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GoMart Acquires Cool Spot

Stores in Coolsville and Tuppers Plains expand GoMart’s presence in Ohio. Cool Spot gasoline stations and convenience stores in Coolsville and Tuppers Plains, Ohio have been sold to GoMart for nearly $5 million, Athens Ohio Today Online reported. Records in Athens County Auditor’s Office noted that Bryan White sold the Cool Spot business—which includes a

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Tea Time at 7-Eleven

Retailer introduces fresh-brewed iced tea in 3,000 stores. 7-Eleven Inc. is brewing something fresh this summer to quench the thirst of Big Gulp fans. The convenience retailer is introducing fresh-brewed iced tea, available in either sweetened or unsweetened flavors, at more than 3,000 participating 7-Eleven stores. Stores where the fresh-brewed iced tea is available are

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O’Brien’s II General Store Offers “Freaky Friday” to Benefit Baseball Team

Local CITGO retailer is ‘Fueling Good’ for Portsmouth Little League.             Local Portsmouth, N.H. CITGO Retailer O’Brien’s II General Store and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are giving back to the local Portsmouth Little League with a “Freaky Friday” promotion. From June to September, five cents of every gallon of gas pumped at O’Brien’s II General Store

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Keurig and SUBWAY Announce Hot Beverage Partnership

Keurig brewers help SUBWAY franchisees simplify operations. Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and the SUBWAY restaurant chain have announced a partnership to bring Keurig’s single serve brewers to thousands of the restaurant brand’s North American locations. The Keurig K150 brewer expands the restaurants’ hot beverage options, providing freshly brewed coffee on demand. Currently, more than half

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VMR’s Brands Now In More Than 50,000 Retail Locations

Leading online electronic cigarette manufacturer grows globally in brick-and-mortar c-store locations. VMR Products has announced traditional retail growth into 50,000-plus locations worldwide. This achievement was made just one year after bringing the company’s flagship online brand V2 to convenience store locations. The milestone, which signals the fastest growth rate in the industry for a Web-first

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First Data Releases May 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

May consumer spending shows healthy year-over-year growth. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for May 1-30, 2014, compared to May 2-31, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four

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Analysts Weigh In On Casey’s Q4 Results

The company is unlikely to roll off its assets into an MLP structure anytime soon. Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal Q4 2014 results beat expectations. The convenience store chain reported diluted earnings per share of $0.59 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended April 30, 2014 compared to $0.60 for the same period a

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Kum & Go Headquarters Estimated To Cost $92 Million

Kum & Go is transferring its headquarters to downtown Des Moines. Kum & Go aims to move its headquarters from West Des Moines to downtown, and is applying for more than $8.5 million in state tax incentives to help finance the move, according to The Des Moines Register. A Des Moines City Council document show

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Ryko Acquiring National Carwash Solutions

Combined expertise strengthens comprehensive carwash program. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, is set to acquire National Carwash Solutions, L.P. (NCS), the largest independent carwash service organization in North America. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days. NCS, a respected and innovative service

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Quarles Welcomes U.S. Bank Voyager Network Cards

Some 125 unattended Mid-Atlantic fueling stations now accepting cards on U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network. Commercial fuel station operator Quarles Petroleum and U.S. Bank have reached an agreement that gives holders of the U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Card, or any of the bank’s Voyager Network fleet partners, access to 125 Quarles unattended card-lock stations in Virginia,

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Poultry Consumption Soars

With commodity prices of beef and other non-poultry proteins on the rise and consumers wanting healthful choices and variety, chicken continues to grow as a foodservice favorite among c-store operators and their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor 7-Eleven announced in April that it was beefing up its chicken offerings with the addition of lightly-

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Love’s Expands Its Offerings With Love’s Financial

Love’s now provides financial solutions for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers. Love’s newest service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring with Love’s gives

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CHS Welcomes Tweten

Darin Tweten brings more than 14 years of experience to his role with Cenex. Effective May 26, 2014 Darin Tweten joined CHS, an energy, grains and foods company, as part of the Retail Specialist program. This program supports its Cenex brand by successfully assisting store owners and operators in improving their operations’ financial performance. Tweten

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VP Racing Fuels Expands Financing Program

Program to assist gas stations, c-stores, and race fuel dealers fund conversion costs and equipment purchases. VP Racing Fuels has announced its partnership with Allied Brand Services LLC (ABS), a specialty finance platform to provide funding in support of imaging and conversion costs incurred by gas station and convenience store Dealers that partner with VP

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Customer Engagement Top Goal For Retailers

Within five years, 75% of retailers plan to identify customers when they walk in the store, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2014 CRM/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey. Unified Commerce is the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop. The

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GasMart Expands CITGO Brand

Adds 15 stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. New CITGO Marketer GasMart USA recently completed the conversion of 15 locally-owned gas stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to the CITGO brand. The Centennial image and fresh service options are now available for fuel and convenience store customers following a Grand Opening June 2-6. “We are

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Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years

“This innovation not only changed fueling, but the concept of self-serve that we know today,” says NACS spokesperson. Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling—and even retail as a whole— when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colo., to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service

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50 Years of Sun, Surfing and Slurpee Drinks

Smyrna 7-Eleven store celebrates half-century in business. When the first 7-Eleven store in New Smyrna Beach (NSB) opened June 1, 1964, bananas were nine cents a pound, ice cream was 69 cents a half-gallon, and the grand-opening specials included a six-pack of bottled beer for 89 cents. Franchisee Michelle Simpson invited NSB residents and tourists

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Dollar General To Open Stores in Three New States

Major retailer to expand to 43 states by adding presence in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. Dollar General has announced plans to expand its nationwide presence into three new states within the next year, increasing the company’s presence to 43 states across the country. The major discount retailer will begin construction on stores in Maine

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Rutter’s Responds To International Convenience Retailer of the Year Honor

“We’ve been very fortunate to be recognized by both our customers as well as our industry peers as the best not only locally in our central Pennsylvania marketplace, but also nationally and now internationally,” says Rutter’s CEO. A panel of industry experts, business leaders and trade publishers has chosen Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2014

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New Cenex Website Assists Travelers, C-Stores

The Website’s advanced routing capabilities help travelers better map their trip. An advanced routing tool, a community recognition program and weekly energy-related tips are some of the features of the new www.cenex.com, the energy brand website of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business. “The new Cenex

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Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser

Convenience store is first to offer hospital bracelets for $1 donation to support Children’s Miracle Network. Now through June 30, Corner Store employees are encouraging customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are during the chain’s 20th annual Miracle Balloon campaign. The icons will be available for a $1 or $5 donation, and all-new

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand

Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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Employing a Special Workforce

In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

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Rutter’s Honored As International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Alain Bouchard, president and CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year. The sixth annual International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence at the global level, were presented June 4, at a gala in conjunction with this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe. This year’s

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