Sheetz Ranks 66 on ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Improves 2017 standing by 21 positions. Sheetz has been named one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 21st year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Sheetz was ranked 66th, improving upon

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CCRRC Explores Consumer Mindset Around Mealtime Decisions

Understanding the drivers behind customers’ mealtime decisions can help retailers better cater to their needs. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) began in 1978 and has been working to create practical responses to challenges experienced by the grocery industry and its operators through research. The CCRRC is composed of

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Open Pantry’s Markus Celebrates 25 Years

Open Pantry hosts a celebration for a store sales leader who has reached a milestone 25 years with the company.   By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, along with a number of supplier partners, honored Store Sales Leader Debbie Markus, on Jan. 8, as she celebrated 25 years with

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The 2018 Social Media Awards

CSD’s sixth annual social media review focuses on trends and best practices in the year ahead and c-store retailers making strides on social platforms. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor For the sixth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions reviewed the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of 80 c-store chains and is recognizing those chains working

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Quicklee’s Expands with Travel Center

Avon, N.Y.-based chain prepares for rapid growth in 2018, with planned acquisitions, remodels and more. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor PEMM Inc.’s Quicklee’s Convenience Stores, a 14-store chain in upstate New York, has its eye on expansion, is aggressively remodeling its fleet of stores and recently debuted a new 11,500-square-foot travel center complete with

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Nominate Your Chain for the Social Media Awards

How is your c-store chain engaging fans on Facebook? Convenience Store Decisions is tallying its c-store chain social media awards. This year, in addition to awards for the most likes and followers on Facebook and Twitter, one overall award will be given for the most creative engagement by a convenience store chain on Facebook from

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Looking at 2018 and Beyond

From biometrics to augmented reality, technological opportunities are starting to move faster. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Technology has evolved faster in the last five years than it has in decades, bringing changes that are disrupting major industries, including the c-store industry. I recently spoke with Futurist Daniel Burrus to get his take

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Customer Shopping Habits Evolve

More than half of the consumers surveyed stated it was important to establish a personal relationship with a sales associate. To determine the shopping preferences of today’s consumers and how they view the in-store versus the online buying experience, Imprint Plus, makers of re-usable, customized name badges and signage, conducted a random survey of 1,000

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Committing to Coffee

Hot dispensed programs are growing along with changing consumer demands and tastes. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Taking a c-store coffee program to the next level can mean a series of trial and error, careful branding, clear messaging, balancing simplicity with limited time offers and customization opportunities, while ensuring the area is clean

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The PRIDE Stores’ Unique Appeal

PRIDE differentiates itself from the public’s perception of convenience stores with upscale programs, an eye toward the future and a welcoming experience. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Parent Petroleum’s The PRIDE Stores lives up to its tagline “not your typical convenience store.” Not only does the c-store chain offer high-end, made-to-order food and

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Enmarket, Healthy Savannah Present Grant to Local Girl Scout Organization

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia one of four groups to receive grants in 2017. The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia were awarded a $1,000 Encourage Health grant on Oct. 24 during the fourth and final presentation of the Enmarket 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. Launched in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, the Girl

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Keeping Pace with Modern Culture

Evolving workplace culture to appeal to younger generations is key in staying competitive as the times change. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Change continues to come rapidly as the Millennial generation becomes the largest generation in the workforce and Gen Z comes of age. This shift is bringing huge changes, both to modern

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Sheetz Honored with CSD’s 2017 Chain of the Year Award

Attendees celebrate Sheetz during a dinner at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier in Chicago. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) honored Sheetz as the 2017 Convenience Store Chain of the Year during a dinner held at The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier in Chicago during the NACS Show that

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Maintaining Ownership of Convenience

Educational sessions help retailers navigate all areas of the c-store business from foodservice to technology. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a number of educational sessions that spanned every area of running a c-store from leadership to foodservice to

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Yesway Acquisition of Mad Max Falls Through

The acquisition of nine Mad Max Convenience Stores by Yesway will not be completed, CSD has learned. Steve Magestro, co-owner and president of Mad Max Convenience Stores, based in West Bend, Wis., has told CSD that the acquisition of Mad Max by Yesway did not go through as planned. In August, it was announced that

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Six Trends Drive Fruit and Vegetable Purchases

Online grocery delivery, meal kits and local foods are among trends to watch. Packaged Facts has outlines six trends to watch that are behind the influence and growth of fresh produce. Consumers’ consumption of fresh produce grew steadily—albeit modestly at about 1.3%— between 2011 and 2016. As market research firm Packaged Facts forecasts in the

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Taking Loyalty Forward

Loyalty programs must advance with the times, but the basics still remain the same. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor As customer needs and technology continue to evolve loyalty programs also must adapt to stay relevant, a delicate move as major changes can rattle loyal customers. Target, for example, recently ended its Cartwheel pilot

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NOCO Express Finishes Remodel of Depew C-Store

Updated location features expanded fresh food selection. NOCO Express has finished renovations at its store located at 5114 Transit Road, at the corner of Como Park Boulevard, Depew, N.Y. The month-long interior and exterior remodel features an updated look and expanded fresh and convenient food offerings. “We are always looking at ways to enhance the

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Best Practices in Deterring Theft

Good training and hiring practices can go a long way in alleviating loss prevention. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Preventing theft at c-stores starts with best practices in hiring and training, cash management and handling suspected shoplifters. Convenience Store Decisions spoke with loss prevention expert Chris McGoey, ‘the Crime Doctor’ and founder of

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Chevron Teams with Jacksons Food Stores, Expands ExtraMile Brand

New company, Extra Mile Convenience Stores LLC, aims to double the number of ExtraMile sites by 2027. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. is set to expand its successful ExtraMile convenience store brand, following years of steady growth, via a newly-created joint venture with Jacksons Food Stores, which will extend the brand across more of the Western U.S.

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NAG Closes with Sessions on Food Delivery, Operations Boot Camp

Delivery, pure & simple and transparency were hot topics on the last day of the NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The last day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off with a session on foodservice delivery. Speaker Bonnie Riggs, director, industry analyst, foodservice, The NPD Group, and moderator Ed

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Bill Kent Receives NAG Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

NAG attendees head to Margaritaville for award ceremony, dinner and live music. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG) recognized Bill Kent, president and CEO of The Kent Cos., in Midland Texas, with the NAG Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing. Kent is the third retailer to receive the award, which

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NAG Tackles Succeeding with Fresh Foods at C-Stores

Customers are demanding fresh prepared foods, but how can retailers overcome the perception of gas station food? By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference delved into Burning Issue No. 4, “The Future of Fresh Foods in Retail,” on Tuesday morning. Matt Lally, manager, analytics and insights, Nielsen Perishables Group,

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NAG Burning Issue: Understanding Alternative Fuels

Will electric vehicles achieve market saturation? Experts tackle the future of fuel. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Day 3 of the National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off with an educational session entitled, “Competing on Fuel: Understanding Alternative Fuels, RIN’s and Declining Gallon Sales.” Moderator Suzanne Murray, partner, Haynes and Boone, Lead Counsel

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The Impact of Family Businesses, Millennials Hot Topics at NAG 2017

Educational sessions help attendees navigate family business transitions and working with the Millennial Generation. By CSD Staff Day two of the 2017 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference began with breakfast and educational sessions on burning industry issues, followed by a golf outing or time to explore Nashville. John Lofstock, executive director of NAG, welcomed attendees

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