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Hand-rolled Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced the new King Edward VII Cigarillos. Named for the extremely popular and fun-loving ruler of early 1900s Great Britain, these cigarillos are hand rolled in a natural Connecticut shade wrapper and have a rich, royal taste. The premium tobacco tastes come in a choice of two enticing blends—vanilla and natural. The

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Delicious Side Dishes

Known for its wholesome, made-from-scratch entrées, Stouffer’s offers a full line of side dishes to help operators satisfy customer demand for authentic flavor across the menu. Crafted with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives, Stouffer’s sides are the ultimate convenience—simply heat and serve. Choose from more than 15 options, such as Creamed Spinach, Scalloped Potatoes, Green

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Outdoor Surveillance

Sony Electronics has rolled out a new outdoor IP camera, the SNC-VB632D. The SNC-VB632D is a full HD infrared bullet camera with a dual lighting system featuring an infrared (IR) illuminator and a white LED illuminator.  The camera can automatically switch from IR black and white mode to LED color mode when motion is detected,

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BPA-Free Receipt Paper

Vitamin C cures colds. It boosts our immune systems. And now, it’s used to produce receipt paper. In response to customer demand for a phenol-free receipt paper that was both healthy for shoppers and good for the environment, Appvion Inc. developed Alpha Free, the new and natural choice in receipt paper. The first receipt paper

Building A Juggernaut Of A Team

By John Matthews, founder and president, Gray Cat Enterprises. Over my career – both in the corporate world and on my own – I have had the privilege of working with some fantastic and talented people. In most cases, I have learned more from them, than they probably learned from me. Surrounding yourself with talented

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Kum & Go Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55 cent specials during September. September marks Kum & Go’s 55th anniversary. The chain is celebrating all month long with special deals for customers. On Tuesdays in September, Kum & Go is offering a special coffee discount to its customers. Customers can get a small 16-ounce coffee for just 55 cents. Customers who

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.

Protec Fuel to bring dozens of E15, E85 stations to metro areas. The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the

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Corner Store Rolls Out Fall Menu

New food offerings feature New Mexico Hatch chiles. Corner Store is inviting customers to “Get Hatched” with four new food offerings that feature authentic Hatch chiles from New Mexico. Beginning Sept. 1, Corner Stores is serving up a slow-roasted turkey puff pie filled with Hatch chiles and cheddar cheese and a Hatch chile seasoned grilled

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Isis Rebrands As Softcard

Following the emergence of the Islamic militant group known as Isis, the mobile wallet company Isis rebrands. Isis Wallet is rebranding to Softcard. The new name follows the company’s announcement in July that it would rebrand to avoid any confusion or association with the violent Islamic militant group in the Middle East whose name, when

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NOCO Express Raises Funds For Hospice Foundation

Donates more than $13,000, following in-store promotion. NOCO Express stores, its customers, and employees recently raised a total of $13,334 to support Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Throughout the entire month of July, paper sunflowers were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 36 locations to support participating hospice programs in Western

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Couche-Tard Reports Record Net Earnings For Q1 2015

“What stands out above all is the continued strong performance of our teams which enabled us to post strong organic growth on all fronts,” says Couch-Tard CEO. Couche-Tard reported record net earnings of $269.5 million ($0.47 per share on a diluted basis) for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding non-recurring items for both comparable

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Couche-Tard Sells its Aviation Fuel Business

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2014. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Statoil Fuel & Retail AS, an agreement to sell its aviation fuel business to Air BP. The sale is done through a share purchase agreement pursuant to which Air BP would acquire 100% of

Somerset, Kentucky

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I’ve been following the ‘Socialized Retail Gas Concept’ in Somerset Ky. Using an existing city-owned filling station and a nearby refinery to supply it, officials of Somerset recently decided to serve residents by going into the gas business themselves. Somerset City Council this past June voted 10-0 in

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Dollar General Raises Family Dollar Bid

Dollar General offers $80 per share, agrees to divest up to 1,500 stores if required. Dollar General Corp. has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens two additional travel stops on I-10. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has opened two new travel stops. The travel stops Mossy Head, Fla., located at I-10, Exit 70, and Fort Stockton, Texas, I-10, Exit 261, opened for business on Aug. 28. The Mossy Head location features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 82 truck parking spaces

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Pilot Flying J Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenges trucking industry to help support the cause. Jimmy Haslam CEO of Pilot Flying J, led team members in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a national campaign to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. The event took place at the Pilot store at 8541 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 14. Behind Haslam

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Chain Restaurant Traffic Stable

Visits to independents decline, according to an NPD report. The strength and marketing clout of major and small restaurant chains kept total restaurant industry traffic flat instead of declining in the April/May/June quarter while visits to independent restaurants (1-2 units) declined by 2%, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Visits to major restaurant

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Solving The Retail Investment Puzzle

By John Matthews, founder, Gray Cat Enterprises. You own a bunch of stores all varying in size and age. Over the years, product assortments and sets have come and gone and you have ridden certain designs into the ground. Each of your stores needs capital infusion – a refresher – but you do not know

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The Convenience Retailing of Tomorrow

Technology and automation to be the biggest trends impacting convenience stores in the future. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” Steve Jobs once cautioned. “You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” And so as Convenience

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Enmark Raises $1000 for Savannah Bicycle Campaign

Health and wellness lectures aid community. Matching proceeds raised from John Bennett’s “5 Ways to Make Bicycling a Healthy Part of Your Daily Life”, the third of five lectures in the Enmark Encourage Health Education Series 2014, Enmark Stations raised $1000 for Savannah Bicycle Campaign, a nonprofit organization working to build a better Savannah through

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BP to Roll Out Network Wide Technology Offer

Technology upgrades to meet global credit and debit card standards reducing potential fraudulent transactions and enable enhanced consumer loyalty and payment offers. BP is set to begin communicating a new technology solution and associated offer for BP branded retailers in early 2015, with deployment expected to begin in mid-2015. The new technology solution will include

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Stockholders Approve Susser-ETP Merger

After receiving this stockholder approval, all significant closing conditions for the Merger have been met. Susser Holdings Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. have announced that Susser Holdings Corp. stockholders voted to approve the proposed merger with ETP at a special meeting of Susser stockholders. Approximately 99% of the shares voted at yesterday’s meeting voted

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The Hershey Co. Updates Its Corporate Brand

Unveils a new company logo One hundred-twenty years ago, people across America fell in love with the name “Hershey’s” stamped on a chocolate bar. Today, The Hershey Co.—known for its iconic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and more than 80 other confectionery brands around the world—is unveiling a refreshed corporate brand that builds on the company’s

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Understanding Your Financing Options

By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand their businesses because of a fear of “over-extending” themselves? All too often this fear exists simply because the convenience store operation’s executives and managers are not aware of the tremendous number of financing options that are available to expanding

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7-Eleven Expands Belly Partnership

Loyalty program to grow to more stores across the nation. 7-Eleven is growing its partnership with Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty platform that teams with merchants to provide shoppers with rewards for repeat purchases. This expanded partnership will bring Belly to more than 2,000 new 7-Eleven convenience store locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Northeast,

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