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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.


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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March 2020

Casey's General Store location

The convenience retailer reports progress on fuel price optimization and procurement programs.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. logo

The parent company of Circle K is rolling out new food, beverage and technology programs.

Casey's General Stores Inc.'s CEO Darren Rebelez

The retailer has opened 50 new stores and acquired 10 stores through its fiscal third quarter.

TA Express in Salina, Utah

Love's, Pilot Co. and Refuel also add to their retail networks.

Logos for Casey's General Stores Inc.

Casey's Rewards already has 1.8 million members since launching two months ago.

Christopher Constant, CEO, (left) and Mark Olear, executive vice president and COO, of Getty Realty Corp.

Over the past three years, the REIT has acquired 168 properties for roughly $380 million.

IQOS heat not burn tobacco product

The expansion into Charlotte, N.C., is on track for April.

TA forecourt

Among the planned initiatives is a centralized procurement function.

February 2020

Tobacco sales

Local lawmakers across the United States approve Tobacco 21 measures to comply with the new federal law.

Altria On! oral nicotine

Its plans for the on! brand call for an annualized capacity of 75 million cans by the end of the year.

With several transactions slated to close this year, the partnership will turn its focus toward integration.

TravelCenters of America CEO Jonathan Pertchik

The travel center operator plans to expand its franchisee network, and upgrade food offerings, in-store experiences and its truck services program.

John Rhine (l) and Thomas C. Myrvold join Parker's.

Alto-Shaam, b2b Solutions, Core-Mark, Dawn Foods and Impact 21 also announce employee news.

From artificial intelligence to frictionless experiences, the channel is poised for even more change.

Altria Chairman and CEO Howard Willard

Chairman and CEO Howard Willard outlines the company's 10-year vision.

ravelCenters of America welcomed customers at a new TA Express in Kilgore, Texas

Love's, QuickChek, TravelCenters of America also open new locations.

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets

Local and state taxes, plus flavor bans, make up the bulk of current proposals.

Chris Howard (l), Brittani Cushman and Dimitris Agrafiotis talk vapor at Tobacco Plus Expo 2020.

TPE 2020 panelists agree the new federal flavor policy has led to confusion for both suppliers and retailers.

Tobacco 21 sign

States move to bring their legal age to buy tobacco products in line with the new federal Tobacco 21 rule.

Jacopo D'Alessandris, president and CEO of E-Alternative Solutions, discusses CBD on a panel moderated by Cannapids CEO Case Mandel (r).

Starting small and finding the right supply partner are two keys to tackling this emerging category.

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