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Melissa Kress

Senior News Editor

Melissa Kress is Senior News Editor of Convenience Store News. She joined the brand in 2010. Melissa handles much of CSNews’ hard news coverage, such as mergers and acquisitions and company financial reports. She is also one of the industry’s leading media experts on the tobacco category.

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September 2018

remember post-it note
Convenience store operators need to keep their eyes on the tobacco category as dollar stores make a grab for share.
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September 2018

Dana Sump, senior category manager, Casey's General Stores Inc., becomes chairman of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association's board of directors.

Other personnel changes come to Kum & Go, Cruizers, Catalina, RFA, TLM Technologies, Verifone and more.

Lakeport Market, which opened earlier this year, is a true family affair for the Paduanos.

Casey's General Stores exterior

Unit growth and stronger fuel margins drove performance during the quarter.

Circle K convenience store

More than 3,650 sites in North America and more than 1,700 sites in Europe have been completed to date.

casey's mobile app

The retailer's journey includes an enhanced website, a redesigned mobile app and a loyalty program.

Casey's General Stores logo

The retailer's fleet card program will launch in October, and price optimization testing is on the horizon.

Couche-Tard and Holiday logos

The retailer looks to use Holiday as a model for food programs in multiple markets.

Couche-Tard logo

Same-store merchandise results increased 5.4 percent in its first quarter of 2019.

When shopping the convenience channel, tobacco buyers are looking for selection.

Circle K convenience store

Disciplined promotional activities and increased traffic helped drive up basket size and sales.

Cumberland Farms celebrated the grand opening of Store #1703 in Troy, N.Y.

Circle K and Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores also add to their c-store footprints.

A TA travel stop location

Following the sale of its standalone c-stores, the company plans to expand its travel center network and truck services programs.

TA's CEO Rebholz

After five years, the company is selling its Minit Mart portfolio for $330 million.

August 2018

tobacco legislation

Tobacco 21, tax increases and flavor bans are among the key legislative issues this summer.

Honey Farms convenience store

Its late 2017 acquisition of Honey Farms contributed to an increase in gross profit.

In the inside of an Amazon Go location

Operators need to embrace the shift in convenience to combat the Amazon effect.

Chris Hartman, l, director of fuels and forecourt, and Pamela Baldwin, director of advertising and customer engagement, join Rutter's.

ADD Systems, The Fuels Institute, Kellogg, Keurig Dr Pepper, Standex RSG and Van Holten's also make personnel news.

CrossAmerica Partners and Jet-Pep logos

The company grew its fuel volume by 2 percent, primarily driven by the $72-million deal.

Logos for Delek US Holdings and Alon USA

Synergies from the deal are exceeding original projections.

TA Travel Center exterior

Service initiatives and marketing programs are helping to increase nonfuel revenue.

CrossAmerica Partners LP logo

The master fuel supply and master lease agreements have an initial 10-year term.

Minit Mart GoGo Rewards logo

Minit Mart's GoGo Rewards program leads to 5-percent lift at participating stores.

Getty Realty's  net-leased portfolio

The real estate investment trust acquired 32 properties for $55.3 million in the three-month period.

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