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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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NATSO Elects 2011 Chairman

Robert Berkstresser succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the NATSO board of directors. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has named Robert Berkstresser, owner of Lee Hi Travel Plaza and White’s Travel Center, as its 2011-2012 chairman of the board. Berkstresser, who succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the board, has

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Mid-Atlantic Announces New Leadership Team

Five new members bring business experience that will be an asset the chain, says CEO. 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 five new members to its Leadership Team: Jim Summers, president and chief operating

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Speedway Raises $5.6 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Donation amount marks new fundraising record for Speedway. As a result of its 2010 fundraising campaign, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (Speedway) has donated $5.6 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. This represents a new record in giving for Speedway employees, customers and vendor partners. Additionally, 2010 marks

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Jewel-Osco Partners With AHA for Heart Month

Store activities in February support ‘Go Red For Women’ campaign. JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness and funds for the AHA’s “Go Red For Women” campaign against heart disease, the leading cause of death for American women. In February, which is also American

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Irving Oil Station Opens in Meriden, Conn.

As Irving Oil expands across the Northeast, it continues to seek partnerships with local retail operators. The recently opened a new Irving Oil service station at 978 Broad Street in Meriden, Conn., expanding the regional brand to the community. “We have always admired the Irving brand,” said Omar Hamideh. “We knew that if we ever

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Improving Business-For-Sale Conditions

The nation’s business brokers closed more business-for-sale transactions in 2010 than in 2009, according to BizBuySell.com The number of closed business-for-sale transactions in the U.S., as reported by business brokers, grew 3% in 2010, according to the recent BizBuySell.com Insight Report. “Spurred on by a strong showing in the fourth quarter, the business-for-sale market showed

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Nice N Easy Store Approved For Canton, N.Y.

New c-store plans to feature prepared foods and operate 24 hours per day. After an almost year-long battle, Valentine Stores has won approval via a 4-1 vote by the Village Board of Trustees to build a Nice N Easy c-store on a former Main Street Mobil lot in Canton, N.Y., the Daily Courier-Observer. At 5,500

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MotoMart Acquires Two QuikTrip Stores

“Those two stores no longer suited our long-term needs,” QuikTrip Spokesperson says. QuikTrip stores in O’Fallon, Ill., and Cahokia, Ill.,  are set to be converted to MotoMart gas stations and convenience stores, which are owned by Belleville, Ill.-based FKG Oil Co., the Belleville News-Democrat reported. QuikTrip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh told the Belleville News-Democrat that while

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Gulf Oil Rolls Out eFreeze Trivia Game

Customers who opt to receive email blasts gain chances to win gas cards and other prizes. Gulf Oil is reaching customers via email, by encouraging them to sign up to receive eBlasts and participate in its new eFreeze Trivia Game for chances to win prizes. Through its eBlasts, Gulf keeps customers updated on its latest

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Sunoco Reports Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

Sunoco “finished the year with $1.5 billion in cash, achieved growth in our retail and logistics businesses and improved the competitiveness of our refineries,” says CEO. Sunoco Inc. has reported its fourth quarter results for 2010, including net income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $87 million ($0.72 per share diluted) compared to the net income

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Shell Celebrates WINsday With Rewards

Shell Saver Card holders will gain cents off fuel when driver Kurt Busch wins a race. Shell is encouraging motorists to join its Shell Saver Card program with new offers rewarding customer loyalty. New cardholders will be rewarded for activating a card with savings of 10 cents per gallon on every grade of Shell Nitrogen

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Atlas Oil Offers Employees Enhanced Benefits

“At Atlas, we recognize that our team members are truly our greatest asset,” says CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has rolled out enhanced benefits to its employee base, which has grown to more than 400 in 2011. At a time when many companies are looking for ways to cut from its workforce—jobs, benefits, bonuses, etc.—Atlas Oil

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Wilson Farms Supports ‘Check Out Hunger’ Campaign

For the sixth year, Wilson Farms helps shoppers find an easy way to feed the hungry in their communities. Wilson Farms Inc. is once again teaming up with other local retailers to support the Food Banks of Western and Central New York in the annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign. All 188 Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and

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Thorntons Holds Job Fair

Thorntons is expanding its coffee program and is now filling new positions created by its coffee initiative. Thorntons is launching a new coffee program, company-wide, starting in the Louisville/Southern Indiana Market, and plans to add up to 160 new jobs over the next year to support its new coffee program. Thorntons will be accepting applications

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Casey’s Looks To Buy City Block In South Dakota

Planned site would include a sit down area for foodservice and a modern appearance. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has plans to purchase a long-vacant lot on East 10th in Sioux Falls, S.D., allowing it to develop a convenience store and gas station that could span an acre, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. Communication Service for

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BP to Divest ARCO Brand

BP says it plans to focus future downstream investment in the U.S. on further improving and upgrading its more advantaged refining and marketing networks in the country. BP is repositioning its refining and marketing (R&M) business in the U.S. and divesting two of its US refineries, in a move that will halve BP’s U.S. refining

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Atlas Oil Expands Sales Team

Atlas to focus on business development and emerging markets as it looks to expand its footprint. Atlas Oil Co. has expanded its sales team, adding five sales representatives to focus on business development and emerging markets. Bob Kenyon, executive vice president, sales and business development, announced the appointments of McKenzie Egender, regional sales team leader,

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The Customer is King

“The customer is always right.”  “Our customers come first.”  “We value our customers.” Blah, blah, blah… Sure we have all read retailer mission statements about how they value their customers, but how many truly take these words to heart?  For most companies, their mission statement and promise of “the best customer experience” is just words

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Chevron Shows Its Pricing Power

BP maintains second highest market share after Shell despite oil spill crisis. Chevron used 2010 to restructure, exiting states on the edge of its marketing area, but it nonetheless exhibited more pricing power than any other brand, according to a just release OPIS report. The OPIS Retail Year in Review & 2011 Profit Outlook found

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Love’s Announces 2011 Capital Expenditure Plans

Love’s plans to spend $230 million making enhancements to current locations and building new sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a national operator of travel centers and convenience stores based in Oklahoma City, has planned capital expenditures of $230 million for calendar year 2011. The majority of this amount, $180 million, is scheduled to

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Irving Oil Welcomes New Retailer To Its Team

“We are pleased to partner with family-owned businesses as we grow the Irving brand across Rhode Island and New England,” said Irving Oil spokesperson. An Irving filling station located at 1325 Wampanoag Trail in Riverside, R.I.,  has a new owner: Peter Vaserman, who recently renovated the location and plans to make additional upgrades in the

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