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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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January 2020

Rewards card and receipt

Retailers should strive for personalized offers when it comes to rewards programs.

Jay Soupene, senior vice president of operations at Casey's General Stores Inc.

CDA, FUELIowa, Kar's Nuts, Novum and Rich Products also see personnel changes.

mobile technology

Labor has been a challenging issue for convenience store retailers for several years.

Fuel gross profit dollars increased nearly 19 percent in its latest quarter.

Retail technology

Overcoming the adaptability of new technologies with legacy platforms is a key concern for operators.

Logo for Casey's General Stores

The convenience store operator is preparing to roll out a predictive modeling tool to help in site selection.

Casey's General Stores fuel sign

The retailer is sharpening its focus on procurement, both in-store and on the forecourt.

Casey's: Here for Good campaign.

Reinventing the guest experience is a key strategic pillar for the convenience retailer.

Casey's General Stores Inc. CEO Darren Rebelez

The c-store chain's executives detailed plans for future growth at its 2020 Investor Day.

Spinx convenience store in Summerville, S.C.

Love's, Stewart's Shops and Yesway also cut the ribbon on new and remodeled locations.

In Our Backyard outreach day in Miami

In Our Backyard partners with c-stores to bring the fight to Miami as the city hosts Super Bowl LIV.

Legislation in scrabble tiles

State and local officials wrap up the year with a slew of tobacco measures.

Casey's General Stores logo

The retailer intends to use the program to learn more about its customers' preferences.

December 2019

Legislative changes headline

Tobacco issues dominated legislative agendas at all levels over the past 12 months.

EG Group Completes Acquisition of Cumberland Farms

EG Group had an active year building up its U.S. c-store portfolio.

A Casey's General Stores convenience store

The retailer has 97 sites in its pipeline, including 31 now under construction.

Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Andrews, Texas in early November

FriendShip Stores, Love's and Parker's also welcome customers at new locations.

A Circle K location

Circle K's parent company has nearly 50 stores currently under construction.

Couche-Tard President & CEO Brian Hannasch

CEO Brian Hannasch says the United States is where it can achieve the greatest synergies.

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Downstream Energy Partners, GSP, Master-Bilt and S. Abraham & Sons also make personnel changes.

Retail technology

Industry panel weighs in on the results of the 2019 Convenience Store News Technology Study.

Circle K's parent company expands its digital upsell platform and grows home delivery.

Cigarette sales

Flavors, vapor products and legal buying age continue to dominate regulatory conversations.

What are the best ways to merchandise and market these emerging products?

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