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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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September 2019

Circle K logo

The company has placed the new banner on more than 5,800 c-stores in North America to date.

A woman using Casey's mobile app

CEO Darren Rebelez highlights the chain's center-store pricing moves and mobile app as its latest milestones.

Holiday Cos. convenience stores

The acquisition of the Midwest retailer brings foodservice programs and a new labor model.

Casey's President and CEO Darren Rebelez

The retailer expects to break ground this fall on the new facility, which will be in the southwest portion of its territory.

The 2019 HTVA Expo show floor

HTVA Expo 2019 showcases a changing tobacco category.

Alimentation Couche-Tard logo

The Easy Pay fuel rewards program and a delivery service join Circle K's in-store traffic drivers.

Brett Hughes takes on the role of director of business development at Mirabito Holdings Inc.

Convenience Valet, LSI Industries and VERC Enterprises also make personnel moves.

Alternative tobacco products are garnering a lot of attention from both suppliers and retailers.

August 2019

Changes in legislation newspaper headline

Flavors and legal buying age dominate tobacco proposals at the local and state levels.

Come In We're Open Sign

RaceTrac, TravelCenters of America and Weigel's also open new convenience and food locations.

vapor products

A new lawsuit asks the court to stop the agency from enforcing the May 2020 deadline for PMTAs.

Global Partners Logo

The 2018 deals with Champlain Oil and Cheshire Oil drove year-over-year increases.

Murphy USA logo

Retail fuel pricing initiative and national rollout of its rewards program support stronger second quarter.

CrossAmerica Partners CEO Gerardo Valencia

The company is on track to complete its asset exchange with Alimentation Couche-Tard in early 2020.

Murphy USA and Murphy Express logos

The company's pipeline of 2,800-square-foot format stores will support growth at 30 locations in 2020.

TA Express logo

The travel center operator inked five agreements in the second quarter.

Marathon Petroleum and Andeavor logos

The company is identifying possible divestiture opportunities as it streamlines its business.

Murphy USA Murphy Drive Rewards app

CEO sees opportunities in converting the 7 million non-member participants to members.

tobacco at retail

State and local officials make moves on flavored tobacco products.

Inside of a Speedway convenience store

Marathon Petroleum's retail network is seeing positive results in sites converted in the Southwest and Midwest.

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