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The Evolution of Cash Management

Smart safes are getting smarter and so are the convenience store operators who use them. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor It’s all about the money, so handle it intelligently. Having a smart safe—and training employees to use it effectively—relieves a lot of the traditional headaches associated with handling cash, according to Los Angeles-based retail security

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A Simple Tobacco Fable

Alternative products are helping to shape the future of convenience store tobacco sets. By Lou Maiellano. Imagine, if you will, that European explorers land in Africa, North America or South America in the 14th, 15th or 16th centuries. Upon landing, these explorers find the inhabitants of these exotic new lands drinking a strange, energizing brew

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Big Apple Plants the Seeds for New Growth

After rebranding a number of its locations under the CITGO brand, Big Apple Food Stores looks to expand its retail portfolio in 2012. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Food Stores has had a busy 12 months. The 82-store chain with locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, completed an aggressive push

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Fast Nickels vs.Slow Dimes

When it comes to competing in the fuel business, convenience store retailers must fight to maintain their market share. By Jim Callahan. I received an inquiry from a small retailer in the Northeast recently who had lost a huge chunk of his fuel volume due to some fierce new competition. This is an issue that

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Smoker Friendly Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

New facility to feature administrative offices, as well as a warehouse, gym, kitchen, 573-square foot humidor and more. Smoker Friendly is set to officially break ground on the build of its new corporate headquarters on March 1 at 11 a.m. Smoker Friendly International is a family-owned cigarette and tobacco store retailer based in Boulder, Colo.

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Country Music Star Trace Adkins To Be Pilot Flying J Spokesperson

“Trace is a natural match; he’s been called the hardest working man in country music, and that aligns well with our work ethic at Pilot Flying J,” says CEO. Pilot Flying J has announced that country music star Trace Adkins will serve as a company spokesperson for the spring launch of its loyalty program, representing

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Sunoco Adds 11 Retail Locations

Latest acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s position as fuels retailer and convenience store operator in Florida. Sunoco Inc. has acquired 11 retail locations in Daytona, Fla., and the surrounding communities in Volusia County from First Coast Energy L.L.P. Each location will be company operated and include an APlus convenience store. “We continue to grow in areas where

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Rotten Robbie Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“The c-store industry is shifting to accommodate the on-the-go customer with mobile coupons, quick alerts to phones, and creating numerous portals to communicate and build loyalty with customers,” says president of Robinson Oil. Rotten Robbie, an independent private brand operator of 34 fueling stations and c-stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area, works hard to

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Ice Machines with QR Codes

Hoshizaki America’s ice machines manufactured in Peachtree City, Ga., now feature a label with QR Codes specific to make, model and serial number. Customers and service technicians can use their smartphone to scan the QR code for convenience. The scan is a direct link that automatically pulls up a mobile Web page specific to equipment

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Chevron Station Goes Green

Cree LED lighting upgrade to deliver an estimated 70% energy savings. Beaverton, Ore.-based Highland Chevron gas station and ExtraMile food market recently underwent extensive eco-renovations, including the installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting by Cree Inc. The addition of Cree LED fixtures supports Highland Chevron’s mission of becoming a zero-energy establishment. Rebuilt from

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The Pantry Divesting 37 Stores

Four company-owned and 33 leased sites are available in nine Southeastern states. The Pantry Inc. is selling 37 stores located in nine states throughout the Southeast as part of a strategic divestment. The facilities are located in a variety of markets in Alabama (2), Florida (4), Georgia (4), Kentucky (1), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (13),

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Lawsuit Aims To Protect Promotion and Sale of Legal Tobacco Products

Trade associations and seven tobacco manufacturers team to fight tobacco ordinances. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc. (NATO), the Cigar Association of America Inc. (CAA), along with Lorillard Tobacco Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., American Snuff Company, Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co. LLC, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco

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Consumer Perceptions Vary About C-Store and Fuel Retailers

Customers guess retailers make 48 cents profit per gallon of fuel sold after expenses, when the reality is closer to 15 cents per gallon. While consumers intellectually understand that the corner store isn’t responsible for high prices at the pump, they still don’t like fuels retailers, according to findings released today from the new 2012

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Freezer Door Advertisements

STRATACACHE, a provider in digital media technologies, introduces its latest solution for digital advertising at the point-of-purchase: PrimaSee. PrimaSee displays high-definition, dynamic videos embedded within a glass fixture (freezer/cooler door, check-out counter, store window, etc.), while simultaneously fostering consumer interaction with a media experience (coupons, surveys, games, etc.). Visually engaging, these powerful, translucent advertisements allow

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Quality Food Programs

Fast Food Systems LLC is dedicated to designing and developing quality food programs for the c-store industry. 320 Mainstreet is a versatile food program that has the quality and taste for which you have been searching. This program offers a high margin, minimal labor and an excellent variety of foods. Fast Food systems develops food

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EIA sees One-in-Four Chance for $4 Gallon U.S. Average in June

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN In its most recent Short-term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) pointed to a 25% probability based on activity in the financially traded gasoline market that its U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline would top $4 gallon in June. “Recent options and futures price

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E-Cig Explodes in Florida Man’s Mouth

A Florida man faces burns and injuries after his e-cigarette explodes. A faulty battery caused an electronic cigarette to explode in a Florida’s man’s mouth on Monday, severely burning his face and removing some of his teeth and a chunk of his tongue, ABC News reported. The man, which ABC News identified as Tom Holloway,

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The Pantry Names Dennis Hatchell President and CEO

“My initial focus will be to work with the Board and the management team to refine our strategic vision,” says Hatchell. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Dennis Hatchell will become President and CEO of the company, effective March 5, 2012. Hatchell previously served as vice chairman of Alex Lee Inc. headquartered in Hickory, N.C.,

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PMAA To Members: “Contact House of Representatives”

PMAA calls for vigorous opposition to rest area commercialization amendment. PMAA is urging retailers to contact their Congress members and fight the rest area commercialization amendment that could come up for a vote as early as tomorrow. Representatives Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) have introduced an amendment to the Highway

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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

New Bluffton, S.C. location offers discounted gasoline. The Parker Cos., which offers fuel and retail services across southeast Georgia and South Carolina, has opened a new state-of-the-art convenience store in Bluffton, S.C. The newest Parker’s store, located at 1286 Fording Island Road just east of Tanger Outlet Center 1 on Hwy. 278, offers discounted gasoline

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Winn-Dixie Opens Two New Stores

Locations to offer a Wi-Fi Internet café area with complimentary coffee. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is celebrating the completion of two newly remodeled state-of-the-art stores in central Florida. The stores are located at  951 State Road 434 W. Longwood, Fla. and at  7800 U.S. 17/92 S. Fern Park, Fla., located in the Main Street Square shopping

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Skulls Designer Lighters

Scripto introduces the Skulls Designer Series to its line of popular disposable pocket lighters. The new Skulls Designer Lighters feature five assorted artistic skull designs inspired by tattoo artwork. Skull tattoos have been one of the most sought after designs for a number of decades and its popularity is still very much alive. Scripto Skulls

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Smoking Alternative

Times are tough for smokers when they are in areas where they cannot light up. New SmokinGel is a cigarette alternative in the form of a hand gel. It gives customers the real cigarette experience when they easily rub a little gel on their hands. SmokinGel rubs in clear, has a pleasant scent, truly mimics

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NACS CAFÉ Joins NRA Show

“Our industry’s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice,” says NACS CAFÉ education director. NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÉ) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate a session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry’s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.

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Weigel’s Recognized For Best Chocolate Milk

 Annual Tennessee State Fair awards Weigel’s a blue ribbon. The Tennessee Dairy Products Association awarded Weigel’s Dairy with the coveted First Place Blue-Ribbon for its Chocolate Milk in the Tennessee State Fair Fluid Milk Quality Competition. With the highest score, Weigel’s Chocolate Milk was voted best chocolate milk among all dairies serving the State of

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