NACS Magazine – October Issue

Horizon Montage Oct

 Bismarck, North Dakota - Horizon Market has a lot to like. When you need bread or milk, it doesn't get more convenient than a drive-thru window. Horizon's Cup O'Snack makes snacking as easy as drinking a beverage. Casey Clement & his team have a real commitment to the community. They use the Horizon food truck to help local students to raise … [Read more...]

Linda Scott Memorial

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Oasis Travel Plaza (Robertsdale, AL) -  I am saddened by the passing of Linda Scott, general manager of the Oasis Travel Plaza in Robertsdale, AL. I had a chance to interview Linda. When I visited her and her team in Alabama they extended such warm hospitality. Customers love this unique travel plaza. She was a real success story, starting as a night-shift waitress she moved up … [Read more...]

Bringing the Community Inside Your Store

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CENTRAL EXPRESS CASHTON (Cashton, WI)  - This is great for the kids. It's great for the store. If you've heard me speak or read my stories, one of the most important things independently owned  c-stores can do is to be part of their community. A good start is to bring the community into your store.     I love this. The kids are happy. Each time they pass the Central … [Read more...]

BOISE STAGE STOP- NACS Magazine February 2015

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          THIS MONTH IN NACS MAGAZINE BOISE, IDAHO - The Regina Store opened right here on the Oregon Trail in 1891. Today, the Oregon Trail is now I-84. The Regina Store is now the Boise Stage Stop. If  you great food, friendly people in an Old West setting, then this is the place to stop. When I say "Old West setting"  I don't mean … [Read more...]

SLOVACEK’S – HOME OF THE KISSING PIGS

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WEST, TEXAS  - I've seen some fascinating things on the road. Kissing pigs really got my attention. You can read about Slovacek's in the December issue of NACS Magazine. Slovacek's has been making great sausage since 1957.  I can say great because they will sell 6 millions pounds by year's end. BEER CAVE This is one of the few stores where you can find Czechoslovakian beer … [Read more...]

The Washington Post & Me

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It was a normal day here at the international headquarters of the Gas Station Gourmet. We're kind of a think tank, test kitchen and food news team.  Mike just reiterated that he would probably not eat beef tongue. It is a popular staple at wedding receptions and funerals here in Cajun country. Mike Falgout is from New Orleans. He's not Cajun.  He is however a talented shooter … [Read more...]