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Independent retailing darling Sam Odeh, the brains behind the Power Mart brand, is extending his sights beyond his Midwestern roots. Odeh, who has five convenience stores in the Chicago area, will wear not only winter boots but also sandals as his company expands into southern Florida.
Chain sponsors college military appreciation games
Pay raises are inciting demonstrations across parts of the country. Specifically, thousands of frontline workers, including those who are the face of our retail brands, contend they are not making a livable wage. In cities such as Seattle and Chicago, these folks are pushing for as much as $15 per hour. As a result, we as a country are being asked to assess our values. The questions are many, and the solutions are vexing.
To me, the NACS Show is my official start to a new year. And because this is also an election year for control of Congress, I have no doubt there’ll be lots of talk about politics and its effect on the convenience-store industry.
At midyear, the largest in-store category--cigarettes--was down 3.3% in volume while e-cigarettes were the fastest-growing at +25.4%.
Biggest brand launch since introduction of M&M's Pretzel in 2010
Convenience store retailer honored with tech firm's Doing Business Electronically Award
5% hike goes into effect Jan. 1 to fund "brand's development"
Pepsi, Coke roll out beverages exclusive on Amazon.com
NACS Show general sessions to cover a variety of topics

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