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MACS Announces Dan Pastor as New CEO

“It is an exciting time to become a part of a company on such a trajectory of growth, including acceleration through strategic acquisitions and organic retail innovations,” says new MACS CEO. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has appointed Dan Pastor as CEO to fill the position previously held by Steven Uphoff, who has transitioned from his

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UNC Wins $20K Donation from Kangaroo Express

UNC beats NC State and Duke to benefit student-led UNC Build a Block program in Battle for Bean Street contest. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., officially announced the University of North Carolina as its Battle for Bean Street Champion, scoring the $20,000 grand prize donation

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Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Partner for Kids

Five-week fundraiser across three states aims to help send kids with chronic medial conditions to Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction for a once in a lifetime camping experience. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., is partnering with Coca-Cola for a third consecutive year to send children to

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Connecting With Your Customers

Loyalty and Facebook are changing the way convenience store retailers are communicating with today’s consumers. By Greg Ehrlich, Contributing Editor. Smaller convenience store chains with limited resources often sit on the sidelines waiting to see how their larger counterparts embrace new technologies. They wait to see whether the new initiatives make it past a pilot

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Wawa Contributes $50,000 to Japan Relief Fund

“Wawa’s donation will help alleviate a lot of suffering,” says American Red Cross spokesperson. Wawa Inc. is making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund to help support Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disasters. “Our hearts go out to those in Japan during this difficult time. Wawa has always had

deep Introduces New VP, Creative Director

Dan Stewart to lead creative efforts for deep clients. deep, a Marlin Network Agency, welcomes Dan Stewart who has joined the company as vice president, creative director effective March 1, 2011. Stewart is now responsible for creative input and leadership for all deep clients, including Otis Spunkmeyer, ConAgra Foods –Lamb Weston, Nestlé Professional (Stouffers, Lean

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Scholarships Available To Women in Food and Retail Studies

“The generous scholarships NEW awards to deserving students have been instrumental in attracting the best and brightest women into the CPG and food retail industry,” says NEW Scholarship Chair. The Network of Executive Women Consumer Products and Retail is accepting applications for its annual merit scholarships awarded to outstanding women students in food, retail and

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Giant Eagle Receives ADA Chairman’s Citation Award

“It gives me great pride to recognize Giant Eagle for their support of our STOP DIABETES Movement and the support they provide to the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus markets,” says ADA CEO. Giant Eagle, a food and fuel retailer, has received the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) prestigious Chairman’s Citation Award. Giant Eagle is the second

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Quick Chek Named One Of The Best Places To Work

“Quick Chek’s true mission and core values revolve around operating as an outstanding place to work,” says vp of human resources. Quick Chek, which operates more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the southern New York metro area, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for

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L.E. Belcher Stores Support MDA

“This year, we more than tripled the money raised over last year’s holiday drive,” says director of retail operations. It may be nearly spring, but L.E. Belcher stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts are still basking in a well-deserved holiday glow. Over the course of five weeks in November and December, L.E. Belcher store locations decked

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PS Food Mart Fights Hunger

The second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign invites customers to buy paper hearts to support local food banks. Thirty PS Food Mart stores across Michigan and Ohio are joining together to launch the second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign to raise money for local food banks. Between March 18 and April 3, customers

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Walgreens Aids Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan

“We’re doing what we can to help the Red Cross reach those who need it most,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreens is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week. The company also plans to match employee donations up to $100,000. “Our employees have

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Technology Driving Cash Management

Retailers are using smart safes and strict corporate policies to protect store employees against robbery attempts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While theft attempts are inevitable for convenience stores, especially those operating 24 hours, losing  hard-earned cash shouldn’t have to be. Since retail safes were introduced and combined with smarter money-handling practices, store owners have

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Driving Business with Branding

As competition increases from drug stores, fast-food restaurants and coffeehouse, communicating a clear branding strategy is timely and vital. The forecourt is more important than ever, especially as gas prices are rising at a fast clip. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to market through the forecourt, so retailers must use every strategy to drive store

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Performance Reviews: All Pain, No Gain

Few activities in the workplace polarize like employee reviews. Some see them as subjective, one-sided and something companies should eliminate entirely. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. I despise performance reviews. In my 30-plus years of running a business, speaking and consulting, I’ve found that my personal distaste for performance reviews is shared by so many

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Mace Security Sells Texas Car Wash

“We are pleased to announce this sale in our continued progress in exiting the car wash business,” says Mace CEO. Horsham, Pa.-based Mace Security International Inc. has sold a full-service car wash facility and convenience store located in Lubbock, Texas. With the sale of its Lubbock location, the corporation currently has two remaining car washes

Delek US Holdings Reports Q4 and 2010 Results

“As we look to the year ahead, we remain focused on the expansion of our retail footprint through new store construction,” says CEO. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, has released the financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2010. “During 2010,

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Fresh & Easy Enters Bay Area

“Today marks another significant step for our business and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Fresh & Easy CEO. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason was joined on March 2 by San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, civic and neighborhood leaders and hundreds of customers to celebrate the opening of Fresh & Easy’s

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Wilson Farms’ Launches Fifth Annual Paper Balloon Campaign

Proceeds from $1 paper balloon purchases to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Buffalo, N.Y. –based Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food Stores is once again launching its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo beginning Wednesday, March 9. Customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper

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Thorntons Kicks Off Basketball Bracket Challenge

March Madness is here, and basketball fans can enter Thorntons free online sweepstakes beginning Sunday, March 13 for a chance to win free gas for a year. Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever ‘Basketball Bracket Challenge’ sweepstakes where customers can score big time by winning free gasoline for one year. Sweeps players fill in the

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BP’s ampm Teams With Big West Basketball Tournament

“What could be more fitting for a brand that delivers ‘Too much good stuff’ than a tie-in program with college basketball’s most exciting time of the year,” says ampm president. As title sponsor of the 2011 Big West Tournament, BP’s ampm convenience store brand is focused on ensuring that students, alumni and fans of Big

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Hunt Brothers Rewards Nashville Predator Fans

Hockey promotion trades free pizza for ticket stubs. Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Nashville Predators are offering an exclusive pizza promotion to Nashville Predators fans. As the Official Pizza of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Hunt Brothers Pizza is encouraging hockey fans to redeem their ticket stubs at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza store locations

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Spinx Plans New $3 million Store

“We’re trying to get at least two new stores built before the end of the year,” says Spinx construction superintendent. Spinx Co. plans to construct an estimated $3 million convenience store in Greer, S.C., featuring energy efficient technology and space for future commercial development, Greenville Online reported. The site is planned for 1467 S. State

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Managing Word-of-Mouth About Your Brand

One-fourth of U.S. consumers admit they’re more likely to tell others about a bad experience than a good one. Consumers have sounded a clear warning to brands in COLLOQUY’s latest research into the word-of-mouth (WOM) sharing practices of U.S. households: Bad news travels fast. Of 3,295 U.S. consumers surveyed by COLLOQUY, a provider of loyalty

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Casey’s Reports Q3 Results

Q3 earnings were impacted by compressed margins due to a competitive cigarette environment, rising commodity costs and increased operating expenses related to store openings. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported $0.34 in basic earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Jan. 31, 2011, compared to $0.34 for the same quarter a

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