Taking Sandwich Sales to a Higher Level

With foodservice taking on a greater role in the industry, retailers find themselves with a tough decision: invest in a commissary, partner with a third party or build an in-house brand of their own The battle for share of stomach has taken many twists and turns for convenience stores over the years. What began with

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Super Saver Registration Extended for the 2017 NAG Conference

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. Register by July 28 to take advantage of Super Saver registration and receive a deep discount off the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales

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Navigating Staffing: Attracting, Motivating and Retaining Millennials

Vanderbilt professor Cherrie Clay Clark and Jonathan Ketchum, vice president of retail‎ operations for Energy North Group, will help c-store owners understand how to communicate with this growing demographic, but you can only catch them at the 2017 NAG Conference. Millennials currently account for 36% of the millions of job seekers in the U.S., and

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Sheetz Inc. Named CSD’s 2017 Chain of the Year

The Altoona, Pa. convenience store chain becomes the first two-time Chain of the Year winner in the award’s 28-year history, first winning top company honors in 1994. With an unsurpassed commitment to foodservice and technology, a world-class distribution model and a total commitment to its vast employee base, Sheetz Inc. embodies the very best the

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Why Foodservice Delivery Is the Next Big Thing for C-Stores

As the demand for fresh foods among time-starved customers increases, more and more operators are turning to delivery to drive new sales. Learn why delivery can work for you at the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville. Historically, consumers had very few meal choices in terms of what could be delivered to them. Pizza and Asian

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Sheetz, RaceTrac and Miller Oil Set to Kick Off NAG Conference

NAG’s Leadership Panel in September will feature Joe Sheetz, Allison Moran and Jeff Miller who will discuss the Impact of Family Business on Convenience Retailing. According to the Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and 62% of the U.S. employment. Yet, only a third of these businesses

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Rutter’s Introduces Beer Sales at 10th Location

Wrightsville location latest Rutter’s to launch new beer cave selection. Rutter’s continues to expand its reach with stores that sell beer. The latest location to offer beer sales is located in Wrightsville right off of Route 30 and it started selling beer on June 29, after a remodel to accommodate the Beer Cave. This is

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Join Us for the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. 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.

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Bill Kent Named the 2017 Recipient of NAG’s Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The president and CEO of The Kent Cos. in Midland, Texas, served six years on the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors and played a key role in the association’s growth. He remains an influential member and an inspiration for young executives. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on

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Doug Galli Joins the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors

The vice president and general manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s will lend his vast industry experience to NAG to help shape the association’s direction. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Doug Galli, ‎Vice President and General Manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s has

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Young Executives Organization (YEO) Builds with Habitat for Humanity

YEO Members were joined by Maverik employees in Provo, Utah to help frame a new house, build a new fence and lay thousands of pounds of concrete in team-building exercise (with photo slideshow and video below). More than 25 of the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders representing 13 convenience store chains, participated

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G&M Oil Co., GasBuddy Honor Military Members

Announces ‘Tank’ You for Your Service event. GasBuddy partnered with G&M Oil Co., a Southern California operator of company-owned fueling stations and convenience stores, to give away thousands of dollars worth of free fuel to GasBuddy members who are active military and veterans at a G&M location in the San Diego County, Calif. on May

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Pump Prices Tick Upward With Memorial Day Weekend on the Horizon

Crude oil prices, demand drive pump prices upward. After four weeks of gas price dips, pump prices are again climbing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. AAA reported that the national average price of gas, on May 22, was $2.36 per gallon – two cents more than a week ago, six cents less than a month

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Showcase its Industry-Leading Loyalty Solutions at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show

Restaurant operators and fast-food retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at Booth 5670 at The National Restaurant (NRA) Show from May 20-23 in Chicago. Creating a customer loyalty program is an excellent way for restaurants to keep their satisfied customers returning for future business.

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Last Chance to Register for the YEO Roundtable at Maverik

Dozens of next-generation leaders will be on hand to network with other professionals in their age group and learn about one of the industry’s premier convenience store chains. There are just three days left to register for the 4th Annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable at Maverik. The roundtable will be hosted at Maverik’s new

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Circle K Debuts C-Store with Full-Service Food

Fresh pizza and breakfast sandwiches to greet customers in Wheaton, Ill. Circle K continues to expand its footprint in the Chicago area and is hosting a grand opening for the newest location on 100 W Geneva Road in Wheaton, Ill. The opening is notable because it’s the first convenience store in the area to offer

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Rutter’s Grows Into Lebanon County

New location features 16 fueling stations, an espresso bar and award winning food options. Rutter’s has opened a new convenience store in Lebanon County located at 798 West Main Street in South Annville Township. This will be Rutter’s 67th location. The 7,500 square foot store has 16 auto fueling stations and four dedicated high speed

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Sheetz Begins Hiring Spree

Set to add more than 3,400 employees across the company. Sheetz is growing its workforce. The Altoona, Pa.-based convenience store chain is set to hire more than 3,400 employees companywide. Recently named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune and Great Place to Work, Sheetz will hold open interviews for full-time

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Young Executives Organization (YEO) Partners with Habitat for Humanity

The convenience store industry’s next-generation leaders will come together May 23 to help build a home for a needy family in Provo, Utah. Developing a solid foundation for young executives is one of the corner stones of the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO). Now these next-generation leaders will join forces to build

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January/February 2017 Results Are In

By Bill Scott Tobacco products rallied in the list of greatest improvements in sales in February 2017. Black & Mild cigars always perform well in our sample of convenience stores, and B & M 070137809326 wins this month best overall performance, showing a 27 position gain–up to position in 24 in the Top 100. Following

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Ricker’s Gets Indiana Beer Reprieve

The c-store chain is immersed in an effort to clarify Indiana’s alcohol laws in advance of lawmakers taking an in-depth look at the regulation of the industry. Ricker’s convenience stores in Columbus and Sheridan would still be able to sell cold carryout beer—for now—under a measure passed Monday by an Indiana House panel, according to

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How Retailers Can Show Up and STAND OUT: How local reviews impact SEO and your BOTTOM LINE

Consumers trust search engines such as Google to serve them the most relevant search results in seconds, and their behavior historically suggests they don’t want to dig too deeply for what they need. Studies show that the top three organic search results in Google capture 61% of clicks—and only 10% of users go on to

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GasBuddy Hires Analyst/Evangelist of C-Store and Retail Trends

Beard known for promoting healthy eating at c-stores. GasBuddy has named Frank Beard to the new position of analyst/evangelist of convenience store and retail trends. Beard made waves in the convenience store industry when he documented himself eating every meal at a gas station for 30 consecutive days. Not only did he avoid gaining weight,

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NAG Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Scholarships

Applications for the 2017 John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship will be accepted through May 31. We all know the importance of a well-educated workforce and the c-store landscape is certainly no exception. The National Advisory Group (NAG) scholarship fund was developed to help qualified individuals offset some of these costs. Among NAG’s core mission is to

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Pump’n Pete’s Customer Scores KickBack’s Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack Point’s Fantasy Football contest was feted with two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Houston, roundtrip airfare for two and a hotel stay near NRG Stadium. Alan Dinger, a loyal Pump’n Pete’s customer who hails from Baxter Springs, Kan., was the 2017 grand prize winner in KickBack Points’ annual Fantasy

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