On the Western city limits of Charlottesville, Va., is the c-store deli of your dreams. As the flagship store of Tiger Fuel Co., Bellair Market has attracted widespread attention for its delicious sandwiches and local product offering.
Even in early stages, the proposed e-cig regulations seem to be a win for brick-and-mortar retailers. The only aspect of the regulations that seems to have a direct effect on retailers is something most c-stores are already implementing: an 18-and-older age requirement.
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.
On the surface, in what has been the slowest recovery in history, our channel--convenience stores--appears to be performing pretty well. But that is no surprise: We are a resilient, innovative group that always finds a way to win.