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Sheetz Opens Ephrata, Pa. Store

New customers welcomed with contests and prizes. Sheetz opened a new store in Ephrata Township, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. The new location sits at 891 East Main Street.  Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open. These lucky customers will

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Market Force & ConocoPhillips Receive Ventana Research Leadership Awards

Ventana Research Leadership Award comes on the heels of Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Companies recognition. Market Force, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions, and its client ConocoPhillips have received the Ventana Research Leadership Award for Customer Excellence. The Ventana Research 2011 Leadership Awards recognizes innovative companies and their customers that have most effectively achieved

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Irving Oil Awards $60,000 to Six Community Organizations

Each organization earns up to $15,000 to support education, the environment, and local communities through Irving’s  Community Fuel Grant Program. Irving Oil has just awarded $60,000 to support six local community organizations throughout Atlantic Canada and New England through its Community Fuel Grant Program. Each organization applied and requested for a grant worth up to

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New York RYO Business Shut Down

Giving customers access to tobacco and RYO machines is akin to selling untaxed cigarettes, lawsuit insists. Two New York-based roll-your-own tobacco stores run by Island Smokes—one in Chinatown and one in Staten Island—have agreed to close their doors by Feb. 1, following a lawsuit settlement, according to city officials, the New York Post reported. Island

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Chuck Bosselman to Receive NATSO Hall of Fame Award

“(Bosselman’s) ability to think outside of the box and his allegiance to his fellow operators have benefitted the entire truckstop and travel plaza industry,” says NATSO chairman. NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, has announced that Chuck Bosselman, owner of the Bosselman Family of Cos., will receive the NATSO Hall

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Customers to Vote for Best TA & Petro Restaurants

Online ballots accepted through Jan. 3. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is asking all of its guests to identify the best TA and Petro Stopping Center sit-down, table-service restaurant locations and servers. Customers are asked to cast their votes through an online ballot at www.ta-petro.com/thebest. Votes will be accepted through midnight on Jan. 3, 2012.

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Mansfield Opens New Midwest Renewable Energy Office

Sioux Center, Iowa team to be led by renewables pioneer, Bernie Punt. Mansfield Renewable Energy has opened a new renewable energy operations office in Sioux Center, Iowa. Sioux Center native and distillers grains pioneer Bernie Punt has been tapped to lead the Sioux Center team as Field Services Manager. This renewable energy location places Mansfield

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Camel SNUS Launches Print Campaign

Smokers have more options today when it comes to tobacco use, and Camel wants customers to know it’s transforming with the times. Camel SNUS is running a number of print ads that are appearing in dozens of alt-weeklies nationwide this month. “At a time when adult tobacco consumers may be considering their options, we want

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Help SAC N PAC Raise Funds For St. Jude

Using a social media promotion, SAC N PAC grows donations for St. Jude. To celebrate the season, and in the spirit of giving, SAC N PAC is set to make a donation to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. But just how much the c-store chain gives, depends on its loyal customers. SAC N PAC plans

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Canadian Tire Corp. Renews Gilbarco Agreement

EMV compliance through Encore S dispensers and FlexPay EMV retrofit kits prepares Canadian Tire Corp. for the future. Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. plans to install Gilbarco’s FlexPay EMV solution across its 289 gasoline outlets in Canada.  It selected Gilbarco’s Encore S dispensers and retrofit kits in order to meet Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) compliance.

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Sustaining Security

Now that retailers have reached PCI DSS 2.0 compliance, it’s important to continue monitoring people, processes and technology to protect against breaches.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor If your chain is among those who diligently worked to achieve PCI DSS 2.0 compliance by the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline, you probably think your stores are safe from

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Ryan Harris

“Not only will (Harris) bring a dedicated focus on building relationships with our customers, but he will also be a great category leader within the Health and Beauty Care segment,” says Convenience Valet spokesperson. Convenience Valet welcomes Ryan Harris as the regional sales manager—west.  Harris is now responsible for sales and business development with convenience

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Susser Underwriters Exercise Purchase Option

Susser plans to use the net proceeds from this offering for growth capital for new store development and general corporate purposes. Susser Holdings Corp. announced that the underwriters of its recent public offering of common stock have exercised their additional purchase option in part, purchasing 275,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price

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Nice N Easy Celebrates New Brewerton Location

Santa Claus, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the Nestle Quik Bunny are among the attendees at Nice N Easy ribbon cutting event. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in upstate New York, held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at its newest store located at 5565 Bartell Road in Brewerton. The

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Holiday Travel Bright Spot in Slowing Growth Outlook

Hovering at a 10-month low, the US retail gasoline price average provided by the Energy Information Administration should continue to leak lower for the balance of the year, benefiting travelers during the holiday travel season. This remains true despite the reality that pump prices are roughly 10% higher now than during the comparable year-ago period.

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New Pilot Flying J Travel Center Opens in Illinois

“We believe our familiar Pilot sign will be a welcome sight for interstate travelers and professional drivers,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. Pilot Flying J is opening a new Pilot Travel Center in Marion, Ill., on Dec. 19. featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The travel center is located at 2611

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Pilot Flying J Opens Nevada, Mo. Travel Center

“The travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenue,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is opening a new Pilot Travel Center in Nevada, Mo., on Dec. 19, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public.

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Shop Around The Clock

7-Eleven has an array of gifts for last minute shoppers this holiday season. With retailers opening their stores even earlier for Black Friday door-buster sales, shoppers started the hunt for December holiday deals as early as Thanksgiving evening, jockeying for flat-screen TVs and fighting over waffle irons. But shopping in the middle of the night

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Making Prudent Capital Investments

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. When it comes to the long-term success of a business, one of the key drivers is prudent capital re-investment.  Unlike operational expenses that are used to run the daily business or working capital to purchase inventory, money invested in the business that yields incremental

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Congress Turns Off Spotlight On Lighting Efficiency Standards

As the House and Senate strive to reach a spending deal before a pending government shutdown, the fate of incandescent light bulbs hangs in the balance. Just a few years after Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrated a new law that would ban the incandescent light bulb, both democrats and republicans have decided

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BP America Supports Olympic and Paralympic Hopefuls

BP Team USA athletes to compete for spot in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. BP America has formally announced its support for nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including financial commitments to them and to charities of their choice in communities across

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Mars Expands Marketing Partnership With Six Flags

“The addition of the other brands in the Mars Chocolate North America portfolio will foster new and creative promotions,” notes Six Flags spokesperson. Mars Chocolate North America and Six Flags Entertainment Corp. have announced an expanded partnership agreement that will build on their successful three-year relationship through 2013.    Following Mars’ first-ever M&M’S Day at

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FDA to Consider IOM Report On Modified Risk Tobacco Products

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report on the design and conduct of studies, which the FDA will take into consideration in the assessment and ongoing review of modified risk tobacco products. A modified risk tobacco product is any tobacco product sold or distributed for use to lower the harm or risk of

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