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Apr 12, 2024

BP Touts Its Advances in ‘Freshly Prepared Food Options’
The company is expanding its foodservice options across its lineup of retail brands.

Don’t Miss the NACS Swipe Fee Settlement Webinar on April 16
Participants will hear more details on what the latest settlement means for the convenience retail industry.

Retailers Celebrate New Sites Across the Country
Thorntons breaks ground in Illinois, Wawa enters North Carolina and other operators open stores.

Privacy Takes Priority in House and Senate Committees
Bipartisan bicameral draft privacy legislation released and hearings announced.

Pilot Offers Free Cold Brew at 500 Locations
Loyalty members can get a free cup of Pilot’s new flavor on National Cold Brew Day.

Murphy USA Kicks Off ‘Great Futures Fueled Here’ Fundraiser
In its fourth year, the roundup campaign takes place at all Murphy USA, Murphy Express and QuickChek sites.

Apr 11, 2024

NACS Board Members Impact Washington Policy Discussions
Retailers represented the industry on tax policy and labor laws this week.

Clearing Up Misperceptions About Fourth-Tier Cigarettes
The deep discount subcategory boasts sales growth.

Love's Selects PAR Technology for Food and Inventory Management
The retailer aims to level up its backend operations and manage food costs.

Senate Rejects NLRB’s Joint Employer Rule
However, President Biden is expected to veto the Senate measure.

TravelCenters of America and NATSO Improve Roadside Work Conditions
A digital alert can now warn oncoming drivers when safety vehicles are at work.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds California’s Clean Air Act Waiver
The ruling allows the state to set zero-emission vehicle sales requirements.

Apr 10, 2024

7-Eleven Parent Company Set for M&A Growth in North America
Seven & i Holdings announces plans for ‘globally integrated’ management structure.

Boosting Revenue, The Fun Way
Pace-O-Matic skill games draw customers into stores and keep them there.

NACS SOI Summit: Routine Shifts Cause Daypart Disruption
Consumers have changed their daily eating habits, affecting c-store traffic.

Reuters: Food and Drink Makers Target Low-Income Americans
Americans are cutting spending and prompting food makers to use new strategies.

Casey’s Honors Veterans with Rolling Remembrance
The company partnered with PepsiCo for its annual relay for children of fallen soldiers.

The Future of Fast Food? Cashiers Take Orders from 8,000 Miles Away
A Manhattan location uses cashiers who live in the Philippines.

Apr 9, 2024

Vote Now: USA TODAY Opens Top Gas Station, Best Gas Station Food Polling
The annual poll has 20 brands to choose from on each list.

Rethinking the Backbar?
Deep-discount cigarettes are trending up.

GPM Investments Kicks Off Months of Pizza Celebration
The deals are available until May 14.

Enmarket Charity Classic Raises $270,000
This year’s charity golf tournament brought together 271 golfers and 115 companies.

CNBC Looks at Gatorade’s Strategy for Entering New Categories
NACS SOI data shows the packaged beverages category continues to grow.

Krispy Krunchy Announces ‘Core Four’ Growth Strategy
The company plans to open 700 stores by the end of the calendar year.

Apr 8, 2024

SOI Summit: Back to the Future
This moment in convenience retail calls for a focus on basic execution and fast evolution.

Happy Solar Eclipse Day
Millions of people are on the road to witness the eclipse, which takes place this afternoon.

7-Eleven Celebrates 60 years of Coffee To-Go
Wawa celebrates its 60th anniversary with free coffee.

FDA Issues Warning Letters and Civil Money Complaints Against Retailers
The agency sent 119 letters and filed 41 civil money complaints citing sale of unauthorized products.

360Fuel Approved for First Automated Fueling System with Customer Recognition
Three of the company’s models received the NTEP Weights and Measures Certificate of Conformance.

Love Family Women’s Center Opens Its Doors
The company helped raise more than $30 million for the center during the pandemic.

Apr 5, 2024

NACS SOI Summit: The Phygital Space Is Here
C-store customers aren’t looking for physical retail over digital—they want a blend of both.

Subway Announces All-New Lineup of Wraps on Lavash-Style Flatbread
The QSR introduces four on-the-go options inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.

Love’s Opens 5 New Speedco Locations
The investment adds 23 service bays and 10 service trucks to its network.

Chick-fil-A New Seasonal Menu Adds Cherry Berry Beverages
Chick-fil-A will also test a new limited-time sandwich at participating locations in North Carolina.

Parker’s Kitchen to Celebrate New Store in Charleston, South Carolina
The retailer will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 8.

New York City Mayor Announces Lawsuit for Illegal Distribution of E-Cigarettes
Eleven wholesalers are named.

Apr 4, 2024

U.S. Convenience Store Sales Hit $860 Billion
Real growth in sales despite inflation and an increase in DSOE.

Dash In to Open New Location in Maryland
The Wills Group will celebrate its newest next-generation concept store on April 4 and 5.

Mirabito Supports Children’s Charity Easter Egg Hunt
The egg hunt included various other festivities, including a visit from the Easter bunny.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Launches 'Your Choice' Meal Deals
The limited time $5.99 meal deal has a choice of three chicken items.

TXB Announces Three New Spring LTO’s
Rutter’s also brings back three fan favorites for a limited time.

Onvo Celebrates the Launch of Its Food on the Fly Program
To celebrate, the company will give away 100 Craveritos on National Burrito Day.

Apr 3, 2024

Maverik Completes 30 Rebrands Across Utah and in the Colorado Springs Area
The rebrands will continue into Denver as Kum & Go stores in overlapping markets reopen as Maverik.

Lawsuit Seeks to Force Ban on Menthol Cigarettes
The move comes after a delay by Biden administration.

Yesway Celebrates National Burrito Day With BOGO Offer
The offer is exclusive to Yesway and Allsup's rewards members.

Podcast: NACS General Counsel Talks Credit Card Settlement
Doug Kantor sat down with the Working Lunch podcast.

Amazon Fresh to Walk Away From Just Walk Out Checkout System
Convenience-style Amazon Go stores will still use the technology.

Casey’s Donates $100,000 to Local Trucker Program
The money will go toward a new building and concourse, doubling student capacity.

Apr 2, 2024

Maverik and Kum & Go Offer Discount Deal for National Burrito Day
Loyalty members can get 50% off a burrito purchase at either banner.

7-Eleven Kicks Off ‘Slurpee Season’
The retailer announced the return of its Bring Your Own Cup Day.

Buc-ee’s to Send Solar Eclipse Kits to Texas Schools
The retailer funded an initiative to send kits to 1,200 school districts.

Gotcha! The Convenience Industry Has Fun on April Fool’s Day
The c-store industry shows its sense of humor.

Paytronix Report Says First-Party Online Ordering Results in Bigger Baskets
Guest buying directly from a retailer ordered 35% more.

RaceTrac’s ‘Coffee for a Cause’ Week Will Raise Money for Parkinson’s
The retailer will hold the 13th annual fundraiser in April, as well as a 5K race in September.

Apr 1, 2024

Consumers Focus on Flavor When Choosing Salty Snacks
Chew on these tangy findings from T. Hasegawa’s Salty Snack 2024 report.

An Inside Look at How an Eclipse Affects C-Stores
Don Rhoads, former NACS Chairman, talks about his 2017 experience.

John Cena Challenges NACS’ Henry Armour to Bout
Wrestling superstar announces he’s back in the ring… and against a retail superstar.

KFC Introduces Saucy Nuggets
The restaurant also announced a new dessert item.

Mar 29, 2024

FDA Launches Searchable Database for Tobacco Products
The database lists products, including e-cigarettes, that may be legally marketed. However, it’s incomplete.

Maverik Revamps Rewards Program for Kum & Go Customers
Adds more fuel savings, digital punch cards and Freebie Fridays.

7-Eleven Gears Up for Solar Eclipse
The retailer will sell solar glasses and offer a pizza deal on April 8.

Consumers are Increasingly Eating at C-Stores, Study Finds
C-stores' visit share of dining categories has increased 3% over the past five years.

Spike in Cocoa Prices Might Make Chocolate More Expensive
Candy makers expect to increase prices to combat a global supply shortage of cocoa beans.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Wins Exceptional Workplace Award for Third Year
The Wills Group and Global Partners were also recognized with workplace achievements.

Mar 28, 2024

Looking for Ways to Save on Cash?
Cash recycling offers multiple benefits, including significant reductions in the costs of provisional credit.

Royal Farms Announces Exclusive Gas Discount for Rewards Members
The exclusive promotion includes 15 cents off per gallon at all locations for a limited time.

Upcoming Design Trends in 2024
How c-stores can apply the seven mentioned design principles.

FDA Warns 61 Retailers for the Sale of Unauthorized E-Cigarettes
Failure to correct violations puts retailers at risk of further action, including civil money penalties.

7-Eleven Announces Hot Dog Sparkling Water?
The company partnered with Miracle Seltzer to create a 7-Select lineup of sparkling water.

Parkland to Sell 157 Convenience Stores in Canada
The assets will be sold with long-term Parkland fuel supply agreements.

Mar 27, 2024

NACS: Swipe Fee Settlement a Bad Deal
NACS adds more context to what the announced $30 billion settlement does—and mainly what it doesn’t do.

Know Before You Go: NACS 2024 State of the Industry
Join the NACS webinar tomorrow to get ready for the Summit on April 3-5, 2024.

McDonald’s to Roll Out Krispy Kreme Nationwide
The doughnuts will be available across the country at participating restaurants by the end of 2026.

Parker’s Kitchen Opens New Store in South Carolina
The retailer plans to double the number of its stores in Georgia and South Carolina in the next four years.

Pilot Introduces New Coffee Flavors In-Store and on the Track
NASCAR Driver Sammy Smith will feature a coffee-themed car in three races this spring.

A Closer Look at Transportation Equity
The Transportation Energy Institute dives in on transportation in underserved communities.

Mar 26, 2024

Yesway Expands Allsup’s Brand in Oklahoma and Texas
The retailer will grow its Oklahoma portfolio from five to 15 stores by the end of 2024.

The Hidden Costs of Cash Management
At a typical c-store, team members spend 15-20 hours a week just counting cash.

Maverik Debuts First Location in Montana
Maverik enters its 13th state of operation with a site in Helena.

Twice Daily Awards Customer Trip to Italy
The prize was part of a sweepstakes celebrating the launch of made-to-order options in all locations.

Wegmans Will Close 48 Stores for April 8 Solar Eclipse
The supermarket chain is closing so its employees can witness the phenomenon.

California QSRs Cut Jobs Ahead of April Wage Increase
The minimum wage increase has restaurants searching for ways to offset costs.

Mar 25, 2024

Gas Price Resources Take the Mystery Out of Fill-ups
NACS has resources to help you explain current market conditions.

Are You Eligible for the Payment Card Settlement?
Learn and take action before the claim period ends on May 31.

A Pizza Snapshot
Hormel, Datassential and General Mills share pizza predictions.

Candy Sales Are Up as Consumers Treat Themselves
The 2024 ‘State of Treating’ Report includes tips for reinforcing permissibility.

The Future of Foodservice at Weigel’s
“One thing we’ve done in terms of the menu itself is to go after Gen Z and Millennial customers more.”

QuikTrip Highlights Employee Efforts During National Safe Place Week
The company facilitated nearly 400 Safe Place calls over the last year.

Mar 22, 2024

What Happened With the McDonald’s Tech Outage?
The QSR noted the challenges of relying on technology platforms in a recent filing.

Resolution to Block DOL Gig Worker Rule Passes Panel
The movement to block now heads to the House floor, where it is expected to pass.

Weigel's Celebrates NIL Partnership Success
Partnering with the local community has significantly boosted the retailer's social media presence.

Finding Success When Transactions Are Down
Discover the latest industry data at the upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Sheetz, GPM Investments to Hire Thousands
The companies announce major hiring moves for the summer season.

BP Unveils Its First Gigahub in U.S.
Located at its Houston headquarters, the site features 24 EV DC fast-charging points.

Mar 21, 2024

New Tailpipe Emissions Rule Finalized
The EPA made hybrid-friendly modifications to the original rule.

Sandri Energy Feels the Added Benefits of Modern Software
Software implementation brings expected—and—unexpected benefits.

NACS Responds to EPA Final Rule
The modified rule ‘functions as an effective mandate for a single technology.’

Candy Sales to Hit $5 Billion This Easter, per NCA
C-stores continue to eye the seasonal sales opportunity.

RECAP: A First Look at NACS 2023 Convenience Compensation Data
The NACS State of the Industry Talent Insights Dashboard highlights key categories of compensation, benefits, recruitment and turnover.

BuzzBallz Maker Acquired by Sazerac
The merger will expand BuzzBallz reach domestically and internationally.

Mar 20, 2024

What Will 2023 DSOE Data Show?
Participants in the NACS State of the Industry Summit will get the first look at the latest operating expense data.

Convenience United: Celebrating NACS Day on the Hill
Senators Marshall and Durbin spoke to attendees about the Credit Card Competition Act.

Wawa, GPM, Circle K and More Open New Stores
Wawa opens its first Alabama store on April 24.

New Springtime Coffee Flavors Abound
7-Eleven introduces a whole new lineup and Pilot and Wawa reveal LTOs.

Federal Tobacco Compliance Webinar Updated
The Center for Tobacco Products updates include new search terminology and updated screenshots.

H&S Energy Acquires Andretti Petroleum Group
The transaction included nearly 170 convenience retail and fuels distribution assets.

Mar 19, 2024

Love’s Aims to Hire 2,000 New Team Members
With opportunities company-wide, job offers will be made on-the-spot for some roles.

Software Implementations Bring Expected—and Unexpected—Benefits
From streamlined shift reporting to managing with data insight, modern software solutions bring opportunity for retailers.

Visa, Mastercard Swipe Fees Hit Record $100 Billion in 2023
Just this Easter, Swipe fees will cost consumers more than $500 million.

Weigel’s Improves Staff Frontline Engagement With goHappy Partnership
The retailer envisions a “seamless extension of HR information” via texting and weekly video updates.

U.S. Appeals Court Pauses SEC Climate Disclosure Rules
The decision will put ESG reporting temporarily on hold.

March Madness Foodservice Promotions Take the Court
QSR and c-stores alike vie for basketball viewers' snack time.

Mar 18, 2024

Buc-ee’s to Open First Arizona Location in Goodyear
And the retailer opens its first Colorado location today.

Lifting the In-Store Experience
Cenex® has offered retailers $150 million in forecourt and in-store improvements through its LIFT initiative.

SQRL to Reopen 210 Former Mountain Express Stores
All locations will be up and running within three months.

Husband-and-Wife Team Create Curated Convenience
Their store—Livi’s Market—is a place where they love to shop.