year ago, AAA reported. The national average is at its highest price

IDDBA 17 To Address Engaging Millennials

Learn how to connect with the next generation. With more generations simultaneously in the workplace than ever before, managing and communicating effectively with each cohort can be challenging at best. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) added Eric Chester to the speaker lineup at IDDBA 17 to help attendees deal with these challenges. Chester’s

Wawa Continues Welcome America Sponsorship

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. Wawa’s sponsorship of the Welcome America festival is set to continue for at least three more years. Wawa Inc. announced its title sponsorship is being extended through 2019, marking the 10th year of the company’s title sponsorship of the free July 4th celebration, the Philadelphia Business

Employment Trends: Teens in Retail

Today’s working teenager may be a retail company’s future store leader, product designer, data analyst, or even CEO. Unfortunately, in the years ahead, it may become increasingly more difficult to find these young, entry-level employees. Teenagers are an important part of the retail workforce, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a downward trend in

Sunoco LP Supports CMN Hospitals

Stripes and APlus stores run Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaign. Sunoco, Stripes and APlus Convenience Stores are making a difference for millions of kids treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now through May 3, Stripes Convenience Stores and APlus Stores are asking customers to “Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are” and purchase a $1 Miracle

Studying Examines Millennials’ Better-for-You Snacking

Great taste, fewer ingredients are among key Millennial demands when it comes to snacks. Better-for-you snacking has gone mainstream and Millennial preferences have played a huge role in this shift. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands Inc. and the Center for Generational Kinetics discovered that Millennials have been the driving force behind the

Maximizing Summer Opportunities

Often, the difference between great sales and mediocre sales is attention to detail. There are certain tasks that c-stores can accomplish that will generate a positive impression in the mind of a customer. By Jim Callahan Strong retail sales growth in January and February indicate that consumers are still confident in the U.S. economy. Indicators

NRF Reports Retail Sales Up 0.3% in March

Retail industry continues to lack pricing power. 2017 retail sales across industries got off to a slow start in Q1. Retail sales in March increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5% unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). While the numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, they

How Are You Using Your Brain Power?

by Mel Kleiman Your brain is a powerful instrument. Ask it for reasons why you should hire someone and it will respond with answers like: She’s smart. He made a great impression. He seems to really want the job. She’s got all the right experience. Ask your brain why you shouldn’t hire the person and,

Managing the Front Line

By John Loftock, Editor The convenience store industry has come a long way over the past decade in terms of recruiting, training and retaining great employees. But the results of the ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey indicate there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Among the survey’s key findings

Buc-ee’s Expanding in Florida

Texas-based Buc-ee’s set to open a c-store in Dayton Beach, Fla. Buc-ee’s has plans to open a 50,000 square-foot Buc-ee’s convenience store, marking the chain’s first location outside of Texas. The Daytona Beach News Journal reported that Buc-ee’s agreed to purchase a 35-acre site and plans to open as soon as next year. The convenience

QC Team Members Among New Jersey Food Council Scholarship Winners

Twenty scholarships totaling $67,000 to help students pay for college. The New Jersey Food Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Education Development Scholarship Awards, and QuickChek team members were among the winners. Twenty member scholarships totaling $67,000 were awarded to an employee or family member of food industry related companies at a special

ACE Recommends Ethanol Priorities to EPA

EPA is accepting public comments through May 15. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced and modified to make them less

New York Cigar Tax Shift Defeated

Also rejected in the budget was the Governor’s proposed new excise tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. New York convenience store retailers and suppliers worked together to keep a harmful shift in cigar excise tax out of the new state budget approved this week by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Jim Calvin, president of the