Latest Episodes

Episode 5: Angelle Cloud

Angelle Cloud is a rising star in convenience retailing. She’s a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Foodservice Compliance and Corporate RD at ShopRite—a popular chain of convenience stores...

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Episode 4: Anthony Perrine

Lou Perrine’s Gas & Grocery has been a staple of Wisconsin’s Kenosha community since 1954. After taking the helm in 2008, Anthony Perrine carefully differentiated and evolved his brand...

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Episode 3: Sam Herro

It’s a new decade! Al and Frank reflect on retail’s evolution in a conversation with fuel and c-store expert, Sam Herro. From defunct department stores to the Tesla Cybertruck,...

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Episode 2: Nic Moulis

We’re going international! In this episode, Al and Frank chat with Nic Moulis, director of FuelnGo in Australia. How does Australia’s fuel and convenience retailing industry differ from the...

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Episode 1: Kent Couch

In our first episode, Al and Frank speak with Kent Couch—a cluster balloon pioneer and retailer from Bend, Oregon. Couch’s Stop and Go convenience store offers dozens of varieties...

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Behind The Mic

Frank Beard


Frank Beard is a speaker, consultant, analyst, and writer in the convenience retailing industry. His “30 Days of Gas Station Food” experiment raised awareness that yes, you actually can make healthy choices on-the-go. Frank is a popular speaker at events both in the U.S. and internationally, and his industry analysis has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR, and more. He resides in Des Moines, IA

Al Hebert


Al Hebert is the Gas Station Gourmet. Part travel, mostly food, the Gas Station Gourmet showcases America’s hidden culinary treasure—gas station cuisine. Al is also a popular speaker at events in the convenience retailing industry, and his monthly NACS Magazine column explores the secrets of successful, independent retailers. Al resides in Abbeville, LA. 

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