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CITGO Locations Collect Toys For Tots

With the highest level of participation in their nine-year history of fundraising, Wisconsin CITGO Retailers hope to collect more toys this year than ever before. Five local CITGO Marketers are teaming up to make 73 CITGO locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin collection points for this year’s Toys for Tots program to benefit area children. From now

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Are Fresh & Easy’s Days Numbered?

Tesco evaluates the U.S. grocery chain before making a final decision. British supermarket chain Tesco is evaluating whether to close its struggling American Fresh & Easy grocery store venture after it failed to deliver acceptable shareholder returns, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The chain spans 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, which are often

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Starbucks Unveils Accelerated Global Growth Plans

My Starbucks Rewards program to enable customers to earn Starbucks stars— redeemable for free beverages and food at Starbucks retail stores —when they purchase Starbucks-branded products in CPG channels. Starbucks reaffirmed its leadership position and growth agenda across its global retail, emerging brands and CPG channels at its biennial Investor Conference. “Starbucks business and brand

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Susser Holdings To List On New York Stock Exchange

Retains stock symbol SUSS. Susser Holdings Corp. has received authorization from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to transfer the listing of its common stock to the NYSE from the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ).   The company expects its common stock to begin trading on the NYSE on Friday, Dec. 21, under its current ticker

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Fresh Coffee and Bakery Make for Good Mornings

Give customers some fresh ways to start their day and they’ll keep coming back for more, according to savvy c-store operators who are driving a.m. loyalty. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Two years ago, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy took at good, hard look at its Daily’s convenience store operation and decided the 80-unit chain needed

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Dip Coming into December

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mostly lower at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into December, slipping on building supply and weaker demand, with gasoline consumption failing to get a sizeable jump during the Thanksgiving holiday. Implied gasoline demand did reach weekly summer demand levels leading up

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Condon Oil Rewards Customers

The Wisconsin-based CITGO marketer hosts four appreciation days with giveaways. Wisconsin-based CITGO Marketer Condon Oil will be hosting customer appreciation days at four locations throughout December with special deals, exciting giveaways and chances to win CITGO Gift Cards. The events, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are designed to thank loyal CITGO

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Nice N Easy Partners With The Syracuse Crunch

Hockey fans can save money on tickets and enjoy a free Nice N Easy gift card. New this season, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes is partnering with The Syracuse Crunch to help customers save on tickets. The Syracuse Crunch is a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, based in Syracuse,

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Ryko Solutions Announces New VP of Human Resources

Jim Hogan brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role at Ryko. Ryko Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products to the industry, has added Jim Hogan as vice president of human resources for the company’s 400 plus strong workforce  throughout

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The Hershey Co. Joins SASB Advisory Council

SASB to create sustainability standards for 89 industries across 10 sectors. The Hershey Co. is joining the Advisory Council of the newly founded Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as part of Hershey’s commitment to reporting on its expanding sustainability practices. As a member of the Advisory Council, Hershey will help develop reporting standards for the

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VP Racing Fuels Raises Funds For Prevent Cancer Foundation

A portion of sales from VP’s pink motorsport containers are donated to help fight cancer. VP Racing Fuels Inc. reported that donations to the Prevent Cancer Foundation in conjunction with sales of pink VP Motorsport Containers have reached $2,695. This amount is in addition to an auction bid of $2,000 given to the foundation last

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Daypart Diversity Depends on Freshness

Retailers don’t have to wave goodbye to their roller grills to put a fresh face on lunch and dinner foodservice menus. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to lunch and dinner foodservice. Not everyone has the capital to invest in a proprietary commissary or the in-store

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The Basics Of Franchising

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Upon opening their first store, many single-store operators come to an, often premature, conclusion that they are going to franchise. While this may be a noble end-game goal, what is often missing from this proclamation is determining whether or not their concept is “franchishable.”

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BP Acquires 28 Former Getty Gas Stations

BP converting the 13 New York and 15 New Jersey sites to the BP brand. BP announced today that it has reached a long-term lease agreement with Getty Properties Corp. to convert a portfolio of up to 28 Getty-branded retail sites in New York and New Jersey to the BP brand. BP intends to operate

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Thorntons Opens First Florida Location

Some 15-20 Thorntons stores are scheduled to open in Florida over the next three years. Thorntons is set to debut its first Florida location with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.   The new store is located at 1698 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater. Clearwater Chamber of Commerce members, Tony Harris,

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Cumberland Farms, NJOY Partner

NJOY products are now available at all Cumberland Farms stores; NJOY Kings available in December 2012. Cumberland Farms, a convenience store chain with locations throughout the Northeast and Florida, and e-cig company NJOY have announced a distribution partnership. The partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, to the nearly 600

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Supermarket Guru Predicts 2013 Trends

Mini meals, a surge in male shoppers and a new appreciation for the frozen aisle to emerge as trends in 2013.             Snackable mini-meals and frozen foods take center stage in supermarket aisles this year while dads and Millennials get more comfortable and powerful in the kitchen, said Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert. Lempert, a well-known

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U.S. Convenience Store Traffic Declines Q3

Decline is likely attributed to rising gas prices and ongoing pressures from competitive channels. Total consumer traffic through U.S. convenience stores was down 2.1% in third quarter (July, August and September) 2012 versus the same quarter last year,  according to The NPD Group, a  global information and advisory services company.  NPD’s convenience store market research

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A Sneak Peek at Trends in the New Year

Whether it’s implementing emerging technology or promoting a host of new foodservice items, 2013 promises to be an exciting year for convenience stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Thirteen isn’t usually regarded as a fortuitous number, but it takes more than luck to grow a business. Industry experts offered Convenience Store Decisions insights into some

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Local Store Marketing: Chamber of Commerce

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Joining and becoming active in your local chamber of commerce is an excellent way to increase your store’s visibility within your local business area.  In addition to meeting a number of key local business contacts who can turn into group sales and individual patrons

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Bettering Restroom Practices

When it comes to store perception cleanliness counts, especially if your site offers foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. If your c-store aims to be taken seriously as a foodservice destination, image is everything. Retailers who spend as much time focusing on the cleanliness of their store and maintaining a pristine restroom as they do

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Coke Brings Innovation to the Next Level

New Shopper Experience Innovation Center allows retailers to test concepts in mock stores with real customers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The Coca-Cola Co. has launched a Shopper Experience Innovation Center (SEIC) in Atlanta. The 15,000-square-foot facility opened last May and contains two retail environments that can be converted from a supermarket to a drug

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Wawa Introduces Single-Serve Coffee

“At Wawa, coffee is more than a hot beverage,” says Wawa CEO. “It’s a way of life.” Wawa Inc. has launched Wawa Original Blend and 100% Colombian in a single-serve container compatible with the popular Keurig brewing system. These coffee products are now available in all of Wawa’s 604 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware,

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NACS Announces New Director of Government Relations

Paige Anderson brings legislative experience to NACS in her new role. Paige Anderson has joined NACS, effective today—Dec. 3,  as its director of government relations. Anderson has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, and has particular expertise in energy policy and cyber-security. She most recently served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Congresswoman

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Telvent DTN Becomes Schneider Electric

“We look forward to offering you new, comprehensive and integrated solutions for better profitability, security, reliability and business efficiencies,” the company says. Televent DTN has adopted the Schneider Electric brand name. In 2011, Telvent DTN became part of Schneider Electric. Together the two businesses have offered comprehensive and integrated solutions for the oil and gas

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