Chains Worth Watching

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Casey’s Takes Charge

With an aggressive expansion and remodeling plan underway, Casey’s General Stores is in firm control of its future and sits atop the list of Chains to Watch in 2013. By: Erin Rigik, associate editor. Casey’s General Stores has come a long way in two years. The convenience store chain is branching into new territory, pushing

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Kum & Go Recognized For Sustainability

Being a family-owned company makes it easier to act in an environmentally responsible manner, says manager of sustainability for Kum & Go. Kum & Go LLC was recently recognized by Metro Waste Authority as the large business winner of its annual Environmental Impact Awards, Business Record Online reported.  The c-store chain is among an increasing

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I.C. Pit Stop Strikes Gold

I.C. Pit Stop, a c-store in eastern Iowa, makes profits  buying gold from local consumers. The I.C. Pit Stop has bought gold for just over a year now, and so far, the business has been a success. Mark Paterno, owner of the c-store, said he gets a customer willing to sell gold products almost every

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Love’s Travels To Davenport, Iowa

Love’s to open a “state-of-the-art” travel stop in Davenport, making it the third Love’s store in Iowa, says Greg Love. Loves is building a new convenience store and fast food restaurant in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northwest Davenport. Love’s Travel Stops will build the new facility in the industrial park on Northwest Boulevard,

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Casey’s Prepares To Enter Tennessee

Construction is set to start on first Tennessee store in Dyersburg this June. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Tennessee in June. This store will be located in Dyersburg, Tenn. and will mark the 13th state in Casey’s area of operations. “We

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Healthy Trends Extending to the Cold Vault

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

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Des Moines Fights QuikTrip’s Liquor License Request

 Amid fears of increased crime and drunkenness, city officials look to convince QuikTrip to withdraw its request to sell hard alcohol. City leaders in Des Moines, Iowa are scheduled to meet with QuikTrip Wednesday to request that the c-store chain refrains from selling hard alcohol at its Ingersoll Avenue store, for which QuikTrip has submitted

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Plans New Locations

Franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts are still available in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Savoureux Corp., for 12 new restaurants in North Omaha, Neb. and Sioux City, Iowa, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2013. Savoureux Corp. is led by NFL greats and former

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Kum & Go Prepares To Enter Colorado Springs

Several c-stores planned for the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is moving ahead with plans to enter the Pikes Peak region, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Kum & Go purchased two sites from Nor’wood Development Group for a

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Mansfield Opens New Midwest Renewable Energy Office

Sioux Center, Iowa team to be led by renewables pioneer, Bernie Punt. Mansfield Renewable Energy has opened a new renewable energy operations office in Sioux Center, Iowa. Sioux Center native and distillers grains pioneer Bernie Punt has been tapped to lead the Sioux Center team as Field Services Manager. This renewable energy location places Mansfield

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Do You Have the Staff You Deserve?

QC Mart comes under fire after the chain’s owner launched a contest asking employees to guess which employee would be fired next. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In October, the Iowa Des Moines Register reported on the curious plight of William Ernst, the owner of QC Mart in Bettendorf, Iowa. Faced with employees who were

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Ryko Solutions Announces New Hire

Joe Ivy appointed vice president of manufacturing and operations. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has added Joe Ivy as vice president of manufacturing and operations at the company’s 250,000 square foot facility located in Grimes, Iowa. Ivy

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Kum & Go Grows in Cedar Rapids

New Kum & Go stores are set to feature a more fresh food choices and a green design. Kum & Go is planning 8-10 new convenience stores in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion, Iowa, over the next several years, KCRG TV reported. All locations are scheduled to feature environmentally-friendly designs. Construction is underway on the

Kum & Go Celebrates Grand Openings

Kum & Go announced the grand opening of two stores this weekend, one in Mt. Vernon, Mo., and one in Sioux City, Iowa. The new Vernon, Mo., Kum & Go is located at 8900 E Mt. Vernon Blvd, and the Sioux City, Iowa location opened at 1373 Pierce St. Both stores kicked off their grand

Casey’s 2nd Quarter Results Impacted by Hostile Bid

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. released the results of its second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Oct. 31, 2010. Casey’s reported 51 cents in basic earnings per share during the period and approximately $19.4 million in expenses pertaining to the company’s recapitalization plan completed in the second quarter, as well as the unsolicited hostile

Catchfire Media To Manage Social Networking For Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has hired Catchfire Media, a social media firm, to manage social marketing strategies and technology solutions for its 1,637 c-stores. “We have loyal and passionate customers who want to communicate with us on the social Web, and our partnership with Catchfire Media will help us achieve that goal,” said Cory Hart,

Casey’s Completes Short Stop Acquisition

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed the acquisition of six convenience stores in Iowa owned by J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. The stores operate under the Short Stop banner and are expected to be immediately rebranded to Casey’s. “After approaching Short Stop nearly three months ago, we were pleased with how smoothly the process

Kum & Go Debuts Go Kup

Kum & Go’s “Name Our Cup” Contest winner has been announced. Brad Gerndt of Nevada, Iowa won for his entry name Go Kup. “We are excited to have a name for our 32-ounce fountain cups—Go Kup,” said Kevin Krause, senior vice president of Kum & Go, which operates more than 435 convenience stores in 11

Kum & Go Teams With Iowa Wine Growers

Kum & Go and Iowa wine growers have joined forces to offer a directory and coupon booklet that could generate up to $50 in savings at Kum & Go stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Visitors to the Iowa Wine Garden at the 2010 Iowa State Fair can buy the Iowa Wine Companion for $15.

Casey’s Board Appeals For Reelection

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a definitive proxy statement and a letter sent to Casey’s shareholders from Casey’s President and CEO Robert Myers. The letter, dated Aug. 12, informed shareholders that Casey’s has nominated all of its directors for reelection and urged shareholders to vote for

Love’s Opens Five Chester’s

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is opening five new Chester’s locations at its stores. The fried chicken foodservice offering is set to appear at Love’s locations in Corning, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Des Moines (Clive), Iowa, Oak Creek, Wis., and Gary, Ind. Following the merger of Flying J Inc. and Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the

Seneca Cos. Receives Safety Award

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Cos. has been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during the 2009 calendar year. The company offers multiple divisions to handle Petroleum construction, remodels and service, as well as environmental clean-up, remediation and the use of potentially dangerous machinery for industrial cleaning, hydroblasting

Investor Urges Casey’s To Negotiate Bid

ClearBridge Advisors, A New York investments firm with a large stake in Casey’s General Stores is encouraging the Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store chain to hold talks with Couche-Tard. In a letter written Monday, ClearBridge Advisors said Casey’s owes it to shareholders to determine whether Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. would raise its $36-per-share offer. “We agree that

Couche-Tard Versus Iowa

Alimentation Couche-Tard plans to challenges the constitutionality of several Iowa anti-takeover laws as part of the company’s hostile bid to purchase Casey’s General Stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Couche-Tard, which operates 5,883 convenience stores in the U.S. and Canada, filed court papers late last week alleging that three Iowa statutes contradict U.S. law, creating

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