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Holiday Stationstores Announces Expansion in Dakotas

As part of Holiday’s expansion plans The Gas Stop will become a Holiday Stationstores franchisee for 16 stores. Holiday Stationstores has reached an agreement with I-90 Fuel Services Inc. to convert 16 of The Gas Stop convenience stores to Holiday Stationstores. This will expand the Holiday brand in the South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota markets.

CITGO Provides School Supplies To 108 Schools

Winning classrooms announced in first annual Fueling Education Promotion. CITGO Petroleum Corp. announced the 108 winners of its first-ever Fueling Education Promotion with Classwish. A total of 83 teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members across 27 states and the District of Columbia won $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. An additional 25 teachers that

Consumers Settling Into New Normal

IRI MarketPulse Survey finds budgeting has become a way of life for consumers. The “Great Recession” officially ended in 2009, but budgeting is still on the menu for consumers even though they have a sunnier outlook on the economy and their personal finances. In fact, results from Information Resources Inc.’s (IRI) Q2 2013 MarketPulse survey

Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. Opens New Distribution Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility supports nine districts from Kansas to Wisconsin. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, currently servicing 3,200 customers, is celebrating the grand opening of a new distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the expansion and growth of Hunt Brothers Pizza customers in the

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Healthcare Reform, Tobacco and the Future of Fuels Among the Burning Issues to be addressed at the 2013 NAG Conference

The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, to be held September 12-15, 2013 at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville, will attract convenience retail professionals from across the country thanks to its full schedule of dynamic programming. The topics and content were mapped out by your peers, our the NAG Retailer Advisory Board. This conference addresses the

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Elevating Your Foodservice Strategy

Emerging competition from nontraditional operators like food trucks means c-stores must raise their game when it comes to the all-important food category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Foodservice continues to serve as a key point of differentiation for convenience stores. Keeping the menu fresh requires innovation as well as a keen eye for new products

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Upscale Ketchup Bottles

Red Gold has announced the launch of a new upscale, white label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottle for foodservice operators desiring a more elegant package design for their tabletops. The new packaging offers operators greater flexibility in the look of their tabletop ketchup. The original yellow and red label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottles also continue to

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GPM Investments Closes On VPS Southeast Acquisition

“This acquisition is our largest purchase to date and our most exciting,” says CEO of GPM Investments.    Effective Aug. 6, 2013, GPM Investments LLC, based in Richmond, Va., the operator of Fas mart and Shore Stop convenience stores, has purchased VPS Convenience Store Group LLC, Southeast division. GPM Southeast will be based in Wilmington,

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U.S. Oil Acquires Combined Oil

“Adding Combined Oil accelerates our expansion efforts and provides a greater foundation for our market development in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states,” says U.S. Oil vice president. Appleton, Wis.-based U.S. Oil has acquired Combined Oil, a reseller and distributor of petroleum products based in Lincolnshire, Ill. The acquisition marks the fourth by U.S. Oil in

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The Pantry Announces Third Quarter Results

Completes 31 store remodels and opens three new QSRs during the third quarter. The Pantry Inc. has released its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 27, 2013. Net income was $5.9 million or $0.26 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $14.8 million or $0.65 per diluted share in last

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Shell Kicks Off Ultimate Enthusiast Contest

The grand prize includes a trip to Maranello, Italy. Shell has announced the launch of its second annual “Ultimate Enthusiast” Contest, the search for the most die-hard automotive enthusiast in the U.S. Entries will be judged by a panel of long-standing automotive insiders and experts, including Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corp., Craig

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

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Preparing to Own Your Own C-Store Business

Making the leap from company employee to c-store owner presents many new challenges, but could also reap exciting rewards—if you are fully prepared. By Jim Callahan. So you have aspirations to build your own convenience store chain? That’s great, but as you move from an executive role into actual ownership, there are many more issues

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Developing a Healthier Foodservice Menu

Organic, sustainable and locally-grown foods are all trends hitting the country, but are convenience store customers ready for these items? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Numerous “healthy” foodservice trends are sweeping cities across the U.S., from sustainable to local to organic to all-natural, and of course fresh, but is the time right for convenience stores

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What Your Cigar Customers Want

Whether it’s flavored products or low-cost brands, OTP customers remain among the most loyal in the store. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. How much is too much is a fundamental question in retailing, and all the more so when it comes to cigars. With so many new products, flavors and line extensions to choose from,

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Strong Market for Candy and Confections

The numbers for gum might be somewhat glum but, overall, the more than $1.8 billion non-chocolate confections category is growing. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores uses words and phrases, such as “rocking,” “shockingly great” and even “holy cow!” to describe recent sales of non-chocolate confections.

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Flavored Electronic Hookah

Designed to capitalize on the hottest trend—and one of the fastest growing segments—in the e-cigarette marketspace, Sapphyre Hookah is an exciting new line of flavored electronic hookah from ECO-CIGS.  With a rich metallic finish, Sapphyre Crystal tip and 600 puffs of zero-nicotine flavor, Sapphyre Hookah e-cigs appeal to a wide range of adult customers.  Sapphyre

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Foodservice Remains the Key to Future Success

By John Lofstock, Editor. While trendy items like electronic cigarettes and energy shots offer convenience store retailers a respite from depressed tobacco and fuel margins, it should be perfectly clear to all store owners that developing a great foodservice program is what it will take to remain profitable in the future. Convenience store operators are

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Tesoro Completing Sale of Hawaii C-Stores

The sale is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Tesoro Corp. has received U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance for the sale of its 94,000 barrel-per-day Kapolei refinery, plus dozens of retail gas stations in Hawaii, to a subsidiary of Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp., Pacific Business News reported. The price of

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Stripes Fundraises For 4-H

Stripes customers can purchase 4-H clover cutouts for a donation that benefits the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation. Stripes Convenience Stores, in partnership with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, is set to begin its fourth year of 4-H fundraising with a promotion this September. This year’s promotion, “Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow’s Leaders,” is

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NATO Encourages Members To Oppose Tobacco Tax Increases

Proposal would raise the federal cigarette tax rate $1.95 per pack on cigarettes. During the month of August the National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) legislative staff members are contacting NATO retail members about an opportunity for them to invite their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to visit their corporate office or a retail store

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per common share.  The dividend is payable on Sept. 16, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 23, 2013. Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the

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Lehigh Gas Partners Acquires 34 Stations From Rocky Top Markets

The newly-acquired sites are located in the Knoxville, Tenn. region. Lehigh Gas Partners LP has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC to purchase 30 motor fuel stations, and enter into leases for four motor fuel stations, assume seven third party supply contracts and purchase certain

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Graham Enterprises Acquires 10 Stations From RWJ Management Co.

Deal includes 10 stations in the Chicagoland area. Graham Enterprises Inc. has purchased 10 BP branded retail convenience store gas stations from RWJ Management Co. Inc. The sites are located in the greater Chicago area. Graham Enterprises Inc. purchased the properties on July 19, pursuant to an Order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court having jurisdiction

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2-in-1 Stylus and Pen

Digital devotees and writing traditionalists can now get the best of both worlds with the introduction of the BIC Tech 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen. The BIC Tech 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen features a lightweight stylus on one end that easily glides across tablet and smartphone screens to provide accuracy and precise control and a retractable

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