Early Bird Registration Extended for the 2016 NAG Conference

Discounted registration for NAG members and guests now available through July 20. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store industry association for small, mid-sized and family-owned convenience store chains, has extended its early bird registration deadline to Wednesday, July 20. The deadline extension gives key industry executives and decision-makers an additional week to take

NAG Burning Issue #1: Transitioning Leadership: Grooming Next-Generation Leaders

Convenience store chains that plan and implement successful leadership transitions are well-positioned to build upon their legacies and achieve new levels of success. But sometimes leadership transitions cannot be planned. This NAG session will discuss what c-store chains can do to ensure they have a viable strategy to groom leaders of tomorrow. The convenience store industry proves

Love’s Opens Two New Kansas Travel Stops

On Thurs., June 30, 2016, Love’s Travel Stops opened two new stores in Kansas. One of the new stores is located at U.S. Highway 81 and 7th Street, Belleville, Kan., and the other is located along U.S. Highway 54 and U.S Highway 83 in Liberal, Kan. Belleville, Kan. Location The new store in Belleville, Kan. has

CSD & Truenorth to Host the Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest

The 2nd Annual Consumer’s Choice Contest will identify the hot new products convenience store customers want most. Increased channel blurring is making it tougher for convenience stores to retain existing customers—and harder yet to develop loyalty in new ones. That’s why new products are so important to convenience stores. They keep customers engaged and returning

Bill Weigel to Receive the NAG Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The industry veteran has spent more than 55 years in the convenience store industry and has been active in the National Advisory Group (NAG) since 1980. He will receive the second annual Lifetime Award at the NAG Conference in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 13. Family-owned convenience stores remain the backbone of the convenience store industry,

Registration Opens for the 2016 NAG Conference in Savannah

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2016 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.

Rice Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Low credit card processing fees among the benefits that attracted Rice Oil to the VP brand. Rice Oil Co. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ roster of retail branding partners. Based in LaFollette, Tenn., Rice Oil has supplied the mining, convenience store and other industries for 36 years and currently supplies 12 retail locations in Tennessee,

Just Two More Weeks to Register for the YEO Roundtable at RaceTrac Petroleum

The Third Annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable will feature an inside look at one of the leading c-store chains in the country along with networking events for the convenience store industry’s next-generation leaders. The convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders face unique challenges as they grow their businesses in the competitive convenience

NAG’s Peter Tamburro Leads NYACS 2016 Hall of Fame Class

Kevin Kenyon and Josh Altman also elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has announced that National Advisory Group (NAG) board member Peter Tamburro, Kevin Kenyon, and Josh Altman have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. NYACS will honor

CSD Exclusive: Sunoco CEO Blasts Sale Rumors

In a letter to Sunoco employees obtained by Convenience Store Decisions, Bob Owens called media reports “erroneous” and said Energy Transfer Equity “has no interest in selling.” By John Lofstock, Editor While rumors continue to swirl that Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) is looking to sell off Sunoco, Sunoco’s CEO Bob Owens moved swiftly to squash

Love’s Debuts Three New Travel Centers

New Indiana, Oklahoma and Colorado travel centers offer drives a range of amenities from showers and gourmet coffee, to foodservice and name-brand electronics. Love’s Travel Stops is now welcoming customers at three new travel centers. All opened for business on March 10. They are located along U.S. Highway 30 in Plymouth, Ind.; along Interstate 70

Are Pump Prices Heading Back Up?

While refinery maintenance is likely to bring higher gas prices, prices are still expected to be lower compared to this time last year. The national average price of gas increased on Feb. 16, marking the first time there has been an uptick in 20 days. Nonetheless, today’s average price of $1.70 hasn’t been seen since

How the CSD/Humetrics HR Survey Can Help You

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating employees. For the eighth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching

Uphoff Details Terms of the Dion’s Deal

Steve Uphoff tells CSD  he will keep the Dion’s brand and looks to grow operations in South Florida through acquisitions and building new sites. “We’re looking for more,” he said. By John Lofstock, Editor While the deal to acquire Dion’s Quik Mart’s by Steve Uphoff closed on Monday, it was a match 11 years in

CSD EXCLUSIVE: Dion’s Quik Marts Acquired by Uphoff Ventures

Acquisition allows the former owner of the Uppy’s convenience store chain in Virginia to reenter the c-store business, this time in South Florida. By John Lofstock, Editor Dion’s Quik Marts, the family-owned South Florida convenience store founded by Larry and Florence Dion in 1948, is has been sold to Chester, Va.-based Uphoff Ventures, Convenience Store

Take the 2016 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey and Get a Free Gift

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating employees. For the eighth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching

Young Executives Organization (YEO) Names Three New Board Members

Lindsay Lyden, of Truenorth Energy; Jeremie Myhren, of Road Ranger; and Bart Stransky, of RaceTrac Petroleum will help lead the National Advisory Group’s YEO for 2016/17. The board also announces that registration is open for the YEO Roundtable in April hosted by RaceTrac. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to

New Year Begins With Sub $2 Per Gallon Gas Prices

While prices are expected to climb this spring, the days of $3 per gallon gas are not expected to return in 2016. The New Year is off to an inexpensive start for drivers who are paying the lowest average for gas since March 25, 2009. Gas prices rang in the New Year at $1.997—the lowest

Scott Hartman and Denise Keane Honored By AJC

A CSD Exclusive. Leaders recognized for their ongoing commitment to numerous charitable causes and social diversity. By John Lofstock, Editor Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores and Denise Keane, executive vice president and general counsel for Altria, were honored with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) National Human Relations Award at the Harmonie

Foodservice Equipment Sweepstakes

Heat up your business with Vollrath! The company is offering a sweepstakes where retailers can win $2,000 in foodservice equipment for their store. Click here to register now! To be eligible to win, you must be a convenience store owner, manager or purchasing lead of a chain or independent convenience store. At a time when

76 and UBER Partner in Seattle to Build Driver Loyalty

UBER driver partners can be some of the most loyal fuel customers in the industry. To reward them for their loyalty, 76 stations in the Seattle market are proud to launch a points bonus program that allows UBER partners to earn up to 7 KickBack Points (5 bonus points and 2 base points) for each

Buhler Named PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Board Chairman

Robert Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away last month. The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has named Robert Buhler, president of Open Pantry Food Marts Inc., as its new chairman of the Board of Directors. Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away on Oct. 14, 2015. Formerly, Buhler served as vice chairman of the Board. “We

Flyers Energy LLC Acquires SKS Oil

Seeks additional acquisitions in the West. Flyers Energy LLC has completed the acquisition of Southern California lubricants and fuel distributor SKS Oil. Beginning Nov. 1, Flyers took over bulk fuel, DEF delivery and lubricant operations at SKS bulk plants in San Diego, Escondido and Anaheim as well as all 13 commercial fueling “cardlock” sites. “SKS

KickBack Points to Showcase Industry-Leading Loyalty Solution at the 2015 NACS Show

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions at booth 5427 for convenience store and petroleum operators of all sizes at convenience store industry’s premier conference in Las Vegas Oct. 11-14. KickBack Points knows retailers have many questions when it comes to implementing a loyalty solution. That’s why the Idaho-based

Wisconsin C-Store Adds CNG Fueling Facility

CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to gasoline. An Andy’s-branded gasoline station and convenience store in Milwaukee, Wis., is partnering with VNG.co LLC to add a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per

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