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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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November 2018

Joe Sheetz at 2018 NACS Show

The changing definition of convenience was among the top issues during his tenure.

Getty Realty Logo

The company has invested $75 million for the addition of 39 properties year to date.

TravelCenter of America TA location

The company is focusing on independent shopping reviews, along with hiring and retention efforts.

Stewart's Shops Veterans Day promotion

Pilot Flying J, Sheetz, Stewart's Shops, Wawa and Yesway will celebrate Veterans Day with freebies and discounts.

TravelCenters of America LLC CEO Andy Rebholz

The retailer hopes to reach a rent-reduction agreement with its largest shareholder.

Millennials and Gen Z are drinking less alcohol than the generations that preceded them.

tobacco legislation

Tobacco 21 movement shows no signs of letting up across the country.

October 2018

Parker's hired Thomas Mathewes as the company's new real estate project manager in Charleston, S.C.

Capital One, Inline Plastics, iSee Store Innovations, Paragon Solutions and Vollrath Co. also make personnel changes.

MarkTen Elite and Apex e-vapor products

Subsidiary Nu Mark is removing closed-tank systems and majority of flavors from the market.

The FriendShip Kitchen concept is just one part of the retailer’s makeover.

retail technology

"The Future of Digital Promotions in C-store" event during the 2018 NACS Show analyzed the massive shift underway in retail.

NOCO Express debuted its newly remodeled convenience store in East Amherst, N.Y.

Love's, Rutter's and Wawa also cut ribbons on new locations.

convenience word graphic

Creating a new box, thinking local and learning from other industries will drive success in today's convenience channel.

Marijuana plant and money

NACS Show session analyzes the potential and pitfalls.


C-store retailers not already embracing omnichannel in some form are behind the eight ball.

Tobacco 21 sign

Tobacco 21 measures continue to dominate regulatory moves.

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