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Chain Retail Sales Roar in Early March

NEW YORK – Retail sales roared like a lion during the past week ending March 8, 2014.

Radio Shack Closing 1,100 U.S. Stores after 20% Drop in Sales

Photo by Blue MauMau

Texas-based Radio Shack announced yesterday it would close 1,100 stores across the country after its shares dropped 20 percent.

February Chain Sales End Positive

NEW YORK – Adverse weather conditions throughout the fiscal month made February a challenging environment for retail sales, but chain store sales peeped out from negative territory into positive the final week of the month as increased retailer promotions enticed some consumers to shop and spend.

Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 4.3 Percent in 2013

Ace Hardware in Kentucky
photo by bmm

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retail cooperative in which franchisees own the franchisor, has reported its fiscal 2013 revenues.

Gas Dealers Worry about Consumption Trends, Regulation

Texaco Station
photo by Thomas Hawk

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gasoline dealerships and energy experts are weighing in about the uncertainties of gas price and dealership profits as they move deeper into 2014.

POS Goes Mobile

FPN & NCR Silver mobile POS. Photo from NCRSilver webpage

ORLANDO – Credit card processing firm Franchise Payments Network announced yesterday that it will showcase the new NCR Silver point of sales (POS) for mobile tablets at this weekend's International Franchise Association convention in New Orleans.

Why Green Tea and Chocolate Chips Should Strike Fear into the Hearts of Grocers

In order to do this article justice, I’m going to have to wander pretty far into my personal shopping habits. I don’t make the mistake of thinking that I behave like most consumers, nor that most consumers behave like me.

2013 Saw Gas Stations with Strongest Margins in Years

A BP gas station in Central Kentucky
Franchised BP gas station with accompanying convenience store in Kentucky. Photo/dsniegowski

Raleigh, N.C.—With some of the thinnest profit margins in retailing, gas stations gave a collective sigh of relief in 2013 as they experienced their strongest margins in years.

Historical Corvettes Fall into Big Sinkhole

A sinkhole appeared before working hours Wednesday morning under the showroom floor of Kentucky's hallowed Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

So what is a Grocerant? Why are they stealing Restaurant Market Share?

Foodservice Solutions®  Grocerant Guru says this "Grocerant means any retail food item that is