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The Numbers Don’t Lie

When analyzing sales performance and employees, retailers must set their personal feelings aside and study the data they have on hand. By Jim Callahan When it comes to understanding convenience store profitability, I have always relied on analyzing and digesting all of the data I can get my hands on. After all, the numbers don’t

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C-Stores Face New SNAP Mandates

New federal rules could force some retailers to abandon the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program altogether. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The recently enacted Federal Farm Bill is requiring new “depth of stock” mandates for convenience stores involved in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps. With the Farm Bill

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Jiffy Mini Marts Passes the Torch

Karen Shroyer now helms the c-store business she grew up learning.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After more than 35 years in the c-store business, Jim and Pat Fash, owners and founders of Jiffy Mini Marts Inc. retired in 2011, passing ownership of the family business down to their daughter Karen Shroyer, a member

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Joe Sheetz Takes Charge

In addition to being named president of the family-owned convenience store chain, Sheetz was named vice chairman of the NACS Research Committee. By John Lofstock, Editor While all retailers maintain a busy work schedule, Joe Sheetz has had a whirlwind six months.  In October, Sheetz formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for

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Understanding Your Workforce

When we finally come out on the other end of these economic doldrums, we’ll find—as in downturns past—that it will not be the big businesses that devour the small or even the fast who outdistance the slow. No, it will be the focused and flexible that outmaneuver and outlast the unfocused and inflexible. While the

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Premium E-Liquid

As part of the new business endeavor between Republic Tobacco and Johnson Creek Enterprises, Republic has introduced the new REAL Ultra Premium e-Liquid line. Made in the USA from U.S.-sourced ingredients, the manufacturing process is ISO 9001 Certified. The robust flavor of our American, Turkish, and Virginia Blends all provide a palate pleasing vapor experience

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years

April 16 to be “Wawa Day” in the City of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, Wawa Inc. opened its very first store at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pa. In honor of this tremendous milestone, Wawa is kicking-off its 50th anniversary in retail with two in-store celebrations. The first takes place at Wawa’s very first store

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VERC Enterprises Joins Elite List

Makes Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family Owned Businesses List.” VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts” list. VERC Enterprises is listed as the 10th largest business on the list, which appeared in

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APCA Forms to Aid Independent C-Stores

“Our goal is nothing less than providing an excellent platform for our members,” says chairman of APCA.  The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA) has been formed to unite independent gasoline and convenience store owners, beginning with California and then expanding nationwide.    APCA aims to be a grass roots organization providing representation to

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Pump-n-Pantry Kicks Off Trout Fishing Season

CITGO retailer plans special promotions on opening day. CITGO Retailer Pump-n-Pantry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to thank loyal customers and to keep trout anglers coming back. On April 12, the opening day of trout fishing season, 17 Pump-n-Pantry locations in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, including four CITGO-branded stations, will offer

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Florida Retailers Fight Alcohol Separation Law

Senate Regulated Industries Committee to hear SB 804 on April 10. A coalition of retailers is supporting a measure to repeal Florida’s outdated and inconvenient separation law, which restricts consumer access to alcoholic beverages by requiring liquor to be sold in a location separate from groceries and other goods.  Florida has yet to modernize the

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Opportunities Abound at the Car Wash

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits, said Jim Callahan, director of marketing for Geo. H. Green Oil Co. in Atlanta. “To succeed with a car wash, you must be convinced that it is worth the effort. I

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Kwik Chek & McCraw Oil Co. Choose PriceAdvantage

Kwik Chek stores to manage fuel pricing more efficiently with automation. McCraw Oil / Kwik Chek has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their Kwik Chek company operated stores and dealer stores throughout Texas. Kevin Smartt, CEO of Kwik Chek and Bill Wilson, president of McCraw Oil, were looking for

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VERC Enterprises Names New Manager of East Acton Location

Tamara Gorman takes on new position, after working her way up from associate position. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has announced that Tamara Gorman of Ayer, Mass. has been named Manager of the VERC East Acton Mobil, located at 44 Great Road. Gorman

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Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise

Consumers in the winter-ravaged Northeast and Midwest are least optimistic about the economy compared to other regions. Consumer optimism remains steady in April, a period in which the ongoing spring transition to summer-blend fuel usually increases gas prices and reduces optimism. While gas prices increased nearly another dime over the past four weeks, 44% of

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Del Monte Joins CIW Fair Food Program

The agreement reaffirms Del Monte’s commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (“CIW”) Fair Food Program.  As Del Monte joins the CIW, it joins many of the U.S.’ largest retailers and restaurants who participate in

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Feed Inner Strength

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has announced the release of STRONG & KIND, the brand’s first-ever savory snack line and a movement aimed at changing the way people view strength and kindness. STRONG & KIND helps feed people’s inner strength with 10 grams of natural protein (soy-and-whey free) from ingredients you can see & pronounce, including

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Reusable Food Pouches

Squeez’Ems reusable pouches has announced the release of two new trendy designs for its popular eco-friendly food pouches.  The new Orange Flower and Chevron designs are both functional and stylish as well as an easy way for families to enjoy healthy, organic foods on-the-go.  And, by being reusable, they reduce waste and allow parents to

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Frozen Yogurt Swirling Made Easy

Donper America has introduced a customer-exclusive Android Application that focuses solely on improving training and support for soft serve machine operators. This easy-to-use app includes step-by-step instructions, videos, troubleshooting guides, and much more that will help to continue educating frozen yogurt store operators on their equipment. Ongoing training is something that is currently lacking within the

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Natural Energy Bar

Tantus Tobacco has introduced individually-wrapped Coffee Thins, which offer the convenience of coffee in a bar. The 100% Natural Energy bar is the proud winner of the Candy Industry’s 2012 Buyer’s Choice Award. Coffee Thins are available in three flavors: Americano, Espresso and Latte, in 72-count assorted counter displays, 15- pack displays, and three-bar pack

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Lighter Display

Kretek International Inc. has announced DjEEP’s new 24-count lighter tray display. The new compact unit uses less than one-fourth of a square foot of counter space, and each disposable tray can deliver more than $24 of retail profit. The unique DjEEP shape and design offers instant visibility and around $1 profit per lighter.  The trays

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Bite-Sized Rice Krispies Treats

To satisfy on-the-go consumers’ cravings for variety and unique tastes when they snack, Kellogg’s adds Rice Krispies Treats Crackle Snaps to its top selling line up.  These bite-sized puffed rice crisps are blasted with marshmallow flavor and drizzled with rich fudge or creamy caramel to create two distinctive experiences. With this twist, consumers have a

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Touchscreen Coffee Brewing System

FETCO has introduced the Extractor Touchscreen Series Coffee Brewing Systems. Simplify daily operations with the inviting new touchscreen that is intuitive and simple to navigate during setup, programming and brewing modes. Customize the screen to display individual recipe names for quick and easy access to your most popular coffee blends. The Extractor Touchscreen Series is

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More Upside for Gasoline Prices, But Top Nearing

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The national average price for regular grade gasoline increased for eight weeks straight through Mar. 31 according to the Energy Information Administration, reaching a nearly seven-month high at $3.579 gallon, and there’s more upside to go. With limited exception, wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across

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Parker’s Promotes Susan Mondello To District Manager

Mondello began working at Parker’s in 2010. Parker’s recently promoted Susan Mondello to district manager. In her new position, Mondello will oversee all Statesboro, Metter and Lyons markets. She will be responsible for maintaining the Parker’s brand throughout these markets, and overseeing the daily operations. Mondello’s leadership will help make sure Parker’s is able to

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