VERC Enterprises Names Jim Fitzgerald President

Fitzgerald to oversee day-to-day operations, as the first non-family member to serve as president. VERC Enterprises, a 40+ year old, second-generation family business and leader in the convenience store/gasoline station industry, has promoted Jim Fitzgerald of Hanover, Mass. to the position of president. In this role, Fitzgerald, who has been with the company for 22

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Circle K Acquires Jet-Pep Inc.

Couche-Tard grows by 119 c-stores in Alabama. CrossAmerica Partners LP and Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard have successfully closed on the purchase of Jet-Pep Inc. and Bama Terminaling and Trading LLC. The transaction closed on November 28. The acquired assets consist of 119 petroleum marketing and convenience stores located throughout

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Developing Leaders at Your Company

By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store industry proves time and again that innovation and hard work make up the foundation that supports steady, meaningful growth. This growth isn’t only important from a sales standpoint, but is vital to a company’s long-term stability when analyzing the human element. After all, great leadership and great people

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Lower Winter Gas Prices Seen Nationwide

Most states see gas prices fall heading into December. The national average price of gas fell to $2.48 on Monday, Dec. 4, marking the lowest average pump price since early November. AAA reported that prices at the pump have been falling nationwide over the past two weeks. Today’s national average gas price is three cents

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What’s Ahead for Foodservice in 2018?

Mintel outlines key trends set to impact the foodservice market during the year ahead. As more c-stores move into foodservice, Mintel sees changes ahead for the foodservice category. Mintel predicted that 2018 will see the blurring of retail, foodservice and social media, as well as health and indulgence. Food incubators will foster creativity, with shared

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2017 40 Under 40 Leaders to Watch

This year’s 40 Under 40 class represents a wide range of individuals who boast innovative thinking, business smarts, community engagement and professionalism. It’s also what keeps the c-store industry sprinting forward. A CSD Staff Report Regularly when pundits evaluate athletes they often compile career statistics, crunching the numbers to determine the best quarterback, most talented

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Are Bad Breaks Bad Luck or Bad Choices?

By Jim Callahan Who among us has not been bitten by the failure bug? All of us, including me. The question that sometimes lurks in our minds is usually this: Was I a victim of circumstance or did I play an active role in this bad luck incident? I decided a personal theme for this

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Plunge in Gasoline Demand over Thanksgiving Sparks Selling

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices By Brian Milne Gasoline futures closest to physical delivery ended November at a two-week low following disappointing demand over the Thanksgiving Day holiday while a closely watched and much anticipated meeting by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and 10 non-OPEC oil producing countries

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Yesway Acquires KAPS LLC

Grows in Kansas and Texas. Yesway has acquired KAPS LLC, a five store chain in Kansas, (located in Lyons, McPherson, Lindsborg, and Cheney), and the New Deal Travel Center of Texas located at 101 E. Main in New Deal, Texas. These six new Yesway locations will complement the company’s growing footprint in Kansas and its

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Figuring Out the Future of Tobacco

While some segments such as smokeless remain steadfast, the dynamics surrounding other tobacco products—including vape—are changing in part because of manufacturers’ aspirations to get their offerings to market. By Steve Sandman The largest single category in c-stores—tobacco—is changing faster than many of us may realize. Given the speed of technology today and the advances in

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QSR Burger, Gourmet Coffee Chains Driving Foodservice Traffic

As costs rise, customers are paying more per meal. In the third quarter, ending in September, quick-service restaurant (QSR) burger and gourmet coffee chains help drive total U.S. foodservice traffic up 1% after six consecutive quarters of flat or negative traffic, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Collectively, the top QSR burger

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Dazzling Customers Across All Dayparts

Retailers that position their stores as foodservice destinations are making a promise to offer fresh, enticing meals and snacks day and night. It’s a promise they can’t afford to break. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Research shows that consumers are increasingly turning to convenience stores for their meals. In its September 2017 “North American Convenience

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C-Stores Power Through Storms

Having a back-up generator can help immensely when bad weather happens. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The takeaway from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which wrecked parts of Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico this year, is neither novel nor surprising, but it is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Food Trends To Watch in 2018

Packaged Facts presents its food forecast for the year ahead. As c-stores prepare for 2018, keeping on the pulse of evolving customer tastes is key. Market research firm Packaged Facts is here to help with 10 food trends (listed in alphabetical order) retailers can expect to see more of in 2018. The trends are based

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7-Eleven Offers Free Delivery During Thanksgiving Week

Postmates and 7-Eleven offer delivery in 35 metro areas on everything from donuts and coffee to grocery items. 7-Eleven Inc. and Postmates are joining forces to make the extended Thanksgiving holiday easier for c-store customers with free delivery of favorite 7-Eleven items from 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27. The

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Developer Welcomes Royal Farms to Sparrows Point

The Baltimore c-store chain will occupy a portion of the 70-acre retail development, known as The Shoppes at Tradepoint Atlantic. Baltimore-based convenience store chain Royal Farms has signed a long-term lease, becoming the first tenant of Tradepoint Atlantic’s retail component, The Shoppes at Tradepoint Atlantic, a planned retail development comprising more than 70 acres. The

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How Retailers Are Competing with Amazon

From Walmart to Instacart, retailers and ecommerce companies look for ways to get ahead in the age of Amazon. As more brick-and-mortar retailers head online to offer food delivery and other options, many are considering the best ways to carve out space in a market where Amazon dominates most major categories. In 2017, Amazon captured

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7-Eleven Introduces Chatbot Platform

Chatbot marks beginning of 7-Eleven’s digital innovation. 7‑Eleven Inc. is launching a chatbot platform. The 7‑Eleven Bot on Facebook Messenger allows millions of 7‑Eleven fans to engage with the brand from within one of the world’s most popular social channels. The move is poised to propel the convenience retailing industry into a new era of

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Meat Snacks Meet Expectations

While traditional snacking profiles still sway the meat snack category, America’s propensity for different options is spurring more variety. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor It wasn’t that long ago that offers of meat snacks didn’t have a lot of variety to choose from—making for a category without much spice. That can make for a static

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The Expanding Back Office

Cloud and mobile are among the technologies pushing the envelope of internal store systems. By Ed Collupy Recent store visits have often allowed me to spend time in the ‘back office’ and have reaffirmed for me that retail store managers have a lot going on. There are people interactions, printed and posted operational & marketing

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Tax Planning C-Stores Can Do Now

The sooner convenience retailers start planning, the smaller impact the new proposed tax changes will have on their day-to-day operations—if and when they are implemented. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that striving for the lowest possible tax bill is perfectly legal. Thus, planning to produce the lowest possible tax

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Cigar Category Skirts Regulation

While federal lawmakers don’t have cigars in their sights now, c-stores must still contend with state and local tobacco laws that threaten to stunt category sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As much attention has been paid to new regulatory policies targeting tobacco products, the cigar segment has been relatively immune to federal lawmakers’ sharpest

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Packaged to Sell

Where carbonated soft drinks are slipping, RTD coffees and sparkling water are picking up the slack. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor According to National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) data released this summer, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), energy and sports drinks, water, juices and teas, accounted for about 15% of total in-store sales for

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Marketing at the Pump

By utilizing a savvy forecourt strategy, which includes messaging on dispensers, c-stores can push up in-store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Media at the pump—from digital gas-pump television advertising to pump-nozzle promotions—enable c-stores to gain in-store lift, differentiate their brands, build customer loyalty and even take food orders. Advances in technology continue to draw

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Joe Kim Appointed CEO of Sunoco

Kim brings expertise in strategic planning and execution of growth initiatives to his new position as CEO. Joe Kim has been named CEO of Dallas-based Sunoco LP, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Kim has been serving as president and chief operating officer since June following the announcement that current CEO Bob Owens would retire from the

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