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Sunoco Acquired By Energy Transfer Partners

As part of the acquisition agreement, ETP is to own Sunoco’s branded retail business, which includes approximately 4,900 retail locations in the U.S. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) has acquired Sunoco Inc. The two companies today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby ETP will acquire Sunoco in a unit and

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More Downside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed in metropolitan markets across the U.S during the final week of April, but retail gasoline prices should continue moving lower in early May. At $3.87 gallon on April 23, the Energy Information Administration’s US average for retail gasoline prices was at

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Family Express Partners With Purdue University

Purdue football fans have the chance to win free fuel for a year.   Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express has entered a multi-year sports marketing agreement with Purdue University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Purdue Sports Properties. Effective with the upcoming fall football season, the Purdue-Family Express partnership will center on various social media promotions

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Tedeschi Partners With Boston Cannons

Promotions and contests to center around Boston Cannons Lacrosse home games. Tedeschi Food Shops has partnered with the Boston Cannons, Boston’s professional Major League Lacrosse team. Throughout the 2012 season, Tedeschi Food Shops will be involved with the team in a variety of contests and promotions. The 2012 season home opener took place at Harvard

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Paw Wipes For Pets

Retailers looking to boost general merchandise sales have a new option to target pet owners. All American Pet Co. Inc. introduces PAWTIZER—an antibacterial paw wipe for dogs. Retailers and their distributors are currently sampling the eight-ounce spray, and 45-count and 100-count wipes. The alcohol-free PAWTIZER kills 99.9% of the germs on a dog’s paws to

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Satisfy Your Krave

Vapor Corp.’s Krave brand of e-cigarettes offers Krave1000 / Krave1001, a complete retail rack-ready, rechargeable e-cigarette program. Simple to use and simple to sell, Krave is a favorite among e-cigarette users for its taste and design. Krave1000 / Krave1001 is available in four varying nicotine levels and in tobacco and menthol flavors, along with starter

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Cenex And FuelQuest Extend Contract

“The fact that we can now use Zytax Compliance over the Web, knowing that our data is secure and that the application supports high transaction volumes, made it a straightforward decision for our company,” says CHS spokesperson. CHS Inc. and FuelQuest Inc. have announced a five-year contract renewal where CHS will adopt FuelQuest’s Zytax Compliance

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Hot New Look

HOT TAMALES cinnamon-charged candy is heating things up this spring with a new look, unveiling new package graphics for the brand that consumers have loved for over 50 years. The new package graphics feature a more modern, fiercer design. While still maintaining its traditional fireball, the bold new flames highlight the heat within. The new

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Mark Bierley Resigns From The Pantry

As The Pantry searches for a new CFO, Berry Epley, vice president and corporate controller, will assume Bierley’s responsibilities until a successor is found. The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., announced today that Mark Bierley, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the company, is resigning effective May 25,

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Kum & Go Prepares For Colorado Springs Debut

In the next five years Kum & Go aims to construct 20-25 c-stores in Colorado Springs, eight of which are expected to open in 2012. Kum & Go is set to debut its first Colorado Springs convenience store on June 1 at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive on the city’s northeast side. Based in West

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Ignite Wellness Sales

Prestige Imports LLC is launching Penthouse branded libido and sexual wellness shots: Per4mance Shots by Penthouse for men and Pleasure Shots by Penthouse for women. The launch is a result of Prestige Imports’ licensing deal with General Media Communications Inc., the publisher of Penthouse magazine. Recent IRI data shows an impressive increase in retail sales

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NRF Urges FTC To Move Cautiously on Mobile Payments

“The government should not impose regulations that would forestall yet-to-be-imagined advances and innovation,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation is urging the Federal Trade Commission to move cautiously in establishing regulations for mobile payments, and said any rules that are adopted should parallel those for the underlying form of payment and not be specific

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Energize Your Cigarette Sales

JTI U.S.A. introduces Export ‘A’ Limited Edition Packs—the only beveled edge 72-millimeter 20’s pack offered in the U.S.A. Crafted using premium, 100% Virginia leaf tobacco with no added flavors, Export ‘A’ Smooth Taste is now available in four stylish and distinct limited edition pack designs —all in one carton. Supported by the JTI U.S.A. Field

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Chester’s Chicken Opens In The Foothills Of The Sleeping Giant

New and improved location re-opens in Helena, Mont. following renovations.   Chester’s, a fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has announced the grand re-opening of its location in Helena, Mont. The new Chester’s location is in the Heritage Food Store, which sits at the base of the famous Sleeping Giant mountain. This

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Local Store Marketing: Overcoming Retail Wallpaper

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Ever drive down the road and out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of a 20-foot pink gorilla in a bathing suit on top of a store? That is a retailer attempting to overcome what I call the “retail wallpaper

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The 1980s Las Vegas Turnaround… and Lessons for C-Store Operators

Widen your customer base and change your surroundings.  By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. For the first 30 years or so, casinos in Las Vegas thrived, raking in obscene profits simply because options for legal gambling in the U.S. were few, far and in-between. Things started to get a bit more difficult for the casinos

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Casey’s Prepares To Enter Tennessee

Construction is set to start on first Tennessee store in Dyersburg this June. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Tennessee in June. This store will be located in Dyersburg, Tenn. and will mark the 13th state in Casey’s area of operations. “We

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Cumberland Farms To Raise Funds For Children’s Hospital

Iced coffee sales at participating Cumberland Farms c-stores to help benefit U.S. Children’s Hospital Boston. During the month of May, Cumberland Farms is set to raise funds to benefit Children’s Hospital Boston through the convenience store retailer’s Pediatric Care Campaign. Participating Cumberland Farms stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will donate five cents per cup

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TA Launches “Name the Burger” Contest

TA and Petro Stopping Centers full-service restaurants, professional drivers are encouraged to submit burger names for the chance to earn 25,000 UltraONE loyalty points. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) invites all professional drivers to enter its online “Name the Burger” contest for a chance to win big. Burger creations have been unveiled by the executive

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Roo Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express celebrates the return of its popular refill cup, which can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents through Labor Day. The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has announced details for its second annual Roo Cup deal, a refillable cup for fountain

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NACS Responds To House of Representatives Raiding LUST Trust Fund

“Stealing $3 billion away from LUST sends a clear message that members of Congress are abandoning a critical and necessary program that protects the health and water security of their constituents,” says NACS spokesperson. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has responded to final language included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of

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Cash Isn’t King at Cleveland Car Washes

American Pride has switched from cash-based operations to tokens, and customers are coming back stronger than ever. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Brian Costa operates five American Pride car washes in the Cleveland area. All told, there are 29 self-service bays and six touchless automatics. Until early 2000 each location was quarter-based. Then, when the

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Creating An Advertising Plan

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. As you have probably gathered from reading my other articles, I am a firm believer in planning for success. Whether it is operational excellence, de-branding a store or outlining your procedures and policies, prudent planning creates stronger execution and efficiency. While planning may come second nature to

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Creating A Policy And Procedure Handbook

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”   – from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. As a small business owner, you may wonder why one would need to get organized from a policy and

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Satisfy Between-Meal Hunger

RITZ CRACKERFULS is now wrapped up in a striking new look designed to grab attention and boost between-meal snack sales. Ninety-five percent of consumers indulge in a snack at least once a day, either between meals or in place of a meal, according to Technomic Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, 2010. RITZ CRACKERFULS offer an

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