7-Eleven Recognized for Loss Prevention

Retail TouchPoints Store Operations Superstar Award honors 7-Eleven for delivering a consistent, positive shopper experience while rolling out innovative solutions. Tyco Retail Solutions recently acknowledged 7-Eleven for innovative and successful store operational strategies implemented this past year in the area of loss prevention. Honored with the Retail TouchPoints Store Operations Superstar Award, 7-Eleven effectively balanced

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TravelCenters Sponsors 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge

TA Truck Service Challenge tests drivers’ knowledge of DOT highway rules. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) is sponsoring the 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge competition for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for professional transport drivers. The challenge is hosted and managed by Marketing 500. The TA Truck Service Challenge, conducted

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blu Launches myblu E-Vapor Device

Pre-filled pod system aims to revolutionize vaping experience. blu, a supplier in the electronic cigarette industry has introduced the newest addition to its product lineup: myblu. A next-generation e-vapor device, myblu addresses a void that adult smokers and vapers have long been seeking to fill, by delivering strong performance in a sleek and compact closed

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Donoghue Refocuses Weigel’s Foodservice

As the Tennessee chain’s foodservice director, Brian Donoghue often succeeds in exceeding expectations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When you drill down to determine what motivates Brian Donoghue to keep improving the menu at Weigel’s, it can be traced several years ago to the time when he met the woman he would  eventually marry. “When

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NJOY Joins Fight Against FDA Rules

Asks Court to reverse ruling citing the First Amendment. NJOY LLC, a company that develops, imports and distributes electronic nicotine delivery products, has asked a court to reverse a lower court’s decision that blocks e-cigarette companies from truthfully describing their products to consumers, on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment of the U.S.

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Chef Acevedos Sharpens Yesway’s Menu

Chef Carlos Acevedos draws on experience as he prepares to create Yesway’s signature dish and core menu. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor Chef Carlos Acevedos joined the Yesway team as culinary innovation and research chef in October, and is set to drive new food initiatives and create unique food concepts for the chain in

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Albertsons, Rite Aid Merge to Form Food, Health & Wellness Focused Company

John Standley to serve as CEO and Bob Miller to serve as chairman of combined company. Albertsons Cos., one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, and Rite Aid Corp., a national drugstore chain, are merging to form one company that provides customers with flexible and convenient access to a full range of food, health and

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RaceTrac To Expand into Tennessee

First c-store expected to open in 2020. RaceTrac Petroleum expects to open 30 c-stores with gas in Middle Tennessee by 2023, marking the chain’s first move into a new market in more than 15 years, according to a report by the Tennessean. The first Middle Tennessee store is expected to open in 2020 on Medical

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Stock Market, Gas Prices Volatility Rattle Customer Confidence

Economic optimism among consumers fell five percentage points in February to 60%—the lowest level since September 2017. Consumer optimism slumped in February based on market conditions and a rise in pump prices, according to the NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The turbulent stock market compounded with a nine-cent increase in gas prices lowered February consumer economic

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Wildco-PES, Leighton O’Brien Partner

Wildco-PES to distribute Leighton O’Brien’s fuel cleaning and polishing technology. Wildco-PES, a supplier of UST equipment, inspection, compliance, testing and construction management, and Leighton O’Brien, a global tank and fuel management company, announced Wildco’s distributorship of Leighton O’Brien’s patented fuel cleaning and polishing services. Wildco-PES will officially launch its first Leighton O’Brien fuel cleaning and

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Evaluating Equipment Needs

Convenience stores assessing whether to test new foodservice waters have increasing access to modern equipment options, which can keep them from getting in over their heads. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As foodservice sales grow across the convenience store landscape, equipment continues to evolve as well, from innovative ovens that allow for greater menu versatility

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VERC Enterprises Rewards Local School with Grant

Grant funded by ExxonMobil Corp. and Global Partners LP allows retailers to invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises recently presented Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises operates locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire Funded by the ExxonMobil

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Tom’s Travel Centers for Sale Via Sealed-Bid Process

Pennsylvania-based properties are ideal for owner operators or distributors. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is facilitating the sale of Tom’s Travel Centers. Two travel centers located in east central Pennsylvania are for sale via NRC’s sealed-bid sales process. One of the properties is located in Milroy, which is about 25 miles south of

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Andeavor Reports on Fourth Quarter Growth

Increased total retail and branded stores 31% year-over-year to 3,255 stores. Andeavor reported a strong fourth quarter, where its merchandise margin increased to $47 million from $1 million in 2016 driven by the Western Refining acquisition. Andeavor continued to grow its network of branded stores, increasing by 763 stores, or 31% year-over-year, to 3,255. This

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NRF Welcomes Top Cybersecurity Expert

Christian Beckner to head NRF’s CIO Council, IT Security Council and cybersecurity program. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has hired Christian Beckner, a top Washington cybersecurity think tank expert and former U.S. Senate homeland security advisor, to head its cybersecurity program that helps retailers protect sensitive consumer data nationwide. “Protecting consumer data is one of

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Big Red Stores Expands in Arkansas

Plans to open three new locations. Big Red Stores is growing. The chain has begun construction on it’s 37th location in central Arkansas, located in North Little Rock on Counts Massie Road, and set to open in April 2018. This store will serve the Maumelle and North Little Rock communities. It will incorporate the company’s

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Tobacco Alternatives Heat Up

The popularity of pod devices and the growing buzz around heat-not-burn products have primed the e-cig/vaping category for a profitable start to the new year. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Philip Morris International (PMI)’s recent announcement was surprising: “We’re trying to give up cigarettes” on display in newspaper ads in the United Kingdom. The

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Total U.S. Restaurant Count Dips

U.S. restaurant count reflective of what’s happening in foodservice industry today overall, says NPD spokesperson. The U.S. restaurant count reached 647,288 in fall of 2017, a 2% decrease in units from a year ago, based on a recent restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company. The primary source of the decline

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Take the CSD / Humetrics 2018 HR Benchmarking Survey

From recruiting and hiring employees to understanding healthcare costs, the 10th annual HR Benchmarking Survey, sponsored by Snagajob, will help you learn how you stack up against others in the competitive convenience store business. Staffing is one of the biggest investments in the convenience store industry. To help convenience store retailers better manage their workforce and

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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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Customers Spend More At Establishments with Clean Restrooms

More than half of consumers are unlikely to return to a food establishment with poorly maintained restrooms. Did you know the quality of your restrooms could impact how much money customers spend when they’re at your store? Businesses that make a point to clean up their restrooms may also clean up in sales, according to

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More Biofuels Key to Bettering U.S. Energy Outlook

Adding more cost-efficient biofuels to the fuel supply can help decrease prices at the pump, says Growth Energy spokesperson. Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels, according to Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth

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National Restaurant Association Responds on ADA Education and Reform Act

Act aids small businesses by preventing drive-by lawsuits. On Feb. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, “The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Education and Reform Act.” This legislation would restore integrity to the ADA and needed fairness for small businesses falling victim to drive-by lawsuits. H.R. 620 would allow businesses, through a notice

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C-Stores Enrich Coffee Programs

Anymore convenience retailers are expanding their foodservice programs with beverage options offering more, better and different. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Whether it’s a homemade coffee, a beverage shop latte or a convenience-store brew, Americans turn to coffee when they want to get going, and that trend shows no signs of stopping. In fact, about

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Renewable Fuel Trends From the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference

Automakers are looking for ways to tap into the sustainability trend. By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. As vehicle trends go, convenience stores would do well to pay attention to the Ford F-series. It has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle of any kind for 35 years,

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