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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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January 2019

NRF 2019 Big Show

Cisco DevNet tech leader offers three big ideas at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show.

Emily Sheetz and Phillip Jackson at NRF 2019 Big Show

Emily Sheetz talks about the retailer's message at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show.

RaceTrac convenience store

The retailer's partnership with JDA Software takes the guesswork out of space and floor planning at the store level.

Rules and regulations

Nearly 20 states rang in 2019 with minimum wage hikes, as new laws also target tobacco, foodservice and beer.

December 2018

tobacco legislation

Passage of several Tobacco 21 measures usher out the year.

Parker's promoted Keith Saltzman, left, to director of finance and hired Corey B. McClimans as its new chief human resources officer.

A&W, Lil' Drug Store Products, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, OPW, PepsiCo and Welbilt also make personnel news.

Altria Group's Chairman and CEO Howard Willard

Chairman and CEO Howard Willard says its investment in Juul is the most sustainable opportunity to generate significant income in the e-vapor category.

Love's Travel Stop in Sidney, Ohio

Love's also opens five travel stops, including one measuring more than 16,000 square feet.

FDA headquarters

The Food and Drug Administration made a lot of headlines around tobacco issues this year.

Marathon and Andeavor logos

7-Eleven closed its largest acquisition ever, but Marathon and Andeavor took the No. 1 spot with their $23.3-billion merger.

Logo for Casey's General Stores Inc.

The retailer will launch a new mobile app and loyalty program in Q1 of its 2020 fiscal year.

CrossAmerica's President and CEO Gerardo Valencia

President and CEO Gerardo Valencia says the company sees opportunity in the convenience M&A field.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.and CrossAmerica Partners

The pact also calls for CrossAmerica to give its general partner real estate and 17 Upper Midwest c-stores.

Electric vehicle charging sign

President and CEO Brian Hannasch heads to Norway to review data on EV charging customers' behavior.

A Casey's General Store

A new fleet card program went live in October, and price optimization pilots are progressing.

Circle K's Simply Great Coffee

All categories combined to move the needle across the network in its latest quarter.

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