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Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year

Lucky customers in Connecticut and Vermont enjoy fuel savings. Sheila Riley of Berlin, Conn. and Jim Hayssen of Bondville, Vt., have won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Riley and Hayssen are two of six New England residents who will each receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the

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Terrible’s Rewards Veterans

“Our armed service personnel do so much for our country, that we wanted to do our part to recognize their service and say thank you on Veterans Day,” says Terrible’s spokesperson. To celebrate Veterans Day, Terrible’s Car Wash continued a Las Vegas tradition it began years ago. To show its support and gratitude for our

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Free Coffee Fridays

Customers who stop into Cumberland Farms on a Friday this November can enjoy a free cup of coffee in the size of their choice. Cumberland Farms is offering Free Coffee Fridays this November. On Nov. 11, 18 and 25 customers can receive a smooth cup of Cumberland Farms’ Farmhouse Blend coffee—any size, any way they

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TA Kicks Off Annual Campaign

Donations raised benefit professional drivers in need. TravelCenters of America LLC’s full-service TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands have launched their support of the 2011 customer and employee donation drive to benefit St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), an organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems. The

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Industry Veteran Scott Barrett Joins KSS Fuels

Bringing 20 years of fuels marketing experience from BP, Barrett aims to help customers enhance performance. KSS Fuels announced that Scott Barrett has joined the management team as vice president of customer pricing and planning management. Barrett joins KSS Fuels from BP and brings more than 20 years of retail and wholesale fuels marketing experience

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Pilot Flying J Acquires Travel Center in North Dakota

“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 recently acquired a travel center in Grand Forks, N.D., and will remodel the Pilot Travel Center to feature full amenities for professional drivers

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Rutter’s To Break Ground on New Loganville Store

New store plans to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County, Pa. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail

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Truckstop Sales Surge 10%

Total merchandise purchases by truckstops nationwide served by McLane Corp. increased 10% during the 2011 third quarter compared with a year earlier led largely by growth in automotive product and hot dispensed beverage sales, according to the McLane-NATSO Index. The index, designed to illustrate market trends within the truckstop and travel plaza industry by comparing

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Starbucks Launches Holiday App

New Starbucks Cup Magic App, skinny peppermint mocha and holiday Starbucks Petites debut on Nov. 15, alongside returning seasonal favorites. Starbucks Coffee Co. is celebrating the holiday season with an innovative new mobile app. This year, Starbucks will make the season come alive with Starbucks Cup Magic, an augmented reality app customers can download for

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Tumbling on Weak Demand

Even as the U.S. crude price benchmark comes within pennies of $100 barrel, wholesale gasoline costs moved sharply lower, down by double digits in numerous major metropolitan markets across the country during the second full week of November. Partly explaining the disconnect is weak demand for gasoline, which recently sunk to near an eight-year low

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Starbucks Looks To Reinvent Juice Segment With Acquisition

After buying Evolution Fresh Inc., Starbucks vows to create a never before seen retail model as it introduces a new health and wellness business based around the juice brand. Starbucks Corp. has acquired the San Bernadino, Calif.-based juice business Evolution Fresh Inc. for $30 million as part of a larger effort to move beyond just

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Hit-n-Run Food Stores Prepares for the Future

Brenton Investment Corp. is set to build a new prototype design as it sets its sights on growth through new builds. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With 11 years under its belt and 13 successful convenience stores throughout southern Louisiana, Brenton Investment Corp. is ready to grow its fleet of Hit-n-Run Food Stores beginning with

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Walgreens Adds Kronik Energy Drinks

Walgreens is adding KroniCo LLC’s Kronik Energy drink formulas to 261 locations throughout Southern California. Already the fourth best-selling brand in Arizona and officially known as “Chronic Fatigue’s worst nightmare,” Kronik Energy drinks are a major player in the energy category. “We are so honored to be welcomed into the Walgreens family; this is a

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KSS Fuels Expands Traffic Intelligence Database

KSS Fuels’s TrafficMetrix improve the accuracy of consumer traffic counts. KSS Fuels has announced a major update to its globally recognized consumer traffic database source, MPSI TrafficMetrix, which now contains almost 1.3 million traffic counts. In addition to refreshing and extending key traffic data, KSS Fuels has developed analytic tools to improve the accuracy of

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CITGO’s Popp’s for Paws Fundraiser Supports Humane Society

CITGO station launches first annual fundraiser as part of customer appreciation month.  Popp’s Riverwalk CITGO, with support from CITGO Petroleum Corp. has kicked off its first annual Popp’s for Paws fundraiser and pet food drive to support the Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS). Now through Nov. 20, customers are invited to drop off canned pet food

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ConocoPhillips Names Its Downstream Company Phillips 66

The strategic repositioning of ConocoPhillips is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012. ConocoPhillips has revealed that its new independent downstream company, created through its previously announced strategic repositioning, will be named Phillips 66 and will be headquartered in Houston. Phillips 66 will have leading businesses in refining, marketing, midstream and chemicals.

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Tobacco Retailers Get an “A” For FDA Compliance

NATO encourages FDA to issue letters of compliance to the tobacco retailers that pass compliance inspections, as positive reinforcement. More than 96% of tobacco retailers inspected by federal contractors in 38 states and the District of Columbia were found to be in compliance with new tobacco regulations designed to prevent the sale of tobacco products

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Sheetz Plans Health And Fitness Center

New health and wellness center to improve employee health and manage healthcare costs. Leading a national trend by companies offering enhanced work place benefits to improve employee health, Sheetz Inc. announced it is building a new health and wellness center at its distribution facility in Claysburg, Pa. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2012,

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Brink’s Introduces New Smart Supply Chain Solutions

“The earlier in the supply chain that Brink’s can help automate the deposit process the bigger the benefit to the bottom line,” says Brink’s spokesperson. Brink’s U.S., a provider of secure logistics solutions, announces its latest payment automation solutions: Check Imaging for Brink’s award-winning CompuSafe Service, Cash Room Automation Solution for retailers, and outsourced lockbox

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Taking Social Media to the Next Level

C-stores are adding Facebook pages, but to profit from social media, retailers need to also engage fans with text and email marketing campaigns. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Anyone still questioning the power of social media need only look to Japan. The country, which between earthquakes, tsunamis and radiation fears has seen tourism drop, is

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Pilot Flying J Introduces My Pilot iPhone App

“We believe the new and improved features of the app will provide helpful information, added convenience and peace of mind for our customers,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. Pilot Flying J has launched My Pilot, a new iPhone application designed to assist professional drivers and motorists as they plan trips and stop to refuel and

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FDA Issues Warning Letters To Tobacco Retailers

More than 1,200 retailers that sell tobacco receive warnings about violations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations relating to selling tobacco to minors, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children. While most retail establishments

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BP, Mark Oil Co. Donate $20,000

Donation to benefit Charlotte, N.C. youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities. To fuel the spirit of BP’s sponsorship of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Charlotte, N.C.-based BP distributor, Mark Oil Co., is teaming up with Paralympic Sport Metrolina to help raise awareness of the benefits of recreational and competitive sports for

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Preparing for Future Payment Systems

First it was PCI, now retailers have to prepare for the widespread launch of Near Field Communications, which is expected to become a widely used system for making payments by smartphone in the U.S. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry is increasingly turnings its gaze outdoors to the forecourt, not only for

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Making the Most Out of Meat Snacks

Led by category captain Jack Link’s, Huck’s Food and Fuel has been experiencing double-digit growth in this core snacking segment. Meat snack manufacturers are targeting new customers with innovative flavors, new packaging and an attractive price point. Leading the charge to meet the changing needs of the consumer is Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, which markets

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