Gordonsville Keystop Prepares for the Eclipse

With more than 100,000 visitors expected to flood the county, Gordonsville Keystop prepares to feed hungry eclipse viewers. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor On Monday, Aug. 21, America is set to experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979, and eclipse chasers are expected to be out in droves to watch the event,

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Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase

Could the next cigarette price increase appear this September? Convenience store retailers should expect the next cigarette price increase to arrive sooner than the normal November cycle, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Wells Fargo conducted a survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing approximately 60,000 U.S. convenience stores to

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7-Eleven Celebrates BYOC Day

Extends annual c-store beverage festivities to two days instead of one. Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) Day is back at participating 7-Eleven stores Aug. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, allowing Slurpee fans to fill a cup—or any container of their choice that can serve as a cup—with a Slurpee

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7-Eleven Now Offering Eclipse Sunglasses

Participating 7-Eleven stores on eclipse path will carry glasses ‘approved’ for viewing. Sun-worshippers not wanting to be left in the dark when the solar eclipse crosses the U.S. can hit 7-Eleven stores for special – and safe – sunglasses to view the Aug. 21 phenomenon. Available in a two pack and single pack, the “Explore Scientific

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Built to Compete

More convenience retailers are becoming foodservice destinations rather than just pit stops. Moreover, savvy c-stores are learning that as they refine their fresh food businesses, adding the right equipment is an essential part of the equation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In this new foodservice era, c-stores—both marquee chains as well as smaller operators—are committing

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Cigars Fend Off Challengers

Cigars remain a popular c-store category, but like other tobacco products, are targeted by taxes, community bans and age restrictions pushed by state and local legislators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), convenience store sales of cigars totaled $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ending June 11,

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Kwik Trip Will Add PDQ Employees

The Lacrosse, Wis. convenience chain has plans to hire on PDQ workers as part of its recent acquisition. Officials from Kwik Trip Inc. want to ensure stakeholders that a recent mandatory announcement doesn’t impact the possibility of PDQ coworkers joining the Kwik Trip team. Kwik Trip, of La Crosse, Wis., this past July signed an agreement to acquire PDQ, a Middleton

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Prepaid Cards Inspire Change

New rules could give gift card packaging a new look, while retailers consider bumping up financial services to complement the prepaid segment. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The prepaid category could be getting a makeover next spring due to new rules by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that require, among other things,

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Packaged Beverage Sales Flow

As traditional carbonated soft drink sales continue to lag, the convenience store channel is proving a hot bed for new beverage options sought by younger consumers, including healthier craft sodas and cold brew coffee. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Industry experts say Millennials are leading the escape from mass produced, over-processed and over-packaged foods with

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Leadership Change at RaceTrac, Moran No Longer CEO

Allison Moran will no longer serve as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain. Allison Moran, the daughter of Carl Bolch who served as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain since 2012, is out of the top spot, but will remain on the board of directors. In a statement to Convenience Store Decisions, the company said: “As of July

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U.S. Gasoline Prices Have Room to Run Higher in August

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  By Brian Milne Although selling off during the first trade session in August, wholesale gasoline prices in the United States could spike a dime or more per gallon ahead of Labor Day after closing out July with a rally and at the highest valuations since

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MoneyPass to Provide Surcharge-Free ATMs at 8,000 7-Elevens

The convenience retailer will add a new wrinkle to its financial services. Beginning August 2017, MoneyPass access will be rolled out across ATMs in approximately 8,000 7- Eleven stores nationwide. The ATM roll out is expected to continue through first quarter 2018. At the completion of the roll out, MoneyPass will have an estimated 33,000 surcharge-free ATMs

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Love’s Retains McLane as Supplier

With new agreement, McLane will continue to partner with the national truck stop chain. McLane Company  Inc., has announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time customer Love’s Travel Stops. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to more than 430 Love’s stores across 41 states. With its consistent service

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Preparing Next Generation Leadership

In a family business, passing the baton of leadership from one generation to the next isn’t without hurdles, but planning ahead can smooth some bumps in the transition. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Succession planning, particularly in a family-owned business, is a crucial consideration every chain should take seriously. In the event the

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Bakery Drives Local Demand

Through consistency and a focus on local trends, convenience store bakery programs can create savory margins. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor When it comes to creating a successful baked goods program, inspiration is found in the most unlikely places. Just ask Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa. The

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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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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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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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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Casey’s

The Des Moines, Iowa convenience retailer plans to increase the company’s pace of acquisitions, roll out a broader digital platform and reduce operating expenses in the coming fiscal year. Bonnie Herzog, managing director–beverage, household & personal care, tobacco and c-stores for Wells Fargo Securities LLC, came away from Casey’s General Stores’ Investor Day meetings in

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Gas Prices Set to Hit Record Highs for the Year

Consumers can find gas for $2.25 or less at 57% of gas stations across the U.S. but prices are expected to move upward. Pump prices are set to grow over the coming weeks, with the summer national gas price expected to increase by at least 10 cents. According to a report by AAA, prices could

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Retailers Say Border Tax Falls on Consumers

Congress should focus on income tax reform, not BAT, according to the National Retail Federation. The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to reject a proposed border adjustment tax that would drive up the price of imported merchandise, saying the measure would force consumers to pay the cost of lowering taxes for large corporations. “The

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GPM Acquires Jiffy Stop Food Marts

Boasting a 1,100-store portfolio, GPM Investments has strengthened its operational footprint in Missouri. GPM Investments LLC has acquired seven Jiffy Stop Food Marts locations. The acquisition will further develop GPM’s footprint in the Midwest. Jiffy Stop’s president, Wayne Compton, said he will miss the excitement and challenges of the convenience store industry but after nearly

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Wawa Rolls Out Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Wawa Cold Brew uses a small-batch process using triple-filtered water and low temperature extraction. Wawa has introduced Cold Brew coffee at all stores chain-wide as part of Wawa’s hand-crafted specialty beverage program. Available in two flavors of traditional black or sweet cream and both 16-ounce and 24-ounce sizes, Wawa Cold Brew incorporates a slow steeping

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Yesway Charts Its Course

With an all-star team and best practice plans, Yesway is prepared to deliver convenience. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Yesway’s convenience store chain may be fewer than two years old, but it boasts an aggressive expansion plan, which it intends to achieve by leveraging veteran c-store industry leadership, developing expanded foodservice offerings within

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