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Atlantic Retailers Participate in National Lobby Day


Atlantic retailers including: Ramona Roberts, Terry Moore, Warren Maynard, Craig Pardy, Dennis Kim and Nick Pitre joined retailers from across Canada in Ottawa on September 16 as part of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association’s National Lobby Day. The retailers met with their regional members of parliament from all parties to create awareness of issues impacting the c-store industry.


The Atlantic retailers were consistent in their messaging to do more to stop contraband tobacco (implement Bill C-10 and introduce tougher measures to recuperate outstanding federal fines for tobacco offences), reduce credit card fees, leave the regulation of energy drinks alone, and understand that the unintended consequences of a flavored tobacco ban is demand for illegal, blackmarket products.


Contraband Tobacco Rates Alarming and High


New research commissioned by the ACSA shows that the average presence of illegal tobacco in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has increased. The spring 2014 studies showed contraband levels of 20.4% in Nova Scotia and 22% in New Brunswick. Press release links can be found here.


A baggie of 200 illegal cigarettes represents about $45 in provincial taxes if those cigarettes were sold legally: “We have a situation here where millions of dollar in profits are going to organized crime from the sale of illegal tobacco and the provincial government is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue,” says ACSA President Mike Hammoud.

In a recent poll commissioned by the ACSA, 72% of adults in Nova Scotia and 68% of adults in New Brunswick said that it was important or very important that the provincial government enact tougher legislation to reduce the availability of illegal tobacco.


A new series of contraband studies are being done in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick while Newfoundland & Labrador has been added to the provinces being studied. Study results are expected shortly.


New Brunswick Election Work


The ACSA and New Brunswick members had good success in engaging provincial politicians and getting industry issues front and centre leading up to and during the recent New Brunswick provincial election.

Successes included a pre-election announcement by the former Alward government that tax revenue agreements with New Brunswick First Nations were to be cancelled and renegotiated. The ACSA and New Brunswick retailers had argued that the agreements were being used to gain a competitive advantage over non-native retailers, which was something that the agreements did not permit.

Another success was the participation of the PC, Liberal and NDP party leaders in C-Store Day and a commitment from them to work more closely with small business. Liberal leader Brian Gallant used a stop at a local c-store in Fredericton during C-Store Day to announce that if elected his government would “better police the illegal sale of contraband tobacco products and smuggling of tobacco and alcohol from other jurisdictions.”

The ACSA looks forward to working with newly elected Premier Gallant and his government to ensure that convenience store issues and interests are understood and acted upon.


Responsible Retail of electronic Cigarettes


The ACSA supports the Canadian Convenience Stores Association and the guidelines they created to ensure the responsible retailing of e-cigarettes. All Atlantic retailers are strongly encouraged to review and adopt the CCSA’s guidelines.


3rd Annual C-Store Day a Big Success


August 27 was a great day for Atlantic Canada with more than 100 community leaders and elected officials working behind the counter at local convenience stores throughout region and raising almost $50,000 for local charities.

All of the action was part of the ACSA’s third annual C-Store Day, a special day to recognize the community contribution of convenience store owners and operators and to fundraise for community causes.

The event has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating retailers increasing to more than 50 this year compared to nine in 2013 and four in 2012.

“We’re really onto something,” says ACSA President Mike Hammoud. “This has become a must-do event for local community leaders.”


Retailer Spotlight: Margie Boone


Margie Boone has been a part of the convenience store industry all her life since she began working in small mom and pop shops at the young age of 13. Today, more than five decades later, you can find Margie managing the Kenmount Corner Store in St. John’s.

What is Margie’s secret to a successful and happy career in the convenience store industry?


“It’s the people” says Margie. “One of the things I enjoy most is meeting and chatting with customers and working closely with my staff. I love it, I love my job!”


To read more about Margie’s story, click here.


Annual Industry Update and Retail Convenience Awards


The Retail Convenience Awards is an opportunity to recognize the best in our business. The event sees hundreds of retailers from all Atlantic provinces come together to network, exchange information, discuss industry issues, and celebrate the awards finalists. Nominations are accepted in seven awards categories and the results presented during the awards gala. This year the Retail Convenience Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The ACSA is excited to have Jim Mathis from Kennesaw, Georgia as the 2014 Keynote Speaker. Jim, an international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), has been presenting, leading conferences and consulting for more than 30 years. He is a specialist in the reinvention process for businesses and organizations and will speak on how convenience stores in Atlantic Canada can reinvent themselves and their offers for better profits. Other confirmed guests and speakers include, Jamie Baillie, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, and Mark Furey, minister of Service Nova Scotia.


Here is a full list of the 2014 Retail Convenience Awards finalists

Corporate Convenience Store Operator of the Year


– Paul Mahar, Need’s Convenience, NS

– Dave Morgan, Frecker Drive Circle K, NL

– Derrick & Wanda Stuckey, Kelligrews Orangestore, NL

Independent Convenience Store Operator of the Year


– Brian LeBlanc – Point Park Petro Canada, NB

– James Allan Sutherland, Big Al’s Convenience, NS

– Larry & Jacinta Arsenault, Elmsdale Corner Gas & Convenience Store, PE

– Lee El-Rabahi, Hydrostone Groceteria, NS

– Leno Ribahi – Leno’s Stop Shop, NS

Emerging Convenience Store Business/Operator of the Year


– Bob Carmichael, Stratford Quick-Stop, PE

– Belinda Nason, The Tracy Store, NB

– Jenny & Trevor Rodrigues, Needs Convenience, NS

Industry Partner and Leader (Non-Regulatory)


– Karic Sales (Red Bull)

– Coca-Cola Refreshments

– Atlantic Lottery Corporation

Industry Partner and Leader (Regulatory)


– Senator Pierrette Ringuette

– Bruce Northrup, MLA, Kings East, New Brunswick

– Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Minister and Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board, Government of Nova Scotia

Innovative Beverage


– Dasani Drops

– Pepsi NEXT

– Bomb Energy Drink

Innovative Food


– PowerBar ProteinPlus Bars

– Stride Sour Patch Kids Gum

– AERO Caramel Big Bubble Bar/ AERO Strawberry Big Bubble Bar

– Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Popcorn

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Retail excellence honoured at the 2015 Retail Convenience Awards GalaAtlantic Canada’s convenience store industry recognized industry excellence at the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s 7th annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala held at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax in early November.Sponsored by Atlantic Lottery Corporation, the awards recognize excellence in six categories: President’s Excellence, Emerging Excellence, Innovative Beverage, Innovative Food, Innovative Product, and I

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acsa – september 2015 newsletter

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Atlantic c-stores recognized as important part of communityOn August 26, the ACSA held its fourth annual Convenience Store Day in the four Atlantic provinces. As part of the annual event, more than 125 community leaders and politicians volunteered for 20-minute shifts at 49 plus convenience stores throughout the region, raising money for local charity.  This year’s event raised over $50,000 for Crime Stoppers Nova Scotia and Children’s Wish Foundation NFLD, NB, NS and PEI.Much of the ne

21st August 2015

illegal cigarette sales in new brunswick remain high

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Presence of illegal cigarettes at 11 high schools tested averages 26 percentNew Brunswickers are busy buying illegal cigarettes according to research findings released today by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association.Illegal cigarettes accounted for 24 percent of almost 4,000 cigarette ends collected from 27 sites across New Brunswick in late May/early June and analyzed. The presence of illegal cigarettes averaged 26 percent at 11 high school sites tested.Overall findings are considered to b

7th May 2015

gas pump climate change warning labels

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The ACSA submitted the following letter to Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc in response to their recent resolution to encourage the use of point-of-sale gas pump climate change warning labels.May 7, 2015Mayor George LeBlancCity of Moncton655 Main StreetMoncton, NB E1C 1E8Via email: [email protected]: Gas pump climate change warning labelsDear Mayor LeBlanc:The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association is a not-for-profit organization representing the business interests of Atlantic

26th April 2015

n.s. government’s flavoured tobacco ban an attack on small business owners

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Barely two weeks’ notice before major ban takes effectHALIFAX [May 26, 2015] – Hundreds of hard working convenience store owners across the province will suffer significant losses at the hand of the provincial government due to its hostile approach to new legislation.Giving convenience store owners only 14 days to clear inventory before a major flavoured tobacco ban takes effect at the end of May amounts to an extreme penalty against small business owners by a government trying to score

22nd April 2015

nova scotia flavoured tobacco ban start date unreasonable, costly to industry

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40 days simply not long enough to clear wholesale and retail productHALIFAX – [April 22, 2015]: The timing of plans by the Government of Nova Scotia to ban most flavoured tobacco products starting May 31st is unreasonable say convenience store retailers.“I have flavoured tobacco inventory that will take at least six months to clear,” says Tony Diab, a Dartmouth convenience store owner. “That’s the way the business works. The government wants to start its ban in 40 days. That’s going

16th March 2015

acsa extremely disappointed with nova scotia tobacco access act amendments

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The Nova Scotia government has tabled amendments to the Tobacco Access Act that will ban almost all flavoured tobacco products. Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, says that there is no basis in reality for doing this.“The big issue was the candy-flavoured tobacco products that were clearly targeting minors,” says Hammoud. “But then they take a sledgehammer to the issue and ban virtually everything that is flavoured, including menthol.”“There is no e

23rd January 2015

retailer profile: margie boone

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Margie Boone has been a part of the convenience store industry all her life, beginning at the young age of 13 working in small mom & pop shops. Over the last five decades, Margie has steadily advanced her career to taking on management of various Ultramar sites. These days Margie can be found managing Kenmount Corner Store in St. John’s, Newfoundland.What is Margie’s secret to a successful and happy career in the convenience store industry?“It’s the people” says Margie. “One of t

20th November 2014

atlantic c-store news – november 2014

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Atlantic Retailers Participate in National Lobby DayAtlantic retailers including: Ramona Roberts, Terry Moore, Warren Maynard, Craig Pardy, Dennis Kim and Nick Pitre joined retailers from across Canada in Ottawa on September 16 as part of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association’s National Lobby Day. The retailers met with their regional members of parliament from all parties to create awareness of issues impacting the c-store industry.The Atlantic retailers were consistent in their messagi

6th November 2014

best in atlantic canada’s convenience store industry celebrated at 2014 retail convenience award

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Best in Atlantic Canada’s convenience store industry celebrated at 2014 Retail Convenience Awards[Halifax, November 6, 2014] Atlantic Canada’s convenience store industry recognized industry excellence at the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s 6th annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala held at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax last night. The convenience store industry in Atlantic Canada employs an estimated 25,900 people full- and part-time at 3,012 convenience store locations across the

10th April 2014

atlantic c-store news – april 2014

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Holding the line on tobacco taxesFiscal 2014 – 2015 budgets have been tabled in the Atlantic provinces and the ACSA is pleased that three of the four provinces held the line on increasing tobacco taxes.“There is reliable evidence that increasing tobacco taxes without strengthening penalties for illegally selling tobacco has little effect on reducing smoking and increases black market demand for illegal smokes,” says ACSA president Mike Hammoud. “You’re just shifting demand underground

22nd January 2014

atlantic c-store news – january 2014

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ACSA gears up for pre-budget consultationsEach year, provincial finance ministers hold pre-budget consultations. The ACSA has always actively participated in this process, meeting personally with finance ministers, attending public consultation meetings, and submitting briefs.This year will be no different and the ACSA will be focusing on several issues, including: a) the negative impact of increasing tobacco taxes to try and increase government revenue; b) cracking down on contraband tobacco as