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Kwik Trip is seeing success with self-checkout. Grocery inflation remains a concern. And big changes appear to be coming to the tobacco category.
Amazon continues to tinker with its grocery offering. Casey’s won’t rebrand nearly two dozen Lone Star Food Stores it purchased. And Dollar General is slowing its expansion pace.
7-Eleven Mexico goes the SaaS route for category management, United Natural Foods turns in a disappointing Q1 performance, and a menthol cigarette ban is in the offing.
Kwik Trip eyes growth in upper Michigan, Wegmans gives a store opening update, and new research shows that in-store ATMs encourage purchases.
Mass merchants are the Black Friday winners, convenience and grocery retailers ramp up EV charging, and Weis Markets reports a possible customer data breach.
Casey’s acquires some Love’s c-stores, Ahold Delhaize gives a distribution center tour, and Grabango sizes up self-checkout’s impact on retail shrink.
7-Eleven International is buying 7-Eleven Australia. Kroger’s sales fell during the third quarter. And Wawa is heading to a new state.
Ahold Delhaize details its omnichannel strategy. Phillip Morris has a new chief communications officer. And Meijer and EVgo are expanding their fast-charging network.
Kroger has shut down its Kitchen United food halls. Circle K’s parent company is putting more stores up for sale. And the FDA is issuing a warning about a supplement commonly sold in c-stores.
2023 has been a big year for convenience store M&A activity. Speaking of which, Foxtrot and Dom’s Kitchen & Market plan to merge. And, grocers saw a bigger-than-normal boost on Turkey Wednesday.
BP is getting serious about AI. The finish line for the Kroger-Albertsons merger could be in sight. And the Pilot Co. has a new c-suite executive.
Publix Super Markets will have a new CEO in the new year. RaceTrac is expanding into a new state. And one petroleum seller has run afoul of state regulations.
One convenience store retailer has received an investment to fuel its expansion. Sales were flat during the recent quarter at BJ’s Wholesale Club. And the FDA is investigating whether shipments of cinnamon have been contaminated with lead.
Walmart sees consumers being cautious this holiday season, but nevertheless raised its economic forecast for the year. CrossAmerica Partners reported shrinking gasoline margins. And CSP counted 16 new c-stores last month.
Target is predicting slow holiday sales. Sheetz is entering a new market. And one c-store retailer is debuting its first EV-charging station.
One c-store retailer is closing a store due to soaring theft and violence. Save A Lot is looking for a new CEO. And food prices inched up in October.
Buc-ee’s is heading to a new state. The Private Label Trade Show kicked off, with a record number of exhibitors. And NACS is asking the president to reconsider the federal ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Coborn’s is selling off more than a dozen c-stores to focus on its grocery business. Holiday grocery shoppers will likely be omnichannel shoppers. And the first C-Store Women conference is wrapping up in Napa.
Amazon is making a major change to its grocery operations. Buc-ee’s is launching premium EV-charging stations with Mercedes Benz. And Instacart gave some insight into its finances in its first earnings report since going public.
Ahold Delhaize is selling off its FreshDirect grocery delivery company. Wally’s is opening another massive travel center. And Grocery Outlet had another big quarter.
Arko is making an acquisition. Uber is beefing up its grocery business. And Casey’s General Stores is heading to Texas.
Gas prices are falling. A food recall is widening. And one c-store retailer has opened a massive new location, with a full-service restaurant.
Target shoppers are buying fewer groceries. Murphy USA is slowing its unit growth. And food retailers saw an uptick in jobs last month.
Acquisitions of the MAPCO convenience-store chain are now complete. New grocery openings picked up in October. And Petroleum Marketing Group has added another 10 stores.
bp’s profits are up over the previous quarter. Target wants to sell you a $25 Thanksgiving dinner. And Douglass Distributing is exiting the wholesale fuel business.
Wawa is unveiling a new store design. Sprouts Farmers Market plans to test its first loyalty program. And distributor Core-Mark is looking to expand awareness of its foodservice brands.
Walmart is debuting $500 million worth of store remodels. The founding family of the Pilot travel center chain is suing its current owner. And Wawa has big plans for North Carolina.
A c-store chain has a new food-focused location. Food and beverage sales are down year over year nationwide. And one grocery delivery platform is planning layoffs as demand slows.
The Fed looks to lower debit-card swipe fees, big grocers plan holiday food deals, and BP is buying fast-charging hardware from Tesla.
Kroger is now accepting digital SNAP benefits systemwide. Love’s is opening more RV stops. And sales are up at Wakefern.
Kwik Trip’s rewards system is back online. Target is creating more loyal grocery shoppers. And inflation is driving a major increase in frozen food sales.
A $53 billion oil company acquisition is in the works. Instacart is bolstering its health-focused business. And Alimentation Couche-Tard is focused on growth.
Walgreens settles with Rite Aid investors, Fat Dogs Travel Centers plans new locations, and the National Restaurant Association Show has opened 2024 Food and Beverage Award nominations.
Costco has a new CEO. Altria has filed a vape-related lawsuit. And Misfits Market’s integration with Imperfect Foods is complete.
Kwik Trip’s systemwide outage appears to be largely resolved. It looks like Thanksgiving might be a little less expensive this year. And a proposed menthol ban for cigarettes and cigars is getting closer to happening.
Grocery sales dipped in September. Convenience retailers are learning how to deal with unruly customers. And Albertsons is growing its loyalty program.
Rite Aid declared bankruptcy. Convenience stores have new age-verification technology. And there’s a new ranking of the top-grossing grocery cooperatives.
Dollar General’s CEO had a very short-lived retirement. Kwik Trip’s systemwide outage continues. And there appears to be a new challenge to the pending Kroger-Albertsons merger.
One convenience retailer has acquired more than 200 stores from a single seller. Food prices dipped a bit in September. But cigarette prices are on the rise.
Kwik Trip is in the midst of a system-wide outage. Walmart is building a milk processing plant. And convenience store acquisition activity just might speed up before year’s end.
The country’s largest drug chains are facing a challenging time. Gas prices are down, but that could change due to conflict in the Middle East. And online grocery orders declined in September.
Amazon has lowered its free grocery delivery threshold. NACS has a new chairman. And grocery employment held relatively flat last month.
A new Retail Leader of the Year has been named by CSP. Rite Aid’s struggles continue. And RaceTrac debuted its first EV charging station.
With the 2023 NACS Show in full swing, c-store retailers are discussing hot topics like retail media networks and acquisition strategy. And, in grocery, it’s a busy time for new store openings.
UNFI has ousted its president. NACS is underway in Atlanta. And Goodwill–yes, that Goodwill–appears to be getting into the grocery business.
Executive changes are afoot at bp and Walgreens. Lottery theft is a growing issue for convenience retailers. And rebranding is underway at Lou Perrine’s Gas & Grocery.
Circle K’s parent is selling dozens of sites. A Southern California grocer will be the foodservice provider for a new network of EV charging stations. And Amazon has a huge opportunity in the grocery space.
Foodservice is playing a key role in boosting c-store traffic. Ahold Delhaize’s CEO is bullish on omnichannel shoppers. And Wawa has big plans for Ohio.
Wawa has big expansion plans for Kentucky. Target is closing stores due to theft. And a c-store distributor is getting into the gasoline distribution business.
Amazon is facing a new lawsuit centered on its alleged anticompetitive practices. Shrink is a growing problem for retailers. And candy sales are hot at c-stores.