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Gasoline Prices Surge as Libya Violence Escalates

Wholesale gasoline prices surged following Presidents’ Day, as violence in Libya escalated, with street prices marching higher on the tsunami wave of climbing oil costs across the globe. Worse, the full pass through costs from wholesale to retail have not worked their way through the supply chain, meaning retail prices will continue to climb in

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Driving New Business in a Recession

Collecting customer data, using anonymous surveys and flawless execution can all be effective in attracting repeat customers. By John Lofstock, Editor. Downward slanting sales, a depleted customer base, constant stress, worry and handwringing…if these symptoms are all too familiar, then it’s likely your store is suffering from “recessionitis,” a disease plaguing many good-intentioned retailers. Fortunately,

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Retail Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic

Balvor survey highlights the foodservice concerns, focus and sentiments held by convenience store operators heading into 2011. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Cautious because a number of external factors, ranging from continued high unemployment, constrained consumer spending, and weak construction and housing markets are creating especially stiff headwinds for their core shopper base. Optimistic as

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Aloha Petroleum Expands in Maui

New gas station is Aloha’s first in Kahului, Maui. Honolulu-based Aloha Petroleum is building a new gas station and 2,000-square-foot c-store in Kahului, Maui—its first on the island—at a time when other local stations are struggling amid high gas prices, the Maui News reported. “I don’t think any service station on Maui is growing,” Terry

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Fresh & Easy Continues Expansion

Ninth new store opens in Southern California, as Fresh & Easy plans for Northern California store openings this week. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has opened its eighth and ninth stores of 2011 in the Southern California communities of San Dimas and Camarillo last week, and is scheduled to open its first stores in Northern

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Kum & Go CEO Honored

Kyle and Sharon Krause are named Iowa Star Award recipients for philanthropic work. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause, along with his wife, Sharon, recently were honored with The Des Moines Register’s “2010 Iowa Star Award.” This prestigious award recognizes central Iowans who have given back to the community and made an extraordinary

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Getting A Bigger Piece of the Foodservice Pie

Quality, price point and flexibility continue to drive customer interest in pizza. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Americans are into upscale, premium and gourmet everything these days. So why would anyone expect pizza to be any different? The question is, “Can your pizza program measure up?” From exotic toppings to a variety of doughs, c-store

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Lorillard Sues FDA

“We are taking this action reluctantly after the FDA failed to constitute the committee in accordance with the law and failed to properly address legitimate concerns regarding fairness and impartiality,” says Lorillard’s senior vice president. Lorillard Inc. today filed suit to stop Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from receiving or relying on recommendations from its

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Turning a Foodservice Profit

The stagnant economy and hefty cigarette taxes have more c-store chains adding extra roller grill items to provide a greater array of hot food options at a value price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Yes, the number of food items that can be prepared on roller grills—hot dogs, corn dogs, taquitos, stuffed breadsticks, kielbasa, grilled

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7-Eleven Hits 40,000 Store Milestone

7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto is scheduled to present a $40,000 donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity in celebration of  the chain’s achievement. From its humble beginnings in 1927 selling milk and bread from an ice dock in Oak Cliff, Texas, 7-Eleven Inc. has grown into an international powerhouse with more retail outlets than

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Remke bigg’s, Speedway Partner To Offer Fuel Rewards

“Our partnership with Speedway provides customers with 87 convenient locations in which to save at the pump,” says Remke bigg’s president. Remke bigg’s, a grocer with 14 stores throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati,  and Speedway are partnering to help customers save on fuel with Pump Perks fuel rewards program. The Pump Perks program, along with

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ShopRite Adds RelaxZen

As the popularity of relaxation beverages soars, grocery stores like ShopRite, increasingly are adding them to store shelves. ShopRite, which operates 190 grocery stores in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware, has added RelaxZen DAY and RelaxZen NIGHT products from RelaxZen Inc. to its product line. RelaxZen’s 2.5-ounce tapered bottles being added to

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Sunflower Farmers Market Opens 33rd Store

Organic grocer to celebrate Salt Lake City grand opening with giveaways, food and festivities. Sunflower Farmers Market, a full-service natural and organic grocer, is only one month away from the grand opening of its latest Salt Lake City store, which debuts March 16, bringing more “serious food at silly prices” to the area. The new

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Seizing Smokeless Opportunities

The tobacco customer is changing, along with consumers’ product options, which is driving  optimism for a strong 2011. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Eric Choncko is a 31-year-old locomotive engineer living in North Texas. He also is a regular snuff user and a core convenience store customer. He chose that tobacco product over cigarettes several

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Thorntons Launches ‘Gas Price Text Alerts’

New text message program from Thorntons helps customers save on gas. Thorntons Inc. is helping customers get a ‘jump on the pump’ before fuel prices change and giving them the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs, with the launch of a new text messaging program, Thorntons Gas Price Alerts. The

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Susser Holdings Releases Q4 Results

“Following a challenging 2009, we set a new all-time record for Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2010, driven by unusually strong fuel margins, steady same-store growth in merchandise sales and careful expense control,” says Susser president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. released its fourth quarter of 2010 report, showing strong merchandise sales and fuel volumes as

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7-Eleven TV Set For Nationwide Rollout

When deployment is complete, 7-Eleven TV is expected to reach more than 200 million customers with programming and promotional advertising tailored to specific markets, customer segments and dayparts. 7-Eleven TV, a digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising network, already operating in 500 of the highest traffic volume 7-Eleven stores in the country, including in New York, Los

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Circle K Elevates Xenergy To A National Brand

Now at least three different varieties of XYIENCE’s Xenergy are planned for each region where Circle K operates, catering to local taste preferences. Circle K has sealed an agreement with XYIENCE, elevating its energy drink brand Xenergy to national status and giving it potential access to all 4,200 locations of the convenience store chain. The

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Energy Powers Beverage Sales

The convenience of shots and the widespread  availability in c-stores have spurred the category’s success. By: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Energy shots remain the hottest product in the energy beverage sector. The emergence of the shot market was so fast that the products seemingly came out of nowhere, at a time when the typically strong

Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Makeover Contest: Foodservice Edition

Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. But if you are committed to foodservice, Convenience Store Decisions is here to help!Whether you’re planning

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Hutchens Petroleum Launches Tanker Truck Advertising

Images on tanker trucks promote “Fueling Your Life” and supporting the community. Fuel supplier Hutchens Petroleum has launched a new advertising campaign prominently displayed on its fleet of tanker trucks. The tankers are brightly wrapped with images of Hutchens Petroleum fueling the life of local communities from southern Virginia to the Piedmont Triangle of North

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MACS Announces Additions to Leadership Team

“Our business model and growth plans have enabled us to attract the very best talent in the c-store industry,” says MACS president. Richmond, Va.-based  Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has added three new members to its Leadership

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Kansas C-Stores Inch Closer To Winning The Right To Sell Alcohol

“The passage of SB 54 would set the stage for Kansas to benefit from a free market economy,” says one retailer. Members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee in Kansas voted 8 to 1 in support of Senate Bill No. 54, which would update laws regarding the sale of beer, wine and spirits.

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Xtra Mart Adds Go-Screens

Streaming content shown on the screens will be tailored for each Xtra Mart location to best reach its demographic. Xtra Mart has partnered with GoGo Cast Inc., a Dynamic Digital Out of Home (DOOH) media networks provider, to install high definition Go-Screen’s in 150 Xtra Mart stores throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut,

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Crafting a Beer Strategy

Microbrew sales are growing at a strong clip, while wine and spirits are also poised for a strong 2011. by: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor The near-term future of wine and craft beer sales in convenience stores involves value, flavor and products geared toward specific ethnic groups. The Brewer Association reports that while overall beer sales

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