Kangaroo Express Stores in the Piedmont-Triad Get New Offerings

Participating stores to receive updated Bean Street Coffee offers, new fresh food items; month-long celebration includes $10K in donations to local schools. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced that 10 stores in the Piedmont-Triad area now feature new store offerings and upgraded appearances as part of the “New at the Roo” program, including

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Circle K Purchases PIX Stores

Publix Super Markets Inc. has announced its decision to sell PIX, the fuel/c-store concept it began testing in 2001. Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., will purchase 13 sites of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia, and Max Arnold & Sons LLC, a family-owned company

Corner Store Raises $47,000 For Flood-Impacted Communities

“We pride ourselves on being good neighbors to the communities we serve,” says CEO of CST Brands. Over the past few weeks, Corner Store has raised $47,000 for communities impacted by the devastating floods in Colorado. Contributions came from customers at 155 Colorado Corner Stores, Corner Store Team Members (employees) and a matching pledge from

NOCO Raises Over $12,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“This was the first time we held a month-long campaign at our Express stores,” says NOCO’s executive vice president. NOCO Express Stores, along with its customers and employees, gave generously to the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, donating $12,010 during a recent in-store campaign.  Throughout the month of September, customers could purchase

CITGO Offers Special Pricing On Fuel Dispensers

New program offers significant incentives to CITGO marketers and retailers. CITGO Marketers and Retailers can purchase Bennett Pacific Series dispensers, fully imaged with CITGO Centennial graphics, at an exclusive CITGO-negotiated price on all orders placed before Dec. 31, 2014. Additionally, special CITGO pricing is also available for Big Fueler Ultra High Flow Diesel dispensers and

Dollar General Introduces New Fueling Station

Major retailer embarks on fuel pump pilot project at Alabama store location. Dollar General has announced the introduction of its first fuel station, as part of a test pilot project. The new fuel pumps are located at the Dollar General Market in Hanceville, Ala. “Dollar General continues to innovate to provide convenience and value for

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Parker’s Opens Statesboro Convenience Store

“We’re thrilled to help lower gas prices in the area while giving back to area schools,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s celebrated the official grand opening of a new state-of-the-art location in Statesboro, Ga. last week. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen, Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce board chair Keely Fennell, and Bulloch County Commissioner Carolyn Ethridge helped cut

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7-Eleven Expands Wine Category for Fall

C-store giant introduces fine wines—most rated 90 points and priced for less than $20. 7-Eleven Inc. has added four high-demand A-listers to its lineup at its top wine-selling stores – “A” as in wines that have scored 89-90 points in oenophile publications like Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The ultra-premium varietals—La Crema Chardonnay, Louis Martini

Gulf Oil Supports Breast Cancer Research

Gulf sponsors regional “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraising walks throughout its 29-state service area. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., is bringing its national support for breast cancer research and awareness to new levels this year. 

Kroger Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Ellis takes over as president and COO as McMullen takes the helm as CEO. The Kroger Co. has announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its Board of Directors to elect Ellis to his new role

Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets

According to NRF Survey consumers are setting a modest budget for gifts while they wait to see how the U.S. economy fares the in coming months. Faced with continued economic uncertainty and used to doing more with less, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending

Flash Foods Implements New Fuel Inventory Management Software

Simmons ClearView gives quick ROI for Flash Foods. Flash Food has rolled out Simmons ClearView to 170 c-store locations. ClearView provides continuous fuel inventory management software and services designed to track every drop of fuel through the tanks at the site.  In addition to stopping fuel losses, the system provides the ability to accurately reconcile

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Unilever Donates One Million School Meals

Partners with The World Food Programme For World Food Day 2013. On World Food Day (Oct. 16), Unilever, through its Foods category and Food Solutions business, donated one million school meals through the Unilever Foundation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help end child hunger by improving the availability and nutritional quality

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Atlas Oil Announces New President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Evans to oversee day-to-day execution of the business in newly created role. Sam Simon, chairman and CEO of Atlas Oil Co., has announced the promotion of Michael Evans to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans was executive vice president, real estate and business development. With this move, Simon will

Susser Provides Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results Update

Earnings conference call set for Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report:     Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 3.4% for the third quarter and 3.3% for the first

Kangaroo Express Gallons for Good Program Raises $25K

BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny to the ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign for every gallon purchased with a fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry Inc. announced the results of the Gallons for Good program. To support the third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign, fuel partners BP, Marathon and

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Core-Mark to Webcast Presentation From Wells Fargo Forum

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 that it will Webcast its presentation from the Wells Fargo 2013 Convenience Store Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 beginning at 9:45 a.m. Eastern.  The live Webcast can be accessed at

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Marketing to Hispanic Customers

According to The NPD Group, Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to purchase groceries, dairy and bread from convenience stores than non-Hispanics. What are you doing to cater to this growing consumer base? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Marketing to Hispanics is just like marketing to any other ethnic group, which is what can

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Saving Energy Saves Money

Lighting accounts for 20-50% of electricity consumption, reported the Small Business Administration (SBA). And while green initiatives might cost more up front, retailers are finding that they can result in some impressive savings. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades, the SBA explained.

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Parker’s Hires Expert Tobacco Sales Leader

Mike Gancedo joins Parker’s as category manager. Parker’s recently hired tobacco sales leader Mike Gancedo as a category manager at Parker’s. In his new position, Gancedo is responsible for the sale of tobacco products at all Parker’s retail stores. Gancedo brings 20 years of retail experience to his position at Parker’s, including 13 years of

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Growing Your Car Wash Business

Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating car washes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Getting the most out of a car wash operation is no different than getting the most out of any profit center a convenience store offers to the public. It hinges on two

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Funding Your Business Expansion

The old adage “it takes money to make money” may prove especially true when you’re looking to expand your business. Understanding what sources you should consider for financing will give you a big heads up on your competition. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand

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Are You an Effective Leader?

For far too many of today’s convenience store executives, finding the time to unwind or take a family vacation is a difficult task. But not making the effort could have a negative impact on the business. By John Lofstock, Editor. Did you know 61% of employed Americans expect to have to do some work while

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Training Employees to Succeed

At first glance, one might think investing in employee training during economically challenging times would be counter-intuitive because it requires a significant monetary investment. The truth is training must be an ongoing priority in any retail business. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Building a sense of teamwork among store employees will make them more productive,

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Are You Creating a Culture of Exile?

Five warning signs that your employees may lack a vital sense of belonging in your corporate environment. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consider the power of belonging. Adolescents will change their speech, dress and behavior to fit in with their peer groups. Adults, too, gain much of their identity from the neighborhoods they live in, the

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