Buc-ee’s Eying Another Enormous Store

Plans call for a 60,000-square-foot convenience store, which has become a normal model for the expanding Texas chain. By David Bennett, Senior Editor They say everything is bigger Texas, and Buc-ee’s Ltd proves it with every new convenience store it builds. Its newest location is in the works in Corinth, Texas, after that city’s planning


Pilot Flying J Ordered Into Mediation

Customers who opted-out of settlement head to mediation with the truck-stop chain. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Pilot Flying J and a number of plaintiffs into mediation to resolve allegations that the truck-stop chain fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Pilot has already agreed to pay

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Family Express Pursues Energy Efficiency

Retrofits all of its stores. Family Express has completed a comprehensive energy efficiency initiative by retrofitting the entire chain with the most advanced technologies. “This affords us the opportunity to not only to achieve the highest efficiency standards for our chain, but to also grace our stores with superior lighting that is environmentally non-intrusive, yet


‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign Hits $1 Million Goal

Kangaroo Express’ fundraising campaign continues through Labor Day to support military cause partners. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has reached its $1 million fundraising goal with a month left in the campaign. Collecting donations through its more than 1,520 Kangaroo Express convenience stores across 13


Western Refining Adds Victory Brand E-Cigs

Western’s 230 c-stores and gas stations to offer the product. Western Refining convenience stores, with 230 locations throughout the Southwest U.S. has added Electronic Cigarettes International Group Ltd.’s Victory Brand Electronic Cigarettes. The stores already carry Electronic Cigarettes International Group’s (ECIG) FIN brand, and made the decision to also bring in ECIG’s Victory brand based

How NAG Can Help You

Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with these insights, operators can take the necessary steps to retain and attract new loyal customers. To help retailers improve their operations and

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Craft Beer Sales Surge 110%

Mintel report finds the craft beer trend continues to grow. New research from Mintel suggests that while craft beer drinkers may indeed love the big, bold flavors of their favorite artisanal brew, they also place a premium on what the beer says about them. Amongst the 25-34 age group, representing the segment’s heaviest users, 70%


Weather Drives Sales

Thanks to better weather in Q2, c-stores should see improved results. Wells Fargo Securities LLC predicts that improved weather conditions in the second quarter should result in solid merchandise same store sales. “Based on our analysis, we think weather conditions overall were slightly better than historical averages for our c-store coverage universe, said Bonnie Herzog,


CAA Receives 2014 Best of Washington Award

Honored for exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has been selected for the 2014 Best of Washington Award in the Trade Associations category by the Washington Award Program. Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies and organizations that have achieved exceptional marketing success in


Hunt Brothers Launches Sweepstakes

Company partners with Fathead for daily giveaways right in time for football season. Hunt Brothers Pizza welcomes the start of football season with a brand new promotion, “60 Days of Fathead.” Now through Sept. 30, football fans everywhere will have the opportunity to win lifelike wall decals of their favorite athletes courtesy of Fathead. Fathead


Susser Holdings Considers Merger Agreement

Schedules special meeting of stockholders to consider agreement with Energy Transfer Partners. Susser Holdings Corp. announced it has set a date for a special meeting of its stockholders to consider and vote on the previously announced proposed acquisition of Susser Holdings by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and certain other matters. The special meeting will be


Love’s Travel Stop Opens More CNG Locations

Love’s to expand CNG in Ardmore, Okla., and Webbers Falls, Okla. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is set to introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at existing travel stops in Ardmore and Webbers Falls, Okla. Upon completion, the additions will bring the number


PepsiCo To Increase Recycling And Protect Drinking Water

PepsiCo now addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50% by 2018. It’s a familiar sight. People pull into a gas station or convenience store and have no option other than trash cans to dispose of empty, recyclable beverage containers. Now,


The Hershey Co. to Host Track & Field Games’ North American Final

Program to transition to “Run Jump Throw” in 2015 under new partnership with USA Track & Field and Athletics Canada. The Hershey Co. is set to welcome more than 450 youth athletes to compete in the 37th Annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games’ North American Final Meet, on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Henry Hershey Field


Couche-Tard Acquiring 55 Stores From Tri Star Marketing

Sites located in Illinois and Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC is acquiring 55 stores and related assets from Tri Star Marketing Inc. and affiliates, of which 51 stores are located in the state of Illinois and four stores are located in the state of Indiana. These stores are currently operating under the

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RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million Donation Milestone

Supports The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. RaceTrac, CSD’s 2014 Chain of the Year, announced that its cumulative giving to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has exceeded $1 million. This milestone is due in large part to the continued efforts of their team members who have executed various initiatives over


The Pantry Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Comparable store merchandise revenue increased 2.3%. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 26, 2014. Third Quarter Summary: Net income was $14.0 million or $0.61 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $5.9 million or $0.26 per diluted share in last year’s third quarter. Excluding the impact


Franchisees Suing 7-Eleven

Franchisee group claims racial discrimination, among other allegations. On July 11 as 7-Eleven celebrated its birthday, the Franchise Owners Association of Greater Los Angeles (FOAGLA) filed a lawsuit against 7-Eleven, alleging racism, ageism, invasion of privacy and illegal surveillance and mistreatment. The lawsuit represents 1,200 franchisees in the area, the majority of whom are South


Core-Mark Announces Strategic Geographical Expansion Into Ohio

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced it will be opening a new distribution center in Glenwillow, Ohio. “As we expand our customer base in the Midwest region, it is important we have an effective distribution network to service these customers economically and efficiently,” said Thomas Perkins, Core-Mark CEO. “We look forward to the benefits of having


RAI’s Q2 Results Beat Expectations

Wells Fargo weighs in on RAI’s share growth. Reynolds American Inc.’s (RAI) second quarter Q2 adjusted earnings per share were $0.89 (+6% Y/Y), above analyst $0.87 estimates. “RAI’s results were driven by retail share growth across all growth brands-Camel, Pall Mall, Grizzly and Santa Fe. Cigarette industry shipment volume was down -4.4% adjusted. RJ Reynolds


Parents To Increase Back-to-School Spending This Year

Most plan to shop in a physical store, Accenture survey finds. A majority of parents plan to spend more on their children’s back-to-school shopping this year, driven by rising costs or necessity rather than greater spending power, according to a survey released today by Accenture. The Accenture Back-to-School Shopping Survey, which polled U.S. parents of

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RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, a connection with its guests, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum Chain of the Year honors for 2014 Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding


Dollar Tree Inc. Acquiring Family Dollar Stores

With acquisition, Dollar Tree will operate more than 13,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces, with annual sales exceeding $18 billion. Dollar Tree Inc., an operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, and Family Dollar Stores Inc. a national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise,


Early Season Pop in US Gasoline Demand Fades

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. In the futures market for U.S. oil products, the gasoline contract has taken a backseat to Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel futures, with the ULSD contract used in hedging winter fuels, among other benchmarking uses. The transition away from interest in gasoline during its peak consumption season comes as


Valero Chooses Acumera To Offer Enhanced Operational Visibility

Valero’s distributors and dealers gain access to valuable data and support with Acumera’s C-Store Connections Package, Fuel Connections Service. Valero has selected Acumera to provide wholesale customers with a suite of services to improve operational visibility and fuel inventory management. According to Acumera CEO Dirk Heinen, Valero will offer branded distributors and dealers the following