Most-Read Stories of 2012

Acquisitions, industry threats and new-store design among top news

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Acquisitions, the lure of Florida and the benefits of the corporate structure known as master limited partnerships (MLPs) were high on retailers’ minds in 2012. But 24% of readers responding to a CSP Daily News Poll said Tesco admitting the failure of its Fresh & Easy concept in the United States was the biggest retailer news story of 2012.

Meanwhile, 16% each voted for 7-Eleven’s acquisition spree, MLPs, and Wawa and Thorntons expansion into Florida. Couche-Tard’s acquisition activity in 2013 eared 13% of the vote, while Energy Transfer Partners acquisition of Sunoco earned 8%.

But the “daily” stories that drew the most eyeballs to CSP Daily News throughout the year tell a slightly different story. There, Couche-Tard leader Alain Bouchard’s retailing goals piqued readers’ attention, as did new-store designs, customer loyalty programs and threats to business as usual.

With that, CSP Daily News offers this list of the top 10 most-read stories from the year, along with links to refresh your memory or catch up if you missed them the first time.

Alain Bouchard on Growth Goals, Culture & Corporate Strategy Original run date: Dec. 3, 2012

Texas Chain to be Sold Soon? Original run date: Jan. 3, 2012

One Store, Three Viewpoints Original run date: Jan. 19, 2012

Six C-store Retailers among Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S. Original run date: Aug. 22, 2012

Dollar Stores Break Into Cigarettes Original run date: Oct. 3, 2012

Chevron Moves to Cap Prompt-Pay Discounts Original run date: Jan. 9, 2012

$5 Gas 'What If?' Original run date: March 22, 2012

Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips Settle 'Hot Fuel' Class Action Original run date: April 10, 2012

Buc-ee's Banks on Big … Texas Big Original run date: Sept. 14, 2012

Pilot Flying J Dealing With Fraud on West Coast Original run date: Sept. 18