CAA Submits Comments On FDA Proposed Regulations

“Our message to the FDA is that when it comes to regulating the cigar industry, fairness means flexibility,” said CAA president. Arguing for regulations that reflect “the unique character of the cigar industry,” the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the national trade association representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors, and other suppliers, has submitted comments on


Susser Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Five new Stripes stores are opened, two locations are acquired. Susser Holdings Corp. reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2014. Results detailed below include the results of Susser Petroleum Partners LP unless otherwise noted. Same-store merchandise sales increased 4% in the second quarter of 2014, which included the Easter


APCA Announces Launch of Bay Area Chapter

With the launch of the Bay Area chapter, APCA currently has nearly 500 members. The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA), a grassroots organization formed to represent small independent gasoline and convenience stores owners, launched its Bay Area chapter late last month. Board members were pleased to see that what once was only a

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Davidson Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Helps grow VP brand in Texas and beyond. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced Davidson Oil as the newest partner in VP’s retail branding program. Based in Amarillo, Texas, Davidson provides wholesale distribution of fuels to retail sites throughout Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma. “VP’s retail brand program has so much going for it, in


Visa Service To Help Gas Station Retailers Reduce Fraud At Pump

Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens. Visa Inc. is helping U.S. fuel retailers prevent credit and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent. While global fraud rates across the Visa payment system remain near historic lows—less than six cents for every $100


Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program

Tedeschi paves the way for fresh produce in the convenience store. Following months of research and careful planning, Tedeschi Food Shops is now offering more selection and higher quality fresh fruits and vegetables to its customers through its new Fresh Produce Program. Features of the produce program include a new ordering system and a new

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CST Brands To Acquire General Partner of Lehigh Gas Partners

Provides CST Brands with a platform for a long-term drop down strategy of its U.S. wholesale fuel supply business and newly constructed real estate into LGP. CST Brands Inc. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to purchase 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas


Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store

The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards

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VP Racing Fuels Appoints Chris Wall As CMO

Industry veteran to energize marketing efforts. VP Racing Fuels announced the appointment of industry veteran Chris Wall as chief marketing officer. VP’s recent growth and changes have poised VP to become an international force not only in race fuel, but also in performance chemicals for both the racing and consumer markets and in the retail


PCI SSC Publishes Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance

PCI Special Interest Group guidance provides merchants with payment security best practices for working with third-party providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting a third-party operations model that can put payment data at risk. Today, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, published guidance to help organizations


The Hub Breaks Ground

New chain aims to be the premier c-store destination in the open expanse of North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor It is unprecedented that Convenience Store Decisions would select a Chain to Watch that hasn’t finished constructing its first location, but The Hub Convenience Stores, which is set to open its first travel center


Walgreens to Remain U.S. Based Despite Acquisition

Purchasing Europe’s Alliance Boots. Walgreens is set to acquire the remaining 55% of European pharmacy retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots in an agreement that will keep its corporate tax headquarters in the U.S., despite speculation that the drug store chain would move its headquarters overseas to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate. Walgreens


NCASEF Flexes Charity Muscles

Activities, such as a golf tournament and auctions, helped raise donations for Swim Across America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises (NCASEF) and its partners made two sizable donations to its charities of choice last month at its national convention in Orlando. Representatives from Swim Across America (SAA),


Atlas Oil Buys K9 For Taylor Police

National fuel supply and logistics company purchases police dog, plans to buy second one, for local police department. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. announced today the company has purchased a new K9 police dog for the Taylor Police Department, and plans to purchase another one for the department in the near future. Atlas Oil Chairman

Cinnabon President Kat Cole and Whitney Johnson, director of brand and customer experience at Pilot Flying J, celebrate Cinnabon's 100th opening with the travel plaza chain in Mebane, N.C.

Cinnabon Opens 100th Bakery With Pilot

By the end of 2015, an estimated 150 Pilot Flying J locations will carry fresh-baked Cinnabon products. Cinnabon Inc. this month celebrated the 100th opening with Pilot Flying J, a partnership that has fueled the fast growth of the bakery leader in travel centers and plazas across the country. The 100th bakery opened Aug. 1,


Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 11 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on Sept. 15, 2014 to shareholders of record as of


U.S. Gasoline Demand Disappoints this Summer

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. What looked like a recovery for U.S. gasoline demand during the second quarter fizzled this summer, with demand continuing to slip below the year-ago pace and the five-year average since mid-June with the exception of one week. In the United States, driving demand is highest during the


Rutter’s Expands Menu

Adds Beef Short Ribs, plus Cannolis for dessert. Dinner at Rutter’s Farm Stores is a little more succulent and dessert just a little sweeter, thanks to the addition of beef short ribs and cannolis to the Central Pennsylvania chain’s award-winning menu. The tender, fall-off the bone all-beef short ribs are slathered with Sweet Baby Ray’s


Turkey Hill To Award Free Fuel for Life Grand Prize

Eight second prize winners will receive free gas fill ups. For the Grand Prize winner of Turkey Hill’s Great Gas Giveaway, the dream of “free fuel for life” won’t have to be a dream anymore, thanks to a sweepstakes operating in Turkey Hill’s Pennsylvania stores. To enter, customers can simply have store associates scan their

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Corner Store Kicks Off Military Mondays

Corner Store salutes service members with free coffee or soda. Corner Store is kicking off Military Mondays in San Antonio-area stores by offering any size Cibolo Mountain coffee or Flavors2Go fountain drink to all active and retired military members. Beginning this week, customers can show a military ID at the register to get a free


SAS Announces Foodservice Showcase

Event focuses on convenience food with more than 40 exhibitors representing 49 product lines. Convenience store and grocery supplier S. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) will host its 5th annual Foodservice Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 21 in Fort Wayne, Ind. The event will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Show hours are from


Buc-ee’s Eying Another Enormous Store

Plans call for a 60,000-square-foot convenience store, which has become a normal model for the expanding Texas chain. By David Bennett, Senior Editor They say everything is bigger Texas, and Buc-ee’s Ltd proves it with every new convenience store it builds. Its newest location is in the works in Corinth, Texas, after that city’s planning


Pilot Flying J Ordered Into Mediation

Customers who opted-out of settlement head to mediation with the truck-stop chain. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Pilot Flying J and a number of plaintiffs into mediation to resolve allegations that the truck-stop chain fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Pilot has already agreed to pay

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Family Express Pursues Energy Efficiency

Retrofits all of its stores. Family Express has completed a comprehensive energy efficiency initiative by retrofitting the entire chain with the most advanced technologies. “This affords us the opportunity to not only to achieve the highest efficiency standards for our chain, but to also grace our stores with superior lighting that is environmentally non-intrusive, yet


‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign Hits $1 Million Goal

Kangaroo Express’ fundraising campaign continues through Labor Day to support military cause partners. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has reached its $1 million fundraising goal with a month left in the campaign. Collecting donations through its more than 1,520 Kangaroo Express convenience stores across 13