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Love’s Announces 2011 Capital Expenditure Plans

Love’s plans to spend $230 million making enhancements to current locations and building new sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a national operator of travel centers and convenience stores based in Oklahoma City, has planned capital expenditures of $230 million for calendar year 2011. The majority of this amount, $180 million, is scheduled to

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Swipe Fee Fight Continues

NACS urges retailers to join it on Capital Hill to show support for the Durbin Amendment that regulates interchange fees. With a new Congress in session, the rule regulating interchange fees runs the risk of being overturned, and NACS is urging retailers to show their government the issue remains important to them. The Dodd-Frank Wall

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Irving Oil Welcomes New Retailer To Its Team

“We are pleased to partner with family-owned businesses as we grow the Irving brand across Rhode Island and New England,” said Irving Oil spokesperson. An Irving filling station located at 1325 Wampanoag Trail in Riverside, R.I.,  has a new owner: Peter Vaserman, who recently renovated the location and plans to make additional upgrades in the

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Restaurant Spending Remains Low

Limited-time offers, small portion size options and kids-eat-free promotions, are key to increasing traffic for foodservice providers. Consumers are still watching their discretionary spending—in fact, 60% of restaurant-goers report that the recession has changed the way their family spends money. Unfortunately for foodservice operators, relief is still a ways off, as latest research from Mintel

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JEWEL-OSCO President Retiring

Brian Huff is scheduled to take on the position of president effective Feb. 7. JEWEL-OSCO, a SUPERVALU INC.-owned company, has announced that Keith Nielsen, JEWEL-OSCO president, is retiring, effective at the end of the fiscal year (Feb. 28, 2011). “I am very proud of the work we’ve accomplished at JEWEL-OSCO during my tenure as president,

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Technomic to Hosts Introductory C-Store Foodservice Seminar

Convenience stores are unique to other foodservice outlets, presenting special challenges to c-store management and suppliers of food, equipment and disposable products. To help executives quickly get up to speed, Technomic is offering a special half-day C-Store Foodservice 101 seminar. Program highlights include: * Foodservice industry overview. * Top-line issues and concerns of c-store foodservice.

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Bosselman Boss Shops Opens Six New Shops

New sites include five former Q Fix Truck Service locations. The Bosselman Family of Companies and Bosselman Boss Shops are opening six new Boss Shop locations: five former Q Fix Truck Service Shops with locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana, and a former Flying J Shop location in Smithton, Pa. The Q Fix organization offers

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CITGO Adds ULSD Unit At Corpus Christi Refinery

The ULSD initiative allows CITGO to contribute to a cleaner environment. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a 42,500 BPD unit to produce Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery. With the completion of this unit, which has been in operation since December, CITGO is now capable

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7-Eleven Makes List of Top Military Friendly Employers

Military veteran’s franchise program earns 7-Eleven recognition. 7-Eleven Inc. has been named one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, a list published annually by G.I. Jobs magazine.  7-Eleven was the only food retailer included and, among all retailers on the list, ranked third. “The company prides itself on a diverse work force and its

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees in Chicago

Dunkin’ Donuts expands, offering single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in Chicago and seeking new franchise agreements in the city. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Sam Patel for two restaurants in Chicago.  The first restaurant opened in December 2010 at the University

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Kwik Trip Selects Radiant Systems

Radiant’s solution makes it quick and easy for c-store customers to complete transactions. Kwik Trip Inc., a Wisconsin-based petroleum and convenience store retailer with 425 locations, has enlisted Radiant Systems Inc. to equip its sites with the company’s Radiant Point-of-Sale (RPOS) software, Tiger Fuel Controllers and P1560 POS terminals. Radiant Systems not only develops innovative

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Clark Brands, TransNational Form Partnership

“TransNational offers a full slate of payment products for non-petroleum merchants combined with a level of support Clark is pleased to recommend,” said Clark Brands president. Clark Brands  LLC has selected TransNational Processing Inc. as a referral partner to provide credit and payments services to non-petroleum customers. Under the terms of an agreement signed in

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Pacific Convenience & Fuels Locations For Sale

Some 94 retail petroleum properties in 13 states are available to buyers interested in purchasing some or all of the assets. Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC has selected real estate services and investment firm Grubb & Ellis Co.’s Petroleum Services Group to market 94 retail petroleum assets located across 13 states. The Petroleum Services Group

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U.S. Armed Services Members Win Pemmican Giveaway

Pemmican Beef Jerky customers can still enter to win the $5,000 grand prize. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky has awarded its $1,000 weekly Giveaway to six families who are part of the U.S. Armed Services. Elizabeth Johnson of Sun City West, Ariz., purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky from Luke Air Force Base just before

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Planning the Convenience Store of Tomorrow

Business changes and competitive landscapes are shifting faster now than at any time in history. The rate of change has accelerated due to the ubiquity of the Internet, the availability of low cost-high speed computers and, most recently, the proliferation of smart phones and the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The

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How Did You Get Here? Where Are You Going?

It sounds like a couple of obvious questions, but when these questions are asked to executives at a convenience store chain, the wide array of answers may surprise you. Most execs generally know how a company arrived at its present state. However, dig deeper and many will tell you they arrived at their current destination

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Honey Farms Launches Web-Based Training

Teaming with Ready Training Inc. and Targeted Solutions, Honey Farms to use new E-Learning curriculum to train employees. Honey Farms has launched a new partnership to bring on-line training services to its employees. The company is working with Ready Training Inc. (RTO), a full-service on-line training company, and Targeted Solutions, a convenience petroleum consulting company,

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Western Refining Wholesale Adds Fuel Price Solution

KSS Fuels’ RackPrice to help manage fuel prices for Western Refining Wholesale. Western Refining Wholesale, a division of Western Refining Inc., an independent refining and marketing company headquartered in El Paso, Texas, is set to use KSS Fuels’ RackPrice wholesale pricing solution to help it manage fuel prices at its wholesale locations. Western Refining is

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epay Partners With Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

More than 2,000 new SunPass cash-reloading locations are now available in Florida. SunPass customers can now reload their accounts using cash and view their account balance at more than 2,000 epay locations in Florida. SunPass is Florida’s electronic prepaid toll program, and is accepted on all toll roads and nearly all bridges in the Sunshine

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Mid-Atlantic Selects PR Group

Jeff Dezen Public Relations to provide guidance on communications, assist with event planning. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has selected Jeff Dezen Public Relations (JDPR) to be the company’s PR consulting group. “The strategic insights of the professionals at JDPR already are demonstrating value

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NOCO Express Benefits From Xenergy Promotion

The New York retailer reports more than a 50% increase in Xenergy sales during 2010 promotion. NOCO Express, a convenience store chain with 34 locations in New York, and XYIENCE ended 2010 on a successful note: a 58% increase in sales for Xenergy, XYIENCE’s sugar and calorie-free energy drink brand. The sales spike resulted from

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Perkins Promoted at Rutter’s

Rutter’s Farm Stores, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, has promoted Robert Perkins to vice president of marketing. Perkins, who joined Rutter’s in 2007, had been director of marketing. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the convenience retail industry in the areas of marketing, sales, business development and operations.

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EPA Extends E15 Waiver To 2001-2006 Vehicles

While ethanol advocacy groups cheer on the decision, some organizations have strong concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended a waiver allowing higher ethanol concentrations in fuel for 2007 and later model year cars and trucks to 2001-2006 model year vehicles, Oil & Gas Journal reported. Waivers, however, won’t be granted for fuels

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Chevron Donates $1 Million To Grameen America

Funding assists with the opening of innovative microlender’s first West Coast branch. In an effort to support broad-based economic development in California, Chevron Corp. has committed $1 million to Grameen America, an innovative microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. The funds are intended to support the launch of Grameen America’s first

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Sheetz Featured at Sundance Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock’s New Movie, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, puts Sheetz in the spotlight. Sheetz Inc. made its international film debut Saturday in Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a parody of how corporate sponsorship, product placement and advertising are proliferating nearly every aspect of life in America. Sheetz  was one of 15 companies

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