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NATO Slams Federal Tax Increase Proposal

Tobacco group says largest federal cigarette and tobacco tax increase in history “will impact retailers, jobs and low-income Americans.” President Obama’s proposal to impose the largest increase in the federal cigarette tax in the history of the country to fund preschool programs is unfair and ironic, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) said in

Convenience Store Sales Topped $700 Billion in 2012

The convenience store industry had record sales of $700.3 billion in 2012, with in-store sales increasing 2.2% to reach a record $199.3 billion and motor fuels sales increasing 2.9% to a record $501.0 billion, according to figures released yesterday by NACS. The industry’s 2012 numbers were announced at the NACS State of the Industry Summit,

Grocers Stretching Formats to Match Shoppers’ Budgets, Time Needs

In this period of economic and demographic fluctuation, U.S. retailers are simultaneously stretching and shrinking their stores to promote convenience for shoppers and compete with online options, according to What’s in Store, the annual trends publication from International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. Grocery shoppers continue to weather the Great Recession and convenient shopping for the most vital

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Kum & Go Present Supports Des Moines Social Club

At the groundbreaking of the Des Moines Social Club’s new home at a former firehouse in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday, Kyle J. and Sharon Krause presented the organization with a $350,000 gift on behalf of Kum & Go. Announced in December 2012, the gift will help to preserve and renovate the space, which is

The Future of E-Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology CEO Eli Alelov discuss the possible impact of government regulations on electronic cigarettes on Fox News. By John Lofstock, Editor Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes have provided smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. These battery-operated devices simulate the experience of traditional cigarette

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Roll Out Mobile App

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Convenience Stores have introduced Fas APP, the company’s first smartphone application, which debuted this month across more than 200 locations primarily in Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware. Fas APP, dveloped by VERGE Connect, integrates with the retailer’s new Fas CASHBACK secure payment card, which lets customers customize the types of food, beverage

Kum & Go Associate Honored for Military Support

Kum & Go District Supervisor Blaine Corlette has been awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for recognition of his support of a fellow Kum & Go associate serving in the Army National Guard. “Blaine’s dedication echoes our company-wide commitment to men and women in uniform,” said , Kum &

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Mielke Oil Signs on With VP’s Retail Branding Program

VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced the newest addition to its roster of retail brand partners — Mielke Oil Co. Based in Little Falls, Minn., Mielke has distributed VP’s race fuels and other performance products for two years and sees much opportunity in VP’s brand program. “VP enjoys a great reputation for quality products in the

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

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7-Eleven Acquires 46 CB Mart Locations

7-Eleven grows its footprint in the Carolinas. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 46 locations from CB Mart Inc. The acquisition increases 7-Eleven’s store count in the Carolinas to more than 100 and follows the acquisition of 55 Sam’s Mart and 13 Fast Track stores that closed in 2012. Terms of the deal

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Wawa C-store Planned For St. Petersburg

Agree Realty Corp. has closed on the acquisition of a parcel of land located at the southwest quadrant of 34th Street and 38th Avenue in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the development of a Wawa convenience store with fuel. The project is pre-leased under a long-term ground lease agreement and is expected to be completed during

Shrinking Labor Force Pressures Gasoline Demand

First quarter fuel demand jumps 1.4% in the first quarter, according to the Energy Information Administration. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gasoline demand in the U.S. ending the first quarter 1.4% higher than during the same three months in 2012, although down 1.2%

Sasnett Joins Bennett Pump Co.

Industry veteran Bo Sasnett has joined Bennett Pump Co as vice president of business development. Sasnett brings over 25 years of experience in retail and commercial petroleum technologies including extensive experience in fuel dispensers, loyalty marketing and alternative fuels. Sasnett joins Bennett with considerable experience in the fuel dispensing technology industry. Most recently Sasnett served

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Shell Study Shows Driver Views On Fuel Efficiency

Shell Smarter Driving Challenge game shows motorists how a few simple changes to driving habits can help efficiency. For years, American car culture has influenced U.S. motorist behavior, affecting everything from what we drive to how we drive and maintain our vehicles.  Shell announced results from a new national study today that provides insight into

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Getty Selling 108 Properties

Sealed bid sale includes stations in 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Getty Realty Corp. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the divestiture of 40 gasoline stations and 68 commercial and retail properties formerly used as gas stations in Connecticut (4), Delaware (2), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (16), New Hampshire

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Federal Budget Sees Cigarette/OTP Tax Increases Ahead

Amount of proposed tobacco taxation increases are not yet known. President Obama plans to propose a budget this week that would raise the federal cigarette and tobacco taxation rates to help fund an expansion of free pre-kindergarten education nationwide, the New York Times reported. The amount of the proposed federal cigarette and tobacco taxation increases

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground On 58th Convenience Store

New location to offer 12 gas fueling spaces, an espresso bar and free Wi-Fi. Rutter’s Farm Stores recently broke ground on its largest store to date in Mountville, Pa., the 58th store for the central Pennsylvania-based chain. The 6,280-square-foot store will offer the extensive menu that earned Rutter’s recognition for Best Coffee, Best Quick Service

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McMahon Named One of Nation’s Top HR Executives

Cumberland Gulf Group executive recognized for top performance. John McMahon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been selected by the ranking committee of ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives, as a “Top Private Company HR Executive” for 2012. The rankings are the result of two

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Gattsek Joins NACS as Data Services Manager

Gwen Gattsek has joined NACS on April 8 as its full-time data services manager. Gattsek had served as temporary help to NACS’ marketing department since July 2012 and has been integral in enhancing the association’s data management capabilities, especially related to e-mail communications to members. She also had worked as a consultant to NACS in

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Valero Approves Spinoff

After stock distribution, CST Brands will be an independent, publicly traded company. Valero Energy Corp. on Thursday approved the spinoff of its retail business, effective May 1, San Antonio Express News reported. San Antonio-based Valero’s  board of directors approved a plan to distribute 80% of the outstanding shares of the new company, CST Brands Inc.,

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Stripes Fundraises For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) is proud to announce that more than 550 Stripes Convenience Stores will be raising funds this month for needed pediatric equipment, treatments and recovery to benefit local sick and injured kids. Donations from the ninth annual Miracle Balloon

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Kum & Go Opens New Colorado Springs Store

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go, L.C. has announced the opening of a new Kum & Go store today in Colorado Springs, at 620 E. Fillmore St. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to nine stores in Colorado Springs and to 49 stores throughout Colorado.

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CITGO Continues Sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus

Funds support national children’s literacy program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is renewing its sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus, one of the first Fueling Good winners and a nationwide advocate for literacy. Throughout 2013, Bess will travel to schools, community centers, shelters and after-school programs in more than 30 cities across the country, while also continuing

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NATSO Foundation Doubles Bill Moon Scholarships

Applications accepted until May 1, 2013. The NATSO Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time in 20 years it is doubling the financial awards granted under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education. The NATSO Foundation will award

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

I was having drinks with some friends recently at the NACS Leadership Conference  when the topic of exceeding the customers’ expectations came up. I was asked by a member of the group what I thought was the true cost of not doing something right the first time. The consensus was that when it came to

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