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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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VPS Acquires 22 Appco Stores

Wilmington, N.C.-based VPS Convenience Store Group, has acquired 22 Appco locations in Bristols, Johnson City and Kingsport, TriCities.com reported. The stores have been closed for the past six months, due to bankruptcy of the former owners, but will re-open under the Scotchman brand in the next few weeks. “We are very excited to bring the

Huck’s Donates $288,000 to ‘Karing for Kids’

Huck’s Convenience Stores’ “Karing for Kids” fundraising program has donated $288,000 to help assist children in the local markets of its 107 stores, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. The program is now in its seventh year of providing funds to allow children to Christmas shop for themselves and their families. Huck’s stores, its corporate

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Wawa to Present Community Service Award

Now in its sixth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award is set to once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF). The goal of the Environmental Community Service award is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high

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Bid Deadline Set For Florida Panhandle Stores

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has announced that Feb. 15, 2011 has been set as the bid deadline for the previously-announced sale of up to 55 fee properties in the Florida Panhandle. Most of the properties are operating gas stations with convenience stores, including one closed site. Most of the operating stations are

Job Outlook Picks Up in 2011

Economists are raising their forecasts for employment growth in 2011, as various job readings are suggesting that the long-awaited hiring boom is arriving or is just around the corner, CNN reported. “It’s about time,” economist Robert Brusca of FAO Economics told CNN. This Friday, the monthly employment report from the Department of Labor, will give

GOP Pushing For Repeal of Healthcare Law

A repeal of the new U.S. healthcare law would add to already huge federal budget deficits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned on Thursday, Reuters reported. In a preliminary estimate of legislation being pushed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, the CBO said that repealing the law President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats

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Dollar General Enters Three New States

Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores in fiscal 2011 and create 6,000 new jobs in the process. The new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s existing 35-state operating area as well as three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. “Bringing our store model of convenience and value to

Matrix Closes Sale on Lehigh Gas Assets

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has successful closed on the sale of select retail assets of Lehigh Gas Corp., a petroleum marketer and convenience store operator in the Northeast. The assets, located in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, include both company-operated and dealer-operated stores. These sales are part of Lehigh’s ongoing efforts to rationalize

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Quick Chek Launches iLoveMyCoffee.com

Quick Chek, which operates 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has launched of its iLoveMyCoffee.com interactive microsite. A representation of Quick Chek’s extensive coffee bar offerings and exceptional fresh coffee guarantee, iLoveMyCoffee.com invites users to build-your-own coffee concoction between Jan. 3 and March 20 for a chance to win a

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Kangaroo Express Garners World Record

The Pantry Inc. partnered with Oak Grove Elementary in Cary, N.C. last month, to help students break a Guinness World Record for the “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” In all, more than 314,000 sport stackers participated in the Nov. 18 event across the globe. The Southeastern convenience store chain, with

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Six Things to Know Before Your Next C-Store Purchase

Acquiring convenience stores and gas stations can be a major investment in time and money. Before you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, Ken Watson, a financial services analyst with Cara & Associates in Atlanta, said there are six things retailers should focus on that should help make their investment worthwhile. 1) Financing.

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Driving New Business in a Competitive Market

Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating new convenience stores, but operators are urged to also focus on the impact of social media. Picking the right location for a new store can ensure business volume. Having the right appearance—or street appeal—may determine whether the majority of

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Building Beer Sales

Larger, single-serve packages are increasing in popularity as customers are trading  down to save money. While some Americans hit hard by the recession are drinking less but better, others are opting for cheaper brands, while still more are selecting single beers instead of packs and taking a long look at craft beers, which some see

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Attacking Shrink from All Angles

Loss prevention in retail is becoming a more challenging task as the economy stumbles along. In order to keep costs down it is important to put measures into place that will deter thieves. In a tough economy, every dollar counts. But loss prevention is often overlooked by convenience stores, even when following through on upholding

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Marketing and Social Media

In 2011, look for cause marketing to be a bigger trend. An expert panel at the U.S. Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) annual meeting revealed that the trend toward cause marketing is the next step in engaging customers and increasing loyalty. But it’s not enough just to pick a cause and throw together a promotion. Customers

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