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The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Convenience stores and many other retail segments have been able to slash operating costs with LED lighting and other equipment upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience store chains big and small are finding ways to save money while improving the store experience for customers with energy efficient technologies. When Wawa Inc. was searching for

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NOCO Rolls Out Dino-Mart Franchise

“Our goal is to grow the Dino-Mart brand throughout our operating area and then across upstate New York,” says NOCO executive vice president. NOCO Energy Corp. is launching a retail gasoline convenience store franchise business called Dino-Mart across New York State, the Buffalo News Online reported.   NOCO is hosting a ribbon cutting today to

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LED Enlightenment Aids Efficiency Options

With so many choices now available, retailers must make sure they select wisely when upgrading canopy and interior lighting. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Lighting technology is undergoing a rapid expansion, with more energy-efficient options appearing in the marketplace. Many retailers seeking cost savings on their electric and maintenance bills are flocking to their utility

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New Food Technology is Hot (and Cool)

Convenience stores are embracing the latest equipment as they look to keep up with QSRs and fast casual restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In the summer, customers line up from morning until evening at Maverik convenience stores to take the f’real machine for a spin. From the time the North Salt Lake City-based chain

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Retailers Urged to Lighten Up

While LED lighting has helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. During holiday season 2011, the 74-foot Norway spruce in New York City’s Rockefeller Center was covered in 30,000 multicolored light-emitting diodes (LED). Those glowing decorations were an

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Chevron Station Goes Green

Cree LED lighting upgrade to deliver an estimated 70% energy savings. Beaverton, Ore.-based Highland Chevron gas station and ExtraMile food market recently underwent extensive eco-renovations, including the installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting by Cree Inc. The addition of Cree LED fixtures supports Highland Chevron’s mission of becoming a zero-energy establishment. Rebuilt from

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground on New Loganville Store

Store to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Reynolds Mill

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Congress Turns Off Spotlight On Lighting Efficiency Standards

As the House and Senate strive to reach a spending deal before a pending government shutdown, the fate of incandescent light bulbs hangs in the balance. Just a few years after Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrated a new law that would ban the incandescent light bulb, both democrats and republicans have decided

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NOCO Unveils Rebuilt Store With Special Features

The new store, located near Buffalo Niagara International Airport, includes kiosk check-in for flights, expanded Charlie The Butcher offerings and green building technologies. NOCO Express Stores has unveiled its newly rebuilt gasoline convenience store at 4590 Genesee Street, on the corner of Holtz Street across from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The store will open

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Kangaroo Express Reopens Tornado-Damaged Store

After complete rebuilding, Kangaroo Express store celebrates reopening on Dec. 8 The Kangaroo Express convenience store that was extensively damaged by April tornadoes celebrated its reopening on Dec. 8 after a complete rebuilding of the store and gas pumps. Mayor Barger led the celebration with a ribbon cutting announcing its open doors. Kangaroo Express took

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Rutter’s To Break Ground on New Loganville Store

New store plans to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County, Pa. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail

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Sinclair Oil Selects Daktronics

“It’s clear Sinclair Oil embraces this technology and understands its importance in promoting their brand image and adding value to its retailers,” says Daktronics spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City and Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announced the LED display manufacturer is now the petroleum distributor’s LED signage provider. Sinclair Oil Corp., which

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What Light Pollution Ordinances Could Mean for C-stores

By: Lance Winslow. We all know that well lit c-stores attract more clientele at night. Folks, especially women feel safer in a well lit environment. Indeed, studies and surveys show that it is actually safer, and humans seem to inherently know this. Perhaps, the reasoning has to do with the basic “crime triangle” – that

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Energy-Efficient Tips for Controlling Costs

Choosing the right equipment  and honing maintenance procedures will help to significantly reduce energy expenses. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience stores looking to save money on operating costs should start examining their cooler and lighting expenses, in addition to the lighting inside the coolers—for simple ways to save big bucks. Canastota, N.Y.-based Nice N

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Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt unveiled its new line of endless glass door merchandisers at the NAFEM Show. The versatile line offers refrigerated and frozen food retailers endless options in glass door merchandiser requirements. Available in two, three, four and five door models, retailers can choose the merchandiser configurations that meet their needs. The individual units come pre-wired with

SUPERVALU Aims To Reduce Emissions

SUPERVALU INC., through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plans to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10% by the end of 2012 with a baseline year of 2007. SUPERVALU’s initiative is comparable in scope to eliminating the electricity use of more than 352,000 average U.S. homes for one year. This partnership makes

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

The company’s 2010 Sustainability Report, recently published online, shows the company has reduced overall energy consumption by more than 27%, and includes updates in four core areas:            —Reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage;            —Eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use;             —Lowering the impact of

Empowered by Energy Efficiency

With energy costs soaring and customers rewarding sustainable behaviors, many convenience store chains are realizing the need to upgrade stores to be more energy efficient. World marketed energy consumption is projected to increase by 44% from 2006 to 2030, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The increase could hit c-store retailers especially hard

Targeting Customers Through Store Design

When Towns Mart enlisted the services of Design Fabrications (DFab) to create an inviting shopping environment for a new store it was constructing in Washington Township, Mich. in 2007, the chain was looking to broaden its customer base through an upgraded design. “We were targeting female and upscale customers by trying to achieve an open

The Benefits of Going Green

An Illinois CITGO fuel marketer became the first gas station owner in the nation to receive the Green Business League award for its efforts to reduce energy and minimize its environmental footprint. Dave Welch, president of Deerfield CITGO, began his journey toward achieving a green business in June 2009, when he and a consultant started

The Sky’s the Limit

Making your mark in the convenience store industry requires hard work, dedication, great people and outstanding service. Throw in three generations of family-owned leadership and a firm commitment to quality and value, and you’ll understand why High’s of Baltimore Inc. is among one of the most revered operators in its markets. “Our brand has been

Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Savvy convenience store chains are leading the charge toward more energy efficient store equipment that both respects the environment and lowers operating costs, using everything from LED lighting and state-of-the-art cooler doors to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings and clean fleet initiatives to do so.   One stellar example of this trend comes

Going Green to Reduce Costs

Wanting to help save the world is admirable, but unless a real cost-savings can be realized convenience store operators seem to agree this economy is not the best time to be experimenting with “green” investments. The key to sustainability issues, then, is finding that balance, and that’s where several c-store chains are differentiating themselves. Scott

New Forecourt Moves

Though gas prices have dropped significantly from a year ago, forecourt-driven sales are still a challenge for many convenience stores because people aren’t buying gas as freely as they did several years ago. The reason? Our troubled economy makes it tough for many to afford the long car trips. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

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