Amazon Opening ‘Amazon Go,’ A Convenience Store With No Checkout Lines

Amazon Opening ‘Amazon Go,’ A Convenience Store With No Checkout Lines

You know that feeling you get at the store when you realize you’ve once again chosen the wrong checkout line, the one that’s moving the most slowly? And self-checkout machines eliminate the cashier but not the lines (if the machines are even working). Amazon hopes to eliminate checkout-line frustration altogether with Amazon Go, its new bricks-and-mortar convenience store. [More]

Amazon Reportedly Opening Convenience Stores & Dedicated Curbside Pickup Sites

Amazon Reportedly Opening Convenience Stores & Dedicated Curbside Pickup Sites

Days after Amazon announced it would slash the price of its Fresh grocery subscription service, the company is reportedly jumping into the food delivery business with both feet, working on plans to open bricks-and-mortar convenience stores, and offering curbside pickup for Fresh orders.

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Small Store Owners Say Proposed SNAP Regulations Would Send Customers To Supermarkets

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is what has replaced what were once called food stamps with debit cards. Not all stores are authorized to accept food stamps, and proposed new regulations would change the requirements to accept them. While the foods that recipients can use their balance on wouldn’t change, the food that retailers are required to stock before they can accept SNAP would. [More]

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Why You Should Go To Wawa If You Want To Fall In Love With A Stranger

Not having luck on those swipe’em or leave’em dating apps, or striking out at the bar? While we can’t guarantee you’ll fall head over heels in love with a stranger at a convenience store, there are those out there who point to popular roadside stop Wawa as a hot spot for romantic activity. [More]

Del Monte Recalls Granny Smith Apples Sold At 7-Eleven And Coremark

Del Monte Recalls Granny Smith Apples Sold At 7-Eleven And Coremark

Fruit in convenience stores is a healthy snack option, but maybe not such a healthy option when potentially contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick. Del Monte Granny Smith (green) apples distributed to convenience stores in the central and mountain regions of the country may have Listeria bacteria, and have been recalled. [More]

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Cumberland Farms Uses Payment App To Create Loyal Customers

While Chevron is experimenting with NFC-compatible mobile payments in a few California gas stations, East Coast fuel and convenience store Cumberland Farms is using their own mobile payment app to keep customers loyal, cut back on credit card fees, and even get gas-buying customers into the store. Their secret is not so secret: it’s a loyalty card and payment app similar to the one that Starbucks uses. [More]

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7-Eleven Expands Delivery Service To Three More Cities, Still Doesn’t Include Slurpees

Two months after 7-Eleven announced that lucky (maybe) residents of San Francisco and Oakland could have microwaved burritos and other convenience store fare (no Slurpees, though) delivered right to their home, the company has expanded the service. While the expansion still doesn’t include the on-demand delivery of sugary Slurpees, it does include three additional service areas: Chicago, Los Angeles and certain parts of New York. [More]

7-Eleven Isn’t Just Giving Away Slurpees For One Day This Year, It’s Creating A Week Of (Almost) Free Stuff

7-Eleven Isn’t Just Giving Away Slurpees For One Day This Year, It’s Creating A Week Of (Almost) Free Stuff

Who wants a free Slurpee? Well, good thing tomorrow is July 11 – otherwise known as 7-Eleven Day – a day in which the convenience store will once again bestow free sugary, icy drinks on customers at no cost. Not content to merely give away free frozen drinks this year, 7-Eleven stores are expanding their yearly celebration to an entire week. [More]

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FDA Giving Businesses Another Year To Comply With Rules Requiring Calorie Counts On Menus

Restaurants and other businesses that were living under a deadline to include calorie counts on menus and displays will get a bit of wiggle room to comply with the rule passed by the Food and Drug Administration last fall. The agency now says food purveyors will have another year to get their acts together, extending the previous deadline from Dec. 1, 2015 to Dec. 1, 2016.

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Man Goes To 7-Eleven For Some Milk, Creates Drive-Thru

Man Goes To 7-Eleven For Some Milk, Creates Drive-Thru

Drive-thru convenience stores exist. They are not popular, which is sort of surprising. Would the American public really resist a way to become even lazier? The 7-Eleven in Lombard, Illinois doesn’t have a drive-thru, but somehow acquired one yesterday when a man drove through a wall while stopping at the store to get some milk. He says that his brake pedal was stuck. [More]

Combining Convenience Stores: Hess Sells Retail Locations To Speedway For $2.87 Billion

Combining Convenience Stores: Hess Sells Retail Locations To Speedway For $2.87 Billion

If you’re a loyal customer of Hess gasoline you might want to go fill up now, because those gas stations won’t be around much longer. [More]

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

We’ve all been there: you’re out of cash for some reason, and have to raid your change jar for spending money. While it can be difficult to find a place to trade that money in fee-free, we do not recommend the method that a woman in Florida used. [More]

Tiny Walmart Proliferation Continues With “Walmart To Go” Convenience Store

Tiny Walmart Proliferation Continues With “Walmart To Go” Convenience Store

Since 2011, we’ve followed the proliferation of tiny Walmarts across America (well, mostly Arkansas) as they fan out and threaten to take over our retailscape like the splinters that grew into enchanted brooms in the “Sorceror’s Apprentice” section of Disney’s “Fantasia.” In the chain’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, they’re experimenting with yet another new store format: the “Walmart To Go” convenience store, complete with gas pumps and a deli counter.

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Spider-Man Would Never Rob A Convenience Store, Insists Roommate

Spider-Man Would Never Rob A Convenience Store, Insists Roommate

It’s not even close to Halloween yet, but a Pennsylvania college student was already out on the town wearing his Spider-Man costume. He visited a convenience store at 1 A.M., and police say that he tried to rob the store. No way, insists his roommate. [More]

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Should Stores That Sell Cigarettes Have To Post Apology From Big Tobacco?

Last month, the government’s seemingly interminable lawsuit against the tobacco industry appeared to be nearing something resembling an end, as the judge ruled that cigarette makers must publish apologies for their deception in ads and on packaging. What’s still undecided is whether stores must also post the apology. [More]

Convenience Store Owner Calls Cops On Unruly Customer, Ends Up Getting Arrested

Convenience Store Owner Calls Cops On Unruly Customer, Ends Up Getting Arrested

The owner of a Chevron gas station and convenience store in Georgia says that when she called the cops to handle an allegedly rude and unruly customer, things got turned around on her and she ended up being the one in cuffs — all because she couldn’t figure out how to operate the security camera system.

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How I Was Overcharged $23.42 For Gas At The Circle K

How I Was Overcharged $23.42 For Gas At The Circle K

The problem seemed easy enough to solve. SMM asked a Circle K cashier to pre-pay $20 on a gas pump using his credit card. Only the pump didn’t stop at $20 like it should have: it kept going until it reached $23.42. No big deal: SMM headed back in the store to pay the extra three and a half bucks. That’s when he learned that somehow, the first $20 he paid didn’t count.

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Circle K Helps Place Bounties On Heads Of Anonymous Thieves On Facebook

Circle K Helps Place Bounties On Heads Of Anonymous Thieves On Facebook

Figuring cops shouldn’t be the only ones chasing down criminals via Facebook, convenience store chain Circle K has started going after small-time alleged thieves by posting surveillance video footage on Facebook. The chain’s partner, crime fighting nonprofit Silent Witness, gives as much as $100 to those who spot acquaintances and soon-to-be-former friends making off with beer.

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