Southwest convenience retailer Cal’s Convenience has named Benjamin Lucky as its new vice president of foodservice, according to a LinkedIn announcement from Lucky.
Lucky said in an interview that he joined Cal’s the first week of October.
In his new role, Lucky is responsible for simplifying processes and procedures; refining Cal’s foodservice menu, including a “heavy” focus on SKU rationalization; pricing and promotions; growing foot traffic and sales; and working with Cal’s manufacturers and distribution partners to advance its food offer.
Many Cal’s Convenience locations feature a Subway, Godfather’s Pizza or Laredo Taco QSR — the latter of which Lucky will specifically be working with, according to the post.
Lucky joins Cal’s from Dash In, the c-store arm of The Wills Group, where he was senior category manager of foodservice and dispensed beverages since 2019. Among the highlights of his time at Dash In was developing the retailer’s trademarked Stackadilla, which is similar to a quesadilla, according to his LinkedIn bio.
Besides Dash In, Lucky has held foodservice leadership roles with several other major convenience retailers and oil companies in the U.S. He was a foodservice project manager for Maverik, foodservice director for Sprint Food Stores, foodservice and dispensed beverage category manager for Murphy Oil, foodservice research and development manager for Arco and foodservice category manager for Chevron.
Lucky has also held foodservice-focused positions outside of the c-store industry. He was manager of foodservice and vending operations for Home Depot for five years, and was a senior category manager with Kroger for two years.
Founded in 2018, Cal’s Convenience operates more than 200 Stripes convenience stores across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.