RILA Responds on Online Tax Loophole

“For too long, giant online sellers have held a distinct advantage over local brick and mortar stores,” says RILA spokesperson. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) released a statement following oral arguments this week in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case that focuses on a decades-old loophole that allows online-only retailers to skirt collecting and

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VERC Enterprises Partners with Minute Man Arc’s Jump Start Program

Welcomes Jump Start intern for convenience store internship. VERC Enterprises, an independent c-store chain with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire is now working with the Minute Man Arc Jump Start Program. The pre-employment and transition program was established to provide internship opportunities to young people with disabilities, allowing clients of Minute Man Arc

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Circle K Continues “Fueling Our Schools” Campaign

Campaign aims to support schools and local communities. Circle K convenience stores invite communities across the U.S. and Canada to make a meaningful contribution to local schools by simply fueling up at specially marked Circle K fuel pumps as part of its “Fueling Our Schools” campaign. One cent of every gallon (.25 cents of every

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Walmart Plans EV Expansion Among Energy Initiatives

Expansion to bring Walmart’s total number of charging units to over 1,000. Walmart announced plans to double its renewable energy use and increase electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across 34 states. Walmart suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of

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Inline Plastics Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The City of Shelton recognizes Inline Plastics for its corporate citizenship to the community. Inline Plastics celebrated its 50th anniversary in style on April 17, with an event at its corporate headquarters on Canal Street in downtown Shelton. The anniversary event kicked off at 11 a.m. with the president and owner, Tom Orkisz, welcoming the

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Enmarket Assumes Operations of 34 E-Z Shop C-Stores

Enmarket has doubled its store count in recent months through two major acquisitions. Enmarket has assumed operations of 34 E-Z Shop convenience stores located throughout South Carolina. The Savannah, Ga.-based company recently bought the stores from Brabham Oil Co. Inc., based in Bamberg, S.C. The purchase includes Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company as well

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High’s Opens Remodeled Frederick County Store

Grand opening location is set for May 3. High’s recently completed an extensive renovation on its Woodsboro, Md. convenience store. The Woodsboro High’s Convenience Store, located at 304 N. Main Street, Woodsboro Md., opened for business on Monday, April 16, 2018 after being closed for five weeks to undergo a total renovation. The store is

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Shop Your Way, GasBuddy Award Free Gas in Chicago

Gas station ‘Tank Takeover’ awards customers with free fuel. To celebrate its recent partnership to provide drivers with thousands of dollars in everyday savings, Shop Your Way and GasBuddy will host a special gas station ‘Tank Takeover,’ awarding free gas to local Chicago residents. On Thursday, April 19, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT,

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Speedway Acquiring 78 Express Mart Sites in New York

Express Mart acquisition to expand Speedway’s brand presence in a key growth market. Speedway LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp. is acquiring 78 convenience stores held by Petr-All Petroleum Consulting Corp. These c-stores are located primarily in the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo markets in New York and operate under the Express Mart brand.

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Weigel’s Introduces Paper Hot Cups

Styrofoam hot cups to be eliminated by the end of 2018. April 22 is our nation’s 48th annual Earth Day – a day created to promote the environmental awareness and protection of our Earth. In honor of this day, Weigel’s is eliminating its styrofoam hot cup and replacing it with a double-walled paper cup. Weigel’s

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Food Concepts Inc. Announces Senior Management Promotions

Tom Bush and Kristi Pagenkopf assume new roles at the company. Following 27 years of growth, Food Concepts has made changes to its senior management. Brad Duesler, the founder of the company, continues as CEO. Tom Bush has been named president, and Kristi Pagenkopf has been named executive vice president. Duesler is excited about the

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7-Eleven Gives Back to Public Servants

The c-store giant surprises police, fire fighters and other public servants with pizza and donut deliveries. 7-Eleven Inc. is recognizing public servants by delivering 5,000 pizzas and 15,000 donuts to police, sheriff and fire departments, emergency rooms, DMVs and post offices nationwide. Honoring the hard work these men and women put into serving local communities

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Associations Urge Congress to Mitigate China Trade Situation

Tariffs would hurt U.S. businesses and consumers in the form of higher product prices, associations tell Congress. The National Retail Federation (NRF), the Information Technology Industry Council and 105 other associations representing U.S. manufacturers, farmers, agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, importers, exporters and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee

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Weighing Odds and Ends

Within the daily operation of a c-store, small things carry as much weight as the big things. By Jim Callahan April 1 marks my 50th year in the industry—at the time I never gave much thought to the April Fools’ Day legend and would have ignored it anyway. Early on, I had the great fortune

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Casey’s Expands Into Michigan

Casey’s now operates convenience stores in 16 states. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is moving into Michigan. The Ankeny, Iowa-based chain’s first Michigan location opened in Watervliet, Mich. on April 13, 2018. “We are very excited about opening our first store in Michigan. I believe Watervliet is an ideal community for us,” said Terry Handley, president

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Weigel’s Celebrates First Winner in Free Gas Sweepstakes

First of 12 winners awarded. Weigel’s, based in Powell, Tenn. has announced the first winner of its Free Gas for a Year sweepstakes. Kathleen Hooker is the first winner of Weigel’s Free Gas for a Year, and will be awarded her prize tomorrow at her local Weigel’s Store #75: 105 Boyds Creek in Seymour. Hooker

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Casey’s Welcomes New Board Member, CMO

Creates new position of chief marketing officer. Casey’s General Stores Inc. introduces a new board member and new chief marketing officer. Casey’s elected Judy Schmeling as a Class III director, effective March 29, 2018, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Johnny Danos, who passed away on March 18, 2018. “We were saddened

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Dash In Introduces New Store Concept

Dash In debuts new neighborhood concept store in Chesterfield County, Va., with an open kitchen and crowler program. Dash In, a Wills Group company, announced the grand opening of its all-new 5,600- square-foot large format concept store near Richmond, Va., the first of a number of new stores planned for the market. The new Chesterfield

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GasBuddy Reveals Q1 Convenience Store Report Card

Convenience store chains Casey’s General Store, Murphy USA, Wawa, Kwik Trip top list. GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting more than 70 million drivers with the Perfect Pit Stop, has issued the quarterly report card ranking fuel and convenience store brands. Based on more than a million ratings submitted by GasBuddy users in the app

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NACS State of the Industry Summit Kicks Off in Chicago

Despite record in-store sales, direct store operating expenses at c-stores outpaced inside gross profit dollars for the second consecutive year. NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit, which takes place April 10-12 at the O’Hare Hyatt Regency in Chicago, welcomed more than 620 attendees and outlined premier benchmarks and key performance category insights for the

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Weigel’s Succession Plan Begins at the Top

In this edition of Executive Corner, Bill Weigel outlines a blueprint for producing tomorrow’s industry leaders. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Of all the responsibilities convenience owners and operators share, preparing for the future is perhaps the most daunting. Industry veteran Bill Weigel, founder and chairman of Weigel Stores Inc., explains how succession planning can

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Former President and Chairman of NOCO Passes Away

Newman grew NOCO into the largest independent supplier of petroleum products in western New York. Reginald Newman II, former president and chairman of Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO Energy Corp., died unexpectedly on April 7, 2018. He was 80. Newman’s family made the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our husband, father,

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CSD Goes to the Races

Going behind the scenes of this year’s Daytona 500, the bond between NASCAR and c-stores is strong. By David Bennett, Senior Editor It should be no surprise there’s a growing bond between convenience retailers, the suppliers and manufacturers that provide its most popular products and NASCAR. That link was on full display at the 60th

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Parker’s Donates $25,000 to Local School District

Parker’s has donated $80,000 to Beaufort schools since the inception of the Fueling the Community program. Parker’s Convenience Stores continues to give back to the community it serves. Most recently, the c-store chain donated $25,000 to the Beaufort County School District as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative, which donates a portion

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Summers Delivering Results at Casey’s

From shaping future leaders to recognizing military employees, Summers is rewriting the HR standard at the Iowa convenience chain. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor As senior vice president of Human Resources (HR) at Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores, Cindi Summers oversees strategy for HR, payroll and training/development departments, driving results and innovation that strengthen

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