Independent C-store Retailers To Convene At Expo

The annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo), hosted by Royal Buying Group Inc., is coming to Illinois this spring.

This year’s expo will feature a trade show floor and meeting space, networking and educational seminars on various topics intended to help all convenience store operators. Speakers will include nationally recognized industry experts, supplier representatives, and a very special celebrity that will be announced in the near future. 

The Expo will be held Thursday, March 18, at the Burr Ridge Marriott Hotel located at 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, Illinois.  Educational seminars will begin at 1:00 pm and the trade show will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 pm.

An advisory board has been assembled consisting of current independent c-store industry veterans to help guide topics and content.  This expo will assist suppliers in receiving in-depth, first hand learning and insight into a key segment of the c-store industry. 

“The independent store operator comprises nearly two-thirds of the c-store universe, but has been the hardest group for suppliers to reach economically,” said Royal Buying Group president Michael Zielinski.

Supplier and Member awards will be presented at the trade show; and, RBG will also be announcing the winners of the eighth annual Royal Buying Group Scholarship Program.  Royal Buying Group will present two scholarships to members and/or members’ children attending or enrolling to attend an accredited secondary educational institution. 

“The reception has proven to be an excellent format for introducing the new year’s programs to our members and convey the benefits to prospective members,” added Angela Angelilli, RBG’s director of sales.  “Members and vendors alike have enjoyed the informal atmosphere, exchanging of business ideas, and camaraderie between all involved in past years. This year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better then ever.” 

For information about the expo, and to register for this event, please visit

A block of rooms at a special negotiated rate have been reserved for out of town members and vendors wishing to attend the event. You may reserve your room on-line at or, contact Katie Ames at (630) 353-7952 or at for more information regarding room reservations. Interested Members or prospective members may contact Angela Angelilli at (630) 353-7951 or at

For suppliers/manufacturers/vendors wishing to exhibit at the show, please contact Sharon Porter, Director of Vendors/Business Development at (630) 353-7975 or at






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