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Circle K Chooses VALID Systems

Circle K convenience store chain is rolling out a new, state-of-the-art check cashing program to its company-owned locations, anchored by VALID’s decisioning and identification technology. Some 750 of Circle K’s 3,000+ stores currently have added the check cashing program. The new system integrates existing hardware alongside new technologies. The verification and approval process is fully-automated;

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma Pledges $1 million To CHF

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma (which has no connection with the international company with the same name) presented Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) with a $1 million pledge that will help to transform the health of Oklahoma’s Children by funding pediatric research, clinical care and education. The donation marks another significant donation toward the Oklahoma campaign for

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Take the CSD/Balvor 2011 Foodservice Outlook Survey

Foodservice sales are hot and convenience store operators fighting for their “fare” share. How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2011? And, where are you focusing more time and energy this year as it relates to commissary and other packaged products and food prepared on-site? Convenience

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Winter Chill Fails to Freeze Climbing Gasoline Prices

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The upside push in gasoline prices seems unrelenting, with federal data showing the US average for regular grade climbing to $3.07 gallon as of Jan. 3, a 27-month high. Wholesale gasoline costs since Jan. 3 were mostly down in major metropolitan markets, higher in the Pacific Northwest

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VPS Acquires 22 Appco Stores

Wilmington, N.C.-based VPS Convenience Store Group, has acquired 22 Appco locations in Bristols, Johnson City and Kingsport, TriCities.com reported. The stores have been closed for the past six months, due to bankruptcy of the former owners, but will re-open under the Scotchman brand in the next few weeks. “We are very excited to bring the

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AWMA Show Foodservice Pavilion Sells Out

AWMA’s new Foodservice Pavilion being launched at the 2011 Show in February is currently sold out, but more space is being added. The Foodservice Pavilion is part of a larger initiative to support this growing and profitable category during AWMA’s show to be held Feb. 8–10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Foodservice

Huck’s Donates $288,000 to ‘Karing for Kids’

Huck’s Convenience Stores’ “Karing for Kids” fundraising program has donated $288,000 to help assist children in the local markets of its 107 stores, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. The program is now in its seventh year of providing funds to allow children to Christmas shop for themselves and their families. Huck’s stores, its corporate

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Wawa to Present Community Service Award

Now in its sixth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award is set to once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF). The goal of the Environmental Community Service award is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high

SymphonyIRI Group Announces Summit 2011

The ―new normal is an intensely competitive world where every single leg up matters for CPG retailers and manufacturers, who are doing everything they can to compete and win with shoppers. Because shoppers will separate the winners from the losers in 2011, the SymphonyIRI Group Summit 2011 will focus on ―Gaining the Competitive Edge. The

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Bid Deadline Set For Florida Panhandle Stores

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has announced that Feb. 15, 2011 has been set as the bid deadline for the previously-announced sale of up to 55 fee properties in the Florida Panhandle. Most of the properties are operating gas stations with convenience stores, including one closed site. Most of the operating stations are

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Atlas To Offer Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Taylor, Mich. –based Atlas Oil Co. is now offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which was recently mandated in all new 2010 and beyond diesel vehicles. Atlas is a Master Distributor for BlueDEF brand diesel exhaust fluid, produced by Old World Industries, the manufacturer of Peak Performance antifreeze and other world-class automotive products. Atlas has signed

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Manitowoc Announces Leadership Changes

Manitowoc Foodservice announces organizational changes to align with corporate strategies in support of its commitment to offer innovative equipment solutions to its customers throughout the foodservice industry. Effective immediately, Larry Bryce will become executive vice president of Refrigeration Solutions for the Americas. Companies reporting to Bryce include Manitowoc Ice, Multiplex, Servend, Delfield Custom Solutions, McCall,

Job Outlook Picks Up in 2011

Economists are raising their forecasts for employment growth in 2011, as various job readings are suggesting that the long-awaited hiring boom is arriving or is just around the corner, CNN reported. “It’s about time,” economist Robert Brusca of FAO Economics told CNN. This Friday, the monthly employment report from the Department of Labor, will give

GOP Pushing For Repeal of Healthcare Law

A repeal of the new U.S. healthcare law would add to already huge federal budget deficits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned on Thursday, Reuters reported. In a preliminary estimate of legislation being pushed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, the CBO said that repealing the law President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats

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Tasty Baking Faces Financial Woes

Tasty Baking, the maker of Tastykakes, is reviewing options including a merger or sale, as pressure mounts from declining sales, the DailyFinance reported. In the face of “unanticipated operational challenges” related to its bakery in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Tasty Baking has now lowered its projected savings in the fourth quarter to $10 million from $13

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GasAmerica Adds Miami Subs Grill

GasAmerica welcomes the first franchise unit of The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast casual restaurant concept. The 2,000-square-foot Miami Grill, joins the 4,000-square-foot Convenience Mart Stop, located at one of GasAmerica’s Greenfield, Ind., locations. “We’ve looked at a number of food concepts and found the New Miami Subs Grill concept the best

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Bazzi Oil & Gas Honored for Renovations

The Dearborn City Beautiful Commission has recognized the locally owned CITGO station at 7954 Greenfield Road in its 2010 Business “Standard of Excellence” program. Bazzi Oil & Gas Co., a local CITGO distributor, which owns and operates the station, is one of a select group of Dearborn, Mich., businesses honored for its work in helping

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Dollar General Enters Three New States

Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores in fiscal 2011 and create 6,000 new jobs in the process. The new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s existing 35-state operating area as well as three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. “Bringing our store model of convenience and value to

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Toot’n Totum Debuts New Prototype Design

CBX, a strategic branding and retail design consultancy, has completed a new prototype design for Toot’n Totum, a 62-unit privately held convenience store/gasoline retailer based in Amarillo, Texas. The fast-track design, which debuted November 2010 in Amarillo, is housed in a newly built facility. CBX completed a new identity for the store and Toot’n Totum’s

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Thorntons Adds E-85 at 36 Stores

Thorntons now offers E-85 Flex Fuel at 36 stores: seven in Illinois, 11 in Indiana, 11 in Kentucky, and seven in Tennessee. E-85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15% petroleum. Ethanol can be made from virtually any agriculture feedstock from which starch is derived, such as sugar cane, wheat or milo. Today, the

Matrix Closes Sale on Lehigh Gas Assets

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has successful closed on the sale of select retail assets of Lehigh Gas Corp., a petroleum marketer and convenience store operator in the Northeast. The assets, located in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, include both company-operated and dealer-operated stores. These sales are part of Lehigh’s ongoing efforts to rationalize

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Mars Wins U.S. State Department Award

Mars Inc. received the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work in cocoa sustainability and efforts to improve economic development in the cocoa-growing region of the Republic of Ghana. Mars was chosen from a record number of 78 nominations submitted by American ambassadors around the world. The ACE awards,

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Pop Rocks Sweepstakes Begins

Starting Jan. 3, Pop Rocks lovers are encouraged to vote for their top pop songs as well as the greatest hits of the 70´s, as part of a new sweepstakes opportunity. The new “U-ROCK” sweepstakes is available on the company´s Web site www.pop-rocks.com, offering consumers the chance to win $100 iTunes Gift Certificates. This is

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Quick Chek Launches iLoveMyCoffee.com

Quick Chek, which operates 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has launched of its iLoveMyCoffee.com interactive microsite. A representation of Quick Chek’s extensive coffee bar offerings and exceptional fresh coffee guarantee, iLoveMyCoffee.com invites users to build-your-own coffee concoction between Jan. 3 and March 20 for a chance to win a

Retail Gasoline Prices Start 2011 above $3 Gallon Nationally

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline continues to defy traditional seasonal price patterns, with the U.S. average for regular grade holding at a 27-month high above $3 gallon at $3.052 gallon, and poised to still inch higher. Usually you see retail gasoline prices nearing their calendar lows this time of

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