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Gasoline Prices Continue Ascent

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices continued to move higher through mid January, climbing when values typically flounder near annual lows during a time of year when winter weather usually dampens driving demand. Gasoline demand is nearly 2% higher during the four weeks ending Jan. 7 compared with the

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Gulf Oil Returns To Nashville

Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil is returning to Nashville, Tenn., for the first time in 25 years, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Gulf Oil has partnered with Nashville-based Tri Star Energy to rebrand 21 area gas stations. The stores are being co-branded, maintaining Tri Star’s Daily’s brand. Eleven sites are already complete. The rebranding is expected

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Pilot Travel Center Shopper Wins Pemmican Sweepstakes

Marfood’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky has awarded its first $1,000 Giveaway winner. Elizabeth Pyle of San Antonio, Texas purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky from her local Pilot Travel Center store just before the Holiday Season of 2010 and entered the Pemmican $1,000 Giveaway. To her surprise just before Christmas, she became the first winner of

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RNCOS Predicts C-store Outlook

The total in-stores sales in the U.S. convenience store market are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 4% during 2010-2013, according to RNCOS, which specializes in industry intelligence and creative solutions for contemporary business segments. According RNCOS’ report “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013”, in-store sales constituted more

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Kum & Go Buys Two JC’s Corner Stores

Kum & Go has signed a deal to acquire two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa by the end of January, the Des Moines Register reported. The West Des Moines-based convenience store chain plans to renovate and rebrand the newly acquired stores—located at the corner of 35th Street and E.P. True Parkway in West Des

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QuikTrip Enters Spartanburg, S.C.

Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain QuikTrip is planning to enter South Carolina with a new store at 489 W. Main St., positioning itself for a major entrance into South Carolina, The Spartanburg, S.C. Herald-Journal reported. The 5,000-square-foot Spartanburg store will be one of the first QuikTrips in the state when it opens in late 2011.

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Gaining More Sales Right From The Pump

Vendgogh LLC, a provider of integrated gas island vending solutions has agreed to integrate its innovative vending solution with VeriFone Systems Inc. point of sale (POS) solutions. Through the integration, convenience store customers to sell cold drinks and gas to customers at the pump with a single swipe of their credit card. This new initiative

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SunCoke Energy Buys Virginia Coal Companies

SunCoke Energy, a subsidiary of Sunoco Inc. has purchased the Honaker, Va.-based Harold Keene Coal Co. Inc., its affiliated entities and their related assets for approximately $40 million in cash, including working capital. Coal reserve estimates for the assets of the entities being purchased total at least 16 million tons, with final estimates to be

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Scott Petroleum Acquires Bostick Brothers Co.

Scott Petroleum has acquired Bostick Brothers, effective on Jan. 1, Stamfordadvocate.com reported. Both are Mississippi companies founded between the 1920’s and 1930’s. “Bostick Brothers was in business for 81 years,” Xan Robertson, grandson of founder Xan Bostick, was quoted as saying. “It was just a good time to sell.” While details of the transaction were not released, the

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Tedeschi Enters Commissary Business

Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired DSD1, the local start-up commissary that produces the chain’s signature TD’s Deli packaged fresh food line. DSD1 will now be known as “Tedeschi Fresh Foods” and will be a subsidiary of Tedeschi Food Shops. Nearly two years ago, Tedeschi Food Shops engaged DSD1 to develop and distribute a new fresh

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Pennsylvania Lottery To Display Amber Alerts

New upgrades to the Pennsylvania lottery’s self-service terminals will aid efforts to recover abducted children through the state’s Amber Alert system. Pennsylvania State Police acting Commissioner Jon Kurtz and Lottery Interim Executive Director Drew Svitko marked National Amber Alert Awareness Day by announcing that the lottery now has the capability to show Amber Alert details

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Thorntons Named Top Place To Work in Louisville

Thorntons Inc. has been ranked as one of the top workplaces in Louisville for 2010 in a survey conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. Thorntons employs 625 people at 44 Kentuckiana store locations, with over 2000 team members companywide throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. “It’s a great honor for Thorntons to be named

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Getty Acquires 59 Properties

Getty Realty Corp. has completed the acquisition of 59 Mobil branded gasoline station and convenience store properties located in and around northern suburbs of New York City (including Westchester and Rockland Counties) and the lower Hudson Valley, funding a total investment of $111,300,000. The 59 properties were acquired in a simultaneous transaction among ExxonMobil, CPD

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Mountain Mudd Makes Franchise 500 List

Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, has been named to Entrepreneur’s 32nd annual Franchise 500 list. The Franchise 500 reflects such factors as financial strength and stability, growth rate, size, number of years in business, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and availability of financing. “We are very honored to be

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Results of Data Security Study Announced

The National Retail Federation (NRF), a retail trade organization, and First Data Corp., a provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, have released results from a research study of data security and fraud prevention strategies practiced at small to mid-sized retailers. Most of the retailers surveyed had annual sales of less than $100,000. The analysis

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Susser Estimates Q4 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the fourth quarter of 2010 of approximately 7.3% year-over-year and an increase in retail average per-store-per-week fuel volumes of 4.3%. Fourth quarter merchandise margin is expected to be in a range of 33.7-34%, and retail fuel margin is expected to be 14.7 cents to

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Quebec Union Targets Couche-Tard

Quebec’s second-largest organized labor group, The Conféderation des syndicats nationaux (CSN),  is planning to begin a huge unionization attempt of corner stores in the province, targeting c-store giant  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the Montreal Gazette reported. CSN has reportedly formed a first union at a Couche-Tard convenience store in Montreal and that it aims to push

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CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

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TPE 2011 Exceeding Expectations

Tobacco Plus Expo has the reputation of being the ultimate tobacco trade show experience for the tobacco industry. Bigger and better than ever, TPE 2011 promises to live up to that reputation. The show features a fabulous array of more than 150 exhibitors and conference sessions that focus on building business. This year’s not-to-be-missed trade

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Kangaroo Express Looks To Boost Troop Morale

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is helping connect U.S. military personnel based overseas to their family and friends at home as part of the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, a 10-day event that brings legendary Indy racing stars to U.S. military bases in Europe, the Middle East and an aircraft carrier at sea. Departing from New

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Forecasting Cash Usage in the U.S.

Consumers’ use of cash is expected to decline by a total of 17%, or 4% per year, between 2010 and 2015, dropping to slightly more than $1 trillion, according to a new report from Aite Group that sizes and forecasts U.S. consumers’ use of cash. The report draws upon two surveys conducted by Aite Group

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Kum & Go Introduces MADE

Kum & Go began selling MADE, a line of organic drinks from Tenaya LLC, this January. “The pioneering spirit of Kum & Go’s founders fits nicely with the MADE brand,” said Charley Snell, Tenaya Founder.  “We are a pioneer as well in introducing people to organic products that are convenient and refreshing.” Founded in 1959, Kum

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ADD Systems Appoints New President

Bruce Carl Bott has been appointed  president of ADD Systems. “For several years now, I have been gradually shifting responsibilities to Bruce Jr. and others in anticipation of this change,” said ADD Systems CEO / Owner Bruce Alan Bott. “So while a change in presidency is significant and momentous, we fully expect a smooth transition.

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Sunoco Expands in New Jersey

Sunoco Inc. has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. to begin operating the nine fuel stations at service plazas along the Garden State Parkway, one of the most heavily traveled roads in the nation. The new six-year agreement begins January 2011 and runs through December 2016. Sunoco

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7-Eleven Expands in Manhattan

7-Eleven’s c-store franchise is taking New York by storm, with plans to operate some 100 stores in Manhattan by the year 2015, the International Business Times reported. At present 7-Eleven operates a mere 10 locations in Manhattan and expects to reach 15-20 locations over the next two years, before soaring to the 100 mark. “We

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