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Circle K Raises Record $1,005,198 for March of Dimes

Pick-A-Pumpkin Campaign funds March of Dimes programs working to give every baby a healthy start and helping sick babies survive and thrive. Circle K Stores and their customers in their Great Lakes and Midwest Regions helped raise $1,005,198 in the annual March of Dimes Pick-A-Pumpkin campaign during October.  This new record total will support March

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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 Raises $1 Million For UCP

“For more than three decades, our partnership with UCP has been one of the most important outlets for Circle K to give back to the people we serve,” says Circle K spokesperson. Circle K recently donated $332,000 to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). The donation was raised during Circle K’s FishStix event, an annual golf and

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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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Dead River Co. Sells Stores To Circle K

Stores scheduled to transition to Circle K ownership in December. After about 40 years in business, Dead River Co. is selling its 19 convenience stores to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Circle K, Bangor Daily News reported. “We’re not closing them; we’re selling them,” Alan Dorr, general manager for procurement at Dead River’s South Portland, Maine headquarters

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RaceTrac To Offer DNA Energy Drink At All Florida Stores

RaceTrac joins Walgreens and Circle K in offering DNA products statewide. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. is expanding DNA Brands’ presence in Florida by approving DNA Energy Drink for sale at all its Florida locations. RaceTrac operates more than 300 stores under the RaceTrac name in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. “After approximately one year of

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Nella Oil Joins Channel Partner Program

“The wide reach of the Voyager Network will be critical for us as we expand our business beyond California and Nevada,” says director of commercial fueling at Nella.   Nella Oil Co. LLC has joined U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program.    U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner

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Circle K Store To Welcome Mixed Martial Arts Superstar

XYIENCE hosts autograph-signing with Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva at local c-store. Circle K and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, are inviting mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to meet XYIENCE team athlete Wanderlei Silva, who fights in the UFC’s middleweight division. Silva is scheduled to sign autographs at the

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The Science of Scan Data

As retail technology evolves, convenience store operators have the tools to turn sales figures into actionable information. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Thanks to advanced technology, retailers can now collect data at the point of sale that tells them what is moving out of their stores, when it sells, who buys it and at what

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Building Bottled Water Sales

The cold vault is overrun with new products and traditional favorites. Chains can’t afford to waste cooler space on brands that don’t sell. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Water continues to briskly flow into and out of convenience stores. It’s bottled, it’s branded, it’s often flavored and, increasingly, it’s infused with ingredients that are good

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Ampli5 Sports Bands

386 Warehouse LLC’s Ampli5, a line of health and sports wristbands, is now available at major retail outlets and convenient stores nationwide, including Circle K, Tom Thumb and Pilot Food Mart. Ampli5’s Health-Sports bands are designed to increase one’s performance by balancing the natural energy field and restoring the proper internal frequencies of the body.

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Couche-Tard’s Q3 Report: Profits Up

“Despite the absence of recent major acquisitions, quarter after quarter, we continue to create value for our shareholders by improving our sales and margins and through initiatives that allow us to increase our efficiency,” says vice president. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $71.0 million for its third quarter, up $16.2 million or 29.6%

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Choosing a Foodservice Model That Works

Is co-branding or a proprietary program the right choice for your chain? Retailers weigh in on what factors to consider before selecting a food brand. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor In today’s market, foodservice is crucial to attracting customers and maintaining strong sales. When adding foodservice, building a proprietary brand, co-branding and leasing space to

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Circle K Elevates Xenergy To A National Brand

Now at least three different varieties of XYIENCE’s Xenergy are planned for each region where Circle K operates, catering to local taste preferences. Circle K has sealed an agreement with XYIENCE, elevating its energy drink brand Xenergy to national status and giving it potential access to all 4,200 locations of the convenience store chain. The

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Scoring Sales with Superior Sanitation

While a tidy restroom is crucial, c-store cleanliness starts with a well-kept forecourt, a quality store design and a dedicated staff that understands your expectations. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Think your c-store and restrooms are clean enough? You might want to triple check your sanitation standards, especially if your chain is pushing foodservice. According

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Circle K Chooses VALID Systems

Circle K convenience store chain is rolling out a new, state-of-the-art check cashing program to its company-owned locations, anchored by VALID’s decisioning and identification technology. Some 750 of Circle K’s 3,000+ stores currently have added the check cashing program. The new system integrates existing hardware alongside new technologies. The verification and approval process is fully-automated;

More and more convenience store operators are following Starbucks’ lead and embracing special brews, such as Rainforest Alliance certified beans and unique country blends.

Defend Your Hot Beverage Business

Tips for protecting sales and profits in today’s climate. Intensifying competition for the morning daypart and escalating commodity costs for coffee drinks have forced convenience retailers to make trade-offs between pricing and profits. This is no small issue as hot dispensed beverages are strategically vital to a retailer’s morning business segment and fresh foods program.

Health-Sports Bands Rollout At C-stores

  Circle K is among U.S. c-store chains adding Ampli5′s health-sports bands Florida-based 386 Warehouse LLC has announced that Ampli5, its line of health and sports wristbands, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets and convenient stores nationwide. Ampli5′s Health-Sports bands are designed to increase one’s performance by balancing the natural energy field

Circle K, XYIENCE Award Harley-Davidson Prize

Circle K and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, announced that Dolly Charley of Akron, Ohio is the lucky winner of their Harley-Davidson sweepstakes. The text-message based contest, which took place in partnership between XYIENCE and Circle K Great Lakes Division stores in nine states, offered shoppers the opportunity to win a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low. “Our

Couche-Tard Acquires 12 Stores in Indiana

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, is set to acquire 12 stores in the Indianapolis, Ind., area from Crystal Flash Petroleum LLC, which operates under the “Crystal Flash” banner. The transaction is anticipated to close in September 2010 and is subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. According

Superior Surveillance Helps Bolster the Bottom Line

In today’s difficult economy, most convenience store owners are turning their focus to profit driving initiatives to give business a boost. When dollars are tight, allotting extra funds to upgrade security equipment might seem a lower priority or even a frivolous expense, but experts note investing in security and surveillance measures can be a retailer’s

Circle K Offers Harley-Davidson Sweepstakes

XYIENCE is offering Circle K convenience store shoppers in select states the chance to win a new Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low in a text message sweepstakes contest. The contest, which launches Sept. 1 and runs through Oct.31, includes participating stores in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Legal residents of

Sweet Success

There’s little doubt that bakeries are big. Bakeries, pastry shops and bagel sellers are growing at a rate of 5%, according to AnythingResearch.com. When launching a bakery program, convenience store retailers are urged to start with an in-depth market study that profiles the target customer base, current sales in the market area for the product

Couche-Tard Reports Strong Fourth Quarter, Fiscal 2010

Recent financial reports from Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. might make it harder for Casey’s General Stores Inc. to convince shareholders to look the other way on Couche-Tard’s  bid to buy Casey’s for $36 per U.S. share. Couche-Tard, owner of Mac’s corner store in Canada and Circle K in the U.S., surpassed financial expectations for its

Indiana Retailers Seek Sunday Beer Sales

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers has started a new campaign called, “Change It Indiana” that seeks to build public support to allow Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group, which includes Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, CVS and Circle K stores, argues that 47 states allow Sunday carryout sales and that

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