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Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Launches World-Class Loyalty Program

Minnesota convenience store chain will offer its loyalty customers lower gas prices through its World Rewards program powered by KickBack Rewards Systems. Bobby & Steve’s Auto World has introduced its highly-anticipated advocate loyalty program – World Rewards. The World Rewards program, powered by KickBack Rewards Systems, was created as a loyalty platform to help consumers

BP Joins ‘Top Tier’ Detergent Gasoline Program

BP announced that it has joined the automotive industry’s TOP TIER program for gasoline detergency standards. Although all three BP-branded gasoline grades treated with the company’s proprietary Invigorate additive have always exceeded the TOP TIER standard for detergency, the company formally joined the program on June 24th. “We are committed to providing our branded marketers

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Rebuilding From Fourth Quarter Lows

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric December finished with a sixth consecutive weekly increase in domestic gasoline stocks, rebuilding from a four-year low plumbed in October amid a host of unexpected refinery outages in 2012 heading into the fourth quarter, and exacerbated by the destruction and resultant infrastructure disruptions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

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Family Express Connecting With The Community

Through its partnership with Purdue University, the Indiana chain is giving college football an opportunity to win free gas for a year.   Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express earlier this year entered a multi-year sports marketing agreement with Purdue University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Purdue Sports Properties. As the college football season winds down,

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Heineken Launches New Star Bottle Design

HEINEKEN USA, the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, officially announced that for the first time since 1946, Heineken has redesigned their world-class green bottle for U.S. consumers. The revamped “Star Bottle” is set to hit select New York State markets beginning mid-September, with a national roll-out slated to begin in March 2013 in on and

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Home State of Chester’s Gains Another Store

 ”We are excited to bring Chester’s great tasting chicken to the folks of Salem,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s, a fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, is celebrating the grand opening of a new location Salem, Ala. This location is in The Store, which is walking distance from Auburn University. This Chester’s location

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Tri-State Petroleum, Marathon Petroleum Partner

Marathon is supplying branded fuel to all Tri-State Petroleum locations. Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is has entered a new brand relationship with Marathon Petroleum Co. (MPC). MPC will be supplying branded fuel to all of Tri-State Petroleum’s convenience store

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Pilot Flying J Opens 300th Restaurant

Another 23 restaurants are scheduled to open by the end of 2012. Pilot Flying J celebrated its 300th company-owned and operated restaurant with the opening of a Huddle House in its new Pilot Travel Center location in Anna, Texas, on June 11. The company historically has been a leader in adding restaurants to its network

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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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Rutter’s Offers More Options On Its Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores puts two new products on its lunch and dinner menus to give customers more choices. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., plans to please its loyal customers with the addition of steak chips and quesadillas to its lunch and dinner menus to further help retain and gain customers. The company’s new steak

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Local Store Marketing: Overcoming Retail Wallpaper

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Ever drive down the road and out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of a 20-foot pink gorilla in a bathing suit on top of a store? That is a retailer attempting to overcome what I call the “retail wallpaper

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Thorntons Expands in Florida

Thorntons embarks into a new metro/state region for the first time since 2007. Thorntons is expanding into the Florida metro market of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. The first location is set to open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater. Thorntons’ strategic plan for the region is to 15-20 Tampa—St. Petersburg—Clearwater area stores in the next three years. “To

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Team Oil Leaps into Foodservice

Team Oil Inc. yesterday completed a six-month construction addition to its flagship Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., opening the doors to expanded facility that includes a Subway franchise, enlarged deli area, new restrooms and a large dining area. Eric Huppert, president and general manager of Team Oil Inc, said the company will

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Shell Begins Gasoline Giveaway Promotion

Shell is hosting several “No Other Gasoline Protects Better” Gasoline Giveaways across the nation to celebrate the launch of its new Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. With advanced engine technologies increasingly coming to the market and consumers keeping their cars longer, Shell recognizes it is becoming more important for consumers to protect their vehicles from lower-quality

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Bullish Geopolitics Overpower Bearish Gasoline Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline spiked to a $3.721 gallon 8-1/2 month high on Feb. 27, and is poised for a further advance despite mixed wholesale costs in early March. Retail prices have never been this high this early

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McManigal Joins Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors

“Mark’s appointment is a direct result of his deep knowledge of Kum & Go’s business model and his unique insights to our business,” says Kum & Go’s CEO. Mark McManigal, managing director of Claritas Capital is set to join Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors, beginning in October 2011. McManigal previously served as in-house general

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Kum & Go Rank Improves on Inc. 5000

Listed at No. 4372, Kum & Go moves up more than 200 spots since last year. Kum & Go officials announced the company’s inclusion, for the third straight year, in the Inc. 5000, a ranking of the 5000 fastest growing privately-held companies in America. The results of the fifth annual Inc. 5000 revealed that Kum

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The ABC’s of ASPC

Understanding average sales per customer can stop employee theft in its tracks. By Jim Callahan. Human resources guru Mel Kleiman preaches that 20% of employees are basically honest, 20% are basically dishonest and the rest tend to gravitate toward the middle—depending on how management handles the dishonest employees. The following is designed to identify and

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Fas Mart, Shore Stop To Donate $120,000

“We felt it was a good time to make these important contributions to the communities we serve,” says GPM Investments spokesperson. GPM Investments LLC, which operates both the Fas Mart and Shore Stop convenience store chains, has raised $80,000 and allocated $40,000 worth of coffee for donation to 16 local charity organizations located throughout the

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COLLOQUY Educates Loyalty Marketers

As the middle-class gets further squeezed five loyalty trends are helping merchants add value to attract customers. In its most recent issue, LoyaltyOne’s COLLOQUY magazine examined the strapped U.S. middle-class and what marketers can do to develop loyalty with this group through the lingering recession and beyond.  With 50% of Americans defining themselves as middle-class,

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FuelQuest Expands ForeSite Product Line

“ForeSite SV allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of my fuel operations while ForeSite IC allows me to discover inventory variances immediately,” says fuel purchasing specialist for Hy-Vee. FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, is expanding its ForeSite product line with two real-time fuel

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Irvington Chester’s Reopens

A sizeable chicken statue has made the store a local landmark. Chester’s, a  fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has reopened its Irvington, Ala., location at 6831 Hwy 90 West. The Irvington Chester’s has become a local landmark due to the 10 –foot chicken statue sitting in the CITGO parking lot.  The

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Kangaroo Express Achieves $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Campaign benefiting military non-profit organizations continues through summer after goal is achieved well ahead of schedule. The Pantry Inc. has already achieved its summer-long fundraising goal of $1 million in the early weeks of its “Salute Our Troops” campaign. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and communities

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GSP, Kangaroo Express ‘Salute Our Troops’

“We are proud to join GSP in this campaign to provide an opportunity for our store guests to thank our military for the work and sacrifices required to protect our nation and preserve our freedom,” says senior vice president of The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. and GSP, a provider of retail services, have joined for

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Thorntons Selects Sanders\Wingo As Agency of Record

“We appreciate the team’s strategic thinking and creative approach to the assignment, especially as we look toward expansion of digital efforts,” says Thorntons’ executive vice president.  Thorntons has picked Sanders\Wingo as its agency of record. “A name like Thornton’s carries such a great amount of brand trust and loyalty, and we’re honored to be beginning

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