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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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May 2019

TravelCenters of America truck services

The travel center chain will begin operating a new standalone truck services facility in June.

Inside a Speedway convenience store

The retailer completed its 300th store conversion to Speedway since the Andeavor merger closed in October.

Greg Goff, executive vice chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corp.

The company realized $133 million in synergies in the first quarter of 2019, including $15 million in retail synergies.

TA Express location

Four franchise agreements for TA Express sites are in place, with three more under legal review.

Ed Collupy, executive consultant at W. Capra Consulting Group, moderates an IT think tank panel at the 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference.

Convenience channel IT think tank discusses the challenges and opportunities at the 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference.

Rutter's newest Altoona, Pa. c-store is the chain's 74th location.

Harris Teeter Fuel Center, Garrett's Family Market, VP Racing Fuels also open locations.

Mobile payment at checkout

Today's system "wowed" the industry decades ago, but it's now time for a faster, safer and more efficient process.

newspaper headline about changes in legislation

Delaware joins the growing list of Tobacco 21 states, while Maryland's T21 measure lands on Gov. Hogan's desk.

April 2019

The 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference offers look into the future retail technology landscape.

More than doubling its convenience store network in four years, the chain moves west.

executives in an office

AlixPartners, Haskel Thompson & Associates, NEW, Ultimate Sales and USTC also make personnel changes.

Shopper carrying a basket

Non-traditional missions, food bundles and innovative products work for the convenience channel.

digital marketing

Technology allows convenience retailers to assist consumers and reduce friction along their journey.

Scan and go shopping

Shifting consumer expectations have changed the definition of convenience.

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