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Gulf Oil Expands At Record Speed

Gulf Oil moves into 12 states and rebrands 400 stations in one year since announcing its national expansion. Marking the one year anniversary of acquiring the full national rights to the Gulf Oil brand from Chevron Corp., Gulf Oil, LP has achieved several significant milestones in its cross-country expansion. During this time, Gulf Oil has

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Study: Dirty Store Repels Shoppers

Some 99% of U.S. adults say poor cleanliness negatively impacts their perception of a retail store. A recent Cintas Corp. telephone survey conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older revealed what experiences negatively impact a customer’s perception of a retail store. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. adults reported that

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Jacksons Food Stores Fight Domestic Violence

CEO John Jackson matches Idaho contributions for a donation of $39,000. Efforts to combat domestic violence in Idaho have once again benefited this holiday season from the generosity of Jacksons Food Stores and its customers. Jacksons Food Stores, which operates 200 stores in four western states, and the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence launched its

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Fresh & Easy Announces New Stores

New locations are expected to provide 275 jobs; hiring is already underway. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced the opening dates for several of its first stores in Northern California, set to open beginning in March. These store openings are expected to create more than 275 jobs throughout Northern California. Fresh & Easy is

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Tedeschi Secures Low-Cost Electricity

New 36-month power contracts are netting more than $400,000 in savings for 157 Massachusetts stores. Tedeschi Food Shops has successfully secured new electricity contracts for 157 of its stores in Massachusetts, with help from World Energy Solutions Inc., an energy management services firm. Through a series of competitive auctions run on the World Energy Exchange,

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A Culture of Convenience

Superior service, loyal employees and an upscale retail offering define the Thorntons brand. [callout title=At a Glance:  Thorntons Inc.] Thorntons was founded in 1971 by James Thornton in Louisville, Ky. His son, Matt Thornton, was named president and CEO of the 165-store chain in 2001, while James remains chairman of the family business. Headquarters: Louisville,

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Starbucks Debuts Mobile Payments

The Starbucks Card Mobile App now offers customers with BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch the fastest way to pay at nearly 6,800 U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores. Starbucks has announced the launch of mobile payments in all of its U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smartphones. Building on the

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Mirabito Raises $10,000 For Area Hospices

Some 55 New York-based c-stores sell “Hugs for Hospice” in December. The convenience store division of the Mirabito Family of Companies, which owns and operates more than 55 Quickway Food Stores, Mirabito and Convenience Express locations throughout central New York, is donating more than $10,000 to local Hospice organizations as a result of its “Hugs

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Sheetz Selects HighJump

Warehouse Management System (WMS) to streamline c-store replenishment and reduce IT costs. Sheetz has selected the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) to streamline its supply chain operations that replenishment to retail locations. Sheetz began the search for a new warehouse management system as part of an initiative to lower IT costs and reduce business risk

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Gulf Oil Returns To Nashville

Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil is returning to Nashville, Tenn., for the first time in 25 years, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Gulf Oil has partnered with Nashville-based Tri Star Energy to rebrand 21 area gas stations. The stores are being co-branded, maintaining Tri Star’s Daily’s brand. Eleven sites are already complete. The rebranding is expected

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Pilot Travel Center Shopper Wins Pemmican Sweepstakes

Marfood’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky has awarded its first $1,000 Giveaway winner. Elizabeth Pyle of San Antonio, Texas purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky from her local Pilot Travel Center store just before the Holiday Season of 2010 and entered the Pemmican $1,000 Giveaway. To her surprise just before Christmas, she became the first winner of

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RNCOS Predicts C-store Outlook

The total in-stores sales in the U.S. convenience store market are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 4% during 2010-2013, according to RNCOS, which specializes in industry intelligence and creative solutions for contemporary business segments. According RNCOS’ report “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013”, in-store sales constituted more

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Kum & Go Buys Two JC’s Corner Stores

Kum & Go has signed a deal to acquire two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa by the end of January, the Des Moines Register reported. The West Des Moines-based convenience store chain plans to renovate and rebrand the newly acquired stores—located at the corner of 35th Street and E.P. True Parkway in West Des

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QuikTrip Enters Spartanburg, S.C.

Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain QuikTrip is planning to enter South Carolina with a new store at 489 W. Main St., positioning itself for a major entrance into South Carolina, The Spartanburg, S.C. Herald-Journal reported. The 5,000-square-foot Spartanburg store will be one of the first QuikTrips in the state when it opens in late 2011.

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Scott Petroleum Acquires Bostick Brothers Co.

Scott Petroleum has acquired Bostick Brothers, effective on Jan. 1, Stamfordadvocate.com reported. Both are Mississippi companies founded between the 1920’s and 1930’s. “Bostick Brothers was in business for 81 years,” Xan Robertson, grandson of founder Xan Bostick, was quoted as saying. “It was just a good time to sell.” While details of the transaction were not released, the

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Thorntons Named Top Place To Work in Louisville

Thorntons Inc. has been ranked as one of the top workplaces in Louisville for 2010 in a survey conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. Thorntons employs 625 people at 44 Kentuckiana store locations, with over 2000 team members companywide throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. “It’s a great honor for Thorntons to be named

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Getty Acquires 59 Properties

Getty Realty Corp. has completed the acquisition of 59 Mobil branded gasoline station and convenience store properties located in and around northern suburbs of New York City (including Westchester and Rockland Counties) and the lower Hudson Valley, funding a total investment of $111,300,000. The 59 properties were acquired in a simultaneous transaction among ExxonMobil, CPD

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Susser Estimates Q4 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the fourth quarter of 2010 of approximately 7.3% year-over-year and an increase in retail average per-store-per-week fuel volumes of 4.3%. Fourth quarter merchandise margin is expected to be in a range of 33.7-34%, and retail fuel margin is expected to be 14.7 cents to

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CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

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Kangaroo Express Looks To Boost Troop Morale

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is helping connect U.S. military personnel based overseas to their family and friends at home as part of the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, a 10-day event that brings legendary Indy racing stars to U.S. military bases in Europe, the Middle East and an aircraft carrier at sea. Departing from New

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Forecasting Cash Usage in the U.S.

Consumers’ use of cash is expected to decline by a total of 17%, or 4% per year, between 2010 and 2015, dropping to slightly more than $1 trillion, according to a new report from Aite Group that sizes and forecasts U.S. consumers’ use of cash. The report draws upon two surveys conducted by Aite Group

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ADD Systems Appoints New President

Bruce Carl Bott has been appointed  president of ADD Systems. “For several years now, I have been gradually shifting responsibilities to Bruce Jr. and others in anticipation of this change,” said ADD Systems CEO / Owner Bruce Alan Bott. “So while a change in presidency is significant and momentous, we fully expect a smooth transition.

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Sunoco Expands in New Jersey

Sunoco Inc. has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. to begin operating the nine fuel stations at service plazas along the Garden State Parkway, one of the most heavily traveled roads in the nation. The new six-year agreement begins January 2011 and runs through December 2016. Sunoco

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7-Eleven Expands in Manhattan

7-Eleven’s c-store franchise is taking New York by storm, with plans to operate some 100 stores in Manhattan by the year 2015, the International Business Times reported. At present 7-Eleven operates a mere 10 locations in Manhattan and expects to reach 15-20 locations over the next two years, before soaring to the 100 mark. “We

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma Pledges $1 million To CHF

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma (which has no connection with the international company with the same name) presented Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) with a $1 million pledge that will help to transform the health of Oklahoma’s Children by funding pediatric research, clinical care and education. The donation marks another significant donation toward the Oklahoma campaign for

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