7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma Pledges $1 million To CHF

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma (which has no connection with the international company with the same name) presented Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) with a $1 million pledge that will help to transform the health of Oklahoma’s Children by funding pediatric research, clinical care and education. The donation marks another significant donation toward the Oklahoma campaign for

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Endless Pizza Opportunities

Whether going with a branded option or developing a proprietary menu, pizza appeals to a wide variety of pallets. There will always be a market for pizza. Customers love it. It’s fast, fresh and convenient—everything that helps make convenience stores a top option for on-the-go foodservice. However, choosing a branded pizza partner means balancing a

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Attacking Shrink from All Angles

Loss prevention in retail is becoming a more challenging task as the economy stumbles along. In order to keep costs down it is important to put measures into place that will deter thieves. In a tough economy, every dollar counts. But loss prevention is often overlooked by convenience stores, even when following through on upholding

Retailers are finding new ways to reach customers in the forecourt. WilcoHess,  for example, is testing vending machines at the fuel pumps.

Emerging Retail Trends

Convenience store owners should expect to embrace new technology and a fresh set of rules for communicating with today’s consumers as 2011 approaches. A  year that witnessed a whirlwind of technological advancements proved that retail is all about change. The best retailers are embracing that change and  diversifying their technology investments in order to stay

Employees may not like working holiday shifts. It’s important to remind them of the valuable service they provide to the industry’s loyal consumers.

Meeting the Demand for Convenience

  Even during the holiday season customers expect their local c-store not only to be open, but to meet their diverse needs. Every year during the holidays I have cashiers tell me that customers ask them why our stores are open on days like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Customers often remark, “It’s a

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Raising the Bar on Automotive Accessories

Car care merchandise is delivering incremental sales with the help of private labels and impulse purchases. Customers have long ventured into local convenience stores to grab a bottle of windshield washer fluid or oil for their cars. Years ago, a small display would hold a few bottles of automotive fluids in case of an emergency.

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Networking at the NAG Ideas Conference

David Johnson named group chairman as the National Advisory Group concludes its 2010 meeting focused on building profits and relationships. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) 2010 Ideas Conference wrapped up in Charleston, S.C., offering convenience store owners a much better understanding of the issues facing small and mid-sized businesses and family-owned companies. Whether it’s dealing

Subway Opens 500 New Locations

The Subway restaurant chain is growing at a fast pace. Subway’s franchisees, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 21, opened more than 500 new restaurants around the globe. Milestones for the period include reaching more than 33,700 locations worldwide, of which 9,900 can be found in international markets. The 500 new Subway restaurants accounted for some

Swiss Farms’ First Franchise Store Opens

Swiss Farms, America’s Drive-Thru Grocer, opened its first franchise store on Dec. 17, with veteran Starbucks and Auntie Anne’s franchisee and a 2010 IFA Franchisee of the Year, John Betz. The store, which is located at 6 South White Horse Pike, Somerdale, N.J.,  is also Swiss Farms’ first expansion into New Jersey. “I am excited

Couche-Tard’s Digital Signage Network Adds Bluetooth Connectivity

In 2011, some 1,400 Mac’s/Couche-Tard convenience stores in Canada are set to be connected by a digital signage network that includes bluetooth enabled technology, operated under a new partnership between Toronto-based iSIGN Media Solutions and Pinpoint Media Group, Mediacaster Magazine reported. Using iSIGN’s patent pending interactive advertising solution is expected to expand the advertising content

BP ampm Brand Exists Central Ohio

The 25 BP ampm convenience-stores in central Ohio are set to be transformed into Duchess Shoppe stores, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The local franchise owner, Englefield Oil Co. already operates all the stores involved, plus 103 other stores that use the Duke/Duchess Shoppe name. BP is allowing Englefield Oil to drop the ampm name penalty-free

Awards Ceremony, Humanitarian Effort Highlight Thorntons’ Annual Meeting

By John Lofstock, Editor “The work we do everyday to satisfy and exceed our customers’ expectations is a result of the outstanding work of the people in this room and I’m proud to work alongside all of you.” That was the message sent last night by Matt Thornton, president and CEO of Thorntons Inc., the

NATO Meets With CTP on Tobacco Rules

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) board members, and Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and his staff held a meeting on Oct. 29 to discuss the FDA’s pending guidance document that includes recommended elements of a tobacco retailer clerk training program. NATO had two overall goals for

Growing Milk and Dairy Sales

Milk’s Bumpy Ride   In Mintel International’s new “Milk in the U.S.” report, senior analyst David Browne predicted a “bumpy ride” for the $11-billion milk market. Few categories, he noted, are as volatile as milk, which is reflected in the wild dollar sales swing during 2004-09.   “Volatility may return to the market in late

Wal-Mart To Enter C-Store Market

Wal-Mart is entering the convenience store market starting with large cities, such as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, the Financial Times reported. The big box chain is reportedly has been looking at smaller-format sites between 20,000-50,000 square feet this summer. The company expects to outline its business plans later this year, Bill Simon, Wal-Mart’s CEO

2010 Category Management Conference

The Category Management Association announces its 2010 Category Management Conference, set to take place Oct. 26-28, 2010 at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in Atlanta. Supporting the event’s theme of “Strategy at Retail,” a variety of sessions and workshops will be available to attendees, which are focused on the latest in trends and best

Rite Aid Partners With Save-A-Lot

Rite Aid Corp. plans to add discount Save-A-Lot groceries to 10 of its stores in and around Greenville, S.C., as it tests out a partnership with Supervalu Inc., the Associated Press reported. The stores are set to be remodeled by October, and renamed Save-A-Lot Food Stores/Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid will own and operate the

Campaign Drives Car Enthusiasts To C-Stores

AutoTrader Classics, an online and print resource for car collectors and classic car enthusiasts, is launching a multi-prong campaign on Aug. 30 to reach consumers and bring awareness to the company’s print publications in retail locations. The campaign is aimed at driving classic car enthusiasts to retail locations across 17 local markets to pick up

Bag Ban Opposition Mounts

Opposition to AB 1998, “bag ban bill,” is growing rapidly across the state of California. Hundreds of businesses, many of them small grocers and retailers have joined forces with manufacturing associations, chambers of commerce and plastic bag makers statewide to send a clear message to the state government: start focusing on the real problems facing

Finding Financing in a Tight Market

Money is tight, but some convenience store operators are finding the means to finance remodels or even acquisitions. Generally speaking, the availability of money depends on the size of the operator, according to Mark Radosevich, president of PetroProperties & Finance LLC in Miami. “The guys who are moderate size to large generally have relationships with

Weigel’s Fights Price-Gouging Accusation

Weigel Stores Inc. plans to defend itself against a civil action filed by the State Attorney General related to gas prices at seven Weigel’s stores during a five day period last fall, the company announced on Friday, April 17.   “We deeply regret that the Attorney General’s office has chosen to accuse Weigel’s of ‘price-gouging’ based

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