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Atlas Oil’s Lawry Named Top HR Executive

“Lawry has been instrumental in implementing new technologies and programs to enhance our recruiting efforts, new benefit offerings, talent management systems and on our policies and practices,” says Atlas CEO. Kari Lawry, vice president of human resources for Atlas Oil, has been named Michigan HR Executive of the Year by the American Society of Employers,

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Quick Chek Donates In Memory of Sept. 11

FealGood Foundation raises awareness about the health effects the first responders of Sept. 11 face today.   In remembrance of those lost on Sept. 11, Quick Chek is donatating 11 cents from each cup of coffee sold on Sunday, Sept. 11 to the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to raising awareness

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Mansfield Oil, Gevo Form Strategic Alliance

“Through this partnership, we are working to develop new fuels formulated with renewable isobutanol that expand the renewable content of the fuels we supply,” says Mansfield’s executive vice president. Mansfield Oil Co. and Gevo Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, have entered into a strategic marketing alliance to efficiently distribute isobutanol-based fuel into

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Hunt Brothers Debuts New Website

Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry with more than 6,000 locations in 28 states, has announced the launch of its newly redesigned Website, huntbrotherspizza.com. Updated with a bold color scheme and new consumer-friendly features including a store locator, in-store promotion details, multi-media components and social media feeds, the

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Inside Sales Drive Casey’s Strong Q1 Numbers

Casey’s annual goal is to increase same-store sales 5.8% with an average margin of 32.8%, and to grow it’s store count by 4-6%. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is off to a strong start in fiscal 2012 strong with a “record quarter.”  The c-store chain has reported basic earnings per share of $1.04 for the first

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Thorntons’ Promotion Targets Cards and Wildcats Fans

Now through Sept. 12 fans can win free tickets to the Big College Football Match-Up in Lexington on Sept. 17. Fall is almost here and with it the seasonal rivalry that signals the start of the college sports season. Thorntons invites customers to show their true fan colors, Cardinals Red or Wildcats Blue, as Thorntons

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Tesoro Acquires 290 Locations

As Supervalu divests stores, Tesoro plans to buy 51 Albertson’s Fuel Express stations, in addition to leasing 241 sites from Thrifty Oil Co. Tesoro Corp. is set to grow its fleet of retail stores by 25% with the acquisition of about 290 locations from Supervalu Inc. and Thrifty Oil Co. “The combined purchase and lease

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ConocoPhillips Spinoff Details Emerge

As ConocoPhillips splits, it reveals which assets are set to be part of its new exploration-and-production company. ConocoPhillips plans to complete the spinoff of its refining company in the second quarter of 2012, providing stockholders with one share in the new refining entity for every two shares they currently own, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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7-Eleven, Nielsen Broaden Partnership

More 7-Eleven stores’ information available through Nielsen means more detail and wider geographic representation of the convenience store industry. 7-Eleven and Nielsen, a provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and buy, are broadening their relationship from sample to full-census cooperation. The expansion will increase 7-Eleven’s store count in Nielsen’s convenience store service

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Stinker Stores Acquires 14 Albertsons Fuel Centers

As Supervalu divests 107 locations, Stinker Stores sees an opportunity to grow its store count. Stinker Stores Inc. has purchased 14 Albertsons fuel centers from Supervalu, which owns the Albertsons supermarkets in Idaho, and is set to officially convert them to Stinker Stores in October. Albertsons cards still will be accepted at the soon-to-be Stinker

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Atlas Oil to Host Sept. 11 Remembrance Week

Atlas partners with the U.S. Army on key activities for the week, including a career fair and flag raising ceremony.   Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil plans to host a Remembrance Week Sept. 12-16, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and to thank first responders for their dedication and service to our country. The U.S.

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Valero Fundraises For Children’s Miracle Network

Four-week campaign to benefit 32 children’s hospitals. From Sept. 6 through Oct. 3, Valero Corner Store employees will be asking customers to purchase $1 or $5 Miracle Balloon icons to raise funds for 32 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The icons have a coupon attached, providing customers an extra incentive to make the $1 or $5

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Nella Oil Joins Channel Partner Program

“The wide reach of the Voyager Network will be critical for us as we expand our business beyond California and Nevada,” says director of commercial fueling at Nella.   Nella Oil Co. LLC has joined U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program.    U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner

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Jiffy Mart, Tevis Propane Team To Fight Breast Cancer

“This year we decided to increase awareness by partnering with Tevis Propane and expanding over the months of September and October,” says Jiffy Mart general manager. Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil Inc., is spending the months of September and October contributing to the welfare of the communities in which it does business. Partnering

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Wholesale Gasoline Mostly Higher Through Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN Still feeling the impact from last month’s Hurricane Irene, wholesale gasoline costs in most metropolitan markets across the United States moved higher Labor Day, the celebrated end to the summer driving season. Irene made a rare appearance by a hurricane in the Northeast, impacting the

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Breaking News: Sunoco Selling Refineries

“Given the unacceptable financial performance of these assets, it is clear that it is in the best interests of shareholders to exit this business,” says Sunoco CEO. Sunoco Inc. announced today, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, that it plans to exit the refining business. Philadelphia-based Sunoco, which owns two refineries—one in Philadelphia and one in Marcus

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Obama Stops Smog Standards Implementation

In a win for small businesses, EPA’s smog restrictions are currently on hold.   On Friday, President Obama pulled back proposed smog standards that would have forced states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution or face federal penalties, the Washington Post reported. GOP lawmakers called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restrictions for ground-level

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7-Eleven Teaming With Amazon

Now in tests in Seattle, a new program could allow customers to retrieve their Amazon packages at their local c-store. Amazon and 7-Eleven are reportedly testing a new delivery locker that would allow customers to pick up their Amazon packages at local 7-Eleven convenience stores, according to GeekWire. Currently the locker system is said to

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Weis Markets Fights Hunger

Throughout September, Weis is matching customer donations to its food drive that benefits local food banks. Weis Markets has launched its fourth annual Fight Hunger Food Drive, a month long program offering customers an opportunity to donate shelf-stable products and make monetary donations to local food banks and emergency food providers. Weis Markets plans to

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Safeway Offering Flu Shots

Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey shows convenience is a key to flu prevention. To make health and wellness a more convenient part of busy fall schedules, Safeway Inc. is providing flu shots in its grocery stores where people are already shopping for many household needs, including nutritious foods and other health-related items. Safeway pharmacists are administering

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KSS Fuels Restructures Management Team

Revised structure accommodates expanded operations and broader suite of products and services. KSS Fuels, provider of fuels pricing, site evaluation and network planning software, analytics and consulting services to the oil and gas, convenience store, grocery and retail industries, has restructured its management organization, following its recent acquisition of MPSI. The newly structured management team

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Promoting Your Store Through Public Relations

 By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Public relations can often be overlooked as a powerful tool in communicating your store and its brand throughout the community. Whether you are creating news, sponsoring an event or contributing to a charitable organization, a prudent public relations strategy can create the following benefits

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Local Store Marketing: Coupon Books

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Growing up in Michigan, I was a part of a very prestigious high school baseball team– the Plymouth Canton Chiefs.  Year in and year out, our team was highly ranked and continually vied for the state championship.  Playing on this team was a sign

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Citibank Survey Shows Consumer Psychology Changing

A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates found 41% of customers are worried about the amount they pay for necessities like food and gasoline, up 18 points from September 2010. A new nationwide survey issued on Aug. 31, by Citibank finds a decline in consumers’ expectations for the economy, even though their assessment of current

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Irving and Sobeys Re-Launch Popular Gas Savings Program

Street teams to randomly distribute $18,000 in gift cards as well as other prizes at select locations Sept. 3. Irving Oil and Sobeys are re-launching their popular gas savings program in Atlantic Canada on Sept. 3, by deploying Easy to Save Street Teams at 18 Irving and Sobeys locations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

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