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  • Alberta retailer finds foodservice success

    For Fred Bexte, food is his world. In the kitchen, this trained chef experiments with sushi, pad Thai, and butternut squash ravioli. But his operation isn’t a fine-dining restaurant – it’s a convenience store with a very impressive foodservice program.
  • Top 5 tips from a c-gas innovator

    In the c-gas world, it pays to be different. So when Scott Fraser took over the family business at Milne Court Petro-Canada in New Minas, NS in 2001, he decided to shake things up.
  • Hershey Canada insights drive c-gas success

    Convenience-gas retailers, especially independents, are facing major challenges as competition from other formats intensifies. Recognizing the need for strong industry relationships, Hershey Canada has stepped up to the plate...
  • Online training keeps c-store employees in the know

    Ensuring all employees meet the letter of the law at all times can be a major challenge for busy retailers.
  • Barbecue barons video

    What do you get when you combine the enthusiasm of a young entrepreneur, the food savvy of an established local chef, and a unique concept never tried before in Canada?
  • Planograms: make your shelves shoppable

    Think of any positive shopping experience you’ve had. Its success was likely a result of how easily you found what you were looking for and how long it took to make the purchase.
  • 4 things you need to know about staffing

    Merv Jebb considers himself to be a lucky c-store owner. Since he bought Virden Hi-Way Grocery in Virden, Manitoba two and a half years ago, he’s never had trouble finding or retaining great part-time staff...
  • Making friends

    To call the Alcona Esso in Innisfil, Ont. just a gas station or convenience store would be inaccurate. But you also can’t refer to it simply as a lube shop, car wash or drive-thru coffee and doughnut shop, either. Alcona Esso features all of these services, but it’s much more.
  • Mike Black finds a new way to pay

    Mike Black is no stranger to the car wash and petroleum industry. He co-owns Valet Car Wash, an independent chain of seven wash and three petroleum sites in Southern Ontario...
  • 4 (more) innovative ideas

    Already a success in the United States, Esso brought the On the Run brand up north to Canada in 2001, where it has expanded its corporate and franchise store count to more than 450 locations across the country...
  • Mac’s West makes big impact

    Mac’s West uses merchandising strategy to stand out
  • Five innovative ideas

    Introducing a foodservice program can be daunting, which is why J.T. Bradley’s, a family-run c-store in Navan, Ont., took small steps to get it right. They started out with a toaster for bread and bagels...