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Mac’s Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Through a partnership with Crime Stoppers, criminals will have their photos posted to Facebook and Twitter where viewers can help identify them. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is leveraging the strengths of social media in conjunction with local Crime Stopper units to fight crime at its Canadian

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PMAA Endorses Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012

Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 passes House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. On Tuesday, April 17, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved a bill along party lines known as the “Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012,” which would delay EPA’s 2008 ozone requirements and it’s new Tier 3

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Susser Holdings Reports Q1 Results

Susser expects to build 25-30 new Stripes Convenience Stores in fiscal 2012. Susser Holdings Corp., which operates 540 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, has released its 2012 first quarter financial results. The company expects same-store merchandise sales growth for the first quarter of 2012 of approximately 6.7% compared

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CITGO, Heartland Payment Systems Extend Contract

“Heartland provides our retail locations with dependable and secure card processing solutions as well as exceptional customer service,” says CITGO spokesperson. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has signed a three-year contract extension with Heartland Payment Systems, which will continue authorizing debit and credit card transactions at approximately 6,000 CITGO-branded locations nationwide. Heartland is a payments processor in

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Hess Express, Blackhawk Network Partner

Hess launches Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Hess convenience store locations throughout the East Coast are introducing Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall offers consumers a wide variety of prepaid cards from some of the best brands, including popular entertainment, fashion, dining, home improvement and digital content

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QuikTrip Welcomes Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

XYIENCE schedules Atlanta c-store appearances for UFC lightweight champion. XYIENCE team athlete and UFC lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is set to make four Atlanta area appearances that include three QuikTrip convenience store locations on April 20-21. Announced earlier this month, Pettis is also scheduled to appear at the GNC store located in the Mall of

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Beer Sales in C-Stores Up Over $200 Million in 2011

Convenience stores were the leading channel for beer sales among off-premise retailers. The Beer Institute released new data today showing beer sales in convenience stores rose by 1.3% in 2011 totaling over $16.7 billion in sales. Convenience stores were responsible for nearly 17% of total beer sales in 2011, comprising the largest share of off-premise

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NACUFS Announces Best In Business Winners

Campus c-store convenience retailers awarded for superior operations. The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) presents the 2012 C-Store “Best in the Business” award winners. The following are the 1st place winners of the 2012 “Best in the Business” campus convenience/retail competition: • New Store Design Innovation: University of Northern Colorado –

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Renewable Fuels Hearing Set For This Week

House Subcommittee to hold hearing on renewable fuels liability bill. This Thursday, Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on the “Domestic Fuels Act of 2012” (H.R. 4345), which would provide a legal and regulatory pathway for retailers to sell EPA-approved fuels including E15. Witnesses

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NACS Welcomes Products and Services Manager

Bethany Saldana joins NACS team. On April 16, Bethany Saldana joined the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as its products and services manager. Saldana previously worked part time for NACS while she was completing her coursework for her M.S. in organization development and knowledge management, which she received from George Mason University in January.

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NCASEF Registration Open

The 37th National Convention of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees is scheduled in Hawaii this July. Registration is now available online for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees’ (NCASEF) 37th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 8 – 12, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Hilton

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Redrawing the Battle Lines

Separating nicotine from cigarettes and smoking could open new doors for tobacco. By Lou Maiellano. Imagine a natural ingredient so promising and intriguing that it is being clinically evaluated to address a variety of illnesses and conditions, including depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, anger management and anxiety. Think about it, an ingredient that would

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Strengthening the Leadership Chain

When it comes to attracting and maintaining repeat customers, a convenience store is only as strong as its weakest link. By Jim Callahan. In Thomas Reid’s Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man he wrote that, “in every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusion can be no greater than that of the

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Secure in the Convenience Store

Internet-based surveillance systems are combating shrink and protecting employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Increasingly in society, it seems security equals surveillance, especially at retail. Internet-based security systems are part of that trend, helping operators by tracking and recording every transaction and thereby decreasing the amount of thefts by both customers and employees. Even better,

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Still More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average for regular grade snapped more than two months of consecutive gains, inching down 0.2 cents to $3.939 gallon on April 9 which made it the second weekly decline in the average out of the past 16 weeks

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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Tedeschi Introduces Sausage Sub

Tedeschi Food Shops is excited to introduce a sausage sub to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boston’s beloved Fenway Park.  This hearty sub is covered with freshly roasted green and red peppers as well as onions. “This is only the beginning of many exciting seasonally and locally relevant sandwiches at Tedeschi Food Shops,” said Director

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Thorntons Expands in Florida

Thorntons embarks into a new metro/state region for the first time since 2007. Thorntons is expanding into the Florida metro market of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. The first location is set to open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater. Thorntons’ strategic plan for the region is to 15-20 Tampa—St. Petersburg—Clearwater area stores in the next three years. “To

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Heineken Honors Crescent Crown Distributing with Red Star Award for Business Performance

HEINEKEN USA announced that Crescent Crown Distributing of Surprise, Ariz., has received the organization’s Red Star Award for its efforts in driving the success of the HEINEKEN USA portfolio at the company’s annual National Distributor Conference in Atlanta, Ga. last week. Crescent Crown was honored for its execution that crossed portfolio lines and results that

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BP Terminates Contract With Green Valley Oil

After an oil supply disruption leaves stations without gasoline, BP looks for new distributors. BP has terminated regional distributor Green Valley Oil’s contract, effective Friday, April 13, after some 218 BP stations faced supply disruptions in the greater Boston area. The 218 sites supplied by Green Valley Oil are in Massachusetts (122), Connecticut (55), New

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Shell’s Smart Driving Program Kicks Off

The Taylors will drive throughout the 48 contiguous states to demonstrate improved fuel efficiency. As global energy demand continues to rise, Shell is helping to improve energy use for transportation through Smarter Mobility. Demonstrating that improved fuel efficiency is possible today, the Shell Smarter Driving program helps inform motorists on how to make the most

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7-Eleven Fights Against Illegal Underage Sales

New technology to help prevent sale of age-restricted products to underage customers. 7-Eleven Inc. is taking a new and aggressive approach to enhance its social and corporate responsibility of illegal underage sales of age-restricted products. On April 16, the company will debut a new technology in each of its 1,600 7-Eleven stores in California that

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Recall On Bottled Mexican Beers

A defect detected in 12-ounce brown bottles for six packs and 12 Packs of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar as well as “Beers of Mexico” and “Best of Mexico” pack types leads to voluntary recall. HEINEKEN USA has announced a voluntary recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect

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BP Stations Running Out of Gas in New England

A fuel distributor with ties to Getty Marketing has been cutting back on deliveries over the past few weeks causing more than 200 BP gas station owners across New England to struggle to keep their doors open. Some have started to run out of gas altogether. All of the region’s BP stations have been affected,

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Team Oil Leaps into Foodservice

Team Oil Inc. yesterday completed a six-month construction addition to its flagship Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., opening the doors to expanded facility that includes a Subway franchise, enlarged deli area, new restrooms and a large dining area. Eric Huppert, president and general manager of Team Oil Inc, said the company will

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