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Melissa Kress

Melissa Kress is senior news editor at Convenience Store News. She began her journalism career as a weekly newspaper editor before making the move to business-to-business publishing, covering commercial real estate. She joined Convenience Store News in November 2010. Kress graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

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August 2017

Despite getting legislative pressure from all angles, tobacco remains steady.

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June 2018

Logo for Casey's General Stores

The retailer plans to build 60 new convenience stores in its new fiscal year.

casey's pizza delivery website

The retailer's reduction in 24-hour stores and pizza delivery operations reflected poorly on fourth-quarter numbers.

Casey's Value Creation Plan

The retailer gives an update three months after announcing the multifaceted plan.

Spinx cut the ribbon on its newest store at 845 Jedburg Road in Summerville, S.C. on May 3.

Royal Farms and Wawa also plan new stores in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., respectively.

Must be 21 to purchase tobacco products

Sitka, Alaska, becomes the first municipality in the state to embrace Tobacco 21.

May 2018

Logo for Getty Realty Corp.

The real estate investment trust had 16 redevelopment projects in the works through the end of the quarter.

More than 100,000 adult smokers have engaged with Marlboro's newest rewards program, Points West.

More than 100,000 adult smokers have engaged with its newest rewards program, Points West.

executive changes

Many convenience store suppliers also made organizational changes this spring.

TravelCenters of America's Reserve-It parking service

Tire sales, parking reservation revenue, and on-site mobile maintenance and roadside assistance work orders are all up.

New creative for Texaco with Techron

"Unbeatable mileage" claim will be featured in new point-of-purchase materials and media spots for fuels.

Andeavor Chairman and CEO Greg Goff

The company's acquisition of the El Paso-based retailer was completed in June 2017.

A Sunoco fuel truck

CEO Joe Kim says take-or-pay fuel contracts will anchor the business.

Murphy USA to Roll Out Loyalty Pilot Program in June

The company is currently reviewing data from beta testing with its employees.

Newly announced sale involves 32 convenience stores with gas.

An ARCO gas station

The company plans to convert 50 stations to company-operated in the first half of 2018, while continuing to add more branded stations.

TravelCenters of America CEO Andrew Rebholz

The company will roll out a Minit Mart loyalty program in June.

Grand opening of a Cumberland Farms convenience store.

Circle K, Love's and QuickChek also expand their footprints.

A Murphy Express location

The company has 12 raze-and-rebuilds underway as the summer driving season approaches.

Florida, Montana and Rhode Island among the states facing proposed tobacco bills.

Florida, Montana and Rhode Island among the states facing proposed tobacco bills.

Murphy USA logo

Resiliency of fuel business and performance improvement initiatives remain among the company's priorities.

Gary Heminger (left) will serve as chairman and CEO and Greg Goff will join MPC as executive vice chairman.

Three executives have been chosen to lead the integration efforts.

Marathon Petroleum and Andeavor strategic combination

The combined company will have a nationwide convenience store network of nearly 12,000 sites.

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