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Sheetz President Recognized By Nation’s Restaurant News

“It takes vision and confidence in your strategy” to be a Golden Chain Award winner, says Randall Friedman of Nation’s Restaurant News. Sheetz President and CEO Stan Sheetz has been honored and named a 2012 Golden Chain Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News for demonstrating overall business performance and growth. Sheetz will be presented the

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Tobacco Merchandising In C-Stores

As more tobacco companies are charging retailers for tobacco merchandising displays, Pan-Oston, an expert retail manufacturing company, releases its full line of customizable tobacco merchandising equipment for convenience stores. Although strict FDA regulations on tobacco packaging and labeling make it difficult to advertise the product in stores, Pan-Oston’s merchandising can help make sure the tobacco

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Ontario C-Stores Push For Sale Of Alcohol In Stores

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in Ontario convenience stores. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association is pushing a new petition to get permission to sell beer and wine in Ontario c-stores. According to The Globe and Mail report, the petition currently has 112,500 signatures from across

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NRA Speaks Out About Beverage Ban In NYC

The National Restaurant Association takes a stance on the proposed large beverage ban in New York City. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) spoke out at a public hearing on the proposed large beverage ban in New York. The NRA told the New York Department of Health that it thinks the proposed ban is a misguided

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NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

The legislation “sets realistic requirements for how businesses are classified under these regulations,” said Jeff Miller, former NACS chairman. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) hailed legislation introduced yesterday, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, as a thoughtful approach to providing the necessary flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations. “This legislation will

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TA Builds Its StayFit Fitness Program

TravelCenters of America moves forward with its StayFit program by adding a new fitness center at a Dallas-based store. TravelCenters of America opened its 40th StayFit fitness center in a Dallas-based travel plaza.  The company announced all of its StayFit fitness rooms are free to professional drivers who carry the UltraONE Driver Rewards card.  The

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Mars Inc. Funds American Business Exhibition At Smithsonian

Mars Inc. plans to sponsor the American Business Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015, featuring the role of business and innovation in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to present. Mars supports the “American Enterprise” section, which will be located in the Mars Hall of American Business in recognition of the

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Air Shots Could Be New Trend In C-Stores

A handful of New England c-stores begin to test AeroShot products, which were invented by a Harvard University professor. Air shots have hit the New England c-store market as AeroDesigns launches its AeroShot product at convenience stores in Northeastern U.S. AeroDesigns has established distribution partnerships with the New England-area’s leading distributors such as J Polep,

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Circle K Renews Lil’ Drug Store Supply

Circle K creates a multi-year agreement with Lil’ Drug Store Products to extend its partnership. Circle K renewed its supply relationship with Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a global consumer product company in the Health and Beauty Care (HBC) section. Lil’ Drug Store Products revolutionized the health and beauty care sections for convenience and other

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Verge Connect, Digital Deal Partner To Bring Text Marketing To C-Stores

Two companies help c-stores reach c-store customers through all mobile devices. Verge Connect, a mobile application solution for smartphones, and the Digital Deal, a text marketing program accessible by conventional mobile phones, teamed up to allow c-store operators to cost-effectively connect with customers who use smartphone or conventional mobile phones. Their partnership represents the first

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MAPCO Express Lets Customers Pay Bills In Store

“Having bill pay kiosks at MAPCO locations across Tennessee makes it easier for customers to pay their bills on time,” said Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and CEO of TIO Networks. TIO Networks Corp. announced it signed a deal with MAPCO Express Inc. to deploy 37 self-serve bill paying kiosks in store locations across Memphis and Nashville.

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More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. will continue to increase early this week, maintaining the trend seen this month, after wholesale costs jumped more than a dime nationally during the third full week of July. The string of price declines seen during the second quarter reversed

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Mars Tweets For Ice Cream

SNICKERS Ice Cream with Mars Chocolate North America creates a new Twitter competition across the U.S. As of July 19, consumers had the opportunity to come up with a creative way to share 1,000 SNICKERS Ice Cream bars with family, friends and colleagues. Contestants must tweet their response in 140 characters or fewer before Aug.

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Getty Realty Selling 66 Properties

The majority of the sites are located on high-traffic corners in mature neighborhoods and in small towns. Getty Realty Corp. is divesting 66 commercial and retail properties. The 66 properties are located in a variety of urban and suburban markets in six Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, including 11 properties in New York, 21 in New

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Athena Fights Against Breast Cancer

Athena fights breast cancer year-round. The company, founded by breast cancer survivor of Trish May and a division of DS Waters of America Inc., plans to contribute a minimum of $1 million to support breast cancer awareness, education and research by 2014. Retailers are encouraged to offer Athena water to serve to their customers to

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Parker’s Features Video Technology At Its Pumps

Parker’s rolls out video technology at its gas pumps this year. Parker’s, a recognized leader in convenience store sales across southeast Georgia and South Carolina, is the first area company to integrate video technology at the gas pump. Parker’s currently offers high-tech gas pumps with 10-inch television screens at the company’s Pooler, Ga., location and

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Pilot Flying J To Make Acquisition Of Maxum Petroleum

Pilot Flying J creates new partnership with Maxum Petroleum to expand its business. Pilot Flying J, Metalmark Capital, Waud Capital Partners and Maxum Petroleum announced Pilot Flying J plans to acquire a controlling interest in Maxum for cash and Pilot Flying J’s contribution of Western Petroleum into Maxum. Maxum is one of the largest independent

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Salute Our Troops Campaign Raises $1 Million in Three Weeks

Campaign continues through Labor Day at Kangaroo Express to support military cause partners. The Pantry Inc. has raised $1 million in just the first three weeks of its “Salute Our Troops” campaign. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and communities have enthusiastically demonstrated united support for military

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SymphonyIRI Reaches 19,000 Retailers

SymphonyIRI works with more than 19,000 retailers by the end of 2012. SymphonyIRI builds its market position in convenience stores through recent retailer agreements, such as BP and Murphy Oil, which will provide data to more than 19,000 sample stores by the end of 2012.  SymphonyIRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking Service already serves more than

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Agree Realty Acquires Three Wawa Stores

Agree Realty “pleased” to make Wawa acquisition. Agree Realty Corp. announced that it acquired a portfolio of three Wawa c-stores and fuel stores that are master leased by Wawa for $14,200,000. The cost of the portfolio acquisition includes the assumption of $8,580,000 of non-recourse mortgage debt, which will mature in June 2016, carrying a 6.56%

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AWMA & Merchants Grocery Co. Host FDA Plant Tour

Merchants Grocery Co. plant tour aims to help FDA better understand the distributor’s role in the tobacco distribution process. A group of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators visited AWMA member Merchants Grocery Co. in Culpeper, Va., on Wednesday, July 18, and viewed the company’s tobacco processing operation at the invitation of AWMA and Merchants. 

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Mark VII Awarded Circle K Car Wash Contract

Last year Mark VII expanded its relationship with Circle K to include three additional regions and now it is adding three more for a grand total of seven regions. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, and producer of vehicle washing equipment worldwide, has been awarded a two-year contract

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Home State of Chester’s Gains Another Store

 “We are excited to bring Chester’s great tasting chicken to the folks of Salem,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s, a fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, is celebrating the grand opening of a new location Salem, Ala. This location is in The Store, which is walking distance from Auburn University. This Chester’s location

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The Pantry Announces Tender Offer

The Pantry Inc. announced the commencement of a cash tender offer for any and all of its outstanding 7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014. In conjunction with the tender offer, The Pantry is soliciting consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the notes. The tender offer and

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PureCloud Security

nCircle, leader in information risk and security performance management, announced the release of PureCloud Enterprise, a cost-effective scanning solution that assists with security visibility. Scan results can be seamlessly integrated into nCircle Suite360 Intelligence Hub to provide a single view of security risk. Pricing for the product starts at $2,417. The product offers the following

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