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Targeting Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are gaining insights into the shopping patterns of today’s c-store customers. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain make it even more critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers,

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Gas Prices Rising After Slumping to Five-Week Low

Climbing wholesale gasoline costs are poised to push higher the U.S. regular grade retail gasoline average when the Energy Information Administration releases its survey results for May 31 from a five-week low of $3.849 gallon set on May 23, reversing two consecutive weeks in which the average fell by nearly 12 cents per gallon. The

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Pilot Flying J Launches Find “Best Shower On Interstate” Contest

“Pilot Flying J is committed to providing the best experience possible for every professional driver in each of our 4,000 showers,” says CEO of Pilot Flying J. Pilot Flying J has announced that over the next 24 months, significant capital investments will be made to improve the shower experience for its trucking customers. “Showers are

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Kangaroo Express’ ‘Salute Our Troops’ Jeep Tour Hits The Road

Restored World War II Jeep will travel 100 miles each day to recognize military heroes throughout the summer. The Pantry Inc. is breathing new life into a World War II Jeep to travel from city to city in a summer-long celebration to honor our Armed Forces and their families. As part of its Kangaroo Express

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Anheuser-Busch Foundation Supports Recycling

National Lend-A-Bin grant applications due June 30. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) have partnered to establish the “Lend-A-Bin Grant Program.” Their efforts support local organizations seeking to provide recycling opportunities at special events and promote the habit of recycling “on-the-go” in their communities.  Applications are now open to participate in this program.

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Unbranded Stations For Sale in Florida

Some 23 million gallons of fuel to be distributed. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, a real estate investment services firm, has been selected to represent the sale of 14 unbranded service stations, mostly in Miami Dade County, Fla., and the distribution of 23 million gallons of fuel, according to Kirk Felici, vice president

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Healthy Options for All Income Levels

As the wellness market matures, consumers across all demographics are looking to manage any number of specific health concerns. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. When Bob Sickles was growing up on his family’s New Jersey farm, he ate plenty of homegrown produce and acquired an affinity for non-processed foods. “Of course, we had Pop Tarts

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Building Bottled Water Sales

The cold vault is overrun with new products and traditional favorites. Chains can’t afford to waste cooler space on brands that don’t sell. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Water continues to briskly flow into and out of convenience stores. It’s bottled, it’s branded, it’s often flavored and, increasingly, it’s infused with ingredients that are good

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It’s All About the Brand

Top retailers in any category understand the importance of their brand, their brand promise and how they deliver on that promise. They understand that given a choice, consumers would rather spend their money with retail brands they know, like and trust.  So how recognizable is your c-store brand and what is it that you promise

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United Supermarkets Continues Convenience, Retail Expansion

United Supermarkets’ third Market Street location in Lubbock, Texas will anchor a major redevelopment effort in the city. The store will be comparable in size to the city’s two other Market Street locations, but with innovations in design and service concepts. Plans also call for construction of a United Express fuel and convenience store near

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Cornering the Smokeless Tobacco Market

Keeping sets fresh—allocating shelf space, rotating product, keeping tabs on expiration dates and weeding out slow sellers in favor of new items—is the key to maintaining strong sales. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience store operators are enjoying the growing popularity of smokeless tobacco products, but they are also being forced to keep a wary eye

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Forecasting Snack Bar Sales

The food bar category experienced double-digit sales growth in 2010, but 2011 could prove to be a challenging year. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The snack bars/granola bars category experienced sharp sales gains in 2010 as on-the-go consumers were looking for quick meal solutions that wouldn’t break the bank. Total snack bar sales jumped 11.26%

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Mountain Mudd Expands in New Jersey

Drive-thru kiosks and mobile carts offering more than 200 hot and cold beverages, enter Morris County, N.J. Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, is expanding into Morris County, N.J., through a strategic partnership with C Baggio Beverages that calls for 24 stores by 2016. The first Mountain Mudd location in Morris

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VPS Convenience Store Group Acquires Virginia Oil Co.

“We are excited to expand our Virginia presence into the Charlottesville area by acquiring such modern and well-maintained facilities,” says VPS chairman and CEO. VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., has acquired Virginia Oil Co., a fuel wholesaler and operator of 17 convenience stores in western Virginia. With this acquisition,

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Operator Optimism Prevalent at 2011 NRA Show

“The growing energy and optimism of restaurant operators, dealers and distributors were tangible at this year’s NRA Show,” says NRA Show convention chair. The 92nd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant (NRA), Hotel-Motel Show and 4th annual International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event (IWSB) at showed positive growth in attendee and exhibitor numbers. NRA Show 2011

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Love’s Donates $150,000 to United Way for Disaster Relief

“We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need,” says Love’s CEO. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores plans to donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Mo., and

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Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Raise $634,000 for Victory Junction

One of the largest donations raised in a Victory Junction fundraiser will send 250 children with chronic medical conditions to summer camp. In its third annual fundraiser for Victory Junction camp, Kangaroo Express will present a $634,000 donation to Victory Junction prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The donation,

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Quix Fix to Store Management

In addition to expanding its contract management business both nationally and abroad, Strasburger Enterprises is growing its Quix c-store brand with a renewed focus on foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Wherever oil companies and convenience store chains are divesting stores or taking on new assets, Strasburger Enterprises is often a lifeline on speed dial.

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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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Sweets & Snacks Expo Debuts New Trends

“Consumers look for value, exciting flavors and nutrition when seeking new sweets and snacks,” says NCA president. More than 2,000 new candy and snack products debuted this week at the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, May 24-26, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. As the largest confectionery, cookie and snack trade show in the

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Dollar General To Enter California

California would be Dollar General’s 39th state. The company also recently announced expansion plans for Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. Dollar General Corp. plans to open its first stores in California in 2012 following successful expansions in other Western states, such as Arizona and Colorado, in recent years. “Our California stores will mark a significant

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7-Eleven Lands Airport Store In Secure Area

“This will be our first (store) located inside security and directly across from departure and arrival gates,” says 7-Eleven’s development vice president. Airline travelers at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will be able to grab some of their favorite products like Slurpee drinks and specialty grill foods when 7-Eleven Inc. opens its first store inside

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Vote on Swipe Fee Delay Looming

Write a letter to your members of Congress today and urge them to VOTE NO on S. 575 and H.R. 1081 or any other legislation to delay or amend debit card swipe fee reform: nacsonline.com/swipefeesletter If there was ever a crucial time for retailers to make a call to their representatives to state their case

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Health Insurance – The Cost of Complacency

The cost of health insurance continues to rise. The government knows it’s broken and is trying to fix it, but how likely are they to create an affordable solution? The conventional approach of bidding out your plan directly or through brokers to multiple carriers is no longer the sole solution to this dilemma. More and

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The Power of Chocolate

Once considered a “guilty pleasure,” chocolate’s potential health benefits are attracting customers. By Howard Riell, Associated Editor. If there is one category that has historically been immune from an economic recession it is chocolate. Despite the difficult times many households have had to endure over the past two years, chocolate is one of those treats

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