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Motivating Today’s C-Store Employees

Recognizing your frontline staff, gaining their feedback and helping them see the meaning in their work is the key for fueling engagement. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The most important attribute a convenience store has to offer is its customer facing employees. Especially when touting a foodservice program, image is everything from store cleanliness to

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Susser Holdings Announces Departure of DeSutter

“He has been dedicated to helping us grow our business,” says Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. announced that Steve DeSutter is leaving the company, effective Feb. 28, 2014, to accept an opportunity to lead a significant company outside the convenience store industry. DeSutter currently serves as the president and CEO of Susser’s Retail segment.  That segment

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Ampm Customers Get Chance To Win Need For Speed Mobile Game

Customers who purchase specially-marked ampm 20-ounce coffees, 32-ounce fountain drinks or smoked sausages that feature a Need for Speed peel-off sticker have a chance to win. Customers of ampm who are fans of EA Mobile gaming can satisfy their need for beverages and a tasty snack with a chance to win a Need for Speed

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Parker’s Names Jim Evans Director of Operations

Parker’s recently named Jim Evans as the company’s director of operations. Evans will oversee daily operations for all 34 Parker’s stores, preparing the company for unprecedented growth. Most recently, Evans worked at Target, where he oversaw two stores during his tenure, leading a team of five executives and 140 team members. He received the MVP

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Rutter’s Enhances Mobile App With Lottery Offers

Now Rutter’s customers can get a free $3 Powerball ticket with Power Play with a purchase of a $5 instant ticket at Rutter’s. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., has enhanced its award-winning mobile app once again by providing users access to the day’s winning lottery numbers and exclusive lottery offers, the result of

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Gas Customers Evolve in How They Shop for Price

“Consumers are always thinking about gas prices,” notes NACS vice president of government relations. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy gas at a particular location, but how consumers shop for that price is shifting, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

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The 2014 Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions’ second annual look at the convenience store chains doing a superior job of connecting with their customers through social media. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Convenience Store Decisions, with help from Wildfire by Google, examined the nearly 60 convenience store and petroleum chains that are most active on social media, specifically examining

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CITGO and PAPCO Help Portsmouth Elementary School Fuel Education

“I am so impressed that CITGO and its locally-owned gas stations and distributors would undertake such an ambitious program to help support education,” says one teacher. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. presented Janay Washington, a third-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School, with $1,000 worth of school supplies as part of

7-Eleven Prepares For Super Bowl With Pizzas and Wings

C-store giant offering $5.55 large pizzas, and $10 pizza-and-wings deals. 7-Eleven Inc. is in the game to win a piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year—Super Bowl Sunday. The convenience retailer is offering pizza-loving sports fans and sports-loving pizza fans piping-hot, large Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55

Susser Completes Acquisition of Sac-N-Pac For $88 Million

Susser plans to initially operate all of the 47 stores under the Sac-N-Pac brand. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) announced the closing of their previously announced acquisition of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. The Sac-N-Pac chain includes 47

The Pantry Nominates Thomas Dickson For The Board of Directors

“Through his longstanding career at and leadership of Harris Teeter, Tad has a deep understanding of our industry and the region in which we operate,” says the Pantry’s chairman of the board. The Pantry Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has nominated a new independent director, Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former CEO of Harris Teeter

More Former Pilot Employees Plead Guilty To Rebate Fraud

A former director of sales, and a former regional sales manager are among the latest former Pilot Flying J employees to plead guilty. Three more former employees of Pilot Flying J pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that involved a scheme to cheat trucking companies out of fuel rebates, the Associate Press reported. This

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Climbs to Nearly Three Year High

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs entered the final week of January mixed from prior week even as the benchmark futures contract gained 4.0cts over the same time frame, although price pressure will continue to be exerted over retail gasoline prices amid seasonal weakness. The Energy Information Administration’s U.S. retail

Empire Petroleum Acquires 83 Distribution Contracts From King Fuels

“With the King assets, we now have the necessary foundation of business to allow us to continue to grow the market and increase our market presence over the next 12-18 months,” said Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 83 wholesale distribution contracts from King Fuels Inc., a Houston-based distributor that supplies

TravelCenters of America Opens First Montana Location

Missoula now home to TA-branded travel center. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Mont.

CST Brands Provides Preliminary Q4 Financial Results

CST Brands currently expects to report fourth quarter and full year 2013 results in early March. CST Brands Inc. provided an update to previous guidance related to its fourth quarter 2013 operating results. The company originally provided this information on its conference call to discuss its third quarter 2013 financial results on Monday, Nov. 4,

Speedway Supports Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Funds assist Complex Care Center, which provides 24/7 inpatient and outpatient management of children and teens with medically complex chronic diseases. Speedway LLC (Speedway) is again proving its commitment to helping the community and the future of child health through ongoing fundraising in support of Cincinnati Children’s. Cincinnati-area Speedway locations are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

ExxonMobil Launches New U.S. Retail Fuels Technology Platform

Provides station owners with operational improvements and the ability to introduce custom loyalty offers and price rollbacks. ExxonMobil is launching EM1, a new retail fuels technology platform in the U.S., that will not only significantly upgrade a retail site’s technology, but enable stations to provide motorists with exclusive discounts and offers to reward their loyal

Speedway Partners With PUGS

Sunglasses, smartphone chargers, ear buds, energy shots and pill supplement items to be available through PUGS at Speedway this month. Speedway LLC has partnered with PUGS Inc., a 28+ year national distributor of sunglasses, charging accessories for smartphones and smart devices, seasonal apparel, work gloves and other GM items. “We are deeply humble and extremely

Freedom Energy First To Offer E-15 Fuel In Ohio

Ohio marks 14th state with E15. American Freedom Energy is the first retailer in Ohio to offer E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and more retailers

A Partner with a Purpose

At a time when most Big Oil companies are exiting the retail business, Phillips 66 is stepping up with a host of new programs to help make its branded retailers more profitable. By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store and petroleum industry has transformed dramatically over the past decade, but no change has been as

The Pantry Considers, Rejects Director Nominations

“The Pantry’s Board of Directors and management team are committed to acting in the best interests of the Company and all stockholders,” the company says in a statement. The Pantry Inc. has confirmed that JCP Investment Management LLC, and Lone Star Value Management LLC (the dissident group) submitted to the company a notice of intent

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Fast Eddy’s Partners With OpenStore

“Fast Eddy’s is excited to partner with OpenStore to bring our customers a top-rated mobile app while revamping our Website at the same time,” says owner of Fast Eddy’s.   After receiving many awards from national trade magazines for its store designs and originality, Fast Eddy’s now turns to a brand new marketing strategy intended

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Impressive Growth

Convenience stores account for 34.3% of all retail outlets in the U.S., according to Nielsen. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 151,282 stores as of Dec.31, 2013, a 1.4% increase (2,062 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The link between fuels and convenience retailing continues to

Kum & Go Selects POP Program Management Services

GSP’s focus on sustainable business practices and minimizing the overall environmental impact of the various POP elements will help Kum & Go maintain environmentally-friendly convenience stores. Kum & Go has partnered with GSP, a retail service provider that will provide POP program management services as well as software management solutions for all Kum & Go

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