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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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JEWEL-OSCO President Retiring

Brian Huff is scheduled to take on the position of president effective Feb. 7. JEWEL-OSCO, a SUPERVALU INC.-owned company, has announced that Keith Nielsen, JEWEL-OSCO president, is retiring, effective at the end of the fiscal year (Feb. 28, 2011). “I am very proud of the work we’ve accomplished at JEWEL-OSCO during my tenure as president,

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Bosselman Boss Shops Opens Six New Shops

New sites include five former Q Fix Truck Service locations. The Bosselman Family of Companies and Bosselman Boss Shops are opening six new Boss Shop locations: five former Q Fix Truck Service Shops with locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana, and a former Flying J Shop location in Smithton, Pa. The Q Fix organization offers

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7-Eleven Makes List of Top Military Friendly Employers

Military veteran’s franchise program earns 7-Eleven recognition. 7-Eleven Inc. has been named one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, a list published annually by G.I. Jobs magazine.  7-Eleven was the only food retailer included and, among all retailers on the list, ranked third. “The company prides itself on a diverse work force and its

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees in Chicago

Dunkin’ Donuts expands, offering single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in Chicago and seeking new franchise agreements in the city. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Sam Patel for two restaurants in Chicago.  The first restaurant opened in December 2010 at the University

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Pacific Convenience & Fuels Locations For Sale

Some 94 retail petroleum properties in 13 states are available to buyers interested in purchasing some or all of the assets. Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC has selected real estate services and investment firm Grubb & Ellis Co.’s Petroleum Services Group to market 94 retail petroleum assets located across 13 states. The Petroleum Services Group

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Planning the Convenience Store of Tomorrow

Business changes and competitive landscapes are shifting faster now than at any time in history. The rate of change has accelerated due to the ubiquity of the Internet, the availability of low cost-high speed computers and, most recently, the proliferation of smart phones and the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The

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Honey Farms Launches Web-Based Training

Teaming with Ready Training Inc. and Targeted Solutions, Honey Farms to use new E-Learning curriculum to train employees. Honey Farms has launched a new partnership to bring on-line training services to its employees. The company is working with Ready Training Inc. (RTO), a full-service on-line training company, and Targeted Solutions, a convenience petroleum consulting company,

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Mid-Atlantic Selects PR Group

Jeff Dezen Public Relations to provide guidance on communications, assist with event planning. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has selected Jeff Dezen Public Relations (JDPR) to be the company’s PR consulting group. “The strategic insights of the professionals at JDPR already are demonstrating value

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Chevron Donates $1 Million To Grameen America

Funding assists with the opening of innovative microlender’s first West Coast branch. In an effort to support broad-based economic development in California, Chevron Corp. has committed $1 million to Grameen America, an innovative microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. The funds are intended to support the launch of Grameen America’s first

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Sheetz Featured at Sundance Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock’s New Movie, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, puts Sheetz in the spotlight. Sheetz Inc. made its international film debut Saturday in Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a parody of how corporate sponsorship, product placement and advertising are proliferating nearly every aspect of life in America. Sheetz  was one of 15 companies

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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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