Big Chains Revisit Vaping –

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.  Circle K divisions in Arizona and the West Coast, as well as 400 7-Eleven locations, have signed on to sell products from Space Jam Juice LLC, a vaping company known for branded e-liquids, reusable vaping devices and coils.

The company’s reach in convenience retail will go from 4,000 stores in early fall to as high as 10,000 by year’s end, say officials with San Clemente, Calif.-based Space Jam. The c-store chains that have given authorization include Circle K Arizona, 580 locations; Circle K West (California, Oregon and Washington), 236; 7-Eleven, 400; Giant, 260; and G&M, 162, the company said.

The renewed commitment from c-stores runs contrary to trend reports showing declines in certain vaping products, especially e-liquids.

Pittsburgh-based Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) noted a 59% year-over-year decrease in volume of product shipped to c-stores ending July 1. One-time-use vaping devices and kits were also down in volume, 3% and 7% respectively, MSA officials said.

Officials with Space Jam blame poor name recognition. “Prior attempts to add vape products to convenience-store shelves failed because those previous products did

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