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

Mr. V. goes to Washington. Go get ’em, Leo!

J.W., good luck on your honor-guard plans. It’s a valiant goal!

Retailers on the East Coast are ready for the challenge of a spinoff—and are worried about their jobs.

BR witnessed a new roller-grill item in Arizona: pizzas. No kidding.

Are your store managers spending most of their time doing paperwork? Retailers at a CRU session on the merchant operating model agree it doesn’t make sense to keep this highly paid employee in the back office.

One East Coast retailer is regretting his 50-50 split of flat-fee and per-event snow contracts this year. Sorry, D.H.

BR hears a Plains convenience store retailer is stepping back to allow his management team to thrive.

CSP’s Jim Bursch presented an award to Brent Cotten of Hershey at AWMA for taking the top spot in Convenience Store Products’ Hot 100. Congratulations!

BR hears a retailer in the Southwest plans to get back into new-store construction for the first time in a few years.

With so many rewards cards in his pocket, Eric Kolber of CITGO has officially been dubbed a “loyalty diva.”

Back Rumor Snapshot

CSP’s Jim Bursch (right) presents an award to Brent Cotten of Hershey at AWMA for taking the top spot in Convenience Store Products’ Hot 100.

Pecking Order: Not only is Steve Hester of Chick-fil-A a business-culture guru, but he also rolls a mean bowling ball, having earned the highest score in the second annual CRU Bowling Tournament.