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RPM Financial Sells 16 C-store Properties

“The operating sites have good sales volumes, and a number of the facilities are less than 10 years old,” says NRC’s executive managing director. Some 16 c-store/gas station properties in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, all owned and operated by RPM Financial LLC and affiliated company, USA Travel and set to be sold in a sealed

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Sheetz Joins Luzerne Community

Sheetz opens a new c-store in Luzerne County, Pa., while also giving hundreds of dollars to new customers anticipating the store’s opening.  Sheetz is opening its first location in Sugarloaf, Pa., today at 551 Route 93.  Excitement is high for this store’s opening since there is a prize for the first 50 people in line

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Hershey’s Chocolate Flies High

Consumers at the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning taste Hershey’s newest aerated chocolate product. The Hershey Co. has  introduced a new way to enjoy chocolate with the launch of Hershey’s Air Delight Chocolate – one of the first aerated chocolates for the company. To savor and enjoy the light and airy texture of

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Haskel Thompson & Associates Completes Acqusition

“We also now have a greater presence in targeted areas where we see additional opportunities for growth,” says president of Haskel Thompson & Associates. Haskel Thompson & Associates, an executive search firm in the convenience store & retail/wholesale fuels industry, has completed the acquisition of National Executive Personnel, an executive recruiting & consulting company in

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Atlas Oil Enters Crude Transportation Market in Odessa

“We are always looking for ways to add value to our customers and this is a prime example of how you can take a customer need and put some fresh thinking and ingenuity into the process to come up with a great solution,” says Atlas Oil CEO. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is now transloading

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Clark Brands Re-Opens Mentor C-store

After a tornado destroyed the store last year, Clark Brands rebuilds Mentor, Minn., location. Clark Brands is re-opening its Mentor C-store in Mentor, Minn., a little more than a year after a June 17, 2010 tornado destroyed the store. The Mentor C-store, a local fixture off U.S. Highway 2, is once again serving customers from

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NSF, Paster Training Partner on Retail Food Safety Training

“Through this partnership, we will strengthen the global food supply, help prevent food terrorism and assist communities in decreasing alcohol-related incidents,” says Paster Training president. NSF International’s Global Food Safety Division and Paster Training Inc. have partnered to offer a combination of training and consulting services to the foodservice and retail food industries. These service

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7-Eleven To Sell CDs

Through a partnership with Mall Jamz, the c-store giant is rolling out CDs at a time when demand for music in CD format is high but record stores are struggling. Now c-store customers can purchase CDs at their local 7-Eleven. Through a unique, national deal, 7-Eleven and Los Angeles -based Mall Jamz (in association with

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Kum & Go Grows in Cedar Rapids

New Kum & Go stores are set to feature a more fresh food choices and a green design. Kum & Go is planning 8-10 new convenience stores in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion, Iowa, over the next several years, KCRG TV reported. All locations are scheduled to feature environmentally-friendly designs. Construction is underway on the

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Reliant Security Reports Solid Growth

Allsup’s Convenience Stores uses Reliant Security services to help secure its store network. Reliant Security, a provider of data security software, hardware and services for retail merchants, has reported strong company growth, client adoption and corporate expansion in the first half of 2011. Reliant Security provides an integrated product and services platform for merchants with

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What’s On Your Customer’s C-Store Shopping List?

By: Jeff Weghorst, director of merchandising at dunnhumbyUSA One of the primary drivers behind a customer’s willingness to transact with a retailer is product selection. If a customer does not encounter an appealing assortment of products in-store, they are highly unlikely to engage even once with the retailer, and much less likely to become a

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Marathon Petroleum Hungry For Acquisitions

Following its separation from Marathon Oil Corp., Marathon Petroleum is now preparing to grow its Speedway brand.  Marathon Petroleum Corp., which spun off from Marathon Oil Corp. last month, is searching for acquisitions and seeking assets that meld with its strategy of refining oil and distributing the fuels produced, Reuters reported. “We have an appetite

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NRA Show Moved Forward

The National Restaurant Association plans to move the Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to an date for a higher attendance rate. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced that the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is rescheduled on May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This

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Branded vs. Proprietary Foodservice

The debate has gone on for many years–should you implement an existing branded foodservice program or are you better off developing your own unique proprietary brand?  The answer to both is YES!  There is no right or wrong answer as both have their pros and cons.   Branded foodservice offers the quickest path to implementation since

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Hess Reports Q2 Financial Results

Hess Corp. releases its second quarter estimated results for 2011, including a net income increase compared with one year ago. Hess Corp. reported net income of $607 million for the second quarter of 2011, which is up from $375 million for the second quarter of 2010. The after-tax income (loss) by major operating activity was

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MotoMart Challenges City Ban

One Wisconsin MotoMart store aims to change city regulations on alcohol sales. MotoMart is challenging alcohol laws in Neenah, Wis., that prohibit retailers that sell fuel from also offering customers alcohol, the PostCrescent Online reported. MotoMart argues that the current law is archaic, and that it puts the city’s convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage

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Smaller Meal Options

Trends are changing when it comes to meal size. Many customers now prefer smaller sized meals in order to eat healthier. Customers are growing more aware of the importance of managing portion size, market research company NPD Group, revealed in its latest report titled, “Healthy Eating Strategies by Generation,” according to Vending MarketWatch. NPD listed

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Casey’s Delivers

By: Megan Wilkinson, CSD Staff. Casey’s General Stores Inc. now offers its new pizza delivery service on a daily basis to customers at several store locations in Iowa. For hungry c-store customers in Iowa buying c-store pizza just got even more convenient. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is delivering pizza direct to customers from its Grimes,

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Cardtronics Completes Acquisition of EDC ATM Business

Acquisition results in some 3,700 ATMs, plus branding contracts with some of the largest financial institutions.   Cardtronics Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cardtronics USA Inc., has completed the acquisition of EDC ATM Subsidiary LLC and Efmark Deployment I Inc. (collectively “EDC”). The cash purchase price of $145 million was funded through borrowings under

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Retalix Acquires MTXEPS

“With MTXEPS’s premier electronic payment software solutions and large satisfied customer base, we enhance our market leadership in offering retailers comprehensive, advanced solutions across all customer touch points and sales channels,” says Retalix CEO. Retalix, a global provider of software and services to high-volume, high complexity retailers, has acquired MTXEPS LLC, a provider of innovative,

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Fresh & Easy Introduces ‘Thank You’ Card

Card builds on the success of Tesco Clubcard and “Friends of Fresh & Easy” email program. Building on the success of Tesco‟s Clubcard, a loyalty program with more than 30 million card holders in 12 countries, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is introducing a similar program for its customers later this year. The program will

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Thorntons Inc. Named 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky.-based chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. Continuing a tradition it began in 1990, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Thorntons Inc. as its 2011 Convenience Store Chain of Year. Thorntons, which will

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A Salty And Sweet Treat

General Mills has introduced Chocolate Chex Mix Cookies & Cream to c-stores. It is the first salty snack mix to include the popular Cookies & Cream flavor. With 60% less fat than regular potato chips, Chocolate Chex Mix Cookies & Cream combines sweet-coated corn Chex with real chocolate cookie crunch. Each 4.25-ounce bag is suggested

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Sweetness Teams Up

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed up with Snapple to create a new line of Jelly Belly beans with inspiration from Snapple Juice Drinks. The candy-makers began at the source with Snapple Juice Drink concentrates in five tangy and sweet Snapple flavors: Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry. Jelly Belly

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Gasoline Prices Clawing Back After Late Spring Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average has increased for three straight weeks since June 27, climbing 4.1 cents to $3.682 per gallon for the week-ended July 18, which is 96 cents higher than the same week in 2010. Since reaching a 32-month high

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