Small Retailers Fight Border Tax Proposal

NRF warns Border Tax could reduce jobs and hurt small retailers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the House tax-writing committee to consider small retailers and their employees when reforming the nation’s tax code, saying they would suffer more than large companies under a proposal to create a border adjustment tax that would drive

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Three Finalists Win Franchise Fee-Free 7-Elevens

First Women’s Initiative Contest concludes with three winners. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced that all three finalists will win a 7-Eleven store in its first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs. Winners Alyson Rae Lawson of Dallas, Texas, Avalon Young of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Evelyn Scott of Chesapeake, Virginia, will each receive a

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7-Eleven FOAC Trade Show Features NACS Chairman

Budhwani shares his early lessons, advice during opening session keynote speech. The 7-Eleven Franchise Owner’s Association of Chicagoland (FOAC) Trade Show kicked off on Thursday, July 13 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Ill. Rahim Budhwani, 2016-2017 chairman of NACS (the National Association of Convenience Stores) and the founder and CEO of Alabama-based

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Love’s Travel Stops Grows in Mississippi and Ohio

The new 24/7 locations offer showers, gourmet coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, name-brand snacks, fountain drinks and more. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in West Point, Miss., and Circleville, Ohio. The West Point travel stop is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45A and Lagoon Road, and the Circleville store is at

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Clark’s PNS Plots Its Future

The retailer’s goal to assimilate fuller foodservice and larger stores while exploring new markets are just a few reasons why Convenience Store Decisions has chosen  Clark’s Pump-N-Shop as one of its 2017 Chains to Watch. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There are a number of convenience chains in the industry that go about their business

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NACUFS Announces Minah Distinguished Service Award Winner

Award recipient Rich Neumann has almost 40 years of hospitality business experience. NACUFS has awarded the Minah Distinguished Service Award to Rich Neumann of Ohio University. The Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor NACUFS bestows upon an individual in recognition of their outstanding and enduring contributions to NACUFS and the foodservice

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Kelley’s Market Takes Top C-Store Spot

GasBuddy app users rate convenience stores across six categories. GasBuddy has issued its quarterly report card revealing which gas station convenience brands topped the list in the second quarter of 2017, making them the most likely destinations where drivers will have a “perfect pit stop,” according to GasBuddy user ratings and reviews. Illinois-based Kelley’s Market

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Pilot Flying J Becomes Official Travel Center of the SEC

Looks to leverage network’s national exposure to build strong brand presence and further position the travel centers as “roadside destinations of choice.” Pilot Flying J has entered a four-year, multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreement with the Southeastern Conference and ESPN to be the “Official Travel Center of the SEC.” This initiative with the SEC represents the largest

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Q4, Fiscal 2017 Results

Company continues to benefit from geographic diversification and excellence in integrating acquisitions, says CEO. After a busy quarter that included many acquisitions, Alimentation Couche-Tard reported net earnings of $277.6 million ($0.49 per share on a diluted basis) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with $203.9 million ($0.36 per share on a diluted basis)

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Saneholtz-McKarns Chooses Acumera

Introduces Valero Processor Connections Service, offsetting network security costs with location monitoring. Saneholtz-McKarns Inc. has transitioned to Acumera’s Valero Processor Connections Service for its Main Stop stores and dealer locations. Acumera’s Valero Processor Connections Service combines managed firewall services with transaction processing and comprehensive network monitoring and management services. This unique offering offsets the cost

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Getty Realty Corp. Acquiring 42 Properties in Lease-Back Transaction

The acquisition extends Getty’s reach into South Carolina and further builds its presence in the Southeast. Getty Realty Corp. is acquiring a lease-back transaction with a U.S. subsidiary of Applegreen PLC. Under the terms of the transaction with Applegreen, the company, through a subsidiary, will acquire interests in 38 fee simple and four leasehold properties

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American Optimism On the Upswing

Low gas prices help buoy customer sentiment. Americans are feeling good about the economy thanks to a recent dip in gas prices, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The U.S. convenience store industry sells an estimated 80% of the fuel sold in the country, and NACS has conducted monthly surveys related to economic

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7-Eleven Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Commemorates the occasion with ‘Slurpee Week.’ 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating its 90th birthday on 7-Eleven Day, also known as July 11. To celebrate its milestone birthday, 7-Eleven is inviting millions to join them for a FREE Slurpee party, continuing the tradition that started on the retailer’s 75th birthday in 2002. Participating U.S. stores will give

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Cintas Survey Shows Consumers’ Hand Drying Preferences

Paper towels appeal to more Americans. Do Americans prefer to use paper towels or air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms? Cintas Corp. recently commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll to determine just that. The survey was conducted May 19-23, and polled 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study

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Couche-Tard Acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc.

The purchase of more than 500 Holiday Stationstores allows Couche-Tard to build on its geographical growth strategy, moving the company into six new states. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc. (Holiday). Holiday is a convenience store player in the Upper Midwestern U.S., whose assets include over 500 company operated and franchise locations, a

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Self-Service C-Store Troubleshoots Heat Issues

After opening to much fanfare, unmanned c-store can’t stand the heat. BingoBox, China’s self-service c-store, was forced to temporarily close its doors. According to a report by Sixth Tones, the issues followed a week where BingoBox earned $14.7 million from investors. Zhang Xu, a spokeswoman for BingoBox, told Sixth Tone that the store’s glass exterior

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Seventy-Nine Percent of Millennials Used Amazon in Past Month

Amazon Prime attracts Millennials more than other generations. While more than half of all customers have made a purchase using Amazon in the past month, Millennials are leading the charge. Millennials are buying from Amazon at a higher rate than their older or younger generational counterparts, with 79% reporting a purchase within the past month,

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Walmart Introduces ‘Pickup Towers’

The vending machine-style kiosks make picking up an online package easy. Walmart is adding huge self-service kiosks at its stores for customers to pickup online orders. According to Business Insider, the first kiosk—which Walmart is calling Pickup Towers—appeared in a Walmart store in Bentonville, Ark., last year and Walmart is now launching them in more

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Empire Petroleum Partners Appoints New CEO

Current CEO, Hank Heithaus, to retire this September. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC’s CEO, Hank Heithaus, has announced plans for retirement, effective Sept. 15. “We have experienced great growth over my time here, as the company has grown from 414 million gallons to over 1.2 billion gallons. I think that there is a bright future for

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Now in Bear Territory, Will Low Gasoline Prices Push Demand Higher?

By Brian Milne U.S. retail gasoline prices declined to their lowest point in 2017 a day ahead of July 4, even as demand was expected to surge during the holiday weekend, with elevated stock levels again snuffing out a rally in gasoline futures. Increasingly, it appears the New York Mercantile Exchange gasoline futures contract–reformulated blendstock

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Growth Energy Speaks Out on Proposed RVOs

Growth Energy is encouraged to see the EPA demonstrate President Trump’s continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The total renewable fuel volume is proposed to be 19.24 billion gallons, while the proposed conventional biofuel amount

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St. Louis To Decrease Minimum Wage

Workers to see pay reduced back to $7.70 per hour this August after state bill trumps city ordinance. St. Louis workers are set to see their wages rolled back after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he did not plan to fight Missouri state bill HB 1194, in which the state nullified the city’s $10

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U.S. Labor Department Appeals on Overtime Rules

U.S. Labor Department looks to clarify its authority in using salary levels to determine overtime pay eligibility. The U.S. Labor Department, in a brief to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, defended its authority to use salary levels to decide who was eligible for overtime pay, but also expressed that

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Sheetz For The Kidz July Campaign Begins

Customers can now donate to support kids while checking out at Sheetz stores. This July, Sheetz customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz (SFTK) through in-store fundraising. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in the communities Sheetz serves. In addition, throughout the year, customers can support local kids in

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Wawa Celebrates 25th Annual Hoagie Day

Festivities focus on history and heros during Wawa’s eighth year as the title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America! Wawa Welcome America! Festival kicked off with Hoagie Day on June 29 and continues through the Fourth of July. As part of its eighth year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!, Wawa is celebrating our nation’s

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