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Casey’s Enters North Dakota

Kum & Go divests 22 sites to Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s General Stores is officially moving into the North Dakota market as it acquires 22 stores from Kum & Go. The stores are located in Iowa (19), Missouri (2) and North Dakota (1). “These stores are an excellent fit to our existing store base and

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Kum & Go’s Krause Honored

Krause recognized with 2012  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in retail and consumer products category. Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go convenience stores, has been recognized as a winner in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program. Krause was recognized in the Retail and Consumer Products

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Propel Fuels Receives Millions To Expand In California

New gas station in Redwood City, Calif. receives millions in grant money to open more stations across the state. Propel Fuels plans to expand its sales of alternative fuels throughout California within the next four years. Matt Horton, CEO of Propel Fuels, wants to help consumers find convenient places for drivers to fill their tanks

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Couche-Tard Extends Offer Deadline

Company waits longer for shareholder response Alimentation Couche-Tard agreed to extend its proposed expansion offer to Statoil Fuel’s until May 29. The $2.68 billion U.S. offer has the support of Statoil ASA, the oil company that owns 54% of the Scandanavian convenience store operations, gut Couche-Tard requires acceptance by 90% of Statoil Fuel’s shareholders. Canada’s

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Winn-Dixie Opens Two New Stores

Locations to offer a Wi-Fi Internet café area with complimentary coffee. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is celebrating the completion of two newly remodeled state-of-the-art stores in central Florida. The stores are located at  951 State Road 434 W. Longwood, Fla. and at  7800 U.S. 17/92 S. Fern Park, Fla., located in the Main Street Square shopping

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Pilot Flying J Completes Purchase of Bosselman Travel Centers

“These seven stops significantly enhance our network by shrinking the distance our customers travel to receive service in the Upper Midwest,” says Pilot Flying J president. Pilot Flying J and Bosselman Travel Centers Inc. today announced that the sale of seven Bosselman travel centers in the Midwest to Pilot Flying J has been completed. The

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Walgreens Reports December Sales Increase of 2.7%

 The drug store chain opened nine new locations in December. Walgreens has reported December sales of $6.98 billion, an increase of 2.7% from $6.80 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. Total front-end sales increased 1.4% in December 2011 for the drug store chain, compared with the same month in 2010, while comparable store

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QuikTrip Adds Blackhawk Gift Card Mall

“Our partnership with Blackhawk Network will provide consumers with a quick and easy solution for all their gifting and telecom needs,” says QuikTrip spokesperson. QuikTrip Corp. has partnered with Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid and financial payments products for consumers and businesses, offering its award-winning Gift Card Mall in over 500 QuikTrip locations nationwide.

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Circle K Buys 26 Stores From Chico Enterprises Inc.

Following the acquisition, Circle K will operate 29 locations in western Pennsylvania. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Circle K has acquired 26 stores in three states from Chico Enterprises Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va., the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported. Seven of those stores are located in western Pennsylvania, including outlets in North Fayette and in Dunbar, Fayette County,

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Wawa To Enter Florida

Some 100 Wawa c-stores are planned for Florida over the next five years. Wawa, which operates more than 580 c-stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is set to begin construction on its first Florida convenience store across from SeaWorld at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel

Evolution Fuels Acquires Second Kansas Fuel Station

Evolution Fuels Inc. has executed a second lease agreement with J&J Developments Inc. (J&J) for a fuel station located in Topeka, Kan.  This is the second station of what Evolution Fuels expects will be a series of locations leased from J&J. The station is located on a prime intersection of Topeka that experiences an average

Couche-Tard Pushes U.S. Expansion

When Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was presented with CSD’s Chain of the Year honors in 2007, the company’s smart, strong growth was cited as the foundation for the honor. A little more than two years later and not much has changed. The company is still regarded as one of the savviest marketers in two countries, and

Riding the Hess Express

The first Hess gas station was opened in 1960, and the first Hess Express opened in 1997 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hess Express was named Chain of the Year nine years ago amidst its aggressive southern retail expansion. “When we were recognized with the Chain of the Year award in 2000, we had about 900

Organic Growth Drives Kwik Trip

In 2004, CSD awarded La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc. with the Chain of the Year award recognizing a company that values people and forays into new technology, combining business and energy intelligence to save dollars. CSD also was impressed with Kwik Trip’s use of vertical integration to control the products and support functions that

Names to Remember

August is always one of my favorite issues of the year. It’s the month we get to profile convenience store “Chains to Watch” for the next 12 months. This year we’ve focused in on two outstanding chains, Stripes, a division of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas, and EZ Energy, a rapidly growing operator based

EZ Energy Acquires 42 Stations

EZ Energy USA Inc., the U.S. entity of Israeli-based EZ Energy Ltd., has signed a contract to acquire 42 gas stations in the U.S. and all related inventory—as well as four lots—for a reported $32.6 million. When the deal is closed, EZ Energy will own 93 stores that sell approximately 160 million gallons of gas

Casey’s Intros New Store

In keeping with a plan outlined in 2008, Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores is rolling out expanded store designs. Casey’s executives said that roughly six stores with the new design are open or nearing completion, and the company hopes to finish a total of 20 by the end of April. The new ‘O’ floor plan

A Legend Among Us

Growing up during the Great Depression, Bob Seng learned to appreciate hard work, dedication and the value of an honest day’s work. It was those principles that guided him during his nearly 20-year career at Shell Oil, which began 60 years ago in 1949. For Seng, now a spry 85 years young, the experience at

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