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Holiday Hoops for Hope

BP and BP marketer, Automated Petroleum & Energy Co., to present $20,000 donation to benefit Tampa youth and adults with physical disabilities. To fuel the spirit of BP’s sponsorship of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Tampa-based BP Marketer, Automated Petroleum & Energy Co. (APEC), has teamed up with Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay to

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Gas Rewards Programs Drive Loyalty to Sponsoring Retailers

The Convenience Consumer Insights Panel finds that convenience store owners not engaged in a fuel program are missing significant sales opportunities. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). The pinch of the recession is forcing consumers to take a hard look at where they can tighten their belts and how they can stretch their hard-earned

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Fas Mart and Shore Stop Poised For Growth

“Our customers will begin seeing innovative initiatives around our core service offerings that will both surprise and delight them,” says GPM Investments CEO.   Richmond, Va.-based GPM Investments LLC, operator of both the Fas Mart and Shore Stop Convenience Store chains, announced today that it has entered into a new $35 million credit facility with

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Thorntons Donates To Santa’s Workshop Program

Thorntons partners with the Red Cross to provide 100 bicycles and 3,500 care packages to soldiers and their families. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Thorntons Inc. and the American Red Cross joined forces to show their appreciation for the awe-inspiring sacrifice of the soldiers of Fort Knox, Ky. As part of Thorntons Humanitarian Day event, 300

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Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000” Winner Announced

Sunoco gives away eight years worth of free gasoline. Roger Brooks of Bristol, Tenn. is the winner of Sunoco’s 2011 Free Fuel 5000 promotion. As this year’s grand prize recipient, Brooks won 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco gasoline, enough fuel to keep him driving for eight years. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s Free

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Terrible’s Says “Happy Thanksgiving Las Vegas”

Customers can receive a free car wash when they stop by a Terrible’s Nov. 22 and 23. Las Vegas-based Terrible’s Car Wash, Lube and Convenience Store locations have been an inseparable part of the Las Vegas landscape for generations, and Mr. Terrible is as recognizable of an icon for the city as the Welcome To

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Dunkin’ Donuts Runs Black Friday Twitter Promotion

Some lucky followers will receive a Keurig brewer and box of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup packs. Dunkin’ Donuts is helping customers kick off the holiday shopping season by putting the “K” in Black Friday, brewing up a special Twitter promotion that gives fans the chance to win an early holiday gift – a Keurig brewer and

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Walgreens to Give Away One Million Redbox Movies

The first 130 Walgreens customers at stores on Thanksgiving nationwide will receive a Redbox promotional code for a free one-day DVD rental.   Walgreens is offering one million reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving by rewarding the first 130 customers to make a purchase at more than 7,700 locations nationwide on Thanksgiving Day with a

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Local Store Marketing: Store Anniversaries

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Over the course of the last eight years, I have delivered a speech called “Local Store Marketing for Retailers” at least 50 times. This speech is designed to give retailers – both single store and multi-unit operators–a number of marketing ideas that they should

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Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are a vital resource to managing your business.  Each selected KPI can be your bellwether indicator for all departments and take the guesswork out of your strategy.  Rather than relying on old adages

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Break-Even Analysis

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. One of the most-asked questions I hear from store owners is “What sales volume does my store need in order to make money?”  While it would be convenient to rattle off a sales figure off the top of my head, it undoubtedly is a

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Breaking News: Lawsuit Filed Over Fed’s Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Federal Reserve missed an opportunity to give consumers the relief that they deserve and this needs to be corrected,” says NACS president and CEO Hank Armour. Flawed debit card swipe fee reform regulations issued by the Federal Reserve have allowed big banks to continue charging unjustifiably high swipe fees and discouraged price competition among

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Eight Buyers Acquire Properties After RPM Bankruptcy

A total of 16 sites were sold in a sealed bid process. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) has completed the disposition of 16 operating and recently-closed convenience stores with gas in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, that were owned and operated by RPM Financial LLC and an affiliated company, USA Travel, at the request

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Atlas Oil Hosts SANG Base Holiday Event

Atlas Oil Co.’s charitable arm, Atlas Cares, is hosting its fifth Annual Selfridge Air National Guard Base (SANGB) Holiday Party, on Dec. 4, 2011, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is held each year to honor and recognize the men and women who fight for our freedom.  This year, the entire base –

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VPS, ExxonMobil Aid Local Schools

Some 50 local schools gain math and science grants through ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VPS Convenience Store Group and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have awarded $25,000 in grant funding to 50 schools throughout its southeast service area to support math and science education. The company worked closely with school officials to secure the grants, which

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Mansfield Earns Industry Recognition

Mansfield named multi-category finalist ahead of 2011 Platts Global Energy Awards. Mansfield Oil Co. has once again been named a multi-category finalist in the Platts Global Energy Awards. The 2011 Awards, which will take place on Dec. 1, mark the company’s fifth straight year as a finalist at the energy industry’s most prestigious event. On

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Retail Gasoline Prices Slipping in Front of Thanksgiving

After popping higher by a little more than a penny during the week-ended Nov. 14, the U.S. average for gasoline sold across the country’s retail outlets should resume its downtrend. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases its weekly gasoline average late afternoon on Mondays, with the average last reported 1.2 cents higher at $3.436 gallon

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Global Partners To Gain 542 Gas Stations

Global Partners acquires Alliance Energy in a deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. Global Partners LP is acquiring Alliance Energy LLC, which operates 542 gas stations in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for about $116 million, Reuters reported. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter

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Kangaroo Express Sponsors NASCAR’s No. 84 Cole Whitt

“We have a common bond with the community of racing fans who are regular customers in our stores across the Southeast,” says Kangaroo Express spokesperson. The Pantry Inc. is sponsoring NASCAR’s No. 84 Cole Whitt in the final race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Whitt has been racing in NASCAR’s Camping World

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The Importance of Fully-Stocked Shelves

A survey shows lack of inventory, difficulty finding desired items and long checkout lines are top threats to retaining loyal customers. Nearly 70% of U.S. adults would avoid shopping at a retail store if they encountered empty shelves, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by Galleria Retail Technology Solutions, a provider of retail and category

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UCP Honors Circle K

United Cerebral Palsy presents Circle K with its Chair Award at its 2011 Annual Conference. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) presented Circle K with its Chair Award in recognition of a partnership that has spanned three decades and seen the convenience store chain donate tens of millions of dollars to the charity during the 2011 UCP

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BP, Miller Oil Co. Fight Child Abuse

A donation of $20,000 benefits CHKD’s child abuse program.  BP Oil presented a $20,000 check to support CHKD’s child abuse program thanks to encouragement from Miller Oil, a longtime child abuse program supporter. CHKD’s child abuse program coordinates the efforts of all professionals involved in an abuse or neglect case, including representatives from Child Protective

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Kangaroo Express Donates to ‘Give Kids The World’

Funds will help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Pantry Inc.’s Florida Kangaroo Express locations have raised more than $233,000 for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in Central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. “Give Kids The World

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Circle K Raises $1 Million For UCP

“For more than three decades, our partnership with UCP has been one of the most important outlets for Circle K to give back to the people we serve,” says Circle K spokesperson. Circle K recently donated $332,000 to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). The donation was raised during Circle K’s FishStix event, an annual golf and

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