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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Succession Planning for Family Business

For most family and closely held businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Everyone who has invested a great deal of time, money and energy into

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CST Brands’ CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up.  Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store

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School Children Thank Rutter’s For Donation

Children at York Country Day School in York, Pa. thanked Rutter’s Farm Stores for the company’s $10,000 donation. The school will use the money to award academic scholarships to eligible inner-city students through the Rutter’s Scholars program.

BP To Reward Customers With Ultimate College Football Experience

BP to participate in more than 40 college football tailgate events to help increase BP Driver Rewards registrations and build loyalty. BP Products North America has announced the launch of a series of ‘Fan Fest Tailgates’ from now through Nov. 30 at more than 40 college campuses across the country to support its Driver Rewards

Kum & Go Opens New Larger Store in Marion

New eco-friendly convenience store features fresh food prepared in on-site kitchen. Kum & Go will open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Oct. 11, in Marion, Iowa. This store, located at 3215 Seventh Ave., is twice the size of the store it replaces at 3370 Seventh Ave. The spacious new store is designed to

RaceTrac Selects Fifth Third Bank As ATM Provider

“We’re pleased to work with RaceTrac and to be their official ATM provider in Georgia and Florida,” says regional president of Florida and Mid-South regions for Fifth Third Bank. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has selected Fifth Third Bank to provide ATMs at 225 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. Installation of the new Fifth Third ATMs

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Clipper Petroleum Implementing Latest Gilbarco Retail Technology

 Reports increased transactions and sales. Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s portfolio of retail technology solutions is making a big impact across the Clipper Petroleum network. Clipper is the first retailer in the country to install Purchase@Pump, a new turnkey solution that increases in-store sales by adding the ability to purchase high-margin products and services directly from the pump.

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

New stats point to states with the worst tax codes. Wyoming, Florida, and Indiana rank among the ten best states for taxes on business, while companies in states like New York, New Jersey and California must struggle with the worst tax codes in the country, according to the newest edition of the Tax Foundation’s State

Rising Food Prices Impacting Grocery Choices

New study examines how consumers adjust grocery buying habits as food prices climb. Eighty-five percent of global consumers in an online survey say rising food prices will impact their choice of grocery products, according to a new study by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. “With the

Analysts Weigh In On MACS Acquisition

By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor David Bishop and Dick Meyer agree the MACS deal is a boost for Sunoco. Catterton Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm, announced last week that it completed the sale of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in Maryland and Virginia, to an affiliate of Sunoco Inc. Since the

Clark Brands Acquires The Crown Family of Brands

“The combination of the Clark and Crown brands will offer us the ability to grow in our respective markets and leverage our economies of scale for our customers,” says Clark’s chief operating officer. Clark Brands LLC and Crown Central LLC have announced the formation of a new company Clark Crown Brands LLC. This new company,

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NOCO Express Opens Getzville Convenience Store

Store includes Tim Hortons, Subway and on-the-go amenities. NOCO Express came full circle in its convenience store evolution as it celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1555 North French Road at Campbell Boulevard in Getzville, N.Y.  This is the location where the family-owned and locally-operated convenience store chain opened its

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Love’s Raises $2 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Employees raised a record amount for the 15th annual campaign benefiting sick and injured kids. Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening in New Jersey

New Lodi, N.J. store is the first ever Wawa to offer self-serve lottery in the state of New Jersey. Wawa Inc. has announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its newest northern New Jersey store, signifying Wawa’s first store in Bergen County, N.J. Throughout the North Jersey market, Wawa plans to have

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