VERC Enterprises Names Jim Fitzgerald President

Fitzgerald to oversee day-to-day operations, as the first non-family member to serve as president. VERC Enterprises, a 40+ year old, second-generation family business and leader in the convenience store/gasoline station industry, has promoted Jim Fitzgerald of Hanover, Mass. to the position of president. In this role, Fitzgerald, who has been with the company for 22

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Circle K Sponsors ‘Winter Dew Tour’

Sweepstakes prizes through the Circle K app are just one of the fun things in store for customers. Circle K is an official sponsor of the Winter Dew Tour ski and snowboard competition and festival for the second year. This year’s event is especially exciting as it is a U.S. Olympic qualifying event. With branded

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7-Eleven Prepares for Last Minute Holiday Shoppers

Whether customers need a white elephant gift, batteries or holiday treats, they can find it at 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven wants its customers to know that ‘help on the shelf’ is just around the corner at the neighborhood 7-Eleven store, should last minute, emergency holiday shopping needs appear. 7-Eleven has a surprisingly long list of holiday helps

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Kroger Partners with Chase on Mobile Payment

Kroger is forming alliances to accelerate digital and e-commerce platforms. The Kroger Co. is using technology to help its customers save time while paying for products. Kroger is joining forces with Chase Pay—the digital engagement wallet from JPMorgan Chase & Co.— to offer mobile payments starting with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018.

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Anheuser-Busch Launches Elevate

New initiative looks to create a better future though commitments to beer, communities, the environment and more. Anheuser-Busch (A-B) has launched ‘Elevate,’ a new initiative with its craft partners that is about building an even better future for the beer industry. Elevate is made up of new commitments that consumers, partners and employees care about most:  Beer, Environment,

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Casey’s Reports Second Quarter Results; Opens 2000th Store

Iowa convenience chain turns strong numbers in fuel, in-store sales. Casey’s General Stores, Inc. today reported diluted earnings per share of $1.28 for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended Oct.31, 2017, compared to $1.44 per share for the same quarter a year ago. “The company surpassed the 2,000 store milestone and now has 200

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FDA Campaign Targets Adult Smokers

“Every Try Counts” message looks to inspire adult smokers to quit, and the campaign includes signage inside convenience stores. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support that underscore the health benefits of quitting. These messages will

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TA To Participate in Wreaths Across America

TravelCenters to provide dinner for WAA volunteers. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands, has announced its participation in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Dec. 16. “It is truly an honor for us to be part

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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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Circle K Acquires Jet-Pep Inc.

Couche-Tard grows by 119 c-stores in Alabama. CrossAmerica Partners LP and Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard have successfully closed on the purchase of Jet-Pep Inc. and Bama Terminaling and Trading LLC. The transaction closed on November 28. The acquired assets consist of 119 petroleum marketing and convenience stores located throughout

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CUE Vapor System: Satisfaction At Last!

See why the Cue Vapor System is “Satisfaction. At Last.” and why adult smokers everywhere find Cue the best alternative to cigarettes.

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Customers End the Year On an Optimistic Note

Low gas prices impacting consumer confidence. Economic optimism is up this December. Low gas prices continue to push consumer optimism to high levels and this optimism will likely translate into more holiday travel and shopping, according to the December 2017 NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Low gas prices—which dropped 3 cents per gallon to $2.47—are a

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Thanksgiving Week Spending Down

Online buyers increased by more than 30% on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the Saturday after, but spending was lower than last year. Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend spending was down this year even as crowds flooded stores. According to NPD’s Checkout e-commerce information, significant increases in online buyer activity translated into mediocre spending increases on

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Wellness, ‘Free-From’ Key Requests of In-Store Bakeries

Claims of no artificial colors grow as consumers continue to consider ingredients. As shoppers evolve their demands are changing too, including when it comes to the bakery section. Consumer demand has increased for simplicity and recognizable ingredients. Wellness characteristics of bakery products sought by health-conscious shoppers have changed, with more consumers searching for “clean label,”

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Developing Leaders at Your Company

By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store industry proves time and again that innovation and hard work make up the foundation that supports steady, meaningful growth. This growth isn’t only important from a sales standpoint, but is vital to a company’s long-term stability when analyzing the human element. After all, great leadership and great people

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NRF Foundation Names People Shaping Retail’s Future

2018 Gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation has announced the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry and will be celebrated Jan. 14, 2018, at the

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FDA Forms Nicotine Steering Committee

Committee to look at nicotine replacement therapy products as well as the FDA’s overall approach to nicotine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created new ‘Nicotine Steering Committee,’ which will be tasked with re-evaluating and modernizing FDA’s approach to development and regulation of nicotine replacement therapy products that help smokers quit. FDA explained

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Wal-Mart Changes Name to Keep Pace with Ecommerce World

Name change better reflects company’s path. Wal-Mart this week announced it is changing its name from Wal-Mart Stores to Walmart. On Walmart’s website, Doug McMillion, president & CEO of Walmart, explained the change. “Changing our corporate name from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., to Walmart Inc. is just a symbol of how customers are shopping us today

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First Mobil-branded Service Stations to Open in Mexico

More than 50 Mobil stations to open in the Bajio region during the first quarter of 2018. ExxonMobil announced today a partnership with retailer Grupo Orsan to open eight Mobil-branded service stations this week in Querétaro as part of the company’s entry in Mexico’s fuels market. ExxonMobil plans to open 50 Mobil stations in the

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Lower Winter Gas Prices Seen Nationwide

Most states see gas prices fall heading into December. The national average price of gas fell to $2.48 on Monday, Dec. 4, marking the lowest average pump price since early November. AAA reported that prices at the pump have been falling nationwide over the past two weeks. Today’s national average gas price is three cents

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Love’s Grows in Three States

Drivers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas can fuel up at new Love’s Travel Stops. Love’s Travel Stops has opened new travel stops in three states, adding more truck parking spaces and driver services along busy highways. New locations are now open in Pine Bluff, Ark.; Eastview, Tenn.; and Bridgeport, Texas. “The newly built travel stops

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Experiences Make Top Gift Item This Holiday Season

From wine tastings to spa treatments, customers are gifting intangible items. Rather than filling stockings or wrapping packages, many holiday shoppers plan to purchase less tangible gifts this year, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. According to NPD’s 2017 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey, purchase intent is down across many general merchandise categories, but

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Candy Dynamics Names King President

King brings her 17 years of experience to a new role. Laura King has been appointed president of Candy Dynamics, succeeding Richard Deer, who will remain company CEO. King has been with Candy Dynamics for 17 years, holding several responsible positions. Her latest position was vice president of sales and marketing. The company has tripled

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NRA Reveals “What’s Hot” for Menu Trends in 2018

Hyper-local and natural ingredients continue to see strong customer demand. The National Restaurant Association has released its annual survey of 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation – to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. The annual “What’s Hot” list gives a peak into which food, beverages

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Fuel Stops Make C-Store Shoppers Go

Kantar study: convenience factor still high on consumers’ priority list. While purchasing gasoline is the most common trip driver to convenience stores, it is especially likely to drive convenience store trips in the Midwest and South. On the other hand, commuting stops (i.e., “stop in on way to/from work or school”) and trips to buy

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