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

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First TA Express Franchise Location Opens Its Doors

The Steele, N.D., site is the first of four Coffee Cup Fuel Stops rebranding to TA Express.

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National 7-Eleven Franchisee Coalition Calls on Corporate to Open Its Books

Group argues that vendor sponsorships from 7-Eleven Inc.'s corporate convention should be used to lower costs of goods.

Three Square Market logo

The company is setting its sights on locations like malls, train stations, hospitals and airports.

AI capabilities, private brands, new beverages and more were lauded by operators.

Quik Mart logo

The locations purchased by the Quik Mart Convenience Stores operator have extensive foodservice operations and drive-thrus.

The chain doubled its store count in the past year by scooping up small-town locations across the U.S.

RaceTrac convenience store

The Southeast convenience store retailer is starting the initiative in Central Florida.

Casey's logo

The retailer will continue to operate Fantasy's Ride the Wave car wash brand.

SAMCO Food Stores

Each reimage package includes a 10-year distribution deal.

TA Express location

The company signs its first TA Express franchising agreement with the operator of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops.

Refuel logo

The five-unit chain is being acquired in a transaction that also includes West Oil's more than two dozen locations.

The tactics of using a competitor as a benchmark fall into three categories.

Closed store

The 1.1-percent drop marks just the fourth time since 2000 that the total store count has fallen.

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Retailer's growth plans include West Los Angeles/Santa Monica, The Valley, Phoenix, New York and Chicago.

Sprint Food Store convenience store

The transaction will add 10 convenience stores to the retailer's current 20-store footprint.

You should always be striving to improve your approach for better business results.

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees logo

NCASEF's board of directors took a vote of No Confidence in the management of 7-Eleven Inc.

Casey's General Stores logo

The deal includes seven Qwik Stop convenience stores in Wisconsin.

cannabis in jars

Gas N' Grass sells cannabis-infused gummies, tinctures and smokable marijuana to adults with a medical card and government-issued identification.

7-Eleven logo

Several groups question the long-term effect the ongoing conflict will have on the brand.

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


Sandra Bivins Owsley will receive a franchise fee waiver valued at up to $190,000.


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

The Goods Mart NYC

Around 200 products are for sale at the New York City location.

Lakeport Market, which opened earlier this year, is a true family affair for the Paduanos.

It really is not about the end result at all — it is about the process.

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