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FDA Announces Intent to Regulate OTP

FDA expects to issue a deeming regulation in summer 2012 to cover other tobacco products. Cigars, e-cigs and cigarillos are among tobacco products about to meet with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny. The agency has announced its intent to issue a “deeming regulation” sometime during the summer of 2012 to cover other tobacco

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NOCO Rolls Out Dino-Mart Franchise

“Our goal is to grow the Dino-Mart brand throughout our operating area and then across upstate New York,” says NOCO executive vice president. NOCO Energy Corp. is launching a retail gasoline convenience store franchise business called Dino-Mart across New York State, the Buffalo News Online reported.   NOCO is hosting a ribbon cutting today to

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CITGO Helps “Clean The D”

More than 300 volunteers join together to improve a 27-mile portion of the Eight Mile Road. Volunteers from CITGO Petroleum Corp., local CITGO marketers and retailers, Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) and the Miss Michigan Organization came together on May 5 for the 16th annual “Clean the D” event to improve a 27-mile segment of

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KSS Fuels Launches Cloud-Based Pricing Solution

PriceNet Cloud offers speed, automation and intelligence for fuels pricing to petroleum marketers and retailers. KSS Fuels has introduced PriceNet Cloud. This latest addition to KSS Fuels’ suite of pricing intelligence solutions is well-suited to fuel retailers who want to benefit from an enterprise-scale fuels pricing solution without the associated capital investment and need for

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Shell Helps Customers Save At The Pump

Consumers enjoy regular savings on high-quality fuel with grocery rewards programs. Fuel prices are top of mind for many consumers and finding ways to save at the pump continues to be a priority. That’s why Shell is reminding consumers that they can turn their everyday purchases on groceries into significant savings on high-quality fuel at

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CCRRC Study Unveils Growth Opportunities for C-Stores

Study by the NACS/ Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) identifies five new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A newly released report from the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS/CCRRC) is providing insights into what motivates shoppers to spend more of their hard-earned dollars inside convenience stores. “We began the

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Tax Credits To Help Small Businesses Provide Health Coverage

Affordable Care Act Program helps small businesses offer benefits. More than 19 million U.S. workers are employed by the 3.2 million small businesses eligible for $15 billion in tax credits in the federal healthcare reform, according to a new report titled “Good Business Sense,” released today by Small Business Majority and the consumer group Families

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Maverik To Break Ground On New Store

New 4,200-square-foot c-store planned for Spokane, Wash.   Maverik, a North Salt Lake, Utah-based chain of convenience stores, is set to develop a new Spokane, Wash.-area convenience store, which would be its third in the Inland Northwest. Brad McDougal, director of real estate for Maverik, told the Spokane Journal of Business that  the company aims

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New Braunfels Buc-ee’s Celebrates Grand Opening

On Monday in New Braunfels, Texas Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores debuted its largest store with a grand opening celebration for customers. The $7.4 million Buc-ee’s Travel Center at I-35 and Farm-to-Market Road 306 features 60 gas pumps, spans 18 acres and boasts a 67,000-square-foot  store. The store offers the chain’s famously clean and hands-free restrooms; an

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Chevron ExtraMile Launches New Battleship Game

Consumers can visit West Coast Chevron ExtraMile locations for chances to win thousands of instant prizes. Chevron ExtraMile has launched a new Battleship Commander Instant Win Game in support of Universal Pictures’ upcoming Battleship. Now through June 30, each visitor to participating ExtraMile locations in California, Oregon and Washington can request a game card with

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Circle K Florida Donates Over Half A Million Dollars To UCP

Presentation at annual fundraising event underscores support for people with disabilities in Florida communities. Circle K Florida, the largest corporate supporter of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), presented UCP affiliates with an oversized check for $552,837.73 during an awards dinner and ceremony at the company’s FishStix 2012, an annual golf and fishing tournament at the Sanibel Harbour

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Cultivating Loyal Customers

Savvy c-store operators are using loyalty programs to improve merchandise planning and forecasting to spur long-term growth. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Loyalty programs, when administered well, offer c-store retailers solid benefits—the ability to react to trends quickly, make more informed decisions, improve cost effectiveness and aid in merchandise planning and sales forecasting. “Loyalty programs

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Stripes Raises $772,486 for Children’s Miracle Network

Funds to benefit 12 children’s hospitals in three states.   Stripes Convenience Stores, with help from customers and employees, has raised $772,486 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 2-29. The campaign ran in all 543 Stripes locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The record-breaking campaign raised an average of $1,422

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BP Signs New England Fuel Distributors

Agreements with two fuel distributors cover two-thirds of the 218 BP-branded sites formerly supplied by Green Valley Oil. BP has signed contracts with two New England fuel distributors to supply independent BP-branded gas station operators in the region. Lehigh Gas Corp. has agreed to supply 69 BP-branded stations in Massachusetts and 19 BP-branded sites in New

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Foodservice Sustainability Recognized With Grant

“The thoroughness of Phipps’ foodservice sustainability program stood out as having a positive impact on its operations as well as the community at large,” says HCFS spokesperson. The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., in recognition of foodservice sustainability initiatives that

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Susser Reports Strong Operating Results

“Traffic through our stores remains brisk, and we saw increased sales across all of our key categories,” says Susser Holdings Corp. president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. has reported strong financial and operating results for the quarter ended April 1, 2012. Same-store merchandise sales increased by 6.7%, compared with growth of 5.6% a year earlier. 

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share.  The dividend is payable on June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 25, 2012. Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the

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Ryko To Distribute Turtle Wax

Ryko is also helping customers drive wash counts with a new Clean Touch brand retail car wash merchandising campaign. Ryko Solutions Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a provider of chemical, managed maintenance and marketing services to help customers build a more profitable car wash, has been awarded a distributorship to

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Data Security Spurs Advancements In Loyalty

As loyalty programs evolve, ensuring customers that their private information is secure and being used appropriately is essential in gaining their trust. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The secret to succeeding with a loyalty program in 2012 is to make sure you’re offering customers value on their terms, while also ensuring them that their information

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Dispelling the Myths of Tobacco Control

A response to the recent misleading “Deadly Alliance” report implicating convenience stores. By Seth A. Mailhot, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. This is the first of what will be a continuing series on the regulation of tobacco retailing. In future articles, I will address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulation

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Gulf Oil Rolls into Dallas

Just weeks after announcing its return to Houston, and close on the heels of its return to Austin, Gulf Oil announced today that it is back in Dallas through its partnership with Fuel City, one of the Lone Star State’s best known gas stations. Gulf’s new agreement with Fuel City in Dallas puts the Gulf

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Team Oil Honored for Community Service

The owners of the Team Oil Travel Center, Eric and his dad Tony Huppert, were presented a plaque by Pierce County Supervisor, Ken Snow and Gilman County Supervisor, Don Nellessen, commemorating the opening of the Team Oil Travel Center’s Subway addition last month in Spring Valley, Wis. The plaque is in appreciation for the employment

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7-Eleven Franchisees Stage Cancer Fundraiser

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees announced that it has set a goal of raising and donating $50,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure during its 37th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 8 – 12, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

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Orion Food Systems Taps Suerth as New CEO

The board of directors of Orion Food Systems, the foodservice provider of leading brands such as Hot Stuff and Lettieri’s, has announced the appointment of Henry J. (Hank) Suerth as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Suerth brings more than 40 years of experience in a variety of industries, including over 20 years at the President/CEO and

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Budweiser Bottle Gets a Red, White and Blue Makeover to Support the Troops

For the first time in many years, the iconic Budweiser bottle will see a major makeover–special red, white and blue packaging for a limited window this summer. The new design comes in advance of a summer initiative in which the brand will contribute a portion of all sales from May 20–July 7 to help raise

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