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Ryko Acquires R.W. Mercer’s Car Wash Operations

“With the acquisition of Mercer’s carwash operation, Ryko has completed our plan to provide direct sales and service throughout the Midwest,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products, has acquired the assets and operations of R.W. Mercer’s car

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Pilot Flying J Announces Plans For New Stores

Pilot Flying J is working on opening two new stores in Virginia and Michigan. Pilot Flying J plans to open two new stores in August. New stores include a location in Harrisonburg, Va., which opens on Aug. 13, and a Port Huron, Mich., location, which opens on Aug. 20. The new locations will feature gas

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Kroger Expected To Build Gas Station In Michigan

Kroger aims to clean up a Michigan township by adding new business to the area. Kroger is expected to open a new gas station by the end of 2012 on a property it owns in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., according to Ann Arbor digital media company news. The new gas station will measure nearly one acre on a

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TA Opens Two New Full-Service Travel Centers

TA adds two more travel centers in the Michigan-area this week. TravelCenters of America LLC opened two new TA-branded locations on June 25 at Tekonsha and Battle Creek, Mich. The addition of the two new stations brings the total number of TA full-service travel centers to 240. The new Tekonsha location includes all of the

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Michigan Bans K2 And Spice Sales In C-Stores

Michigan lawmakers ask c-stores and retailers to drop all K2 and spice-labeled products from their stores. Michigan law enforcement and health officials are removing dangerous synthetic drugs from retail shelves across the state as of Thursday, according to a miNBC news report. State Senate Bill 1082 is part of a package that allows the state to

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Mark Bierley Resigns From The Pantry

As The Pantry searches for a new CFO, Berry Epley, vice president and corporate controller, will assume Bierley’s responsibilities until a successor is found. The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., announced today that Mark Bierley, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the company, is resigning effective May 25,

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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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PS Food Mart Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“The initiative includes a newly designed Website and a free PS Food Mart mobile app,” says president and CEO of Folk Oil. PS Food Mart recently launched a new Website and is now providing a free mobile app for customers with smartphones. The new PS Food Mart site showcases store amenities, products, promotions, gas prices

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Clark Brands Grows West

Marketer is expanding its footprint beyond legacy states as it signs on independent operators. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Clark Brands LLC is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy in 2012, expanding from the Dakotas to Texas, from New Mexico to Michigan and all points in between, as more fuel marketers elect to join the Clark

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MPA/MACS Endorses Hudson Specialty Insurance Co.

This will increase the value-added proposition of being an MPA/MACS member,” says MPA/MACS president. The Michigan Petroleum Association and Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MPA/MACS) is endorsing Hudson Specialty Insurance Co. as the preferred insurer to provide underground storage tank pollution insurance to MPA/MACS members. Insurance can be obtained through the General Agency Company, based

Atlas Oil Makes Inc. 5000 List

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is among the fastest growing private companies in the nation for the second year running. Inc. magazine just published its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list and Atlas increased its position by 278 spots to 4,146 overall. In Michigan, where Atlas is headquartered, the company is ranked at the top of

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

Folk Oil Fights Hunger

Folk Oil’s PS Food Marts chain went to bat for hunger in Michigan and Ohio and raised more than $50,000 for local charities in just two short weeks. From March 15-31 PS Food Mart employees at the chain’s 29 stores encouraged customers and vendors to purchase paper hearts as part of its “Fight Hunger. Give

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

Strong Outlook for Meat Snacks

Meat snacks—beef jerky, meat sticks, pork rinds and more—are right at home at U.S. convenience stores. And, despite the rough economy and some sales slippage, new products and popular brands continue to excite customers. Paul Lyons, president and owner of Up North Jerky in Troy, Mich., and a partner, with Sam Kassem and Mike Abdullah,

How Foodservice Impacts Profits

Dennis Peters has no complaints about the proprietary fresh chicken program at two of his 24 Friendship Foods stores in Ohio. It’s popular, it’s profitable and it’s been a proven concept for the past 12 years. Well, maybe there’s one complaint. It’s a little too fresh. Not “peck-you-on-the-hand-when-you-grab-it” fresh, but certainly fresh enough to see

Pumping Up In-Store Sales

A busy salesman on the way to his next appointment pulls into a Spinx convenience store to fill up his tank. It’s almost 1 p.m. and he hasn’t stopped since his day began just before 9 a.m. While pumping fuel, he glances at the color monitor built into the gas pump. He looks closer at

Simon Says: Refine Your Retail

Don Glenn and Jake Leatherman had just wrapped up three store visits to Atlas Oil customers in southern Michigan when their conversation turned from coffee to a slightly more slippery substance: petroleum. “Four dollars,” said Glenn, director of retail sales at Taylor, Mich.-based fuel distributor Atlas. “That’s where everybody’s world changed.” Leatherman, Atlas’ senior retail

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