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Hutchens Petroleum Launches Tanker Truck Advertising

Images on tanker trucks promote “Fueling Your Life” and supporting the community. Fuel supplier Hutchens Petroleum has launched a new advertising campaign prominently displayed on its fleet of tanker trucks. The tankers are brightly wrapped with images of Hutchens Petroleum fueling the life of local communities from southern Virginia to the Piedmont Triangle of North

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MACS Announces Additions to Leadership Team

“Our business model and growth plans have enabled us to attract the very best talent in the c-store industry,” says MACS president. Richmond, Va.-based  Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has added three new members to its Leadership

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Effectively Managing the Supply Chain

Pressure to reduce costs means that wholesalers and distributors need to work with convenience store retailers to trim the fat from the industry’s distribution infrastructure. by, John Lofstock, Editor Cutting supply chain costs remains a challenge for convenience store chains large and small—one that, sooner or later, they must confront. Dealing with primary wholesalers, multiple

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Fresh & Easy Breaks Ground in South LA

Fresh & Easy aims to provide greater food access and healthier options to the communities where it operates, vice president says. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market broke ground on a new commercial office and retail center on the corner of Crenshaw & Jefferson Boulevards in South Los Angeles earlier this month. The 45,000-square-foot West Angeles

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Scoring Sales with Superior Sanitation

While a tidy restroom is crucial, c-store cleanliness starts with a well-kept forecourt, a quality store design and a dedicated staff that understands your expectations. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Think your c-store and restrooms are clean enough? You might want to triple check your sanitation standards, especially if your chain is pushing foodservice. According

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Quick Chek Opens New Monroe, N.Y., Store

A grand opening celebration is planned for March 7, when local representatives are expected to gather for a ribbon cutting. Quick Chek, with more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the New York metro area, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Monroe, N.Y. During the store’s first 13

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Golden Pantry Extends Partnership With Outsite Networks

Golden Rewards program allows customers to earn and redeem points at any Golden Pantry Food Store. Golden Pantry Food Stores Inc. of Bogart, Ga., has reached a multi-year extension with Outsite Networks to provide its Gold Plus Rewards program at all Gold Pantry locations. Golden Pantry Food Stores offers the loyalty program at 45 convenience

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees

“(We’re) looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team,” says Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts aims to increase its franchise locations in the U.S., and this week announced it is looking for franchisees in Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Eau Claire. Dunkin’

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Catering To An Older Demographic

C-stores would be wise not to overlook the older generation as an important target customer, especially those in the 50+ category who have grandchildren. The Nielsen Co. has reported new research/survey results, examining the sizeable and growing grandparent target audience, which c-store retailers should not overlook. —Currently there are nearly 70 million grandparents in the

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Kroger,USO Honor Service Members

In time for USO’s 7oth anniversary lifting the morale of American troops, Kroger launches a fundraising campaign and donates $400,000 to the effort. The Kroger Co. and the USO are expanding their partnership with a new campaign to support men and women in the armed forces and their families. As part of the Daytona 500

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Kroger Mourns Death of Executive Vice President

Donald Becker leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what’s right for customers and associates, says CEO. Donald Becker, executive vice president of The Kroger Co., has passed away unexpectedly  in Cincinnati after suffering an aneurysm. He was 62 years old. “We are deeply saddened to lose Don, our dear friend and

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7-Eleven Acquires Illinois Tollway Oases Sites

“This acquisition gives our brand great visibility in Chicagoland,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven is taking over the remaining 17 years of a lease agreement for  ExxonMobil outlets located on seven Oases sites along the Illinois Tollway. The new agreement with 7-Eleven Inc. of Dallas includes maintenance and operations responsibilities for Mobil fuel stations at the

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Casey’s Acquires 11 Stores From NuWay

The acquisition “strengthens our existing market presence in southern Minnesota,” says Casey’s president and CEO. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 11 convenience stores from NuWay Cooperative of Trimont, Minn. All of the stores are located in Minnesota operating under the NuMart banner and will be immediately

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NOCO Donates $8,835 To Food Bank

For every dollar NOCO raised, the Food Bank was able to provide seven pounds of food for the hungry. To help fight hunger in Western New York, NOCO Express Stores recently donated $8,835 to the Food Bank of Western New York. NOCO donated ten cents from the sale of every cup of Nickel City Roast

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David Yale Joins Just Born

Yale’s “spectrum of experience will be invaluable to Just Born’s long-standing history of continued growth,” says Co-CEO. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS, HOT TAMALES, MIKE AND IKE and PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies, welcomes David Yale, who has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. In this role, Yale is expected to work

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Chandler Oil Gets an Upscale Facelift

David Miller renovates his flagship Chevron store in 45 days. He is expecting a 20% sales lift from his investment. When David Miller, president of Chandler Oil Chevron, decided to remodel his 3,000–square-foot Chandler, Ariz., store last year, he knew it was crucial to his customers, as well as to his business, that he keep

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Rutter’s To Award 1,000 Prizes Monthly

In addition to cents-off-per-gallon savings, Rutter’s customers gain sweepstakes entry by using their rewards card. Rutter’s customers have saved money on millions of gallons of gasoline using the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty program. Now Rutter’s Rewards has introduced the latest way to earn benefits with the “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes,” which will award more than

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Kum & Go Acquires Two JC’s Corner Stores

Renovated stores reopen Sat., Feb. 12, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. Kum & Go has acquired two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa, which were renovated and reopened on Feb. 12, under the Kum & Go brand. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause noted that it was extremely important to Kum &

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NAG Scholarship Enrollment is Open

As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits and relationships. This group meets once a year to share best business practices, operational improvements and revenue-generating

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Rite Aid Raises $4.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

In 2010, $1 paper Miracle Balloons were sold in Rite Aid stores nationally, with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Drugstore chain Rite Aid has raised $4.9 million in 2010 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised by Rite Aid funds life-saving medical care, research, education and outreach programs at 117 Children’s Miracle

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Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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The Pantry Reports Losses

The Pantry rolls out a new coffee program, more fresh food options and a new look for stores to help offset lower profit margins on fuel. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced a loss of $12.2 million, or 54 cents per share, in its first quarter ended Dec. 30, the News and Observer reported. Last

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Sheetz Enters Star City, W.Va.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” the Star City Mayor says of the new c-store. Sheetz Inc. has the all-clear from the city council of Star City, W.Va., to move forward with plans to build a new Sheetz convenience store on the corner of Monongahela Boulevard and Boyers Avenue—less than a quarter of

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“Casey’s Madness” Social Media Campaign Debuts

Digital marketing promotion aims to boost online community for the Midwestern c-store chain. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Store has launched “Casey’s Madness,” a social marketing campaign focused on growing the brand’s online presence by engaging customers through social media channels. The campaign is a competitive contest built around creative user generated content submitted through social networks

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Consumer Credit Confidence Bounces Back

First Data’s SpendTrend analysis shows transaction growth on credit cards hit a 13-month high in January. First Data Corp., a global provider in electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of January 2011 compared to January 2010. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit,

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