Thrillist Recognizes Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The premium c-store-based quick-service restaurant concept gets special attention. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was recently honored by online media giant, Thrillist, in an article titled, “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain.” Thrillist authors explained why the nationwide fast-food chain is their favorite. “Chances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at

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Bettering Burgers & Brats

Burgers, brats and sausages may be traditional convenience store foodservice items, but that doesn’t mean they have to play second fiddle to fancier fare. Retailers tell how they have turned what could be ‘been there, ate that’ foods into meals customers return for again and again. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans eat more than 13

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Rutter’s Partners with Restaurant Technologies

Modernizes fryer oil management and overcomes labor inefficiencies. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 68 convenience stores throughout central Pennsylvania, has partnered with Restaurant Technologies to install the automated Total Oil Management system in all 55 of its locations that offer fried-food options. Rutter’s plans to use the technology in its new stores moving forward. “The Total

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Gen Xers Responsible for 25% of All Restaurant Visits

Gen Xers enjoy dining out and are more likely than other generations to have dual income and the money to do it. While everyone is talking about boomers and Millennials, Gen Xers continue to be an important—if often overlooked—demographic. Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23% of all restaurant visits, not a significant

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Common Sense Menu Labeling Bill Clears House Committee

Bill now waits for review by the entire House of Representatives. The House Energy & Commerce Committee has passed H.R. 772, “The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” that looked to make menu-labeling requirements more flexible and possible for food providers. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported that the bill passed by a bipartisan

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FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Lowering the levels of nicotine in combustible cigarette products could adversely affect tobacco manufacturers. In a major regulatory shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday to its intention to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made the announcement. The FDA’s

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Wawa Enters Broward County, Fla.

Wawa gives away free coffee for 10 days. Wawa Inc. has entered Broward County, Fla., with two new locations, Wawa’s southernmost locations to date. On Thursday, July 27, 2017 Wawa hosted a doubleheader grand opening celebration to officially launch Wawa’s first locations in Broward County. The stores are located at: 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie,

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Growth Opportunities Abound Across Retail Channels

Shoppers’ path to purchase is changing. What does it mean for your business? Changes are rapidly impacting retail and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, as strategies shift along with consumer trends. CPG growth is anemic and marketplace competition is fierce, so winning in this environment requires a keen understanding of consumers’ evolving path to

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Kretek Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Fantasia Products

“Fantasia embodies Phillips & King’s long-standing value of quality,” says general manager of Phillips & King, a subsidiary of Kretek International Inc. Kretek International Inc., the nation’s largest importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, will expand its portfolio on Aug. 1, 2017 to become the exclusive distributor of Fantasia products in the United

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Frequency Visits at C-Stores Up in Q2

Ricker’s leads convenience stores with highest ratio of foot traffic per station. C-store visits are up and stations with a good cup of Joe are seeing even more customers, according to a recent study by Cuebiq and GasBuddy. Cuebiq, a location intelligence company with the largest, most accurate location database in the U.S. and GasBuddy,

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NAG Conference Super Save Expires Today!

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss, but the Super Saver registration rate expires today! Register now to received a deep discount off of the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales

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Retailers Urge Senate to Vote for ACA Repeal

As lawmakers duke it out on Capitol Hill, the NRF recently sent a letter explaining how retailers are impatient for relief from the Affordable Care Act. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the Senate to move forward on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare even if lawmakers have not yet agreed on the exact

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Busy Bee Is Creating a Buzz

The Florida convenience retailer was recently chosen as the best truck stop in the country based in part because the growing chain specializes in both small-town touches and modern innovations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor It’s too easy to compare Johnson & Johnson Inc. to a hive of activity. That’s not to say the Madison,

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Maine Keeps Tobacco Age at 18

Governor vetoed bill that looked to up tobacco purchase age to 21. Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aimed to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 in the state of Maine. According to a report by WGME News Online, lawmakers will return in early August to hold override votes. The anti-smoking

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NRF Weighs in on Overtime Rules

Overtime rules “out of sync with the realities of retail workplaces,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is welcoming the Labor Department’s request for public comment on federal overtime regulations as an important first step toward pursuing more reasonable workplace policies. “Retailers understand that overtime rules need to be updated occasionally but the

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Competing in an Amazon-Driven World

Technology-driven software solutions are ready to redefine the grocery customer experience. Boston Retail Partners has released a new whitepaper focused on what retailers need to do to compete in the ever-evolving world of retail. According to the white paper from BRP, grocery shoppers want enhanced service, lower prices, higher quality, more personalized loyalty rewards, and

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Wenzel’s Farm Promotes Lane Nelson to National Sales Manager

Nelson brings 20+ years of consumer goods sales, and more than 10 years of sales management experience to the new role. Wenzel’s Farm has promoted Lane Nelson to national sales manager. Nelson joined Wenzel’s Farm in August of 2015. Wenzel’s Farm is a producer of small batch, hand-crafted and naturally hickory smoked meat snacks. “We

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Four C-Stores for Sale in South Central Pennsylvania

Bid deadline on convenience stores set for Aug. 22. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating the sale of four convenience stores with gasoline in Greencastle, Carlisle, Hummelstown and Mechanicsburg, Pa. Lot sizes range from 23,000 square feet to 2.6 acres, while store sizes range from approximately 1,196 square feet to 3,250 square feet.

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Pilot Flying J Rebate Scheme “Architect” Takes Plea Deal

Designer of the scam set to testify against former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood. Four more former Pilot Flying J employees on Monday agreed to take plea deals, including one ex-employee the FBI calls “the architect” of the fuel rebate scam—Pilot Flying J’s former vice president of sales, John “Stick” Freeman. The four latest

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Sheetz Gives Employees Opportunity to Earn GEDs

Sheetz invests in frontline employees’ education. Sheetz Inc. has joined with GED Testing Service to introduce the GEDWorks program at Sheetz corporate and convenience store locations. GEDWorks is a comprehensive program that is free for Sheetz employees who want to earn their GED credential. Sheetz, a family-owned and operated convenience store chain, will offer the

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Super Saver Registration Extended for the 2017 NAG Conference

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. Register by July 28 to take advantage of Super Saver registration and receive a deep discount off the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales

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Navigating Staffing: Attracting, Motivating and Retaining Millennials

Vanderbilt professor Cherrie Clay Clark and Jonathan Ketchum, vice president of retail‎ operations for Energy North Group, will help c-store owners understand how to communicate with this growing demographic, but you can only catch them at the 2017 NAG Conference. Millennials currently account for 36% of the millions of job seekers in the U.S., and

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MFA Oil Co. Upgrades Price Signs at New Petro-Card 24 Site

MFA Oil plans to replace its older, manual price signs at many cardlock stations going forward. MFA Oil Co. has selected Skyline Products to provide LED price signs to a new Petro-Card 24 cardlock fuel station located in Hamilton, Mo. The two LED price signs will provide seamless integration to Fiscal, the company’s existing POS

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Hy-Vee To Introduce ‘Super-Sized’ Convenience Store

Enters Lakeville, Minn. market with a c-store set to cater to busy customers. Des Moines, Iowa-based supermarket chain Hy-Vee plans to debut a ‘super-sized’ c-store in Lakeville, Minn., just two years after entering the grocery market in the Twin Cities. According to an article in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the new 8,800-square-foot convenience store

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TravelCenters Embarks On Eighth Annual SCF Campaign

‘Band Together’ campaign raises funds for truckers facing financial difficulties due to medical issues. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is set to launch its annual ‘Band Together’ campaign on Aug. 1, in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a

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