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Mid-Atlantic Opens Business Support Center

New center consolidates four former company headquarters. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest consortiums of ExxonMobil retailers in the U.S., has moved into its new Business Support Center in Richmond, Va. The 22,000 square-foot Business Support Center consolidates four former headquarters locations into a single operations hub for the company. The

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Casey’s Acquires 11 Stores From NuWay

The acquisition “strengthens our existing market presence in southern Minnesota,” says Casey’s president and CEO. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 11 convenience stores from NuWay Cooperative of Trimont, Minn. All of the stores are located in Minnesota operating under the NuMart banner and will be immediately

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NOCO Donates $8,835 To Food Bank

For every dollar NOCO raised, the Food Bank was able to provide seven pounds of food for the hungry. To help fight hunger in Western New York, NOCO Express Stores recently donated $8,835 to the Food Bank of Western New York. NOCO donated ten cents from the sale of every cup of Nickel City Roast

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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,

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David Yale Joins Just Born

Yale’s “spectrum of experience will be invaluable to Just Born’s long-standing history of continued growth,” says Co-CEO. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS, HOT TAMALES, MIKE AND IKE and PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies, welcomes David Yale, who has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. In this role, Yale is expected to work

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SSA Becomes Speedway LLC

The name change “leverages the inherent strength of our Speedway brand,” president says. Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA) has changed its official corporate name to Speedway LLC. The Speedway name is largely recognized by consumers in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky as a source for quality fuels and merchandise items. With the

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Outcast Media Announces Merger

Outcast Media joins with PumpTop TV and Health Club Media Network to reach 68 million active consumers in 130 U.S. markets. Outcast Media, a digital media company,  has merged with its long-time joint venture partner PumpTop TV and Health Club Media Network (HCMN), an advertising company in the health club industry. Together, this combined network

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Chandler Oil Gets an Upscale Facelift

David Miller renovates his flagship Chevron store in 45 days. He is expecting a 20% sales lift from his investment. When David Miller, president of Chandler Oil Chevron, decided to remodel his 3,000–square-foot Chandler, Ariz., store last year, he knew it was crucial to his customers, as well as to his business, that he keep

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Rotten Robbie Co-brands With Smoker Friendly

Smoker Friendly International has signed Rotten Robbie convenience chain based in Santa Clara, Calif., as an authorized dealer. Rotten Robbie is co-branding with Smoker Friendly in its tobacco category and is set to be the exclusive retailer for SF/Smoker Friendly private label tobacco products in its 34-store chain, in that region of northern California. Rotten

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Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Higher in Early February

Wholesale trading for gasoline in the U.S. was again volatile during the week-ended Feb. 11, with the benchmark futures contract trading in a 12.4 cents range although prices moved up a more modest 3.0 cents during the week. Wholesale gasoline offers at distribution terminals were mixed across the country, higher along the West Coast on

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Rutter’s To Award 1,000 Prizes Monthly

In addition to cents-off-per-gallon savings, Rutter’s customers gain sweepstakes entry by using their rewards card. Rutter’s customers have saved money on millions of gallons of gasoline using the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty program. Now Rutter’s Rewards has introduced the latest way to earn benefits with the “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes,” which will award more than

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Kum & Go Acquires Two JC’s Corner Stores

Renovated stores reopen Sat., Feb. 12, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. Kum & Go has acquired two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa, which were renovated and reopened on Feb. 12, under the Kum & Go brand. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause noted that it was extremely important to Kum &

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NAFEM Honors Members

Peter Nordell receives the President’s Award, while John Nackley is given the William W. Carpenter Award. Both awards were presented on Feb. 11 at the NAFEM Show in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. The President’s Award recognizes a non-elected NAFEM volunteer who has donated their time and expertise for the betterment of the association. “I’m

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The 2011 Foodservice Report

Convenience store retailers posted strong across-the-board sales gains in 2010 and expressed optimism for an even more robust 2011. Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s convenience store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods. For

Preparing for Higher Pump Prices

While these difficult economic times continue to peck away at customers’ disposable income, fuel prices are creeping up, which will only further erode discretionary spending. Gasoline prices nationally have increased steadily since September, rising nearly 60 cents to an average of $3.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to the Department of Energy at

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NAG Scholarship Enrollment is Open

As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits and relationships. This group meets once a year to share best business practices, operational improvements and revenue-generating

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Rite Aid Raises $4.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

In 2010, $1 paper Miracle Balloons were sold in Rite Aid stores nationally, with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Drugstore chain Rite Aid has raised $4.9 million in 2010 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised by Rite Aid funds life-saving medical care, research, education and outreach programs at 117 Children’s Miracle

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NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

“Their efforts and dedication to the betterment of the associations they represent, and the collective hospitality industry, is truly valued,” says CEO. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has awarded 53 allied association leaders its Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) honor. The awards were presented during ceremonies held at The The North American

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Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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The Pantry Reports Losses

The Pantry rolls out a new coffee program, more fresh food options and a new look for stores to help offset lower profit margins on fuel. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced a loss of $12.2 million, or 54 cents per share, in its first quarter ended Dec. 30, the News and Observer reported. Last

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Sheetz Enters Star City, W.Va.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” the Star City Mayor says of the new c-store. Sheetz Inc. has the all-clear from the city council of Star City, W.Va., to move forward with plans to build a new Sheetz convenience store on the corner of Monongahela Boulevard and Boyers Avenue—less than a quarter of

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“Casey’s Madness” Social Media Campaign Debuts

Digital marketing promotion aims to boost online community for the Midwestern c-store chain. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Store has launched “Casey’s Madness,” a social marketing campaign focused on growing the brand’s online presence by engaging customers through social media channels. The campaign is a competitive contest built around creative user generated content submitted through social networks

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Consumer Credit Confidence Bounces Back

First Data’s SpendTrend analysis shows transaction growth on credit cards hit a 13-month high in January. First Data Corp., a global provider in electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of January 2011 compared to January 2010. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit,

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Teams With Kevin Harvick Inc.

The 2011 NASCAR season is quickly approaching, and Hunt Brothers® Pizza already has reason to celebrate. In a partnership with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for two of NASCAR’s most successful and influential drivers, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler. KHI was founded in 2001 by Kevin Harvick and

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Sinclair Oil Selects RackPrice From KSS Fuels

End-to-end wholesale pricing solution is expected to improve supply chain management and provide a consistent pricing process for Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Oil Corp., an oil refiner and fuel wholesaler supplying more than 2,000 Sinclair branded gas stations in 22 western and mid-continent states, has selected RackPrice from KSS Fuels for its fuel price management

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