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ExxonMobil Donates $40 Million to U.S. Colleges and Universities

Some 900 educational institutions are receiving funds from a program that matches employee donations. ExxonMobil and its employees are donating $40 million to higher education institutions across the country as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2011 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $12 million, which was matched with $28

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NACS and VIVA Creative Launch NACS Show Virtual

NACS Show Virtual features exclusive content from the 2011 event and insider information about the upcoming NACS Show. National Association of Convenience Store Retailers (NACS) and VIVA Creative, Agency of Results, are continuing their partnership to launch a highly interactive virtual environment, “NACS Show Virtual,” (www.nacsshowvirtual.com) to engage association members and attendees in preparation for

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Dunkin’ Donuts Expands In Texas

Franchise opportunities throughout Texas remain available and new markets may be added soon. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with three franchise groups to develop 25 new restaurants in Texas over the next several years.  Locations targeted for development include the following:   •            521 Interests LTD plan to develop 16 restaurants in

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GAO Suggests Equalizing Tobacco Tax Rates

A new report finds shift in using pipe versus roll-your-own tobacco and large cigars versus small cigars to avoid hefty taxes. This week, the federal Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report titled “Large Disparities in Rates for Smoking Products Trigger Significant Market Shifts to Avoid Higher Taxes.” The document shows the impact of the

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NACS Testifies On Domestic Fuels Bill

NACS Vice President of Government Relations speaks before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. On April 19, NACS Vice President of Government Relations John Eichberger testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, on behalf of the convenience and fuel retailing

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Starbucks Cuts Crushed Bug Ingredient After Outcry

Starbucks is switching to natural, vegetarian coloring in response to consumer pressure via petition on Change.org. In response to massive public outcry and consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it plans to replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos. A popular campaign

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Stripes Convenience Stores Adds Xenergy Drinks

Four flavors of the sugar-free, zero calorie energy drinks to hit store shelves in south Texas. Stripes Convenience Stores and XYIENCE Xenergy have partnered, giving the energy drink a greater presence in south Texas and adding to Stripes’ energy assortment. Stripes plans to carry up to four flavors of the sugar-free, zero calorie energy drinks,

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S&S Fuels LLC Acquires City Stop Assets

The c-stores are being rebranded as 7-Eleven stores, while the gas is being rebranded Sinclair. S&S Fuels LLC (S&S) of Littleton, Colo. has acquired all of the assets of City Stop Inc. and its affiliates in the metropolitan Las Vegas market. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) served as the exclusive financial advisor to

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$1 Million Lottery Ticket Sold at Rutter’s

Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pa.-based c-store sells ticket that results in big win. Powerball players in and around Waynesboro, Pa. are abuzz this week with news of a seemingly unbreakable lucky streak; Rutter’s Farm Stores is, again, the site of a big lottery win. The Pennsylvania Lottery announced this week that, though there were no jackpot

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Hispanics, Singles, Matures and Millennials Reshape Retail Market

International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association report shows demographics are changing, impacting the way retailers market. A new cultural mix is shaping the retail food market, according to the “What’s In Store 2012” report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). The burgeoning U.S. Hispanic population, in addition to single-person households, are steadfast forces in the grocery aisle. Active

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Cintas Announces The Top Five Disaster Preparation Techniques

Protect your business in case of a disaster. According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. With the approaching storm season, Cintas Corp. issued the top five tips to help retailers prepare for disasters. Cintas will speak about these tips, along with other

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Lil’ Drug Store Products Wins Award

Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. reinforces its local commitment and leadership with “Here’s to Your Health” program for employees. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a multinational company that pioneered the non-prescription drug market and revolutionized health and beauty care in the convenience, grocery, drug, and mass market retailing sectors, has received recognition for promoting

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Mac’s Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Through a partnership with Crime Stoppers, criminals will have their photos posted to Facebook and Twitter where viewers can help identify them. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is leveraging the strengths of social media in conjunction with local Crime Stopper units to fight crime at its Canadian

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PMAA Endorses Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012

Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 passes House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. On Tuesday, April 17, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved a bill along party lines known as the “Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012,” which would delay EPA’s 2008 ozone requirements and it’s new Tier 3

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Susser Holdings Reports Q1 Results

Susser expects to build 25-30 new Stripes Convenience Stores in fiscal 2012. Susser Holdings Corp., which operates 540 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, has released its 2012 first quarter financial results. The company expects same-store merchandise sales growth for the first quarter of 2012 of approximately 6.7% compared

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CITGO, Heartland Payment Systems Extend Contract

“Heartland provides our retail locations with dependable and secure card processing solutions as well as exceptional customer service,” says CITGO spokesperson. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has signed a three-year contract extension with Heartland Payment Systems, which will continue authorizing debit and credit card transactions at approximately 6,000 CITGO-branded locations nationwide. Heartland is a payments processor in

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Hess Express, Blackhawk Network Partner

Hess launches Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Hess convenience store locations throughout the East Coast are introducing Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall offers consumers a wide variety of prepaid cards from some of the best brands, including popular entertainment, fashion, dining, home improvement and digital content

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QuikTrip Welcomes Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

XYIENCE schedules Atlanta c-store appearances for UFC lightweight champion. XYIENCE team athlete and UFC lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is set to make four Atlanta area appearances that include three QuikTrip convenience store locations on April 20-21. Announced earlier this month, Pettis is also scheduled to appear at the GNC store located in the Mall of

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Beer Sales in C-Stores Up Over $200 Million in 2011

Convenience stores were the leading channel for beer sales among off-premise retailers. The Beer Institute released new data today showing beer sales in convenience stores rose by 1.3% in 2011 totaling over $16.7 billion in sales. Convenience stores were responsible for nearly 17% of total beer sales in 2011, comprising the largest share of off-premise

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NACUFS Announces Best In Business Winners

Campus c-store convenience retailers awarded for superior operations. The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) presents the 2012 C-Store “Best in the Business” award winners. The following are the 1st place winners of the 2012 “Best in the Business” campus convenience/retail competition: • New Store Design Innovation: University of Northern Colorado –

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Renewable Fuels Hearing Set For This Week

House Subcommittee to hold hearing on renewable fuels liability bill. This Thursday, Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on the “Domestic Fuels Act of 2012” (H.R. 4345), which would provide a legal and regulatory pathway for retailers to sell EPA-approved fuels including E15. Witnesses

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NACS Welcomes Products and Services Manager

Bethany Saldana joins NACS team. On April 16, Bethany Saldana joined the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as its products and services manager. Saldana previously worked part time for NACS while she was completing her coursework for her M.S. in organization development and knowledge management, which she received from George Mason University in January.

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NCASEF Registration Open

The 37th National Convention of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees is scheduled in Hawaii this July. Registration is now available online for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees’ (NCASEF) 37th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 8 – 12, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Hilton

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Redrawing the Battle Lines

Separating nicotine from cigarettes and smoking could open new doors for tobacco. By Lou Maiellano. Imagine a natural ingredient so promising and intriguing that it is being clinically evaluated to address a variety of illnesses and conditions, including depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, anger management and anxiety. Think about it, an ingredient that would

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Strengthening the Leadership Chain

When it comes to attracting and maintaining repeat customers, a convenience store is only as strong as its weakest link. By Jim Callahan. In Thomas Reid’s Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man he wrote that, “in every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusion can be no greater than that of the

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