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

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Road Ranger Travel Centers Being Acquired by Chilean Company

Enex, a subsidiary of Quiñenco SA, will pay $289 million as it makes its first move into the United States.

Enmarket forecourt and exterior

Enmarket's Truck Stop Acquisition Expands Its Diesel Fuel Business

The move expands the c-store retailer's reach in a key market extending from Savannah to Charleston, S.C.

The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart c-store in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Customers can purchase character memorabilia, as well as Heat-Lamp Hot Dogs, Lard Lad Donuts, Squishees and more.

Interior of The Goods Mart convenience store

This California single store only stocks products that check off a list of core standards.

arrow towards excellence

Increase turns, reduce inventory costs, improve cash flow and better satisfy your shopper.


New provisions require that stores open on Christmas and franchisees use specific vendors for products.

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Applegreen picks up seven of eight S-Mart branded locations in South Carolina.


Coalition's stated objections include reduction to income and requirement to stay open on Christmas.


The 21-year company veteran highlighted the strength of the franchise model.

T-Bird Mini Marts banner

The family-owned business sells off a 10-store portfolio in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Tiger Truck Stop

Tiger Truck Stop adds a camel and baby coati following the 2017 death of mascot Tony.

TA Travel Center

Scaled-down concept and franchising are focus of the retailer’s growth efforts.

Employee Training Must-Dos

Everything you want to accomplish in retail revolves around proper training.

After photo of Gas Land site

The fuel distributor remediates and transforms contaminated New York State properties.

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Healthy convenience store operator signs multi-unit franchisee agreement in South Florida.

Lots of question marks

The seven things that are keeping this single-store owner up at night.

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The 32,000-square-foot store, which is expected to open this fall, also mixes online with in-store experiences.

strategy puzzle pieces

Develop a simple store strategy to create the foundation from which you make decisions.

The St. Paul bodega offers "quick-hit" convenience in an eclectic and playful atmosphere.

Roy Strasburger of Strasburger

Company has been built on four generations of the Strasburger family in grocery, convenience and small-format retail businesses.

Mopping store floor

Deficiencies in cleanliness can doom everything else that is good in a c-store.

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A second storefront, in Mariposa, Colo., is expected to open during the first quarter of 2019.

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Implementation includes business intelligence tools and pricebook management services.

cleaning supplies in bucket with gloves

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

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Value & Variety chain embraces independence while growing its store count.

single-store owner

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

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