Alon Launches Fall Fundraiser To Benefit USO

Stores to offer free coffee and Big Gulp drinks for all veterans and activity duty service members on Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Alon Brands, the Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels and largest 7-Eleven licensee in North America, announced the launch of its fall fundraising campaign for the United Service Organization (USO). Throughout

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Bolla Conquers the Big Apple

In a market that has traditionally been difficult for c-stores, Bolla Oil is thriving with an upscale new store design, a strong foodservice program and an impressive real estate portfolio. By John Lofstock, Editor. Surviving in New York’s cutthroat retail environment is difficult. But for Harry Singh (pictured above), failing to succeed was never an

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Enmark Names Carroll Director of Real Estate

Enmark Stations Inc. has announced that Doug Carroll has joined the company as director of real estate. In his new role, Carroll manages the company’s real estate strategy, including site selection and acquisition of Enmark-owned real estate, and oversees the existing real estate portfolio, disposition and re-position of surplus property. Carroll has held various roles

SFATA Members And Policy Makers Talk E-Cigarettes

“Our very first Washington, DC ‘fly-in’ was a strong success for all who attended,” says executive director of SFATA. Representatives of 24 electronic cigarette manufacturers, distributors, and retailers traveled to the nation’s capital Nov. 4-5 to take part in The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)  “Day on the Hill” to advocate for the booming

Corner Store Salutes Military With Free Beverage on Veterans Day

“Our Team Members have strong relationships with our customers and are excited to honor those who have served our country and community,” says CEO of CST Brands. In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Corner Stores across the U.S. are saluting military members and veterans by giving away any size Cibolo Mountain coffee or

Sunoco Gives Away Eight Years’ Worth of Free Gas

New York’s Lisa Chapman wins Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000.” Sunoco has announced that Lisa Chapman of Jordan, N.Y., is the winner of its 2013 Free Fuel 5000 promotion. Chapman won 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco fuel as the grand-prize recipient. The loyal Sunoco customer certainly did her part to earn the prize. Working in the

Susser Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

Reports 8.8% increase in gallons sold and 10 new Stripes stores. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP), a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, reported financial and operating results for its 2013 third quarter, representing the three months ended Sept. 30, 2013. Net income for the quarter was $9.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted unit.  Adjusted EBITDA

Delek US Holdings Reports Third Quarter Results

Six new large-format stores have opened during the first nine months of 2013 including one during the third quarter. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, has announced financial results for the third quarter 2013. For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2013, Delek

Getty Realty Corp. Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend

Getty Realty Corp. has announced that at the Board of Directors meeting, held Nov. 7, the directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share payable on Jan. 8, 2014 to holders of record on Dec, 26, 2013.  Getty Realty Corp. is the leading publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the U.S. specializing in

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AdvancePierre Foods Names New President of Retail Division

CPG Executive Tom Lavan to run growing packaged goods business for industry leader. AdvancePierre Foods has announced that Tom Lavan is the new president of its Retail division, which sells fully assembled sandwiches and value-added protein products to major grocery chains and club stores across the country. Lavan is a consumer packaged goods executive with

XYIENCE To Sponsor Wheelchair Tennis Event

Event set for Nov. 23-24, 2013 at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced its sponsorship of the 4th edition of the Las Vegas Wheelchair Open.  The newly named Las Vegas Xenergy Open will bring together some 40 tennis players, ranging in age from

Street Corner Adds Street-Side Stores Franchise

Topeka, Kan.-based convenience store chain brings on industry veteran Ed Davidson to steer the new segment. Street Corner, the convenience chain known for its small-square footage inline stores and mall kiosks, has announced that it has begun offering franchisees small and large street-side stores, and has engaged industry veteran Ed Davidson as part of the

Phillips 66 Launches Brand Image Central

One-stop program streamlines ordering process for branded materials and services. Phillips 66, which owns leading gas station brands Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco, has officially launched Brand Image Central (BIC). The program enables customers to shop for all image-related branding products through an easy-to-use Web portal. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, Phillips 66 is providing customers with

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NOCO Assists Buffalo Prep In Securing Grant

Buffalo Prep marks first academic enrichment program to gain a grant from ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program through NOCO. Buffalo Prep was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support math and science education initiatives.  Michael Newman, executive vice president of NOCO and Charles Freiden, territory manager for ExxonMobil worked with

Technomic Flavor Study Highlights Importance of Innovation

The demand for spicy flavors continues with 54% of consumers surveyed now preferring spicy condiments, dips and sauces. The most familiar, tried-and-true flavors may have impressive staying power on menus, but Technomic’s most recent flavor findings also signal the need for operators and suppliers to stay on top of flavor trends by reinvigorating classic offerings

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Parker’s Presents $4,000 Check to Beaufort County Schools

Donation is part of Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $4,000 Fueling the Community check to Beaufort County Schools in Beaufort, S.C. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in South Carolina and Georgia, was officially presented at the Beaufort County Board of Education meeting on

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Rutter’s and Dr. Pepper Award $500 Scholarship

Local student gets help with school fees thanks to 2013 Tuition Giveaway. Rutter’s and Dr. Pepper awarded a $500 scholarship to loyal Rutter’s customer, Melissa Mazzur of Dallastown, Pa., as part of Dr. Pepper’s 2013 Tuition Giveaway. Mazzur will use the scholarship money for her daughter, Jessica, who plans to attend Saint Francis University next

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Boosting Revenues with Prepaid Cards

The total dollars loaded into the prepaid category will climb to $672 billion over the next three years, according to Mercator Advisory Group, with convenience stores in particular the fastest growing segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The open-loop prepaid card market has been growing, driven by the cash-access and government categories. But as with

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Navigating a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks are boosting packaged beverage sales, while healthier drink options continue to show promise. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Packaged beverages are a key driver for convenience stores and an area where they excel in relation to other channels. In fact, according to NACS State of the Industry (SOI) data, packaged beverages almost caught

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Building Your Cigar Business

Despite a demand from adult consumers, retailers are continually forced to defend their right to sell flavored cigars responsibly. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lawmakers in Washington, DC, and in all 50 states are eyeing cigars and, to a lesser degree, electronic cigars, not only as potential sources of additional revenue but, in many cases,

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Take Restrooms from Good to Great

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By John Lofstock, Editor. A new national survey revealed that 63% of Americans have had a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities. That’s bad news for operators looking to grow foodservice sales.

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Tapping into Craft Beer

With customer demand growing for upscale brews, a growler program is one way to expand your craft beer segment. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. As the craft beer trend grows, convenience stores are capitalizing on consumer demand for emerging local and seasonal brews by growing their craft beer sections and, in some cases, adding a

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Speeding Through the Breakfast Zone

Consumers are looking for fast service, fresh ingredients and value pricing when it comes to a breakfast program. How competitive is your morning offering? By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Everyone knows that breakfast is important. Over the years, research has shown that adults who eat breakfast are generally healthier, weigh less and have a reduced

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Diversifying the Foodservice Offering

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience to drive new sales.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience store operators looking to spice up their roller grill offerings have more tools at their disposal than ever before, including the weather, as autumn spurs consumers to seek hot,

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Developing a Sense of Urgency at Retail

From store cleanliness to customer service, all retailers must go above and beyond the call of duty to protect their brand identity.By Jim Callahan. I don’t get upset too often, but I’m usually able to get there pretty quickly when it does happen. And when I do encounter a less-than-positive experience, I always look for

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