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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

New Bluffton, S.C. location offers discounted gasoline. The Parker Cos., which offers fuel and retail services across southeast Georgia and South Carolina, has opened a new state-of-the-art convenience store in Bluffton, S.C. The newest Parker’s store, located at 1286 Fording Island Road just east of Tanger Outlet Center 1 on Hwy. 278, offers discounted gasoline

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TA Adds New High Tech Laundry Equipment

Drivers can be notified by text message when their laundry is complete. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has begun its rollout of the most modern laundry facility equipment on the highway. TA’s 190 laundry rooms in company-operated locations today contain nearly 2,000 washers and dryers; all of these machines are expected to be replaced with

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Cumberland Farms To Offer MoneyGram Xpress

In-lane money transfer service makes transactions easier for customers. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms has signed an agreement with MoneyGram International to launch the first locations of the MoneyGram Xpress service. This new in-lane money transfer service allows consumers to purchase pre-packaged money transfers in $50, $100 and $200 denominations and redeem them online or by telephone

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

Bid Deadline for Pantry Sites Announced

A bid deadline of July 20, 2010 has been set for the 74 sites throughout the Southeast being divested by The Pantry Inc. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) noted that details on each available property are now available online. Properties being sold include a mix of convenience stores with gas, stand-alone convenience stores,

Would You Like Wi-Fi With That?

Wi-Fi is a trendy offering customers are clamoring for, and it’s starting to appear at more c-store locations, including BP, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and Rutter’s Farm Stores, especially as chains expand their foodservice programs and look for new ways to pull foot traffic into the store. Coffee shops, such as Starbucks have long

Using ATMs to Drive Profits

For many years ATMs were nothing more than large boxes hiding in the corner of convenience stores across the country. Over the years, though, that strategy has evolved as in-store real estate became more valuable and marketers looked for every edge to attract new customers. As such, retailers these days are faced with three distinct

Walgreens Announces Community Corner Program

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is introducing a new Community Corner program designed to highlight the successes of minority-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind supplier diversity initiative is designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens will recognize these vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, coupon booklets,

The 2010 Foodservice Report

Convenience store operators still not convinced foodservice is the future take heed. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is predicting record-high sales of $580 billion in 2010. Furthermore, of the 70 different retail segments NRA tracks, the group identified convenience stores as the food industry’s “bright spot” when it comes to meeting consumer demand for fresh

Hess, Crompco Sign Five Year Contract

Hess Corporation of Woodbridge, N.J., has entered a five year exclusive contract with Crompco LLC to have the company continue its role as Hess’ sole compliance management and testing service provider.  Crompco will support Hess by managing its under ground storage tank (UST), compliance testing schedules, station testing and various other compliance-related needs at Hess’

Hot Stuff Rolling Out New Chorizo Products

Hot Stuff Foods is meeting the growing demand for on-the go foodservice that also satisfies ’round-the-clock’ breakfast and Hispanic taste trends. The company has announced the launch of two new Chorizo products–an eight-inch taco and a 10-inch burrito. Both items are stuffed with traditional Chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, and Jalapeno Salsa – all wrapped

Riding the Hess Express

The first Hess gas station was opened in 1960, and the first Hess Express opened in 1997 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hess Express was named Chain of the Year nine years ago amidst its aggressive southern retail expansion. “When we were recognized with the Chain of the Year award in 2000, we had about 900

Fabulous Freddy’s Fuels with Flair

Fabulous Freddy’s is wooing new customers with old tricks. Resurrecting the customer service of decades past, the seven-store chain headquartered in Las Vegas, offers its patrons full-service treatment at the pump, at self-service prices. “Our company’s mission statement is to provide fabulous service to everyone, and one of the ways we do that is to

Choosing the Right ATM

With the number of ATMs in service across America rising and their average transaction dipping for a decade, convenience store operators face a variety of choices in how they choose to deploy them. Viewed as revenue generators or simply services for customers, cash machines present c-store executives with a variety of options and challenges, beginning

Marketing the Forecourt

When it comes to convenience stores, every square inch of selling space is precious real estate. And when the inside of a store is fully merchandised, the only place left to go is the forecourt area. Some convenience store retailers have always made good use of the forecourt area—whether or not it featured fuel pumps—to

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