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News, articles and commentary offering expert advice and information curated for the small c-store operator.

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Cleanliness Sells

How one independent convenience store increased its sales by 25 percent in a year.

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In Sea of Growing C-store Chains, Single-Store Operators Must Stay Relevant

Mom-and-pop retailers can survive, but only if they find a competitive differentiator. 

Yesway logo

Mom-and-pop stores in rural and suburban markets are on the chain's radar.


How to determine whether you need a turnaround. 

Choice Market menu

Convenience-grocery store hybrid focuses on fresh, local and on-demand.

Logo for Kwik Chek Convenience Stores

Kwik Chek buys sites, the majority of which feature quick-service restaurants.

Express Mart and GreenPrint logos

Nine stores will launch a reduced emissions measure in March.

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Stewardship

The companies are recipients of the Secretary's Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards.

acquisition ahead sign

Kwik Stop deal has pending close date of Jan. 3.

Boomshack Market logo

The c-store features a mini cafe serving fresh food made daily.

Fuel City farm animals

Founder John Benda wants dreams to come true at his three Texas travel centers.

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NACS Show session shared advice from three small operators.

Every product stocked is free of preservatives, artificial ingredients, corn syrups and hydrogenated oils.

Choice Market logo

The market offers made-to-order menu, grocery selection and typical convenience fare like toiletries.

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