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Circle K Florida Donates Over Half A Million Dollars To UCP

Presentation at annual fundraising event underscores support for people with disabilities in Florida communities. Circle K Florida, the largest corporate supporter of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), presented UCP affiliates with an oversized check for $552,837.73 during an awards dinner and ceremony at the company’s FishStix 2012, an annual golf and fishing tournament at the Sanibel Harbour

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TA Offers Free Food For Female Drivers On Mother’s Day

Women holding commercial drivers licenses eat free May 13 at TA and Petro full-service restaurants. TravelCenters of America (TA) is inviting all professional driving women to enjoy a complimentary meal on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, at any participating TA and Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurant across the U.S. TA and Petro will be honoring

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Roo Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express celebrates the return of its popular refill cup, which can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents through Labor Day. The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has announced details for its second annual Roo Cup deal, a refillable cup for fountain

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Dispensing Variety and Value

When it comes to dispensed beverages, customers are still looking for new and unique products that provide them with instant gratification. By John Lofstock, Editor. Dispensed cold and frozen beverages are proving to be not just popular year-round products—sales are strong and getting stronger as summer approaches—but excellent tools for driving traffic through promotions and

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners With Minor League Baseball Teams

Hunt Brothers Pizza to be official pizza of five Minor League Baseball teams. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the official pizza provider for five Minor League Baseball teams for the 2012 season. In addition to renewing its partnership with the Lexington Legends, Gwinnett Braves and Jackson Generals, the company has added new partnerships

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Offers Free Music

A partnership with Universal Music Group Nashville allows Hunt Brothers to offer song downloads to customers who purchase the Pizza of the Month. Hunt Brothers Pizza is giving music fans everywhere something to sing about with the launch of its new Pizza of the Month promotion. Now through Dec. 31, consumers who purchase the Pizza

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Thorntons Renews Partnership With Churchill

“Not only do both companies share a Louisville heritage, Churchill Downs and Thorntons have an ongoing commitment to customers and fans, our loyal team members and associates, as well as to the community itself,” says Thorntons CEO. Thorntons Inc. has announced an extension of its partnership with Louisville, Ky.-based Churchill Downs Inc. as the “Convenience

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TETCO Donates $206,385 To JDRF

TETCO has gifted more than $800,000 to the nonprofit since 2005. TETCO has donated $206,385  to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Central Texas Chapter, to help support the organization’s continued quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening auto immune disease. “TETCO has been such an amazing partner with JDRF

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History Channel Features C-Store Design

Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed

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Daily’s Convenience Stores Hosts Mark Hominick

UFC mixed martial arts athlete to sign autographs for fans at two Daily’s Convenience Stores locations. Daily’s Convenience Stores and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, are hosting Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete Mark “The Machine” Hominick on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at two Daily’s locations in Smryna, Tenn.

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Driving Foodservice Profitability

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. When consumers think of convenience store food, roller grill hot dogs are top of mind. Roller grills have developed a mixed reputation over the years, but they remain a staple of c-store foodservice programs

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

While management is always on the lookout for new talent, it’s also up to employees to demonstrate that they are ready to advance to leadership positions. By Jim Callahan. As we embark on 2012, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to begin grooming team members for advancement within the company. Today’s employees are

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SymphonyIRI Report Examines Shopping Mission Trends

Times & Trends report finds pantry stock-up and quick trips account for two-thirds of CPG trips and dollar sales.   It has long been a daunting task to stay in lock step with the shopper mindset. After all, mindsets are a moving target and can quickly change due to a variety of reasons, including purchase

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Casey’s Annual Halloween Promotion Benefits St. Jude

Customers donate dollars during the month of October to assist the research and treatment of childhood diseases. Casey’s General Stores raised more than $667,000 during October as part of the 20th Annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion. The program raises funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the

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Hess Express App Debuts

Hess partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy to launch innovative mobile app and Website for people on the go. Hess Corp. and OpenStore by GasBuddy have launched the Hess Express mobile app and redesigned Website, HessExpress.com, to provide busy people on the go with customized deals and coupons, real-time gas prices and traffic information. “This digital

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Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000” Winner Announced

Sunoco gives away eight years worth of free gasoline. Roger Brooks of Bristol, Tenn. is the winner of Sunoco’s 2011 Free Fuel 5000 promotion. As this year’s grand prize recipient, Brooks won 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco gasoline, enough fuel to keep him driving for eight years. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s Free

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Walgreens to Give Away One Million Redbox Movies

The first 130 Walgreens customers at stores on Thanksgiving nationwide will receive a Redbox promotional code for a free one-day DVD rental.   Walgreens is offering one million reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving by rewarding the first 130 customers to make a purchase at more than 7,700 locations nationwide on Thanksgiving Day with a

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VPS, ExxonMobil Aid Local Schools

Some 50 local schools gain math and science grants through ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VPS Convenience Store Group and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have awarded $25,000 in grant funding to 50 schools throughout its southeast service area to support math and science education. The company worked closely with school officials to secure the grants, which

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Kangaroo Express Sponsors NASCAR’s No. 84 Cole Whitt

“We have a common bond with the community of racing fans who are regular customers in our stores across the Southeast,” says Kangaroo Express spokesperson. The Pantry Inc. is sponsoring NASCAR’s No. 84 Cole Whitt in the final race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Whitt has been racing in NASCAR’s Camping World

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BP, Miller Oil Co. Fight Child Abuse

A donation of $20,000 benefits CHKD’s child abuse program.  BP Oil presented a $20,000 check to support CHKD’s child abuse program thanks to encouragement from Miller Oil, a longtime child abuse program supporter. CHKD’s child abuse program coordinates the efforts of all professionals involved in an abuse or neglect case, including representatives from Child Protective

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Preparing for Future Payment Systems

First it was PCI, now retailers have to prepare for the widespread launch of Near Field Communications, which is expected to become a widely used system for making payments by smartphone in the U.S. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry is increasingly turnings its gaze outdoors to the forecourt, not only for

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Celebrate America Recycles Day

West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association works to recycle and encourages other organizations to join in the cause ahead of America Recycles Day. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, representing convenience stores, independent groceries and petroleum marketers across the state, is working to do its part to recycle and conserve resources. The

Promotional Playtime

Give customers a chance to win the world’s largest toy-filled Halloween treat this fall. This complete month-long contest will help retailers gather an important mailing list and serve as a giant 6′ or 8′ tall display for the entire month of October—at a cost of about $3 per day. For under $100, retailers get the

Keep Cash Flowing

  Cash Solutions is offering a free equipment promotion to retailers opening a merchant account that could attract more customers by allowing them to accept Visa and MasterCards. The new VeriFone Omni 3740 is shipped to a retailer programmed and ready to use, with all the processing capabilities needed for a compact point-of-sale terminal with

Building Your Banana Business

The Chiquita To Go program offers retailers the opportunity to sell quality bananas and earn higher margins. With Chiquita’s “stay fresh” technology, bananas stay fresh up to seven days longer, significantly reducing waste. Using the Chiquita To Go merchandiser, retailers can place a display of 10 bananas on the counter for increased impulse purchases, attracting

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