left to right) Rob Bader, BP Sales Manager; Don Muscatell, VP of Southeast Operations for VPS; Jeff Faw, Executive Director of Tuomey Foundation; Jack Swaim, VPS Regional Director  

Young’s Food Stores Awards $12,500 Grant

Tuomey Foundation receives a monetary boost through the BP Fueling Communities Program. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of Young’s Food Stores, has presented a $12,500 grant to the Tuomey Foundation through the BP Fueling Communities Program for the second year in a row. Young’s, in partnership with BP, has given a total of $25,000 to

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VPS Convenience Store Group Hosts Golf Tourney

The VPS Convenience Store Group hosts its 29th annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman c-stores, hosts a golf tournament and auction on June 12-13 to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council. The dinner and auction will take place at the Holiday Inn resort

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Pizza Gets Personal

C-store retailers can expect to see continued growth in the pizza category in 2012. “Pizza has good hold times, is a consumer favorite and is relatively easy to prepare. Sales will be up in 2012,” said Tim Powell, director for Chicago-based research firm Technomic. Trends to watch in 2012 include an increase in take-and-bake pizzas,

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Indiana Panel Looks To Protect Late-Night Workers

C-store chains Circle K and Village Pantry team with organizations to help set standards for ensuring the safety of night shift workers. A panel of Indiana labor officials and retail groups have teamed to better protect late-night employees from violent crimes, according to the Greenfield, Ind. Daily Reporter.  The alliance is known as the Late

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Village Pantry Acquires Miller Oil Co.

Acquisition gives Village Pantry a strong foothold in the Midwest.   Miller Oil Co., based in Champaign, Ill., is set to sell its seven Colonial Pantry convenience stores to Village Pantry of Wilmington, N.C.   American Business Brokers and WJF Services Inc. facilitated the transaction. The seven stores are all located in Illinois in the

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VPS Presents Grant to Tuomey Foundation

Young’s Food Stores, through the BP Fueling Communities Program, helps local organization get a much needed financial boost. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of Sumter, S.C.-based Young’s Food Stores, presented a $12,500 grant on Wednesday to the Tuomey Foundation through the BP Fueling Communities Program. Young’s Food Stores and BP partnered to demonstrate their shared

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VPS Convenience Store Group Plans Aggressive Expansion

Sun Capital’s c-store division is bulking up its foodservice operations and rolling out new tobacco stores across the Southeast. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With two acquisitions under its belt already this year, VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., is poised for additional growth, with its eyes focused on opportunities

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Surging Demand for Ethnic Foods

With the growth of specialty restaurants, consumers today are exposed to new foods they may not be used to finding locally, and it’s creating a demand at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Ethnic offerings are driving foodservice sales at convenience stores hoping to diversify beyond basics like hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches. But

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Equipped for the Foodservice Battle

Whether operating a hot or cold food program, new equipment enhances quality, productivity and profitability. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Over the past few years, the economic climate has discouraged many foodservice operators from investing in new equipment or product offerings. But that situation may be changing. Some convenience retailers are testing new tools and

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Village Pantry Adds Hunt Brothers Pizza

Made-to-order pizza program is expected to increase customer appeal for Farmland, Ind., convenience store. Village Pantry is welcoming Hunt Brothers Pizza to its Farmland, Ind., store at 100 East Jackson Street. The store is open 24/7 and marks the eighth Indiana Village Pantry location to add the made-to-order pizza offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza demonstrated strong

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Scoring Sales with Superior Sanitation

While a tidy restroom is crucial, c-store cleanliness starts with a well-kept forecourt, a quality store design and a dedicated staff that understands your expectations. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Think your c-store and restrooms are clean enough? You might want to triple check your sanitation standards, especially if your chain is pushing foodservice. According

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

Turning a Foodservice Profit

C-store operators looking to grow their foodservice programs just may be overlooking, or at least underestimating, one of the best tools at their disposal: the humble roller grill. As in-store menus have expanded to include fresh foods and entrees, the time-honored roller grill has quietly continued to please customers and bolster bottom lines thanks to

Dipping Into New Profits

In a market plagued by high taxes, declining gross margin profits on cigarettes and the likely possibility of FDA restrictions on tobacco, retailers more than ever need to manage the tobacco category more closely. It’s no secret that the smokeless category has been growing, with big year-on-year gains in new product sales, flavors and line

Can Packaging Boost Sales?

The Anti-Styrofoam Brigade C-store retailers beware. If the current political and regulatory trends continue, you may have to find an alternative packaging that doesn’t contain Styrofoam, and fast. Because non-biodegradable garbage threatens more and more marine and coastal ecosystems as it continues to accumulate in the world’s oceans, California legislators have introduced a bill that

Ethnic Flair Drives Roller Grill

My, how the roller grill continues to evolve. No longer visited exclusively by customers hungry for a hot dog, roller grills now boast a growing variety of ethnic foods nationwide, featuring everything from Mexican tortas to pork-filled Chinese steamed buns to breadsticks stuffed with jalapeno peppers and cheese. “We brought egg rolls and tornados into

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