General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Distributor will continue to serve 92-store chain

GARDENA, Calif. -- United Oil Co. Inc. has extended its service agreement with McLane Co. Inc. United Oil is a family-owned fuel distributor and retailer operating more than 90 locations in the Southern California market. According to Ron Appel, president of Gardena, Calif.-based United Oil, The...

Anti-meth bill would effectively create new drug category between prescription and OTC

WASHINGTON -- Congress is poised to pass a new law to restrict over-the-counter sales of some decongestant pills that have been widely purchased by drug dealers to make methamphetamine, the use of which has gone up more than 150% in the last decade. A House measure expected to pass in coming weeks...

Increasing packaging costs raise consumer prices

BOSTON -- A sharp run-up in plastic costs is starting to have an impact on store shelves, pushing up the price of products packaged in plastic and forcing some beverage companies to consider shifting to cardboard, according to a report in The Boston Globe. Citing the aftereffects of the Gulf Coast...

Competition intensifies from supercenters, mass merchandisers and club stores
McLane announces service agreement with Nevada retailer
Wash. 7-Eleven stores pull pseudoephedrine products
Valero adds to entertainment bill with proprietary line of CDs
Buying group passes 10,000 member milestone
Stuckey's sticks with Notch Novelty.
KaBloom completes rollout at 16 Mass. c-stores