From left: James Newman, president, NOCO,  Michael Newman, executive vice president, NOCO, and Barbara & Donald Newman.

NOCO Donates To The Buffalo Zoo

Sea Lion Cove exhibit receives support. Family-owned and locally-operated NOCO will donate $45,000 to the Buffalo Zoo as part of a three-year commitment in support of the Sea Lion Cove, an exhibit NOCO has been proud to support since 2005. The Sea Lion Cove is home of the Zoo’s California sea lions, Dallas and Pocus.

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Chester’s Opens In Buffalo

New York State is now home to almost 30 Chester’s Chicken locations. Chester’s has opened its latest restaurant inside Caz Mini Mart’s newly renovated convenience store located in Buffalo, N.Y. in the Riverside neighborhood. Customers can enjoy delicious hand breaded fried chicken throughout the day for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Caz Mini

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BP Presents Grant To New York-Area PAL Chapters

“We are thrilled to support our neighborhood PAL chapters to help fuel the future of local youth,” says Joseph Choi, Queens, N.Y., BP gas station owner. BP station owners of New York and New Jersey plan to present a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $55,500 to four local Police Athletic League (PAL) chapters on

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NRA Speaks Out About Beverage Ban In NYC

The National Restaurant Association takes a stance on the proposed large beverage ban in New York City. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) spoke out at a public hearing on the proposed large beverage ban in New York. The NRA told the New York Department of Health that it thinks the proposed ban is a misguided

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Getty Realty Selling 66 Properties

The majority of the sites are located on high-traffic corners in mature neighborhoods and in small towns. Getty Realty Corp. is divesting 66 commercial and retail properties. The 66 properties are located in a variety of urban and suburban markets in six Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, including 11 properties in New York, 21 in New

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NOCO Express Opens 34th Store

NOCO Express ‘excited’ to open its first store in Steuben County, NY-area NOCO Express, a family-owned and operated gas and c-store chain based in Tonawanda, N.Y., celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Wayland, N.Y. This past June, NOCO purchased the former Acorn Markets. Today marked the grand opening of the store under

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BP Community Scholarship Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

More than $2.5 million in scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception. Over the past 25 years, New York and New Jersey area BP station owners have provided over $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,700 promising students. This year, 185 local BP station owners will present a BP Fueling Communities grant donation

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Customer Service Is Key

SavOn convenience stores score exceptionally high on mystery shop reviews for its customer service skills. The convenience store industry has changed its customer service standards the past couple years. Customers expect more out of convenience store employees than ever before, and want some sort of “experience” when they stop by their favorite location. More c-stores

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NOCO Express Opens In Macedon

A 24-hour NOCO Express store celebrates its grand opening in Macedon, making it the 33rd store for the company. NOCO Express, a gasoline convenience store chain headquartered in Tonawanda, N.Y., celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Macedon at 1241 State Route 31.  The company acquired the lease for the Macedon store from

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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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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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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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Staying Safe in the Convenience Store

Handling cash is the bread and butter of convenience store operations, and the latest systems developed to make that process faster and safer do just that. But not all quarters of the industry have been quick to embrace them by any means. For many operators, changes still lie in the future, and time-honored standard practices

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NOCO Express Raises $12,980 for MDA

Through annual Share the Shamrock Spirit campaign employees and customers donate to support MDA programs and services. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees came together to show their shamrock spirit in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As a result of NOCO’s annual “Share the Shamrock Spirit” in-store campaign, a total of $12,980

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NOCO Express Acquires Store In Macedon

Newly acquired location to undergo renovations this spring. NOCO Express, a family-owned and operated gasoline convenience store chain headquartered in Tonawanda, N.Y., has entered Wayne County.  NOCO has acquired the lease for Prime Convenience, a 3,333 square foot store located at 1241 State Route 31 in Macedon effective March 1, 2012.  The addition of the

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Hess Named Cleanest Capitalist

Companies were rated based on 11 transparent quantitative indicators, including carbon productivity. Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights, the Company for Clean Capitalism, has named Hess as No. 1 in its inaugural S&P 500 Clean Capitalism Ranking of clean capitalism leaders. Toby Heaps, editor-in-chief of Corporate Knights, defines clean capitalism  as “an economic system in which

Finding Your Way with Foodservice

Growing up in New YORK CITY few things were as natural to me as eating out. Even now with three children, a minimum of two meals a day are eaten outside the house seven days a week. The kitchen table is more of a convenient place to store things, like takeout menus and the kids’

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Pilot Flying J Offers Free Winter Diesel Additive Program

“The goal of our winter diesel additive program is to give our customers added peace of mind and to make their winter driving experience a positive one,” says Flying J executive vice president. Pilot Flying J has announced its annual winter diesel additive program at participating Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas in

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New York RYO Business Shut Down

Giving customers access to tobacco and RYO machines is akin to selling untaxed cigarettes, lawsuit insists. Two New York-based roll-your-own tobacco stores run by Island Smokes—one in Chinatown and one in Staten Island—have agreed to close their doors by Feb. 1, following a lawsuit settlement, according to city officials, the New York Post reported. Island

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Nice N Easy Celebrates New Brewerton Location

Santa Claus, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the Nestle Quik Bunny are among the attendees at Nice N Easy ribbon cutting event. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in upstate New York, held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at its newest store located at 5565 Bartell Road in Brewerton. The

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Bolla Oil Adds innovationTV at 40 Sites

“The investment creates an exciting resource that will become an asset to help us connect with and deliver great advancements to our valued customers,” says Bolla Oil CEO. Bolla Oil gas station and convenience store locations, located in the New York market, are adding inOvationTV to more than 40 sites, some of which will be

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Global Partners To Gain 542 Gas Stations

Global Partners acquires Alliance Energy in a deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. Global Partners LP is acquiring Alliance Energy LLC, which operates 542 gas stations in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for about $116 million, Reuters reported. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter

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7-Eleven Spars With Huntington, N.Y.

While 7-Eleven wants a zoning law changed to accommodate its new store, Zoning Board officials insist the regulation is there for a reason. 7-Eleven is taking on Huntington, N.Y., as it fights for the right to build a new 2,600 square foot 7-Eleven in the town on 25A and Waterside. Unfortunately zoning laws are getting

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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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Developing an Effective Menu

Foodservice operators must regularly develop new products and tweak old ones to pique consumer interest and attract repeat business. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Nice N Easy Grocery SHOPPES has long offered salads and sandwich melts. But the two menu lines didn’t reach their full potential until the convenience store chain hired three trained chefs

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