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Casey’s Takes Charge

With an aggressive expansion and remodeling plan underway, Casey’s General Stores is in firm control of its future and sits atop the list of Chains to Watch in 2013. By: Erin Rigik, associate editor. Casey’s General Stores has come a long way in two years. The convenience store chain is branching into new territory, pushing

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Kentucky Re-Examines State Laws On Sale Of Liquor

One U.S. district judge calls Kentucky’s law prohibiting the sale of wine and liquor in c-stores and grocery stores “unconstitutional.” A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that a Kentucky law prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of Louisville, Ky., said the state

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Valero Brand Comes To Stations In Kentucky

Somerset-based Southern Petroleum converts 26 stores.  Motorists in north central and southeast Kentucky are seeing new teal-and-yellow signs going up at gasoline stations now that Valero has expanded its presence in the region under an agreement with Somerset, Ky.-based distributor Southern Petroleum, Inc. Twenty-six Southern Petroleum properties have undergone or soon will undergo conversions to

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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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Lehigh Gas Files For IPO

Lehigh Gas Partners LP filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $120 million in an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock to help repay debt and reimburse its general partner. The company this month entered into a master lease agreement with an affiliate of Getty Realty Corp. for 120 more

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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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Thorntons Enhances Coffee Lineup

Introduces proprietary coffee blends, while phasing out Dunkin’ Donuts brand affiliation. Thorntons Inc. is expanding and enhancing its proprietary coffee brand, Thorntons Premium Blend Coffees in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. The official rollout date for the 33 Kentucky locations that currently serve the Dunkin’ Donuts brand coffee, is set to commence Monday, April 2

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TA Sponsors MATS Health Awareness Walk

At Mid-America Trucking Show walk promotes healthier professional drivers. The entire trucking industry is invited to join TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and Trucking Solutions Group for the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk, sponsored by TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, together with Trucking Solutions Group, is set for Friday,

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Casey’s Expands Into Kentucky

Casey’s takes on a 12th state as it prepares to break ground on its new Kentucky store. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced that the company has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Kentucky later this month. This store will be located in Cadiz, Ky. and will

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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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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

Thorntons Offers Black Friday Deal on E-85

Thorntons is offering E-85 flex fuel for 85 cents per gallon on  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at select locations. E-85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15% petroleum. Ethanol can be made from virtually any agriculture feedstock from which starch is derived, such as corn, sugar cane, wheat or milo. Today, the

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

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

Thorntons Adds E-85 To New Albany Store

  Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. has added E-85 fuel to its store at 2250 State Street in New Albany, Ind., Business First of Louisville. It is the ninth Thorntons store to carry the alcohol-based fuel, which is 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum. Thorntons has four stores in Illinois, two in Indiana, two in Kentucky and

Road Ranger Growing

Tough economic times mean new opportunities and Road Ranger just found one. The Rockville, Ill., convenience store chain entered into operating lease agreements for 15 Fast Break Food Mart gasoline and convenience stores in the Louisville, Ky., market. The deal increases Road Ranger’s network of travel centers and convenience stores to 88 locations in seven

The Impact of Tobacco Federal Excise Taxes

The increase of federal and state cigarette excise taxes will have a far-reaching, negative impact on the convenience store industry. With the exception of petroleum products, no other category is more vital to the industry’s success than tobacco products. Given that cigarettes represent 30-45% of c-store inside sales, the deterioration of this category will have

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