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NOCO Assists Buffalo Prep In Securing Grant

Buffalo Prep marks first academic enrichment program to gain a grant from ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program through NOCO. Buffalo Prep was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support math and science education initiatives.  Michael Newman, executive vice president of NOCO and Charles Freiden, territory manager for ExxonMobil worked with

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker, left, recently donated $4,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program.

Parker’s Presents $4,000 Check to Beaufort County Schools

Donation is part of Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $4,000 Fueling the Community check to Beaufort County Schools in Beaufort, S.C. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in South Carolina and Georgia, was officially presented at the Beaufort County Board of Education meeting on

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Rutter’s and Dr. Pepper Award $500 Scholarship

Local student gets help with school fees thanks to 2013 Tuition Giveaway. Rutter’s and Dr. Pepper awarded a $500 scholarship to loyal Rutter’s customer, Melissa Mazzur of Dallastown, Pa., as part of Dr. Pepper’s 2013 Tuition Giveaway. Mazzur will use the scholarship money for her daughter, Jessica, who plans to attend Saint Francis University next

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Take Restrooms from Good to Great

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By John Lofstock, Editor. A new national survey revealed that 63% of Americans have had a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities. That’s bad news for operators looking to grow foodservice sales.

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Baron-Huot Oil Calls it Quits on Retail

Illinois chain exits the c-store business after a rich 102-year history in retail with the sale of its 10 stores to Alimentation Couche-Tard. It will focus on its wholesale business. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. What started in 1911 with Elzie Huot selling kerosene from a horse and buggy and grew to a fourth-generation, 10-store

Pilot Flying J To Settle Lawsuit for $72 Million

Pending a fairness hearing, the settlement would draw to a close a lawsuit brought by 10 trucking companies alleging fuel rebate fraud. Pilot Flying J is expected to settle the ongoing federal class action lawsuit over alleged fuel rebate fraud for $72 million, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. On Nov. 25, 2013 a fairness healing

CITGO Marketers Support 8MBA

CITGO Petroleum, Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises help fund revitalization efforts for Eight Mile Corridor. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with local CITGO Marketers Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, came together to support the Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s (8MBA) ninth annual golf outing, held Sept. 20 at the Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia, Mich. The

RaceTrac Launches Crazy Good Coffee Celebration

All stores will offer free coffee the week of Nov. 10. RaceTrac has announced its Free Coffee Week from Nov. 10–16, 2013, as a way of saying thank you to all of its loyal guests. Guests at all of RaceTrac’s more than 365 stores will be welcomed with free coffee to enjoy all week, no

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Kwik Fill Rewards Sweepstakes Winners

Attractive prizes and an engaging event marketing plan fuels summer sales. It only took one impromptu entry in the 2013 Kwik Fill Free Ride Tour and Sweepstakes to land a Binghamton, N.Y. area couple the car of their dreams.  Jody and Leigh Iannone from Maine, N.Y. are among the latest winners in what continues to

CST Brands Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team coming together to help grow our company and bring value to our shareholders, says CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. “Our company delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth,” said Kim Bowers, chairman and CEO of CST Brands.

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker and Parker's mascot Chewy enjoyed spending time with students at Guyton Elementary. 

Parker’s Donates To Effingham County Schools

“We’re deeply committed to giving back to every community where Parker’s does business,” says CEO of Parker’s. Parker’s has presented a $3,000 Fueling the Community check to Effingham County Schools at Guyton Elementary School in Guyton, Ga. The unrestricted donation is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in Georgia and South

Core-Mark Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

“The second annual increase in our dividend reflects the company’s strong financial position and management’s assessment of the company’s future,” notes Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share, an increase of $0.03 per share.  The dividend is payable

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Dissecting the Initial Stages of the M&A Process

A checklist of tips and steps to ensure success for convenience store and petroleum marketers of all sizes. By Mark Radosevich. Sane business people from outside our industry would surely find the daily challenges of petroleum marketers unimaginable, bordering on total lunacy. Layered on top of generally low and inconsistent fuel margins are a litany

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Four Ways to Counter the Costs of Disaster

Why do so many businesses fail after disaster? The answer often lies in a failure to understand the true costs of the disaster. By Lucien Canton. Disasters are complex and there are many levels of concern that could affect a business. The most obvious is the physical damage produced by a storm or earthquake. One

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Keeping Your Star Employees

While it seems logical that chains would retain their best workers, here are the top 10 ways the c-store industry gets its best people to quit. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics. Now that job security is of prime importance to job seekers nationwide, the industry’s ability to weather this latest economic storm would be an

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RAMP Show Schools Retailers On Mobility

Retailers came together at the RAMP Show to discuss how they are incorporating mobile payments and loyalty and what the future holds in this new space.   The Retail Ramp (Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit) Show drew retailers from all channels to Chicago’s McCormick Place from Oct. 28-30, to share the latest trends,

TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New location in Pearsall, Texas offers numerous full-service professional driver amenities, including Wi-Fi, CAT weigh scale, and ATM, check cashing and TripPak services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-35, Exit 101 (110

Denmark Station Owners Mark 16 Years with CITGO

After more than a decade, couple to pass c-store business to nephews. Merle and Pat Kulhanek’s CITGO C-Mart station on State Highway 29 in Denmark, Wis., has been a local landmark for 16 years. Now, after more than a decade of owning and operating their business, the Kulhaneks have retired and passed the station to

Parker’s Raises $55,000 For Area Schools

Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament winners announced. The first annual Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 29 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised more than $55,000 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 128 players from across the region, including Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

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Tri Star Energy Announces Win Gas Weekly Contest

Customers have a new chance to win every week that they shop at Daily’s or Twice Daily convenience stores. Tri Star Energy, operator of 71 Daily’s  and Twice Daily convenient stores throughout Middle Tennessee has garnered 10,000 entries for a “Win Gas Weekly” contest. The contest kicked off on Sept. 9 and runs through Dec.

Five Ways Suppliers and Distributors Can Help Retailers with Hurricane Preparedness

By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly

Getty Realty Corp. To Report Q3 Financial Results

Getty Realty Corp. plans to release its preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 after the market closes on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Getty Realty Corp. will conduct an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-228-5281, or 1-913-312-1489

CITGO Retailer Wins Best Customer Service Honor

This WMDA award is a wonderful recognition, and we could not be more proud of achieving our mission,” says Murray’s CITGO spokesperson. Murray’s Tire & Auto CITGO station has been awarded the “Best Customer Service” honor at the annual Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association (WMDA) convention—held Sept. 28—in Ocean City, Md.

KSS Fuels Changing Name to Kalibrate Technologies

New name reflects broad scope of intelligence solutions for clients. KSS Fuels has announced that it is changing its name to Kalibrate Technologies to better reflect the broadened scope of the intelligence solutions it offers clients in the petroleum retail and convenience store industry. The company provides fuel pricing and retail network planning software and

Greg Parker Named Entrepreneur of the Year

President and CEO of Parker’s honored at 2013 Business Expo and Awards Banquet. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Parker was recognized at the 2013 Business Expo and Awards Banquet, held on Oct. 24 at the Savannah International Trade and

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