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Sheetz Celebrates The New Year With Free Coffee

Customers receive free coffee on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a “thank you” from Sheetz. All 408 Sheetz Convenience Restaurants across six states are set to serve customers a free 16-ounce cup of coffee from 4 p.m. Dec. 31 to 4 p.m. Jan. 1, wishing them a Happy New Year. For Sheetz,

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Kum & Go Prepares To Enter Colorado Springs

Several c-stores planned for the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is moving ahead with plans to enter the Pikes Peak region, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Kum & Go purchased two sites from Nor’wood Development Group for a

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California Low Carbon Standards Unconstitutional

Court rules that standard excessively restricts interstate commerce. Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has issued a temporary injunction blocking the California low carbon fuels standard. This is welcome news to the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) who have described the standard as unjustifiable, costly

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Heineken Partners With UEFA Champion League Soccer

At retail, UCL-themed soccer display enhancers will encourage shoppers to text-in for the chance to win Heineken and UCL experiences and prizes. Heineken, a global premium beer brand, and the UEFA Champions League (UCL), the world’s most prestigious soccer club competition, are once again joining forces to bring the spectacular artistry and competition of Champions

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Seibert’s Donates to BP’s ‘Fueling Communities’ Program

This past June, Seibert’s fueling stations was able to donate over $6,000 to the Richmond Mayor’s Youth Academy, giving the education and youth-based program more support for mentoring and training local children for post-secondary education or vocation. Now, with the support of BP’s “Fueling Communities” Program, the Richmond, Va.-based fuel wholesale, service station, towing and

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NOCO Express Donates To Food Bank of Western New York

“Fighting hunger in Western New York is important 365 days a year, but the need is especially great during the holidays,” says NOCO executive vice president. Tonawanda-N.Y.-based NOCO Express Stores presented representatives from the Food Bank of Western New York with a donation of $2,126 to help feed those in need this holiday season. From

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Altria’s Tobacco Companies Launch Citizens for Tobacco Rights

Website brings together adult tobacco consumers on tobacco public policy issues. Altria’s tobacco operating companies launched Citizens for Tobacco Rights, a Website for adult tobacco consumers who are interested in information and advocacy on tobacco-related public policy issues. Citizens for Tobacco Rights is a group of adult smokers and dippers joining together to get active

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Japan Grows C-Store Fleet

Stores opening in 2012 expected to total a fifth more than those opened in 2011. Japan’s five major convenience store operators are set to open more than 3,400 stores in fiscal 2012 as customer traffic increases, Reuters reported. The net increase (openings minus closings) is expected to total 1,880-2,130 stores, up 40-60% compared to fiscal

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Heineken Welcomes Colbert

Colbert to lead a team of more than 80 sales and marketing professionals. Heineken USA has appointed Jeffrey Colbert as region vice president sales, central region, effective immediately. In his new role, Colbert reports to Scott Blazek, senior vice president of sales, and is responsible for driving HUSA performance and delivering results through the effective

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NACS Spends $655,000 Lobbying Government

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) spent $655,000 during the third quarter lobbying the federal government on issues related to price gouging, energy policy, credit card fees, tobacco regulation and other key business issues that impact the industry, the Associated Press reported. This year the association also lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department

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Congress Urges EPA to Consider Costly Gas Proposal

A proposed rule to reduce sulfur and other chemicals in gasoline, could reduce U.S. gasoline supplies. Last week, a bipartisan group of almost 70 lawmakers sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to weigh the costs and benefits of a costly proposed rule to reduce sulfur and other

Are Customers Always Right?

As anyone even remotely associated with the service industry will tell you the customer is king. But a new book is challenging that theory and takes a critical look at the true value of disgruntled customers. For example, in a retail setting, the squeaky wheel almost always winds up getting the grease. Customers tend to

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Local Store Marketing: Key Leaders

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This adage held true in your first job search and still holds true today in business.  Building and fostering long-term business relationships not only enable you to be connected to the key decision makers in

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EZ Energy Sells 18 Stations in Lease-Back Deal

The land at two of the gas stations must be purchased before EZ Energy can complete the sale. EZ Energy Ltd., owner of Easy Trip stores, has sold 18 gas stations in the U.S. for $24.5 million in a sale and lease-back deal. The buyer will lease back the properties to EZ Energy USA Inc.

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Cumberland Farms Celebrates the New Year With Free Coffee

Customers welcome in new years with a free cup of Joe. For the fifth consecutive year, Cumberland Farms will offer free coffee starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 until 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. An annual community service tradition, Cumberland Farms encourages customers to stop by any one of Cumberland

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European Consumers See Contactless as Step to Mobile Payments

2012 set to be the tipping point for mainstream contactless adoption in Europe. Visa Europe has launched its second quarterly Contactless Barometer study results. The Barometer canvassed perceptions of contactless technologies across the UK, Poland and Turkey, based on surveys of 1,700 banked individuals and in-depth panel sessions with around 500 contactless card owners per

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Superior Petroleum Co. and BP Sponsor Holy Family Dining Project

Change for change jars at local c-stores to help fund renovations. In conjunction with BP’s Fueling Communities Program, Superior Petroleum Company is helping to build a new dining room in Holy Family Institute that will be beautiful and functional, and employ a local artist to create a mural that will transform a hallway into a showpiece

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TETCO Donates $50,000 to Returning Heroes Home

Funding will go towards completion of a recreational and therapeutic park for wounded warriors and their families. Christmas just got a little brighter for Returning Heroes Home as the non-profit organization seeks additional funding to complete a $3.4 million, six-acre recreational and therapeutic park to serve wounded warriors and their families. The nonprofit received a

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Consumer Report Shows Holiday Shopping Season Continues

Some 47% of those hitting stores this week plan to redeem newly-received gift cards.   The 2011 holiday shopping season will seemingly extend at least another week, as four in 10 Americans plan on hitting the stores over the next few days, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. Of those who will be shopping

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Mobile Technology Leads to Better Customer Experience

Motorola Solutions Survey shows 67% of shoppers agree emerging in-store technologies heighten overall satisfaction. The latest installment of the Motorola Solutions Inc. annual Holiday Shopping Survey highlights that three in four (75% ) surveyed retail associates and managers feel they provide a better in-store customer experience when equipped with the latest mobile technologies. In fact,

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QSR White Castle Testing Beer and Wine Sales

Can alcohol sales and an expanded array of food choices provide the boost White Castle is seeking? QSR chain White Castle, a 90-year-old hamburger chain that sells square “slider” burgers, has begun serving beer and wine in an Indiana location as part of a test program, the Chicago Tribune reported. And White Castle is not

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Terrible’s Kicks Off 2012 With Free Car Washes

Dec. 27- 28 Terrible’s customers can get a free VIP Express car wash. Terrible’s Car Wash is giving Las Vegans a sparkling clean start to 2012 with VIP Express free car washes all day on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28. The free VIP Express car wash featuring RainX is a $10 value, and

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TA Adds New High Tech Laundry Equipment

Drivers can be notified by text message when their laundry is complete. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has begun its rollout of the most modern laundry facility equipment on the highway. TA’s 190 laundry rooms in company-operated locations today contain nearly 2,000 washers and dryers; all of these machines are expected to be replaced with

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BP Updates Gulf Restoration Activity in New TV Ad

National campaign provides progress report on Gulf recovery and restoration BP is launching a new nationwide television advertising campaign to update the American people on progress being made to clean up and restore the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident. The initial advertisement in the series, which will debut on

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TA Opens Fresh Healthy Café

“We are adding this new Fresh Healthy Café to augment our StayFit program, which provides professional drivers better ability to follow their own wellness program,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has opened a Fresh Healthy Café at TA Livingston, located at SR 99, Exit 203 – Winton Parkway, in Livingston, Calif. Fresh

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