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    Deep Dive

    ‘Epic failure:’ Inside the rise and fall of Mountain Express Oil

    The Georgia retailer was growing fast until it went bankrupt and terminated operations. Several former employees say leadership’s financial mishandlings and dysfunctional culture caused its demise.

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    Oak Street exec accused of ‘wrongful conduct’ in Mountain Express case

    The bankruptcy trustee has demanded that Jared Sheiker — Oak Street’s principal and chief of staff — as well as Lamar Frady and Turjo Wadud pay a “minimum of $250 million in damages.”

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    The Ozempic effect is real: Study zeroes in on GLP-1 users’ food needs

    Companies have an opportunity to jump on the snacking needs of this new demographic with products focused on protein, portion size and hydration.

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    Alimentation Couche-Tard makes EV chargers easier to access

    The partnership allows customers to use ChargeHub’s Passport Hub to charge at the convenience retailer’s stores.

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    Del Monte Foods boosts production, distribution of fast-growing bubble tea brand

    Joyba's success comes amid broader momentum in the global bubble tea market, with sales projected to nearly triple to $6.2 billion by 2032. 

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    7-Eleven names several new directors

    Four individuals said they have moved into new roles across the company’s private label, sourcing and project management teams, according to social media posts.

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    The Store to cease operations in July

    Team Schierl sold its sites to Mountain Express in 2022, but now the new owner is ending the current operational agreement.

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    4 candy trends for c-stores to watch right now

    While many customers want their indulgences to be functional, others are focused on nostalgic favorites or innovations from small producers, experts say.

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    Parkland USA is underperforming, leadership says

    The company’s CFO said on Thursday that its U.S. division had a positive quarter in terms of EBITDA but is “behind where we want to be.”

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    Screenshot of a Wawa video.

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    How mascots can make a c-store’s brand more memorable

    An engaging mascot can give retailers a boost in social media, live events, customer engagement and more, experts say.

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    Back to Basics: What builds a good snacking menu?

    Consumers’ demand for specific snack items depends on their mood, time of day and ease of travel, experts said, opening up an array of traffic-boosting innovation opportunities. 

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    TravelCenters of America brings on AtoB’s fleet fuel cards

    Drivers who have the card can receive a fuel discount of 42 cents per gallon every time they fill up.

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    How much did c-store CEOs make in 2023?

    Executives from some of the top publicly traded c-store retailers saw major jumps in their total earnings, while others experienced slight declines.

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    Campaign Trail: Sheetz encourages fans to unleash their inner Freakz

    Consumer ids come to life as red plushies in ads from the c-store retailer that marry value propositions and human truths.

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    For Murphy USA, tobacco is king

    The c-store retailer has made significant gains in the category in recent months thanks to its low-cost structure and promotional activity.

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    Automatic age verification comes to self-checkout

    An AI-driven solution that’s being tested in Germany has eliminated the need for cashier intervention in 80% of age-restricted transactions, manufacturer Diebold Nixdorf said.

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    Rutter’s launches new Mexican burritos

    The c-store retailer continues to beef up its food menu a year after launching its rotating LTO program.

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    7-Eleven launches gaming-themed merch line

    The retailer has partnered with Tetris on co-branded shirts, hats and more for its 7Collection assortment.

  • A photo of a sign in the window of a Foxtrot site. It says "Thanks a lot! As of today, we are closing for the final time. Thank you for the time we had together."
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    Pardon the Disruption: What the sudden loss of Foxtrot and Dom’s means for retail

    Their demise underscores just how difficult it is to bring new, innovative ideas to life in the shadow of large-scale competitors and the grinding need for efficiency.

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    RaceTrac boosts food safety with temperature monitoring tech

    The sensors from Disruptive Technologies can sense anomalies in freezers, refrigerators and hot cases, and generate work orders automatically.

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    RaceTrac brings EV charging to Texas

    With five new chargers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the convenience retailer has grown its charging station count from one to six essentially overnight.

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    Smoker Friendly names new president

    Dan Gallagher, who has been the company’s chief operating officer since 2012, will continue that role as he replaces his brother as president.

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    PDI upgrades c-store software with several new features

    Additions include mobile inventory management, a live fuel pricing feed and custom sustainability recommendations.

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    A fresh look inside a newly remodeled Love’s store

    C-Store Dive visited a site in Virginia that’s part of the chain’s $1 billion renovation program to add new life to its older locations.

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    Is QuikTrip nixing its fuel-less c-store concept?

    The retailer will shutter one of its two existing non-fuel stores next month and it’s unclear if it will continue to invest in these types of locations.