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NACS Refuses To Accept Proposed Antitrust Settlement With Visa And MasterCard

“NACS does not accept this proposed settlement, and we reserve the right to fight it if other class representatives do accept it,” says Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, on the proposed settlements between merchants and credit card companies. NACS rejected the proposed settlement of antitrust litigation between merchants and the credit card industry. NACS

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Susser Provides Q2 Preliminary Results

Announces secondary offering of common stock by Wellspring. Susser Holdings Corp. has provided partial preliminary financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2012,  ended July 1, 2012.  Susser expects to report: • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 8% year-over-year, versus growth of 5.8% for the year-earlier period. • Total merchandise sales of approximately

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Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of First Florida Store

Five Wawa stores are scheduled to open in five weeks in the Orlando area, with the chain forecasting 100 stores for the Orlando/Tampa markets in the next five years. Wawa Inc. today announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its first store in the state of Florida. Located directly across from SeaWorld

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Open Pantry Food Marts Looks To Growth Opportunities

Open Pantry Food Marts has plans to grow and improve business for its eight c-store sites. Open Pantry wants to continue to operate eight core sites in Southeast Wisconsin, and plans to reposition the Open Pantry Brands for a 2013 roll out. Open Pantry sold 19 sites to 7-Eleven this summer, which allowed 7-Eleven to

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Arco’s ampm Sponsors Alianza de Futbol Event

“ARCO’s ampm is proud to support the next generation of soccer superstars,” says ampm spokesperson. Convenience store chain ampm, has been named the official retail convenience store sponsor of the 2012 Los Angeles Alianza de Futbol events. “It’s exciting to be able to support Hispanic soccer with this sponsorship opportunity,” said Donna Sanker, ampm vice

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Pocket-Sized Pain Relief

Introducing new Lil’ Drug Brand Vials: Lil’ Drug Brand now offers four popular pain relief formulas in a convenient, pocket-size vial, ideal for convenience store shoppers.  At only $2.99 for 10 pills, vials offer both value and convenience to on-the-go consumers, and easily fit into a pocket or purse.  For retailers, Lil’ Drug Brand Vials

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Zarco 66 First To Offer E15 Fuel

Zarco 66 is first U.S. gas station to deliver E15 ethanol fuel to consumers, reducing dependence on gasoline and imported oil. American drivers can now choose to use E15 fuel at the Lawrence, Kan., Zarco 66 gas station. The Zarco 66 is the first U.S. retailer to offer E15 fuel, which is 15% ethanol and

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Apache Oil Opens CNG Fuel Station In Louisiana

Apache Corp. helps the Lafayette, La., community by adding a CNG fuel station to fuel city vehicles. Apache Corp. celebrated the opening of its first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the state of Louisiana at its Lafayette station. “The state of Louisiana is a leader in supporting increased use of natural gas,”

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Anheuser-Busch Builds Homes For St. Louis Families With Habitat For Humanity

Anheuser-Busch team members fund and build homes for St. Louis families with Habitat for Humanity. Anheuser-Busch employees and family members prepare for “Builder Day” this Saturday to help Habitat for Humanity St. Louis build homes in both the University City and Carondelet communities. Habitat St. Louis plans to build five homes in each St. Louis

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Dispensed Beverage Sales Heating Up

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the cold and frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cold facts go like this: with margins from tobacco and fuel still lagging headed into the summer of 2012, the booming frozen beverage segment has been a pleasant top-performing surprise for convenience

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BP Pays $13 Million In Settlement With U.S. Department Of Labor

BP plans to resolve all of the citations issued to it by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration by the end of the year. BP Products North America Inc. agreed to abate safety violations and pay $13,027,000 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for penalties. OSHA and BP Products

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On-The-Road Exercise

Truckers, commuters and professional drivers spend countless hours in their vehicles. DFX Sports & Fitness’ wants to help long-distance drivers improve their health with the new Sports Pro Gyro exerciser. The gyro, about the size of a tennis ball, puts on 30 pounds of torque force when used. It helps with grip strength, coordination and

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Swisher Offers New E-Cig Line

Swisher Sweets introduces its e-cig products to c-store retailers. Swisher Sweets entered the electronic cigarette and cigar business this summer season. The company plans to begin selling its line of e-cigs on Aug. 1 this year, giving consumers an alternative way to smoke Swisher’s products. Murphy Oil, Hess and several other major c-store retailers plan

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Aloha Petroleum Releases New EV Fast Chargers

Aloha Petroleum adds new fast chargers for electric vehicles at three of its locations. Aloha Island Mart and Shell gas stations unveiled new ways to fuel with new electric vehicle fast chargers at their Hawaii gas stations. AeroVironment’s electric vehicle DC fast chargers are now offered at three locations across Hawaii: Aloha Island Mart Kahala,

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Pilot Flying J Invest In Deluxe Showers

Pilot Travel Centers wants to remodel 75% of its shower facilities over the next 18 months to give professional drivers a better store experience. Pilot Travel Centers LLC announced the company plans to invest $49 million to remodel and upgrade its network of showers for professional drivers. Pilot made plans to upgrade all of the

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RaceTrac Accepts Fleet Cards From U.S. Bank Voyager Network

Fleet drivers enjoy expanded convenience at RaceTrac c-stores as it accepts Voyager network cards. RaceTrac Petroleum announced a deal with U.S. Bank that allows fleet drivers with Voyager network cards to make fuel purchases at one of 330-plus RaceTrac locations. RaceTrac now accepts U.S. Bank Fleet Cards and other Voyager network cards because of the

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Sheldon Good & Company Auctions C-Stores And Gas Station Sites

A total of 31 retail sites in New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania are up for auction this summer. Sheldon Good & Company, a Racebook Portfolio Company and real estate auctioneer, announced an auction to sell a portfolio of 31 commercial real estate sites, all of which are gas stations, c-stores or development sites throughout New

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Meat Snacks Are Getting Hot

Major manufacturers are betting on bolder flavor profiles and textures to help appeal to adventurous and sophisticated palates, and health-conscious lifestyles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor There is nothing timid about Generations X or Y, especially when it involves their taste buds. And when it comes to flavors, the bigger, bolder, hotter and spicier the

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MACS To Be Exclusive Circle K Developer in Mid-Atlantic Region

Company-owned stores to begin conversion to the Circle K brand starting this August. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest convenience store networks and fuel distributors in the mid-Atlantic region, announced today a new retail branding strategy that positions MACS as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in four regions:

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Dual Flame Lighter

Scripto makes advances in the lighter category as it releases the new, innovative 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter for c-store retailers. The product features two flames in one lighter. With the switch of a button, consumers can choose to light a standard flame or a wind resistant flame, allowing more flexibility for all occasions. The

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Retail Study Finds Store Brands Thrive In U.S. Market

Store-brands still prove to be highly popular with U.S. consumers when compared with brand-name products. A study released by Accenture finds that two-thirds of U.S. shoppers surveyed admitted that their grocery carts were half full of store-brand products. Some admitted to Accenture that they even increased their purchase of store-brand products in recent years as

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What Do Your Floors Say About Your Store?

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By Michael Schaffer, Contributing Editor If there is anything retailers and convenience store owners have learned from the economic downturn, it’s that they must do everything they can to welcome their customers and keep them loyal. And it can all

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CITGO Helps U.S. Families Conserve Energy

Close to 50,000 families in U.S. cities will save energy this summer through CITGO’s lighting program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. launched the third-edition of its CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, which will provide 500,000 energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to households in 17 U.S. cities. The program launched in 2008 as a pilot program, and has

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Bazzi Oil Fuels Academic Futures

Bazzi Oil and CITGO support five students in their journey to continuing education. CITGO-marketer Bazzi Oil invited 800 community members to an awards ceremony this June to honor five high school students who will each receive $500 scholarships for continuing education. Destiny Harris, Briana Pannell, Mae Mova, Channel Wilkerson and Roselyn Wtson, all seniors at

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Gilligan Oil Introduces New Manager Of Business Development

Gilligan’s new manager of business development has years of experience in the c-store industry. Neal McDermott joined the Gilligan Oil Wholesale Fuel Team this summer as its new manager of business development. McDermott has been in the c-store industry for more than 30 years, working for BP and Lehigh companies. He has a solid background

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