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Clyde’s Market Boosts its Retail Footprint

The Georgia chain is updating its chicken program, testing a smaller format barbeque restaurant and rolling out a larger convenience store size. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News&Online As part of its ongoing effort to satisfy today’s on-the-go customers, Clyde’s Market with 43 convenience stores in Georgia, is applying lessons from its Rusty Pig barbeque restaurant

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Understanding What Your Customers Want

By John Lofstock, Editor Shoppers come to convenience stores to get their needs met. But if retailers don’t fully understand what shoppers want, efforts to capture more of their business will probably miss the mark. In these tough economic times, where c-stores are already facing stiff competition,  it is critical that c-store operators have a

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Kum & Go Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site for first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consumer fundraising, is

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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The Pantry Fights Back

Urges stockholders to support value-enhancing changes.  The Pantry Inc. sent the following letter to stockholders in response to arguments made by the dissident stockholder group led by JCP Investment Management LLC in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Dear Fellow Stockholder, At The Pantry’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014,

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Rutter’s Adds Crab Cake Sliders to Menu

Soft pretzel bites are also new on the snack menu. Just in time for the Lenten season, Rutter’s Farm Stores has added another seafood option to the menu, crab cake sliders. The Maryland-style crab cakes are fried to perfection and can be ordered in quantities of 1, 3, 6 or 12. Rutter’s Rewards of up

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General Mills Study Identifies How C-stores Can Better Connect

“Using digital channels to connect with convenience store shoppers can help build loyalty and drive traffic,” notes consumer insights manager at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. Shoppers actively use digital media to seek out information from retailers, yet convenience stores lag behind competing channels in digital connections. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Georgia Oil

Deal marks second acquisition since January for Empire. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 59 dealer supply agreements and certain real estate and leasehold assets from Georgia Oil Holdings. The acquisition further solidifies Empire’s presence in the Southeastern United States and in the Atlanta market in particular. Additionally, the transaction expands Empire’s existing

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Core-Mark Announces Record Annual Sales of $9.7 Billion

Fourth quarter non-cigarette sales growth over 18%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.  “We had a very good year in 2013. Our core strategies are

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Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Partner

“We both have the ambition to expand in the U.S. market and the Royal Agio portfolio compliments the Drew Estate brand portfolio perfectly,” says CEO of Royal Agio Cigars. Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1, 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell and distribute

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The Pantry Responds To Dissident Group Assertions

The company says that erroneous information was published by Glass Lewis and Dissident Group. The Pantry Inc. has responded to a report issued by Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC (“Glass Lewis”) on Feb. 27, 2014 in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014, as well as to a press

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Speedway Donates Over $60 Million To Children’s Miracle Network

Fundraising for the Charity totaled $7.6 Million in 2013. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC (Speedway) contributed $7,663,759 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, boosting the company’s total fundraising to more than $60 million since 1991. Donations in 2013 were up 18% over the previous year and benefitted 20

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Bill Aims to “Protect Children” From E-Cigarettes

Those in favor of the bill call e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to smoking cigarettes. Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that aims to ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to

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Duchess Shoppes To Partner With Red Cross In March

“Everyday Heroes” invites customer contributions. Englefield Oil Co.’s Duchess Shoppes, a full-service convenience store chain, is inviting customers to honor Everyday Heroes with a donation to the American Red Cross this March. Beginning Saturday, March 1, customers will be able to purchase a Red Cross icon for $1 at any of the chain’s 123 stores

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U.S. Companies Miss The Mark On Needs Of Aging Customers

Some 25% of survey respondents can’t find products geared towards their special nutritional needs, Nielsen report finds. Nielsen’s latest study, which looks at the aging consumer, found that companies completely miss the mark when it comes to engaging and catering to the needs of aging consumers. This disconnect could mean the loss of a huge

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Greencore Group Acquires Lettieri’s

“Both the Lettieri’s acquisition and the capital investment into Jacksonville deepen our manufacturing capability,” says Greencore CEO. Greencore Group plc has acquired Lettieri’s LLC. Lettieri’s is a manufacturer of food to go products for the U.S. convenience store channel. It operates from a modern, purpose-built facility in Shakopee, Minn. and employs approximately 130 staff members.

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Rezzcard And InComm Partnership Allows Rent Pay At Retail

Cashtie API enables property management companies to offer cash payment option to tenants. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that Rezzcard, a New Jersey-based rent payments and mobile communications company focused on serving the needs of tenants and families in affordable housing communities, is integrating Cashtie into their payment system. The Cashtie

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Wawa And Sheetz Support Commissioning of USS Somerset

Free box lunches will feature popular items from each company’s menu. Wawa Inc. and Sheetz, two of country’s finest convenience store retailers, are teaming up to provide more than 5,000 lunches to attendees at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Somerset in Philadelphia on March 1. “This is an enormous enterprise that would not be

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Online Calculator Shows Instant Fountain Savings

Convenience Store Alliance now offers complete fountain package to help independent retailers save money. Phillips 66’s branded retailer buying program, Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), released an online calculator that shows savings potential on CSA’s Fountain Freedom program, a package offering independent operators chain store pricing on soda fountain syrup, carbonation solutions, equipment and financing. While

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Quik-E Foods Partners With March Networks

March Networks Solution helps Quik-E Foods reduce shrink. Quik-E Foods of Lynchburg, Va. is upgrading to March Networks’ next-generation retail solution for enhanced security and loss prevention. March Networks is a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions. The March Networks solution integrates high-quality video, audio and transaction data to combat point-of-sale (POS) fraud and

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Delek US Holdings Reports Financial Results

Ten new large-format stores were opened during 2013, including four during the fourth quarter.   Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2013. For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, Delek US reported a

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States Consider Tobacco Age Increases

Utah and Colorado join the list of states seeking to up the smoking age to 21. Utah and Colorado, both of which have some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates, are considering proposals that would raise the tobacco age to 21 in their states, ABC News reported. Both states voted in favor of the proposals

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Parker’s Presents $2,000 Check to Bryan County Schools

Fueling the Community Program assists local schools. Parker’s recently presented a $2,000 Fueling the Community check to Bryan County Schools in Richmond Hill, Ga. The unrestricted donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in Georgia and South Carolina, was officially presented at Richmond Hill Elementary School on Feb. 24.

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