The latest scuttlebutt, rumors & fun in the convenience store industry

While helping customers with new payment options is great, so is avoiding expensive equipment upgrades, says one Southeast retailer.

Stuck at the Atlanta airport deicing? That’s no way to spend the opening evening of your own distributors’ conference. Glad you were able to make it for the main event, J.F.V.B.!

One Southeast retailer compares his interest rates to London standards.

In the five years since he took over the lead of Heineken USA, one thing hasn’t changed for Dolf van den Brink: “My kids still refuse to speak Dutch at the dinner table.”

BR has learned a new term to describe the influence of Latinos on culture in the United States: Mexification!

There’s no rhyme or reason regarding certain competitors and fuel pricing, says one southern retailer.

B.N. says his chain was down three to five cups of coffee a day before it decided to put in a high-end latte machine.

It’s crawl and walk for one southern retailer adjusting to big digital signage.

It may be a treat in some regions, but if J.I. has anything to say about it, boiled peanuts won’t be showing up in her stores.

BR hears big branding changes are in store for a West Coast chain.

Back Rumor Snapshot

Coming this month from Lego: The iconic Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart. This may be the easiest new-construction site you build this year … or not!

Steve Colnitis of Insight Beverages apparently went for the jugular during a shooting excursion at CRU.