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Secure in the Convenience Store

Internet-based surveillance systems are combating shrink and protecting employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Increasingly in society, it seems security equals surveillance, especially at retail. Internet-based security systems are part of that trend, helping operators by tracking and recording every transaction and thereby decreasing the amount of thefts by both customers and employees. Even better,

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Still More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average for regular grade snapped more than two months of consecutive gains, inching down 0.2 cents to $3.939 gallon on April 9 which made it the second weekly decline in the average out of the past 16 weeks

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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Tedeschi Introduces Sausage Sub

Tedeschi Food Shops is excited to introduce a sausage sub to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boston’s beloved Fenway Park.  This hearty sub is covered with freshly roasted green and red peppers as well as onions. “This is only the beginning of many exciting seasonally and locally relevant sandwiches at Tedeschi Food Shops,” said Director

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Thorntons Expands in Florida

Thorntons embarks into a new metro/state region for the first time since 2007. Thorntons is expanding into the Florida metro market of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. The first location is set to open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater. Thorntons’ strategic plan for the region is to 15-20 Tampa—St. Petersburg—Clearwater area stores in the next three years. “To

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Heineken Honors Crescent Crown Distributing with Red Star Award for Business Performance

HEINEKEN USA announced that Crescent Crown Distributing of Surprise, Ariz., has received the organization’s Red Star Award for its efforts in driving the success of the HEINEKEN USA portfolio at the company’s annual National Distributor Conference in Atlanta, Ga. last week. Crescent Crown was honored for its execution that crossed portfolio lines and results that

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BP Terminates Contract With Green Valley Oil

After an oil supply disruption leaves stations without gasoline, BP looks for new distributors. BP has terminated regional distributor Green Valley Oil’s contract, effective Friday, April 13, after some 218 BP stations faced supply disruptions in the greater Boston area. The 218 sites supplied by Green Valley Oil are in Massachusetts (122), Connecticut (55), New

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Shell’s Smart Driving Program Kicks Off

The Taylors will drive throughout the 48 contiguous states to demonstrate improved fuel efficiency. As global energy demand continues to rise, Shell is helping to improve energy use for transportation through Smarter Mobility. Demonstrating that improved fuel efficiency is possible today, the Shell Smarter Driving program helps inform motorists on how to make the most

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7-Eleven Fights Against Illegal Underage Sales

New technology to help prevent sale of age-restricted products to underage customers. 7-Eleven Inc. is taking a new and aggressive approach to enhance its social and corporate responsibility of illegal underage sales of age-restricted products. On April 16, the company will debut a new technology in each of its 1,600 7-Eleven stores in California that

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Recall On Bottled Mexican Beers

A defect detected in 12-ounce brown bottles for six packs and 12 Packs of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar as well as “Beers of Mexico” and “Best of Mexico” pack types leads to voluntary recall. HEINEKEN USA has announced a voluntary recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect

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BP Stations Running Out of Gas in New England

A fuel distributor with ties to Getty Marketing has been cutting back on deliveries over the past few weeks causing more than 200 BP gas station owners across New England to struggle to keep their doors open. Some have started to run out of gas altogether. All of the region’s BP stations have been affected,

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Team Oil Leaps into Foodservice

Team Oil Inc. yesterday completed a six-month construction addition to its flagship Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., opening the doors to expanded facility that includes a Subway franchise, enlarged deli area, new restrooms and a large dining area. Eric Huppert, president and general manager of Team Oil Inc, said the company will

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Red Eagle Oil Auction to Resume

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wyoming has approved Red Eagle Oil Inc. plan to sell off its retail assets. The company is offering its 15 convenience stores in Wyoming for sale individually, in groups or as a package. Under the bid procedures, parties have until May 2 to submit offers, court papers show. An auction

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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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C-Store Industry To Reach $856.5 Billion By 2014

New report shows c-stores have greatly benefited from the growth of the overall retail industry. Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “US Convenience Stores Forecast to 2014″ report to its offering. The U.S. convenience stores industry, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing sectors, presents lucrative investment opportunities for new players.

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Pizza Occasions Grow With Key Sales Drivers

Innovation, convenience and versatility can boost your pizza sales in 2012. A new report by Technomic shows pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41%) consumers polled say they’re now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26% just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as

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Battle Continues On Graphic Warning Labels

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on FDA graphic warnings for cigarettes. On April 10, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the FDA’s graphic cigarette health warning labels. On Feb. 28, 2012, Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon issued a decision that

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Missouri Supreme Court Denies Casey’s Processing Exemption

Exemption on utilities, machinery, equipment and materials used or consumed in manufacturing or processing, does not extend to the preparation of food for retail sale, the Court rules. The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a Casey’s General Stores convenience store and restaurant a partial sales tax exemption for electricity used to prepare food for sale.

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Gulf Oil Expands In Texas

Agreement with Houston’s Petroleum Wholesale LP seals 10 year partnership. Less that a year since announcing its return to its Texas roots, Gulf Oil announced today that it is boldly continuing its expansion in the Lone Star state through a partnership with Petroleum Wholesale LP. The agreement calls for an immediate re-branding of 50 service

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Illinois MotoMart Celebrates After Selling Winning Lottery Ticket

Nine c-store employees at the Red Bull, Ill. store will get a chunk of the winnings. A MotoMart convenience store in southern Illinois that sold one of three lottery tickets that won a share of the world-record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot is celebrating this week.  Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones presented the MotoMart convenience

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Study by NACS Points To Hidden Card Fees

Study shows as gas prices increased 80% between 2004 and 2011, card fees grew 180%. A new study by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called “Hidden Bank Fees Siphon Money from Customers and Merchants at the Pump,” shows drivers are paying 6-10 cents a gallon in hidden bank fees every time they purchase

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Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

As major shifts in the economy have created unparalleled effects on the labor market, CSD has partnered with Humetrics to help c-store operators benchmark their hiring practices and employee costs. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. In an ongoing effort to support the convenience store and petroleum industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities, Convenience Store Decisions and

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Co-Branding Positives and Pitfalls

As rising gas prices continue to shrink profits at the pumps, having a strong foodservice offering can drive customers into convenience stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. A growing number of retailers are choosing to go the brand name route, partnering with high profile quick-service chains or turnkey commissary-style suppliers. Convenience Store Decisions asked some

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WilcoHess Implements Workforce Management Solution

Kronos Inc. to help WilcoHess control costs and improve employee satisfaction. WilcoHess, an operator of more than 400 convenience stores, travel plazas, and restaurants in southeastern U.S., recently selected a comprehensive workforce management solution from Kronos Inc., to further enhance customer and employee satisfaction. “Kronos has proven that technology innovation can make business applications easy

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Enter CSD’s 2012 Extreme Makeover Contest: Foodservice Edition

Is your foodservice program ready for an extreme makeover? Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. But if you are committed

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