The Act You’ve Known for All These Years

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. And then I remembered that I was late with this latest editorial offering. Where would I find inspiration? The good news was that I was going to visit with Sir Paul McCartney and 50,000 of his closest friends at Globe...

Investing in Rebranding and Design

Money is tight and we need to invest wisely. If I could only invest in rebranding or designing a certain part of my stores, where should I begin? We are advocates of developing proprietary brands that represent not only the business but your passion for your business....

It’s Time to Face Your Competition

One of the things I learned very early in life is that “Competition is Good” The better the competition, the better I performed. This was and is true in all walks of life.  Athletic endeavors, Scholastic challenges, and even the schoolyard bully were all critical to...

How to Overcome First-Store Anxiety

Do you remember the 1994 movie “Maverick”? Specifically, there’s a scene in which gambler Maverick(Mel Gibson) pushes all his chips into the pot on a final hand. It probably feels something like that when you look to open your first convenience store. You have worked...

It’s a Good Time to Be a Disruptor

Disruptor. I love that word but I think it is often misunderstood. Some might define it as simply someone who shakes it up and does things differently. I believe it is much more. In a business context, I believe a Disruptor first identifies opportunities that the...

Why It Pays to Diversify Your Team

Grandchildren are amazing. I am blessed to have three perfect grandchildren, who are truly a fountain of youth in my life. They make me laugh, smile and wonder as if I am reliving my own childhood. Grandchild No. 3, Tate, recently got his first haircut. Back in the...