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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

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Valero Divesting Retail Business

Auction to sell convenience store sites expected to interest private equity firms, as well as c-store operators. Valero Energy Corp. is selling its retail business, which is comprised of nearly 1,000 U.S. stores and some 775 units in Canada. The stores are being divested through an auction that could bring in more than $3.5 billion

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Couche-Tard Profits Up

While merchandise sales are up, the tobacco category remains a challenge, says chief executive of Couche-Tard.  Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s adjusted quarterly profit is up, boosted in part by recent acquisitions, stronger merchandise sales and higher fuel margins, Reuters reported. Net earnings for the company fell, however, due to one-time costs associated

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MACS Converts to Circle K

Under a unique partnership with Couche-Tard, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is now the exclusive developer of the Circle K brand across the mid-Atlantic. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) and Alimentation Couche-Tard forged a new partnership in July where MACS will act as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in Virginia,

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Couche-Tard Acquires 29 Orlando, Fla. Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard adds 29 c-store locations to its portfolio from Florida Oil Holdings. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. signed an agreement to acquire 29 stores in Orlando, Fla., from Florida Oil Holdings LLC through Couche-Tard’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The transaction is anticipated to close at the end of August, and is subject to

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Circle K Renews Lil’ Drug Store Supply

Circle K creates a multi-year agreement with Lil’ Drug Store Products to extend its partnership. Circle K renewed its supply relationship with Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a global consumer product company in the Health and Beauty Care (HBC) section. Lil’ Drug Store Products revolutionized the health and beauty care sections for convenience and other

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Circle K Enters Agreement With NJOY

Circle K focuses on evolving its sale of e-cigarettes through a partnership with NJOY. Circle K entered a partnership with NJOY electronic cigarettes for chain-wide corporate store distribution in 3,100 U.S. retail locations as of August 2012. Circle K has been an early leader in the e-cigarette category, and this new partnership further strengthens NJOY’s

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 27 Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard builds company-operated business in its West Coast Division as it plans to acquire a handful of Sun Mart stores. Alimentation Couche-Tard has signed an agreement to acquire 27 stores from Sun Pacific Energy in Eastern Washington State, mostly in the tri-city area of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. The transaction is expected to close

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Three-Fourths At Statoil Accept Couche-Tard’s Offer

More Statoil shareholders accept Alimentation Couche-Tard’s tender offer as of Tuesday. Alimentation Couche-Tard reports 77.7% of Statoil Fuel & Retail shareholders have accepted its takeover offer, an increase from 66.7% three weeks ago, after a large shareholder agreed to bid on Tuesday. Alimentation Couche-Tard declined to identify the shareholder, but said it was “very confident”

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Extends Statoil Offer

Alimentation Couche-Tard announces its offer to Statoil Fuel & Retail expires June 20. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. waived all conditions under its offer to Statoil Fuel & Retail, including but not limited to the 90% acceptance level as indcated in the offer document dated April 19.  The new extension period will expire on June 20, and

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Couche-Tard Extends Statoil Bid To June

Alimentation Couhce-Tard’s offer to acquire all of the shares of Statoil Fuel & Retail for NOK 51.20 per share in cash now expires in early June. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that its voluntary offer to acquire all of the issued shares of Norwegian-based Statoil Fuel & Retail has been extended and will expire at 5:30

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Couche-Tard Extends Offer Deadline

Company waits longer for shareholder response Alimentation Couche-Tard agreed to extend its proposed expansion offer to Statoil Fuel’s until May 29. The $2.68 billion U.S. offer has the support of Statoil ASA, the oil company that owns 54% of the Scandanavian convenience store operations, gut Couche-Tard requires acceptance by 90% of Statoil Fuel’s shareholders. Canada’s

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Future Of Sunoco Gas Stations

Changes ahead for Sunoco with definitive merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas pipeline company, has received many calls about Sunoco’s gas stations since the merger was announced April 30, Martin Salinas Jr., the company’s chief financial officer, told analysts this May. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, bought Sunocoo

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Mac’s Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Through a partnership with Crime Stoppers, criminals will have their photos posted to Facebook and Twitter where viewers can help identify them. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is leveraging the strengths of social media in conjunction with local Crime Stopper units to fight crime at its Canadian

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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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C-Store Industry To Reach $856.5 Billion By 2014

New report shows c-stores have greatly benefited from the growth of the overall retail industry. Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “US Convenience Stores Forecast to 2014″ report to its offering. The U.S. convenience stores industry, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing sectors, presents lucrative investment opportunities for new players.

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Mac’s Convenience Stores Using Social Media to Thwart Crime

Mac’s Convenience Stores has added social media to its crime prevention tactics in its Canadian convenience stores. Mac’s Stores inCentral Canadahave developed an innovative approach to augment its formidable crime prevention measures by using social media to help identify criminals through Facebook and Twitter. According to The Chronicle-Journal, Mac’s will use these social media outlets

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blu Cigs Arrive in Canada’s Couche-Tard Stores

“We are interested in products that are on the cutting edge,” says Jean-Marie Bourque, Couche-Tard category manager.  On the heels of an impressive 2011 retail expansion, blu Cigs has started 2012 by boosting the number of U.S. retail locations carrying blu to nearly 20,000. Now, the e-cigarette company is celebrating another milestone—expansion into the Canadian

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NACS CAFÉ Joins NRA Show

“Our industry’s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice,” says NACS CAFÉ education director. NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÉ) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate a session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry’s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.

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Last Chance to Take the Fifth Annual CSD/Balvor 2012 Foodservice Survey

Today is the last day to take the survey! How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2012? And what are some of the best practices for marketing the foodservice category to today’s convenience store consumers? Convenience Store Decisions in partnership with David Bishop, managing partner of

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Circle K Acquires Neighbors Stores

Eleven properties to change hands today with sale closing soon. Neighbors Stores Inc. is selling 11 stores to Circle K, citing increasing competition from larger corporations, for the move, The Mount Airy News reported. The properties sold include Neighbors stores in high-traffic areas of Surry County, N.C. The sites changed hands Monday, with the sale

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Casey’s Strong 2nd Quarter

A favorable gas margin and strong inside sales, give Casey’s a 15.6% increase in total gross profit for the fiscal Q2 2012.   Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported it’s second quarter results for fiscal 2012. The company reported $0.99 in basic earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended Oct. 31,

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The Impact of Restrooms on Food Sales

Poor safety and sanitation practices will turn customers away. Going above and beyond what’s required is the key to a healthy program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The numbers tell an interesting story: according to a recent research study by Cintas Corp., fully 95% of people avoid patronizing a business in which they have had

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UCP Honors Circle K

United Cerebral Palsy presents Circle K with its Chair Award at its 2011 Annual Conference. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) presented Circle K with its Chair Award in recognition of a partnership that has spanned three decades and seen the convenience store chain donate tens of millions of dollars to the charity during the 2011 UCP

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Circle K Buys 26 Stores From Chico Enterprises Inc.

Following the acquisition, Circle K will operate 29 locations in western Pennsylvania. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Circle K has acquired 26 stores in three states from Chico Enterprises Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va., the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported. Seven of those stores are located in western Pennsylvania, including outlets in North Fayette and in Dunbar, Fayette County,

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