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

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U.S. Convenience Store Count Declines for Third Consecutive Year

Single-store operators led the change with a 3.1-percent decrease.

Choice Market Launches One Market Omnichannel Experience 

Customers will be able to scan the Choice mobile app, pick up their items, then exit the state-of-the-art c-store.

The company signed 21 franchise agreements and opened 10 new franchise locations last year.

Put into place a system that works for you all the time and is easy to use.

Now is not the time to take risks to fill shelves with products that may not sell.

Young's Market marks the retailer's second location in Marlin, Texas.

Majors Management

Its latest deal also includes numerous dealer supply accounts from OSAN Petroleum.

Resources for Retailers serves as a content and services hub that provides solutions to common challenges.

Minnesota-based Dehn Oil Co. commits a package of sites that will include the first wave of newly branded stations.

The Up and Comers Small Makers Awards aims to help small business owners gain exposure.

The deal includes four locations in southeastern New Hampshire.

Logos for Party Mart and Pak-a-Sak

The transaction includes 22 Party Mart convenience stores.

In the c-store format, every single product offering plays a role in the overall success of the business.

Classic Star Group picks up its retail, ChevronTexaco and Shell branded fuel distribution, and commercial business properties.

Logos for Kwik Fill and Acorn Markets

The parent company of Kwik Fill c-stores takes ownership of the sites in deal with Acorn Markets Inc. and Putnam Co.

The deals are expected to add 275 million liters of fuel and petroleum product volume annually to the company's U.S. segment.

Both store managers and employees should be trained in de-escalation techniques.

A TA Express in Salina, Utah

The company inked 23 new franchise agreements since the beginning of 2019.

Pride convenience store

Mac's Convenience Stores picks up seven stores in northeast Indiana.

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The transaction comprises eight c-stores, three car washes, a 75-plus dealer network and a fuel distribution business.

Logos for Refuel and Cruizers

Refuel's deal for the parent company of Cruizers will expand its presence into North Carolina.

Sevier Valley Oil's presence will expand the company's footprint in Utah.

The 18-store chain will join the Loaf 'N Jug network in Colorado.

With a focus on "targeted innovation," the company sets its sights on three key areas.

An affiliate of NSR Petro Services LLC buys the eight-store chain based in Hollywood, Md.

Regal Oil's 14-store chain increases the company's presence in Texas and expands its footprint throughout the central U.S. to Kansas.

Retailers need to truly understand what makes their market area tick.

Smoker Friendly logo

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

Kent Kwik logo

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

Quality Oil Co. logo

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

An employee at a 7-Eleven convenience store

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

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.

Logo for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisee

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

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. 

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