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

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Smoker Friendly Expands North Carolina Presence

The tobacco retailer acquires a three-store chain in Hickory.

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Kent Kwik Stores Enters Tennessee With Parsons Oil Deal

Kent Distributors Inc.'s acquisition includes Buy Fast c-stores and the Big Chicken truck stop.

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The convenience store chain and its franchisees are recruiting 20,000 additional employees.

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The 23-store chain in North Carolina will be rebranded to Quality Mart stores.

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The retail chain said it has taken several steps to help the network, including creating a Franchise Financial Solutions Center.

The company specializes in delivering gas, propane, heating oil and fuel to residential and commercial clients as well as farmers.

Financing will also be used to deploy the retailer's proprietary digital customer experience across new channels and formats.

The 60-year-old company sold its retail and wholesale motor fuels businesses to an undisclosed buyer.

It is the first location to utilize a fleet of electric vehicles and bikes to fulfill orders from a new mobile app and website.

The small Denver chain has big plans for expansion as an omnichannel retailer. 

The deal includes 10 c-stores operating under The Store banner throughout central Alabama.

Bunn's new Fast Cup machine offers minimal labor and practically zero waste.

The nine-store operator sought to unify its family of brands with a modern look and feel.

The deal with Tradewinds Markets also includes one car wash.

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"Good Stuff Delivered" encourages customers to find enjoyment in the ordinary.

The health-focused chain has lost 50 percent of its sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

The four-year program includes a new look at the forecourt, plus in-store enhancements.

A recent Convenience Store News webinar provided advice for navigating the new retail landscape.

Under increasing pressure, the convenience store industry’s single-store owners and small chains are responding to adversity with creativity and innovation.

The site is the first to feature gas pumps and electric superchargers.

Tiger Truck Stop's new owners removed the cages and plan to transform the business with new practices.

C-stores and other eligible businesses have access to $10 million in grants through the Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Get ready to serve the new lifestyle that emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its point-of-sale solutions integrated with Fiserv's Clover platform will enable operators to increase revenue and streamline operations.

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The NRS point-of-sale platform is integrated with a loyalty program and digital advertising screens, as well as other features.

The cashless c-store aims to prove that self-service doesn’t detract from hospitality.

Trenton and Julia Langston are named vice presidents of the fuel company and E-Z Stop Food Mart operator.

Three-quarters of convenience store shoppers patronize the same store every time.

Altenergy has been powering two of the retailer's gourmet-to-go convenience stores.

Three sites in South Dakota, Texas and Florida will bring the retailer's total network count to 269. offers beverages, snacks, tobacco and essential grocery items.

Eight franchise sites are expected to open during the first half of 2020, with more to come.

The seven-store acquisition expands the company's Montana business.

Hard-to-get items such as gloves and toilet paper were secured and donated.

FloWater Refill Stations remove 99.9 percent of contaminants and feature "no-contact" dispensing nozzles.

Program members can easily track rewards, redeem points and manage their accounts.

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