Combating C-Store Theft

Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When times get hard, thieves get industrious and innovative. The response by convenience store operators must be twofold: extensive background checks on potential employees to weed out


Creating An Advertising Plan

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. As you have probably gathered from reading my other articles, I am a firm believer in planning for success. Whether it is operational excellence, de-branding a store or outlining your procedures and policies, prudent planning creates stronger execution and efficiency. While planning may come second nature to

Thorntons Expands in Florida

Thorntons embarks into a new metro/state region for the first time since 2007. Thorntons is expanding into the Florida metro market of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. The first location is set to open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater. Thorntons’ strategic plan for the region is to 15-20 Tampa—St. Petersburg—Clearwater area stores in the next three years. “To

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

Meeting the Growing Foodservice Demand

This is what happens: Dad breaks to one side of the store to choose a sandwich from the Hot Spot, which he complements with a cup of hot coffee and a bag of chips.   Mom heads for the cappuccino dispenser, then works her way to a fresh salad kept cool in a temperature-controlled center-island