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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Sheetz Inc. Named CSD’s 2017 Chain of the Year

The Altoona, Pa. convenience store chain becomes the first two-time Chain of the Year winner in the award’s 28-year history, first winning top company honors in 1994. With an unsurpassed commitment to foodservice and technology, a world-class distribution model and a total commitment to its vast employee base, Sheetz Inc. embodies the very best the

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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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Protein-Powered Profits

Convenience retailers hoping to stay in step with consumers’ changing preferences for meat snacks must do their due diligence. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A recent study from Nielsen Co. finds that sales of total-channel meat snacks, including jerky and convenience-packaged dry sausage sticks, has grown at the same time chip sales have slowed. Broken

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Discount Retailers’ Impact on Rural C-Stores

Dollar General and Dollar Tree typically target rural unincorporated areas on well-traveled roads or in underserved small towns. The strategy eventually affects c-stores operating there. By Mark Radosevich My firm has recently been engaged in several projects requiring extensive driving through rural areas of the Southeast. Nestled within the bucolic scenery is a growing number

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Set for the Beverage Season?

C-stores hope consumers choose to beat summer’s heat with cold and frozen beverage offerings. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Twenty-two years ago, 7-Eleven rolled out “Operation Chill.” The community outreach program partners the national c-store chain with law enforcement agencies to solicit goodwill via Slurpee citations. Over the past two decades, more than 19

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Salty Snacks’ Steady Influence

A staple of convenience stores, the salty snacks category remains relevant thanks to changing consumer tastes. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Anyone worth their salt knows that chips and other crunchy, sodium-laden snacks are a big reason Americans love convenience stores. A quick visit to a c-store and consumers can load up on old-fashioned potato

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Meeting Healthy Foodservice Demands

Many chains are turning to proprietary programs to meet the needs of health-conscious customers seeking “better-for- you” options, while others find their needs best met via co-branded partnerships. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a “U.S. Restaurant Outlook” survey of 1,008 adults published in April by AlixPartners global consulting firm, 91% of the respondents said that

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Deli Is Taking Center Stage

In their quest to craft hardy deli programs, more c-stores are combining the drawing cards of freshness and authenticity with their ace in the hole: convenience. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Freshness is on everyone’s mind lately, including Amazon, which last month announced its intention to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. Fresh is

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Accessories Stay Afloat

As tobacco products evolve, sellers of tobacco accessories must foster new market opportunities. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor As tobacco products feel a squeeze from regulations, accessories must adapt to thrive. Tobacco accessories include lighters, rolling papers, e-cigarette cartridges and other purchases that complement tobacco use. Smoking accessories totaled $254 million for the

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Ontario Mulls $15 Minimum Wage

A proposal would raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. While minimum wage hikes grab the attention of convenience retailers in the U.S., c-stores to the north are seeing similar headlines. For example,

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CHOICE Act Keeps Fee Reform

One part of the Financial CHOICE Act, House Republicans dropped language that would have repealed the debit swipe fee reforms which have saved businesses and consumers billions of dollars since being implemented under Dodd-Frank. Late last week, the House passed a bill to roll back some of the strongest Wall Street regulations spurred by the

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Speedway Teeing Up for Children’s Charity

Since 1991, Speedway LLC has hosted the Speedway Miracle Tournament and in 2013, in conjunction with the Miracle Tournament, began hosting the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner. June 12-13 marks Speedway LLC’s 26th annual Speedway Miracle Golf Tournament, which is held annually to raise funds for children in need. The event, which is held in Dayton, Ohio,

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Pinnacle Honing POS Technology

Merchants can leverage the Pinnacle Palm POS with existing hardware and various back office systems to help keep pace with ever-evolving regulatory mandates and enhancements, such as the liability shift surrounding chip card transactions. The Pinnacle Corp., a leader in mobile, loyalty and point-of-sale integration solutions for retail convenience stores, and Worldpay, a leading provider

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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Tennessee Tobacco Mark-Up on Tap

The law, enacted in three phases, raises retailers’ minimum mark-up on cigarettes by 35 cents per pack in three stages over a two-year period, increasing the minimum markup from 8% to 15%. The last phase of singular tobacco policy known as the Unfair Cigarette Sales Law will affect Tennessee retailers, beginning July 1. The regulation

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Dewbre Resigns From CST Brands Board

The industry veteran’s resignation was reported in a SEC notice filed today. Rocky Dewbre, a veteran with decades of experience in the energy, distribution and convenience store sectors, has resigned from the board of directors at San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc. According to the June 8 SEC filing, “effective June 5, 2017, Rocky B. Dewbre

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Rutter’s Extends Its Area of Operation

The Pennsylvania convenience retailer is also expanding its push to have more wine sales at some locations. A month after opening its 67th store location , Rutter’s Farm Stores has another project going—this time in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny. Work is under way on a new Rutter’s convenience store, according to the Altoona Mirror. York-based Rutter’s plans

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Adult Beverages Create Summer Wave

As summer moves in, consumers are looking forward to relaxing with their favorite adult beverage—as are convenience retailers. Canned wine was all the rage in summer 2016, so what beverage trends are bubbling up for 2017? The Mintel Group looks at how some adult beverage segments will fair this year. Return of Zima Zima is

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Store Closing Data Revealing

Fung Global researchers found that year-to-date in 2017, store closing announcements in the U.S. increased by 97 percent year-over-year, to 3,296 locations. A new research study from Fung Global Retail & Technology, an international think tank that follows retail and technology trends, uses hard data to outline what retail property owners and managers already know—store

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Millennials Worry More Over Personal Finances

Young adults spend more time at work pondering bills and crunching numbers than their slightly older peers. When it comes to personal finances, there’s a significant confidence gap between the Millennials and baby boomers, according to a new report published recently by USA Today. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 48% felt very positive about their financial

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Love’s Makes Two Key Promotions

As part of its growth spurt, the travel stop company is tapping employees to help oversee retail operations. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has promoted two employees to help lead managers and team members at Love’s growing number of travel stops. Gary Price has been promoted to vice president of operations, and Tony Cribb has been

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7-Eleven Opens Vietnam Location

The convenience retailer expands its international footprint with new Southeast Asian location. Ho Chi Minh City residents soon will be able to enjoy convenience, 7-Eleven style, while many visitors to the country will recognize some of their favorites from home. Seven System Viet Nam JSC (SSV), a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., will now have

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30th Annual ACE Conference Talks Market

ACE’s 30th annual conference also features a breakout session with Bosselman Enterprises and Husker Ag and how they are growing their volume by supplying ethanol directly to retailers by passing on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) value. Retailers who want to learn the latest ethanol issues can now register for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

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C-Stores Investigated In Illegal Cigarette Sales

Some of those indicted bought cigarettes in St. Louis using convenience stores they owned then sold them in high cigarette tax areas like Chicago and New Jersey without paying taxes. Police and federal agents recently made a series of arrests in Chicago and on the eastern area of St. Louis in an investigation of illegal

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