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NOCO Express Benefits From Xenergy Promotion

The New York retailer reports more than a 50% increase in Xenergy sales during 2010 promotion. NOCO Express, a convenience store chain with 34 locations in New York, and XYIENCE ended 2010 on a successful note: a 58% increase in sales for Xenergy, XYIENCE’s sugar and calorie-free energy drink brand. The sales spike resulted from

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Perkins Promoted at Rutter’s

Rutter’s Farm Stores, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, has promoted Robert Perkins to vice president of marketing. Perkins, who joined Rutter’s in 2007, had been director of marketing. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the convenience retail industry in the areas of marketing, sales, business development and operations.

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EPA Extends E15 Waiver To 2001-2006 Vehicles

While ethanol advocacy groups cheer on the decision, some organizations have strong concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended a waiver allowing higher ethanol concentrations in fuel for 2007 and later model year cars and trucks to 2001-2006 model year vehicles, Oil & Gas Journal reported. Waivers, however, won’t be granted for fuels

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Chevron Donates $1 Million To Grameen America

Funding assists with the opening of innovative microlender’s first West Coast branch. In an effort to support broad-based economic development in California, Chevron Corp. has committed $1 million to Grameen America, an innovative microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. The funds are intended to support the launch of Grameen America’s first

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Sheetz Featured at Sundance Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock’s New Movie, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, puts Sheetz in the spotlight. Sheetz Inc. made its international film debut Saturday in Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a parody of how corporate sponsorship, product placement and advertising are proliferating nearly every aspect of life in America. Sheetz  was one of 15 companies

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Wal-Mart Announces Healthy Foods Campaign

More healthful and affordable food options are set to become available to shoppers over the next four years. Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama have partnered on a healthy foods program wherein the big box retailer will offer more healthy foods and push its suppliers to do the same, the Washington Post reported. Wal-Mart plans to make

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More Upside for Retail Gasoline as Costs Work through Supply Chain

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs in metropolitan markets across the U.S. were mixed for the week-ended Monday (1/24), although most city averages moved lower in concert with a decline by the benchmark futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, higher pass through costs continue to

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Kent Oil Partners with FuelQuest

Kent Oil, operator of 26 convenience stores and four travel centers in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico under the Kent Kwik brand, said it reached a deal with FuelQuest Inc.to use its Fuel Management System (FMS) solution and services. The Midland, Texas-based retailer will use FMS to automate fuel inventory forecasting, planning, ordering, and delivery

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Kansas Retail Groups Form Coalition

Coalition says common sense reform on the sale of beer, wine and spirits would bring jobs and revenue to Kansas – without raising taxes. A group of Kansas retail businesses and industry organizations have formed the Coalition for Jobs and Consumer Choice (CJCC), a group committed to updating laws on the sale of beer, wine

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Gulf Oil Expands At Record Speed

Gulf Oil moves into 12 states and rebrands 400 stations in one year since announcing its national expansion. Marking the one year anniversary of acquiring the full national rights to the Gulf Oil brand from Chevron Corp., Gulf Oil, LP has achieved several significant milestones in its cross-country expansion. During this time, Gulf Oil has

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Study: Dirty Store Repels Shoppers

Some 99% of U.S. adults say poor cleanliness negatively impacts their perception of a retail store. A recent Cintas Corp. telephone survey conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older revealed what experiences negatively impact a customer’s perception of a retail store. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. adults reported that

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Jacksons Food Stores Fight Domestic Violence

CEO John Jackson matches Idaho contributions for a donation of $39,000. Efforts to combat domestic violence in Idaho have once again benefited this holiday season from the generosity of Jacksons Food Stores and its customers. Jacksons Food Stores, which operates 200 stores in four western states, and the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence launched its

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Bolla Oil Reached Deal to Acquire Mobil Sites

PetroProperties & Finance LLC (PP&F), and its northeast regional strategic partner, Petroleum Equity Group, LTD (PEGL), are proud to announce their participation in Garden City, NY- based, Bolla Oil Corporation’s successful acquisition of 36 Mobil-branded retail petroleum facilities located in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The store package is comprised of both fee simple and leasehold

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Fresh & Easy Announces New Stores

New locations are expected to provide 275 jobs; hiring is already underway. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced the opening dates for several of its first stores in Northern California, set to open beginning in March. These store openings are expected to create more than 275 jobs throughout Northern California. Fresh & Easy is

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Fresh & Easy Launches Reusable Bags

“Based on sales of the bag already, we know customers like the design and the price point,” says Fresh & Easy’s director of neighborhood affairs. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market debuted the winning design from its first-ever Design-A-Bag contest in its stores this week. The new reusable bag retails for only 79 cents and has

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Tedeschi Secures Low-Cost Electricity

New 36-month power contracts are netting more than $400,000 in savings for 157 Massachusetts stores. Tedeschi Food Shops has successfully secured new electricity contracts for 157 of its stores in Massachusetts, with help from World Energy Solutions Inc., an energy management services firm. Through a series of competitive auctions run on the World Energy Exchange,

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Marathon Oil To Spin Off Refining Segment

Marathon Oil Corp. to focus on upstream responsibilities, while new Marathon Petroleum Corp. handles downstream business for the company, effective June 30. Marathon Oil Corp. plans to separate its upstream and downstream segments. The new Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), which will be headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, will operate the company’s refining, marketing, terminals and pipelines,

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Connecting with the Community

For convenience store operators, being a good corporate citizen isn’t something they can take lightly. In fact giving back to the community should be considered the cost of doing business, and it should be part of a company’s long-term mission. Giving back is something Folk Oil Co. takes seriously. This fall, the company’s PS Food

Building the Business

Quality employees and customer service are the backbone of the convenience store and petroleum industry. All you have to do is observe how top quartile companies treat and respect their personnel to understand what kind of asset frontline employees can be to a successful company. It’s no accident that these operators are outperforming their competitors

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Embracing a Fresh Perspective

The New Year offers convenience store owners an opportunity to evaluate  their product mix to ensure they are meeting their customers’ needs. The bells have chimed, the ball has dropped and 2011 is now a reality. Happy New Year to all of you. Every New Year starts with hope and a sense of wonderment as

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A Culture of Convenience

Superior service, loyal employees and an upscale retail offering define the Thorntons brand. [callout title=At a Glance:  Thorntons Inc.] Thorntons was founded in 1971 by James Thornton in Louisville, Ky. His son, Matt Thornton, was named president and CEO of the 165-store chain in 2001, while James remains chairman of the family business. Headquarters: Louisville,

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Starbucks Debuts Mobile Payments

The Starbucks Card Mobile App now offers customers with BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch the fastest way to pay at nearly 6,800 U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores. Starbucks has announced the launch of mobile payments in all of its U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smartphones. Building on the

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Mirabito Raises $10,000 For Area Hospices

Some 55 New York-based c-stores sell “Hugs for Hospice” in December. The convenience store division of the Mirabito Family of Companies, which owns and operates more than 55 Quickway Food Stores, Mirabito and Convenience Express locations throughout central New York, is donating more than $10,000 to local Hospice organizations as a result of its “Hugs

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Sheetz Selects HighJump

Warehouse Management System (WMS) to streamline c-store replenishment and reduce IT costs. Sheetz has selected the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) to streamline its supply chain operations that replenishment to retail locations. Sheetz began the search for a new warehouse management system as part of an initiative to lower IT costs and reduce business risk

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Starbucks To Launch 31-Ounce Drinks

Seattle-based Starbucks is rolling out a new drink size called Trenta—the chain’s biggest drink size yet, Reuters reported. At  31 ounces, the Trenta is just seven ounces larger than its Venti cups, which currently are the largest size on the Starbucks menu. The Trenta size is debuting in 14 states, including Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas,

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