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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

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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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March 2019

Circle K logo

The Circle K fuel brand is also making its way across the United States and Europe.

Logos for Couche-Tard and Holiday Cos

President and CEO Brian Hannasch cites Holiday's center-store strategies and labor practices as notable areas.

Casey's General Stores logo

President and CEO Terry Handley says the initiative marks a shift in the retailer's marketing strategy.

7-Eleven RENEW

Franchisees and consumers see value in the carbon emissions reduction program.

The chain doubled its store count in the past year by scooping up small-town locations across the U.S.

The convenience store chain cites loyalty and private-label programs as key pillars of growth.

A Casey's General Stores location

The retailer's fleet card program rolled out in late October, and its e-commerce platform is in testing.

Brandon Hofmann

A&W Restaurants, MillerCoors and the Women's Foodservice Forum also reshape their leadership teams.

Rutter's opens its first convenience store in Maryland.

Rutter's also opens its first convenience store in Maryland.

NACS logo and the U.S. Capitol

The association sends out a call to action as retailers prepare for the annual Day on the Hill.

Getty Realty Corp.

Deals with Applegreen, Circle K and GPM Investments contribute to the company's growth.

RaceTrac's coffee section

Natalie Morhous has been involved in the development of RT Franchising Inc. since its inception.

legislation in the dictionary

Utah sees its first cities adopt Tobacco 21 ordinances.

CrossAmerica Partners President and CEO Gerardo Valencia

The company makes progress on its asset exchange pact with Alimentation Couche-Tard.

February 2019

TravelCenters of America CEO Andrew Rebholz

Growing its non-fuel business, remaining cost conscious are key elements for the company.

Hemp and CBD

Passage of the Farm Bill in December opened up opportunities, according to event panelists.

TA Express location

The company signs its first TA Express franchising agreement with the operator of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops.

Michael Herklots, vice president of retail and brand at Nat Sherman Inc.

Retailers can tell a story through brand experience, merchandising and vendor partnerships, according to TPE 2019 keynoter.

Delek US Holdings logo

The company is selling underperforming sites and reinvesting in next-generation convenience stores.

RaceTrac convenience store

The Southeast convenience store retailer is starting the initiative in Central Florida.

Marathon Petroleum Chairman and CEO Gary Heminger

Three months after forming a combined powerhouse, synergies hit $160 million in the fourth quarter.

Bonnie Herzog at NATO Industry Outlook

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets presents its Industry Outlook at TPE 2019.

Speedway logo

Its network, including legacy Speedway stores, saw results increase by $435 million year over year.

Altria CEO Howard Willard

Juul and Cronos stakes come amid changing tobacco landscape.

retail tobacco sales

Alachua County becomes the first county in Florida to approve Tobacco 21 legislation.

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