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Zippy Mart Founder and Former NACS President Passes Away

Helow is remembered for his leadership and poignant speech. Zippy Mart founder and owner George Helow, who served as 1977 NACS president, passed away on Jan. 17 at the age of 90, NACS reported. Helow grew Zippy Mart Inc., to more than 350 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Helow’s took on the

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QuikTrip Corp. Named To Fortune’s “100 Best Companies” List

Some 45 new QuikTrip stores in 10 states are set to debut in 2012. QuikTrip Corp. has made Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 10th straight year.  The company ranked No. 66, down from No. 34 in 2011. “It’s humbling, very humbling if you think about the amount

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FamilyMart Expands In Southeast Asia

Japanese c-store chains look to other Asian countries for growth opportunities.   FamilyMart Co., Japan’s largest convenience store operator in Southeast Asia, is set to rollout 600 new stores in Indonesia and the Philippines, Bloomberg reported. The retailer expects to open 300 stores in each country by 2015, expanding on a network that includes more

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7-Eleven Acquires 51 ExxonMobil Locations

“We met our goal of opening 650 stores in 2011, and with this acquisition 2012 is off to a great start,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has completed the transaction with ExxonMobil to acquire retail interests in 51 North Texas sites. The transaction concluded Jan. 20; terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 51

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Robinson Takes the Helm at NACS

Incoming chairman promotes advocacy as he prepares to battle swipe fees, fuel standards and tobacco regulations in the year ahead. By John Lofstock, Editor. Renowned author and business strategist Tom Peter once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” When it comes to the challenges facing the convenience store and petroleum industry over

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The Impact of Alternative Fuels

The political momentum to bring renewable energy products to the pumps is strong and growing. But with all the added costs to rebuild the nation’s petroleum infrastructure, is it worth it? By John Lofstock, Editor. Preparing for the future is a complex issue retailers should always be pondering. But in the fuel business this question

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Cardlytics Releases 2011 Transaction-Driven Marketing Results

Through the Cardlytics platform, retailers nationwide are able to present consumers with relevant messages and offers based on consumers’ actual buying behavior.  Cardlytics, a pioneer of Transaction-Driven Marketing, released aggregated advertiser performance results at the NRF Big Show.  The 2011 results spanned across multiple retail categories. The results demonstrate Cardlytics’ ability to drive large increases

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Heineken Offers Mulit-Channel Retail Program

Heineken, the top selling European import beer in the U.S., is stepping up game day entertainment for football fans with a retail program that offers adult consumers the chance to win Heineken’s Ultimate Viewing Party experience in Las Vegas. Heineken’s Viewing Party provides retailers with an engaging program to drive shopper mindsets- and purchases- to

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Tedeschi Remodels Bridgewater Locations

Newly upgraded stores feature a selection fresh foods prepared by Tedeschi’s proprietary commissary. Tedeschi Food Shops has completed the remodel of two locations in Bridgewater and East Bridgewater, Mass. Renovations of the 169 Spring Street, Bridgewater and 52 Bedford Street, East Bridgewater stores, which were completed in 2011, are part of a company-wide initiative to

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DeMoulas Super Markets Under Fire

U.S. Labor Department files complaint to require DeMoulas Super Markets to address hazards at Market Basket stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The U.S. Department of Labor’s regional solicitor’s office in Boston has filed a complaint against DeMoulas Super Markets Inc., doing business as Market Basket, with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The

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Royal Buying Group Receives 2011 Best of Business Award

 “We are honored to receive recognition for the hard work and dedication of all of our staff here at RBG,” says RBG CEO. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has been selected for the 2011 Best of Business Awards by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA Community).  The Royal Buying Group was also privileged to have

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Maintaining Compliance with Fuel Tank Standards

Out of sight, out of mind could land convenience store and gas station owners in serious trouble if they neglect their underground storage tanks (USTs) any longer. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With fines for leaks on the rise, regulations for tank compliance data retention getting longer and reporting frequencies increasing, the time has come

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Plans New Locations

Franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts are still available in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Savoureux Corp., for 12 new restaurants in North Omaha, Neb. and Sioux City, Iowa, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2013. Savoureux Corp. is led by NFL greats and former

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HOVENSA Closes Refinery

CITGO outlines plans to replace supply. HOVENSA has announced the permanent closure of its refinery located in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and Hess Corp.  CITGO has a supply off-take agreement with HOVENSA and has developed plans to replace this supply.  These well-defined plans are designed

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Cenex Launches Tanks of Thanks

First of its kind, community-driven initiative celebrates customers’ good deeds and generates engagement from retailers. Cenex—the CHS energy brand—has launched a new a program that recognizes and rewards people for the everyday acts of kindness that make our communities a better place to live. As part of a new marketing campaign launched last December, Tanks

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Sixth M&M’S Character to Debut During Super Bowl

Ms. Brown joins the ranks of M&M’S spokescandies. Mars Chocolate North America plans to reveal the sixth M&M’S character, Ms. Brown, in a sweet new ad during Super Bowl XLVI. Like all of her fellow M&M’S spokescandies, Ms. Brown has her own distinct personality, which is rooted in her wisdom, high intelligence and sharp wit.

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Burger King Tests Delivery

Customers in the D.C. region can get their Whoppers delivered right to their door. Burger King is testing delivery at about 10 locations in Maryland and Virginia, the Washington Post reported. Burger delivery, while a new phenomenon in the U.S. is old-hat in Asia and parts of Europe. Burger King officials told the Washington Post,

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SunBrew Iced Tea

Turkey Hill has introduced SunBrew Iced Tea, a brand new line of drinks for 2012, featuring an old-fashioned, fresh-brewed tea in a recipe reminiscent of the summertime favorite, brewed in the sun on a kitchen window. SunBrew is “Home Brewed Taste, Ready-to-Drink Convenience.”  SunBrew Iced Tea is available this spring nationwide in three varieties: Unsweetened,

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Warm Up Coffee Sales With Folgers

Coffee continues to be a top beverage choice with 60% of consumers saying they routinely drink regular hot coffee, according to Mintel Market Intelligence Report: Coffee & Tea, 2011. According to a recent Smucker Foodservice coffee survey, when drinking coffee away from home, eight in 10 consumers think it’s important that an establishment serves a

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Pace of Retail Prices Gains Should Slow But…

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail regular grade gasoline average has now gained for four consecutive weeks through Jan. 9 to a $3.382 gallon two-month high, climbing 15.3 cents since Dec. 19. Of that total advance, 8.3cts of the gain took place during the week-ended

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McMahon Joins Cumberland Gulf Group Leadership Team

John McMahon enters the role of senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Cumberland Gulf Group. The Cumberland Gulf Group of Cos. has named John McMahon senior vice president and chief human resources officer. McMahon is an experienced human resources professional with a track record of creating successful programs for talent management and

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Susser Holdings Announces Q4 Results

During the fourth quarter of 2011, Susser Holdings opened six new large-format convenience stores. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. has set up an earnings conference call for 11 a.m. EST on Feb. 22 to discuss its fourth quarter results. The company expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the fourth quarter of 2011

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NACStech Opening Session Speaker Announced

Registration is now open for NACStech 2012. Social media guru Paul Ollinger has been announced as the opening general session speaker for NACStech, which will take place May 21-23, 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. Registration opened on Jan. 17 for NACStech, the industry’s most comprehensive event for top retail and supplier

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History Channel Features C-Store Design

Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed

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Daily’s Convenience Stores Hosts Mark Hominick

UFC mixed martial arts athlete to sign autographs for fans at two Daily’s Convenience Stores locations. Daily’s Convenience Stores and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, are hosting Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete Mark “The Machine” Hominick on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at two Daily’s locations in Smryna, Tenn.

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