Subway Recognizes Franchisee

2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year Award goes to Sequin, Texas business owner. SUBWAY restaurant chain has named Larry Gerosa of Seguin, Texas as the recipient of its 2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year award for single-unit owners from the chain’s domestic developed markets. The award was presented during the company’s recent convention held in

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Love’s Travel Stop Opens in South Hill, Va.

Drivers will receive double “I Love Rewards” loyalty points at the new location. Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new travel stop in South Hill, Va., at Interstate 85, Exit 15. The store was built from the ground up to provide a new travel stop for professional drivers and motorists. The company invested approximately $7.5

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 27 Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard builds company-operated business in its West Coast Division as it plans to acquire a handful of Sun Mart stores. Alimentation Couche-Tard has signed an agreement to acquire 27 stores from Sun Pacific Energy in Eastern Washington State, mostly in the tri-city area of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. The transaction is expected to close

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Forging Ahead With Foodservice

Knowing your skill sets when it comes to foodservice is vital in accurately determining which foodservice model will breed the most profitability for your chain. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Co-branding, leasing space to a quick-service restaurant (QSR) and creating a proprietary program all have benefits to c-stores, but knowing the model that is best

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Pilot Flying J Opens 300th Restaurant

Another 23 restaurants are scheduled to open by the end of 2012. Pilot Flying J celebrated its 300th company-owned and operated restaurant with the opening of a Huddle House in its new Pilot Travel Center location in Anna, Texas, on June 11. The company historically has been a leader in adding restaurants to its network

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All Aboard the Kelly Express Mart

Kelly Fuels is unifying its nine stores under a single retail brand and upping its investment in foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kelly Fuels Inc. is moving full steam ahead in 2012, rebranding its nine Michigan c-stores under the Kelly Express Mart brand, and giving its locations a full facelift with an express train

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Team Oil Honored for Community Service

The owners of the Team Oil Travel Center, Eric and his dad Tony Huppert, were presented a plaque by Pierce County Supervisor, Ken Snow and Gilman County Supervisor, Don Nellessen, commemorating the opening of the Team Oil Travel Center’s Subway addition last month in Spring Valley, Wis. The plaque is in appreciation for the employment

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Servicing Customers in a Jiffy

Jiffy Trip is preparing to unveil a convenience store prototype in Oklahoma and has its sights set on acquisition opportunities. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Jiffy Trip is gearing up for a busy year. The 28-store chain  based in Enid, Okla. is scouring the market for acquisition targets to fulfill its lofty plans to grow

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Subway Gets Top Ranking On Franchise List

Blake Newton of Gunnison, Utah, who worked his way from sandwich artist to Subway franchise owner, was the recipient of a 2011 SUBWAY Franchisee of the Year Award. For the second year in a row, the SUBWAY restaurant chain has been awarded the No. 1 ranking in the Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchises Rankings,

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Pilot Flying J Acquires Minnesota Travel Plaza

The 13,000-square-foot center features branded foodservice and a wide variety of convenience items. Pilot Flying J has acquired a travel plaza in Northfield, Minn., and will remodel the Flying J Travel Plaza to feature full amenities for professional drivers and traditional convenience store customers. The center will remain open during remodeling, which is expected to

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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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Global Brand Study Shows Simplicity is Key

Grocers, along with other retailers, could gross $1.9 billion more in profits if they better simplified customers’ experiences, report shows. For two years running, quick-service restaurants and supermarket chains, including Publix, Subway, McDonald’s, Whole Foods Market and Pizza Hut, have been listed among the top 10 simplest brands by U.S. consumers, according to results from the

Team Oil Adds A Subway Franchise

With a new car wash and maintenance shop in place, Team Oil Travel Center prepares to open a Subway franchise in early 2012. Team Oil is adding a Subway franchise at its Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., the Pierce County Herald reported. The site was first approved for a Subway franchise in

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Pilot Flying J Opens New Travel Center

“The travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenue,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J recently opened a newly acquired travel center in Collins, Mo., and will remodel the Pilot Travel Center to feature full amenities for professional

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TA Announces New Subway Restaurant

New this year, the Porter South TA location now offers hungry guests a fresh sandwich option. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has opened a Subway restaurant in Porter, Ind., on the south side of I-94. The Porter South TA is a new location added to the TA system earlier this year. It is an ancillary

Subway Honors Manitowoc Foodservice

Two awards presented to Manitowoc at the Subway chain’s annual convention. At the Subway restaurant chain’s annual convention held in San Francisco in July, Manitowoc Foodservice was the recipient of two distinguished awards that recognized excellence in customer service and innovation. John Klingenberger, vice president of global accounts for Manitowoc Foodservice, accepted the Subway chain

Subway Expands With Unique Locations

The popular sandwich franchise sets up shop in some unlikely spots.   The SUBWAY restaurant chain announced that a franchisee in Toledo, Ohio, has opened the brand’s 8,000th non-traditional location in a Chrysler and Jeep assembly plant. “Non-traditional Subway restaurants come in all shapes and sizes and can be found just about anywhere,” said Don

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Love’s Celebrates 100th Tire Care Center

“We have evaluated the best amenities we can offer at the new travel stop, and look forward to our partnership with the community,” says president of Love’s Development Cos. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its 100th tire care center at a new travel stop in Ocala, Fla., and is set to host

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Gilligan Oil Pushes a Multi Brand Foodservice Strategy

Newest location features Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway in an effort to target customers throughout the day. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Gilligan Oil Co. is aggressively embarking on a new foodservice model that aims to combine its c-stores and two QSR franchise partners under one roof to better pull a variety of customers into the

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Casey’s Sues Subway

The right to use the word “footlong” in relation to sandwiches sparks debate, court case. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc., is suing Subway following the sandwich chain’s assertion that it owns the exclusive rights to the non-hyphenated, term “footlong” in promoting sandwiches, The Des Moines Register reported. Subway, with 34,000 outlets in 93 countries,

Subway Opens 500 New Locations

The Subway restaurant chain is growing at a fast pace. Subway’s franchisees, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 21, opened more than 500 new restaurants around the globe. Milestones for the period include reaching more than 33,700 locations worldwide, of which 9,900 can be found in international markets. The 500 new Subway restaurants accounted for some

Subway To Be Featured On Undercover Boss

Don Fertman, chief development officer for the Subway sandwich chain, has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Subway brand to become the largest quick service restaurant chain in the world. But recently, while participating in the hit CBS television series Undercover Boss, Fertman was able to get a glimpse at a part

VERC Enterprises Aims and Delivers

VERC ENTERPRISES AT A GLANCE   VERC Enterprises was launched 35 years ago by Paul Vercollone and his father Eugene in 1975 with a single gas station/car wash in Marshfield, Mass. Leo Vercollone, the company’s current president and CEO, joined the team after he graduated from Boston College in 1977. Paul continues to oversee the

Flash Market Adds Pizza Inn Franchise

Convenience store chain Flash Market has added Pizza Inn’s traditional and specialty pizzas for takeout or delivery in Lebanon, Tenn., as part of a franchise agreement. The newest Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location opened at 1051 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, and similar Pizza Inn locations are planned for select Flash Market stores throughout Arkansas and Tennessee.

Food Sales Are On A Roll

Few things in life are easier than slapping together a sandwich. At home, that is. For c-store operators, operating a successful sandwich program is a complex matter that takes training, solid management, quality ingredients and, most of all, a commitment to a very different type of business than what they’re used to. Even then there

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