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Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Expands

Innovative program to fund classroom projects, adds seven communities to the 2012 program. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to nine communities this fall from two communities in 2011.  Fuel Your School will provide useful funding for eligible classroom projects developed by public school teachers and posted to

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Propel Fuels Participates In CO2 Reduction Effort

“The early success of Propel’s CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear,” says Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels, is now the first company to let consumers offset their driving emissions at

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New Jerky Tastes

Golden Island Jerky Co., a leading producer of jerky products based in Southern California, plans to launch six new flavors of jerky, made in America and inspired by flavors from around the world. Golden Island’s latest flavors include the following: hickory black pepper (beef), chili lime (beef), mandarin orange (beef), teriyaki (pork), grilled barbecue (pork)

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California C-Stores Promote New, Self-Chilled Beverage Cans

Three c-store locations on the West Coast are hosting events to promote the sale of the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy, a self-chilled beverage that doesn’t require refrigeration. A Chevron Carwash and Food Mart in Pasadena, Calif., plans to feature the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy packaged in a self-chilling beverage can at

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Propel Works With Eco-Energy For Renewable Fuel Supply

Propel Fuels can focus on its “core mission of fueling progress” more often by working with Eco-Energy as its main supplier of fuel. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, announced it entered an exclusive supply agreement with Eco-Energy, a distributor of renewable fuels, to reach the company’s E85 demand

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7-Eleven Fights Against Illegal Underage Sales

New technology to help prevent sale of age-restricted products to underage customers. 7-Eleven Inc. is taking a new and aggressive approach to enhance its social and corporate responsibility of illegal underage sales of age-restricted products. On April 16, the company will debut a new technology in each of its 1,600 7-Eleven stores in California that

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Finding the Right Foodservice Equipment

To be a winner in the foodservice arena, break out of the convenience store box and take some equipment cues from quick-service, fast casual and white tablecloth restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. No one understands the pain of working in a cramped space better than a food truck operator, said Larry Miller, president of

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Southern California Gas Station Franchisees Sue BP

Some 40 station owners claim BP failed to comply with the federal and state rules for terminating a franchise, seek $1 billion in damages and a restraining order to protect them from being forced from their property. A group of Southern California Arco and Thrifty gas station franchisees are suing BP and Thrifty Oil Co.,

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ARCO Installing inovationTV at 138 Locations

New stations to add more than three million monthly impressions to the GSTV Network. ARCO has signed to have inOvationTV installed at 138 of its stations immediately through a partnership with Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national away-from-home television network at the pump, and Wayne, A GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers

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BP Corrects Reports On ARCO

BP intends to sell its Carson refinery, associated businesses and the ARCO-branded retail network in 2012 as an on-going business. BP has corrected a number of inaccurate reports that the ARCO brand would be withdrawn from Southern California. BP noted that it remains committed to the ARCO and ampm convenience store brands. BP announced plans

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NATO Announces Initiative To Combat Local Ordinances

Free sign up date for the April 2012 NATO Show extended. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) launched a new initiative in response to the wave of local ordinances being proposed in cities in Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states.  “These local ordinance are the latest in the attempt by the anti-tobacco

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Valero Teams With Cardtronics

New deal names Cardtronics as exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero Corner Stores. San Antonio-based Valero Retail Holdings Inc., a division of Valero Energy Corp. has named Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero’s entire U.S. portfolio of company operated convenience stores, predominantly branded Valero Corner Stores. The newly-formed relationship with

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Robinson Takes the Helm at NACS

Incoming chairman promotes advocacy as he prepares to battle swipe fees, fuel standards and tobacco regulations in the year ahead. By John Lofstock, Editor. Renowned author and business strategist Tom Peter once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” When it comes to the challenges facing the convenience store and petroleum industry over

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Dollar General To Open More Than 600 New Stores

Dollar General set to create more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. These new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s 38-state operating area, plus California and Massachusetts. “Dollar General is excited about our tremendous

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BP’s ampm Adds Chase ATMs

Some 800 ATMs scheduled for ampm locations in five states. Chase ATMs are set to be installed at 800 ARCO-branded ampm locations in California as well as Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada as part of Chase’s nation-wide ATM network expansion. “Chase’s ATMs are an exciting addition to our convenience store offering, and will help us

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Tom Robinson Leads Slate of 2010-11 NACS Executive Committee Officers

NACS announced the election of its 2011-12 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Chicago. Tom Robinson, president of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Robinson Oil Corp., was named the association’s 2011-12 chairman of the board. Robinson also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the

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PC&F Adds Digital Forecourt Marketing

Applause TV allows PC&F to entertain customers, while providing advertising and couponing to enhance site-specific promotions. Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC (PC&F) is set to install Gilbarco Applause TV with Outcast as the standard digital forecourt marketing solution for its new locations. PC&F already has systems installed at some California and Colorado locations and is

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Fresh & Easy Express To Hit California

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain to test a c-store version of the grocery store brand, after a successful push with Tesco Express in the U.K. Tesco PLC is set to test a new Fresh & Easy Express branch of stores, a smaller-format version of its Fresh & Easy grocery stores, in an effort to

Customers Earn Fuel Savings At Ralphs Grocery

Ralphs Grocery Co. and Shell have teamed to give customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Ralphs shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Ralphs rewards card. Beginning Nov. 1, every time

Convenience TV To Roll Out At 75 More Stores

Convenience TV Inc. has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Black Hat Distributing Co. LLC to have them sign 75 additional locations in Greater Los Angeles. If successful, adding these additional 75 installations will bring the total number of locations to 103 in the Los Angeles area. “We have projected that 100 or more locations

Chevron Donates To Local Public Schools

Over the past three weeks, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion has encouraged East Bay, Calif., drivers to help earn up to $1 million in funds for their neighborhood public schools. To participate customers simply have to fill up their gas tank at participating Chevron stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties between Sept. 1 and

Fresh & Easy Debuts Kids Product Line

Fresh & Easy is celebrating the opening of three new Fresh & Easy stores in San Diego County and the launch of fresh&easy Goodness, a range of nutritious products designed specifically for kids. Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason was joined by Region IX Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Herb

3,000 California Stations Order To Remove Latches

The California state fire marshal has ordered about 3,000 gas stations-one-third of all stations in the state-to remove the latches on gas nozzles that allow people to fill up their tanks while keeping their hands free by Oct. 15, the Associated Press reported. The mandate was put in place after the hold-open latches on at

Fresh & Easy Takes on Northern California

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is planning to open eight stores in Northern California-including in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto, in early 2011. These stores, will the company’s first stores north of Fresno and will create about 160 jobs in the region, bringing access to fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices to new

Bag Ban Opposition Mounts

Opposition to AB 1998, “bag ban bill,” is growing rapidly across the state of California. Hundreds of businesses, many of them small grocers and retailers have joined forces with manufacturing associations, chambers of commerce and plastic bag makers statewide to send a clear message to the state government: start focusing on the real problems facing

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