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Rutter’s Launches #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

Four lucky customers will win free gas for a year. Registered Rutter’s Rewards customers across central Pennsylvania are just a scan away from free gas for a whole year, and over a thousand other valuable prizes, with the start of the Rutter’s Rewards #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. Four prizes of a year of free gas will be

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Greg Parker Speaks At Small Business Awards Luncheon

Offers entrepreneurship tips that have aided the dynamic growth of The Parker Cos. Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, was the keynote speaker at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards Luncheon held Wed., May 21, 2014 at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Parker’s, headquartered

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Speedway Acquires Hess

Positions Speedway as one of the largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in the U.S. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has announced that its subsidiary, Speedway LLC, has signed a definitive agreement with Hess Corp. to acquire Hess Retail Holdings LLC. This transaction incorporates all of Hess’ retail locations, transport operations and shipper history on various

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Circle K Raises More Than $1.3 Million for CMN

Three-week campaign benefits 30 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees asked customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are this spring, raising a total of $1,357,138.59 in donations for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This

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Independent C-Stores Gain CareerBuilder To Reduce Turnover

Convenience Store Alliance helps independent operators win and retain high-quality employees. In its ongoing effort to help independents compete with large chain stores, Convenience Store Alliance (CSA) has announced the addition of CareerBuilder, the nation’s largest online job site, to its arsenal of vendor programs. With employee labor as the largest c-store operating cost, CSA

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Gulf Oil Raises Over $100,000 For Breast Cancer Research

Inaugural “Swing for Hope” Golf Tournament benefits American Cancer Society. Gulf Oil LP announced that the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation’s inaugural Swing for Hope Golf Charitable Tournament has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research and awareness. The event was held on Monday, May 19 as part of Gulf’s 2014 Brand Meeting and Trade Show,

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Hallum Fuel Distributors Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Increases growth potential for VP in Southwest U.S. VP Racing Fuels announced the newest partner in its retail brand program—Hallum Fuel Distributing. Providing distribution services in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, including company-owned and operated c-stores, Hallum represents significant expansion potential for VP’s program in the southwest U.S. “Hallum Fuel Distributing is excited

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CST Divesting 117 Properties in Sealed Bid Sale

Bid deadline set for June 17. CST Brands LLC, parent company of Corner Store convenience stores,  is selling 117 properties located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming by sealed bid sale. CST has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale of the

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Core-Mark Announces Two-for-One Stock Split

“We continue to have confidence in the company’s strong financial position and believe additional liquidity is in the best interest of our shareholders,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that its Board of Directors

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Sunhouse Petroleum Selects inOvationTV Media Program

Innovative technology creates opportunities to engage consumers. Sunhouse Petroleum LLC recently installed the inOvationTV media platform in Greensboro, N.C. “The oil industry is constantly evolving and at an increasingly rapid rate,” stated Shri Kamma, president, Sunhouse Petroleum LLC. “Technology creates so many new opportunities to engage with our customers. The inOvationTV media program is an

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Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co.’s Chapter 11 Plan Confirmed

Confirmation paves the way for the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co. (CBW), one of the top 15 largest convenience store distributors in the country, announced that its Chapter 11 Plan of reorganization has been confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cooper-Booth Wholesale is now moving

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Higher Wholesale Gasoline Costs Working Through Supply Chain

Domestically, crude production reached a 28-year high. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The decline in U.S. retail gasoline prices through early May is set to reverse ahead of Memorial Day, frequently referenced as the start to the summer driving season and, indeed, expectations call for robust travel during the holiday weekend. The

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Bazco Oil Co. Celebrates New CITGO Location

Raises money for breast cancer awareness at station grand opening. Local CITGO Marketer Bazco Oil Co. celebrated the grand opening of its newest CITGO location in Dearborn, Mich., by raising money for breast cancer awareness and research. To celebrate, the company offered discounts of 20 cents per gallon on gasoline and, on May 3, 10

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Love’s Travel Stop Reopens in Oklahoma City

Love’s family members and employees welcome the new store four years after the previous location was destroyed by a tornado. Love’s celebrates the reopening of its travelstop in east Oklahoma City on I-40 at Exit 166, on Thursday, May 15. The previous site was destroyed by a tornado in May 2010. Four years later, Love’s

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Americans Are Primed for Travel This Summer

In Midwest, one in three customers plan to spend more money this summer. Americans plan to put the severe winter weather in their rearview mirrors and travel more frequently this summer, according to the results of a consumer survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). One in four consumers (25%) say that

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Goetz Energy Corp., CITGO Petroleum Partner With Buffalo Bisons

Introduce CITGO Fueling Good Wednesdays. Local CITGO Marketer Goetz Energy Corp., on behalf of its CITGO dealers and CITGO Petroleum Corp., have teamed up with the Buffalo Bisons to give back to baseball fans, CITGO customers and charitable organizations in the western New York community with “CITGO Fueling Good Wednesdays.” At every remaining Wednesday home

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NATSO Applauds Senate Transportation Legislation

“We thank the committee for setting us on a solid path forward,” says NATSO president and CEO. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, commended the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for putting forth a pragmatic, long-term plan for funding highway infrastructure. “We applaud Senator Barbara Boxer and the Senate

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Disaster Preparedness Spares Business Losses

From power outages to natural disasters, stores with a disaster preparation plan, including generators to keep the lights on and the fuel flowing, fare much better than those who are unprepared. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor At Dion’s Quik Marts in south Florida, May marks the beginning of annual hurricane preparation month, where all 12

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Weighing Financial Services

Whether it’s check cashing or the latest mobile wallet technology, providing customers with useful financial offerings can help your bottom line. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Cash makes up nearly 29% of U.S. consumer transactions per year, or about $1.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Among those transactions last year were a lot of

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Aligning Loyalty Programs

There’s a simplified approach to loyalty that offers a good fit for today’s convenience customer. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Retail loyalty programs take various forms, ranging from the simple paper punch card to sophisticated shopper cards linked to purchases. While technology has evolved over the years, customer loyalty strategies continue to focus on engaging,

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BP Introduces ‘To Go’ Convenience Store Makeover Kit

Designed to enhance the consumer site experience. BP has announced the launch of its new ‘to go’ retail image, a flexible image offer that allows BP branded marketers to upgrade their convenience stores with an attractive, new look inside and out. Available starting this month, the BP ‘to go’ image is one more tool that

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Rutter’s Annual Golf Outing Funds Local Charities

Since its beginning in 2002 the golf outing has raised more than $1.25 million. Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised over $115,000 to benefit local children at its 12th annual charity golf outing. Since its beginning in 2002, the two-day outing has raised over $1.25 million for children’s charities in Central Pennsylvania.  The York Hospital, The Boy

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Nielsen Announces 2014 U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Award Winners

New products fill unmet consumer needs while demonstrating that game-changing innovation is possible in any category. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has announced the U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Winners for 2014: Angry Orchard Hard Cider, The Boston Beer Co. Barcel Takis, Barcel USA Bud Light Lime Ritas,

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Six Flags Entertainment and Impact Confections Partner

Debuting WARHEADS candy on digital kiosks and through in-park experiential program. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the world’s largest regional theme park company, and Impact Confections Inc. announced a summer program with WARHEADS candy at participating Six Flags Theme Parks in the U.S. The centerpiece of the program is the launch of a custom WARHEADS application

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First Data Releases April SpendTrend Analysis

Easter shift, warmer weather pushed consumer spending up in April. First Data Corp., the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for April 1-30, 2014, compared to April 2, 2013 through May 1, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop

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