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Handy Dandy Stores Adds Relaxation Beverages

Thirty Handy Dandy convenience stores across Indiana are set to begin carrying KOMA UNWIND relaxation shots, as well as BeBevCo’s emerging brand: Relax 5 shots. S. Abraham and Sons Inc. is partnering with BeBevCo and is the distributor in this deal. Since announcing distribution of KOMA UNWIND throughout South Carolina Walmart stores, distributors and convenience

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IPCA Limits Violence In Its C-Stores

Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has partnered with OSHA. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) is hoping to limit violent injuries and fatalities at convenience stores throughout the state. IPCA has signed an agreement with the Indiana Department of Labor to promote this specific effort. The Indiana Department of Labor

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Thorntons Joins the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Matt Thornton says he is proud to be a partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a fifth year. Thorntons announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it would partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. On May 1, all Thorntons store locations began to sell “wish stars” for $1. All of the

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Illinois MotoMart Celebrates After Selling Winning Lottery Ticket

Nine c-store employees at the Red Bull, Ill. store will get a chunk of the winnings. A MotoMart convenience store in southern Illinois that sold one of three lottery tickets that won a share of the world-record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot is celebrating this week.  Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones presented the MotoMart convenience

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Thorntons Celebrates Earth Day

Customers have a chance to win free flex-fuel for a year. Thorntons has rolled out its Flex-Fuel Earth Day Promotion, where customers who drive flex-fuel vehicles can enter for a chance to win FREE Flex-Fuel for a Year. Of Thorntons’ 166 gasoline and c-store locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, currently 63 offer

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Atlas Oil To Distribute TankShield

“This product will give customers peace of mind and protect both their fuel and their profits,” says Atlas Oil spokesperson. Fuel theft from above ground tanks is becoming a growing problem in these tough economic times. To address this issue, Atlas Oil Co. has partnered with Burlingame Industries to distribute TankShield, an innovative fuel theft

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Indiana Panel Looks To Protect Late-Night Workers

C-store chains Circle K and Village Pantry team with organizations to help set standards for ensuring the safety of night shift workers. A panel of Indiana labor officials and retail groups have teamed to better protect late-night employees from violent crimes, according to the Greenfield, Ind. Daily Reporter.  The alliance is known as the Late

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Luke Oil Plans To Grow in Northwest Indiana

New locations would grow Luke Oil’s portfolio of stores to 30 sites in 2012. Hobart, Ind.-based Luke Oil Co. plans to open at least five new gas stations and convenience stores in 2012, the NWI Times Online reported. New stores planned for Cedar Lake, Hobart and East would beef up Luke Oil’s portfolio of 25

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Chester’s Opens 200th Store of the Year

“Chester’s success can be attributed to our commitment to our retailers,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s International LLC, a fried chicken foodservice provider in the convenience store industry, has opened its 200th store of the year. The milestone was crossed with three recent openings:  Sunmart Store #115 in Fargo, N.D., Bailey’s in Franklin Furnace, Ohio and

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Thorntons Honored as 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky. chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. By John Lofstock, Editor. The late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., once said, “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize. We chose a different path.

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Thorntons’ Promotion Targets Cards and Wildcats Fans

Now through Sept. 12 fans can win free tickets to the Big College Football Match-Up in Lexington on Sept. 17. Fall is almost here and with it the seasonal rivalry that signals the start of the college sports season. Thorntons invites customers to show their true fan colors, Cardinals Red or Wildcats Blue, as Thorntons

Gas City Files for Bankruptcy

Frankfort, Ill.-based Gas City Ltd., a chain of independent gas stations founded and owned by William McEnery, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. Founded in 1966, Gas City includes 51 gas stations located mainly in the south suburbs of Chicago, but also in Indiana, Arizona and Florida, and listed

NACS Kicks Off With Opening Session

Engagement, an overriding theme of the NACS Show, was clearly the dominant theme of NACS Chairman Jay Ricker’s Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. Ricker encapsulated his past year as chairman with three stories about engagement: with the media, with customers and with elected officials. The first story related to

Thorntons Celebrates Store Openings In Illinois

Thorntons recently celebrated the grand opening of its two newest store locations in the Chicago suburbs. On Sept. 21, the company opened a store located at 28937 West IL Route 120 in Lakemoor, Ill., and on Sept. 28, Thorntons opened a location at 110 West Devon Ave. in Wood Dale, Ill. With the addition of

Thorntons Reopens Evansville Store

Thorntons celebrated the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 2401 Morgan Ave. Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 16, 2010. With the addition of this location, Thorntons will operate 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

Chicago Gasoline Prices Spike on Pipeline Leak

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Reduced driving demand following Labor Day typically presses gasoline prices lower in September. There have been exceptions, such as when supply disruptions caused by a hurricane occur, with September the peak period for storm activity in the Atlantic Basin. US drivers should brace for another run higher

Thorntons Debuts Remodeled Store

Thorntons has announced the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 4154 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 31. With the addition of this location, Thorntons  operates 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

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

Love’s Opens Five Chester’s

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is opening five new Chester’s locations at its stores. The fried chicken foodservice offering is set to appear at Love’s locations in Corning, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Des Moines (Clive), Iowa, Oak Creek, Wis., and Gary, Ind. Following the merger of Flying J Inc. and Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the

Brookwood Farms Appoints New Mid Regional Manager

Brookwood Farms BBQ has hired Chuck Mastruserio as its new regional manager for the Mid West region. “We are very excited to have Chuck join our team as we expand our sales and growth into the Midwest region of the country,” said Twig Wood, Brookwood Farms president. He will assume the responsibilities of managing sales

Family Express To Reward Customers With F.E. Perks

Family Express, which operates stores in northwest and north central Indiana, is taking another step forward in its quest to delight customers by turning their purchases inside the store into savings at the pump. The new “F.E. Perks” program will kick off at all Family Express stores in April and it will be based on

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

Innovation Drives Frozen Sales

  TOP PERFORMERS Coca-Cola Co. PepsiCo ICEE (J&J Snack Foods) HONORABLE MENTIONS F’Real! Foods Dr Pepper (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) Slush Puppie (J&J Snack Foods) It’s little surprise that The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo were ranked as top performers in the dispensed cold beverages category, but innovators like J&J Snack Foods and F’Real! are certainly

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