Sheetz to open its new store in Parkersburg, WV on Thursday, January 11

Altoona, PA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Parkersburg, WV. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at the new store located at 306 Ann Street.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free stainless steel coffee mugs while supplies last as well as free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time. Sheetz will continue to offer its award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where customers can order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card and two $250 Sheetz gift cards. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of West Virginia. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz currently operates 565 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 565 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

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For further information: Laura Hager, lhager@planitagency.com

Sheetz to open its new store in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, January 4

Altoona, PA, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Winston-Salem, NC. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, at the new store located at 5034 Raven Rd.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time and will continue to offer Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where you will be able to order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of North Carolina. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz currently operates 564 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 560 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information: Laura Hager, lhager@planitagency.com
SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

PHA AND NACS launch Healthier Product Calculator to help convenience retailers make healthier food choices more accessible to customers

CHICAGO, 2017-Oct-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, and NACS, the association representing the nation’s 154,000-plus convenience stores, today announced two new cobranded programs to help NACS members provide more visibility to healthier choices inside their stores.

In addition, the groups announced that two new convenience distributors have signed commitments with PHA: Harold Levinson Associates and S. Abraham & Sons.

The announcements were made at the NACS Show, which is expected to draw more than 22,000 attendees from the convenience store industry. In May, NACS became the first retail trade association to join Partnership for a Healthier America.

The groups announced the launch of a Healthier Product Calculator, an online resource that allows convenience retailers to easily identify items that meet the PHA Healthier Food & Beverage Product Criteria. The online tool will help retailers more confidently develop better-for-you store sets and make healthier food choices more accessible to the 160 million customers who shop at convenience stores every day.

The online calculator is based on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, an evidenced-based set of guidelines crafted by a group of nationally recognized nutrition and medical experts, and released every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The Healthier Product Calculator is available to all NACS retail, supplier and distributor members at convenience.org/calculator.

“With more than 23.5 million people living where healthy and affordable foods are limited or unavailable, we have a significant opportunity to address one of our nation’s biggest challenges,” said PHA President & CEO Nancy E. Roman. “As PHA continues to work with NACS and the convenience store industry, we’re discovering more opportunities to meaningfully address food access, while supporting each aspect of the supply chain.”

In addition to the online calculator, the organizations announced that NACS is now an official partner of PHA’s Drink Up campaign, which encourages Americans to drink more water, more often. With convenience stores selling approximately 50 percent of the country’s single-serve bottled water, the three-year partnership will give NACS members the opportunity to access Drink Up marketing collateral and point of sale materials through a digital hub to help drive sales of bottled water in stores.

A 2016 study by Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) found that the Drink Up campaign fueled a 5 percent lift in incremental sales of bottled water among those exposed to the online campaign.

Also at the NACS Show, PHA announced that distributors Harold Levinson Associates (HLA) and S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) have each made a three-year commitment to deliver more nutritious options to its convenience retail partners.

Harold Levinson Associates is the fifth largest wholesaler to the convenience store industry serving more than 7,000 convenience store locations. HLA has committed to increasing the availability of affordable, nutritious options to its convenience store partners. It will also implement a healthier food catering guide for corporate meetings and events.

S. Abraham & Sons is one of the nation’s leading wholesale distributors specializing in the food industry that services nearly 4,000 retail stores throughout the Midwest. In addition to increasing the availability of affordable, nutritious options, SAS has committed to modifying its line of sandwiches and salads to meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Criteria and will introduce SAS-sponsored employee wellness programs.

Core-Mark and McLane, two of the largest convenience store distributors, as well as ESSTAR, a natural food sales, marketing and brokerage company, have also made PHA commitments to ensure that convenience stores across the nation can stock healthier options. Through these collective commitments, more than 75,000 convenience stores across the country can now offer expanded healthier choices and fresh fruit and vegetables to its customers. In addition, eight NACS retailer members, representing more than 2,000 locations in 25 states, also have signed commitments with PHA. Currently, 73 percent of PHA’s convenience store partner locations are in food deserts.

“We are proud to stand with our retailer and distributor members, as well as many of the supplier members, in joining PHA and supporting its programs to make the healthy choice the convenient choice,” said NACS President and CEO Henry O. Armour.

To learn more about the Healthier Product Calculator, Drink Up and distributor commitments visit www.ahealthieramerica.org.

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NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

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7‑Eleven becomes the first convenience retailers to carry its own extensive line of private-brand OTC medicines

DALLAS, 2014-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — When shoppers visit a 7‑Eleven® store, they are typically on a mission – a snack if they’re hungry, a drink if they’re thirsty, fuel if their gas tank’s empty, a lottery ticket if they’re feeling lucky. But for those suffering from a headache, allergies, indigestion or the like, what they want most of all is relief.7‑Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter (OTC) medications for years, has entered the private-label drug business with its own 7-Select™-branded, non-prescription medicines, at a savings of up to 85 percent per pill or ounce for equal to or better quality.  Participating stores carry 7-Select OTC remedies in five major categories:

  • Pain relief
  • Cold-flu-allergy
  • Gastro-intestinal upset
  • Cough/throat
  • Sleep aids

“With recent changes in healthcare, an aging population and the transition from prescription to the OTC status of some popular medicines, more people are looking for ways to self-treat minor ailments,” said Rebecca Frechette, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising.“Just like when our customers are hungry or thirsty, if they come to our stores feeling ill, they have an immediate need they want fixed fast,” she said. “With the new 7-Select high-quality alternatives to popular OTC drugs, we can offer them relief from their ailment with great products at value prices.” Regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), private-label OTC drugs must meet or exceed the same efficacy guidelines and standards of their national-brand counterparts, including product strength, dosing directions and package labeling.The retailer has partnered with Perrigo, the largest generic medication supplier in the U.S., to create its assortment.Most 7‑Eleven stores will continue to carry popular national brands in single-dose and larger packages alongside its 7-Select options. Some stores may choose to carry only the new value-priced, private-brand children’s pain, cold and allergy remedies.Participating stores now carry some or all of the following 7-Select high quality OTC medications: Pain

  • Ibuprofen Brown Caplets – 24 and 50 count (compare to Advil)
  • Extra Strength Acetaminophen Caplets, 500 mg. – 24 count (compare to Tylenol ES)
  • Migraine Caplets – 24 count (compare to Excedrin Migraine)
  • Naproxen Sodium Caplets or Tablets, 220 mg. – 24 count (compare to Aleve)
  • Coated Aspirin – 100 count (compare to Bayer)
  • Chewable Low Dose Adult Aspirin Tablets – 36 count (compare to St. Joseph)

Cold/Flu/Allergy

  • Day Cold & Flu Relief – 16 count (compare to Dayquil Liquicaps)
  • Night Cold & Flu Relief – 16 count (compare to Nyquil Liquicaps)
  • Night Time Cold & Flu Liquid – 12 oz. (compare to Nyquil Liquid)
  • Daytime Cold & Flu Liquid – 12 oz. (compare to Dayquil Liquid)
  • Loratadine Allergy, 10 mg., 24-hour Tablets – 10 count (compare to Claritin)
  • Diphedryl Allergy Tablets – 24 count (compare to Benadryl)
  • Cetrizine Allergy Relief Tablets, 10 mg. – 14 count (compare to Zyrtec)
  • Fexofenadine HCL 180 mg. Allergy Tablets – 10 ct. (compare to Allegra)
  • Child and Adult Cough Relief – 3 oz. (compare to Delsym)
  • Decongestant Nasal Spray – 1 oz. (compare to Afrin)
  • Saline Nasal Spray – 1.5 oz. (compare to Ocean)

Gastro-Intestinal

  • Maxi-Strength Ranitidine Heartburn Relief Tablets, 150 mg. – 24 count (compare to Zantac)
  • Max Strength Pink Bismuth Stomach Relief – 8 oz. (compare to Pepto-Bismol)
  • Famotidine Acid Reducer Tablets – 8 count (compare to Pepcid)
  • Anti-diarrheal Loperamide Caplets – 12 count (compare to Imodium A-D)
  • Stomach Relief Chews – 30 count (compare to Pepto-Bismol)
  • Chewable Antacids – 96 count (compare to Tums)

Sleep Aids

  • Night-time Sleep Aid, Berry – 6 oz. (compare to ZZZQuil)
  • Night-time Sleep Aid Tablets – 16 count (compare to Unisom)
  • Ibuprofen PM Caplets – 20 count (compare to Advil PM)
  • Extra Strength Acetaminophen  PM – 50 count (compare to Tylenol PM)

Children’s

  • Children’s Pain Relief Oral Solution Grape, 160 mg. – 4 oz. (compare to Children’s Tylenol)
  • Child Ibuprofen Berry Suspension, 100 mg. – 4 oz. (compare to Children’s Advil)
  • Cetirizine Children’s Allergy Relief Grape, 5 mg. – 4 oz. (compare to Children’s Zyrtec)
  • Child Diphedryl Allergy Relief Cherry – 4 oz. (compare to Children’s Benadryl)
  • Dibromm Child Cold & Allergy Grape Elixir – 4 oz. (compare to Children’s Dimetapp)

7‑Eleven is one of the first convenience retailers to carry its own extensive line of private-brand OTC medicines – up to 34 varieties – with more planned for the future.“As popular prescription drugs transition to over the counter, we will refine and add to our OTC selection if it makes sense to include in our selection,” Frechette said. “OTC medication is a $30 billion business and, in some categories, private-brands account for more than half of these sales. More people are becoming accustomed to choosing private brand OTC drugs, and as our 7-Select brand is gaining recognition, this seemed a natural extension for us. “We are trying to create convenient solution centers for our customers,” Frechette said. “That means carrying tissues and eye drops next to allergy medicines, lip balms and Vitamin C with cold and flu remedies, or hand sanitizer, topical medicated sprays and elastic bandages next to pain relief.”7‑Eleven introduced products sold under the 7-Select banner in 2004, and today its stores carry up to 300 different items under its private brand.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates franchises or licenses more than 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,400 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven, Inc. launches its high-quality 7-Select line of other-the-counter pain relievers. Pictured here are eight of the 34 medications 7‑Eleven stores can choose for their customers. These products are value-priced when compared to the name-brand competitors on 7‑Eleven store shelves.

7‑Eleven, Inc. launches its high-quality 7-Select line of other-the-counter pain relievers. Pictured here are eight of the 34 medications 7‑Eleven stores can choose for their customers. These products are value-priced when compared to the name-brand competitors on 7‑Eleven store shelves.