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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Store Employees Valuable to Shopping Experience

ChargeItSpot study shows store associates matter to customers. Automation may be threatening to change the face of the shopping experience, but consumers still value interactions with store associates. ChargeItSpot, a provider of cell phone charging stations for major retailers, has revealed the results of its “Store Associate Report” study, which asked consumers their thoughts and

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BioFuels Advocates Meet with Congress

During the Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C., advocates meet with lawmakers to encourage protecting the RFS. Growth Energy is holding its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. this week, bringing together over 150 leaders in the ethanol industry from across the country to champion the association’s policy priorities on Capitol Hill. During Growth Energy’s Biofuels

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Wayne Assists Service Stations Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Accelerates delivery of parts to stations in need, eliminating wait for commercial shipping and delivery services, which are back-logged due to storm. Wayne Fueling Systems, part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS), and a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has launched initiatives to aid service

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7-Eleven Adds Heat-and-Eat Meals

Convenience chain describes latest offering as chef-inspired, restaurant quality.   As more Americans turn to at-home recipe kits and  restaurants’ prepared foods to go, 7-Eleven Inc. is joining the fray on its prepared-food program with 15 new “locally-made, chef-inspired,” heat-and-eat meals. The retailer said the meal solutions were created with inspiration from Italian, homestyle, Asian, and Mexican

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C-Store Beverage Sales Dip During Labor Day Holiday

Wells Fargo survey shows factors weighing in on beverage results. Beverage sales at convenience stores were down 1.5% during Labor Day, according to Wells Fargo Securities’ recent survey of beverage retailers representing approximately 15,000 U.S. convenience stores for the recent Labor Day holiday, which concluded the peak summer selling season. Wells Fargo outlines the following

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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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RVP Restriction Ending Soon

RVP season ends Sept. 16. With one week to go before the official end of the summer sales restriction on fuel containing 15% ethanol (E15), the fuel choice has made an early return in all but two of the 29 states that offer E15. On Aug. 31, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted emergency

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Las Vegas Convenience Stores for Sale

Bid deadline set for Oct. 12. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has been retained to sell two high-end c-stores in Las Vegas. One of the sites is branded 7-Eleven and both stores sell Sinclair fuel. The c-store with the 7-Eleven will be sold branded, and the second store without c-store brand. The 7-Eleven

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7-Eleven Donates To Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

Encourages customers to add $1 to in-store purchases to assist with Hurricane relief. 7‑Eleven has pledged a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts. With over 800 stores in Florida, 7-Eleven also gave back to the community it serves by donating 4,800 cases of 7-Select purified water for free

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NAG Kicks Off in Nashville

C-store retailers arrive in Nashville to explore today’s burning issues and problem solve with non-competing chains. By CSD Staff The 2017 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off Sunday evening, Sept. 10, in Nashville, Tenn., at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, with a welcoming reception hosted by the Young Executives Organization (YEO), dinner, live country music

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Introducing the Smarter Smart Safe with cash recycling solutions from Glory

If you are looking for greater efficiencies and accelerating cash movement in-store, cash recyclers could be the answer. Recyclers function like an ATM for cashiers removing all manual counting and processing of tils which frees employees to focus on more customer facing activities. They also reuse cash in-store so there is no excess or idle

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Fastrac Markets Opens 50th Store

Introduces an expanded food menu and a drive-through window. Fastrac Markets has introduced its new Fastrac Cafe, at 1064 Scottsville Road in the Town of Chili, featuring expanded products and services now available in the greater Rochester, N.Y. area. Innovations include freshly-prepared food such as pizza, a variety of sandwiches, made-to-order and grab-n-go, fresh-made breakfast

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TA Travel Center Opens Popeyes and Dunkin’ Donuts

TravelCenters of America is expanding its foodservice options for customers in Mobile, Ala. The TA Restaurant Group has announced the opening of a new Popeyes restaurant and Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru located at I-10, Exit 4 (Wilmer Road, South), in Mobile, Ala. The new Popeyes restaurant will serve the distinct, Cajun-inspired, southern-style food that

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Empire Petroleum Closes on Purchase of 70 Corner Stores

Plans to hire many former CST employees. As previously announced, Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully closed on its purchase of 70 Corner Store convenience store properties in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. While Empire’s focus has been on developing a national wholesale distribution network, this acquisition springboards Empire into a

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Rutter’s Awards Car to Winner in Summer of Freedom Sweepstakes

Convenience store customers take home thousands of prizes. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced the grand prize winner of a brand new car, as part of its Summer of Freedom Sweepstakes. Beth Drokenak has been selected as the grand prize winner of a car of her choice, and she chose a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport

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Global Partners Selling 19 C-Stores

Convenience stores for sale in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) has been retained by Global Partners LP to coordinate its third sale for the company. Of the 19 sites, six are located in Connecticut, and seven in Massachusetts with the balance in Maine, New Hampshire, and

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Tapping Craft Beer Sales

Increasingly, customers expect their favorite c-stores to stock up on their favorite local and regional craft beers. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor This past July, the Brewers Association announced it is issuing a certified independent craft brewer label seal, available to qualified producers. The upside-down beer bottle image symbolizes the upending effect the craft

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Whitehead Oil Co. Partners with PDI

Partnership allows Whitehead to monitor and maintain all aspects of its business in one system. Whitehead Oil Co. has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Nebraska-based company licensed several PDI products, including the financial, retail, wholesale and workforce management software solutions. Whitehead Oil will also take advantage of PDI’s hosting

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GasBuddy Asks Gas Stations to Update Information During Irma

Urges Southeast gas stations to update station information to aid customers in Hurricane Irma’s path. During a press conference on Thursday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state residents to consider using apps and other online resources such as Gas Buddy, among others, to help them find fuel during Hurricane Irma. A Gas Buddy spokesperson

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Rutter’s Sponsors ‘Weather Kid Wednesday’

Children selected to participate get a pint of Rutter’s chocolate milk. Rutter’s Farm Stores is now the local sponsor for Fox43 and MaryEllen Pann’s Weather Kid Wednesday. Each child that gets chosen to be one of MaryEllen’s Weather Kids with receive a pint of Rutter’s Chocolate Milk, a t-shirt, a drawstring bag, and a plush

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Birra Moretti Teams with Bocce in Fall Program

‘Get the Ball Rolling’ retail and on-premise program pairs two Italian Classics, beer and bocce. Birra Moretti, Italy’s classic beer made in the traditional way since 1859, is teaming up with Bocce, the country’s beloved pastime, to encourage LDA+ consumers to come together and enjoy these two great Italian classics with friends, family and fellow

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RaceTrac Wraps Up Sodapalooza 2017

This year’s event featured offerings such as Frozen Powerade Mountain Berry Blast and other frozen drink options, while “TracFanatics” were enticed by free refills and coupons. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Summertime means Sodapalooza at Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., which has been running consecutive Sodapalooza promotions since 2014, according to Marianne Simpson, promotions

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