Break Time Debuts MyTime Rewards Program

Loyalty program powered by Paytronix rolling out to 74 Break Time c-stores this December. MFA Oil’s retail division, Break Time, a chain of convenience stores located in Missouri and Arkansas, is launching a new Paytronix-powered MyTime Rewards program. Break Time selected the Paytronix Rewards platform for its comprehensive capabilities, including its integration to NCR’s Radiant

Wawa ‘Fall Free for All’ Promotion Rewards Guest

Wawa to double the number of giveaways since the start of 2016 with new fall c-store promotion. Guests to Wawa convenience stores have the chance to win a record number of giveaways this fall. Wawa has introduced its Fall Free for All promotion, making connecting with Wawa through its mobile app and Wawa Rewards program

Sunoco Completes Denny Oil Acquisition

Acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s existing c-store and wholesale fuel distribution business in east Texas and Louisiana. Sunoco LP has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries completed the acquisition of Denny Oil’s convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business for approximately $53 million. This acquisition includes six company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a

Sheetz Showcases E15 Availability in North Carolina

Partners with Growth Energy to offer E15 at 61 North Carolina locations. Sheetz and Growth Energy are demonstrating the availability of E15 for North Carolina drivers alongside the #62 car that Sheetz is sponsoring in today’s Drive For the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. E15, the same high-performance fuel that will power the Sheetz

Verifone, Koupon Media Partner

Integration to improve mobile coupon security and reduce fraud potential at the point of sale. Koupon Media has certified with Verifone to deliver secure, one-time-use mobile coupons to brands and retailers. The integration will allow all retailers using the Verifone Commander platform to create, manage and distribute mobile coupons by Koupon Media, with unique barcodes

Nittany Oil Launches Foodservice Kiosks

MinitMart Convenience Stores provides self-service ordering technology to foodservice guests. Nittany Oil’s 26 MinitMart locations are now offering customers the chance to order food via kiosk. The chain is using Gilbarco’s Express Ordering Food Service solution in all 26 locations. Nittany MinitMart has evolved its foodservice program across central and northern Pennsylvania over the past

NAG/CSD Idea of the Day: Consider Catering Options

Today’ Idea of the Day: Consider Catering Options. If you have a foodservice menu, consider offering catering to local businesses. If you offer sandwiches, for example, contact the local funeral homes and see if you can be their exclusive sandwich caterer for wakes and visitations. Send your ideas to Erin Rigik Del Conte at

Is Amazon Rolling Out C-Stores?

Reports indicate the online retailers is considering c-store locations as an extension of its same-day delivery subscription service. Watch out convenience stores: Amazon is reported to be looking into expanding into brick-and-mortar convenience stores and curbside pickup locations, according to a report by The c-store concept would offer perishable items such as milk and

QuickChek Converts Headquarters Into Mini Golf Course

Event raises funds for the QuickChek Family Fund. QuickChek Corp. converted the lawn of its company’s headquarters support center in Whitehouse Station, N.J. into a makeshift miniature golf course on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in order to raise money for the QuickChek Family Fund. More than 150 executives, employee team members and vendors of the fresh

Love’s Travel Stops CMN Campaign Raises $2.5 Million

Love’s donates more than $16 million to CMN Hospitals in 18-year history. Love’s Travel Stops store employees with the help of customers raised a record amount of donations during the company’s 18th annual companywide campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Employees at more than 390 stores in 40 states raised $2.53

Growth Energy Congratulates RaceTrac on E15 Debut

Consumer demand for E15 grows. On Oct. 11, RaceTrac announced that it expanded E15 sales to four locations in Florida, giving consumers access to a higher biofuel blend. RaceTrac recently joined a list of major retailers as part of the Prime the Pump initiative, which works in collaboration with Growth Energy to expand consumer choice

Holiday Spending Expected to Rise

Consumers less concerned about economy negatively influencing their holiday spending. Retailers can look forward to heightened holiday sales according to a new report from global information company NPD Group. The NPD Group’s “2016 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey,” revealed that consumers plan to spend an average of $636 on holiday-related expenses, up 3% from what they

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: LTOs

Today’s Idea of the Day: Use limited time offers (LTOs) to drive brand awareness, urgency and new customers to your store. Limited time only products that arrive seasonally can help make your store a destination and build a craving with customers who will be excited to return for the product when it again appears on

Nominate A Next-Generation C-Store Leader

Nominate your next-generation leader today. The National Advisory Group (NAG) and Convenience Store Decisions are proud to partner on the Young Executive Organization’s (YEO) second annual 40 Under 40 Leaders. CSD will be recognizing a number of young executives to watch as they move through their careers in the c-store industry. Please take a minute

U.S. Yogurt Drinks Up 62% in Five Years

The yogurt category’s health and convenience as well as its wide array of flavors and formats are helping it grow. Sales of yogurt drinks have skyrocketed, growing 62% from 2011 to 2016, according to the latest research from Mintel. A relative newcomer to the yogurt sector, yogurt drinks* are a standout in the yogurts market.

CSD Exclusive: Tony Harris Departs Thorntons

Industry veteran and former NAG Chairman looks forward to next chapter in his career. By John Lofstock, Editor Retail veteran Tony Harris, the former president of Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc., announced today that he is no longer with the company. Harris spent 21 of his 23 years in the convenience store industry with Thorntons. He

Consumer Optimism Rises Ahead of Election

Time will tell if optimism jumps even higher after the November election. Optimism about the economy is up for the first time in seven months, and stable gas prices may be one reason behind the uptick. Consumer sentiment increased slightly to 46%, a one-point increase from September, according to the results of a national consumer

Love’s Ormond Beach Site Requests ‘Fuel And Go’ During Biketoberfest

To prevent traffic jams at a busy exit, truck drivers are advised not to park at the location from Oct. 13-16. The Love’s location on I-95/US Hwy 1in Ormond Beach, Fla. plans to act as a fuel-and-go only location during Biketoberfest, which takes place Oct. 13-16. Thousands of motorcyclists are set to arrive in the

McLane Introduces Center for Category Innovation (CCI)

Formerly Lab Store, rebranded category solution aims to assist customers in optimizing product mix using data analytics. McLane Co. Inc has launch McLane Center for Category Innovation (CCI). Formerly known as the Lab Store, McLane rebranded this exclusive value-add service as the Center for Category Innovation to reflect not only the facility’s physical presence as

RaceTrac Debuts E15 Fuel

More than 100 RaceTrac locations to offer E15. RaceTrac is adding E15 fuel at more than 100 stores throughout the South, including in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. E15 fuel is a higher octane fuel that is a combination of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Consumers may find advantages to using E15 fuel, including improved

Kroger To Upgrade 10,000 fuel dispensers to EMV

Partners with Wayne Fueling Systems to achieve EMV compliance. Kroger has partnered with Wayne Fueling Systems for the EMV upgrade of 10,000 fuel dispensers in more than 2,100 sites across the U.S. Under this agreement, Wayne will provide the new Wayne iX Pay T7 secure payment terminal retrofit kit for many of its legacy fuel

Altria Completes SABMiller Deal, Gains Major Share of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Altria now owns 185,115,417 restricted shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev, representing a 9.6% economic and voting interest. On Oct. 10, 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed its business combination with SABMiller plc (SABMiller). As previously announced, the combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. In connection with the closing, Altria Group Inc. received 185,115,417 restricted shares

22nd Century Offers Clinical Trial Update

Names 10 major research centers as study locations in very low nicotine content tobacco cigarette clinical trial. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that an update has been issued on the pivotal Phase III study entitled “Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Eric Donny,

GasBuddy Debuts Business Pages SaaS Platform

New platform helps convenience stores showcase their businesses and connect with customers. GasBuddy, the technology company changing the way consumers find, purchase and save money on gasoline, has introduced GasBuddy Business Pages, a new suite of digital tools and services to help gas station convenience stores reach more consumers and promote their brand and locations.

Peter Tamburro Named NAG Board Chairman

Clifford Fuel general manager succeeds Thorntons President Tony Harris as Chairman of the National Advisory Group (NAG). The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels. The National Advisory Group (NAG) has been working overtime to