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Rutter’s Breaks Ground on New Loganville Store

Store 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. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Reynolds Mill

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Duane Reade Flagship Store Wins Design Award

Location at 40 Wall Street is named winner of the Convenience Store/Pharmacy Category in the Retail Design Institute’s 41st Annual International Design Competition. Duane Reade’s flagship store in Manhattan’s financial district took first place honors in the Convenience Store/Pharmacy category at the Retail Design Institute’s 41st annual international awards program last month. Occupying the ground

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Shopping On The Commute

Grocery shopping is now as simple as a few cell phone clicks. Philadelphians spend on average of nearly 30 minutes commuting to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That amounts to 2.5 hours per week. And now, commuters can put that time to good use by getting a jump start on their grocery shopping—provided

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Tedeschi Acquires Six Munces Stores

Now operated by Tedeschi, the former Munces stores undergo a remodel to accommodate fresh foods. Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired six stores in central New Hampshire, two of which are in Plymouth, and one of which is operated in Warren.  Former Munces stores located at 22 Main Street and 494 Tenney Mountain Highway in

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The Pantry Announces Q1 Fiscal 2012 Results

The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2011. First Quarter Summary: Net loss was $2.9 million or $0.13 per share. This compares to a net loss of $12.2 million or $0.54 per share in last year’s first quarter. Excluding the impact of impairment charges and loss on

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Renowned Futurist Announced as NACStech Closing Speaker

Michael Rogers to help convenience store retailers think for the future. Michael Rogers, a renowned technology author, pioneer and futurist, has been announced as a closing speaking for NACStech, the industry’s most comprehensive event for top retail and supplier leaders to gather and discuss ways to improve convenience retailing through technology solutions. Social media guru

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7-Eleven Closes Sam’s Mart Deal

The 55 acquired stores are scheduled for rebranding as 7-Elevens in 2012. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 55 Sam’s Mart stores from Sam’s Mart LLC.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Slurpee drinks and Big Bite hot dogs aren’t the only good news 7-Eleven stores’ return to the Greater Charlotte

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Job Gains Boost Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline values continue to find upside price support from refinery closures impacting the New York Harbor, with markets quickly popping higher on news of new unplanned downtime at other refineries even though there’s ample slack in the system while preliminary data from the Energy Information

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BP Unveils $500 Million Marketing Plan

BP Products North America looks to revitalize its U.S. retail brand. BP Products North America Inc. has rolled out plans to reclaim the title as the number one fuels marketer east of the Rockies at the 2012 BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) Convention and Business Expo—an annual gathering of BP marketers taking place in Florida.

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TA Bulks Up with DEF At Over 60 Locations

TruckSmart Mobile App shows all on-island DEF sites. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has completed the installation of bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (“DEF”) dispensers at 62 of its TA and Petro Stopping Center branded locations. Included in this number are four sites that have bulk DEF pumping capabilities Professional drivers can see all TA and

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FDA To Reveal Time of Inspection In Letters

Warning letters to note the time of day an inspection took place following NATO request. Going forward, the FDA plans to include the time a retail compliance inspection occurred in warning letters sent to retailers, National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) sent a letter, dated Feb. 1,

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Heineken Serenades on Valentine’s Day

“The Serenade” is part of the brand’s “Open Your World” global campaign. Heineken is helping ignite romance this Valentine’s Day with the launch of a new Facebook application called “The Serenade.” Based on the brand’s second global film “The Date,” the new app enables Heineken consumers to send humorous personalized songs to potential partners, inviting

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Local Store Marketing: Product Sampling

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. If you feed them, they will come…. One of the most successful local store marketing (LSM) tactics to build into your daily operations is a sampling strategy for your products.  If your retail establishment is foodservice, your customers will want to taste the product.

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May The Co-Op Be With You….

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. When a multi-unit organization begins to grow, one common step in this process is the creation of advertising and purchasing co-ops that enable stores to pool their financial and strategic resources. Generally, co-ops are determined using Designated Market Areas (DMA) of which there are

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Project Management

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “The nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.”  – author unknown If you get in a car in Chicago with the intent of driving to Los Angeles,

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MSA Appoints Herleman as VP of IT Strategy and Innovation

Management Science Associates, Inc., the acknowledged leader in data management, integration and analysis in the consumer goods, media and metals industries, has appointment Karl E. Herleman as vice president of information technology strategy and innovation for its Information Management Solutions (IMS) Division, which is focused on consumer goods and services. Herleman previously worked as CIO

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Valero Teams With Cardtronics

New deal names Cardtronics as exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero Corner Stores. San Antonio-based Valero Retail Holdings Inc., a division of Valero Energy Corp. has named Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero’s entire U.S. portfolio of company operated convenience stores, predominantly branded Valero Corner Stores. The newly-formed relationship with

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Walgreens January Sales Decrease 2.3%

Comparable front end sales increase 1.6% from January 2011. Walgreens had January sales of $5.80 billion, a decrease of 2.3% from $5.93 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. Total front-end sales increased 2.7% in January 2012 compared with the same month in 2011, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.6%, following a 0.6%

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Sunoco Reports Preliminary Q4 2011 Pretax Results

Retail Marketing earned $40 million pretax in the current quarter versus $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sunoco Inc. has reported a net pretax loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $660 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 versus pretax income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $119 million for the fourth quarter of

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Dividend is payable on March 15. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced today, Feb. 3, that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share. The dividend is payable on March

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Local Store Marketing: Sports Sponsorships

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Sports sponsorships are terrific ways to build your brand through local store marketing, because they are so flexible in nature.  Creating and fostering a relationship with a local team, while customizing your sponsorship to suit your needs, can catapult your brand further than simply

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The 2012 Convenience Retail Outlook

Economic uncertainty is causing retailers to be cautious as they plan for the upcoming year, but investments in technology, social media and foodservice appear to be expanding. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor.  The outlook for 2012 depends largely on the focus of the question. What is clear based on the CSD/Balvor 2012 Convenience Retail Outlook

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Go Green, Save Green

How one retail chain saved $20,000 annually by turning to energy efficiency. By Ali Farsai, Contributing Editor Our family has been in the gas station and convenience store business for over 25 years and the past few years, as we are all painfully aware, business has been down. We have had to think “outside the

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House Committees Tackle Highway Reauthorization Bill

PMAA and coalition members were successful in including a wetlines study, following concerns with DOT’s proposed wetlines rule. Today, Feb. 2, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is holding a markup on its recently released highway reauthorization bill known as the “American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act” (H.R. 7). The five-year $260 billion surface transportation

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Kangaroo Teams With BP To Assist Schools

Charleston County School District, Hamilton County Department of Education and Wake County Public School System receive financial assistance from Kangaroo Express and BP’s Fueling Communities. Kangaroo Express has teamed up with BP’s Fueling Communities program to donate a total of $30,000 to three school districts in communities in which they operate. Charleston County School District,

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