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State Lotteries Bigger Than Ever
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania lotteries report record-setting profits.
Posted Jul 25, 2014

Retailers’ Association Disappointed by Ruling on Micro Unions
RILA denounces NLRB decision certifying these unions within retail industry.
Posted Jul 24, 2014

Tips for Changes That Lead to Higher Sales
Retail expert offers proven ideas for lasting change.
Posted Jul 23, 2014

Georgia Lottery Hits Record Profits for Education Programs
State lottery has raised more than $15.5 billion for education programs since 1993.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

As E-Cig Sales Slide, Tobacco Pins Hopes on Marketing
Brands meanwhile, struggle against generic veporizers.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Indiana C- Stores Continue Fight to Sell Cold Beer
Convenience store association appeals ruling that upheld state monopoly on cold beer sales.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

7-Eleven Increases Franchise Discounts for Military Veterans
Discount on franchise fees affirms company’s longtime support for veterans.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Has the Bubble Burst? Bubble Gum, That Is.
Gum sales continue to decline, as mints steal market share.
Posted Jul 16, 2014

The Art of Negotiating Lower Credit Card Processing Fees
NACS can help savvy merchants negotiate better rates.
Posted Jul 16, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Expo Unites Asian-American Retailers With Vendors
3,000 retailers attend regional event, building community — and negotiating deals.
Posted Jul 15, 2014

Cold Winter Weather Causes Summertime Fishing Woes
From Walmart to mom-and-pop shops, stores are running out of nightcrawlers, frustrating anglers and retailers alike.
Posted Jul 14, 2014

Family Dollar Branches Into Beer and Wine
Strong sales at Family Dollar test markets lead to nationwide expansion of beer and wine sales.
Posted Jul 11, 2014

C-Stores Are Oases in a Food Desert
Atlantic City’s neighborhood convenience stores can be a port in a storm during bad weather and good.
Posted Jul 10, 2014

Retail Growler Fills Begin in Arkansas
Fifteen retailers set to start selling growlers, in a win-win for retailers and brewers.
Posted Jul 9, 2014

As Millions Vape, E-Cigarette Researchers Count Puffs
More than 45 FDA-funded studies expected to provide data to assist in developing e-cigarette policy.
Posted Jul 8, 2014

Mixed Feelings as Washington State Prepares for Pot
Marijuana retailers and processors scrambling to get ready for first day of sales.
Posted Jul 8, 2014

Walmart Express Eyes Texas
Retailer announces plans for stores in small towns around East Texas, with mixed reactions.
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Twelve States Plan for Minimum Wage Increase
Over the next several years, 12 states will raise their minimum wage rates to at least $9 or more per hour.
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Don’t Call Cube a Convenience Store
New drive-thru concept wants to be a ‘neighborhood concierge.’
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Big Plans for Food Spending This Holiday Weekend
Retailer survey estimates $6.2 billion to be spent on food and snacks over July Fourth.
Posted Jul 3, 2014

June Auto Sales Unexpectedly Strong
Estimates could place 2014 sales at highest in eight years.
Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur Forming in Atlantic
Storm could become a hurricane, reaching North Carolina’s coast before the holiday weekend.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Convenience, High Costs, With Washington’s Liquor Privatization
Washington State residents and businesses praise options, but lament higher costs and competition since privatizing liquor sales.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Nestlé U.S. Chief Looks for Brands to Fix or Toss
Company slashes number of product variations, gives Lean Cuisine brand a makeover.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

GDP Fell, and Is Rising Again
Latest figures are a mixed bag, with increased consumer confidence but concerns over economic indicators.
Posted Jul 1, 2014

America's Oil Weapon: The Automobile
Increased domestic production of fuel-efficient vehicles, combined with decreased travel, cushions impact of oil prices.
Posted Jul 1, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law
Minimum wage rate increases from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017.
Posted Jun 30, 2014

New York City Loses Final Appeal to Ban Large Sodas
State court of appeals decision supports lower court rulings that city’s ban overreached its authority.
Posted Jun 27, 2014

Supreme Court Issues Opinion Invalidating Obama’s Recess Appointments
Retail Industry Leaders Association applauds ruling.
Posted Jun 27, 2014

Seattle Employers Worry Over Effects of $15 Minimum Wage
Businesses already factoring higher wage costs into their planning, but answers aren’t easy.
Posted Jun 26, 2014

Paper or Air: An Anlysis of Restroom Hand-Drying Solutions
Electric devices gain on paper towels, but is it all hot air?
Posted Jun 26, 2014

Quality Service, Not Prices, Creates Loyalty
Gallup report says people, not deals and lower prices, are the real differentiators for retailers.
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Taking Drugstores to the Next Level
New Walgreens flagship in in Chicago and redesigned Beverly Hills Rite-Aid showcase sleek designs and fresh food.
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Brick and Mortar Stores Benefit from Tech Innovation
Success is in store for retailers embracing technology.
Posted Jun 20, 2014

Franchise Association Wants Franchisees Treated as Small Businesses
Organization requests removal of discriminatory provision in Chicago’s minimum wage bill.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Judge Rejects Challenge to Indiana Cold Beer Law
Law forbidding sale of cold beer at convenience and grocery stores will remain.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Tennessee Health Officials Strengthen Stance on E-Cigarettes
Posters placed throughout state buildings display e-cigarette warnings.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Marijuana Tax Collections Booming in Colorado
New source of tax revenue brings in about $5 million in taxes each month.
Posted Jun 17, 2014

Drive-Thru Convenience Store Comes to Delaware
Nearly 3,000-square-foot store offers same inventory as traditional convenience store.
Posted Jun 16, 2014

Delaware Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
New law treats sale and purchase of e-cigarettes same as regular tobacco.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

The Grocery Store of the Future
Trends such as 'hyper-showrooming' and 'micro-personalization' and ‘lifestyle advisors’ are coming.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Top Six Business Start-Up Ideas of Summer
Car washes top the list, along with ice cream trucks and landscapers.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

May Consumer Spending Shows Healthy Year-Over-Year Growth
Improved weather and greater demand may account for growth.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Minimum Wage Increases Expanding to Nebraska and Vermont
Nebraskans hope to place $9 per hour wage on November ballot, while Vermont approves incremental increases to $10.10.
Posted Jun 12, 2014

QuickChek Reducing Coffee Prices for Summer
In a climate of increased coffee prices due to global shortage, convenience retailer touts discounts.
Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dollar General Opening Stores in Three New States
Stores will open in Maine and Rhode Island this fall, Oregon in early 2015.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Soda Taxes a Hot Topic at National Soda Summit
Last week’s event included one Connecticut member of Congress calling for a federal soda tax.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Could ATM Fees Be a Thing of the Past?
Company offers free ATM use in exchange for watching advertising.
Posted Jun 6, 2014

“Disrupter” Startup Promises Delivery in Under an Hour
Postmates expands its service to Silicon Valley and Austin.
Posted Jun 6, 2014

California Approves Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks
If passed in the State Assembly, the law would make California the first state to require such labeling.
Posted Jun 4, 2014

Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage
Rate will be highest in nation, but franchise organizations threaten lawsuit.
Posted Jun 4, 2014

U.S. Factories Expanded in May
Revised report shows manufacturing strength.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

Credit and Debit Swipe Fees Are Killing Small Businesses
Opinion piece urges Congress to act in support of small businesses.
Posted Jun 2, 2014

Minnesota Governor to Decide Fate of Online Lottery Ticket Ban
State legislature passed ban of online sales, but Governor considers veto.
Posted Jun 2, 2014

Alcohol Delivery Comes to the Nation’s Capital
New Ultra delivery service promises spirits in under an hour, with plans to launch in eight more cities.
Posted May 30, 2014

Michigan Boosts Minimum Wage Rate
Hourly wage rate will gradually increase to $9.25 per hour by 2018.
Posted May 29, 2014

Supply Chains and the Bottom Line
Ingredient traceability has an immediate effect on consumer decision-making.
Posted May 28, 2014

Pennsylvania Liquor Fight Inspires Big Spending
Wide variety of organizations lobbying legislature in advance of alcohol sale privatization.
Posted May 28, 2014

Craft Beer Industry Siphons Profits of ‘Big Beer’
Across the country, states are struggling with how to categorize — and regulate — small brewers.
Posted May 28, 2014

NOAA Predicts Normal to Below-Normal Hurricane Season
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts one to two major hurricanes this year.
Posted May 27, 2014

Michigan Retailer Tackles Fresh-Food Void
7-Eleven operator is bringing more healthy options in hopes of filling a void in the Saginaw area.
Posted May 27, 2014

California Comes Closer to Sugar Warnings on Beverages
State Senate could vote this week on legislation to place a warning on some sweetened beverages.
Posted May 27, 2014

Southern and Western States Have Fastest-Growing Cities
Three of the top 10 are in the Austin area and Utah also shows strong growth.
Posted May 23, 2014

Summer Road-Trippers Seek Out Fast Food, Prone to Snack Attacks
Survey from Outcast pump TV network shows their demographic travels more and with more passengers.
Posted May 23, 2014

San Diego County Adds E-Cigs to Smoking Ban
Wherever smoking is prohibited in the county, electronic cigarettes cannot be used, either.
Posted May 23, 2014

New Jersey Considers Taxing E-Cigarettes as Traditional Cigarettes
Legislation also would expand the cigarette tax to cigars and other tobacco products.
Posted May 21, 2014

New Store Productivity Rankings Released
Apple, Murphy USA, Tiffany & Co. top eMarketer’s list of most productive stores measured by sales per square foot.
Posted May 20, 2014

Dutch Invention Encourages Smokers to Throw Away Butts
“Fumo” may be the fun new solution to eliminate cigarette litter.
Posted May 20, 2014

Powerball, Mega Millions Coming Soon to Wyoming
Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting retailer applications this week.
Posted May 19, 2014

Americans Primed for Travel This Summer
Convenience store owners express optimism about vacation spending.
Posted May 16, 2014

BP Introduces ‘To Go’ Convenience Store Makeover Kit
Flexible new image components provide a new look for convenience stores.
Posted May 15, 2014

Hiring Goes Mobile
Mobile platforms offer new tools for hiring, training and retaining Millennial employees.
Posted May 13, 2014

U-Haul Partners With California Convenience Stores
California store serves as one-stop shop for moving needs.
Posted May 13, 2014

Publix to Open Smaller Store Concept in Florida
A 20,000-square-foot store is reportedly in the works for seaside communities and college areas.
Posted May 12, 2014

Tim Hortons Lays Foundation for U.S. Growth
New products being developed to appeal to American food preferences.
Posted May 12, 2014

What’s In a Name?
Brewers aren’t the only ones grappling with the definition of “craft” beverages.
Posted May 12, 2014

C-Store Denies Service to Customers With Saggy Pants
“Numerous males come in with their underwear showing.”
Posted May 12, 2014

Putting Google Glass to the Test
Operators explore ways to leverage the tech giant’s latest innovation.
Posted May 9, 2014

Buc-ee's Opens New Mega Convenience Store
The 60,000-square-foot convenience store features 56 fueling stations.
Posted May 8, 2014

San Diego Wants E-Cigarettes to Follow Tobacco Product Rules
The measure, which would prohibit usage of electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is banned, goes to a second vote this month.
Posted May 8, 2014

NJ Governor Resorts to E-Cigarette Tax to Plug Deficit
Facing a $1 billion shortfall, tax would generate an estimated $35 million for the state.
Posted May 6, 2014

Whole Foods Eyes Smaller Format Stores for Urban Growth
Grocery store chain plans to expand network with 1,000 new stores.
Posted May 5, 2014

Coffee Prices Expected to Soar Still Higher
Prices have already doubled since December, with real threat looming for 2015.
Posted May 5, 2014

Poll Shows Ohioans Favorable to Higher Tobacco Tax
Governor’s proposal would increase state cigarette tax by 60 cents per pack.
Posted May 2, 2014

Chicago Partially Bans Plastic Bags
Exemptions approved for mom-and-pop retailers, restaurants and others.
Posted May 2, 2014

Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10
Increase will take effect gradually over the next four years.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

House Lawmakers Ask Drugstores to Toss Tobacco
Group of members urge stores to follow CVS’s example and phase out tobacco products.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Proposed Illinois Soft Drink Tax Likely to Go Flat
Potential one cent per ounce tax drifting unaddressed in committee.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Colorado Smoking Accessory Stores Move Into New Markets
Longtime smoking purveyor is making aggressive move into cannabis accessories.
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Louisiana House Passes Bill Outlawing E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
If passed into law, legislation could be first to regulate growing industry.
Posted Apr 28, 2014

A Plastic Bag-Free Future?
Across the country, more communities are banning single-use plastic bags.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

Massachusetts Town Increases Tobacco Buying Age to 21
City lawmakers include electronic cigarettes in the prohibition.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

Lawmakers Struggle With Eliminating E-Lottery Sales
Closing the lottery’s online sales would affect $8 million in revenues and costs.
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Try to Overhaul State Liquor System
Many are hopeful that 2014 will see the end of state-controlled alcohol.
Posted Apr 23, 2014

St. Louis Turns to Convenience Stores as Supermarkets Close
City officials are looking into ways to help “food desert” areas offer residents access to food.
Posted Apr 23, 2014

Thinking Outside the Convenience Store Box
Retailers are exploring new ways to bring in business.
Posted Apr 23, 2014

Hannaford to Enlarge Curbside Service
The supermarket chain wants to expand its pickup service to some New York localities.
Posted Apr 23, 2014

North Carolina Retailers Target Area Food Deserts
Convenience store owners are leveraging funding to sell healthier foods in area convenience stores.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

TravelCenters of America Offers Free Wi-Fi
Complimentary service will be available in 39 TA Petro stores.
Posted Apr 21, 2014

New York Senator Pushes $15 Minimum Wage
State Senator Daniel Squadron says chains such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are not passing on higher profits to their employees.
Posted Apr 18, 2014

Wyoming Lottery Holds Workshops for Retailers
Nine workshops are being held over the next two weeks for retailers in the state that want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
Posted Apr 18, 2014

Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling
Measure would make Vermont the first state to require labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Posted Apr 17, 2014

New Jersey Legislators Question Raising E-Cigarettes Taxes
Lawmakers argue that raising the tax on electronic cigarettes would impact smokers who are trying to quit tobacco products.
Posted Apr 17, 2014

Florida Craft Brewers Fighting Three-Tier System
A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their products to a distributor is causing a beer war in the Florida Legislature.
Posted Apr 17, 2014

Coca-Cola Offers Ideas to Jumpstart C-Store Business
The company is offering retailers a free eBooklet, adding vitaminwater® to beverage dispensers and is addressing the importance of clean ice makers.
Posted Apr 16, 2014

New York County Raises Tobacco and E-Cigarette Purchasing Age
Suffolk County officials maintain their municipality is the first in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes (along with tobacco products) to 21.
Posted Apr 16, 2014

Paper Versus Plastic Foam
Paper versus plastic shopping bags sees its fair share of debate, but what about paper versus plastic foam beverage cups?
Posted Apr 14, 2014

Hy-Vee Opens Smaller Format Store
The grocery chain is tapping into the trend of large retail chains going from big footprints to smaller square footage.
Posted Apr 14, 2014

Did Convenience Stores Kill the Hotel Minibar?
That’s the claim of a Hong Kong hotel manager at least, but the fact is hotel minibars are on the decline.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

Maryland Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Hike
The governor is expected to sign the bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.
Posted Apr 9, 2014

New York Attorney General Sues FedEx for Shipping Illegal Cigarettes
Eric Schneiderman announced a $70 million lawsuit against FedEx for illegally shipping 80 million untaxed cigarettes to consumers.
Posted Apr 7, 2014

Iowa Retailers Encourage Age-Restricted Sales for E-Cigarettes
“As retailers, our members have an important role to play in preventing under-age access to e-cigarettes," says Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Posted Mar 31, 2014

Connecticut Passes $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Nutmeg State becomes the nation’s first to cross the $10 minimum wage threshold.
Posted Mar 28, 2014

Smokers’ Rights Group Sues New York City Over E-Cigarette Ban
Group claims the city’s ban violates the “one subject” rule of the city charter because it addresses both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Posted Mar 28, 2014

States Seek to Stem Tide of Cigarette Smuggling
Illegal smokes are being transported up and down the East Coast’s I-95, nicknamed Tobacco Road.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Navy Considers Tobacco Sales Ban
The move would eliminate the sale of tobacco on all Naval ships and bases.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Chicago Retailers Propose Paper Bag Tax
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association wants the City Council’s consideration of a plastic bag ban to be accompanied by a nickel or dime tax on paper bags.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Sour on Sugary Beverage Tax
State lawmakers fail to embrace a tax that would impose a penny-per-ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Posted Mar 25, 2014

Bill to Limit Online Lottery Sales Advances in Minnesota Senate
Legislators seek to do away with online scratch-off games, which launched last month.
Posted Mar 25, 2014

Growlers, Beer Sampling Come Before Florida Legislature
An old Prohibition-era packaging law in Florida allows for 32-ounce and gallon-sized growlers but not 64-ounce growlers.
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Colorado Legislature Denies Higher Tobacco Buying Age
A House committee scrapped a measure to increase the tobacco buying age to 21.
Posted Mar 21, 2014

San Francisco Restricts E-Cigarette Sales
Electronic cigarettes will come under the city’s current tobacco laws.
Posted Mar 21, 2014

QSR Protests Rally Around ‘Wage Theft’
Attendance dropped significantly as protestors pressed for resolution of alleged wage violations and a higher minimum wage.
Posted Mar 21, 2014

Louisiana Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
The bill would also require e-cigarettes to be moved behind the counter in businesses that serve customers under the age of 18.
Posted Mar 20, 2014

Walmart, Target Back Legislation to Sell Liquor in Florida
The big discount chains are supporting a bill that would let supermarkets stock spirits.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

State AGs Urge Drug Stores to Halt Tobacco Sales
New York and Ohio AGs lead effort to ask Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger to follow CVS’s lead.
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Walmart Opens New C-store
The new Walmart to Go has a soft opening over the weekend.
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
The Wisconsin-based convenience store chain, along with Dannon and Del Monte, announced new commitments aimed at ending childhood obesity.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

Study Casts Doubt on Soda Tax Idea
A new report found that beverage taxes won’t cure obesity because people would shift sugar intake to other sources.
Posted Mar 14, 2014

Ohio Governor Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike
Increase would pay for expected income tax revenue loss.
Posted Mar 13, 2014

Walmart Accelerates Opening of Smaller Format Stores
Walmart CFO sees an opportunity for “hundreds, if not thousands” of Express and Neighborhood Market stores.
Posted Mar 13, 2014

Wisconsin Lawmakers Mull Creation of Beer Commission
Commission would promote, market and advertise Wisconsin products, making Wisconsin the “Napa Valley of craft brewing.”
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Reasons Why Wawa Rates With Customers
Customers from Wawa-inhabited towns say what they love about the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.
Posted Mar 10, 2014

Missouri Lottery Tests Ticket Sales at ATMs
A new partnership at select convenience stores in St. Louis and Kansas City allows customers to access lottery games and potential winnings.
Posted Mar 10, 2014

Los Angeles Passes Stiff E-Cigarette Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to ban cigarettes in most work places, many public places, and 21-and-over establishments.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

Grocery Stores Opening in South Bend Food Deserts
Two grocery stores are opening in South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame and no fewer than seven food deserts.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Wine Bill
When the governor signs the measure, voters could have the opportunity to okay wine in their community grocery stores.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Utah Quashes Bill to Increase Smoking Age
Senators voted against the measure to raise the legal age from 19 to 21.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Berkeley Floats Soda Tax
The City Council will ask voters whether they would support a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

Walmart Express Takes On Dollar Stores
Mass retailer is planning to open up to 300 new Walmart Express small format stores this fiscal year.
Posted Feb 25, 2014

Colorado, Utah Moving Forward With Raising Smoking Age to 21
Both states face several more rounds of votes before the measures become law.
Posted Feb 25, 2014

FDA Issues First Orders to Halt Sale of Tobacco Products
The FDA has ordered a stop to the sale of four cigarette products made by Jash International, marking the first time the agency has exercised this type of authority under the Tobacco Control Act.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

CokeSolutions.com Adds New Business Insights
The Coca-Cola Company’s website continues to add new business tools and resources for convenience retailers.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

New Missouri Game Offers Top Prize of a Quarter of a Million Dollars
A new Missouri Lottery Draw Game will offer players three games with nine chances to win on a single ticket and a top prize of $250,000 cash.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

We Card Helps Retailers Understand FDA Requirements
Complying with agency rules on ensuring that minors aren’t granted access to tobacco can be tricky.
Posted Feb 21, 2014

Nestlé USA Voluntarily Recalls Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese
The company issued the recall after the Rancho Feeding Corporation announced its own recall of meat products.
Posted Feb 21, 2014

New York Retailers Help Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco
The New York Association of Convenience Stores is commending neighborhood retail stores for a record-high level of preventing underage tobacco sales.
Posted Feb 20, 2014

State Senator Starts Push for Soda Tax in Illinois
The new proposal would tack on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugared drinks.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Minnesota Revisits Bottle, Can Deposit
One suggestion would have consumers pay the dime deposit at retail, then recycle the empties at redemption centers.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Kansas Bill Would Triple Cigarette Tax
Lawmakers propose raising the cigarette tax from $.79 to $2.29 per pack while increasing the tax on OTP from 10% to 78%.
Posted Feb 18, 2014

Making a Case for Cold Beer
Indiana retailers are getting their day in court as the fight to sell cold beer continues.
Posted Feb 17, 2014

New Haven Mayor Pushes Connecticut Soda Tax
The former state senator is proposing a 2% tax on soft drinks across the state.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Hawaii Considers Taxing E-Cigarettes
One bill would add a whopping 85% wholesale tax on electronic cigarette devices.
Posted Feb 12, 2014

Minnesota’s Online Lottery Enjoys Soft Rollout
While Minnesota residents have been able to purchase lotto tickets online for several years, Spicy 7’s is the first instant online game.
Posted Feb 11, 2014

New Teen Anti-Smoking Campaign Launches
The FDA’s educational effort aims to stop at-risk teenagers from smoking.
Posted Feb 5, 2014

San Francisco Again Considers a Soda Tax
City lawmakers will introduce legislation that would add a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on energy drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks.
Posted Feb 5, 2014

Navajos Impose Tax on Junk Food
The Navajo Nation voted last week to tax soft drinks and fatty snacks at 7%, while nuts, and fresh vegetables and fruits will not be taxed.
Posted Feb 5, 2014

Colorado Lawmakers Seeking to Ban Teen Smoking
The proposal would increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Posted Feb 4, 2014

FAA Says ‘No’ to Beer Drone
Local Minnesota brewer is prohibited from delivering cold brews to ice fishermen via drone.
Posted Feb 4, 2014

Rutter’s Enhances Mobile App, Links With PA Lottery
Customers can redeem exclusive lottery offers and view the day’s winning lottery numbers.
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Tedeschi Food Shops Gives Sharon Store a Makeover
The remodeled store is open to the public, featuring a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior.
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Walmart Tests Grocery Pick-Up Option
Walmart To Go is offering Denver-area customers an option to pick-up their online order.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

Massachusetts Lottery Seeks Online Trial
Lottery officials are seeking to test online gambling, a move that has lottery retailers uneasy.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

Tennessee Convenience Stores Seek Inclusion on Wine Bill
Expanding wine sales in Tennessee should go beyond just supermarkets, the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association maintains.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

Energy Drink Sales Ban Proposed in Los Angeles
The bill seeks to prohibit minors in Los Angels from purchasing energy drinks.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

Colorado Bill Would Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The measure would include all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Posted Jan 29, 2014

New York 7-Eleven Stores Win Support With Amenities
The convenience store chain has been working hard to please New Yorkers with its extras, such as Amazon Lockers and digital key copy machines.
Posted Jan 29, 2014

Mississippi Craft Brewers Look to Sell Onsite
Distributors sharply oppose the move, citing significant existing costs to distribute craft beer across the state.
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Arizona Lottery Reports Strong Mid-Year Results
Lottery sales are pacing 7.8% over the previous fiscal year.
Posted Jan 27, 2014

Maryland Governor Pushes for Minimum Wage Hike
In his last State of the State address, Gov. Martin O’Malley talked about raising the state’s minimum wage as his top priority.
Posted Jan 24, 2014

Schumer Proposes Tax Cut for NY Craft Brewers
The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce (BREW) Act would cut the state’s current excise tax rate of $7 per barrel to $3.50, applying to the first 60,000 barrels brewed each year.
Posted Jan 23, 2014

Nevada County Contemplates Banning Plastic Bags
The California locality would be following the lead of nearby Truckee, which approved a similar ban last fall.
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Target Pilots Its Smallest Store Yet
The discount store wants to bring in younger, urban shoppers.
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Appeals Court Keeps Kentucky Liquor Ban
The judges ruled that the state could still prohibit the sale of alcohol at retail locations that receive 10% of sales from gasoline or groceries.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

Oregon Proposal Would Allow Distilled Spirits on Supermarket Shelves
The bill has an uphill battle from opponents who feel liquor doesn’t belong in a grocery store.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

Minnesota’s Cigarette Loss Is North Dakota’s Gain
Cigarette border bleed is pronounced between Minnesota and North Dakota, the result of a $2.39 state tax differential.
Posted Jan 16, 2014

Chicago Comes Closer to Indoor E-Cigarette Ban
The city council approved a plan that would prohibit the smoking of electronic cigarettes inside public places.
Posted Jan 15, 2014

Pig Disease Could Send Pork Prices Skyward
The virus, which kills young hogs, has been rolling through U.S. pig farms.
Posted Jan 15, 2014

West Virginia Slowly Lifts Water Restrictions
Thousands more residents can safely use their tap water after a chemical leaked into the supply.
Posted Jan 15, 2014

Wyoming Lottery to Launch This Summer
Powerball and Mega Millions are coming soon to the Cowboy State.
Posted Jan 14, 2014

Opponents Scrutinize Minnesota’s Online Lottery Plans
The state-run lottery is expanding online options to include electronic versions of scratch-off games.
Posted Jan 13, 2014

Raising Cigarette Taxes Harms Poor
An op-ed discusses better alternatives to lowering smoking rates than raising taxes.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

Tennessee May Consider Medical Marijuana Sales
A proposal would legalize the sale of medical marijuana under strict rules.
Posted Jan 8, 2014

Higher Cigarette Taxes Harm C-Stores
Jim Tudor of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores argues that raising cigarette taxes harms retailers and leads to an increase in black market activity.
Posted Jan 7, 2014

New York State Looking to Ease Marijuana Restrictions
Governor Cuomo is expected to bypass the Legislature in approving the use of medical marijuana in New York State.
Posted Jan 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Ditches Lottery Privatization Bid
Gov. Tom Corbett announced this week that he would not be pushing his plan to hand over management of the lottery to an outside firm.
Posted Jan 2, 2014

2014 Brings Higher State Gas Taxes, Minimum Wage
Happy New Year? Upwards of 40,000 ordinances and resolutions passed during the 2013 state sessions just went into effect.
Posted Jan 2, 2014

Boston Cracks Down on Tobacco in Public Parks
The city has banned smoking and vaporizing of tobacco and marijuana in any city park.
Posted Jan 2, 2014

Denver Doles Out Recreational Marijuana Sales Licenses
More than 30 Denver businesses have been approved to sell recreational marijuana, which will legally begin in Colorado on January 1.
Posted Dec 30, 2013

Report Card Time: Best Buy’s Showrooming Campaign
An October campaign that embraced showrooming led to increased traffic, but little change in purchasing behavior, an analytics company claims.
Posted Dec 27, 2013

Late Surge in Holiday Web Buying
However, increased activity catches UPS and retailers off-guard, resulting in broken delivery promises.
Posted Dec 27, 2013

Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban Begins January 1
No more single-use plastic bags will be available at stores with more than 10,000 square feet, but customers can buy paper bags at a dime apiece.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

San Francisco Poised to Ban Bottled Water
The city council introduced a proposal that would halt the sale of plastic water bottles on public property.
Posted Dec 24, 2013

Hawaii County Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
The county is the first in Hawaii to have a higher age for buying tobacco.
Posted Dec 24, 2013

Quincy Continues Food Sale Ban at Gasoline Stations
The City Council considered changing the decades-old ordinance but decided to keep the status quo.
Posted Dec 24, 2013

Tennessee Gears for Wine Fight in 2014
The battle to have grocery and convenience stores sell wine will once again commence in January.
Posted Dec 24, 2013

New York City Bans Foam Foodservice Containers and E-Cigarette Use
The New York City Council has effectively banned foam foodservice containers and extended a ban on public smoking to include electronic cigarettes.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Aldi to Boost U.S. Presence by 50%
Expansion plans into new markets could result in 650 new stores in the United States by 2018.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Backlash Against Electronic Cigarettes Continues
With Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City thinking about bans and health advocates questioning the safety, electronic cigarettes may face an uphill battle next year.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Oregon Supermarkets Push for Alcohol Privatization
The Oregonians for Competition want to bring the issue before voters.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

Five Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation
Leverage web tools to manage your online presence quickly and easily.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

Amazon.com Opens Up a Pantry
Sources tell USA Today that Pantry, a new venture by Amazon.com, will directly compete with Sam’s Club and Costco.
Posted Dec 16, 2013

Quincy Gas Stations May Get to Sell Food
Local legislators could overturn a 41-year-old city law that bans gas stations from selling food.
Posted Dec 16, 2013

Indian Tribes, States Pursue Online Gambling
A tribe in rural California expects to launch the country’s first tribal online gambling effort later this month.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

White Castle Sliding Into Modern Day
A redesigned Columbus restaurant combines touch-screen ordering and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

Blowing Smoke?
A new report finds that many states have not used anti-smoking funds for that purpose.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

Dollar General Posts Strong Cigarette Sales
Tobacco sales have helped Dollar General grow its Q3 sales by more than 10% over the same period last year.
Posted Dec 10, 2013

New York Considers Public Ban on Electronic Cigarettes
The city council held a hearing this week to determine whether or not such a prohibition should be enacted.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Giant Eagle Launches Market District Express
The hybrid that combines a convenience store’s small format with an upscale grocery store’s products has opened in Pennsylvania.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Companies Seek Friends to Keep You Healthy
Social networking pressure helps employees take better care of themselves.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

Kroger Tests Turkey Hill Minit Market Convenience Stores in Central Ohio
Kroger is out to prove that it can successfully cross several retail segments to meet shopper demand.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

NY County Lawmaker Eyes Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The Suffolk County legislator will introduce legislation in January to up the age adults can buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

Walmart Ready to Test Convenience Store Concept
A new Walmart convenience store under construction in Bentonville will be about one-fifth the size of an Express store and offer fuel.
Posted Nov 25, 2013

Tennessee Raceway Store Adds Growler Fill Station
The Full Tank growler station inside a Raceway convenience store is now offering customers a local selection of craft beers.
Posted Nov 25, 2013

The Life is good Company Unveils New Retail Concept
Located at Patriot Place, the store features a lounge area and a coffee bar.
Posted Nov 25, 2013

Post Office Partners With Staples
The U.S. Postal Service will test centers in 82 locations.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Los Angeles Launches Reusable Tote Campaign
With the plastic bag ban scheduled to start Jan. 1, city officials are trying to work with groups to hand out free reusable bags.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Soda Grows Up
Craft soft drinks are riding a wave of bubbles.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Soda Tax Surfaces in San Francisco
A second and very similar tax on sugary beverages has been unveiled for the city of San Francisco.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Building a Better Drive Thru
McDonald’s is looking to speed up service at its drive-thrus.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Big Apple Changes Smoking Age
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off on bill that bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Cherokee Nation OKs New Tobacco Compact With Oklahoma
New compact is considered a win-win for the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

FreshDirect to Launch Private-Label Groceries
Online grocer plans to offer up to 150 private-label products by the end of next year.
Posted Nov 20, 2013

Chicago’s Cigarette Tax Hike Sailing Through Committees
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 75-cent cigarette tax hike is plowing through its opposition.
Posted Nov 20, 2013

Missouri Proposal Allows Cities to Set Independent Tobacco Tax Rates
Measure would restore the state’s tobacco taxing structure to pre-1993, when local governments were allowed to set their own tobacco taxes.
Posted Nov 20, 2013

Thorntons Volunteers to Help Disabled
Also, Pinnacle joined Habitat for Humanity to build a home.
Posted Nov 19, 2013

Oregon Might Allow Grocery Store Liquor Sales
While a privatization proposal didn’t gain traction last year, this hybrid model might win approval on both sides.
Posted Nov 19, 2013

Electronic Cigarettes Pop Up in Schools
New CDC research suggests that e-cigarette use among teens is on the rise.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Circle K Prototype Coming to San Jacinto
The new flagship convenience store will debut in Southern California, featuring fresh foods and a state-of-the-art car wash.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

GATE Foundation Supports Breast Cancer Research
The retailer’s 72 convenience stores raised $77,000 through pink ribbon sales during October.
Posted Nov 15, 2013

Small Businesses Struggling with the ACA
A new survey reveals 27% of franchise businesses have already replaced full-time employees with part-time workers to avoid requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Posted Nov 14, 2013

The Growing Threat of Contraband Tobacco
In New York, a handful of federal and state officials are fighting a tough battle against illegal cigarettes.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

Black Thursday?
Turkey can wait. Yet another major retailer — Best Buy — will open its stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Posted Nov 12, 2013

New Jersey Votes for Higher Minimum Wage
The state’s minimum wage will jump a dollar on Jan. 1 to reach $8.25.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

GMA Praises Washington State for Rejecting GMO Labeling Proposal
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is pleased that Washington voters rejected a proposal that would have required labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

Starbucks Focuses on Hiring Vets, Military Spouses
Coffee giant intends to support at least 10,000 hires in five years.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

Einstein Bros. Bagels Expanding Non-Traditional Format
Bagel chain continues to grow its brand on college campuses, airports, medical centers and other high-traffic locations.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

Op-Ed Details Impact of Chicago’s Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
The vice president of the 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland points out the potential impact of a proposed cigarette tax increase.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

The Vanishing Video Store
Blockbuster to shut its remaining U.S. stores while discontinuing its DVD-by-mail service.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

District of Columbia Considers Higher Tobacco Purchase Age
Legislation introduced yesterday would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

Georgia Retailers File Suit Against State for Video Poker Profit Sharing
The convenience stores' owners claim a new law eats into their proceeds from video poker machines.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

New Jersey and Convenience Stores: Perfect Together
Convenience store chains in New Jersey are attracted by a demographic that is time-starved and looking for convenience.
Posted Nov 5, 2013

New York City Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
The city council also voted to set a $10.50 per pack minimum price for cigarettes.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

California Lawmakers Propose Sugary Beverage Tax
Competing proposals by San Francisco lawmakers seek a two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Best Buy Embraces Showrooming
Putting on a confident front, the electronics chain encourages shoppers to visit the “Ultimate Holiday Showroom.”
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Missouri Governor Abandons Plan to Cut Food Stamps
Governor Nixon announced his withdrawal of proposed rule to modify the state's waiver under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Judges Mull Keeping SNAP Payments Secret
A newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how much participating retailers receive from SNAP purchases.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Award $10,000 Golden Ticket
A loyal customer in New Castle, Delaware, walked away with the top prize from the summer contest.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Coke to Launch High-End Fashion Line
Jackets and vests with price tags up to $1,650 will debut in select boutiques around the world.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

eBay Expands Same-Day Delivery; Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum
Just in time for the holidays, eBay expands its same-day delivery service, while Amazon raises the purchase minimum for free shipping.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

Massachusetts Tobacco Tax Fuels Smuggling
Tobacco industry officials talked to a state panel about the unintended consequences of the new tobacco taxes.
Posted Oct 23, 2013

Retailers Hope Low Gas Prices Mean More Spending
After four consecutive months of increasing consumer pessimism, November could be a turning point if the price of crude oil remains steady.
Posted Oct 21, 2013

Walmart Outlines ‘Ecosystem’ Approach
The retail giant says its path to growth will rely on an ecosystem of meeting all three kinds of consumer trips: stock-up, grocery and convenience shopping.
Posted Oct 21, 2013

Vast Majority of Iowa Retailers Keep Tobacco Away From Minors
A new report found that 93% of Iowa stores that sell tobacco don’t allow minors to buy it.
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts to Open 1,000 New Stores in California
The donut chain is offering special development incentives to qualifying franchisee candidates.
Posted Oct 17, 2013

Baltimore Grocer Closes Due to Higher Bottle Tax
Santoni’s Supermarket shut its doors three years after the city’s nickel bottle tax went into effect.
Posted Oct 16, 2013

Olympia Passes Ban on Plastic Bags
The Washington state city joins other nearby jurisdictions in enacting the prohibition.
Posted Oct 11, 2013

Government Shutdown Halts South Carolina Craft Beer Boom
Approvals of brewery licenses and labels are on hold until the federal shutdown ends, with South Carolina’s fledgling craft beer industry taking the hit.
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Detroit Police Chief Targeting C-Stores to Clean Up Their Businesses
Police Chief James Craig wants to create a “model businesses” program for gas stations and convenience stores in an effort to reduce crime.
Posted Oct 8, 2013

NYC Restaurants Perfecting the Art of Food Delivery
New York City restaurants expand the delivery concept far beyond the home, reaching customers in their cars, parks, and even competing restaurants.
Posted Oct 8, 2013

Judge Halts Enforcement of NY Surcharge Regulation
The state law penalized retailers if they added a fee for credit card payments.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Stripes Convenience Stores Annual Turf + Surf Event Raises More Than $525,000
The funds will benefit 38 United Way agencies across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Four States Want to Give Franchise Owners More Power
Lawmakers in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are looking to provide more leverage to franchise retailers.
Posted Oct 2, 2013

Corner Store Kicks Off Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
The month-long campaign will benefit 32 Children’s Hospitals.
Posted Oct 2, 2013

Traffic Jams Building at Drive-Thrus
A new study suggests that fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower.
Posted Oct 1, 2013

Wisconsin Legislator Calls for Tobacco Tax Equality
A bill by state Rep. Garey Bies would tax all tobacco products the same in an effort to deter youth smoking.
Posted Sep 30, 2013

Minnesota Sees Fewer Cigarettes Sold, but Higher Tax Revenue
The state’s cigarette tax increased in July, causing a drop in cigarette sales.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Large Jackpots Spur In-Store Sales
For retailers selling lottery tickets, a big score can move merchandise.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

U.S. Government Misplaces 420 Million Cigarettes
Government officials misused roughly $162 million in profits from undercover stings of illegal tobacco sales and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes.
Posted Sep 26, 2013

Kentucky City May Ban Overnight Beer Sales
As a debate over extending the late-night sale of liquor rages, some are calling for tighter restrictions on selling beer.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Alaska City Could Repeal Plastic Bag Ban
A citizen’s initiative might overturn the prohibition passed by the Homer City Council.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Michigan Governor Declares Independent Retailers Week
After years without an official state proclamation, Governor Rick Snyder has declared September 25 to October 5 Independent Retailers Week.
Posted Sep 23, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Mulling E-Cigarette Tax
While state lawmakers are considering taxing electronic cigarettes, it is unclear how they would assess the charge.
Posted Sep 19, 2013

Denver Comes Closer to 5-Cent Bag Fee
After a public hearing, the council will vote on the final bill on September 30.
Posted Sep 18, 2013

California Approves $10 Minimum Wage
Legislation would increase the state's minimum wage of $8 an hour to $10 by 2016.
Posted Sep 16, 2013

Regulator Halts Employers From Requiring Paychecks on Cards
In response to concerns about employers mandating payroll cards that carry high fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says employers must provide other options.
Posted Sep 16, 2013

San Diego Edges Toward Plastic Bag Ban
However, most residents want to keep the bags, according to a new poll.
Posted Sep 13, 2013

Spotlight on a Man Behind a Counter
The Washington Post highlights the difficult life journey for one Arlington, Virginia, 7-Eleven owner.
Posted Sep 12, 2013

Retailers Stocking Up Ahead of Holiday Season
Imports are up, leading the National Retail Federation to predict that retailers are optimistic for this year’s holiday season.
Posted Sep 10, 2013

We Card Urges Increased Employee Training
The successful social responsibility program educates retailers on electronic cigarette restrictions.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

Duluth Debate on E-Cigarettes Ignites
The City Council is considering ordinances that will restrict the sale and use of the devices.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Convenience Stores Participate in Healthy-Eating Initiative
In North Carolina, two local stores are offering more fresh produce with a state grant.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Ready for OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard?
By December 1, 2013, all employers utilizing hazardous chemicals at their worksite will be required to have trained employees on new label elements and the SDS format.
Posted Sep 3, 2013

San Jose Outlaws Foam Containers
The City Council approved the ban on Styrofoam takeout boxes, which will include convenience stores.
Posted Aug 30, 2013

Fast Food Strikes Expected to Reach 35 Cities Today
Protests among fast food workers are expected to reach up to 35 cities today, in advance of the Labor Day weekend.
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Sales to Minors Successful
A new report finds that the average national retailer violation rate of such tobacco sales is significantly below the target rate set by the Synar program.
Posted Aug 28, 2013

Minnesota Smokers Crossing the Border for Cheaper Smokes
Following Minnesota’s $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax hike that took effect in July, border residents are flocking to North Dakota for much cheaper cigarettes.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

NYC Lawmakers Propose Plastic and Paper Bag Surcharge
A 10-cents-per-bag fee would go to the issuing store, not the city.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

QSR Workers Rally Others for Nationwide Strike
Fast-food employees are planning to walk off the job on August 29.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Dallas Considers Ban on Plastic Bags
The City Council meets today to talk about the issue.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Love’s Travel Stops ‘Paper Heart’ Campaign Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
The annual in-store fundraiser runs through September 23.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Circle K Mid-Atlantic Presents $3,500 Grant to Central Virginia Food Bank
The partnership with BP Fueling Communities directs funds to the local hunger-relief agency.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Illinois Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

7-Eleven Offers Electric-Vehicle Charging for New Yorkers
7-Eleven is able to leverage local solar generation and energy storage, which enables the use of high-powered electric equipment, including EV fast chargers.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Denver Council Proposes Fee for Plastic Bags
Supermarkets are lobbying against the measure, saying it would be too costly and unfair.
Posted Aug 16, 2013

FDA Cracking Down on RYO and Internet Tobacco Vendors
The agency has issued 10,000 tobacco retailer warning letters and four warning letters for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco labeled as “pipe tobacco.”
Posted Aug 14, 2013

Labor Groups Launch New Tactics to Boost Union Membership
A recent tactic involved hundreds of workers at McDonald’s and other QSR chains walking off their jobs to strike for better pay and the right to unionize.
Posted Aug 13, 2013

Bloomberg Hints at E-Cigarettes Ban
A leaked draft of three tobacco-related bills redefines “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes.
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Border Residents Flock to New Hampshire for Cheaper Smokes
Less than a week after a $1-a-pack cigarette increase takes effect in Massachusetts, smokers are flocking to New Hampshire for cheaper cigarettes.
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Tesco Searches for Buyer(s) for U.S. Stores
Some speculate that Aldi might be interested in taking on Tesco’s leases for its U.S.-based Fresh & Easy stores.
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Smoke-Free Movement Tackles the Great Outdoors
The fight to eliminate smoking has moved from indoors to outdoors.
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Cold Beer Dispute Heats Up
A chain of liquor stores in Indiana is attempting to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to allow c-stores, pharmacies and grocers to sell cold beer.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

Low-Key Grocery Chain Dubbed Walmart’s “Worst Nightmare”
WinCo may be the little grocery chain that retail behemoth Walmart has never heard of, but retail analysts say that Walmart has much to be fearful of.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

Powerball Jackpot Hits $425 Million…So Far
With the Powerball jackpot drawing estimated at $425 million, customers are flocking to convenience stores located in the 43 states where the game is played.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

Holiday Stationstores Expands in Dakotas
As part of Holiday's expansion plans, The Gas Stop will become a Holiday Stationstores franchisee for 16 stores.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

New Hampshire Tobacco Tax Generates $46.7 Million in July
Retailers purchasing tobacco tax stamps ahead of the August 1 excise tax increase fueled the 143% bump in revenue.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

Ohio Lottery Retailers Receiving Makeover
Makeover effort is designed to help lottery retailers better compete with gambling alternatives that include casinos and racetracks with slots-like betting.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

Record Sales Predicted for E-Cigarettes
Analysts forecast sales could soon reach $1 billion.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

Court Rules NYC Large Soda Ban Illegal
An appeals court upheld a lower court decision that struck down the city’s prohibition on the sale of large, sugary beverages.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Casey’s General Stores ID Customers for Energy Shots
​The convenience store chain will only sell energy shots and pills to customers who are 18 and older.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Massachusetts Tobacco Tax Hike Upsets Shop Owners
New excise taxes on cigarettes, cigars, smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco take effect today, along with an increase in the gasoline tax to 24-cents-per-gallon.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Grocery Store Mergers Could Pinch Consumer Pocketbooks
Another slew of supermarket consolidation has analysts wondering if prices will start to creep up.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

Renewed Push for Dollar Coins
Five U.S. senators introduced legislation that would promote the need for more $1 coins in circulation.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Rural U.K. Gas Stations Fight to Stay Afloat
Fuel retailers are attempting to buck a national trend of independent petrol stations shutting down.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Tobacco Smuggling in Ireland Increases
A new report shows that the average citizen is not aware of the impact illegal cigarettes is having on the economy.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

New York Locality Considers More C-Store Restrictions
Officials in Huntington Town want to put new regulations on convenience stores located in shopping centers, such as ensuring ample space to accommodate loading areas.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Brewers Battle Over Excise Tax Bills
The Small BREW Act would cut the excise tax in half for some craft brewers, which is intended to help them compete with the large brewers.
Posted Jul 22, 2013

Proposed Federal Cigarette Tax Hike Threatens Maryland Retailers
Funding President Obama’s early childhood initiative with a higher cigarette tax is not a viable solution, notes the president of the Maryland Retailers Association.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Another Record-Setting Year for Ohio Lottery
Lottery Director Dennis Berg said he wouldn’t rule out offering online casino games to sustain the lottery’s strong sales.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Revisit E-Cigarette Tax Talk
Following a defeat of their e-cigarette proposals during the last legislative session, three Oklahoma lawmakers are renewing their fight.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Nebraska Lawmakers Seek to Expand Craft Beers
Three state senators are looking into how the current distribution system could better serve small brewers.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Wyoming Lottery Makes First Projections
Ticket sales are estimated to generate $20 million for the state during the lottery’s first year.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Why We Ask for a ZIP Code at the Pump
The store itself doesn’t need a customer’s ZIP code for customers fueling at the pump, but the pump does.
Posted Jul 15, 2013

New Hampshire Tobacco Tax Increasing August 1
New Hampshire tax receipts for 2012 and 2013 fell $56 million below those for 2010 and 2011, triggering an automatic tax increase.
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Florida Lottery Surpasses $5 Billion in Sales
Sales jumped more than $500 million from last year.
Posted Jul 11, 2013

Oklahoma Seeks to Raise Taxes on Tribal Tobacco Sales
The state is looking to fix all tribal cigarette tax rates at $1.03 per pack, making them even with the tax that nontribal retailers pay.
Posted Jul 9, 2013

Baltimore-Area C-Stores Redefine Convenience
Retailers such as Royal Farms, Wawa and 7-Eleven are vying for consumer dollars with fresh foodservice and meals to go.
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court’s PACT Ruling
Without deciding the law’s constitutionality, an appeals court upholds a lower court’s decision to place an injunction against enforcement of the tax provisions of the PACT Act.
Posted Jul 3, 2013

Lottery Comes to Wyoming
While the state’s lottery bill became law on July 1, retail sales aren’t expected to take place until early 2014, with retailers standing to earn no less than 6% of gross sales.
Posted Jul 3, 2013

Wisconsin Agents Seize Untaxed Cigarettes
Revenue agents seize 70,000 cigarettes that arrived in the state without the requisite tax stamps.
Posted Jul 3, 2013

Cash Discounts on the Rise
Rule changes are prompting retailers to turn to cash discounts.
Posted Jul 2, 2013

Phillips 66 Joins Buyer’s Network Alliance
The alliance will help independent convenience stores compete with chain stores.
Posted Jul 2, 2013

Maryland Gas Tax Takes Effect
Beginning today, Marylanders will see a 3.5-cent increase in the state's gas tax.
Posted Jul 1, 2013

Kroger Working Towards Zero Waste
The retail chain is working toward the EPA’s zero waste threshold of 90% in all of its locations.
Posted Jun 28, 2013

Interest Rate Rise Threatens Sales of Big-Ticket Items
The glass is half empty, some maintain, while others note that the rise reflects a stronger economy and an improving job market.
Posted Jun 28, 2013

Michigan Halts Plans for Internet Lottery
Lawmakers nixed a bill that would have allowed lottery tickets to be sold online.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Minnesota Cigarette Tax Hike Seen as Boon for E-Cigarette Sales
The state’s cigarette excise tax will increase to $1.60 per pack beginning July 1.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

California Bill Would Stop Businesses From Reducing Employee Hours
The measure would prevent big companies from lowering work hours to get out of offering health insurance.
Posted Jun 25, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Sides With AMEX on Arbitration
The Court wrote in its opinion that merchants who accept American Express cards are re­quired to handle their disputes by arbitration.
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Grocery Bags
City Council voted nearly unanimous in favor of the ordinance, which takes effect in 2014.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

Starbucks to Launch Calorie Boards Nationwide
Beginning June 25, all company-operated and licensed Starbucks stores in the U.S. will offer calorie information on menu boards.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

New York City Lawmakers Introduce Foam Foodservice Ban
The announcement comes despite mounting concerns over the ban’s potential impact to the city’s small businesses and taxpayers.
Posted Jun 17, 2013

Two Oregon Bills Would Change Cigarette Taxes
One would increase the state tax on cigarettes, while the other would give counties the authority to add a cigarette tax of their own.
Posted Jun 14, 2013

New York City Seeks Soda Ban Revival
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration is seeking a reinstatement of the city’s ban on sugary drinks.
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Maine House Supports GMO Food Labeling Requirement
Legislation that would require genetically modified food products to include special labels passed the Maine House of Representatives.
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Oneida Indian Tax Settlement Disrupts Playing Field for New York Retailers
NYACS says that the lopsided deal would instead codify gas/tobacco price advantages and regulatory immunity for tribal stores.
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Convenience Channel Experiences Above-Average Growth
A new IRI report finds that the convenience store channel, when compared to grocery and drug stores, was the only channel that enjoyed both dollar and unit sales growth in 2012.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Sheetz Stands on Frontlines of Liquor Debate
Privatizing liquor in Pennsylvania would allow convenience stores such as Sheetz to sell beer and wine.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

New Jersey Retailers Oppose Generator Mandate
With hurricane season in full swing, fuel retailers argue that generator legislation won’t help fuel shortages triggered by weather.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Downsized Eating
Consumers are making healthier choices at restaurants by cutting out dessert, drinking water or opting for a smaller portion size.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Drive-Thru Convenience Store Fights to Stay Open
Coolers is using marketing campaigns to convince customers that its business model is a fun and convenient shopping option.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Minnesotans Scurry to Buy Smokes
Cigarette sales in Minnesota are surging in advance of a July 1 excise tax increase of $2.52 per pack.
Posted Jun 11, 2013

CST Brands Opens Largest Corner Store in Three Rivers
The 10,100 square-foot Travel Center serves customers in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Mobile Grocery Store Rolls Into Tulsa 'Food Desert'
R&G Family Grocers is planning to bring a mobile store to North and West Tulsa twice weekly, offering produce, meat and dairy products.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Ohio Launches New Childhood Obesity Initiative
The program features messages around physical activity and nutrition that focuses on both kids and their parents.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

NYC Anti-Obesity Campaign Targets Sugary Beverages
Funded by the city health department, the new ads expand the “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign by focusing on other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Amazon Expands Fresh Grocery Delivery
AmazonFresh moves into Los Angeles, although the online retailer’s fresh grocery delivery service has yet to turn a profit.
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Cancer Society Pushes for Flavored Tobacco Ban in New York
The ban would encompass all candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products sold in convenience stores, making them available only in tobacco shops.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces ‘Fuel NY’ Initiative
Up to $17 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief funding will be used to improve access to fuel during severe storms or major weather events.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Bill to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids Heads to Oregon Governor
The state House and Senate approved a measure that would forbid smoking in vehicles with passengers under the age of 18.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Seven & I Expands North American Presence
7-Eleven’s parent company is planning to double its North American locations to at least 20,000.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Missouri Lottery Approves Ticket Sales at the Pump
Customers will soon be able to purchase lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs throughout the state.
Posted Jun 4, 2013

Walgreens Flagship Stores Growing in Number
Sprawling, one-stop shops are popping up in densely populated urban centers.
Posted Jun 4, 2013

Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of Store Entrances
The company is also banning e-cigarettes from all of its U.S. and Canada locations.
Posted Jun 4, 2013

California Senate Throws Out Plastic Bag Ban
State senators voted down a proposal that sought an outright ban on plastic bags throughout California.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Convenience, Gas and Sushi
Retailers like Mr. Fast in Texas continue to redefine and innovate convenience store foodservice.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Hurricane Season is Officially Underway
President Obama held a briefing with oil and gas industry executives for an update ahead of the 2013 hurricane season, which officially began on June 1.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Lone Star Food Store Sells First Ever Powerball Jackpot in Texas
The $40 million Powerball jackpot was sold last week at a Lone Star convenience store in Bells, Texas.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

New University Retail Store Gives Suppliers Direct Feedback
The card-and-questionnaire approach will provide information from customers directly to the manufacturers.
Posted May 31, 2013

Border Stores Fear Cigarette Revenue Loss
A tax hike in Minnesota will likely send border-area smokers two miles across state lines into North Dakota for cheaper cigarettes.
Posted May 30, 2013

California Lawmaker Proposes Beverage Tax
The bill would add a 1-cent tax per ounce for every bottled sweetened beverage with more than 25 calories per 12 ounces.
Posted May 29, 2013

CEFCO Opens New Travel Center Location
The newest unit has the chain’s first Huddle House within the travel center.
Posted May 29, 2013

Depending on Cigarette Taxes
States such as Massachusetts may be too dependent on their smokers to plug budget shortfalls.
Posted May 28, 2013

Retailers Sue Visa, MasterCard
J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Target filed the lawsuit this week in federal court.
Posted May 24, 2013

A Picture for Posterity
In Vancouver, British Columbia, a photographer is cataloging small c-stores while he still can.​
Posted May 24, 2013

New York Police Chief Argues for Tobacco Law Enforcement
A New York Post op-ed piece cites a need for better enforcement of the city’s tobacco laws by addressing cigarette smuggling.
Posted May 23, 2013

Wisconsin Bill Taxes Smokers
State workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a bill that is gaining traction in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Posted May 23, 2013

OpenStore Partners With Phillips 66
OpenStore is launching new websites and mobile apps for the Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 brands.
Posted May 22, 2013

Kids Eat for Free All Summer Long
Children 10 and under can eat for free at TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers with the purchase of an adult meal.
Posted May 21, 2013

Kangaroo Express Takes to the Infield
Race fans on the track infield now have easy access to a convenience store at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Posted May 20, 2013

QSR Workers Strike for Higher Minimum Wage
In Milwaukee, employees at QSRs are demanding $15 per hour.
Posted May 17, 2013

House Committee Passes Farm Bill
Unlike the Senate-passed version of the bill, the House Farm Bill does not contain a provision that would prevent convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Posted May 16, 2013

Senate Committee Passes Farm Bill
The legislation contains a troubling provision that would give the government the authority to prevent c-stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Posted May 15, 2013

Indiana C-Stores File Lawsuit Over Cold Beer Sales
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Freedom Express, Ricker’s and Thorntons are suing the state for the right to sell cold beer.
Posted May 15, 2013

Bosselman Companies Opens New Store With Hometown Concept
The new and contemporary store design will be utilized in future Pump & Pantry convenience store builds and remodels.
Posted May 13, 2013

Wawa Gets Ready for Fourth of July Celebration
The 2013 Wawa Welcome America! festival will feature two fireworks displays, free concerts, an Independence Day Parade and the Taste of Philadelphia food event.
Posted May 13, 2013

Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Brew Up Single-Cup Partnership
The new five-year agreement is being dubbed a game changer for the global single-serve coffee industry.​
Posted May 13, 2013

Rite Aid Stores Focus on Wellness
Nearly 100 Buffalo-area stores are changing over to the new wellness format.
Posted May 9, 2013

Convenience Stores Focusing on Inside Sales
The convenience and fuel retailing industry is transforming itself to meet changing consumer demands, says NACS President and CEO Henry Armour at an Industry Update Luncheon in West Virginia.
Posted May 8, 2013

Cigarette Revenue Drop Surprises Pennsylvania Legislators
To make up for declining cigarette tax revenues, some state legislators are proposing higher excise taxes for other tobacco products.
Posted May 6, 2013

TravelCenters of America Enters 42nd State
A newly opened location is the only travel center in Rhode Island, bringing the number of states with TA and Petro locations to 42.
Posted May 6, 2013

Pennsylvania C-Stores Support Privatization of Liquor Sales
Retailers have joined other business groups and political advocates in trying to ensure that their voices are heard on the issue.
Posted May 3, 2013

Tobacco Retailers Blame Mayor for Black Market Cigarette Trade
New York City's regulations and taxes on tobacco products have allowed the black market to flourish.
Posted May 3, 2013

Mother’s Day Spending to Rise 11%
Consumers will pamper Mom with iPads and jewelry, with total spending predicted to top $20 billion.
Posted May 2, 2013

From Tobacco to Chickpeas
Tobacco farmers are embracing the main ingredient in hummus as American consumption of the staple grows by leaps and bounds.
Posted May 1, 2013

Michigan Lottery Considers Internet Sales
State lawmakers are divided over the idea, which some say could impact brick-and-mortar lottery retailers.
Posted Apr 30, 2013

California Considers Penny-Per-Ounce Soda and Energy Drink Tax
A bill that would tack on a one-cent tax per ounce of sweetened beverages such as soda and energy drinks cleared a California committee last week.
Posted Apr 29, 2013

Minnesota House Okays Tobacco, Alcohol Tax Hikes
The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the reconciled measure next week.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

New C-Note Readies for Circulation
After two years of printing glitches, the new $100 will finally go into circulation in October.
Posted Apr 25, 2013

Proposed Zoning Rules to Target Smoke Shops
Fayetteville, N.C., officials want to revise zoning rules with land-use policies, which could impact the city’s numerous smoke shops.
Posted Apr 25, 2013

Mass. Budget Amendment Would Prohibit Sale of Single Cigars
The language states that non-retail tobacco stores, such as convenience stores, cannot stock cigars in packs of less than four, unless the single cigar costs more than $2.50.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

Louisiana Rep. Pulls Plug on Tobacco Tax Hike
The bill would have increased the cigarette tax by $1.05 per pack.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

Mass. Could Become First State to Ban Plastic Bags
The state is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores that are more than 4,000 square feet.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

NYC Proposes Raising Legal Smoking Age from 18 to 21
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration proposed another major anti-smoking initiative.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks to Penalize Smoking Bans
State Rep. Kathie Conway would require cities and counties to remit to local school districts the property and sales tax revenue they obtain from businesses affected by tobacco restrictions.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

C-Stores Sign Up for Mass in Motion
An initiative by the Massachusetts Public Health Department is helping local convenience store operators showcase their healthy food and drink options.
Posted Apr 22, 2013

Coon Rapids Revokes Pay-Before-Pump Law
Gas station owners vigorously opposed the ordinance. The repeal will take effect May 4.
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tesco Says Goodbye to Fresh & Easy
The U.K. grocer is looking for a buyer to take over its Fresh & Easy stores in the United States.
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Health-Care Costs to Soar for Many Rhode Island Businesses
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island said its average rates for small businesses would spike 15% next year, while rates for individual customers will increase 18%.
Posted Apr 18, 2013

Minnesota House Plans Alcohol, Cigarette Tax Hikes
Legislators seek a $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase and alcohol tax hikes that would add 7 cents per beer, 47 cents per bottle of wine and $1.58 on a bottle of liquor.
Posted Apr 18, 2013

Alleged ADA Violation at Key Largo Marathon Station
A lawyer also filed similar federal lawsuits against a dozen other area businesses.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

California Senate Considers Ban on Plastic Bags
Lawmakers are pushing for a statewide prohibition that would eliminate single use plastic bags in convenience stores by 2016.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

New Jersey Plans Lottery Privatization
The private management partnership could generate nearly $7 billion beyond what the Lottery would raise with its existing management.
Posted Apr 16, 2013

Alabama Beer Bill Challenges Distribution System
Legislation would allow state microbreweries to sell up to 25,000 barrels of beer at retail each year.
Posted Apr 16, 2013

Californians Have Powerball Fever
There’s long lines at Powerball terminals this week as Californians welcome the mega-payout game.
Posted Apr 12, 2013

NH Convenience Stores Argue Against Proposed Tobacco Increase
Storeowners and grocers urge a state Senate panel to defeat a bill to increase the state’s cigarette tax by 30 cents.
Posted Apr 11, 2013

Caribou Coffee Pulls Plug on 80 Locations
The coffeehouse chain will turn an additional 88 units into Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Propel Fuels Brings Renewable Fuels to Fresno
The new Clean Mobility Center is offering drivers E85, biodiesel and carbon offsets at the pump.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Tobacco-Tax for Pre-Kindergarten Draws Opposition
Obama’s federal tax increase to fund preschool programs has raised the ire of tobacco companies.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Florida Smoking Ban Smoldering, Nearly Snuffed Out
A House bill fails to get a hearing, and the measure appears dead for the year.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Giant Eagle Requires Loyalty Card Swipe for Self Checkout
The grocer has banned the use of self-checkout lines for non-card holders.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Drug Stores Add Fresh Food
Pharmacies are expanding their offerings to entice shoppers to stay longer and spend more.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

California to Add Powerball on April 8
California Lottery players also have the option of playing California’s SuperLotto and Mega Millions.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

New York City Appeals Beverage Ban Decision
The city is attempting to reverse a judge’s ruling that struck down its prohibition against sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

TV Actor Finds Second Act as C-Store Owner
Wendell Pierce is opening a chain of convenience and grocery stores, starting in New Orleans.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

Indiana Legislature Presses for Refundable Deposit Law
The bill would assess a nickel or dime refundable deposit on recyclable containers.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

Google Tests Same-Day Shopping and Delivery Service
The pilot project is being tested in San Francisco with local retailers and Target and Walgreens.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

Mississippi Enacts 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill
The new law prevents state municipalities from passing bans on soda and sugary drinks.
Posted Mar 25, 2013

New Hampshire House Okays Tobacco Tax Hike
The bill would increase the cigarette excise by 10 cents to $1.78 per pack.
Posted Mar 22, 2013

North Dakota Passes RYO Tax Measure
Both the state Senate and House passed legislation that would require commercial RYO machine owners to pay the same tax as name-brand cigarettes.
Posted Mar 21, 2013

Hess Vehemently Against New York Plan for Generators
The gasoline company opposes the mandate because of its costliness.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Cigarette Display Ban
Bloomberg's proposal would make the Big Apple the nation's first city to keep tobacco products out of sight from consumers at the point of purchase.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Wisconsin Lawmaker Urges Food Stamp Restrictions
Representative Dean Kaufert wants to revamp the state's food stamp program to encourage shoppers to purchase healthier foods.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Chicago Residents Cross the Border for Tobacco
The recent Cook County cigarette tax increase has many residents visiting other counties to purchase cigarettes � much to the delight of neighboring tobacco retailers.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Miami Dolphin Moonlights as C-Store Owner
Even though he recently signed a $31-million contract, NFL wide receiver Brian Hartline is living the "American dream" by working at a convenience store.
Posted Mar 18, 2013

Making a Case for Telecommuting
A new survey suggests that some workers may be more productive working from home, while some are probably goofing off.
Posted Mar 18, 2013

Redbox Launches Instant Streaming
Following a successful test period, Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming is now available.
Posted Mar 18, 2013

Interest in Health Impact Assessments Grows
More localities are creating zoning laws that forbid the sale of alcohol or tobacco within a mile of low-income housing or schools.
Posted Mar 15, 2013

Vermont Committee Considers Sales Tax for Candy, Soft Drinks
While a tax on sugary beverages has floundered in the House, one lawmaker is proposing to do away with the soda and candy sales tax exemption.
Posted Mar 15, 2013

Texas Lawmaker Presses for Smoking Ban
The proposed legislation would require all businesses to be smoke-free.
Posted Mar 15, 2013

Wine Won't Flow in Tennessee Stores This Year
After gaining some momentum, a House committee voted against allowing wine sales in grocery and convenience stores.
Posted Mar 15, 2013

Oregon Seeks $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Hike
The proposal promises to be a tough sell among lawmakers, where three-fifths of the House and Senate must approve the increase.
Posted Mar 14, 2013

Mississippi Approves Bill Barring 'Bloomberg' Bans
Regulations would not be allowed to limit portion sizes, nix toys from children's meals and make foodservice establishments post calorie counts.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Beer Industry Switches Sides on Tennessee Wine Bill
Brewers are supporting the measure, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Judge Blocks New York City Soda Ban
A New York Supreme Court judge halted New York City's soda ban, which was scheduled to take effect today.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

Nevada Lawmaker Seeks Stricter Menu-Labeling Rules
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wants to expand the new federal rules on calorie counts displayed on menu boards to restaurant chains with 10 or more locations.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

New York Targets Tax-Free Cigarettes
At stake is up to 10 billion cigarettes that may be flowing into New York tax-free each year, marketed under the "Seneca" name.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

Smoking in Cars With Kids to Become Illegal
In Utah, legislation that would ban smoking in cars with passengers under the age of 16 is waiting for the governor's signature.
Posted Mar 11, 2013

Utah Legislator Targets E-Cigarettes
The state representative is pushing a bill that for tax purposes would categorize e-cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products as cigarettes.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

Walmart's Small Format Making a Big Impression
Walmart said it is gaining market share from dollar stores, supermarkets and pharmacies with its smaller format stores, which will play an increasingly significant role in its future.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

Chicago Energy Drink Ban Proposal Losing Steam
An alderman's proposal to ban energy drinks leads to no vote at a City Council meeting, and only an agreement to discuss the issue further.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

Whole Foods Reducing Margins in Some Stores
Looking to shed its "Whole Paycheck" reputation, the grocer will reduce its margins in some urban markets.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

Washington State Votes on Credit Card Surcharging Ban
The bill would forbid retailers from surcharging consumers who pay with plastic.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

New York Democrats Call for Minimum Wage Increase
Opposition from businesses has not dissuaded state lawmakers from working to raise New York's minimum wage.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Austin Disposable Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect
Consumers and retailers adjust to the city's ban on disposable plastic bags, which took effect last week.
Posted Mar 5, 2013

Missouri C-Stores Have a Say in Cigarette Tax
The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is signing off on a cigarette tax increase proposal that won't put its members at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states.
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Texas Talks Tobacco Buying Age
An attempt to increase the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 is floating around the Texas legislature in an effort to curtail teen smoking rates.
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Coinstar Begins Rollout of PayPal
PayPal users can add, withdraw and send money directly from select Coinstar kiosks.
Posted Mar 1, 2013

Energy Drink Ban Proposed for Minors
A ban proposed by a Cleveland council member would make selling energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 a fourth-degree misdemeanor in the Ohio city.
Posted Feb 28, 2013

Tennessee Senate Committee Passes Wine Bill
Legislation to allow for the sale of wine in grocery and convenience stores is moving forward.
Posted Feb 28, 2013

Health Board Tightens Tobacco Rules
The town of Westwood, Massachusetts, has increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 19, among other measures.
Posted Feb 27, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Seek Lottery Tax
Some legislators want to add a 6% sales tax to lottery purchases, an effort to generate revenue for Kentucky's struggling pension system.
Posted Feb 26, 2013

Payroll Tax Axes Consumer Spending
With less take-home pay in consumer paychecks, retailers are feeling the effects of the federal payroll tax, which could have broader implications for the U.S. economy overall.
Posted Feb 25, 2013

Vermont Committee Says No to Sugar Tax
The legislation would have added a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the state.
Posted Feb 25, 2013

Industry Groups Ask Judge to Temporarily Halt NYC Large Drink Ban
Restaurant and beverage industries want to avoid having to spend money to comply with a prohibition that might not continue.
Posted Feb 22, 2013

Sacramento Plastic Bag Ban Moves Forward
City staff has started working on an ordinance that would target large grocery and other retail stores.
Posted Feb 21, 2013

Kentucky Grocers Fight Wine Ban
Grocery stores are fighting a bill that would prohibit the sale of liquor and wine in their locations.
Posted Feb 20, 2013

Retailers Ready for Privatization of Alcohol Sales
In Pennsylvania, convenience and grocery store chains are ready to pounce if Governor Corbett's privatization plan succeeds.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Payphones Going, Going, Nearly Gone
Pay phones are fading into the sunset, with convenience stores one of their last remaining holding places.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Oklahoma Senate Stops Tobacco Bill
The panel defeated legislation that would have allowed municipalities to pass ordinances stricter than state laws governing tobacco use.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

New Jersey Smoking Bans on the Rise
More than 25% of New Jersey's municipalities have passed outdoor smoking bans with little to no opposition.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Congress Introduces Online Tax Bill
The U.S. Senate introduced legislation that would require online and catalog retailers to collect sales tax in states that have simplified their sales tax laws.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

BP Introduces New Loyalty Program
The new loyalty program, BP Driver Rewards, rewards customers with cents-per-gallon fuel savings for filling up at BP-branded locations.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

New York Mayor Proposes Ban on Plastic Foam Packaging
Mayor Bloomberg also wants to install curbside electric-vehicle charging stations around the city.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Colorado Craft Beer Bill Goes Flat
The sponsor of the legislation pulled the bill because it lacked support for passage.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Vermont Retailers View Potential Gas Tax Hike as Death Knell
Retailers who are already competing for customers with neighboring New Hampshire view any increase in Vermont's gas tax as a major threat to their livelihood.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Group Calls for National Soft Drink Ban
The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition with the FDA, urging the agency to identify a safe level for added sugars in beverages.
Posted Feb 14, 2013

Wyoming Senate Advances Gas Tax Hike
A proposal to raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon advances in the Wyoming Senate.
Posted Feb 14, 2013

Illinois Lottery Rolls Dice With 'The Good Life'
The Illinois Lottery is launching its first family of new games in two years, with tickets priced $1 to $10.
Posted Feb 14, 2013

Gilbarco Veeder-Root, PayPal Partner to Simplify Paying at the Pump
More convenience stores around the world will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments at the pump.
Posted Feb 13, 2013

Sheetz and Wawa Compete for Pennsylvania Consumers
The New York Times highlights the changing face of U.S. convenience store retailing through the eyes of loyal Sheetz and Wawa customers.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

Texas Lawmakers Seek New Food Stamp Purchasing Restrictions
The proposals seek to ban the use of food stamps to purchase "junk" food and energy drinks.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

USDA Reminds Retailers of Responsibilities With SNAP
The USDA provides online training guides, rules and regulations for retailers who offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to customers.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

New Jersey Approves Online Gaming
Governor Christie gave his approval to legislation that allows the state to move forward with online gaming.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Kentucky Governor Wants Public Smoking Ban
Governor Beshear says a ban on public smoking would improve the overall health of residents by eliminating second-hand smoke.
Posted Feb 8, 2013

School Vending Machines Receive a Makeover
New USDA rules will eliminate the sale of junk food in school vending machines, affecting 50 million children and more than 100,000 schools.
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Tennesseans Rally for Beer Tax Reform
Tennessee beer lovers are rallying to support the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013, legislation that seeks to reverse the nation's highest beer tax.
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Rhode Island Legislators Call for Soda Tax
State lawmakers want to add a $1.28 per gallon tax to any sugar-sweetened soft drink, and powder or syrup beverage.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

Health Canada Licenses Energy Shots
The health ministry has approved around 20 energy shot drinks, each containing between 100 milligrams and 200 milligrams of caffeine.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

A Nickel for Your Thoughts?
Some economists continue to state the case for removing the penny from circulation.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

Colorado House Approves Permanent Cigarette Sales Tax
The bill would permanently eliminate the sales tax exemption on cigarettes and take effect in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Posted Feb 5, 2013

Maryland Sees Huge Spike in Smuggled Smokes
The state comptroller reports $1.1 million in contraband cigarettes confiscated in fiscal year 2011 and $2.3 million in contraband seized last fiscal year.
Posted Feb 5, 2013

BP Reaches Exclusive Agreement With MoneyGram
BP's ampm convenience stores will offer MoneyGram's services in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Posted Feb 5, 2013

Texas Legislator Proposes Soda Tax
State Rep. Joe Farias is calling for a penny-per-ounce tax on "certain sweetened beverages."
Posted Feb 4, 2013

Wyoming Cigarette Tax Increase Snuffed Out
A proposal to increase the state's cigarette excise tax from 60 cents to $1.60 a pack goes has been defeated in the Wyoming House.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Indiana House Bans E-Cig Sales to Minors
The legislation applies Indiana's cigarette laws to electronic cigarettes, banning their sale to anyone under the age of 18.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Surcharges
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl says he's drafting legislation that would prohibit retailers from surcharging.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Conflict of Interest: Craft Beer and State Liquor Stores
A proposal in New Hampshire to sell and promote craft beer at state-owned liquor stores has grocery retailers speaking out against the idea.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

North Dakota Seeks Doubling of Cigarette Tax
A state lawmaker wants to raise the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 44 cents to $1.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

Kwik Trip Looks Forward to 2013 Growth
The Wisconsin-based retailer is scooping up property and focusing on the future of fuel for its new store locations.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

Target Gets Fresh With Detroit
The retailer is planning to add fresh grocery sections to its Detroit-area stores.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

Governor Christie Quietly Pressing Lottery Privatization
The New Jersey governor has discreetly bypassed the Legislature with plans to privatize the state's lottery system.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

North Dakota Considers Direct Beer Sales to Bars, Restaurants
Legislation would allow microbreweries to bypass distributors and sell beer directly to bars and restaurants.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

Massachusetts Ponders Online Lottery
One local retailer says that allowing residents to purchase tickets online would hurt his business amid an already-struggling economy.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

States Fuel Gas Tax Debate
From Vermont to Texas, state governments are considering plans that would maintain and expand their transportation infrastructure with or without assistance from a gas tax.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Go After Cigarette Trafficking
Virginia has become a hotbed for tobacco smugglers who are re-selling cartons of smokes in states that have a higher cigarette excise tax rate.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

Union Memberships Drop to 11.3% of Workforce
The unionization rate has plummeted to its lowest numbers in 97 years.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

NAACP, Hispanic Federation Team Up to Block NYC Soda Ban
The two minority rights organizations have joined a lawsuit against the city's ban, arguing it would harm small and minority-owned retailers.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Colorado Proposal Would Allow C-Stores to Sell Craft Beer
The bill would limit grocery and convenience stores to stock only beers made by brewers producing less than 6 million barrels annually.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Senators Seek Online Gambling Ban
Concerned lawmakers in the state are seeking to rewrite a private manager's contract to prohibit interactive video games, simulated slot machines or table games.
Posted Jan 24, 2013

Blowing Smoke
California is likely to propose a ballot initiative in 2014 that would boost the state's cigarette tax by $1 per pack.
Posted Jan 23, 2013

Big Supermarkets Crowd Out Small Grocers
Large grocery store chains are pushing smaller, all-in-one grocers off the playing field.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

North Dakota Gas Station Has Old-Fashioned Feel
The station uses antique fuel pumps and offers charge accounts for local customers.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Indiana Likely to Uphold Bar Smoking Exemption
The likelihood that the state legislature will extend the state's smoking ban to include bars is looking slim.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

New York City Offers 3-Month Reprieve From Soda Fines
The requirement that bans restaurants and other eateries from selling sugary drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces begins March 12, though health officials won't seek fines for noncompliance for at least three months.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

Tennessee Lottery Sales Reach Record Highs
Total lottery sales in the state hit $333 million from October 1 to December 31, 2012.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

PayPal Pushes Further Into Retail
The payment processing company has added Mapco Express and Spartan Stores as part of its network.
Posted Jan 16, 2013

CEFCO Opens New Texas Location
The new store marks the seventh prototype for the convenience store chain.
Posted Jan 16, 2013

Minnesota C-Store Offers Taxi Service
A local retailer has added a taxi service to its 24/7 convenience store operation, filling a void for a town of 8,000 residents.
Posted Jan 15, 2013

NOCO Express Opens First Travel Center
The new location features a commercial diesel station, Tim Hortons and Subway.
Posted Jan 15, 2013

New Hampshire Lawmaker Proposes 33% Beer Tax Hike
If approved, the increase would make the state's beer excise tax the highest in New England at 40 cents per gallon.
Posted Jan 15, 2013

Payroll Tax Hits Hard
Experts say the economic effect of the new (old) payroll tax rate is already being felt, as U.S. workers are seeing less of their paycheck.
Posted Jan 14, 2013

Virginia Gas Tax Plan Draws Swift Reactions
From environmental groups to conservative think tanks, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to eliminate the state's 17.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax is garnering nationwide attention.
Posted Jan 14, 2013

State Lawmaker Suggests Online Lottery
South Carolina lottery executives also stress that any effort must continue to help merchants that sell lottery tickets.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

New York State Tops U.S. Cigarette Smuggling List
With the country's highest per-pack cigarette tax, the Empire State ranks the highest for cigarette smuggling.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

New Hampshire Lottery Sales Pass $5 Billion
Sales for fiscal 2013 are up 16% from a year ago in the state, with Powerball ticket sales up 53% over last year.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

Law Enforcement Group Voices Opposition to Tennessee Wine Bill
More than 100 Tennessee sheriffs and police chiefs have signed a petition to prohibit strong alcohol and wine from being sold in grocery and convenience stores.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

Virginia Governor Seeks to Eliminate Gas Tax
Governor Bob McDonnell unveiled a plan that would eliminate the current 17.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax in the state of Virginia.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

Iowa Lawmakers Considering Gas Tax Hike
While many legislators support a gas tax increase, agreement on the amount of the increase is far from settled.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

Pennsylvania Lottery On Track for More Record Profits
Sales in the first six months of this fiscal year for the Pennsylvania Lottery are at a record pace, which may factor into a final decision on privatization.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

Texas Senator Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
The bill would prohibit smoking at all indoor and outdoor workplaces.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

Retail Clinics Grow in Popularity
A new poll finds that 27% of respondents have visited a walk-in clinic for health-care during the past two years.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

NY Commission Proposes Generators at Gas Stations, Reserve of Fuel
The panel made the recommendations to combat some of the problems encountered after superstorm Sandy back in the fall.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

Traditional Grocers Struggle in Tough Marketplace
The hourglass economy has supermarkets looking for a better balance of goods and services.
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Nebraska Legislator Seeks to End Soda Tax Exemption
The state medical community is pushing to end what it calls a soft drink subsidy.
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Government Okays Health Exchanges for More States
The exchanges are intended to provide consumers with affordable access to health insurance plans.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

California Company Seeks to Grow Pot Vending Machine Use
Medbox is looking to expand its medical marijuana vending machine to recreational users in Colorado and Washington.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

FDA Begins Implementation of Food Safety Laws
The agency is proposing new food safety standards for foodborne illness prevention and produce safety.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

Starbucks Enters Technology Retail Arena
The coffeehouse chain is now selling Square's mobile card reader at its 7,000 U.S. stores.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

Kiosk Turns Gift Cards Into Cash
Alula by Coinstar allows customers to insert gift cards and receive between 60% and 85% of the card's value in return.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Wendy's Super-Sizes Value Menu
The QSR chain has added more options to its core group of dollar menu items.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Tennessee Liquor Stores Oppose Latest Wine Proposal
A proposal to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine is gaining momentum with state lawmakers, though liquor store owners remain sharply opposed.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Lottery Privatization in New Jersey Casts Doubt
With just one bid, concerns are deepening about the chances for New Jersey to privatize its lottery.
Posted Jan 2, 2013

Minnesota Candy Store Threatened With Fine Over Candy Cigarettes
A mom-and-pop soda fountain shop has been threatened with a $500 fine if it sells candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars or Big League Chew.
Posted Jan 2, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness: What You Need to Know
NACS has compiled resources to help retailers in the potential path of Hurricane Sandy.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Minimum Wage Hikes Coming
Five of the 10 states with automatic minimum-wage hikes have announced 2013 wage rates.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

Dollar Stores Grabbing Larger Share of Food Dollars
Shoppers are choosing dollar stores over supermarkets for cleaning supplies and personal products, which is leading to larger food baskets.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Building a Prettier Gas Station
United Oil's stations in Southern California are luring motorists with their eye-catching features.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Vermont Government Encourages Healthier Options
While encouraging consumers to make healthier food choices, the survey is also seeking to reduce the visibility of tobacco and alcohol ads in stores.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Plastic Bag Ban Comes Under Scrutiny
If Tucson, Arizona, residents don't start using fewer plastic bags, city council may consider an outright ban.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Boulder Trims Proposed Bag Fee in Half
A final vote on the Colorado town's grocery bag ordinance is scheduled for November 1.
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Paying to Stay Out of Court
Yuba City, Calif., has settled with disabled citizen George Louie to get him to stop filing unmerited ADA lawsuits.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal Concerns Missouri C-Stores
Retailers, especially those close to state borders, are concerned that raising cigarette taxes will drive away out-of-state buyers.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

EZ Energy Continues Community Support
Even as the company's sale to 7-Eleven commences, EZ Energy will continue to make charitable donations.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

Beverage Industry, Groups Sue Over NYC Soda Restriction
A city spokesperson dismisses the suit as lacking merit, noting the city previously won legal battles when it outlawed smoking in bars and offices and when it forced restaurant chains to post calorie counts.
Posted Oct 16, 2012

Walmart Focused on Price for Food, Consumables
Retailer will also double its number of Neighborhood Markets by 2016 while focusing on supercenters in its top 15 core markets.
Posted Oct 16, 2012

Chicago's Ordinance to Close 'Problem C-Stores' Prompts Change
Residents credit the city's "deleterious impact" ordinance as helping turn around a c-store that had been a magnet for crime.
Posted Oct 16, 2012

Ideas That Keep Customers Coming Back
A Lone Star store is using pink nozzles to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month � one more great idea from the Sherman, Texas, store.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Mary Jane: Coming to a Retail Store Near You?
Three states have put legalizing marijuana on the ballot but the U.S. Justice Department has stayed quiet.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Giant Eagle Lowers Prices Through Christmas
The grocery and convenience store chain is dropping the cost on 300 popular items.
Posted Oct 12, 2012

Chicago Area C-Store Restricts Number of Young Customers
The restriction raises legal concerns from locals.
Posted Oct 11, 2012

Canadian Merchants Scramble to Fend Off Dollar Stores
Many retailers had ignored the coming of discount stores like Walmart, but are now faced with stiff competition from that sector.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Missouri Association Battles Cigarette Tax Proposal
The association has launched an education campaign touting the negative impact of the state's proposed 760% tobacco tax hike.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Starbucks Opts for Square for Credit Card Processing
Square will begin processing all credit card transactions at Starbucks stores nationwide.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Military Families Win With 205 Game-Winning 'Walk-Offs'
Budweiser donates $2.5 million to Folds of Honor through its 'Walk-off a Hero' program.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Coffee and a Movie?
Coinstar is testing Rubi, a self-serve kiosk that dispenses lattes and fresh-ground coffee.
Posted Oct 5, 2012

Tribe's Lawsuit Against Beer Stores Dismissed
A federal judge ruled that the case belongs in a state court, allowing the Oglala Sioux Tribe to refile its suit alleging beer makers and nearby stores are responsible for chronic alcoholism on the reservation.
Posted Oct 4, 2012

QSRs Drive U.S. Employment Gain
The foodservice industry expanded payrolls by 2.9% through August, more than double the 1.4% increase in total U.S. employment.
Posted Oct 4, 2012

Solid Growth Expected This Holiday Season
Retailers should expect a sales increase of 4.1% this year.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Brookline Considers Plastic Bag, Styrofoam Bans
Two town meetings are scheduled next month to consider the proposals, which would affect take-out packaging and coffee cups.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

Online Lottery Fires Up Maryland Retailers
Convenience store operators say that a new plan that would allow residents to purchase lottery tickets online will eat into their profits.
Posted Oct 1, 2012

Omaha Reconsiders Cigarette Tax
Plans are still underway, but one state senator believes city residents should make the decision whether to raise the cigarette excise tax.
Posted Oct 1, 2012

New York Bodegas Concerned About 7-Eleven's Expansion Plans
The small corner stores are worried that they will lose business when the convenience store chain begins opening more New York City locations.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Unemployment Rates Rise in 26 States
From July to August, unemployment rates uncreased in 26 states, while 12 states including Washington, D.C., showed rate decreases.
Posted Sep 24, 2012

500 to 1
Those are the odds of whether a family business will make it to the 6th generation. Think you can make it?
Posted Sep 24, 2012

Starbucks Angers "Extras" Customers
A decision to charge extra for syrups and soy milk isn't sitting too well with loyal Starbucks patrons.
Posted Sep 24, 2012

Rochester Imposes Severe Zoning Restrictions on C-Stores
The city ordinance applies to retailers selling beer, lottery tickets and tobacco.
Posted Sep 21, 2012

Coinstar Partners With Giant for No-Fee Retail Gift Cards
Customers can get the full value of their coins loaded onto a Giant Food gift card.
Posted Sep 21, 2012

Walmart Provides Incentives for Healthy Food Purchases
The program offers shoppers a 5% credit on healthy food items that they purchase.
Posted Sep 20, 2012

Oregon May Loosen Restrictions on Hard Alcohol Sales
The state has been quietly testing sales of liquor in grocery stores.
Posted Sep 19, 2012

South Florida Soda Ban: Fat Chance
Local leaders chime in on whether a soda ban, like the one in New York City, would be a good idea for South Florida towns.
Posted Sep 18, 2012

Winning $1.2 Million Match 6 Ticket Sold at Rutter's
From April 2007 through September 2012, 27 tickets worth $100,000 or more have been sold at Rutter's stores.
Posted Sep 18, 2012

Turkey Hill Opens New Market Format Store��
The new store features an expanded grocery offer alongside traditional convenience store items.
Posted Sep 17, 2012

New York Health Board Passes Beverage Ban
Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on drinks larger than 16 ounces advances � despite the wishes of New Yorkers.
Posted Sep 14, 2012

Boulder Considering 20-Cent Bag Fee
The fee would apply to all disposable bags distributed at the Colorado town's grocery and convenience stores.
Posted Sep 13, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Expands College Presence
Dunkin' Donuts is opening new restaurants at 10 universities as part of a strategy to double its store count by 2020.
Posted Sep 13, 2012

California Retailers Urged to Oppose Food-Labeling Scheme of Proposition 37
Retailers can also learn more at an interactive educational session at the NACS Show on how to mobilize grassroots efforts and defeat harmful regulations such as Prop. 37.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

BP, Miller Oil Co. Donate $20,000 to CHKD Child Abuse Program
This is the second consecutive year that the companies have given to this charity.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

Indiana Officials Crack Down on Sale of Synthetic Drugs
Beginning this week, retailers who are busted for selling synthetic marijuana and bath salts risk losing their retail license.
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Apartment Complex Readies for Automated C-Store
A new Shop24 robostore is slated to open in early October at an East Coast apartment complex.
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Duane Reade Touts Fresh Offer With Salad Bar
The Chop Salad Bar can be seen in this year's NACS "Ideas 2 Go" program at the NACS Show in Las Vegas on October 9.
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Two California Cities Tackle Soda Taxes
Richmond and El Monte are at the epicenter of the war being waged on soft drinks and other beverages that contain sugar.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

Kentucky Appeals Alcohol Ruling
Last month, a judge decided that liquor and wine could be sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and gasoline stations.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

Californians Spend Freely as End of Tax-Free Amazon Purchases Looms
Beginning September 15, Amazon will begin collecting sales taxes on purchases made from California residents.
Posted Sep 6, 2012

Chipotle 'Nickels' Customers
The process of rounding up to the nearest nickel lends to a bigger debate on the usefulness of the penny.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Isaac Hits, Convenience Stores Serve the Community
Louisiana resident Al Hebert of Gas Station Gourmet shares his first-hand account of how local convenience stores prepare and react to Hurricane Isaac.
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Peapod Pilots Pickup Service
The Internet grocery service is planning to add a pickup option at a local Massachusetts Stop & Shop store.
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Oregon Gas Station Taps Beer Trends
At the Stop & Go Shell, customers can fill their growlers with 30 different West Coast brews.
Posted Aug 29, 2012

Thorntons Heads South
The Midwest convenience store chain is taking over a former Krispy Kreme shop to open its first Florida store.
Posted Aug 27, 2012

Georgia Store Busted for Selling Illegal Substance
The owner of the store could face criminal charges for selling the synthetic marijuana product known as "Spice."
Posted Aug 27, 2012

Majority of New Yorkers Against Soda Ban Proposal
Only 36% of residents surveyed agree that allowing the city to regulate soda consumption is a good idea.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

BufferBox Takes On Amazon Locker
The Canadian startup company has partnered with Walmart and Google in an attempt to out gain traction for its own parcel delivery service.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

Tobacco Wholesalers Guilty of Unloading Untaxed Cigarettes on Indian Reservation
The two companies avoided shelling out millions in taxes by offering the cigarettes to Native American retailers.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

Royal Buying Group Selected for 'Fast Fifty'
The organization was ranked among the top 10 by Crain's Chicago Business and also recognized by the American Registry for business excellence.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

Minnesota Lottery Hits the Jackpot �" Again
For the fifth consecutive year, the Minnesota Lottery sets a sales record, with retailers realizing more than $30 million in commissions.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Whole Foods Plans Aggressive Expansion
The grocer wants to triple its store count to 1,000 while also expanding to so-called "food desert" areas and smaller markets.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Vermont Considers Online Lottery Options
As more states consider online gaming, Vermont officials say there are many questions that must be addressed before taking the next step.
Posted Aug 20, 2012

Staten Islanders Oppose Bloomberg's Soda Ban
Only 23% of Staten Island residents support the mayor's plan to ban soft drinks in New York City, which is going to be voted on in September.
Posted Aug 20, 2012

The Reinvention of the $1
Congress is pressing for the use of more dollar coins instead of dollar bills.
Posted Aug 16, 2012

Kentucky's Alcohol Prohibition Violates the Constitution
The district court judge found that the state's law forbidding the sale of wine and liquor in convenience stores and gasoline stations is unconstitutional.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Smoke Won't Get in Your Eyes
The largest tobacco firms are investing in smoke-free alternatives.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

USDA Reduces Corn, Soy Crop Estimates
The government reduced its production expectations for corn and soybean for the second consecutive month, as the worst drought in 50 years continues to plague major farm states.
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Hurricane Season Well Underway
NOAA seasonal climate forecasters also announced that El Ni�o would likely develop in August or September.
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Speedway Pledges $1 Million for Children's Hospital Foundation
Also, Kangaroo Express will donate $1 to the USO of North Carolina for every new Facebook "Like" as part of its Salute Our Troops campaign.
Posted Aug 9, 2012

Amazon Ramps Up Delivery Locker Service
The online retailer will soon open its 50th delivery locker.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Food Trucks Target Food Stamp Recipients
In Texas, the state's food stamp debit card can be used at mobile food trucks.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Minnesota Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meat, Poultry and Sliced Apples
Reichel Foods issued the recall because of possible Listeria contamination. The products were distributed to convenience stores.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Lottery Pursues Privatization with Caution
Pennsylvania studies Illinois' lottery privatization, where profits fell far short of those projected by its management firm.
Posted Aug 7, 2012

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Hits All-Time Low
A new report reveals that the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales is down to 8.5%, the lowest level in the history of the Synar program.
Posted Aug 3, 2012

Challenge to FDA Tobacco Panel Continues
A federal judge is allowing the lawsuit filed by Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds to proceed.
Posted Aug 3, 2012

In-Store Clinics Ready For Customer Flood
The healthcare law will boost growth for retail health clinics.
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Tobacco Trade Groups Protest Illinois Cigarette Tax With Lawsuit
The lawsuit claims the definition of "cigarette" is "unconstitutionally vague."
Posted Aug 1, 2012

PayPal's Competitive Potential
The ability for customers to use their PayPal account to purchase goods at brick-and-mortar stores is becoming an appealing � and feasible � option.
Posted Jul 31, 2012

Nationwide Synthetic Drug Raid Results in 90 Arrests
The government seized 19 million packets of synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and fake marijuana, and $36 million in cash in a nationwide sting last week called Operation Log Jam.
Posted Jul 31, 2012

Beverage Industry Gears Up for Soft Drink Fight
Lobbying efforts are ramping up to oppose a sugary drink tax in the city of El Monte, California.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

Sheetz Eyes West Virginia Real Estate
The convenience retailer is checking out possible locations on a daily basis, with plans to continue adding stores in the state.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

Nationwide Crackdown Commences on Synthetic Drugs
The federal government enacted a ban on July 9, but K2 and Spice, among other synthetic drugs, remain on store shelves.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Urban Landscape Has Retailers Thinking Small
Target, Office Depot and Walmart are among businesses that are downsizing city locations.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Georgia Approves Online Lottery Sales
Online lottery sales could begin by year's end with plans to add a game that mimics the format of a scratch-off ticket.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Today Is National Hot Dog Day
To help celebrate, Kangaroo Express convenience stores are offering free hot dogs as part of its Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

San Fran Considers Outdoor Cigarette Smoking Ban
Tobacco products would be banned, but secondhand smoke from medical marijuana would be considered okay.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Village of Haverstraw to Reverse Tobacco Display Ordinance
Pressure from the New York Association of Convenience Stores and tobacco companies triggered the village board to take steps to rescind the order.
Posted Jul 20, 2012

McLane Company Joins Kangaroo Express for Second Annual 'Salute Our Troops'
Last year, the event raised $2.5 million to support the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and state-based military support organizations.
Posted Jul 20, 2012

Tax-Free Online Sales Could End
Bipartisan momentum is gaining among state governors who are pushing for the collection of state sales taxes from online purchases.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Speedway Named 2012 Highest Ranked Convenience Store Brand
Speedway has been honored on the poll as a category leader for the past three years.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of First Florida Store
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer join Wawa in celebrating its official entrance into the Sunshine State with a charitable hoagie-building competition and partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Sam Koch, Jiffy Mart Partner to Help Carroll County Food Sunday
The Baltimore Ravens punter teamed up with Jiffy Mart to raise funds for the charity.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Amazon Expands C-Store Locker Test
With two new sites opening in Northern Virginia, the Amazon Locker system could be coming to a convenience store near you.
Posted Jul 12, 2012

Aloha Petroleum Unveils First EV Fast Chargers
Customers who drive electric vehicles equipped with fast chargers can fully charge in less than 30 minutes.
Posted Jul 12, 2012

Publix Explores Online Ordering
The grocer will test its Public Deli Online Easy Ordering at a Florida location next month.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

States Restrict Welfare Purchases
Ten states have already passed laws restricting the use of welfare cash benefits to purchase liquor, tobacco products, visit strip clubs or gamble.
Posted Jul 10, 2012

NH Tobacco Tax Revenue Falls Following Tax Decrease
Democrats blame Republicans while retailers blame rising fuel prices for the decrease in the state's tobacco revenue.
Posted Jul 10, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Philippine 7-Eleven Stores
Philippine Seven Corp. is planning to add new stores and refurbish older sites to put more emphasis on foodservice.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Richmond Soda Tax Fight Heats Up
One city councilman wants to curb consumption of sugary beverages by taxing them by the ounce.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

Arkansas Lottery Sales Increase
The state Lottery worked quickly to correct issues raised in a highly critical state audit of its finances.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Allows Wine Petition to Continue
A convenience store owner had challenged the petition in court.
Posted Jul 3, 2012

Delaware Allows Online Gaming
Along with casino-type games such as poker, blackjack and roulette, Delaware lottery tickets would also be sold through a state-run website.
Posted Jul 2, 2012

Australian Cafe2U Mobile Espresso Van Serves Up Success
In less than a year of operating in Oregon, Cafe2U is looking to boost its U.S. presence.
Posted Jul 2, 2012

Retailers, Manufacturers Challenge Tobacco Display Ban
The New York Association of Convenience stores and tobacco companies file suit to overturn an impending display ban in stores in the Village of Haverstraw.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Judge Blocks RYO Taxes in Washington
A Washington state judge has blocked the collection of roll-your-own cigarette taxes, just days after a similar New York bill died in a Senate committee.
Posted Jun 27, 2012

RYO Industry Prevails in New York Tax Fight
Former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato's firm takes credit for defeating a state Senate bill that sought to tax loose tobacco the same as cigarettes.
Posted Jun 26, 2012

Consumers Pocket Savings as Gas Prices Fall
Economists say consumers are anxious about a weak job market and retaining the savings as gas prices have dropped.
Posted Jun 26, 2012

Casey's Sets Sights on Pittsfield
The new store would feature a full foodservice menu with made-to-order sub sandwiches and an expanded coffee bar.
Posted Jun 25, 2012

Seattle's Best Coffee Brings New Concept to Brooklyn
The concept menu, tested in Chicago in March, features commuter-friendly sandwiches and snacks that will appear on the menu for the first time on the East Coast.
Posted Jun 25, 2012

Utah Smokers Boost Neighboring State Tax Revenues
Thanks to the 2010 $1-per-pack excise tax increase on cigarettes, many Utah residents are crossing state borders to purchase lower-priced products.
Posted Jun 25, 2012

Smoking's Shangri-La: A Cigarette With Less Risk
By 2017, Philip Morris has plans to offer a new cigarette that will pose lower health risks.
Posted Jun 22, 2012

WV OMEGA Raises $91,000 for Children's Home Society
The association ran a four-week fundraising campaign in April and May.
Posted Jun 22, 2012

St. Louis Considers Restricting C-Store Beer Sales
A proposal that seeks to restrict area convenience stores with gas stations from selling beer higher than 5% could receive a vote this Friday.
Posted Jun 21, 2012

Roll-Your-Own Retailers File Suit in Washington State
The group alleges that new legislation violated voting procedures and therefore should be struck down.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

Oklahoma Wine Proposal Draws Stiff Opposition
Oklahoma liquor store owners and anti-addiction groups join forces to oppose a plan that allows grocery stores to sell wine.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

Sheetz Invests $7.5 Million in New Coffee Brewing Technology
Current brewing systems are being replaced with a new system that improves taste consistency, gives customers more flavor choices and reduces paper waste.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

Michigan Passes Bans on K2, Spice
The governor is expected to sign the measures, which will ban chemicals used to make the synthetic drugs.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

With Plastic Bag Ban, Issaquah Joins Other Washington Cities
The locality prohibition, along with a nickel fee on paper bags, goes into effect next March.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Raise $1 Million for Victory Junction
The donation will send 400 children with chronic medical conditions to summer camp.
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Georgia Retailers Meet With Governor on Synthetic Marijuana
GACS advises retailers to "expect a full court press" to eliminate the sale of synthetic marijuana products in convenience stores.
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Involves Nova Corp., Elavon
Retailers are encouraged to check their records to see if they would be affected by the settlement, which involves certain credit card transactions.
Posted Jun 13, 2012

NYACS Responds to Fair Elections for New York Press Release
Association President Jim Calvin says that the group is acting as if New York c-stores are on some kind of a "hit list" for expressing an opinion about a minimum wage hike.
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Pennsylvania Debate on Privatizing Liquor Continues
Lawmakers opened discussions on ending close to 80 years of state control over wine and liquor sales.
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Illinois C-Stores Running Low on Smokes
In advance of the state's $1.00 per pack cigarette excise tax hike, smokers are stockpiling cigarettes.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

P&G and Walmart Tweak Food Truck Strategy to Reach Urbanites
Test programs in Chicago and New York are bringing popular items directly to customers with foodtruck-style mobile stores.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Step Away From the Soft Drink
Are sugary drinks to blame for America's obesity issues, and should the government intervene?
Posted Jun 11, 2012

Solving Philly's Food Desert Conundrum
If they build it, will they come? Efforts to bring perishable foods to corner stores is a risky business but could have a huge impact.
Posted Jun 11, 2012

New York City Probe Uncovers Untaxed Cigarettes
More than 40% of licensed tobacco retailers are selling cigarettes or using counterfeit stamps to evade the $5.85 city-state excise tax per pack.
Posted Jun 11, 2012

Speedway Expands With 97-Store Purchase
The new stores acquired in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio signal the continued growth of the company.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Coinstar, Seattle's Best Coffee to Roll Out New Rubi Kiosks in Grocery, Drug and Mass Channels
The agreement brings a caf�-quality experience to self-serve coffee kiosks nationwide.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Washington C-Store Expands With Healthy Options
A retailer's willingness to expand his offer is bringing a fresh fruit and vegetables, a butcher and a range of specialty foods to the community.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

Close Call on California Tobacco Tax Increase
A June 5 vote on a ballot initiative that seeks to increase cigarette excise taxes by $1 per pack is too close to call.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

Convenience Store Liquor Sales Watered Down
An Iowa law that made it easier for convenience stores to sell liquor has produced modest sales for the industry, with rural stores seeing the strongest gains.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

Michigan Association Calls for Ban on Synthetic Pot
The MFBA, which represents convenience stores, is calling for a ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana products such as K2 and Spice.
Posted Jun 6, 2012

Massachusetts C-Stores Balk at Online Lottery
The retailers view such a move as one that would siphon off lottery sales in their stores.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

New York City to Ban Big Beverages
The ban would cover large soft drinks and other sugared beverages sold at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters. Convenience and grocery stores would be exempt.
Posted Jun 1, 2012

Midwest, Great Lakes Circle K C-Stores Raise $1 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
The three-week campaign benefited 28 Children's Hospitals across 14 states.
Posted Jun 1, 2012

Rutter's Takes First in Best of York Voting
The convenience store chain once again captured first place for "Best Milk" and "Best Quick Service Lunch."
Posted Jun 1, 2012

Illinois Cigarette Tax Increases
The $1 per pack increase is heading to the governor for final approval.
Posted May 31, 2012

Washington Grocers Open for Liquor Sales
Beginning this Friday, large supermarkets will add booze to their shelves for the first time.
Posted May 30, 2012

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags
The city council approved a measure that would take effect later this year.
Posted May 25, 2012

Support for California Tobacco Tax Increase Looses Steam
With the June 5 vote just days away, a new survey has found dwindling support for raising the state's cigarette excise tax.
Posted May 25, 2012

New York City Soda Ad War Heats Up
The New York City Beverage Association has launched a $1 million ad campaign to fight the city's graphic anti-soda ads.
Posted May 24, 2012

Drive-Thrus Move Beyond Fast Food
More companies are experimenting with the drive-thru concept, such as convenience stores, coffee shops and fast-casual chains.
Posted May 23, 2012

Maryland Increases Tobacco Taxes
The governor signed into law tax hikes on cigars and smokeless tobacco.
Posted May 23, 2012

Adding Booze to the Menu Adds Headaches
Recent moves by Starbucks and several QSRs to add beer and wine to their menus have led to regulatory headaches.
Posted May 22, 2012

7-Eleven Fights Against Underage Drinking With Technology
The retailer is expanding its corporate social responsibility efforts with the ability to scan the 2-D barcode on the back of a customer's driver's license in the New York metro area.
Posted May 21, 2012

California Town Takes Soda Tax to the Ballot
The penny-per-beverage tax would apply to soft drinks and beverages with added sugar, although diet soft drinks and most juices would be exempt.
Posted May 21, 2012

Can Walmart Find Success in a Smaller Store?
The discount retailer has been slow to expand its smaller footprint locations.
Posted May 18, 2012

Falling Gas Prices Don't Lead to Rising Retail Sales
Analysts say that the warmer temps in February and March led to earlier purchasing decisions by consumers. As a result, excluding gasoline station sales, retail sales rose just 0.2% last month.
Posted May 17, 2012

Speedway Convenience Stores Top Retailer in Its Category
The 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study placed Costco as the gasoline retail brand of the year.
Posted May 16, 2012

Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation
All store locations are selling Wish Stars for $1, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the foundation.
Posted May 16, 2012

Vermont Pooh-Poohs Dollar Stores
Based on environmental and aesthetic criteria, Vermonters are speaking out against the growth of dollar stores in their state.
Posted May 15, 2012

Washington to Double RYO Taxes
A carton of roll-your-own cigarettes in Washington state is on track to increase from $40 to $80 in July.
Posted May 15, 2012

"Roboista" Versus the Barista
Briggo's robotic barista kiosk is hoping to automate the gourmet coffeehouse experience.
Posted May 14, 2012

Buc-ee's Opens World's Largest C-Store
The 60-pump station boasts 68,000 square feet and a 34-stall women's restroom.
Posted May 9, 2012

Future of C-Stores to Depend on Foodservice
NRA Show educational session includes insights on executing world-class convenience store foodservice.
Posted May 8, 2012

Family Dollar to Partner with McLane
Partnership will allow Family Dollar to customize assortments to local markets as well establish a national supply chain for refrigerated and frozen merchandise.
Posted May 8, 2012

Connecticut Allows Sunday Sales
One of the last states to hold out on allowing Sunday alcohol sales has changed its tune.
Posted May 7, 2012

Lawmaker Proposes Limiting Smoking Bans
The measure would prohibit localities from not allowing smoking in places where more than half of retail sales are derived from entertainment, tobacco or alcohol.
Posted May 4, 2012

Appeals Court: Malt Drinks Should Be Taxed Like Beer
The court based its ruling on the fact that the beverages are made from beer and contain about the same alcohol content.
Posted May 4, 2012

Chicago Alderman Review Soda Tax Proposals
Committee members heard proposals that would tax sugary drinks anywhere from 1 cent to 30 cents.
Posted May 3, 2012

Beer Companies, Retailers Seek Dismissal of Indian Lawsuit
Motions ask a judge to dismiss a $500 million lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe against breweries, retailers and distributors.
Posted May 3, 2012

Dollar General Transforms Into 'New General Store'
The discount retailer wants to grab a bigger share of the supermarket business by upping its fresh food and refrigerated products.
Posted May 2, 2012

Michigan Lawmakers Tinker With State Smoking Ban
Some legislators want to allow smoking in enclosed, separate rooms, on outdoor restaurant patios and at charity fundraisers.
Posted May 2, 2012

Tennessee Senate Passes Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Bill
The bill would require retailers to pay a cigarette tax and $500 licensing fee for each RYO machine. Also, Associated Industries of Florida urges support for NACS-supported RYO legislation.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Massachusetts Town First in Nation to Ban Bottled Water
Concord residents voted to ban the sale of bottled water within city limits.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Online Lottery Push Faces Strong Opposition
Retailers and casinos find themselves on the same side when it comes to fighting online lottery ticket sales.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

C-Store Owner Protests Grocery Store Wine Ballot
The filing claims the language violates the state constitution's equal protection clause because it outlines which stores can sell wine.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

California Legislators Try Hooking State Minimum Wage to CPI
Lawmakers want the state's hourly rate to rise above its current $8.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

Tobacco Firms Round Up Support Against California Cigarette Tax Initiative
Proposition 29 would jack up cigarette taxes by $1 to reach $1.87 per pack.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

Solana Beach Considering Fine-Heavy Plastic Bag Ban
Stores violating the ordinance could incur a fine of up to $1,000.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

Washington Nets Nearly $31 million for Liquor Stores
More than 14,000 bids have been submitted for the state's 167 liquor stores, which will become privatized beginning June 1.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

Alabama Approves Restriction of Cold, Allergy Meds
The legislation applies to allergy and cold medication that has ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make the drug meth.
Posted Apr 25, 2012

Warehouse Clubs Lure Customers With Cheap Food
Customers come for the cheap eats and often leave with far more than a full stomach.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Cashless and Cardless by 2020
Experts say that more consumers will ditch both cash and plastic in favor of mobile payments within eight years.
Posted Apr 23, 2012

Illinois Governor Proposes Higher Cigarette Excise Taxes
Governor Pat Quinn's plan to keep the state's Medicaid program from collapsing is banking on a $1 increase in the state's cigarette tax.
Posted Apr 23, 2012

Online Lottery Sales Proposal Sinks in Maryland
The State Lottery Agency lost its funding to shift sales to the Internet.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

Vermont Seeks Plastic Bag Ban and Expansion of Bottle Deposits
Bottle deposit expansion includes a wide range of beverages and would take effect in 2013, while a plastic bag ban would take effect this July.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

Dollar Stores Gaining on Walgreens, CVS in Florida
South Florida dollar store chains are expanding, revamping food offerings and health and beauty selections, as well as offering pharmacies in some locations.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

Arizona Gas Station Makes History
A gas station on Route 66 gets its name added to the national historic register.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court Denies Processing Exemption to Restaurants, C-Stores
The ruling referred to a partial sales tax exemption for electricity used to prepare food for sale.
Posted Apr 13, 2012

Chicago Mayor Proposes Crackdown on "Problem" C-Stores
Mayor Emanuel is planning to shut down liquor and convenience stores that are magnets for crime.
Posted Apr 12, 2012

Costco to Sit Out Oregon and Idaho Liquor Fights in 2012
After funding nearly all of Washington's $22 million campaign to end a government monopoly on liquor sales, Costco will be watching from the sidelines on efforts in Idaho and Oregon � at least for this year.
Posted Apr 10, 2012

Gas Stations Go Upscale
Some retailers are transforming their stores into a shopper's paradise.
Posted Apr 5, 2012

Maryland Faces Rising Cigarette Smuggling
The state seeks to increase smuggling penalties in an effort to extinguish the growth of the crime.
Posted Apr 4, 2012

Tennessee Retailers Concede Defeat on Wine Sales
For the sixth consecutive year legislation that would allow Tennessee grocery and convenience stores to sell wine has failed to gain traction.
Posted Apr 3, 2012

New York Bans Synthetic Marijuana
The state has banned products like "Spice", "K2", "Mr. Nice Guy" and "Smiley Dog" from being sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and tobacco stores.
Posted Apr 2, 2012

Mega Millions' Lives Up to Name With $540 Million Jackpot
Today's drawing has the largest ever payout for the multi-state lottery.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Indiana Closely Eyes Illinois Online Lottery
State lottery officials are keeping a close watch on how the online lottery ticket sales play out in Illinois.
Posted Mar 29, 2012

NYACS Helps Block State Tobacco Tax Hikes
NYACS successfully advocated for changes to tobacco taxes proposed in the state budget.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

Massachusetts Towns Ban Tobacco in Drug Stores
The Southborough and Wellesley boards of health have okayed banning tobacco from drug-store shelves.
Posted Mar 27, 2012

QuikTrip Rolls Out New Stores
The Tulsa-based c-store chain is moving forward with plans to open more "Generation 3" stores in the Kansas City market by year's end.
Posted Mar 27, 2012

Grocers Realize the Value of Private Label
Companies invested in private label are erasing the stigma that their products are generic or second-rate alternatives to the major brands.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

Starbucks Shifts Into Super Supplier
The coffeehouse chain is branching out from the street corner and boosting its presence on grocery store shelves � a move that will continue as the company continues to grow.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

All-Out Vending
In addition to sodas and snacks, vending machines are offering everything from fishing bait to artwork.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

Illinois Online Lottery Begins
On Sunday, Illinois became the first state to allow online lottery sales � and it won't be the last.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

Governor Signs Indiana Smoking Ban Into Law
The statewide indoor smoking ban will take effect in July, with exemptions for casinos, clubs and bars.
Posted Mar 23, 2012

Silence Might Be the Best Choice
Playing music could land retailers in hot water with performing rights companies.
Posted Mar 23, 2012

U.S. Consumption of Soft Drinks Plummets
Carbonated soda volume, excluding energy drinks, dropped 1.5% in 2011.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

N.C. Court Rules State Smoking Ban Legal
The judges overturned a lower court decision that found the ban violated the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

Giant Eagle Tests Curbside Express
The service allows customers to order online and pick up their groceries at the store without leaving their car.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

New York County Attempts Tobacco Display Ban
Madison County is developing plans to make c-stores and other retail establishments where minors can frequent go dark � but the rules would not apply tribal stores.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

"Cash Mobs" Hit Up Small Businesses
From San Diego to Buffalo, groups of organized do-gooders are descending upon small businesses, buying merchandise in cash and celebrating their pro-small, local businesses mission.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

NY C-Stores Applaud Action Against Unregulated RYO Cigarette Dealers
NYACS is pleased with the announcement that the state attorney general would be suing two additional roll-your-own shops. Also, NACS will take this issue to Congress next week for NACS Day on Capitol Hill.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

CDC Combats Smoking With New Graphic Ads
The agency unveiled its national, antismoking campaign yesterday.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

N.Y. Wine Industry Renews Grocery Store Wine Sales Push
Despite setbacks and opposition from the governor, the New York Wine Industry Association has once again found a bill sponsor.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

Kentucky Panel Approves Statewide Smoking Ban
Some legislators believe the controversial bill will likely fail to gain political traction, as all 100 state House members are up for reelection this year.
Posted Mar 15, 2012

New Jersey Reignites Tobacco Tax Increase Debate
The legislature will look into whether it should raise tobacco taxes, despite the state having one the nation's highest cigarette taxes.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

Target Expands Fresh in 100 More Stores
Target is completing remodels at 100 stores later this month, all of which will offer a full selection of fresh food in roughly 10,000 square feet of space.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Washington State Begins Liquor License Auction
Voters approved an initiative that requires the state to end its control of liquor stores.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Anti-Tobacco Groups Demonize Convenience Stores
NACS counters that the convenience stores sell legal products in a lawful way, and that the report is "rife with nonsensical reasoning."
Posted Mar 7, 2012

S.C. Bill Introduced to Require Retailers Restrooms Be Public
The legislation would require all retail locations to have public-access facilities.
Posted Mar 7, 2012

Indiana Lawmakers Consider Weakened Smoking Bill
Also on the table is whether localities can pass more stringent bans that would supersede the statewide ban.
Posted Mar 7, 2012

Retailers Join Mobile Payment Race
Walmart and Target among two dozen retailers joining together to create a mobile payment service.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Battle Brewing Over Selling Beer at Connecticut Gas Stations
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has proposed allowing convenience stores at gasoline stations to sell beer.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Oakland Food Truck Vendors Unite to Fight Crime
Citing a lack of response from police following a spate of crimes, Oakland food truck vendors are looking to hire security guards to protect themselves.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Costco Profits Fueled by Pump Discounts
The big-box store reels in shoppers with its low gas prices, a strategy that has boosted its bottom line.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

U.S. Growth Advanced by Consumer Spending
The U.S. economy improved a bit quicker during the last part of 2011, which could mean stronger progress in 2012.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

Home Depot To Accept PayPal Payments
PayPal payment option to be available at all 2,000 U.S. The Home Depot stores beginning later this month.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Indiana Turns Up Heat on Right-to-Work Laws
The state outlawed forcing employees to join a union or pay union dues to work.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

Florida Targets Fruit-Flavored Tobacco
Around 100 communities have adopted resolutions urging businesses to ban fruit- and liqueur-flavored tobacco products.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

Minnesota Town Mandates Prepay
Prompted by increasing gas prices, Coon Rapids became the first city in the state to require customers to prepay at the pump.
Posted Feb 27, 2012

U-Haul and C-Stores Continue Dealer Partnerships
Three more convenience store operators have added U-Haul services to their businesses.
Posted Feb 27, 2012

New York Seizes Tribal Cigarettes
Since June, New York has seized more than 5 million cigarettes produced by Native American companies.
Posted Feb 24, 2012

Efforts To Expand Iowa Bottle Bill Fizzle
Legislation to expand Iowa's bottle bill to include bottled water and sports drinks failed to gain traction from state lawmakers.
Posted Feb 24, 2012

Bill Would Allow Oklahoma Cities To Ban Smoking
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association opposes the plan, arguing that regulations should be imposed statewide to prevent confusion and undue burdens on multi-unit operators.
Posted Feb 23, 2012

BP Faces Class Action Suit Over Expired Car Wash Codes
The complaint alleges certificates redeemable for pre-paid goods and services should be valid for five years from the date of purchase.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

Illinois Online Lottery Could Cost Jobs
Chicagoland c-store operators are warning that 7,000 jobs could be lost if an online lottery moves forward as planned without retailer protections.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Oklahoma Considers Raising Smoking Age
A bill before the House would up the legal age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

West Virginia Bill Targets RYO Shops
The proposal seeks to ban businesses from possessing roll your own machines, subjecting violators to a $25,000 fine.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Des Moines Proposes Revised Liquor License Approval Process
The proposal would add a "good moral character" qualifier to the city code that assesses liquor license applications.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

C-Store Foodservice Professionals in High Demand
As more stores focus on foodservice, the demand for qualified and energetic employees is heating up.
Posted Feb 13, 2012

Hawaii Debates Taxing Electronic Cigarettes
Lawmakers also consider nixing the state requirement to mix E10 blends.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Kansas House Committee Ponders Liquor Law Changes
The bill would allow convenience stores and supermarkets to sell full-strength beer, spirits and wine.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

NYACS Opposes Higher Tobacco Taxes
The New York association provided testimony for a state Finance Committee hearing that urges legislators to reject Governor Cuomo's proposed tax increases for cigars and loose tobacco.
Posted Feb 7, 2012

Minnesota Retailers Set Tobacco Compliance Record
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 97.6% of Minnesota's tobacco retailers did not sell tobacco to minors.
Posted Feb 7, 2012

Synthetic Bath Salts Battle Continues
Fake bath salts are just one of many synthetic drugs that have gained attention by state legislatures in the past two years.
Posted Feb 6, 2012

Indianans Must Plan Ahead for Super Bowl Parties
The state's alcohol law forbids takeout sales of liquor on Sundays. Meanwhile, the state House passed a smoking ban bill.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

Mississippi Committee OKs Repeal of Convenience Store Security Law
Opponents maintain the law unfairly singles out convenience store owners, creating a financial burden for compliance.
Posted Feb 2, 2012

New York Considers Minimum Wage Hike
The proposal has businesses concerned about job loss if the measure passes.
Posted Feb 1, 2012

Florida State Senator Proposes Food Stamp Restrictions
The measure would ban food stamp purchases of "junk food."
Posted Feb 1, 2012

Virginia Subcommittee Deals Setback to RYO Shops
The subcommittee wants to define stores with roll your own tobacco machines as cigarette manufacturers.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

South Dakota Seeks Higher Taxes for Roll Your Own Smokes
State legislation would double the cost of roll your own cigarettes made and purchased in tobacco stores.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Cash Still Reigns Supreme
The payment form ranks at the top for most Americans.
Posted Jan 25, 2012

Nevada Pharmacy Board Bans "Bath Salts"
An emergency order that classifies the substances as "schedule 1 drugs" is valid for 120 days, with Nevada's Legislative Commission set to address the issue next month.
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Video Rental Stores Becoming Obsolete
DVD rental kiosks such as Redbox and digital streaming services are accelerating the demise of the local video rental store.
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Kansas Retailers Again Pursue Full-Strength Beer Sales
Convenience and grocery owners are seeking permission to sell full-strength beer in their stores.
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Walgreens Re-Opens 68 Newly Renovated Indianapolis Stores
The stores now offer fresh produce, grab-and-go food options and take-home meal options.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

Casey's General Stores Move to 24/7 Operation
The convenience store chain has begun lengthening the hours at stores located in smaller communities.
Posted Jan 20, 2012

John Thompson, 7-Eleven Pioneer
Investor's Business Daily profiles Thompson and his prolific career.
Posted Jan 20, 2012

FDA to Discuss Tobacco Strips, Lozenges
The safety and risks of the so-called "dissovables" is the topic of a three-day meeting that starts today.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmaker Calls for Tax on Newspapers
Want to read? It might cost you more.
Posted Jan 16, 2012

Eatery Fights Credit Card Fines in Court
Utah restaurant owners sued the bank that processed their charges after the card companies accused them of fraud.
Posted Jan 13, 2012

Expanded Beer Sales Fizzles in Colorado
After four consecutive years of trying to allow convenience stores to sell full-strength beer, no legislation has been filed for 2012.
Posted Jan 13, 2012

Indiana Convenience Store Summit Focuses on Safety
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association plans to bring together police and industry experts later this month to outline best practices for keeping stores safe.
Posted Jan 10, 2012

Dollar Stores Continue To Resonate With Affluent Consumers
Outlook is strong for dollar-store retailers, whose convenience and competitive pricing will challenge food and drug retailers.
Posted Jan 10, 2012

Retail Food Prices Drop Slightly
Food prices drop in the fourth quarter but are still up substantially from a year ago.
Posted Jan 10, 2012

More Workplaces Banning Smoking and Smokers
There's a new job requirement: No smoking � ever.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Walmart Continues Small Format Expansion
A new Neighborhood Market is opening in Flower Mound, Texas, offering quick access to grocery items and fresh-prepared foods.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Nebraska Considers Taxing Soda, Energy Beverages
A bill introduced this week would remove the soft drink exemption from the state's sales tax.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Georgia Not likely to Reinstate Food Tax
A proposal that would restart a state sales tax on groceries has little traction.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Dollar General Entering Massachusetts and California
The discount retailer will enter the two states this year as part of a nationwide expansion plan.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Fruit Prices Jump Higher
The cost for fruit this year will be 3 percent to 4 percent more than last year.
Posted Oct 28, 2011

Pennsylvania Governor Reviewing Liquor Privatization Plans
Governor Corbett supports turning over control of the state's alcohol industry and is studying a plan to auction retail and wholesale licenses.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Lottery Tickets Available Online for Floridians - For Now
New website offers a lottery service to Floridians, and lottery officials are trying to figure out whether the venture is legal.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

D.C Mayor Thanks 7-Eleven for Boosting Employment
7-Eleven has pledged to hire all of the stores' employees from the neighborhoods where they're located.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

County Legislator Calls for Clearer Gas Price Postings
The legislator is proposing to change current law so that street signage clearly states the differences in cash or credit prices at the pump.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Retailers Heighten Awareness of "Flash Robs"
With the holiday season approaching, retailers are preparing to protect their stores and staff against mob-mentality robberies.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Cigarette Trafficking Ring Busted in Georgia
A four-year investigation leads to nearly 50 arrests last week when officials broke up a major cigarette tax crime ring.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Obama, Emanuel to Tour Chicago's "Food Deserts"
The First Lady will tour the city's food desert areas next week as part of Mayor Emanuel's "food summit."
Posted Oct 20, 2011

New York Convenience Stores See Boost in Cigarette Traffic
The Oneida Indian Nation is allowing its inventory of name brand cigarettes to dwindle to avoid paying taxes.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

More Massachusetts Grocery Stores to Sell Beer
A new agreement in Massachusetts would increase the current limit of three liquor licenses per company to five next year and up to nine in 2020.
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Walmart To Close Doors on Marketside Stores
The retailer is reportedly planning to close up all of its Arizona Marketside locations later this month.
Posted Oct 17, 2011

NetSpend Expands Reload Network to 7-Eleven Locations Nationwide
Cardholders can stop by more than 6,000 outlets to add funds to their payment cards.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

Pa. Alcohol Privatization Proposal Leaves Beer Out in the Cold
The bill also forbids sale of alcohol at retailers with gasoline pumps.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

New Jersey Contemplates Raising Taxes on Tobacco
The state is specifically looking at non-cigarette tobacco products, such as little cigars.
Posted Oct 10, 2011

American Snuff Company Launches New Website
The company promotes its smokeless tobacco products on the site.
Posted Oct 10, 2011

Georgia Voters To Tackle Sunday Alcohol Sales
The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores has long lobbied to get the matter in front of voters.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

Some Food, Gas Prices Might Be Heading Down
Just in time for the holidays, the cost of filling up, sweets and baked goods could be dropping.
Posted Oct 6, 2011

Drugstore Food More Costly
A new survey finds that groceries in drug stores and pharmacies typically are more expensive than in grocery stores.
Posted Oct 6, 2011

Eight States to Hike Minimum Wage in 2012
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will raise their minimum wage next year.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

Healthy Corners Brings Fresh Produce to Food Deserts
The program targets areas in Washington, D.C., that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Unemployment Taxes Rise for Businesses
More employers are receiving higher state unemployment tax bills because states have to make more than $1 billion in interest payments this fall.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Lucky Irving Oil Customer Wins Free Gas for a Year
The Irving Rewards program offered customers gas savings and chance to win free gas for a year.
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Security Mandate for C-Stores Raises Concerns
A new measure will require convenience stores in Jackson, Mississippi, to have security personnel on their premises from midnight to 5 am.
Posted Sep 27, 2011

Cafe2U Rolls Into U.S. Market
The Australian-based mobile coffee franchise is hitting the ground in the United States, with the first franchise opening in Bend, Oregon.
Posted Sep 26, 2011

Wisconsin to Enforce Roll-Your-Own Taxes
According to state law, if a retailer or the retailer's customer operates a RYO machine on premise, the retailer is both a cigarette manufacturer and distributor.
Posted Sep 26, 2011

2010 Tough Year for Independent Grocers
These smaller supermarkets registered slimmer profit margins last year.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Walmart Opens First Neighborhood Market in Chicago
Walmart continues its Windy City expansion with a 27,000-square foot grocery store.
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Marathon Boosts Loyalty Services
The company is increasing its private-label and co-branded credit and marketing services for more than 5,000 independently owned locations.
Posted Sep 22, 2011

NFIB Sues the NLRB Over Posting Requirement Rule
The federation said the labor board had "gone too far" in passing the rule that requires businesses to post a notice about employees' right to unionize.
Posted Sep 21, 2011

Oklahoma Would Have to Change Constitution to Expand Wine, Beer Sales
Distributors and liquor stores strongly oppose any changes to the status quo, but grocery and convenience stores want to sell stronger beer and wine.
Posted Sep 21, 2011

Revised Kansas City Liquor Law May Court Convenience
Government regulation, not economics, has prevented convenience stores from serving Kansas City's poorest neighborhoods. That may soon change.
Posted Sep 20, 2011

D.C. Market Bus Brings Fresh Produce to Locals
The Mobile Market, a decommissioned school bus retrofitted as a farmers market on wheels, also plans to accept food stamps.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Recession Is "Likely"
Economists say there's a one in three chance that the United States will slip into a recession over the next 12 months.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Santa Cruz County Passes Plastic Bag Ban
The county Board of Supervisors also approved a fee on paper bags.
Posted Sep 16, 2011

Big Y Jettisons Self-Checkout Lanes
The New England supermarket chain debuted self-checkout eight years ago.
Posted Sep 16, 2011

Consumer Confidence, Retail Sales Down
Is a double-dip recession on the way?
Posted Sep 15, 2011

97 Georgia Cities, Counties Set November Sunday Sales Referendums
In April, the governor signed a law allowing municipalities to vote on whether to let retailers sell alcohol on Sundays.
Posted Sep 14, 2011

PDI Announces Winners of Doing Business Electronically Awards
The awards recognize convenience retailers and wholesale petroleum marketers who have shown innovation in using PDI/Enterprise.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Boston Proposes Restrictions on E-Cigs
Retailers would be required to apply for a permit through the commission's Tobacco Control office to sell e-cigarettes.
Posted Sep 12, 2011

Los Angeles Considers Paper, Plastic Bag Ban
Several California counties and cities already have bans on plastic bags.
Posted Sep 9, 2011

Methamphetamine Use Drops Sharply
The restriction in ingredients used to make meth contributed to its decline. Also, the DEA has temporarily made selling synthetic drugs used to make "bath salts" illegal.
Posted Sep 9, 2011

ALDI Aligns Nutrition Messages With USDA
ALDI's new campaign will reach more than 20 million customers each month with affordable produce prices.
Posted Sep 8, 2011

Utah Town Considers Sunday Beer Sales
Provo City Council members express that they are in favor of reexamining Sunday sales as a means to boost revenues.
Posted Sep 8, 2011

Restaurants Target Food Stamp Customers
A growing number of QSRs are lobbying for a piece of the food stamp pie.
Posted Sep 7, 2011

Winning Lottery Ticket Revives Store's Fortunes
A San Diego store owner sees a 10-fold jump in lottery ticket sales after selling a $2 million winning ticket.
Posted Sep 1, 2011

Walmart to Launch Grocery-Only Store in Nebraska
The new format is the first of several that it is rumored to be developing.
Posted Sep 1, 2011

California Bill Seeks Ban on Styrofoam Containers
The measure would prohibit restaurants, supermarkets and other retailers from using expanded polystyrene containers for takeaway food.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Florida Town Considers Mandatory Classes for Retailers on Illegal Consumption
The mayor of Pembroke Pines wants convenience store clerks, bartenders and restaurant workers to take a mandatory class on the dangers of underage drinking.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Florida Legislator Re-Introduces Bottled Water Tax Bill
The proposal would add a 6 percent surcharge on all bottled water under a gallon.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Indy Smokers Rolling Their Own
Roll-your-own cigarette shops begin popping up throughout Indianapolis as smokers seek less expensive options.
Posted Aug 30, 2011

30th Anniversary for Arizona Lottery Follows Sales Record
More than half a billion in sales has generated $39 million in commissions for lottery retailers.
Posted Aug 30, 2011

C-Stores Highly Compliant With Food Quality and Safety
President of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association reports the state's convenience store retailers scored a 99 percent compliance rate of providing high quality and safe food.
Posted Aug 30, 2011

Kwik Trip's Green Initiatives Generate Big Savings
About half of the convenience stores in the country qualified for LEED certification are owned and operated by Kwik Trip.
Posted Aug 29, 2011

Food Stamp Vendors Increase
As the number of SNAP participants increases, so is scrutiny over the products people are or are not purchasing.
Posted Aug 29, 2011

Meijer Opens "Marketplace" Concept in Chicago
The move continues the push for big retailers to open smaller formats in urban areas such as Chicago.
Posted Aug 26, 2011

Low Interest Rates Holding Back Economy
Low interest rates could be responsible for decimating interest income and pensions, which is especially troubling for retirees.
Posted Aug 26, 2011

CBO: Unemployment Rate to Remain High
The Congressional Budget Office also projected that inflation-adjusted GDP will rise only 2.3% this year and 2.7% in 2012, with the U.S. economy failing to operate at its potential.
Posted Aug 25, 2011

Michigan Bar Owners Consider Banning Lawmakers
Upset about a smoking ban, Michigan bar owners are considering banning state lawmakers from their premises.
Posted Aug 25, 2011

Piggly Wiggly Promotes Food for Health at Its Pharmacies
Piggly Wiggly meal planning effort is designed to position the chain as a health and wellness destination.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Dissolvable Tobacco Moves to Center Stage
Tobacco companies are rolling out new products that have regulatory agencies scrambling to figure out how to classify them.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Thrifty Foods Reverts to Plastic
The Canadian supermarket chain had stopped handing out plastic bags in 2009, but customer preference has the chain bringing them back.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Walmart's Domestic Sales Fall for Ninth Consecutive Quarter
The big-box retailer cites concerns about the economy and its impact on customers, but predicts comparable store sales to rise by the end of the year.
Posted Aug 18, 2011

Tri-State Petroleum Holds Dunk Tank Fundraiser
The fundraising event takes place today with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Pret a Manger Redefines QSR Customer Service
The U.K.-based retailer's team focus of motivated and friendly employees is helping the QSR chain grow in the United States.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Indiana Governor Supports Statewide Smoking Ban
Daniels says statewide smoking ban has a shot at passing.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

National Payment Card Association Expands Merchant-Branded Debit Into Grocery Retail
The group continues to expand ITS offer on interchange savings by moving into the grocery/supermarket sector.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

More Classical, Less Loitering
An Ohio convenience store is keeping loiterers at bay with classical music.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

U.S. Food Prices Expected to Rise Next Year
Higher commodity prices this year will impact the cost of food in 2012.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Aloha Petroleum Opens New Store Prototype
New ground-up design highlights the convenience store chain's local roots.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

Pennsylvania Alcohol Privatization Discussions Heat Up
The legislature is considering ways to end the state's monopoly on selling wine and liquor, but current beer laws could stay the same.
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Boston Market and Blockbuster Express Offer Dinner and a Movie
The promotion offers customers a free movie rental from a Blockbuster Express kiosk with meals purchased after 5:00 pm.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Kraft Separates Into Two Businesses
One will handle its snack food products while the other will take on its grocery products.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Colorado Lottery Reports Record Sales
The state registered more than $518 million in sales for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Tesco Gets Ready to Test Smaller Format
The grocer has plans to pilot its convenience store size in southern California.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Maryland C-Store Helps Residents Slim Down
Customers at a local convenience store are starting to make healthier choices, but there is still a long way to go.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Ohio Lottery Realizes Sales Record
Instant game ticket sales generated more than 50 percent of last year's $2.6 billion total.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Poor Sales Hurt Small Businesses More Than Credit Woes
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that economic uncertainty and low sales contributed the most to small businesses laying off workers.
Posted Aug 3, 2011

Long Beach, Calif., Latest City to Ban Plastic Bags
On August 1, all large supermarket chains, big-box retailers and big drugstores cannot give out single-use plastic bags.
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Clark Brands Re-Opens Mentor, Minn., Location
Just over a year after a tornado tore through the store, the rural gasoline station and convenience store is once again open for business.
Posted Jul 29, 2011

Postal Service's "Village" Plan Offers Corner Store Opportunities
The USPS is targeting more than 3,600 post offices for possible closure this year under a plan released on Tuesday.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

Walmart Brings Smaller Format to Boston
Walmart Market is part of the big box retailer's plan to develop smaller format stores in urban areas.
Posted Jul 26, 2011

Consumers Turn Again to Credit Cards
More Americans are paying for necessities with plastic once more.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Retailers, First Lady Target "Food Deserts"
Walmart, SuperValu and Walgreens are joining Michelle Obama to open more stores in so-called "food deserts."
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Georgia Supreme Court: Retailers May Be Liable for Drunk Driving
State Supreme Court ruling says that convenience retailers may be held liable if they sell alcohol to visually impaired customers who drive drunk and cause injury to others.
Posted Jul 20, 2011

Washington State's Liquor Fight Continues
Costco and food associations continue the fight to sell alcohol in Washington State.
Posted Jul 20, 2011

Rewards Cards Put the Squeeze on Retailers
Consumers love the freebies associated with their rewards-based credit cards, but small businesses aren't sharing the sentiment.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Portland To Vote This Week on Plastic Bag Ban
The ordinance is expected to pass with ease and enforcement would begin in less than three months.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Filling Up��With Beer
Sunoco's APlus convenience stores in Western New York are selling growlers filled with local craft brews � and with positive results.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Merchants Go Paperless
More retailers are switching to email receipts instead of paper.
Posted Jul 15, 2011

Pennsylvania Considers Liquor Store Privatization
The legislation would allow convenience retailers to sell more than beer.
Posted Jul 15, 2011

Young's Food Stores Give $12,500 to Foundation
The grant goes to the Tuomey Foundation through the BP Fueling Communities Program.
Posted Jul 15, 2011

Some Grocers Close Self-Checkout
A decade after their debut, some supermarkets are abandoning self-checkout lanes.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Arizona Exceeds National Average in 'Food Deserts'
A new study found that close to 14 percent of that state's residents live in low-income areas with little access to grocery stores.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

Thorntons Raises $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation
Every location sold Wish Stars for a dollar during May.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

Reynolds American Sees Smokeless Tobacco as the Future
With more regulation for cigarettes, the tobacco industry is looking for new ways to fire up sales.
Posted Jul 6, 2011

Texas Legislature Stubs Out Statewide Smoking Ban
Lawmakers once again declined to vote on a comprehensive indoor smoking prohibition.
Posted Jul 6, 2011

Duane Reade Unveils New Flagship Store
President Joe Magnacca calls the new store "the most exciting drug store in the world."
Posted Jul 6, 2011

Sonic, Burger King Serve Up Alcohol
Some QSRs are hoping that beer and wine will help lure customers into their restaurants to boost evening dining sales.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Kangaroo Express Achieves $1 Million "Salute Our Troops" Fundraising Goal
The campaign is continuing throughout the summer to benefit military non-profit organizations.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Loyalty Programs Not Always Winners
A new study finds that reward cards might not work for some companies.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Walmart Express to Open Blocks from Wrigley Field
Move comes as the retailer continues its expansion into urban areas with convenience store-sized formats.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Minors Buying Tobacco at All-Time Low
A new study finds that U.S. retailers sold tobacco to minors only 9.3 percent of the time.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

Another Winning Million-Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold at Rutter's
The $1 million Pennsylvania lottery ticket was purchased at a Wrightsville location.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

Walgreens Rolls Out Online Ordering, In-Store Pickup
The new service is rolling out in 480 Chicago-area stores, with select stores to offer curbside delivery.
Posted Jun 28, 2011

Vermont Faces Friday Cigarette Tax Increase
Also this week, Hawaii's cigarette excise tax will increase from $3.00 to $3.20 per pack.
Posted Jun 28, 2011

N.H. Tobacco Tax Rollback Becomes Law
The governor will not veto a budget bill that contains a tobacco tax rollback.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Nice N Easy Focuses on Food
The New York c-store chain is adding hot meals to its menu and chefs to its staff to boost its foodservice offer.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

N.H. Grocers, Convenience Stores Support Cigarette Tax Reduction
Lawmakers are considering slashing the state's cigarette tax by a dime per pack.
Posted Jun 24, 2011

New York Court Allows Resumption of Tax Collection on Tribal Sales
For now, the state can resume collecting taxes on Indian cigarette sales to non-Indian customers.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

Dollar General Continues to Attract Affluent Shoppers
The dollar-store chain reports that its fastest-growing segment is customers who are making more than $70,000 per year.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Philly Council Again Nixes Soda Tax
The mayor once more couldn't garner enough support for his proposed tax on soft drinks.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Officials Warn Against Leaving Kids, Pets in Hot Cars
In the summer heat, common sense doesn't always prevail.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

FDA To Unveil Final Warning Selections for Cigarettes
On Tuesday, the agency will reveal the graphic imagery for cigarette packaging and advertising.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

Gas Station Gets New Life as a Coffeehouse
The 1920s-era location is being restored and transformed into Artie's Filling Station.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

Pennsylvania Bans Counterfeit Pot and "Bath Salts"
The bill is now awaiting the governor's signature.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

Find Your 'Winning Formula'
Retailers should discover their own strategies to beat the competition.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Groups Rally Against Philly Soda Tax
The mayor's proposal to have a 2-cent per ounce tax on sugared drinks has fierce opposition.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Residents Support Wine Sales in N.Y. Supermarkets
However, the issue is not on tap for the Legislature to consider in the waning days of its session.
Posted Jun 15, 2011

Harsher Spring Weather Could Translate Into Rising Food Costs
The downpours, droughts, floods, heat and tornadoes that whipped through the Midwest could contribute to a reduction in the fall harvest.
Posted Jun 15, 2011

So-Called Bath Salts Hurting Legitimate Companies
Rising interest in illegal drugs masquerading as "bath salts" is tanking sales of the real thing in c-stores.
Posted Jun 15, 2011

Appellate Court Issues Stay in Seneca Case
The temporary restraining order blocks the state from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold only by the Seneca Indian Nation.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

Harbor Wholesale Grocery Drops 'Grocery' in Favor of 'Foods'
The name change better reflects the company's role as a major food distributor.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

NCR Places 800 Blockbuster Express Kiosks at Food Lion Locations
Customers can enjoy their first $1-a-night movie rental at Blockbuster Express at Food Lion stores at no cost.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

Mobile Grocer Helps Bridge "Food Desert" Gap
Converted beer trailers are providing fresh food items to New Mexico communities that lack easy access to grocery stores.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

Oregon Revamps Bottle Bill
Gov. Kitzhaber has signed into law a vast expansion of the state's bottle bill, ending more than four years of negotiations.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

New York Judge Rules Against Seneca Indian Nation
NYACS hails the ruling and urges the administration to immediately begin pre-collecting cigarette taxes sold by wholesale distributors to tribal enterprises.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Popularity of Retail Clinics Soars
The lower-cost alternative to doctor's offices is dotting the retail landscape.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Wisconsin Proposes Alcohol Time Change
The two-hour time change would make it more convenient for campers and third-shift workers to purchase alcohol at grocery and convenience stores.
Posted Jun 8, 2011

California Zip Code Bill Heads to State Senate
A bill would allow California motor fuels retailers to continue collecting zip codes from customers who pay by credit card.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

QSR Jobs in Higher Demand
Increased job demand is making the QSR talent pool stronger and more competitive.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

Kentucky Lottery Projects Record Sales
Record-setting sales could reach $813 million next fiscal year, up sharply from the projected $774 million in sales.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

Irving Oil Launches Free Gas Promotion
The company's rewards program offers customers gas savings and chance to win free gas for a year.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

New Jersey Considers Online Lottery Sales
Opponents say the move would harm small businesses, such as convenience stores, that sell lottery tickets.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Kroger Co. Offers Fuel Discount Program to More Markets
The supermarket chain increases the number of stores giving a discount by three-fold.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

7-Eleven Flying High
The convenience retailer lands its first airport store inside a secured area.
Posted May 27, 2011

Mobile Payment Company Square Continues to Make News
Company releases two new apps that threaten to "make cash registers all but obsolete," writes Geek.com.
Posted May 26, 2011

NY Lawmakers Push Wine in Grocery Stores Again
On Monday, the legislative sponsors held a roundtable discussion on the issue.
Posted May 25, 2011

Some Tobacco Firms Discouraged With FDA Regulatory Authority
The industry has expressed its disappointment with how the agency has handled its oversight of tobacco products.
Posted May 25, 2011

Tobacco Store Guides Customers in Rolling Their Own
Tightwad Tobacco in Pennsylvania and Florida has found a money-saving loophole in federal law that allows customers to receive nearly a carton of cigarettes for $25.
Posted May 23, 2011

Subway Unveils LEED-Certified Stores In North Carolina
The environmentally friendly restaurants include recycled flooring, Energy Star-rated HVAC systems, low flow and flush fixtures in restrooms and more natural light.
Posted May 23, 2011

Maine C-Store Adds U-Haul Services
Now movers can fill up a U-Haul with their belongings as well as fill up on fuel and in-store merchandise.
Posted May 23, 2011

More Tribes Make Own Cigarettes
In New York, one tribal smoke shop has three-quarters of its inventory in the less expensive, Indian-made cigarettes.
Posted May 20, 2011

Who Can Apply for SBA Disaster Loans?
The SBA provides loans that total up to $2 million for businesses impacted by a disaster.
Posted May 18, 2011

Texas Lawmakers Persistent on Smoking Ban
Texas lawmakers say the fight to ban smoking in restaurants, bars, and most public places is still alive.
Posted May 18, 2011

One-Stop Alcohol Shopping Proposed in Pennsylvania
A proposed bill would allow wine, spirits to be sold at beer distributors.
Posted May 17, 2011

Rhode Island Lawmakers Consider Lowering Cigarette Taxes
Bill seeks to trim one dollar from the state's cigarette pack tax.
Posted May 17, 2011

Arkansas Supermarkets Sell Lottery Tickets
Lottery officials have 100 vending machines ready for distribution.
Posted May 17, 2011

Opinion: Illinois Cigarette Tax Could Lead to Smuggling
A recent study suggests that a $1 per pack increase could result in rampant, large-scale cigarette smuggling.
Posted May 16, 2011

Illinois Senate to Consider Soda Tax Increase
The proposal would add another penny per ounce for sweetened beverages, including soft drinks, coffee drinks and sweet iced tea.
Posted May 13, 2011

'Bath Salt' Drugs Return to Louisiana Shelves
The governor had signed a temporary ban on the products but manufacturers slightly changed the chemical composition to get around the restriction.
Posted May 13, 2011

Consumer Survey Spotlights Growing Concerns Over Gas, Food Prices
Americans remain "deeply concerned" about the cost of filling up.
Posted May 11, 2011

WA Lawmakers Seek to Ease Smoking Ban
Washington lawmakers are considering allowing cigar and pipe smoking for a limited number of tobacco retailers.
Posted May 10, 2011

Tennessee Town Seeks Ban on Bath Salts
The products, sold at convenience stores, are increasingly coming under fire as illegal substances because of their drug-like effects.
Posted May 9, 2011

Oregon House Approves Expanded Bottle Bill
The proposal would add more types of glass, plastic and metal beverage containers to the list.
Posted May 6, 2011

Texas House Slashes Loose-Leaf Tobacco Tax
The lawmakers reduced the tax on loose-leaf tobacco from $1.13 per ounce to 80 cents.
Posted May 6, 2011

Will a Task Force Change Oklahoma Liquor Laws?
The legislature will likely pass a measure forming a task force, which could lead to expanding liquor sales in grocery and convenience stores.
Posted May 6, 2011

Vermont Convenience Stores Embrace Health
The state has launched a "Fit and Health" campaign that would give assistance to small stores in promoting healthier products.
Posted May 6, 2011

Supervalu, Coinstar Ink New Agreement
The grocery store and the coin counter have hatched a pilot program that pairs free coins-to-cash conversion to the supermarket's gift card option.
Posted May 6, 2011

Discount Supermarkets Grow in Popularity
With the economy still struggling, grocery stores offering low-cost merchandise are thriving.
Posted May 4, 2011

Drugstores Offer More at In-Store Clinics
CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens are increasing their health-service options.
Posted May 4, 2011

Pepsi Launches 'Social' Vending Machines
Interactive machines feature a keyboard that allows consumers to purchase a drink for a friend while they are getting one for themselves.
Posted May 3, 2011

Colorado House Committee Advances Low-Strength Beer Measure
The Senate bill would let restaurants, breweries and bars sell low-strength beer.
Posted May 2, 2011

Kum & Go Contributes $10,000 to American Red Cross
The donation will benefit Arkansas residents hit by recent tornados and other storms.
Posted May 2, 2011

Opinion: Ban Menthol Cigarettes
In the Washington Post, two health experts advocate for taking menthol cigarettes off the market.
Posted May 2, 2011

New York City Antismoking Posters Stay Up Despite Law Reversal
Months ago, a federal judge struck down a New York City law that made tobacco retailers selling post graphic posters, but some stores didn't get the news.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

7-Eleven Acquires Wilson Farms
This agreement expands the western New York presence of 7-Eleven.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

Maine Bill Would Hike Cigarette Tax by $1.50
In nearby New Hampshire, the Senate tabled a measure that would have slashed its cigarette tax by a dime.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation
All locations will sell Wish Stars for $1 to raise funds for the nonprofit.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

Walmart Tests Home Delivery of Groceries
Walmart launches a test program delivering fresh produce and meat.
Posted Apr 26, 2011

Vermont Senate Agrees to Cigarette Tax Hike
Just one day after rejecting a $1 a pack cigarette tax increase, Vermont lawmakers agree to a 53 cents per pack hike.
Posted Apr 26, 2011

CDC: Every State Will Have a Smoking Ban
The government agency says that the number of states with smoking bans went from zero in 2000 to 26 in 2010.
Posted Apr 25, 2011

California Committee to Hold Hearing on Soda Tax
The bill would add a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks and sweetened beverages.
Posted Apr 22, 2011

McDonald's Inundated by Job Seekers
Thousands show up to apply for "McJobs."
Posted Apr 21, 2011

Cigarette Smuggling Increases
More violent criminal gangs and drug traffickers are turning to illegal smokes as a reliable moneymaker.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Discussion Over Lowering N.H. Tobacco Tax Continues
Last month, the House voted to slash the tobacco tax, but the Senate...
Posted Apr 20, 2011

New York Might Consider Restricting Sales of 'Alcopops' to Liquor Stores
A Senate committee held a hearing last week on requiring all fruit-flavored beverages with more than 6 percent alcohol and 1 percent sugar to be only available in liquor stores.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Illinois Cracks Down on Cigarette Sales to Minors
Sales of cigarettes to minors have plunged since 1994, when Illinois first began its crackdown.
Posted Apr 19, 2011

N.J. Aims to Ease Liquor Laws
A series of proposals would dramatically change New Jersey's alcohol laws, with supporters maintaining the changes would create jobs and boost tax revenues.
Posted Apr 19, 2011

Georgia Bill to Allow Sales of Alcohol on Sundays Goes to Governor
Under the legislation, local communities will be able to vote on letting stores sell liquor on Sundays.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

Cigarette Machine Case Heard by NH Supreme Court
The state high court is considering what exactly is a cigarette.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

House Committee Squashes Tennessee Wine Bill
The effort to let grocery and convenience stores sell wine was defeated for the fourth consecutive year.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

RWJ Management Company Supports Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Research
The owner and operator of Chicago-area BP ampm convenience stores has started a three-month fundraising effort.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

N.C. Lawmakers Consider Tax Stamp Revival
$1 million in annual excise tax revenue could be gained by reviving the stamp, which hasn't been used since 1993.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

City Orders Removal of Outdoor Redbox Machines
The rental kiosks are in violation of existing 7-Eleven special use permits.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Colorado House Crushes Full-Strength Beer Legislation
The bill that would have allowed convenience and grocery stores to stock full-strength beer dies in the House.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Maryland Passes Alcohol Tax Hike
The sales tax on alcohol will bump up from 6 percent to 9 percent starting July 1.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Tennessee To Consider Taxing Sweetened Drinks
The General Assembly will tackle the issue during the summer.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Utah Official Proposes Gas Station Beer Ban
The Utah Food Industry Association counters that there is no data that links beer sales at convenience stores as increasing drunk driving rates.
Posted Apr 12, 2011

Small Stores Struggling to Compete With Modern C-Stores
Sheetz, GetGo, and Wawa mentioned as cutting edge c-stores that move far beyond notions of traditional convenience store retailing.
Posted Apr 12, 2011

Oil Price Increase Leads to Higher Food Costs
Rising costs for oil, raw farm products and labor are pushing food costs higher.
Posted Apr 12, 2011

Do You Have the Best Restroom?
There's still time to submit your restroom as the best in American through Cintas Corporation's Best Restroom competition.
Posted Apr 11, 2011

Walmart Might Test E-Grocery Delivery Service
The retailer hasn't committed yet, but is said to have plans to test grocery delivery in California.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

Kangaroo Express Partners With Coca-Cola for Kids at Kyle Petty's Victory Junction
The five-week fundraiser stretches across three states as more than 700 stores work together to sponsor campers.
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Sheetz Loses Interest in Wine Kiosks
Initial interest has faded due to in-store space concerns and the current structure of the PLCB's program.
Posted Apr 1, 2011

Cigar Shops Are Fuming Over Nebraska's Tobacco Tax Proposal
The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says a 225% cigarette and smokeless tobacco excise tax increase would hurt the state economy and cost jobs.
Posted Apr 1, 2011

Michigan Bids Adieu to Price Tags
Come September 1, there will be no more stickers for retail items that carry individual price tags.
Posted Apr 1, 2011

New York Convenience Store Industry Wins Tobacco Fee Rollback Battle
The tobacco registration fee would have increased from $100 per store per year up to $5,000.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Aloha! Hawaii Takes Another Look at a Soda Tax
Senate Health Committee hears from a panel of experts discussing the effects of sweetened beverages.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Whole Foods Gets Behind the Bar
The upscale grocer is testing bars inside the store that sell craft beers and local wines.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

And the Winners Are...
An upstate New York convenience store sold the winning $319 million Mega Millions lottery ticket.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Oregon Reignites Tobacco Tax Debate
The House Revenue Committee will hold a second hearing on the subject Tuesday.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

Colorado House to Finally Vote on Beer Proposal
A House committee okayed a proposal that would let convenience stores stock full-strength beer.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

Nice N Easy Becoming Known for Groceries
The convenience store chain wants to bring foodstuffs to underserved areas.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

Highlights of Walgreen's Success
Convenience is a major asset of the drug store chain, which has 8,000 locations and a firm footing in urban areas.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Hanging Out at the Supermarket
Grocery stores add dinner, drinks and music to the menu.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Dollar Stores Recharging to Keep Sales Strong
Dollar stores look to retain affluent customers even as the economy improves by expanding their product lines and renovating stores.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

NH House Votes to Slash Cigarette Tax
The lawmakers hope the move will boost sales of cigarettes, lottery tickets, liquor and other convenience store products.
Posted Mar 21, 2011

NJ Bill Would Prohibit Sale of 'Bath Salts'
The synthetic compound is being used as a drug.
Posted Mar 21, 2011

MN Senators Want to Treat Mini-Cigars as Cigarettes
The state lawmakers would like to reclassify the little cigars to tax them as cigarettes.
Posted Mar 21, 2011

Stores Offer Paperless Receipts
Some brick-and-mortar retailers give customers the option of having their receipts e-mailed.
Posted Mar 21, 2011

Washington State Lawmakers Examine Tribal Gas Tax Refunds
Republicans want the controversial agreements revisited as the issue could appear before the state Supreme Court soon.
Posted Mar 21, 2011

Jack in the Box Hits the Road
The quick-service chain launched its first mobile food truck this week in Southern California.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

Illinois Senate Considers $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Increase
Money would be allocated to road construction projects this spring and summer.
Posted Mar 17, 2011

Legislation Filed to Let Colorado C-Stores Carry Full-Strength Beer
The proposal is the latest to try to change a decades-old law.
Posted Mar 16, 2011

North Carolina Proposes $1 Cigarette Tax Hike
The aim of the bill is not to raise money but to curb teen smoking, say the sponsors.
Posted Mar 16, 2011

Number of Teens Smoking Menthol Cigarettes Climbs
New data found that menthol cigarette use among minority young people is "very high."
Posted Mar 16, 2011

Milk Prices May Stabilize, Cheese Prices Skyrocket
Cheese production in the United States will rise 1.7 percent in 2011.
Posted Mar 16, 2011

SF Sued by Safeway Over Tobacco Sales Ban
The supermarket chain claims that the law that prohibits stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products is "arbitrary and capricious."
Posted Mar 14, 2011

Rhode Island Debates Taxing Soft Drinks
A state lawmaker has sponsored a bill that would institute a new tax on sweetened soda.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

W.Va. Legislature Lowers Food Tax
The food tax will be reduced by a penny starting January 1, 2012.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

Colorado House Convenes Special Hearing On Beer Sale Reversal
The governor intervened suddenly on the issue of low-strength beer sales.
Posted Mar 9, 2011

Texas Considers Soda Tax to Fight Childhood Obesity
The Legislature is debating a penny-per-ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in retail stores.
Posted Mar 9, 2011

Declining Indiana Gas Tax Revenue Leads to Shrinking Budgets
Some state officials have suggested opening discussions about raising the state's 18-cents-per-gallon gas tax.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Restaurant, Retail Chains Plan for Growth
A new report details how stores and restaurants will increase their presence this year.
Posted Mar 7, 2011

Missouri Senate Will Talk About Lottery Privatization
The state lottery is currently gathering opinions from state vendors on turning over the lottery's control to a private company.
Posted Mar 7, 2011

Pot-Laced Cookies Sold at Convenience Stores
Children are sickened after eating cookies and brownies laced with medical marijuana. Also, doctors warn against "relaxation" brownies.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

Big Store in a Little Box
Large retailers like Best Buy are shrinking their footprint while others like Home Depot are leasing their parking lots to fast-food chains and auto repair shops.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

FDA Panel Finds Menthol Cigarettes Don't Increase Risk of Disease
However, the committee's draft report did find that the flavoring could make smoking more palatable to young smokers.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

Spice and K2 Under Federal Control and Regulation
The DEA will study whether to permanently control the five substances.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

OK Legislature Puts Off Changing Alcohol Laws
The lawmakers are creating a task force to study letting grocery and convenience stores sell full-strength beer and wine.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

KS Senate Committee Endorses Liquor Sales at Convenience Stores
The bill would allow supermarkets and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer, liquor and wine.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Consumer Discounts Rolling Out Across the Country
Emboldened by the Durbin amendment, retailers are finding new ways to save on card fees and pass those savings along to customers.
Posted Feb 25, 2011

'What's Hot' in Franchising
Healthier foodservice concepts are making impressive headway, as well as ethnic foods and environmentally friendly franchisors.
Posted Feb 25, 2011

Wegmans Freezes Prices on Many Food Items
Supermarket chain freezes prices for one year on 40 food staples.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

NYC Mayor Signs Outdoor Smoking Ban Bill
The prohibition outlaws lighting up in close to 1,700 parks and 14 miles of boardwalks, marinas, pedestrian plazas and public beaches.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Campbell Soup Focuses on Childhood Obesity
The soup maker has launched a program to lower obesity and hunger rates in its hometown.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Colorado Bill Allowing Restaurants to Sell Low Alcohol Beer Progresses
A Senate committee voted to let restaurants and other liquor license holders to sell the beer for on-premises consumption.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Kansas Senate Considers Full-Strength Beer Sales
A committee held hearings on a bill that would let convenience and grocery stores sell full-strength beer.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Washington State Considers Allowing Cigar Smoking in Shops
While the state has had an indoor smoking ban since 2005, the change would let customers light up cigars in cigar stores.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Virginia Legislature Kills Gas Tax Bills
The state's gasoline tax has remained unchanged since 1986.
Posted Feb 18, 2011

Initiative Brings Healthy Food to Convenience Stores
Convenience stores located in so-called "food deserts" are getting some assistance in offering fresh food.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

VT Group Seeks To Expand Bottle Bill
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group is fighting to expand Vermont's bottle deposit law to include water, tea, and non-carbonated beverages.
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Three People Busted for Seinfeld-Like Bottle Return Scam
Maine says fraud costs up to $10 million a year.
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Court Ruling Nixes ZIP Code Request by Retailers
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that stores cannot ask customers for their ZIP codes at the cash register.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

W.Va. Lawmakers Consider $1 Cigarette Tax Hike
The increase could generate up to $160 million in revenue.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

Chargebacks Hurt Small Businesses
The practice of reversing credit card transactions when a customer disputes the charge creates headaches for retailers.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

Proponents Again Push Sale of Wine in NY Supermarkets
However, the governor does not have such a proposal in his budget.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

WA Gas Stations Sue Over Indian Tax Breaks
Gas station owners claim Indian tribes received fuel tax refunds that were unlawfully paid.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Ordinance Proposal Has Store Owners Smoking Mad
Tobacco shop owners say the proposal would severely impact business.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Progress Report on "Let's Move!"
The anti-obesity campaign launched last year by the First Lady has had some successes, but more still remains to be accomplished.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill to Outlaw Flavored Tobacco Products
Meanwhile, roll-your-own tobacco stores in the state boast a brisk business.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Puerto Rico Transforms Retail Receipts Into Lottery Tickets
The commonwealth's Treasury Department is expanding a pilot program in an effort to get small retailers to collect sales tax.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

SpeedWay Raises $5.6 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Also this month, Jiffy Mart teams with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help "boot" cancer.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Walmart Plots Strong Comeback
After losing market share to dollar stores, Target, and warehouse clubs, Walmart is fighting back.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Obama: U.S. to be 'Best' for Business
In his weekly radio address, President Obama emphasizes his administration's commitment of fostering business growth.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

State's Tax on Native Cigarettes in Budget
Governor Cuomo counting on $130 million in revenue derived from Native-sold cigarettes.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Virginia to Ask for U.S. Supreme Court Expedited Review of Health-Care Law
The U.S. Department of Justice opposes the motion, preferring that the case be heard fully in lower courts first.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

DOJ Asks for Tobacco Warning Statements to be Released
The Justice Department wants a federal judge to publish the proposed government statements about tobacco dangers.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

Online Tobacco Sites Sued by NY Attorney General
The attorney general claims six Internet sites violate state law forbidding the online sale of tobacco products to New York residents.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

Study: D.C. Tax on Plastic Bags Equals Job Losses
The study also found that the tax would cause a more than $100,000 loss in sales tax revenue.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

Virginia Legislators Vote Down Bag Tax
Unlike their D.C. neighbor, Virginians won't have to fork over extra change for a plastic bag.
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Wyoming House OKs Lottery Bill
Proposal must pass two additional House votes before being sent to the Senate for review.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

Meijer Opens Online Grocery Store
The supermarket chain has started selling groceries directly to customers.
Posted Feb 2, 2011

Congressional Committees Take Aim at SBA Programs
The SBA "could look considerably leaner in the coming months" if legislators have their way, who are searching to remove costly, ineffective programs.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Santa Monica Approves Ban on Plastic Bags
The council prohibits distribution of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and retailers, but will allow restaurants to continue giving out the bags.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

Sheetz Makes International Film Debut
The convenience retailer is featured at the Sundance Film Festival in Morgan Spurlock's New Movie, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold."
Posted Jan 28, 2011

Walmart Asks Suppliers for Rock-Bottom Pricing
Walmart has begun aggressively requesting suppliers for "opening price point" goods.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

McDonald's Probably Will Hike Prices
The fast-food chain will increase the price of some menu items because of rising beef costs, among other food price increases.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

Driving Sales
Cumberland Farms tests a grocery store drive-thru concept.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Initiative Launched
"Nutrition Icon" program to be supported by consumer education campaign.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Oregon Considers Plastic Bag Ban Again
Across the country, West Virginia delegates will soon propose a nickel tax on plastic bags.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

Proponents of Wine in Tennessee Groceries, Convenience Stores Try Again
The supporters say the issue has gained enough traction that passage is likely this year.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

OFM Kicks Off 'New Year, New Office' Contest for Small Businesses
Contestants can enter to win an office makeover by submitting a photo and short paragraph.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

Kansas Retail Groups Form Coalition for Jobs and Consumer Choice
Coalition says common sense reform on the sale of beer, wine and spirits would bring jobs and revenue to Kansas � without raising taxes.
Posted Jan 21, 2011

NC Governor Rejects Privatization of Liquor
Perdue says she doesn't want to be the governor that puts liquor in convenience stores.
Posted Jan 21, 2011

Large Retailers Stock More Groceries
Walgreens, Target and CVS/Pharmacy shift focus away from dry goods to fresh produce.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Virginia to Consider 20-Cent Plastic Bag Tax
The proposal would encompass plastic bags used at grocery and convenience stores.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Indiana to Propose Statewide Smoking Ban With Casino Exemption
House legislators will allow smoking in casinos in order to preserve the state's revenue from gambling taxes.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Walgreens Focuses on "Food Deserts"
The drug-store chain is vying to become a destination for healthy foods and healthy living.
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Franchise Businesses Poised for 2011 Growth
A new IFA study found that franchise establishments are expected to add nearly 20,000 new sites this year.
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Missouri Cigarette Tax Lowest in Nation
And lawmakers intend to keep it that way, even though the state is facing a potential $600 million budget shortfall next year.
Posted Jan 13, 2011

Tobacco Makers Urge Federal Panel to Not Ban Menthol Cigarettes
This week, the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee held a two-day meeting on the topic.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Kangaroo Express Connects Family, Friends to U.S. Military Overseas
The convenience store chain sponsors the Indy 500 Centennial Tour.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

FDA Warns Stores for Selling Cigarettes to Minors
Mississippi convenience stores warned after illegal sales discovered; FDA actively using new powers to regulate tobacco sales.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Idaho Lawmaker to Propose $1.25 Cigarette Tax Hike
Measure is expected to meet with stiff resistance by the Idaho legislature.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Buffalo Lawmakers Work to Restrict Tobacco Sales
City may get aid to curb tobacco; fund planned to help fight legal challenges.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Kentucky Considers Statewide Smoking Ban
The bill covers all indoor workplaces and public areas, such as shopping centers, bars and restaurants.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks Recycled Into Ethanol
A Virginia company has found a way to turn the beverages into automobile fuel.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

Supermarkets Feel the Squeeze
Discount chains and upscale markets are pressuring traditional grocery stores to change their ways.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

California Law Allows More Alcohol Tastings
Tastings can now be held in temporary tasting areas, a relaxation of the previous law that required a permanent, dedicated space.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Maryland Alcohol Tax Hike Proposal Gains Momentum
Proponents seek to allocate increased revenue to health care services and anti-drinking programs.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Nebraska Senator to Introduce Cigarette Tax Hike Bill
Bill's aim is to discourage smoking while using the expected extra revenue to help fund state health-care programs.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Star Scientific Wants New Designation its New Smokeless Tobacco
The tobacco manufacturer will ask the FDA to approve its Stonewall Moist-BDL as being less harmful than other tobacco forms.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Judge Strikes Down NYC Law Regarding Antismoking Placards
The ruling stops the city's requirement to have convenience stores show images of diseased brains, lungs and teeth to discourage tobacco purchases.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Vermont Group Pushes for Soda Tax
The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont has started lobbying for a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Supporters Want to Expand Massachusetts Bottle Bill
The proposal would increase the bottle categories and up the handling fee to 3 cents per bottle.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Appeals Court Reinstates 'Light' Lawsuit
The judges decided that the suit can move on as a class-action claim.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Another Grocer Partnership for Shell
Shell announced a new partnership with Ralphs Grocery Co. in the L.A. area.
Posted Oct 29, 2010

Trick, not Treat: Bank of America Deceives Customers with 'Free' Checking
Bank now admits free checking was never free; swipe fee regulations are not to blame.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

U.S. Retailers Address Bulging Stock
New technology enables retailers to tap into inventory from brick-and-mortar stores as it fulfills online orders.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

A Campaign to Revive Checks
In this day of electronic and plastic payments, can the checkbook make a comeback?
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Food Inflation Marks Smallest Increase Since 1992
The USDA predicts that next year will see retail food prices jump between 2 percent and 3 percent.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Scammers Portray N.J. Lottery in Telephone Calls
The crooks ask for small 'processing fees' in order to hand over a big jackpot.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Michigan Lottery Bill Would Block Welfare Recipients From Winning Big Prizes
The proposed measure would not allow someone receiving food stamps, Medicaid or welfare from receiving a lottery prize worth more than $600.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

Washington Cigarette Tax Drives Black Market Sales
The cost per pack is fueling a growing black market that surveillance shows taking place at a professional football game.
Posted Oct 22, 2010

Kroger and Shell Offer Savings at the Pump
Customers in the metro Atlanta and Northern Georgia areas can redeem their Fuel Points at Kroger Fuel Centers or participating Shell stations.
Posted Oct 22, 2010

Seattle Grocery Cashiers Complain About Putting Politics In Your Bag
Seattle grocery store chains have come under fire for their support of an initiative to allow Washington state food retailers to sell liquor.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Gift Cards, Jewelry Head Holiday Gift Lists
A new survey found that people will spend a tad bit more this year on holiday-related shopping.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Wine Kiosk Program Expanded
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has plans to place its Pronto Wine Kiosks in more supermarkets.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Judge to Decide Virginia's Health-Care Suit Soon
The judge said he will rule on whether Congress can control a person's decision to forgo health insurance by the end of 2010.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Taiwan 7-Eleven Competes With Travel Agencies
Taiwan travel agencies protest sale of air tickets at convenience stores.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Target Redesigns More than 100 Stores
Redesign is part of a corporate strategy of delivering one-stop shopping convenience for consumers.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Health-Care Lawsuit Advances
A federal judge rules that the case brought by 20 states against the new health-care law can continue.
Posted Oct 18, 2010

South Dakota Smoking Ban Debate Heats Up
Residents will consider a statewide smoking ban as a ballot issue in November.
Posted Oct 18, 2010

Florida Lottery to Add Hundreds of Vending Machines
Since August 2009, the Florida Lottery's instant ticket vending machines have sold about $170 million in tickets from 1,000 machines.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Walmart Seeks Other Companies to Purchase Raw Materials Together
The retailer wants to get even better deals by teaming up with businesses on joint purchases.
Posted Oct 11, 2010

Convenience Stores Beating the Odds
"Staying the same is the new growth in light of the economy," said NACS spokesperson Jeff Lenard in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Modification Dilutes Convenience Store Share of Liquor Licenses
As Virginia moves to privatize liquor sales, Gov. Bob McDonnell also revealed a plan to help convenience stores purchase licenses.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

W. Va. Convenience Stores Raise More than $200,000 For Charity
Members of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association donated the funds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Thousands Scammed by Fake Lotteries
One couples story of lottery fraud is replayed by a growing number of others.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Grocers Hone In on Center Store Growth
New taskforce FMI members and manufacturers will promote the importance of the center store to total store performance.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Indiana Retailers Finding Alcohol ID Law Challenging
State lawmakers are looking into changing the rules about buying alcohol.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

Federal Regulations Costly for Small Businesses
Because many costs are fixed, small businesses pay about a third more per employee than larger companies, reports the SBA.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

Visa Begins Contactless Card Tests in New York
Follows a pilot program by MasterCard that began in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

Triple S Petroleum Raises More Than $13,000 for MDA
The stores sell shamrocks each March to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

Jiffy Mart, Customers to Support Charities
During October, the convenience store chain will donate a nickel of every 16-ounce cup of coffee sold to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

San Francisco Seeks Expansion of Tobacco Sales Ban
Plan would expand a current law that restricts drug stores from selling tobacco products to other retail outlets that have a pharmacy.
Posted Sep 24, 2010

Black Market Cigarettes Growing in U.S.
More police departments across the country are battling a new danger: contraband tobacco.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Shopping on a Budget
Stores start to cater to low-end customers to boost sales.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Couple Restores Tudor Revival Style Gasoline Station
The service station along famed Route 66 boasts an owner's apartment and a tenant's apartment on the second floor.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

NACS Reiterates Concerns About Eliminating Menthol Cigarettes
In a letter, NACS expressed its belief that such a ban would increase the contraband cigarette market.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

More Local Food Stamps Used at Convenience Stores
Those using food stamps have increased significantly because of the economy.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

MasterCard Adds Fees to NY Lottery Purchasers
The credit card company treated subscription buys of Lotto or Mega Million tickets like cash advances, which mean more fees.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

Walmart Gears Up for Small Convenience Stores
The big-box retailer is looking to jumpstart its growth by moving into smaller stores in urban markets.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

Sunoco to Concentrate on Convenience Store Shelves
The new plan could mean larger stores with more products on the shelves or more locations.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

Lung Association Wants Ohio to Double Cigarette Tax
The group says the Buckeye State could raise an additional $400 million.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

NYC Undercover Probe Reveals Illegal Cigarette Sales
Poospatuck reservation dealers sold more than four million cartons of untaxed cigarettes this year; video of the undercover investigation catches dealers making illegal sales.
Posted Sep 17, 2010

Indiana Package Stores Support Ban on Sales of Spice
The state association challenges retailers to remove and/or destroy stock.
Posted Sep 17, 2010

Small-Business Bill Goes Forward in Senate
The bill includes tax cuts and capital increases to small businesses.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Shopping With Dietitians
Supermarkets are employing nutrition experts to help shoppers make in-store purchases.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

San Francisco Comes Closer to Tobacco Ban Expansion
The change would prohibit businesses with pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Brownsville, Texas, Bans Plastic Bags in Convenience, Grocery Stores
The city will let shoppers buy a plastic bag for $1 if they forget to bring their own.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Retailers Split on Virginia's Liquor Store Privatization Plan
Big-box stores like the governor's proposal, while smaller independent stores aren't too sure the plan will work for them.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Opinion: Why Higher Taxes Don't Deter Smokers
Ruminations on why raising cigarette taxes won't mean significantly lower numbers of people who smoke.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Chasing Away Loiterers With Noise
A Washington, D.C., mall installed a high-pitch noise deterrent to drive away teens who hang around the place.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

FDA Sends Warning to E-Cigarette Makers
The distributors of five electronic cigarettes must stop labeling their products as reducing or eliminating smoking.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

VA Governor Reveals Liquor Privatization Plan
The proposal would increase the number of outlets that sell liquor to 1,000.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Cigarette Tax Collection Sparks Another Lawsuit
Oneida Nation has filed a lawsuit in federal court after New York's State Supreme Court lifted two injunctions.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Single Cigarettes Disappear From Shelves
The FDA banned the sale of SingleStick cigarettes starting June 22, but stores had until September 1 to clear their stock.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Disaster Assistance Available for MO and IA Small Businesses
The SBA announces that businesses in select Missouri and Iowa counties hurt by flooding earlier this year can apply for low-interest disaster loans.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

File This Under "When All Else Fails"
Store owner uses beer to fend off robber; gunman leaves without cash.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Hurricane Earl Hits East Coast
As the storm rolls up on North Carolina's shoreline, residents prepare and holiday travelers evacuate.
Posted Sep 3, 2010

Banks Pushing Overdraft Protection
While new legislation took effect last month to eliminate overdraft protection, banks are trying to bring it back.
Posted Sep 3, 2010

California Lawmakers Toss Out Plastic Bag Ban
The bill would have banned the use of plastic shopping bags statewide, although a few cities already have bans in place.
Posted Sep 3, 2010

Convenience Stores Call for Suspension of 58% Cigarette Tax Hike
Unfair to Make Retailers Sacrifice Sales While Other Side of Bargain is Blocked by Courts
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Gatorade To Be Distributed Via Direct Delivery
The change represents the company's first large-scale move toward optimizing PepsiCo's delivery systems resulting from its bottling acquisitions earlier this year.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

State Lawyers Win Latest Round In Cigarette Tax Battle
New York State Supreme Court lifts two injunctions that had prevented the state from taxing cigarette sales on Indian reservations.
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Small Businesses Skip the Health-Care Tax Credit
Insurance brokers cite low response because the value of the benefit recedes quickly as average employee salaries exceed $25,000.
Posted Aug 31, 2010

Expect More Labor Day Travelers, Says AAA
Labor Day travel is expected to recover from last year's declines, reports AAA.
Posted Aug 27, 2010

Five Things Small Businesses Want From Washington
Small business owners' wish list includes relaxed lending requirements and a repeal of 1099 reporting requirements.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

NY Cigarette Thefts Spike
While New York's recent excise tax has prompted many smokers to quit, it has also led to an increase in theft of the nearly $10 packs.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Virginia Retailers Tell State: 'Slow Down on ABC Plans'
Virginia retail associations push for an independent review on proposal to privatize state-run liquor stores.
Posted Aug 23, 2010

Cash or Plastic? Retailers Debate Options
Financial reform can't come soon enough for some businesses.
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Survival of the Fittest
Time predicts a continual struggle for grocers.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

A George Bailey-Like Moment for Charlotte BP Operator
Hundreds rally around local operator, drowning out protesters and solidifying his place in the community.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

Senecas Sue New York Over Cigarette Tax Collection Plan
Senecas challenge New York State's plan to collect taxes on Native American tobacco sales.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

PayPal Edges Into On-Site Retail Environment
The ecommerce payment company wants to develop software to turn phones into "digital wallets."
Posted Aug 18, 2010

USPS Off Limits to Seneca Mail-Order Cigarette Businesses
A New York judge upholds the ban on mailing cigarettes but gives Seneca-owned businesses a temporary exemption from complying with cigarette tax laws.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

House Bill Would Establish Federal Oversight on Online Gambling
If approved, Internet gambling sites could apply for licenses, which would generate revenue for federal and state governments.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

San Francisco Considers Fee On Alcoholic Beverages
Fee is projected to generate more than $16 million a year to treat alcohol abuse.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

Police Concerned Over Privatizing Virginia Liquor Stores
With the number of alcohol outlets projected to increase substantially, law enforcement officials worry that consumption will rise, along with alcohol-related crimes.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

California Assembly Considers Measure to Nix Debit-Card Fees
SB933 would prohibit merchants from assessing fees on debit-card transactions.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

Iowa Lottery Looks Back on 25 Years
Today, the lottery is considering the addition of smartphone lottery games to stay current.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

Wisconsin Store Offers Free Bus Rides to "Food Desert" Residents
A single-store operator partners with a local transportation company to provide access for residents in Madison's Allied Drive neighborhood to healthful and nutritious food.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

San Francisco Considers Plastic Bag Ban Expansion
The city may target all retailers for the ban on disposable plastic bag distribution.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Kentucky Lottery Brought in Record $214.3 Million for State
Mega Millions and Powerball helped to boost sales.
Posted Aug 3, 2010

Some Receipts Contain BPA
The chemical bisphenol A has been discovered on cash register slips.
Posted Jul 28, 2010

99 Cents Only Stores Sued Over Price Increase
Chain is hit with two class-action lawsuits after it raised the top price of goods to 99.99 cents from 99 cents.
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Industries Find Surging Profits in Deeper Cuts
The trend has analysts smiling, though the disconnect among consumers is sharp, where high unemployment continues unabated.
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Branding to the Trillion Dollar U.S. Latino Market
The 2010 Hispanic Retail 360 Summit will be held August 8-10 in La Jolla, Calif.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

Changes in Virginia Liquor Laws Coming
Next month, the governor will reveal his proposals to privatize state-run liquor stores, which could mean a loosening of restrictions on selling spirits in convenience stores.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Lorillard Asks FDA to Take Closer Look at Menthol Testimony
The cigarette maker wants the agency to review the information submitted by government scientists on the harmfulness of menthol cigarettes.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Ohio Lottery Boasts Record Sales Of $2.48 Billion
Despite a series of recent setbacks, the Ohio Lottery breaks sales records.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Sam's Club to Offer SBA Loans
Nearly 15 percent of its business members have reported being denied a business loan � one of the reasons behind Sam's Club's lending program.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

New ADA Compliance Ranges Coming
It is highly likely that the maximum reach ranges for motor fuel dispensers will be modified. You must be prepared.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Funny Money
Counterfeit bills are becoming more of a concern for small businesses, including convenience stores.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Rising Taxes Hurting Tobacco Farms
With cigarettes becoming more expensive each year, farmers have been planting less tobacco.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Higher New York Cigarette Tax Boon for Border Stores
Massachusetts shops are finding more customers, as New Yorkers cross in search of cheaper smokes.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

7-Eleven, QuikTrip Tighten Reigns on Texas
Both retailers set their sights on new stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and respond to consumer demand for more fresh foods.
Posted Jul 2, 2010

City To Halt Mandate Of Tobacco Warning Posters
New York City will cease enforcing a mandate that requires tobacco retailers to display graphic warning posters near their cash registers, pending a federal lawsuit filed by the tobacco companies.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Judge Stops Cigarette Mail Ban
The ruling temporarily puts on hold the new law that prohibits shipping cigarettes through the U.S. Postal Service. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refuses to consider a tobacco racketeering appeals.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

Indiana Merchants Want Sunday Alcohol Sales
A statewide group of convenience, drug and grocery stores are attempting to change an Indiana law to allow for purchase of carryout alcohol and cold beer on Sundays.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

South Carolina Cigarette Tax Hike Commences Tomorrow
The state is raising its tax on cigarettes 50 cents to 57 cents per pack.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

FDA Oversight of Tobacco, One Year Later
Anti-tobacco advocates express frustration that the FDA has not yet mandated a reduction in nicotine levels in cigarettes.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Kansas Smoking Ban Takes Effect July 1
However, a restraining order delays the statewide smoking ban in Wichita.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Baltimore City Okays Bottled Beverage Tax
The two-penny tax would expire after three years.
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Supermarket Shutterings Leave Food Deserts
Rural food retailers are closing their doors because of the economy.
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Want To Affect Change? Then Don't Boycott.
The call to boycott BP gasoline stations harms gas distributors and other small entrepreneurs who own service stations, as well as the people working for them � none of whom had anything to do with the spill, note USA Today editors.
Posted Jun 25, 2010

FDA Tobacco Regulations in Effect
Labeling cigarettes "Light" and "mild" is now prohibited, along with selling cigarettes in packs of less than 20.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

California Senate Committee Considers Plastic Bag Ban
Earlier this month, the Assembly approved a bill that would make shoppers buy paper bags or reusable totes.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

NY Tobacco Tax Hike Will Hurt Convenience Stores
The $1.60 increase per pack will take effect July 1.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

New York Reaches Deal to Raise Cigarette Tax
Governor Patterson proposes $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase, a move that could raise cigarette prices to more than $10 a pack in New York City.
Posted Jun 22, 2010

U.S. Postal Service Curbs Tobacco Mailing
Starting June 29, the USPS will no longer accept or carry packages of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Costco Angles for New Liquor Laws
In Washington, the warehouse club is backing a proposal that would allow retailers to purchase alcohol directly from manufacturers.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Coalition Cites Concerns About Arizona's Rest Area Commercialization
NACS, NATSO, QSRs and others join forces to oppose Arizona rest area commercialization appeal.
Posted Jun 17, 2010

NY Governor Revisits Cigarette Tax Increase, Taxation of Native American Tobacco Sales
State's $9.2 billion deficit prompts governor to seek spending cuts and tax increases.
Posted Jun 17, 2010

Kagan Confirmation Could Complicate Tobacco Case
The Supreme Court nominee would have to excuse herself from a review of the government's racketeering lawsuit against tobacco companies.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Casey's Board Recommends Rejection of Couche-Tard's Tender Offer
The unsolicited offer substantially undervalues Casey's and attempts to transfer significant value that rightly belongs to the retailer's shareholders.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Indiana ID Law Starts July 1
Anyone purchasing alcohol in any store in the state must present a valid photo ID.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Concern With Customer Service Grows
More businesses are placing more emphasis on training staff to interact better with customers.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Target to Roll Out Savings Reward With Its Credit Card
The discount chain will give customers 5 percent off purchases when they use a Target card.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Cayugas Seek Court Dismissal of Indictments in Cigarette Tax Dispute
The Cayuga Indian Nation wants a court to dismiss sealed indictments filed against the Nation in 2008.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

BP Protests: 'It's Really Going To Hurt the Wrong People'
New protests grow, but most consumers understand that targeting gas stations is counter productive.
Posted Jun 4, 2010

Walmart, Target Think Small With Big Grocery Offer
Traditional grocers are feeling the pinch as pharmacies, convenience stores and general merchandise retailers compete for foodservice dollars.
Posted Jun 3, 2010

Washington Grocers Challenge Liquor Sales Regulation
Proponents maintain that reform would boost state revenue by nearly $90 million over the next five years.
Posted Jun 3, 2010

Washington State Starts Collecting Candy Taxes
On July 1, soda also will be taxed.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Reynolds American Companies to Consolidate
The tobacco companies will also upgrade their manufacturing facilities.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

Store Owners Reject Compromise on Hours
Convenience store owners threaten to sue city over its refusal to extend its operating hours to match those of its competitors.
Posted May 27, 2010

Violent Crime Dropped in 2009
Preliminary FBI statistics show sharp drops in violent crime and property crime in 2009.
Posted May 26, 2010

AIR for Charity Introduced
AIR-serv's new $500,000 AIR for Charity program aims to provide nutritious meals for more than 2.5 million children in need.
Posted May 26, 2010

Wegmans, Tops Partner With Grape Farmers to Permit Wine Sales in Grocery Stores
The grocers support proposed legislation that would allow New York supermarkets to carry wine.
Posted May 26, 2010

ExxonMobil Gets PCI Extension from Visa
Branded marketers now to have until December 31 to upgrade EPOS systems.
Posted May 24, 2010

New York Governor Adopts New Soda Tax Strategy
The revised proposal would exempt diet drinks and bottled water from the state sales tax and the soda tax.
Posted May 24, 2010

Paper, Plastic Bag Foes Set Sights on Reusable Bag Proposals
With more cities looking at banning or taxing paper and plastic bags, advocates are proposing eliminating both.
Posted May 24, 2010

Tobacco Companies Slash Contracts With U.S. Farmers
The companies are instead receiving more tobacco from overseas.
Posted May 24, 2010

Sen. Murkowski to Seek Vote on Jettisoning Endangerment Finding
The measure would void a few EPA rules relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted May 19, 2010

Philadelphia Council Nixes Tax on Soft Drinks
Members instead approved a new fee on smokeless tobacco, among other things. Also, Dr Pepper Snapple Group CEO said that taxing soda will not end obesity.
Posted May 17, 2010

Colorado Joins Mega Millions
The Colorado Lottery started selling the multi-state game tickets yesterday.
Posted May 17, 2010

Web Cigarette Sale Regulation Upheld
The Oregon Court of Appeals found that states can regulate online sales of cigarettes originating from an Indian reservation.
Posted May 17, 2010

Massachusetts Could Mandate Graphic Tobacco Ads at the Register
The state could become the first to force retailers to put up graphic tobacco ads that warn customers about the dangers of smoking.
Posted May 14, 2010

South Carolina Boosts Cigarette Tax
Missouri now has the lowest cigarette excise tax in the U.S. at 17 cents per pack.
Posted May 14, 2010

Cayugas Win Cigarette Tax Dispute
New York court upholds a lower court ruling that the Cayuga Indian Nation does not have to pay taxes on its cigarette sales.
Posted May 13, 2010

Minnesota Enacts New Law to Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco
The new law will take effect August 1 and will apply existing tobacco taxes and regulations to smokeless tobacco products.
Posted May 13, 2010

Mega Millions to Launch in South Dakota this Weekend
Tickets go on sale this Sunday for the state's newest multi-million dollar lottery game.
Posted May 13, 2010

Kwik Trip Brings Blockbuster Express to Consumers
The Midwest retailer is the latest convenience store chain to offer NCR's Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks to consumers.
Posted May 13, 2010

Parker's Competes With Technology
Greg Parker lends some sage advice to community small businesses about relying on data, metrics and excellent customer service.
Posted May 13, 2010

Democrats Scrutinize Tobacco 'Loopholes'
The Senate Finance Committee wants to clarify that "little cigars" are taxed at the same rate as cigarettes, regardless of their size.
Posted May 12, 2010

S.C. Governor Vetoes Cigarette Tax Hike
Mark Sanford said no to the 50-cent increase because it wasn't tied to a tax decrease.
Posted May 12, 2010

Coke Pins Hopes on High-Tech Fountain
The soft drink company is rolling out its Freestyle machines to more locations.
Posted May 12, 2010

Washington Smokers Run to the Border to Get Cheaper Cigarettes
After Washington's latest price increase, many Washington consumers are finding less-costly smokes in Idaho.
Posted May 11, 2010

State, Tribe Reach Deal on Tobacco Cases
Settlement affects lawsuits that allege tribal retailers sold products without a permit.
Posted May 11, 2010

Chicago Eyes Cigarette Tax Increase
Measure would raise the price of cigarettes to $4.66 per pack.
Posted May 10, 2010

Kansas House Pulls Tobacco Tax From Budget
Border bleed fears prompt legislators to pull back from measure promoted by Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson.
Posted May 10, 2010

Beyond the Point-of-Sale
NACStech workshop provides a look at three retailers using their POS to do more than just ring up sales.
Posted May 7, 2010

Arkansas Lottery Eyes Big Retailers for Lottery Ticket Vending Machines
The state's lottery will introduce 100 machines at high-traffic retail stores this summer, a move that it hopes will help grow revenue by tapping new players.
Posted May 6, 2010

Kansas Senate Tosses Cigarette Tax Hike
The proposal to add 55 cents per pack has been dropped from the state's budget proposal. Also, the Pennsylvania governor has placed a tax on smokeless tobacco and cigars on the table.
Posted May 5, 2010

California Governor Refuses to Sign Park, Beaches Smoking Ban
Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill because of its far-reaching effects.
Posted May 5, 2010

D.C. Council Eyes Soda Tax
The council would use the tax to fund its campaign to counter childhood obesity, which includes changing school menus.
Posted May 4, 2010

Mega Millions Reaches $266 Million
Today's jackpot is the largest in nine months.
Posted May 4, 2010

McNeil Voluntarily Recalls Certain OTC Infants' and Children's Products
Affected products include liquid versions of infant and children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.
Posted May 4, 2010

Convenience Stores Drive Hershey, PepsiCo Recovery
Impulse sales at convenience stores are improving.
Posted May 3, 2010

FDA Rejects Request to Remove Tobacco Panelists
Last month, Philip Morris had asked the agency to kick four members off the panel because of conflicts of interest.
Posted May 3, 2010

Sheetz Wins Beer Battle
The retailer's convenience restaurant will soon be allowed to sell beer, although a state distributor association is planning to repeal the state ruling.
Posted Apr 30, 2010

Where Are All the Jobs?
That's a question many teens and college students would like to have answered as they seek employment for the summer months.
Posted Apr 30, 2010

Walmart Thinks Inside the Smaller Box
The "big-box" retailer is exploring new formats, such as downsizing to smaller, more urban locations, to bring back its core customers.
Posted Apr 30, 2010

Swiss Farms Signs First Franchise
In 42 years of business, the drive-thru retail chain awards its first franchise and multi-unit deal.
Posted Apr 30, 2010

Australian Cigarettes Switch to Plain Packets
The January 2012 move is part of the government's plan to reduce smoking rates in Australia by 2018. Tobacco firms are weighing legal action.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

Vermont House Committee Passes Bill to Stop Credit Card Abuses
The Senate already approved the measure.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Meat Prices Likely to Rise
This summer, pork and beef will cost more due to herd reductions linked to surging feed costs caused by more demand for ethanol.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Washington Tax Package Hits Bottled Water, Soda, Beer and Candy
Governor Gregoire calls the taxes "sensible and modest" and argues that they would help generate roughly $780 million annually for the state.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Missouri Considering Spending More On Lottery
Missouri lottery officials petition lawmakers to increase its lottery ad budget from $1.3 million to $8 million a year to generate more sales.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Convenience Stores Expand Into Self Storage
Chains like Reilly's Dairy have found that adding rental storage units can be good for business.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

Alabama Legislators Allow Stronger Wine Sales in Convenience Stores
State legislators vote to override the governor's veto, allowing the sale of stronger wines in convenience stores.
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Dresser Wayne Fuel Dispenser Achieves PCI-DSS Certification
Dispensers featuring the iDPOS in-dispenser point-of-sale option have been certified as PCI-DSS compliant.
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Colorado Banking Lobby Kills Its Own Bill
A measure added to the bill that sought to extend a prohibition on credit card surcharges to ATMs forced the Colorado banking lobby to kill its own bill in the state Senate.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Speedway Joins Swipe Fee Campaign
NACS continues to help convenience stores educate consumers about the real cost of interchange "swipe" fees.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Coke Tests New Drink Delivery System
The method would utilize Costco and a third-party logistics company as part of the distribution chain.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Credit Card Financing Hurting Small Business
For start-ups and those with a poor credit history, though, cards offer the only viable lending option.
Posted Apr 20, 2010

Kansas Lawmakers Eye 'Sin' Tax Hikes
The legislators are considering a group of tax increases for alcohol, cigarettes and sugary drinks to plug the budget shortfall.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

PIN Debit Fees Go Up
Visa increased PIN debit fees by nearly 30 percent.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Philip Morris Funds Tobacco Tax Ad Campaign
The tobacco company wants New York to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Native American reservations.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Kum & Go Expands Offer With Redbox DVD Kiosks
Redbox will be available at more than 281 Kum & Go stores this year.
Posted Apr 15, 2010

Washington Senate Passes Tobacco Increase
The House had already approved a dollar increase on cigarette packs. Meanwhile, health groups are pressing Kansas lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax by $1.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Dollar General Now Accepts Online Coupons
The discount retailer has revised its coupon policy to include Internet coupons.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Washington State House OKs Beer, Candy, Soda and Water Tax
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has threatened to make additional budget cuts unless tax increases are approved.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

State Cigarette Taxes Not Funding Smoking Prevention
CDC finds that states that hiked tobacco taxes in 2009 didn't use the money for anti-smoking programs.
Posted Apr 12, 2010

Florida Moves to Add More Gambling
The governor, lawmakers and the Seminoles approved a deal that would bring in an estimated $1 billion over five years.
Posted Apr 12, 2010

Who's Watching Your ATM?
Thefts of ATMs are on the rise.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Class C Operator UST Training Now Available in Kansas
PMCA of Kansas extends reach of training program that assists underground storage tank owners in complying with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for Operator Training.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Proposal to Ban Caffeine In Beer Opposed
Beer aficionados concerned that proposal could affect artisanal brews.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

NOCO Express Installs First Blockbuster Express Unit
Company expects rollout to be complete at 22 stores by June.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Teamsters Argue Against N.Y. Soda Tax
Increased taxes would force employers to flee the state, eliminating jobs.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Washington Lawmakers Eye Tax on Mass-Market Beers
Tax increase would add roughly 28 cents per six-pack of 'mass market' beer but would exempt microbrews.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

NACS Hails New Vermont Bill to Stop Credit Card Company Abuses
Yesterday, the Vermont Senate passed a measure that would give retailers the ability to choose how to accept various payment methods.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

States Consider Options in Retaining Rest Plaza Services
A federal ban on rest area commercialization has many cash-starved states looking for ways to retain rest area amenities for weary travelers.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

GACS Announces Lighting Retrofit Program
Georgia retailers invited to participate in energy-saving lighting retrofits, with no out-of pocket costs.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Coalition Pushes for $1 Hike in Ohio Cigarette Tax
However, another group, including the Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, is gearing up to fight any increase.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Video Stores Squeezed Out by Netflix, Redbox
Will brick-and-mortar DVD locations soon be gone for good?
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Judge Upholds Iowa Smoking Ban
A bar owner had filed suit against the state for wanting to pull his license because of smokers at the bar.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Speedway SuperAmerica Launches 'Fight Swipe Fees' Petition Campaign
Convenience and petroleum retailer anticipates one million signatures during the campaign that begins this month at all SSA stores.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

D.C. Tax on Plastic Bags Grabs $150,000 in January
The nickel tax funds are earmarked for cleaning up the Anacostia River.
Posted Mar 31, 2010

Retailers, Bottlers Fight Baltimore Beverage Tax
Baltimore retailers and bottlers maintain that a beverage tax would force Baltimore residents to shop outside of the city where there is no tax.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

Cigarette Taxes Are 'Gold Rush' for States
Since last year, 22 states and the District of Columbia have increased or are considering increases to cigarette taxes.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Georgia Associations Hail State Legislation To Stop Credit Card Abuses
Bill takes particular aim at interchange fees, among other controversial policies.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

N.Y. Top Court Weighs Tax Claim On Indian Cigarettes
Final court ruling is expected next month.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Dallas Retailers Find Common Ground Over Beer, Wine Sales
Grocery stores, restaurants in favor of eliminating Dallas' dry spots.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Cigarette Tax Hike Coming Soon to Utah
The governor has indicated he will not veto a bill that would raise the tax $1 per pack. Meanwhile, the California legislature approved a bill that would ban smoking at state beaches and parks.
Posted Mar 24, 2010

Tennessee Bottle Bill: Not A Good Idea?
A convenience store owner writes that the bill would make local businesses less competitive.
Posted Mar 23, 2010

Kum & Go Collects 40,000-Plus Signatures for Fight Swipe Fees Campaign
The signatures were gathered in just one month for the NACS petition drive.
Posted Mar 23, 2010

New York Retailers Win New Freeze On Higher Tobacco Registration Fees
New York convenience store operators win temporary reprieve.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Louisiana Proposes Ban on High-Caffeine Drinks to Kids
The ban would affect any drink � except coffee � that contains at least five milligrams of caffeine per ounce.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Walmart Plans More In-Store Financial Centers
MoneyCenters continue to grow in popularity for Wal-Mart's low-income demographic.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Stripes Gets Energy Efficient
Stripes has received rebates for implementing energy-efficient solutions such as lighting and HVAC.
Posted Mar 19, 2010

Mars Retail Group Partners with Alchemy3
Group will work with Alchemy3 to develop branded lottery games that will be available to retailers in the fall.
Posted Mar 19, 2010

NY Agriculture Commissioner Backs Wine Sales in Grocery, Convenience Stores
Patrick Hooker supports the bill because it would mean more jobs and more funds for the state.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

States Increase Gaming Options to Fill Budget Holes
At least 18 states are considering expanding chance games to recover lower revenue collections from casinos, horse racing and lotteries.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

Hawaii Goes After Internet Tobacco Sale Taxes
State looks to capture up to $700,000 in uncollected funds; meanwhile New York considers enforcing a 2008 law that would require collecting taxes on the sale of cigarettes by Native Americans to non-Indians.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

New Hampshire Moving Ahead With E-Cigarette Ban
The Electronic Cigarette Association also supports restricting e-cigarette usage to adults.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Sheetz Offers Blockbuster Express DVD Kiosks
Sheetz customers can access NCR's Blockbuster Express outdoor kiosks for DVDs at $1 per night.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Independent Operators Would Bear Brunt of Kansas Tax Hike Proposals
The state convenience store association says that the tobacco, liquor, fuel and sales tax options before the legislature would adversely affect convenience stores.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Debit Card Holds Cause Customer Confusion
Many banks put hefty pre-authorization holds on consumer debit cards used for a fill up.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

New York: Judge Reinstates Higher Tobacco Registration Fees
New York convenience store operators were stunned Friday when State Supreme Court Justice Feinman reinstated the enormous increases in retail tobacco-dealer registration fees.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Colorado Lawyer Submits New Ballot Initiative on Beer, Wine Sales
Last month, a House committee squashed a bill that would have allowed convenience stores to sell full-strength beer.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Tennessee Wine Bill Stalls
The measure, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine, will be reintroduced next year.
Posted Mar 10, 2010

Utah Senate Approves Tobacco Tax Hike
The House already passed a similar measure, so two questions remain: how much and will the governor veto it?
Posted Mar 8, 2010

Kansas Considers Lottery Tax
The proposal would mean the state could no longer sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

Philly Mayor Suggests 2 Penny-Per-Ounce Sweet Drink Tax
The tax rate would apply to cold dispensed beverage syrup and powders but not diet beverages sans added sugar or baby formula.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Tennessee Drive-Thru Store Owners Criticize Moratorium On Beer Permits
Knox County issues a 180-day moratorium on issuing new permits to stores with drive-through windows, a move that has store owners upset.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

'Welcome to the War on Cash'
NPR examines how banks steer consumers to costliest forms of debit.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

Walgreen's Bid To Sell Alcohol Uncorks Hostility
Retail competitors sue, claiming oversaturation; neighbors unhappy, too.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

Kansas Legislature Approves Smoking Ban
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Parkinson, who has indicated he will sign it into law.
Posted Mar 1, 2010

AMP Energy Juice Launches Nationwide
The drink is the company's first energy juice beverage.
Posted Mar 1, 2010