For c-store operators tuning into the struggles of electronics retailer RadioShack and scanning for lessons learned, the message may lie in its rebirth—and whether the course correction proves too little too late.
The Susser-ETP deal shines a bright light on two critical elements facing the channel: The buying muscle behind MLPs (master limited partnerships) and the raw profitability of consolidation.
When Energy Transfer Partners announced its $1.8-billion acquisition of Susser Holdings last month, it was the latest in a resounding story about a financially savvy industry outsider quietly becoming one of the most aggressive downstream and convenience-store companies in the United States.
Regional c-store chain exec reacts to new competitor, talks MLP strategy, more
Building, acquiring more locations, with second distribution center on track
Board elevates company veteran Handley to position of president
Southeast hurting the most, dipping below 10 CPG
After Big Oil’s retail selloff, new c-store image creates a “pseudo brand”
Walmart tops list dominated by fast feeders, discount retail, pharmacy