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Joe Sheetz Takes Charge

In addition to being named president of the family-owned convenience store chain, Sheetz was named vice chairman of the NACS Research Committee. By John Lofstock, Editor While all retailers maintain a busy work schedule, Joe Sheetz has had a whirlwind six months.  In October, Sheetz formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years

April 16 to be “Wawa Day” in the City of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, Wawa Inc. opened its very first store at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pa. In honor of this tremendous milestone, Wawa is kicking-off its 50th anniversary in retail with two in-store celebrations. The first takes place at Wawa’s very first store

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VERC Enterprises Joins Elite List

Makes Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family Owned Businesses List.” VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts” list. VERC Enterprises is listed as the 10th largest business on the list, which appeared in

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APCA Forms to Aid Independent C-Stores

“Our goal is nothing less than providing an excellent platform for our members,” says chairman of APCA.  The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA) has been formed to unite independent gasoline and convenience store owners, beginning with California and then expanding nationwide.    APCA aims to be a grass roots organization providing representation to

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Pump-n-Pantry Kicks Off Trout Fishing Season

CITGO retailer plans special promotions on opening day. CITGO Retailer Pump-n-Pantry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to thank loyal customers and to keep trout anglers coming back. On April 12, the opening day of trout fishing season, 17 Pump-n-Pantry locations in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, including four CITGO-branded stations, will offer

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Opportunities Abound at the Car Wash

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits, said Jim Callahan, director of marketing for Geo. H. Green Oil Co. in Atlanta. “To succeed with a car wash, you must be convinced that it is worth the effort. I

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Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise

Consumers in the winter-ravaged Northeast and Midwest are least optimistic about the economy compared to other regions. Consumer optimism remains steady in April, a period in which the ongoing spring transition to summer-blend fuel usually increases gas prices and reduces optimism. While gas prices increased nearly another dime over the past four weeks, 44% of

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Parker’s Promotes Susan Mondello To District Manager

Mondello began working at Parker’s in 2010. Parker’s recently promoted Susan Mondello to district manager. In her new position, Mondello will oversee all Statesboro, Metter and Lyons markets. She will be responsible for maintaining the Parker’s brand throughout these markets, and overseeing the daily operations. Mondello’s leadership will help make sure Parker’s is able to

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Eby-Brown Welcomes New Customer Merchandising Manager

Geno Kurlopnik promoted to customer merchandising manager after retirement of Eby veteran, Ralph Kallmann.   Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced the retirement of long time veteran, Ralph Kallman. Geno Kurlopnik will replace Kallmann as customer merchandising manger. Kurolapnik joined Eby-Brown in June of 2011.  He is currently responsible for managing Eby Brown’s Vendor Day Program

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Shell Awards Free Fuel For A Year

Customers share stories of how they save with the Fuel Rewards Network Program. Shell announced that Lauren Flauding from Parker, Colo. has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the How I FRN™ Contest and will receive a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline. The How I FRN contest invited consumers to submit

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The Pantry Announces New Chairman of the Board

Thomas Dickson succeeds Edwin Holman. The Pantry Inc. announced the Board of Directors of the company has elected Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former chairman and CEO of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors effective April 2, 2014. He replaces Edwin Holman who was chairman of the Board since September

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House Passes 40 Hours Work Week Legislation

Bill is expected to die in the Senate. The House of Representatives has passed a the “Save American Workers” Act that would change the Affordable Care Act definition of full-time employees to those who work at least 40 hours per week, rather than the 30-hour definition under the existing law, the Post Standard reported. The

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Details From SOI Summit’s Closing Day

Fuel forecasts, shopper research and the mobile age capture retailer attention on the last day of the NACS State of the Industry conference. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., concluded on April 3 after a number of sessions on the convenience store landscape ahead for

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SOI Summit Breaks Down Global Economics, Consumer Trends

 Climate, Vladimir Putin and the Federal Reserve pose the three greatest risks to the economy, notes the chief technical analyst for United-ICAP. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor and David Bennett, Senior Editor After a morning filled with plenty of numbers to chew and digest, attendees at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit at

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SOI Summit Reveals Trends, Numbers

Foodservice remains critical to convenience stores’ bottom line as the business structure changes to respond to consumer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor and Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. With the 2014 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit now underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers are taking

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Stripes Rewarded For Energy Efficiency

Received incentive from AEP Texas Commercial Solutions Program. Stripes Convenience Stores received an incentive check for $39,192 from AEP Texas’ Commercial Solutions Program for retrofitting, upgrading and improving its HVAC systems, Outdoor LED and LED lighting in its Texas-based Stripes Stores within the AEP Texas footprint. The no-cost Commercial Solutions Program provides technical and financial

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NOCO Employees Collect Items For Food Bank

“Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer,” says NOCO president. NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food

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NAG YEO Roundtable Kicks Off

Young executives in the c-store industry share insights and advice on overcoming the challenges of being a next generation leader. On Monday, April 1, Convenience Store Decisions hosted the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization Roundtable in Rosemont, Ill. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on

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NCASEF Partners With Swim Across America

“Swim Across America is a fantastic organization doing literally life-saving work to help those afflicted with cancer through research, prevention and treatment,” notes chairman of NCASEF. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has chosen Swim Across America (SAA) as its “Charity of Choice” for 2014. Every year, worthy charities like Swim Across

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ROO Cup Fans Unlock Extra Week of Refills

Fans can reserve—or rather “ROOserve”—the popular refillable cup online to start the ROO Cup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced that fans of its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents, can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their

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Gasoline Supply Slides while Demand Climbs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand, which refers to gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale market, topped the five-year average during the third week of March for just the third time this year, with apparent demand at 9.0 million bpd for the first time in 2014 reports the Energy Information

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

By Russel Trahan Throughout the business landscape, countless days and hours are spent on the hiring process—rifling through resumes, conducting phone and in-person interviews and vetting potential hires—and for good reason. Company payroll budgets only contain so much flexibility for new employees, and selecting the correct individual to fill an open position involves much more

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Stripes Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce that more than 580 Stripes Convenience Stores will be raising funds this month for needed pediatric equipment, treatments and recovery to benefit local sick and injured kids. Donations from the 14th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign

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FGX International, Eby-Brown Partner

FGX continues growth within the convenience channel of distribution. FGX International, an eyewear designer and marketer, has entered a distribution partnership with Eby-Brown, one of the largest distributors to convenience stores in the U.S., servicing more than 13,500 locations. This partnership expands FGX’s presence within the convenience channel of distribution. “This is an important area

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