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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.


September 2018

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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 2020

Nick Vercollone, VERC Enterprises

Alto-Shaam, CDA, Getty Realty, Lancer Worldwide, PepsiCo and Punchh make personnel announcements.

 Parker's Kitchen in North Charleston, S.C.

Love's, Rutter's and TravelCenters of America also ring up customers at new locations.

A TA Express in Salina, Utah

The company inked 23 new franchise agreements since the beginning of 2019.

motivating employees

Keeping employees safe and healthy is priority No. 1, according to retailers.

TravelCenters of America Inc. CEO Jonathan Pertchik

The company sees year-over-year improvement in three key financial metrics.

CrossAmerica Partners LP logo

The sixth piece of their 2018 agreement closed on Sept. 15.

Casey's pizza

The retailer will rebrand any store that carries Casey's assortment, including prepared foods.

Logos for TravelCenters of America's brands

Most of the company's full-service restaurants have welcomed back customers.

Casey's President and CEO Darren Rebelez

Wholesale fuel distribution capability means the c-store retailer can now consider deals with assets that may not fit its business model.

tobacco sales at retail

Local measures target flavored tobacco, taxes and Tobacco 21.

money for technology initiatives

The Convenience Store News Virtual Technology Leadership Series provided analysis and insights based on exclusive research.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. logo

Steps to reduce its long-term cost structure include a workforce reduction plan.

Gus Olympidis, founder and CEO of Family Express

Changing consumer demands was a sweeping topic of discussion during part two of Convenience Store News' Virtual Technology Leadership Series.

October 2020

Employees in an office

Acosta, British American Tobacco, Flowers Foods, Hardec's and Refrigerated Solutions Group also make personnel news.

Digital transformation

As part of the Convenience Store News Virtual Technology Leadership Series, c-store retailers outlined the steps for embarking on a tech transformation.

Wally's travel center

Garrett's Family Market, Pilot Co., Trillium and Wally's also welcome customers at new locations.

tobacco legislation

Flavor bans and pharmacy sales land on local legislative agendas.

Breaches bring financial loss, as well as loss of consumer trust, to affected retailers.

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