The New York Association of Convenience Stores will observe 60 seconds of silence to remember convenience store icon John MacDougall at the start of its 29th annual Trade Show next Thursday, May 14, at the Oncenter in Syracuse N.Y.
The “MacDougall Memorial Minute” will take place at 11 a.m., just as the exhibits are about to open—the first NYACS Trade Show since the passing of the President and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, who co-founded NYACS in 1986 and was instrumental in its development and success.
“Tools of the Trade” is the theme for this year’s trade show. Free to all interested member and non-member retailers, it is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 150 exhibits by the Northeast’s leading convenience store suppliers, equipment dealers and service providers.
All retail attendees will be entered in periodic random drawings for cash prizes as high as $500. There also will be a raffle for tickets to the “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” beer festival, the QuickChek New Jersey Balloon Festival, a performance of “The Book of Mormon” in Buffalo, a concert by blues legend Buddy Guy in Ithaca, a GoPro Hero4 video camera, and other great prizes.
The pre-trade show golf tournament and Welcome Party are May 13.
The morning of May 14, prior to the trade show, NYACS is offering five concurrent educational workshops for retailers, free of charge. They are:
– “Achieving Top Tier Results: Why the Best are Better” with Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group.
– “Recipe for C-Store Food Service Success” with Michael Davis, Vice President of Member Services, National Association of Convenience Stores.
– “Tools for Assembling a C-Store A-Team” with Linda McKenna, Convenience Store Coaches Inc.
– “How Do I Know What My C-Store Business is Worth?” with Terry Monroe, President, American Business Brokers.
– “EMV Chip Migration: Mapping Out Your Strategy” with James Hervey, Director, Product Management, Americas Petroleum Solutions at VeriFone.
The trade show will be followed by the traditional Chairman’s Banquet, featuring New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame inductions.
For the full schedule, and to register, visit www.nyacs.org.
Now in its 29th year, the New York Association of Convenience Stores is a member-driven organization that leads, safeguards, and forges a favorable environment for New York State’s diverse, dynamic community of neighborhood convenience stores. It continuously delivers vital knowledge, a unified voice on legislative and regulatory issues, access to business solutions, and ways for them to share ideas, address common challenges, and build relationships.