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Gasoline Prices in Uptrend Through Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices made sharp gains in late July, early August, and there’s more upside left in the cash market, which will filter through to retail outlets across the U.S. Absent a steep selloff, retail gasoline prices are poised to move higher in most U.S. metropolitan

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Weathering the Economic Storm

C-store retailers express optimism as financial conditions continue to slowly improve. by Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. While we were able to summarize the major findings of the 2012 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey earlier this year, there are a few more interesting facts to share concerning the responses to our first question: “How was the

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Fresh & Easy Slashes Jobs

Despite job cuts, Tesco continues to fight for the future of Fresh & Easy.   Tesco has cut jobs at the Californian headquarters of its struggling Fresh & Easy chain in the U.S, but is still continuing with business as usual, according to Reuters. “In April we said we are taking a more cautious approach

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NRA Reports Job Growth Rate For Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association finds that the job growth rate in the restaurant industry outpaces overall job growth rate in the U.S. The restaurant industry continues to lead the job market in creating jobs. The past year, eating and drinking place employment increased 2.7%, which is more than double the 1.3% increase in total U.S.

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Gas Sales Still High While Consumers Cut Spending Levels

Recent surveys show that Americans still want to buy gasoline, though they are cutting spending levels in other retail areas. Empathica Inc., a global provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions to more than 200 of the world’s respected brands, announced Thursday that its Consumer Insights Panel survey of 6,500 U.S. consumers found that consumers

Inspiring Leadership in Those Around You

Master Chief Petty Officer David A. Lindenberger. He is the toughest man I’ve ever met. As the senior enlisted man aboard the submarine USS Providence during my time in the Navy, he was known simply as Chief of the Boat or the COB. He wasn’t a particularly big man, maybe an iron fist taller than

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Creating A Policy And Procedure Handbook

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”   – from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. As a small business owner, you may wonder why one would need to get organized from a policy and

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Half Century Man

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Feb. 11 was a milepost of sorts – I turned 50! As I enter the second half of my life [sic], I look back at the first 50 years with a great sense of pride and exuberance.  I have been blessed with the opportunities

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7-Eleven Closes Sam’s Mart Deal

The 55 acquired stores are scheduled for rebranding as 7-Elevens in 2012. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 55 Sam’s Mart stores from Sam’s Mart LLC.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Slurpee drinks and Big Bite hot dogs aren’t the only good news 7-Eleven stores’ return to the Greater Charlotte

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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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Dollar General To Open More Than 600 New Stores

Dollar General set to create more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. These new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s 38-state operating area, plus California and Massachusetts. “Dollar General is excited about our tremendous

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Local Store Marketing: Key Leaders

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This adage held true in your first job search and still holds true today in business.  Building and fostering long-term business relationships not only enable you to be connected to the key decision makers in

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Early November

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the first week of November, while the broader trend is moving higher despite poor demand for gasoline. Should current dynamics hold, we could see the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average moving higher into the Thanksgiving holiday from a four-week

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Sheetz Named Among Best Places to Work

“The fact that this is the 10th year in a row that our employees have rated us so highly says a lot about our culture and the spirit of teamwork and respect that exists throughout our company,” says Sheetz’ CEO. Sheetz Inc. has been named one of 2011’s Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.  

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Nice N Easy Recognizes Long-Term Employees

At an awards banquet, the Nice N Easy team celebrates employees who have worked with the company for five to 30 years. Canastota, N.Y. –based Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes recently recognized several employees who achieved very important milestones at a Service Awards Banquet held at The Rusty Rail in Canastota. President and CEO John

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Sheetz To Hire 250 Employees

As Sheetz grows its fleet of stores, it looks to add new employees. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz plans to hire up to 250 new employees in greater Pittsburgh by the end of 2012 as it opens new stores and renovates others, Bizjournals.com reported. Within the next three months, the c-store chain is set to open two

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Core-Mark Appoints New Board Member

Rob Gross brings more than 20 years of multi-retail experience to his new role with Core-Mark. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has appointed Robert Gross to its Board of Directors. Gross will serve as an independent director

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Retail Hiring at Highest Level Since End of Recession

October report shows retail hiring up 12.6% in September. Kronos Inc. has released the Kronos Retail Labor Index, a family of metrics and indices that characterize the current state of the demand and supply sides of the labor market within the U.S. retail sector. The analysis and write-up prepared by Macroeconomic Advisers LLC shows The

Shrink Decreases 6.8% in U.S

Global retail theft totaled $107.3 billion in 2010, representing a 5.6% decrease from the prior year (6.8% in the U.S.), according to the fourth annual edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer. Click here to view the entire study. The study, sponsored by an independent grant from Checkpoint Systems, monitored the costs of shrink (loss

Gasoline Costs Continue Rise Despite Tepid Demand Growth

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs are moving sharply higher early in the fourth quarter primarily on a bullish market sentiment for all commodities in general, along with refinery downtime in key regional markets in New York and Chicago. Meanwhile, ethanol prices are again on the move higher, with the

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

TD Economics: No Double-Dip Recession

The storm has ebbed, but the U.S. economic forecast remains overcast, according toTD Economics. “We don’t expect to see any miracles occurring over the next several months…but the evidence appears to be for the gradual unwind of imbalances and a continued slow pick-up in economic activity-and not another descent into recession,” wrote Deputy Chief Economist

Jack Link’s to Acquire Minnesota Facility

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is set to acquire a packaged meat snack products manufacturing facility located in Mankato, Minn., from JBS S.A., the largest beef producer in the world. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will

The Pantry Purchases 47 Presto C-stores

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., operator of Kangaroo Express, is purchasing 47 Presto Convenience Stores throughout Kansas and Missouri, including five in the Kansas City metro area. The locations-all but three of which are in Kansas-reported a revenue of about $194 million during the year that ended last May. The deal is expected to close

Fresh & Easy Takes on Northern California

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is planning to open eight stores in Northern California-including in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto, in early 2011. These stores, will the company’s first stores north of Fresno and will create about 160 jobs in the region, bringing access to fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices to new

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