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Slovacek Celebrates New C-Store Opening

Grand opening event in West, Texas to feature “Santa Paws,” free samples, prizes and live Polka music. Slovacek’s is celebrating the grand opening of its newest convenience store location in West, Texas this Sunday, Dec. 8., beginning at 10 a.m.   The new site is located at 214 Melodie Dr. To celebrate the launch, the

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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Stores

New locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Parker’s recently celebrated the official grand opening two new state-of-the-art locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Area dignitaries helped cut the ribbon at the newest Parker’s stores on Dec. 2. The Metter store, located at 300 S.W. Broad Street, is the first Parker’s in Candler County.

Charity Oil Warms Hearts and Homes in New York and Pennsylvania

Local CITGO Marketer M. Spiegel & Sons Oil Corp. partners with organizations to “Fuel Good.” CITGO Marketer Robert Spiegel believes in giving back to his local community and in the great power of family. These personal beliefs combined with his family’s expertise in the petroleum industry led to the creation of Charity Oil, a non-profit

Weigel’s Gives Back

Annual Weigel’s Family Christmas event set for Dec. 7. Weigel’s Farm Stores, Inc., operator of 62 dairy and convenience stores, is hosting its annual Weigel’s Family Christmas to spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children in Knoxville, Tenn. The stores represent state of the art convenience retailing, offering pay-at-the-pump gasoline, competitive pricing and unconditionally guaranteed products.

Kangaroo Express Challenges Customers To Create ROOcipes

When buying ingredients for ROOcipes, customers can also find last minute stocking stuffers at their local Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express is challenging store guests to make festive holiday recipes—called ROOcipes—using candy, snacks and other treats found only at their neighborhood Kangaroo Express store. Inexpensive and fun to make, ROOcipes are a perfect holiday party host

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local students as year one fundraising target is set at $400,000.  Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a new program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes is beginning its first in-store fundraising campaign, inviting

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Ambitious college students have until Dec. 15 to apply. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its 11-state service area that less than two weeks remain to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. The Dec. 15, 2013 application deadline is right around the corner, and the convenience store retailer is

Couche-Tard Announces Q2 Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues were up 4.5% in the U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, including net earnings of $229.8 million, up 26.8%. Excluding the non-recurring items, net earnings would have been approximately $249.0 million compared with $171.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase

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BPI Seeks Nominations For Best Practice Awards

Innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who are positively impacting their organizations to be recognized.   Best Practice Institute is calling for nominations for its 2014 Best Practice Awards. Entries and nominations are being accepted for four honors: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner, Best Practice CEO, Best Practice Thought Leader and Best Practice Company Founder. Multiple winners

Pilot Flying J Settlement Approved

Settlement of $84.9 million to end class action lawsuit. A federal judge in Arkansas has approved an $84.9 million class action settlement of fraud claims against Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Online reported. The settlement breakdown: • $56.5 million to pay trucking companies the fuel rebates and discounts they were allegedly shorted •  $9.75 million in

Wawa Adds Lottery To New Jersey Stores

Celebrates grand opening of Jackson, N.J. location. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey store in Jackson, on Nov. 22,  and officially announced its statewide partnership with the New Jersey Lottery and the addition of offering lottery in all New Jersey Wawa stores. Located at 329 North County Line Road in

Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions Delivers

In wake of weekend storms, fuel is transported to mission-critical businesses. After the Midwest was rocked by a series of tornadoes and severe storms on Sunday, Nov. 17 that left an estimated 235,000 southeast Michigan homes and businesses without power, Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions (EFS) delivered more than 10,000 gallons of emergency fuel to

The Pantry To Host Q4 Conference Call

The Pantry Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m.

CST Brands To Ring Opening Bell

After listing its IPO on the NYSE earlier this year, CST is set to ring in Tuesday’s trading day.   Corner Store team members will be busy this holiday season building nine new stores, most of them slated to open in the first quarter of 2014. The new builds on tap follow a slate of

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Scroggins Receives Foodservice Editorial Council’s Top Award

John Scroggins’ contributions to IFEC and the field of foodservice communications are honored with the Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) has announced John Scroggins, vice president, Noble, as the recipient of the 2013 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The council’s highest honor, informally called the “Betty,” is presented annually

7-Eleven and Belly Launch Meal Donation Program in Chicago

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Belly members can redeem loyalty points at 7-Eleven stores to donate meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 7-Eleven Inc. and Belly have launched “Give a Little & Do Great,” a joint program running until Dec. 2 at all participating Chicago 7-Eleven store locations. The two companies will donate a meal

Study Shows Why Consumers Crave In-Store Shopping Experience

Millions of consumers will shop at physical stores this Black Friday. Despite the growing popularity of online shopping, millions of consumers will flock to the stores this Black Friday.  According to a recent study, these shoppers are not just in pursuit of the ultimate deal, but rather, the ultimate experience.  WD Partners, a customer experience

Corner Store Raises $2.4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

“At Corner Store, we love to be part of our communities and can’t think of a better cause than helping children and families going through a challenging illness or injury,” says CEO of CST Brands. Customers and team members at CST Brands Inc.’s Corner Stores raised a record-breaking $2.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,

RGCA Reveals Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey

Consumers embrace online and mobile options, but 78% plan to spend gift cards at brick and mortar retail locations. The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and to kick it off, the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) has released the results of the Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey that examines how consumers

Walgreens Debuts Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store in Evanston, Ill. will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground, Walgreens is celebrating the official opening of what is believed

Supermarket Guru Predicts 2014 Trends

Social shopping and healthy snacking ahead as Millennials shape consumer trends in the new year. Millennials, health-conscious shoppers and a shift in consumer palates set the stage for what’s to come in the food world this year according to Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. For 2014, Lempert, who works closely with ConAgra Foods Inc. and its

Pilot Flying J Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55-cent cups of coffee on the anniversary date. On Nov. 20, 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, marked its 55th anniversary. The Pilot journey began in 1958 when James A. “Jim” Haslam II opened the first Pilot in Gate City, Va., Pilot Store

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AWMA Announces Major Changes for Annual Convention

A redesigned Marketplace & Solutions Expo to greet attendees. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced a new redesigned format for The AWMA Show, the annual convention and exposition, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now known as the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo, the convention will

Parker’s Hires Veteran Chef As Director of Food Service

Steven Stempel joins the Parker’s team. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, recently hired veteran restaurant owner and accomplished chef Steven Stempel as director of food service. In his new position, Stempel is responsible for culinary creative, branding development and oversight of all food service for Parker’s. “Steve brings an insider’s knowledge of the restaurant

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Preparing for Industry Challenges

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip and the current NACS vice chairman and treasurer, shares his insights on the issues affecting convenience retailers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales

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