Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas

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Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

Wawa To Close First Store

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After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

Speculators Unload Long Positions in Gasoline Contract

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By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Speculators holding positions in the U.S. gasoline contract unwound 30% of their bets that gasoline prices in the United States would increase, with the gasoline contract dropping to a 3-1/2 month low mid-July as the market looks to higher refinery runs offsetting peak seasonal demand. Nearest delivered

Ricker Oil Co. Adds Wayne inOvationTV

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New locations in Indiana to receive Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers. Ricker Oil Co., operator of 50 Ricker’s convenience stores and fueling locations in Indiana is installing new Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers, equipped with the inOvation media program—at sites currently in development in central Indiana. Ricker’s has previously installed the inOvationTV media program at a number

Guttman Energy Sells Propane and Lubricants Division

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Matrix provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Guttman. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has advised Guttman Energy Inc. on the successful sale of its Columbus, Ohio-based propane and lubricants division, doing business as Guttman Oil Co. Guttman Oil-Columbus Division sells propane and lubricants to a variety of residential, commercial and industrial customers located throughout

Sever Products Promotes Rayburn

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Rayburn to lead engineering team and product development initiatives. Server Products has announced the promotion of John Rayburn to director of engineering & product development. In the capacity of director of engineering & product development, John Rayburn will be responsible for leading Server Products’ engineering team and product development initiatives. Rayburn has been with Server

U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee

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The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

Rattler’s Poised For Growth

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The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting a grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. Rattler’s Convenience Stores, with 11 locations in Texas, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size to accommodate today’s competitive market. The chain is

Tesco’s CEO Clarke Replaced By Unilever Executive

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Clarke exits after second profit warning in three years. Tesco has announced that its Chief Executive Philip Clarke is leaving the company in October to be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis, following a new profit warning for the U.K. retailer. Tesco said on Monday that trading in recent weeks had been more challenging than

Corner Store Adds Spice to Summer Menu

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New puff pies and whoopie pies feature kick of sriracha. Corner Store is kicking up the spice in its summer offerings and promotions, introducing sriracha sauce and a culinary twist in its new savory puff pies and sweet whoopie pies. The new Sriracha Club Puff Pie is a flaky, buttery pastry filled with piping hot

7-Eleven Increases Franchise Incentive For Military Veterans

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Recent veterans enjoy a 20% franchising-fee discount. Recognized as “military friendly” by multiple veterans’ organizations and publications, 7-Eleven Inc. is serious about growing its franchisee ranks with qualified military veterans. The world’s largest convenience retailer has increased its franchising-fee discount to 20% capped at $50,000 as an added incentive for qualified veterans who have left

Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places

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Smoking bans now also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported. The Ohio-based city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas such as parks, community gardens, and within 150 feet

Weigel’s Adds Proprietary Bakery

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An array of daily delivered fresh bakery products to help Weigel’s compete at breakfast, snacking occasions. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After eight years in the foodservice game, Weigel’s is upping its bakery offering with help from its newly-opened bakery facility that now creates proprietary fresh baked products for the c-stores. Weigel’s launched the new

Rutter’s Selects Second Winner of Gas for a Year

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Second of four winners selected in summer sweepstakes. Jeff Weinman of Mountville, Pa. has been selected as the second winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year throughout the summer. Every customer can enter the drawing to win fuel for a

The State of the Legal Marijuana Market

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Upcoming tobacco conference first to discuss the legalization of marijuana. At the upcoming Smoker Friendly Conference & Tobacco Festival held Aug. 21-23 Smoker Friendly will be the first in the tobacco industry to convene a panel to discuss the legalization of marijuana, and opportunities that it will provide in the future. Friday morning, Aug. 22,

Operation Chill Enters 19th Year

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 Local police ‘ticket’ good kids with free Slurpee coupons. Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee drink at their neighborhood 7-Eleven store. For the 19th year, 7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with local police departments to distribute up to one-million free Slurpee coupons

CITGO Launches Second Annual Fueling Education Promotion

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Eighty-four educators to receive $1,000 in school supplies. Helping teachers and students succeed in the classroom is the foundation of the CITGO Fueling Education Promotion, a program that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. Now through Oct. 19, 2014, eligible K-12 public school

Trust and a Stronger Bottom Line

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C-store retailers can use these pillars of trust to foster loyal teams and organizations.  By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Whether you want more productive employees or better customer loyalty, cultivating trust is the greatest social currency in which to invest. David Horsager, speaker, business strategist, and author of the national bestseller “The Trust Edge: How

Enhancing Social Media Skills

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When customers give feedback, it’s a chance for your brand to craft your brand image and gain customers through your response. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media wasn’t even a blip on the radar screen in 1990, but today it has become a vital tool in reaching customers and communicating promotions as well as

Don’t be a Target for Hackers

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Following a breach at Target and a host of other incidents, retailers are seeking security solutions despite being PCI compliant. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The business world was stunned —and consumers outraged—when retail giant Target, with almost 2,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, admitted to a major security breach in late 2013. According

Lower Cost Lighting

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When considering an operational upgrade, cost of ownership is a key factor. Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Efficiency upgrades to lighting, heating and air or other operating systems can lower expenditures for convenience stores in the long run. However, operators should consider more than just start-up costs when choosing which enhancements make the most business sense.

Energy Drinks All The Buzz

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Once a fringe player, the energy drink segment today is a billion-dollar business and according to analysts, there’s still room for growth. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As consumer tastes have shifted, carbonated soft drinks (CSD) top perch within the pantheon of packaged beverages has eroded considerably over the last few years. During that period,

Dispensed Beverage Evolution

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The last 25 years have seen dispensed beverages grow in importance in the convenience store industry. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Dispensed beverages—both cold and frozen—have come a long way since 1990, today constituting one of the primary draws to the c-store and representing a veritable goldmine of profitability. The last two and a half

Designing a Foodservice Plan

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Both proprietary and established-brand foodservice have advantages and challenges. Retailers tell Convenience Store Decisions which they chose and why. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor PS Food Marts had its own proprietary deli program about 20 years ago. They had a great concept and products, but marketing an unknown brand was tough, said Ed Heath, vice

Winning with a Quality Deli

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Giving customers more than they expect is key in building foodservice sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Folks in New York don’t take their deli lightly. So when Harry Singh, president and CEO of Bolla Oil Corp., decided to pilot a “gourmet” deli program in one of his company’s Brooklyn Bolla Market convenience stores in

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