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QuikTrip, Wawa Rank As Consumers’ Favorite C-Stores

Market Force Study finds customer service and fresh food help drive new and repeat business. QuikTrip is North America’s favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide provider of customer intelligence solutions. More than 5,000 consumers were polled for the study, designed to uncover which convenience stores consumers prefer

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Stripes Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

In-store campaign “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” runs through Sept. 28. Stripes Convenience Stores and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have teamed to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Stripes Stores hosted seven “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign kick-offs and “Cancer Strike Through” events throughout its Texas markets. The events began on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas

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Wawa Opens 400th Fuel Store

New Frederick, Md. location marks another milestone for Wawa. Wawa Inc. announced the grand opening of its newest Frederick store, and 400th fuel store chain-wide, located at 5440 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md. The celebration will include fanfare, a special fuel-focused customer giveaway, a charitable hoagie building competition between members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department

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Excel Fuels Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Aggressive expansion of brand planned for Oklahoma. Excel Fuels, one of the largest independent petroleum distributors in Oklahoma, has partnered with VP Racing Fuels in its retail branding program. Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Excel plans to convert each of its 11 corporate-owned E-Express locations to the VP brand with 29 independent locations to follow. Each store

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Rutter’s Celebrates 60th Store Opening

One of the largest of the chain’s 60 stores, the new location measures 6,280-square-feet. Rutter’s marked the opening of its 60th store in Middletown with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and donations to three local charities. Rutter’s donated $1,000 to both The Middletown Area Blue and Gold Club and the Lower Dauphin High School Falcon Foundation, which

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Car Washes Can Clean Up

After committing to the upfront costs, convenience stores can wring regular profits from an automatic car wash operation. David Bennett, Senior Editor Gross revenues at convenience stores are affected by a multitude of market forces. Everything from constrained gas prices to tobacco taxes to bank fees can combine to impede cash streams. In fact, there

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Aloha Petroleum Considers Divestment

Strategic alternatives could include an asset sale or a joint venture. Aloha Petroleum Ltd., Hawaii’s largest independent gasoline station owners and one of the biggest convenience store operators in the Islands, is examining options for the future of its business. Aloha Petroleum has hired New York-based Macquarie Capital to review “strategic alternatives,” which could include selling

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Family Dollar Board Rejects Revised Proposal From Dollar General

Dollar Tree transaction expected to close as early as the end of November. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corp. on Sept. 2, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree contains a

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Rutter’s Top Among 100 Private Companies

Since 2005, Rutter’s has scored among the top 10. Rutter’s Farm Stores has earned the No. 3 rank on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2014 list of Top 100 Private Companies in central Pennsylvania. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s has been ranked in the top 10 every year since 2005, and also appears this year in the

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Corner Store Kicks Off Inaugural 5K Run

Family-friendly fun run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local children’s charities. Corner Store, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio, is introducing its inaugural signature charity event, a 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. The eight-city

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.

Protec Fuel to bring dozens of E15, E85 stations to metro areas. The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens two additional travel stops on I-10. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has opened two new travel stops. The travel stops Mossy Head, Fla., located at I-10, Exit 70, and Fort Stockton, Texas, I-10, Exit 261, opened for business on Aug. 28. The Mossy Head location features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 82 truck parking spaces

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Understanding Your Financing Options

By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand their businesses because of a fear of “over-extending” themselves? All too often this fear exists simply because the convenience store operation’s executives and managers are not aware of the tremendous number of financing options that are available to expanding

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MLPs: Sign of the Times

In the last 12 months, more convenience store chains are banking on the benefits of master licensing agreements to improve their position in a widely-fragmented industry. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Acquisitions have always played a strategic role in the convenience store industry. Take for example CST Brands Inc., which last month entered into an

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Cenex Tank Program Assists Retailers Offering E15

Covers a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for the purpose of offering E15. CHS, an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demand for an

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One Last Hurrah for Peak Driving Season in U.S.?

By Brian Milne, energy editor at Schneider Electric. Recently released reports suggest stronger gasoline consumption in the United States this summer compared with preliminary data from the federal government, although a falloff in year-on-year demand from late in the second quarter is still observed. Initial reaction to the new data suggests a more bullish view

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Target’s Q2 Results Show Struggles

Pre-tax data breach expenses totaled $111 million or 11 cents a share. It’s been a rough second quarter for Target Corp., which suffered a data breach in the fourth quarter of 2013. The big box giant reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents, a decrease of 20.6% from 98 cents per share

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

U.S. merchandise gross profit dollars increased 5%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three month period ending June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $32

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Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store

The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards

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The Hub Breaks Ground

New chain aims to be the premier c-store destination in the open expanse of North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor It is unprecedented that Convenience Store Decisions would select a Chain to Watch that hasn’t finished constructing its first location, but The Hub Convenience Stores, which is set to open its first travel center

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Rattlers Poised For Growth

The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting its own grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With 11 locations in Texas, Rattlers Convenience Stores, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size. It’s just one sign the growing chain

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Zarco Debuts Innovative Pump Service

Zarco USA gains sales from fuel customers with touchscreen ordering that allows patrons to order their favorite foods while filing up their tanks. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, president of Lawrence, Kan.-based Zarco USA this past May rolled out touchscreen ordering at the pump at one of his nine convenience stores, with plans

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Distribution Models That Deliver

A self-distribution model can cut out the middle man and help your chain save on costs, but is a big capital investment. Partnering with a good distribution provider can be the right course of action, but only if the arrangement brings value to your operation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Candy, tobacco, drinks, food and

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Managing Loss Prevention

Shrink comes in all shapes and sizes, but knowing how to identify and remedy these occurrences can enable c-stores to turn losses into gains. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When a convenience store is humming along efficiently, the signs are unmistakable: The coffee is fresh and flowing. People are enjoying prompt foodservice offerings. Motorists are

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