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Kroger Sponsors Honoring Our Heroes Campaign

Kroger associates to present USO with $1.5 million donation at Daytona 500. The Kroger Co. and the USO are strengthening their partnership with a fresh campaign to support men and women in the armed forces and their families. In conjunction with the Daytona 500 celebration on Sunday, Feb. 26, Kroger will launch Honoring Our Heroes,

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Mars Unveils New Solar Garden

Ethel M Chocolate Factory demonstrates Mars’ commitment to sustainability. Mars Chocolate North America, makers of Las Vegas’ own Ethel M Chocolates, has announced the grand opening of a new solar garden at its Henderson chocolate factory. The state-of-the-art solar installation provides 100% of the electrical energy to the Ethel Ms plant during peak operating hours.

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VERC Enterprises Named Employer of the Year

Westwinds Clubhouse to present  VERC Enterprises with an award at its Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition awards ceremony April 10. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has been named Employer of the Year by Westwinds Clubhouse in Fitchburg. “VERC Enterprises was selected for this honor

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Buck’s Inc. Selling Chicago Convenience Stores

Both company-owned company-operated sites and company-owned dealer-operated locations are available for purchase.   Buck’s Inc. is selling 62 properties located in the greater Chicago and St. Louis metropolitan areas by sealed bid sale. The St. Louis deadline (Feb. 22) has passed, but the Chicago bid deadline is set for March 8. NRC Realty & Capital

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Shell $aver Cardholders Save On WINsdays

The Wednesday after NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger wins, Shell $aver cardholders save 22 cents per gallon on fuel. Shell is offering consumers a chance to save money on their fuel purchases every time the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge takes the checkered flag in a points race during the 2012 race season. Each win, Shell $aver

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Outcast Partners With Fox News

Exclusive news content now available for viewers on the go. Outcast, a growing television network at the pump, and FOX News Channel have formed  an exclusive partnership to deliver daily news updates to on-the-go viewers while they fuel up. Outcast will deliver FOX News Channel content to more than 13,000 screens nationwide, including top-of-the-line gas

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Hess Named Cleanest Capitalist

Companies were rated based on 11 transparent quantitative indicators, including carbon productivity. Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights, the Company for Clean Capitalism, has named Hess as No. 1 in its inaugural S&P 500 Clean Capitalism Ranking of clean capitalism leaders. Toby Heaps, editor-in-chief of Corporate Knights, defines clean capitalism  as “an economic system in which

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Susser Holdings Reports Q4 And 2011 Results

“Our newly built stores continue to perform very well, and as a result, we plan to increase our overall capital budget in 2012 to accelerate new store construction to a planned 25-30 stores,” says Susser Holdings CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. reported strong financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2011.

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Pilot Flying J To Acquire Western Petroleum

“The acquisition of Western Petroleum’s operations and employing Western Petroleum’s talented workforce is a significant complement to an important aspect of our growth strategy,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is acquiring Western Petroleum LLC. Western Petroleum is a market leader in selling and transporting approximately 200 million gallons of fuel and lubricants

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BP Faces $5 Million Lawsuit For Expired Voucher

An expired $12 voucher turns into a major headache for BP. An expired $12 carwash voucher has turned into a $5 million lawsuit against BP, Pioneer Press reported. A Minneapolis customer bought a $12 carwash voucher in November from Calhoun Beach Automotive, a BP gas station in Minneapolis, but due to a long line she

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Take the 2012 CSD/Kleiman HR Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Kleiman HR are collaborating to provide insight into the industry’s human resources practices. For the fourth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Continue Upside Push

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S., which have already reached a nearly five-month high, are set to again increase as wholesale costs continue to climb on multiple factors from geopolitical risk to unexpected refinery outages. At $3.523 gallon as of Feb. 13, the Energy Information Administration’s

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Indiana Panel Looks To Protect Late-Night Workers

C-store chains Circle K and Village Pantry team with organizations to help set standards for ensuring the safety of night shift workers. A panel of Indiana labor officials and retail groups have teamed to better protect late-night employees from violent crimes, according to the Greenfield, Ind. Daily Reporter.  The alliance is known as the Late

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QuikTrip Grows in Tuscon

With nine stores already in operation locally and three under construction, QuikTrip makes plans for more locations. QuikTrip continues its Arizona expansion as it plans to begin construction on a new Tuscon, Ariz. convenience store and gas station this May at South Alvernon Way south of East 22nd Street from Evergreen Development Co., the Arizona

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Cigarette Tax Changes Proposed For Rhode Island

State lawmaker looks to reduce cigarette tax to keep smokers shopping inside Rhode Island. Rhode Island Representative Robert Philips is calling on the state to slash its cigarette tax by $1 to encourage smokers to shop local instead of crossing state borders to buy smokes in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut, thus keeping tax dollars in

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Farm Worker Advocates Target Kangaroo Express

Activists fighting for the rights of tobacco workers appeal to Kangaroo Express for help in pressuring big tobacco companies to improve conditions. Kangaroo Express is coming under fire from activists campaigning to end human rights abuses faced by tobacco farm workers. The Cary N.C.-based c-store is being targeted after activists requested a meeting with the

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White Owl Silver Cigarillos

Ever been asked, “What’s the hottest new flavor?” Now you have the answer: The hottest new flavor is actually unflavored. Introducing White Owl Silver Cigarillos. Unflavored HTL Cigarillos is the fastest growing segment in the cigar category, almost doubling in the last year, according to CMPP 2010 v 2011, Oct. YTD. White Owl Silver offers

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Red Eagle Stores For Sale In Wyoming

Some 17 sites are up for sale following Red Eagle’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last fall. Red Eagle Oil Inc. is selling its 17 gas stations and convenience stores, following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in August, according to the Wyoming Business Report. The sale is being conducted under Chapter 11 laws through the U.S.

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NATSO Appoints New Vice President Of Membership

Darren Schulte welcomed to NATSO leadership team.   NATSO has appointed Darren Schulte as the association’s new vice president of membership. “Darren brings a wealth of knowledge about the truckstop and travel plaza industry,” said NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings. “Combined with his retail merchandising, marketing and operations experience, Darren will be a valuable

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Des Moines Fights QuikTrip’s Liquor License Request

 Amid fears of increased crime and drunkenness, city officials look to convince QuikTrip to withdraw its request to sell hard alcohol. City leaders in Des Moines, Iowa are scheduled to meet with QuikTrip Wednesday to request that the c-store chain refrains from selling hard alcohol at its Ingersoll Avenue store, for which QuikTrip has submitted

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Free Money For Energy Efficiency

By Ali Farsai Savvy owners realize that on their utility bill, they are paying for energy efficiency in the form of utility taxes and fees.   If you are paying to subsidize a program, you should also take advantage of its benefits before they run out of funding. Funding on all energy efficiency programs are

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Mars Weighs In On 250-Calorie Commitment

Mars offers its multi-piece format to enable sharing or saving a piece for later.   Mars Chocolate North America is clarifying its 250-calorie commitment, after some media reports incorrectly noted that the company planned to eliminate larger format candy offerings as it looked to keep products from exceeding 250-calories. “Mars already has made the switch

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Fudge Crunch Bars

General Mills Convenience is bringing everyone’s favorite flavor, chocolate, to its popular line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with new Fudge Crunch. The newest flavor features a chocolate cookie base with a layer of chocolaty fudge drizzled in milk chocolate. New Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Fudge Crunch complements the growing line of Sweet Rewards

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Organic Iced Tea

Sweet Leaf Tea is an organic, all-natural iced tea beverage made with high quality tea leaves, real sugar and certified organic ingredients. Everything from the packaging to the ingredients to the branding of the tea is made specifically to be enjoyable no matter where customers consumer it. Flavors include Organic Original Sweet Tea, Organic Lemon

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