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

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Nimocks Oil Exits the Convenience Retailing Business

Its 11 Circle N Market locations serve six counties in the Arkansas Delta region.

Convenience Distributors AMCON & Team Sledd Detail Their New Partnership

Both independent and chain retailers will see enhanced innovations and offers for the front counter, center store, and foodservice.

A $17-million growth round will support the retailer's expansion in Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

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Consolidation and profitability challenges take their toll on the smallest companies.

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The convenience store operator is preparing to roll out a predictive modeling tool to help in site selection.

Lucky Candy gives customers five seconds to take items off store shelves for free if they answer a math equation correctly.

A deal with Stewart's Shops includes its gasoline and diesel distribution business, and five gas stations.

Three Square Self Pay Market enables customers to scan, swipe their payment and go.

The nine-store chain will also introduce a new loyalty program and an online ordering system.

Some investment is a must for defending and growing market share.

The move comes after a Japanese operator's contract was cancelled for not following corporate policy.

Understanding the value of positive reinforcement.

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Workers at The Market chain will receive an average 11-percent pay increase.

The retailer's new delivery program merges digital and in-store into one cohesive omnichannel ecosystem.

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The 20-plus convenience stores were part of the retailer's 1,110-store deal with Sunoco in 2018.

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The New England Farms locations offer grocery items, quick meal options and more.

Operators can participate in and offer vendor-sponsored discounts with the enhanced program.

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A newly constructed franchise location is slated to open in mid-2020.

7-Eleven, Circle K & ampm Rank Among Largest Franchise Operations

Circle K also ranks as one of the top 10 fastest growers by sales and units.

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Petroleum Services Co. is also selling a tobacco outlet, a travel center and two development lots in Iowa.

As the industry’s largest chains continue to expand, smaller operators are under pressure.

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Campbell Oil Co. will rebrand the 16 company-operated stores to its BellStores brand.

The deal includes one truck stop, three c-stores, two card locks, and a bulk fuel and lubes business.

The Virginia-based retailer picks up Cash and Sons' five-store chain.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Convenience Store News, we spotlight the pioneers, entrepreneurs, innovators, new product developers and partnership advocates who have made significant contributions to convenience and fuel retailing.

According to corporate, 4,700 franchisees have signed a new 15-year franchise agreement in the last 12 months.

RS Automotives will feature four dispensers that connect to a high-powered 200kW system.


Microsoft Surface devices will provide better insight from corporate to aid franchisees.


A series of meetings will focus on lower profits and corporate communication.

Take notice of red flags so that you can do something about them before it is too late.

One-of-a-kind foodservice and friendly, personalized service are among the ways to differentiate.

Customer expectations are elevated thanks to the proliferation of great retail experiences.

Now Mart Gas & Groceries implements Aqua Bio Technologies' Bio Complete 15000, which removes chemicals from water to be reused.

The company picks up Jetz Convenience Centers' four locations, marking the fifth transaction in a year.

Each vending machine is stocked with fresh, local snacks, fruit, sandwiches, salads, jerky and more.

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Dale McKee founded the 21-store chain in 1977.

The all-vegan V Marks the Shop carves out a niche in the convenience channel.

The Aug. 28 event will take place at the State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Raleigh.

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