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Building Better Beer Sales

While many trends impact the beer category, the one that will most directly influence how marketers do business is the continued demand for more choices by the consumer.  By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. It’s been two years since Walgreens jumped back into the beer and wine business, and at least three convenience store operators in

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Sheetz Opens New West Virginia Location

As part of the grand opening, Sheetz plans to make a donation to Special Olympics West Virginia. Sheetz is set to open a new store in Beaver, W.Va., Thursday, Sept 22 at 810 Ritter Drive—marking the second Sheetz location in this area to open this year. The first location opened in Beckley on Robert C.

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Tobacco Companies Fight Warning Labels

Hearing underway in U.S. Federal District Court on cigarette health warnings. Yesterday, Sept. 21, a hearing took place before U.S. Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon on a lawsuit filed by five tobacco manufacturers seeking a preliminary injunction against the implementation of the FDA’s new text and graphic picture warning labels for cigarette packages and

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Affluent To Drive 2011 Holiday Season

Biggest winners include makers/retailers of gift cards, value products, technology and vacations. Online, club, dollar, toy and consumer electronics retailers, as well as categories such as gift cards, technology, vacations and toys, will all perform well this season, according to Nielsen’s fourth-annual Holiday Shopping Sales Survey. Nielsen is a global provider of information and analytics

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Wayne to Deploy inOvationTV Media Platform

Wayne’s investment valued at more than $50 million. Wayne, a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, has announced that it will deploy the new inOvationTV media platform at fuel retailer locations throughout the U.S. Developed in cooperation with Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national away-from-home television network at the pump, inOvationTV enables fuel retailers

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Giving Back to the Community

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees boosts charitable funding. By John Lofstock, Editor. As part of its ongoing commitment to charitable causes, the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) helped raise nearly $750,000 this year for two of its charitable partners, Hire Heroes USA and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Hire

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Smoker Friendly Raises More than $80,000 for JDRF

Stores raised more than $36,000 in 45-days to help fight diabetes. Smoker Friendly International, in conjunction with The Cigarette Store Corp., chose to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as its primary charitable cause in 2011 by joining the “Walk to Cure Diabetes” through sneaker sales in its stores. Having the best year ever,

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RaceTrac To Offer DNA Energy Drink At All Florida Stores

RaceTrac joins Walgreens and Circle K in offering DNA products statewide. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. is expanding DNA Brands’ presence in Florida by approving DNA Energy Drink for sale at all its Florida locations. RaceTrac operates more than 300 stores under the RaceTrac name in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. “After approximately one year of

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Marathon, Alliance Data Sign Credit Card Agreement

Alliance Data to provide private label and co-branded credit and marketing services for a network of 5,100 independently-owned Marathon brand locations. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) and Alliance Data Systems Corp., a provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction data, have signed a new long-term agreement, through which Alliance will provide private label and

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Schoon’s Pump ‘N Pak Celebrates Local Vendors

This Friday, vendors can set up booths showcasing their products at the Clark branded store. Clark Brands LLC has announced that Schoon’s Pump ‘N Pak, a Clark branded store, in Brookings, S.D., is conducting a vendor appreciation day on Friday, Sept. 23. The store is located at 202 Main Ave. S.  Schoon’s is expecting more

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Exercise Caution on Fuel Tanks

With retailers still unsure of what the future holds for fuels in the U.S., investing in new USTs is a risky proposition. By John Lofstock, Editor. It’s been nearly four years since then-President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into law, requiring at least 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be

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The Pantry’s Holman Appointed As Interim CEO

As Terrance Marks steps down on Oct. 5, Edwin Holman, chairman of the Pantry’s Board, to take the helm as CEO. On Sept. 14, 2011, the Board of Directors of The Pantry Inc. appointed Edwin Holman to act as interim CEO, effective Oct. 5, 2011, the date of resignation for the current CEO Terrance Marks.

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7-Eleven to Acquire 28 PC&F Locations

“Year to date, 7-Eleven has added more than 400 new locations, and 2011 promises to be 7-Eleven’s biggest year for store growth since 1986,” says 7-Eleven VP of mergers and acquisitions. 7-Eleven  Inc. has agreed to acquire the retail interests of 28 locations from Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC (PC&F). Located in the western half

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Chevron Helps Refurbish Community Park

Chevron co-sponsors remodel of basketball courts in partnership with the New Orleans Hornets. This summer, Chevron partnered with the New Orleans Hornets NBA team to renovate two basketball courts at Rev. Peter S. Atkins Memorial Park in Covington, La. With help from Chevron volunteers, the Hornets organization and members of the community who got to

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Wilson Farms Donates To Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Fundraiser and promotion draw customers to Wilson Farms’ dispensed beverage section. Wilson Farms is donating $8,296 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, following last week’s Coffee Day fundraiser. On Sept. 13, Wilson Farms celebrated Coffee Day, during which customers helped Wilson Farms fight blood cancers by simply purchasing a hot dispensed beverage including coffee, hot

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Negotiating for the Best Cost of Goods

Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. A plaque in Ray Johnson’s

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Rutter’s Announces Eighth Free Gas Winner

Customer Tammy Lawyer wins 12 months of free fuel-ups at Rutter’s Farm Stores.  This week, Rutter’s Farm Stores announced the eighth customer to win free gas for a whole year in the convenience store chain’s Fuel Up Free summer contest.   Tammy Lawyer of Hanover, Pa., gained entrance into the Fuel Up Free summer contest

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Handee Marts Awards Free Gas For A Year

Customer Susan Traska of Pittsburgh was selected as the recipient of free gas for a year. 7-Eleven licensee Handee Marts Inc. has announced its grand prize winner of free gas for a year from its successful summer giveaway campaign with the Carnegie Science Center.  Since launching its social media platform in summer 2010, Handee Marts

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Lower Gasoline Costs Moving Through Downstream Markets

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Most wholesale gasoline costs countrywide are moving lower as we march toward the end of the third quarter, with the current decline consistent with its historical pattern of falling prices as demand eases from the summer peak and production costs decrease with the transition to winter-grade

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Champlain Farms Partners With Quiznos

“We know Champlain Farms customers will be attracted by Quiznos’ brand recognition and appetizing menu,” says president of Champlain Farms.   Vermont-based convenience and gasoline retailer Champlain Farms is set to open Quiznos restaurants inside Champlain Farms’ 40 locations. The new Quiznos restaurants are planned for Champlain Farms locations throughout Vermont, situated in highly-frequented locations,

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Outsite Networks Introduces AllPoints

AllPoints is set to officially launch at the NACS Show, Oct. 1, 2011 in Chicago. Outsite Networks Inc. has launched AllPoints Rewards – a first-of-its-kind mobile application for the c-store industry. AllPoints is the c-store industry’s equivalent to Urbanspoon and Flixster. It brings together features of many of the nation’s leading mobile applications into one

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PumpTopTV Gains Additional 75 Million Annual Viewers

“The strength of our relationship with Gilbarco coupled with the positive response from advertisers and retailers has allowed us to grow our overall PumpTopTV network,” says Outcast Media CEO. Outcast Media’s PumpTopTV network, a wholly-owned fuel dispenser digital media fuel television network, has experienced rapid growth in the first half of 2011 with a 15%

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Effectively Managing the Fuel Market

As gasoline prices trend upward, retailers are struggling to stay competitive on price while protecting their margin. By John Lofstock, Editor. The cost of fuel has been roaring up and down like a rollercoaster, and so has the risk to retailers when purchasing fuel in large quantities. Fortunes can be made by accurately predicting which

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TA Opens New Petro Stopping Center

Acquired in May 2011, the new Brazil, Ind.-based site has been renovated and is ready to greet customers. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has completed renovations and rebranding on its newest Petro full-service travel center at Exit 23 off I-70, 1035 West State Road 42, Brazil, Ind. The location was previously operated as Steel City,

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Sale Closes On 30 New Mexico Stations

The former Chevron and Conoco-branded sites, once operated by Ever-Ready Oil, are acquired by two regional operators. In a deal valued at more than $15 million, San Diego-based Trigild Inc., in tandem with Dallas-based brokerage firm Annandale Real Estate, has closed the sale of a portfolio of 30 Albuquerque, N.M., area gas station/convenience stores once

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