Richard Cleary, manager of the VERC Pembroke Mobil & Dunkin Donuts, presents a check for $500 to David Summergrad, principal of North Pembroke Elementary School.

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant to North Pembroke Elementary

Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, Verc Enterprises gives back to the community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented North Pembroke Elementary School with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the

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Home Service Oil Opens Two Express Marts

At 6,500 square feet, the new Hillsboro location is considered one of the largest c-stores in Jefferson County. Home Service Oil Co., which operates Express Mart convenience stores in and around Jefferson County, Mo., just south of St. Louis, has recently opened two newly-built Express Marts that are enormous in size. Their new Hillsboro location

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Cenex Launches Tanks of Thanks

First of its kind, community-driven initiative celebrates customers’ good deeds and generates engagement from retailers. Cenex—the CHS energy brand—has launched a new a program that recognizes and rewards people for the everyday acts of kindness that make our communities a better place to live. As part of a new marketing campaign launched last December, Tanks

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Rutter’s 2011 Charitable Giving Tops $320,000

“We believe these donations have made a lasting impact on the organizations that receive them and those who’ve benefitted from them,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores made charitable donations to several community organizations, which totaled more than $320,000 in 2011. “In economies as tough as this one, charities need the financial support of the

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Irving Oil Awards $60,000 to Six Community Organizations

Each organization earns up to $15,000 to support education, the environment, and local communities through Irving’s  Community Fuel Grant Program. Irving Oil has just awarded $60,000 to support six local community organizations throughout Atlantic Canada and New England through its Community Fuel Grant Program. Each organization applied and requested for a grant worth up to

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Valero Raises Over $1.9 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds raised during four-week campaign will benefit 32 children’s hospitals. Valero Corner Store employees and their customers once again showed their dedication to their communities by raising a total of $1,933,847 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals  during its four-week fundraising campaign Sept. 6 – Oct. 3. The campaign took place in all 991 Corner Store

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Big Apple Gas Giveaway Celebrates Revamped Stations

Gift card giveaway encourages customers to visit redesigned stations. Maine-based CITGO fuel distributor C.N. Brown Co. is giving away more than $1,000 a day in CITGO Gift Cards valid for fuel and convenience store purchases at 43 Big Apple and other participating locations across Maine and New Hampshire. The contest celebrates C.N. Brown’s 20-year partnership with CITGO

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Supervalu Commits $1 Million To Sponsor Youth Sports Teams

Sponsorship helps provide opportunities for more than 20,000 kids to participate in soccer and baseball. Supervalu Inc. has committed $1 million to sponsor 1,542 youth sports teams in markets where its ACME, ALBERTSONS, Cub Foods, FARM FRESH, JEWEL-OSCO and SHAWS/STAR Market stores operate. The sponsorships underscore the company’s commitment to its local neighborhoods. The sponsorships,

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It’s Showtime!

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. It is time to create a stir.  Some excitement.  Some passion.  Go ahead, pound your chest a bit.  It is time to make yourself known.  It’s Showtime! All too often, store operators – after their grand opening—sit back and wait for the phone to

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Local Store Marketing: Coupon Books

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Growing up in Michigan, I was a part of a very prestigious high school baseball team– the Plymouth Canton Chiefs.  Year in and year out, our team was highly ranked and continually vied for the state championship.  Playing on this team was a sign

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Jewel-Osco Teams With Food Banks For Hunger Action Month

Give a Little, Feed a Lot Campaign to benefit local food banks.  JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is partnering with multiple food banks in Illinois and Indiana on a proactive food drive to support Hunger Action Month in September. The campaign, called “Give a Little, Feed a Lot,” which is going on now

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Thorntons Partners With Dare to Care Food Bank

“This is just another way where are our team members can contribute and give back their time and talents to the local community,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with Dare to Care Food Bank to help prepare foods for distribution for the Kentuckiana area. Thorntons team members volunteered their time, and sorted

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Wawa to Present Community Service Award

Now in its sixth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award is set to once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF). The goal of the Environmental Community Service award is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high

Thorntons Donates $1 Million To Speed Art Museum

Thorntons Inc. has donated $1 million to The Speed Art Museum’s Changing Speed Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign will fund the expansion and renovation of the Museum’s site in Louisville, Ky. The expansion is intended to serve the community through new programming and increased space for educational initiatives, public events and additional gallery space to

VERC Enterprises Aims and Delivers

VERC ENTERPRISES AT A GLANCE   VERC Enterprises was launched 35 years ago by Paul Vercollone and his father Eugene in 1975 with a single gas station/car wash in Marshfield, Mass. Leo Vercollone, the company’s current president and CEO, joined the team after he graduated from Boston College in 1977. Paul continues to oversee the

Jewel-Osco Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community. The signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana,” is set for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street,

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7-Eleven Inc. wants to make sure Chicago schoolchildren have the “write” stuff when they head back to class this fall. As part of its Hispanic marketing and community outreach program, the convenience retailer is donating a package of No. 2 pencils for every package local customers purchase as a donation to Chicago-area students. Suggested retail

CITGO Participates In Earth Hour 2010

On Saturday, CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined more than 70 local businesses, government agencies, universities, colleges, hotels, and museums, as well as hundreds of residents and small businesses, in observing Earth Hour 2010. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour took place on March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants from 400 cities

Speedway SuperAmerica Raises Over $777,000 for Riley Hospital

Riley Hospital for Children has named the Riley Hospital Burn Unit in the Simon Family Tower in honor of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA). The company raised $777,524 for Riley Hospital in 2009, extending their fundraising total for Riley Hospital to $3.2 million since 2003. The Riley Hospital Burn Unit is Indiana’s only pediatric burn center.

Wilson Farms Helps Fight Leukemia And Lymphoma

Wilson Farms Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Corporate Recruitment Event will kick off on Thursday, March 18 with a check presentation. Paul and Karen Nanula, chairpersons of the western and central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, will present a check from Wilson Farms for funds collected through several

Wawa Title Sponsor of Welcome America! Festival

Wawa Inc. has signed on to be the title sponsor for Welcome America!, a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday.    The partnership will help continue a tradition of nearly two decades of excellence and build on the success of last year’s festival. Mayor Michael Nutter and Wawa officials made the announcement about the sponsorship at

Love’s Opens Store in Tulare, Calif.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened a new travel stop in Tulare, Calif., The new site is located at 2700 S. Blackstone Street, or (Paige/Blackstone) State Route 99, exit 85. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., this Thursday, Jan. 28, in partnership with the Tulare Chamber

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