General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Channel-blurring dollar store concept debuts in N.C. as sector thrives

GASTONIA, N.C. -- The recession is leading to some hitherto rival retail concept combinations. At the new Kingsway Dollar Plus in Gastonia, N.C., consumers can fill up the gasoline tank, pick up some groceries and buy a birthday card and balloon without going to multiple stores, said The Gaston...

SVS to provide instant-issue MasterCard prepaid gift cards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Stored Value Solutions (SVS), a provider of custom gift card solutions for prepaid cards, has announced an agreement to provide MasterCard prepaid gift cards to Coinstar E-Payment Services, a subsidiary of Coinstar Inc., a company offering a variety of front-of-store solutions...

Vote for winners in 5th annual CSP Retailer Choice Best New Products Contest

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- The convenience store channel depends to a great extent on frequent new-product innovation to survive. New products also provide the buzz that drives customers to the stores looking for that must-try item. In 2009, CSP magazine will again recognize outstanding new products...

And the hits just keep on coming as Slurpee rocks out with virtual "Battle of the Bands".
Will recruit, maintain panelists for consumer shopping panels
More than 120 years ago, Eby-Brown, a leading consumer products distributor to convenience stores, was founded by two men named Jacob Eby and Peter Michels.
A Convenient Cycle offers bike accessories, repairs, snacks, more
Edible departments saw greatest uptick in dollar, unit sales
New deals to expand reach of DVD kiosks, new lawsuits
Bill Remke was inducted into the Kentucky Grocers Association and Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores Hall of Fame in July.