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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Convenience store operators are equally interested in major retailer acquisitions, regulation changes that affect the whole country and creative ways that c-stores deal with crime, judging by the most-read stories of this year.
For chain operators and single-store owners alike, 2014 was a year of ups, downs and changes to the industry.
These are the top 10 most-read CSNews Online stories for 2014, based on website hits:
1. Speedway to Acquire Hess Retail Network
Marathon Petroleum division became second-largest U.S. c-store retailer.
2. Wawa Moves Its Footprint Further South
Site work got underway in Florida's Manatee-Sarasota market.
3. Inside Walmart's New C-store Concept
CSNews editor previewed Walmart to Go prior to grand opening.
4. 7-Eleven Hangs For-Sale Sign on 75 Stores
Locations hit the market in 16 states, with the lion's share in Florida.
5. Circle K Faces Employee Class-Action Suit
Mediation over alleged role misclassifications was scheduled for September.
6. Are Consumers Satisfied With 7-Eleven’s Fresh-Food Offering?
Brand’s foodservice items score high marks in some areas, low marks in others.
7. Dallas C-store Owner Creates Wall of Shame
Elaborate surveillance system captures images to deter would-be thieves.
8. CST Brands to Sell 100 U.S. Stores
All are underperforming compared to overall Corner Store portfolio.
9. CSNews Honors 30 as Top Women in Convenience
Roster includes senior-level execs, rising stars and store managers.
10. FDA Releases Long-Awaited E-Cig Rules
Proposal also applies to cigars, pipe tobacco and certain dissolvables.
Stay tuned to CSNews Online from now through Jan. 5 for more 2014 Year in Review recaps.