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Ryko Solutions Acquires MacNeil Wash Systems

Combined company will form second largest car wash equipment provider in world. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, has entered into a purchase agreement whereby Ryko will acquire MacNeil Wash Systems Ltd. of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, a supplier to the tunnel car wash segment of the industry. 

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Ryko Acquires R.W. Mercer’s Car Wash Operations

“With the acquisition of Mercer’s carwash operation, Ryko has completed our plan to provide direct sales and service throughout the Midwest,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products, has acquired the assets and operations of R.W. Mercer’s car

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Ryko Solutions Completes Sale, Leaseback

Transaction frees funds for aggressive growth strategy. Ryko Solutions Inc., a full-spectrum supplier of car wash equipment, cleaning products and services support in North America has completed a sale leaseback of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Grimes, Iowa.   The move was a both a strategic part of the company’s recapitalization plan and a

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Mark VII Awarded Circle K Car Wash Contract

Last year Mark VII expanded its relationship with Circle K to include three additional regions and now it is adding three more for a grand total of seven regions. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, and producer of vehicle washing equipment worldwide, has been awarded a two-year contract

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Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of First Florida Store

Five Wawa stores are scheduled to open in five weeks in the Orlando area, with the chain forecasting 100 stores for the Orlando/Tampa markets in the next five years. Wawa Inc. today announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its first store in the state of Florida. Located directly across from SeaWorld

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All Aboard the Kelly Express Mart

Kelly Fuels is unifying its nine stores under a single retail brand and upping its investment in foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kelly Fuels Inc. is moving full steam ahead in 2012, rebranding its nine Michigan c-stores under the Kelly Express Mart brand, and giving its locations a full facelift with an express train

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Wawa’s Boasts a Superior Distribution Center

To help keep its stores stocked with fresh products, Wawa’s high-volume distribution center sports a high-bay chilled warehouse serviced by 16 fully-automated mini-load stacker cranes and a warehouse management system from Swisslog, allowing the dairy to move 42,000 crates of liquid products daily with an accuracy rate exceeding 99.9%. by Patrick Roberts, Contributing Editor The

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Jiffy Mart Welcomes Dogs To The C-Store

Jiffy Mart partners with All Paws of CCSI International Inc. to give customers at one of its stores pet-washing services. Some Jiffy Mart customers can take their pets with them on their next stop since the company expanded its services to offer a self-serving pet wash station at one of its stores. The Jiffy Mart

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Advancing Car Wash Technologies

  Mark VII Equipment Inc., U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, announced two new products at The Car Wash Show in Las Vegas. SoftLine MT leverages Mark VII tunnel technology to a 35-foot rollover bay with a mini-tunnel that can wash as many as 50 cars per hour. It includes an integrated presoak system, wheel

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Wawa Fundraises for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign to benefit nine children’s hospitals. Now through May 27, Wawa stores are asking customers to donate either $1, $3 or $5 to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises fundsfor 170 children’s hospitals. All of the funds raised will go to support the nine Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals located in the

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Ryko To Distribute Turtle Wax

Ryko is also helping customers drive wash counts with a new Clean Touch brand retail car wash merchandising campaign. Ryko Solutions Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a provider of chemical, managed maintenance and marketing services to help customers build a more profitable car wash, has been awarded a distributorship to

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A Gift for All Seasons

The prepaid market is booming as retailers begin to capitalize on seasonal opportunities and serving the underbanked. By John Lofstock, Editor. The gift card market is rosy and analysts are poised for another strong year in 2012. In 2011, 80% of consumers planned on buying gift cards for the holiday season, up from 2010, and

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Cash Isn’t King at Cleveland Car Washes

American Pride has switched from cash-based operations to tokens, and customers are coming back stronger than ever. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Brian Costa operates five American Pride car washes in the Cleveland area. All told, there are 29 self-service bays and six touchless automatics. Until early 2000 each location was quarter-based. Then, when the

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Big Apple Plants the Seeds for New Growth

After rebranding a number of its locations under the CITGO brand, Big Apple Food Stores looks to expand its retail portfolio in 2012. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Food Stores has had a busy 12 months. The 82-store chain with locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, completed an aggressive push

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Thorntons To Sell $1 Pink Ribbons In October

All proceeds from ribbon sales to go to the Fight Against Breast Cancer. As part of Thorntons commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness, during the month of October, all Thorntons store locations will sell pink ribbons for $1; with 100% of the proceeds going towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Another way customers can help Thorntons

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Rutter’s Announces Latest Sweepstakes Winners

Customers who used their Rutter’s Rewards card in August had the chance to win prizes including a free month of gas and a flat-screen TV. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores added a little sunshine to the rainy end of summer in central Pennsylvania this week by announcing the latest set of winners in the Register,

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What Wal-Mart’s New C-Stores Mean for the Industry

By Lance Winslow It appears that Wal-Mart plans on setting up hundreds of convenience stores in the near future, and many of these will be completed before 2012. Why is Wal-Mart getting into the c-store business, you wonder? Well, consider if you will that at many of its superstores the company also sells fuel, and

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Investing in Tomorrow

Building a convenience store requires a great deal of planning. Operators are urged to examine all of their options before making their next big investment. By: Jim Callahan Thinking of building a new store? Well, I’ve got some thoughts and opinions to help you focus on making a wise investment. In these trying times few

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Grow Your Car Wash Business

Learn how to attract more customers and increase frequency visits to your car wash. Reserve a seat for the 2011 ICA Car Care World Expo Educational Seminar, “3 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2011,” before April 29, and be entered for a chance to win a $5000 coupon towards the purchase of an Xtreme

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Interface With KickBack Rewards Systems

Intelio Technologies Inc., a provider of self-service marketing, has developed an interface to allow the leading brands of car wash entry systems to interface with KickBack Rewards. The new interface allows car wash operators who utilize the Unitec Wash Select II or Ryko AMTT, Ryko AMTT CS and Intelio Activa entry systems to interface with

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Mace Security Sells Texas Car Wash

“We are pleased to announce this sale in our continued progress in exiting the car wash business,” says Mace CEO. Horsham, Pa.-based Mace Security International Inc. has sold a full-service car wash facility and convenience store located in Lubbock, Texas. With the sale of its Lubbock location, the corporation currently has two remaining car washes

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Courting Car Wash Customers

Strong new car sales are likely to spur more car wash trips, giving operators an opportunity to garner a strong repeat business in 2011. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Buoyed by the likelihood of tax cut extensions and increased consumer confidence, auto sales climbed in December—great news for car wash operators as new automobile owners

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Kwik Trip Selects Radiant Systems

Radiant’s solution makes it quick and easy for c-store customers to complete transactions. Kwik Trip Inc., a Wisconsin-based petroleum and convenience store retailer with 425 locations, has enlisted Radiant Systems Inc. to equip its sites with the company’s Radiant Point-of-Sale (RPOS) software, Tiger Fuel Controllers and P1560 POS terminals. Radiant Systems not only develops innovative

Driving Car Wash Profits

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits. Determining which tactics will best accomplish these feats is where it gets complicated. Tactics that are working for many in the industry include touting loyalty programs, embarking on water-saving initiatives, participating

Three-Way Car Cleaning

  D& S Car Wash Equipment Co. introduces a new Tri Gloss showerhead application system for its line of D & S 5000 touchless automatic carwash systems. The new application system provides an extremely foamy, sudsy lather with greater consistency and with better air and chemical utilization. Tri Gloss, designed to maintain and preserve clear-coat

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