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Breaking: Max Lenker of RaceTrac Announces Retirement

“We congratulate Max on his 40th anniversary and subsequent retirement,” says RaceTrac’s CEO. After more than 40 years of service to RaceTrac, Max Lenker has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, 2014. “Max has been one of the most instrumental individuals in RaceTrac’s growth since he joined the company in 1974,” noted Allison Moran CEO,

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Analyst Weighs In On CST Brands Acquisition of Nice N Easy

CST could leverage Nice N Easy’s strength in foodservice and grocery. CST Brands Inc. announced yesterday that it is acquiring the convenience store assets, franchisor rights and associated trademarks of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor. The deal had been set in motion by

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Is Uber Breaking Into The C-Store Market?

Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passagners with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington D.C. This week, the company announced

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Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Bid

Family Dollar points to antitrust regulatory considerations in declining Dollar General’s higher all cash buyout offer. Family Dollar has rejected a nearly $10 billion buyout bid from Dollar General, instead planning to proceed with its original agreement to merge with Dollar Tree, CNN reported. Family Dollar said in a statement that its board rejected the

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Rutter’s Awards 3rd Grand Prize in SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

In addition to free gas for a year, customers can also win thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a year. Nicholas Thomas of Red Lion, Pa. has been selected as the third winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for

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CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

 “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing

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Thorntons Provides $3 Million Matching Gift Toward Academic Center

New $14 million facility to be named the Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence. Thorntons, an independent gasoline and convenience chain retailer headquartered in Louisville, has provided University of Louisville Athletics with $3 million to be used as a matching gift toward the fund-raising efforts for a new academic center on the Cardinals’ campus. With $6

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BP Launches Gift Card Promotion

For a limited time, new rewards members can earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card. BP has introduced a promotion that aims to boost enrollment and participation in the BP Driver Rewards program by offering a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card to new members. Between June 29 and Nov. 4, qualifying new members can register and opt-in

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Racetrac Celebrates National Aviation Day

Brings Red Bull Air Race World Championship Experience to guests. To celebrate National Aviation Day and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6—7 at Texas Motor Speedway, the RaceTrac store in Frisco invited Dallas/Ft. Worth residents to participate in an augmented 3D virtual reality experience on Aug. 19. Guests

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Kangaroo Express Announces “Double Salute” Winner

Gainesville native wins Patriotic photo contest. Cheryl Anthony will enjoy an all-expense paid VIP stock car racing experience as part of summer-long Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced that Cheryl Anthony, a Gainesville, Fla. native, has been named the official winner of its “Double Salute” patriotic

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Economics Driving Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels, Vehicles

“The successful fuel and vehicle technology will be decided by the consumer,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. Consumers look at alternative fuels and vehicles the same way that they look at traditional fuels: economics drives the purchasing decision. Consumers say that they consider fuel economy and the cost of the vehicle far more important than

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TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes

Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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Circle K Building Southern California Prototype

Circle K breaks ground on c-store, gas station and car wash on a 90,000 square foot property for mixed-use development. On Monday, Circle K broke ground on a new prototype in Southern California at 1450 S. Sanderson Ave. in San Jacinto, which is scheduled to open later this year. The new Circle K/ Mobile prototype

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NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

“There’s so much at stake here for U.S. retailers and their customers that we have no choice but to pursue this case as far as possible,” says NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The National Retail Federation (NRF) told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering

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Family Express Unveils Espresso Offering

All Family Express stores to feature JAVA WAVE European Café by the end of August. Family Express has announced a revolutionary hot and iced espresso drink offering. The JAVA WAVE European Café is a premium, self-service espresso platform that offers superior quality hot and iced drinks. Each and every drink is ground on the spot

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Nielsen Announces Executive Leadership Changes

John Lewis is promoted to global president and Karen Fichuk is promoted to president, North America. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced the appointments of two executive leaders—John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president, North America. The appointments are effective immediately and both

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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Vercollone Named President of NECSA

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of an organization that is so vital to our industry,” says Vercollone. Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named president of the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA).

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Dollar Store War Heats Up

Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar. Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for Family Dollar, beating a deal Dollar Tree made last month, according to CNN Money. Dollar General has bid $78.50 per Family Dollar share, totaling $9.7 billion, topping the $74.50 per share cash and stock offer

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SUPERVALU Notifies Customers of Breach

Criminal computer intrusion occurs at owned and franchised stores. SUPERVALU INC. is alerting customers that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. This criminal intrusion may have resulted in the

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident

After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens two new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 14. One is located in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is located in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34. The new Love’s Travel Stops are open 24/7 and feature

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Coca-Cola Buys 16.7% Stake in Monster

Wells Fargo calls the move a huge win for both companies. By CSD Staff. Coca-Cola  and Monster announced a strategic partnership, wherein Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion in cash. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the decision and how it will help both companies leverage their strengths. “We believe

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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program

Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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