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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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November 2019

CBD products

Nielsen: Fast-moving consumer goods retail, like c-stores, expected to play a big part.

Altria and Juul logos

Shifts in the e-vapor regulatory environment lead the company to take a $4.5 billion impairment charge related to its Juul investment.

Parker's Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker, center, recently cut the ribbon at a new store located at the Cane Bay Shopping Center in Summerville, S.C.

Big Red Stores, Love's, QuickChek and Pilot Flying J also build up their retail networks.


The heat-not-burn product is coming to Richmond, Va., this month.

tobacco sales at retail

The number of municipalities adopting Tobacco 21 ordinances continues to rise.

The interior of a Speedway convenience stores

Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s retail segment continues to capture synergies from its Andeavor tie-up.

October 2019

Speedway exterior

The decision was the result of a 10-month strategic review following the company's merger with Andeavor.

The national crackdown on youth vapor use was a hot topic at this year’s expo.

Enmarket's Sean Fatzinger takes a seat on the board of trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter.

Imperial Brands, Insite360, LSI Industries and Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group also make executive changes.

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores new location in Elkhorn, Wis.

TravelCenters of America also signs more TA Express franchise agreements.

Allsup's convenience store sign

A steady integration will involve best practices from each convenience store chain.

Greg Parker, CEO of The Parkers Co., and Eric Jones, chief information officer (CIO) at The Parkers Cos., to discuss retail technology.

7-Eleven & Parker's take center stage at the 2019 Technology Leadership Roundtable & Awards Dinner.

Now Hiring Sign

With unemployment low, convenience store operators are taking different approaches to staffing.

Logo for Cruizers convenience store

Holmes Oil learns the ins and outs of the new checkout technology at its Cruizers convenience stores.

NACS Chairman Frank Gleeson

The Aramark exec stresses leadership and innovation as he takes his final bow at the 2019 NACS Show.

Cigarette sales

Fort Lauderdale becomes the second city in Florida to adopt a Tobacco 21 ordinance.

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