Exclusive: CSP Daily News' Most-Read Stories of 2013

Travel-center scandal tops our list; see what else caught readers’ eyes

2013 most-read stories about convenience store industry from CSP Daily News

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- Without question, the FBI and IRS raid of and subsequent charges against the Pilot Flying J travel center company was the story that most interested CSP Daily News readers in 2013. Beginning with news of the company’s corporate headquarters being locked down on April 15, readers gobbled up most every word written about the scandal through the rest of the year, placing six stories about the chain among the 20 most-read on CSPnet.com for the entire year.

Below is a list of the top 10 most-read convenience store industry stories from CSPnet.com, and links for those of you who missed them, from the year. Happy New Year, from CSP!

1. FBI Locks Down Pilot Flying J HQ

IRS confirms involvement; U.S. Attorney cites "ongoing investigation"

Original run date: April 15, 2013


2. Haslam Knew About Rebate Fraud, Source Alleges

Affidavit cites unnamed Pilot Flying J employee; CEO understands probe "more clearly"

Original run date: April 19, 2013


3. Characteristics of Leading Convenience Store Chains

From zero gasoline margins to consumer value, study reveals common attributes

Original run date: March 22, 2013


4. Guilty Pleas Reveal Details of Pilot Flying J Rebate Scheme

Two employees indicted, charged with conspiracy; prompts statement

Original run date: May 29, 2013


5. Wal-Mart Testing First Real Convenience Store

Retail giant set to open yet another small-format concept, including gas

Original run date: Nov. 7, 2013


6. The Pantry Struggles with Cigarettes, Fuel Volume

"We're not happy that our comps have declined"

Original run date: Feb. 6, 2013


7. Fresh & Easy: A ‘$2-Billion Flop’

Tesco's failure in U.S. among biggest “in modern supermarket history”: Report

Original run date: March 22, 2013


8. QuikTrip's Market Jumping

How bold leaps have come to define the convenience store retailer

Original run date: March 8, 2013


9. 7-Eleven Complaint Details Claims Against Khan, Others

Inventory shortages allegedly topped $2.43 million

Original run date: June 25, 2013


10. St. Louis Retailers Target QuikTrip for a Third Time

QT calls predatory-pricing claim "completely meritless"

Original run date: April 19, 2013