7-Eleven Announces $1 7-Election Coffee Days

In recognition of this year’s Presidential Debates, 7-Eleven customers can purchase a 7-Election coffee for just $1 the day after each debate. With the approach of the 2016 Presidential Debates, 7-Eleven has announced a new promotion as a part of the 7-Election. 7-Eleven is now offering fresh-brewed coffee in its extra-large 7-Election Stay-Hot Cups for

All Day Breakfast Happy Meal

Following the brands successful All Day Breakfast expansion, McDonald’s has introduced a new Breakfast Happy Meal. For the first time in 30 years, McDonald’s is updating its Happy Meal offerings. On Mon., Sept. 26, the 72 McDonald’s locations in Tulsa, Okla. added an All Day Breakfast Happy Meal option to its menu. The new All

Love’s Supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through National Coffee Day Promotion

A portion of the sales of 24 ounce coffees sold by Love’s on National Coffee Day will go to help sick children. National Coffee Day is Thurs., Sept. 29, and in celebration of the holiday, Love’s Travel Stops will donate $1 of every 24 ounce coffee or cappuccino that is purchased on Sept. 29 and

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Partner with Local Schools

Today’s idea of the day: If you offer a pizza program consider partnering with local schools to supply pizza for their pizza days and other events. Schools frequently have pizza days for kids and/or for teachers and staff. Wouldn’t it be great for business if all those pizzas were coming from you? Consider offering them

Savory & Super Trendy, Meat Snacks Soar

Meat snacks maintain their firm grasp as a top-selling segment. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor “This is not your grandfather’s jerky,” said Norman Deschamps, an independent market analyst working with Packaged Facts, a market research publisher. Indeed, between people’s desire for protein, healthier snacks and premium products, the meat snacks category is undergoing a

Weighing Open-Loop Cards

Convenience stores can generate more customer interest with the right prepaid card program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Open-loop prepaid cards present an ongoing opportunity for c-stores, especially since the prepaid market is fostering activities that are putting more of these types of cards in consumers’ hands. Open-loop is a term most often associated with

Adopting Ways to Obtain the Best Hires

Hiring managers often make the mistake of hiring the best applicants instead of the candidates who in the end make the best employees. By Mel Kleiman Six years ago, Convenience Store Decisions published an article I wrote that began: “Just two short years ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only had to

Expansion Funding Options

Large or small, convenience stores can access financing programs that best fit their growth plans.  By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Interest rates remain close to their historical lows but financing for many convenience store businesses continues to be elusive. Lower interest rates have translated into lenders and investors being more selective. How then, can convenience

Finding Property Tax Savings

There are four steps you can take to save money and improve your overall commercial property tax management. By Anne Joyner Sheehan Let’s face it. Taxes are never a convenient issue for business owners, no matter if the tax levied occurs at the federal, state or local level. The common denominator for businesses is one

Car Washes Still Sparkle

A car wash can be a profitable venture for convenience stores, but retailers should ensure they do their homework.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor A well-run car wash operation can do plenty of good for a convenience store, from driving traffic to promoting value and squeezing revenue out of more of the site’s square footage.

How Geography Impacts Sales

A store’s location, customer demographics and product mix play a big role in potential profits, but sometimes it’s the small business details that mean the most. By Bill Scott A few years ago, while counting items in one of our client’s stores, I noticed what appeared to be an out-of-balance situation involving Ben & Jerry’s

Biodiesel Crosses New Boundaries

Realizing financial incentives, attracting fleet customers and riding the sustainability wave are some of the benefits retailers can obtain by adding biodiesel. By Jon Scharingson Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. and you’re likely to hit a spot where selling biodiesel makes good business sense for convenience stores. Financial incentives in the

A Marketer’s Call to Action

Despite the dynamics that affect the convenience store industry today, established business associations still remain constructive partners. By Mark Radosevich At the time of this writing the presidential election is only 90 days away and there’s a perceptible mood of foreboding throughout the industry. After eight frustrating years of an illogical anti-business administration, it’s unfathomable

Small Town Heroes

There’s something about places where our roots remain. The same can be said about the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz Many years ago, when I was a young English teacher sitting in the teachers’ lounge, expounding upon why central New York was such a great place to live, the school’s guidance counselor chastised me

Street Corner Opens Two New Locations

Street Corner is bringing together convenience, grocery and deli services with its newest stores. Topeka, Kan.-based Street Corner has announced the opening of two new store locations, with one in Chattanooga, Tenn. and one in Jackson, N.J. These two new stores mark the chain’s 42nd and 43rd locations. Street Corner’s store designs run the gamut

The American Heart Association Launches +color Initiative

SUBWAY and AHA have launched a new, life-saving initiative in New York City. The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced the launch of a new initiative to help Americans lead healthier lives. The new initiative, +color, focuses on the positive health impact of fruits and vegetables. The health impact of +color is simple yet significant:

Kum & Go Offers Discounted E15 at Select Nebraska and Iowa Stores

Select Nebraska stores offered E15 for $1.15 per gallon during a one day promotion. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23, Kum & Go offered E15 fuel for just $1.15 per gallon at several Nebraska and Iowa Kum & Go locations. E-15, a fuel blended with 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, was

Kum & Go Opens New Des Moines, Iowa Location

Kum & Go offered a number of promotions to celebrate the opening of its newest Marketplace location. On Fri., Sept. 23, Kum & Go opened its newly built location in Des Moines, Iowa. The new location, which is located at 6304 SW 9th Street, opened its doors at 6 a.m. The brand new, 6,200+-square-foot store

Thorntons Celebrates New Illinois Store Opening

Thorntons hosts a grand opening celebration for its newest Illinois store location. On Fri., Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Thorntons Inc. opened its newest store in Illinois. In celebration of the new store located at at 3233 Grand Avenue Waukegan, Ill., the company held an official ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony. In order to

Store Design for the Retail Environment

By John Matthews, founder and president, Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., and Kraig Kessel, co-founder, Kraido One of the most important challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business. There are only so many resources to go around and carving out the strategic time to not

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Dollar Wednesdays

Today’s idea of the day: Dollar Wednesdays! If you’re running a foodservice program continued sampling is imperative to grow interest in your food menu. Consider offering a food item for $1 on a set day each week. For example, offer $1 pizza slices on Wednesdays during specific hours. This gives guests motivation to try your

Irving Oil Concludes its Pump Up the Fun Summer Giveaway

Irving Oil concludes its Summer Giveaway with the presentation of two major prizes. Two major prizes have been awarded as the Pump Up the Fun, $5 Million Summer Giveaway from Irving Oil has come to a close. To close out the summer contest, one lucky Massachusetts resident, Jenna Taylor, picked up her $100,000 grand prize

Dunkin’ Donuts Offers Discounted Coffee to Celebrate National Coffee Day

Dunkin’ Donuts fans can purchase hot coffee for only 66 cents on National Coffee Day. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Thurs., Sept. 29, Dunkin’ Donuts will be offering discounted coffee to its guests. In celebration of the brand’s 66-year history, on National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts’ guests will have the opportunity to enjoy

Consumers are Hyped Up for Halloween

Halloween spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released survey results that have revealed that Americans plan to go above and beyond with candy and costumes  for this year’s Halloween celebrations. According to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for

Pizza Vending Machines Offer a Taste of the Future

Pizza lovers can now access their favorite food 24/7 at new pizza vending machines. Pizza Touch has introduced new pizza vending machines to three Florida gas stations. According to a new report from NBC News, the new vending machines from Pizza Touch will offer piping hot pizza within two minutes. The new vending machines are

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