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Chester’s Chicken Opens In The Foothills Of The Sleeping Giant

New and improved location re-opens in Helena, Mont. following renovations.   Chester’s, a fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has announced the grand re-opening of its location in Helena, Mont. The new Chester’s location is in the Heritage Food Store, which sits at the base of the famous Sleeping Giant mountain. This

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Local Store Marketing: Overcoming Retail Wallpaper

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Ever drive down the road and out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of a 20-foot pink gorilla in a bathing suit on top of a store? That is a retailer attempting to overcome what I call the “retail wallpaper

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The 1980s Las Vegas Turnaround… and Lessons for C-Store Operators

Widen your customer base and change your surroundings.  By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. For the first 30 years or so, casinos in Las Vegas thrived, raking in obscene profits simply because options for legal gambling in the U.S. were few, far and in-between. Things started to get a bit more difficult for the casinos

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Casey’s Prepares To Enter Tennessee

Construction is set to start on first Tennessee store in Dyersburg this June. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Tennessee in June. This store will be located in Dyersburg, Tenn. and will mark the 13th state in Casey’s area of operations. “We

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Cumberland Farms To Raise Funds For Children’s Hospital

Iced coffee sales at participating Cumberland Farms c-stores to help benefit U.S. Children’s Hospital Boston. During the month of May, Cumberland Farms is set to raise funds to benefit Children’s Hospital Boston through the convenience store retailer’s Pediatric Care Campaign. Participating Cumberland Farms stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will donate five cents per cup

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TA Launches “Name the Burger” Contest

TA and Petro Stopping Centers full-service restaurants, professional drivers are encouraged to submit burger names for the chance to earn 25,000 UltraONE loyalty points. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) invites all professional drivers to enter its online “Name the Burger” contest for a chance to win big. Burger creations have been unveiled by the executive

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Roo Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express celebrates the return of its popular refill cup, which can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents through Labor Day. The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has announced details for its second annual Roo Cup deal, a refillable cup for fountain

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NACS Responds To House of Representatives Raiding LUST Trust Fund

“Stealing $3 billion away from LUST sends a clear message that members of Congress are abandoning a critical and necessary program that protects the health and water security of their constituents,” says NACS spokesperson. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has responded to final language included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of

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Cash Isn’t King at Cleveland Car Washes

American Pride has switched from cash-based operations to tokens, and customers are coming back stronger than ever. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Brian Costa operates five American Pride car washes in the Cleveland area. All told, there are 29 self-service bays and six touchless automatics. Until early 2000 each location was quarter-based. Then, when the

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Creating An Advertising Plan

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. As you have probably gathered from reading my other articles, I am a firm believer in planning for success. Whether it is operational excellence, de-branding a store or outlining your procedures and policies, prudent planning creates stronger execution and efficiency. While planning may come second nature to

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Creating A Policy And Procedure Handbook

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”   – from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. As a small business owner, you may wonder why one would need to get organized from a policy and

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Satisfy Between-Meal Hunger

RITZ CRACKERFULS is now wrapped up in a striking new look designed to grab attention and boost between-meal snack sales. Ninety-five percent of consumers indulge in a snack at least once a day, either between meals or in place of a meal, according to Technomic Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, 2010. RITZ CRACKERFULS offer an

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Sundried Tomato And Basil Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins has added the zesty flavor of Sundried Tomato and Basil to its vending lineup to help operators capture additional sales from the 81% of consumers (according to International Food Information Council Food and Health Surveys 2006-2009) trying to incorporate more whole grains into their diets. Wheat Thins Sundried Tomato & Basil features a

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Natural Cigarette Alternatives

Bluegrass Blends USA has introduced Rockfield Natural Cigarette Alternatives with no tobacco, no nicotine and no nitrosamines. Rockfield Natural Cigarette Alternatives sell for up to 70% less than traditional cigarettes and provide a low-cost alternative for consumers seeking relief from the high cost of traditional cigarettes. Benefits include no costly MSA tobacco taxes and higher

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VERC Enterprises Recognized During “Celebrating Families” Event

Commitment to hiring individuals with developmental disabilities honored. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire was recognized for its commitment to hiring those with developmental disabilities during the 16th annual “Celebrating Families” event at the State House. The Patrick-Murray Administration honored individuals and families

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CEFCO Convenience Stores Finds Scalability With PriceAdvantage

Recently acquired Taylor Food Mart stores using fuel pricing solution. CEFCO Convenience Stores has expanded its partnership chain wide with the addition of the recently acquired Taylor Food Mart stores. The new sites were acquired in January of this year, all of which are now fully implemented with PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management solution. “As

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Are CAFE and RFS Doomed?

“RFS and CAFE policies cannot coexist without substantial changes in the retail and vehicle markets,” says NACS vice president of government relations. The requirements mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are likely to create a situation in which one or both of these programs will

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Wright Express Selects ReD For Payment Fraud Protection

“Wright Express has aggressively addressed fuel card fraud, and adding ReD’s PRISM to our robust capabilities affords our clients an added layer of protection,” says Wright Express spokesperson. Wright Express, a specialist in fleet, corporate and prepaid payment solutions, has signed an agreement to use ReD’s enterprise fraud prevention service. The established fleet and fuel

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Handee Marts Awards $6,500 Grant

BP funds grants for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation as part of Fueling Communities program. At its Annual Meeting and Trade Show Dinner, Handee Marts President & CEO, Mike Triantafellou, presented a grant check for $6,500 to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. President Greg Barrett was in attendance and accepted the check on behalf

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CITGO Wins API Award

CITGO Pipeline Co. was recently honored with the 2011 Safety Performance Award and the 2011 Environmental Performance Award in the small operator category presented by the American Petroleum Institute (API). These awards are among the industry’s top honors and are reserved for companies that demonstrate excellence in safety and environmental stewardship. The Occupational Safety Award

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Speedway Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

Month-long campaign to benefit 17 children’s hospitals. Throughout the month of May, Speedway LLC is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all fountain drinks and Speedy Freeze purchases to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. All funds raised by each Speedway location will

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Target Remodels 90 Stores to Expand Fresh Food Selection

Stores are currently under construction for June completion. Target Corp. is remodeling 90 general merchandise stores across the U.S., which are expected to be completed on June 24, 2012. Upon completion of the construction, these stores will offer a full selection of affordable and quality fresh foods, upping the competition for c-stores in those areas.

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Heartland Country Co-op Teams With iRely LLC

Heartland will have access to real time data to improve office efficiencies and communication between departments. Heartland Country Co-op has partnered with iRely LLC, a developer of commodity software solutions, to implement a comprehensive business software system. Founded in 1940, Heartland Country Co-op, based in Westby, Wis., services a variety of local industries, including a

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Express Mart Debuts New Larger Locations

Bigger, better and more energy efficient, two new Express Mart stores wow customers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Express Mart is living up to its name, rapidly increasing its store count and expanding the size of its store footprint to outpace the competition.In just the first two months of 2012, Home Service Oil debuted two

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Wholesale Gasoline Prices Dive Lower on Industry News

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices moved sharply lower during the third week of April, coming under heavy selling pressure as those in the market not hedging liquidated long holdings on growing sentiment that there will be enough supply this summer to avoid a tight market. There were a handful

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