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Fuel Price Projections Dropping

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Based on the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short-term Energy Outlook for May, its $3.79 gallon U.S. average for regular grade gasoline on May 7 will also be the price that gasoline averages this summer, which it defines from April through September. If realized, the $3.79 gallon

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Lehigh Gas Files For IPO

Lehigh Gas Partners LP filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $120 million in an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock to help repay debt and reimburse its general partner. The company this month entered into a master lease agreement with an affiliate of Getty Realty Corp. for 120 more

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7-Eleven Launches Flavors of Summer

Slurpee Light marks first Slurpee-branded sugar-free drink. 7-Eleven Inc. is  kicking off its “Flavors of Summer” campaign with Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango, promising all of the flavor of a traditional Slurpee drink with 50% fewer calories. This marks the first Slurpee-branded, sugar-free drink and the first sugar-free frozen beverage to be available at participating

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Gulf Oil Shows Support for Breast Cancer Research at Ballparks

We are pleased to be making a financial commitment through our national foundation to a cause that continues to impact the lives of so many families,” says Gulf spokesperson. Gulf Oil LP is adding a pink ribbon to its orange disk logo at six major league baseball parks across the U.S., to show its support

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Study Shows Online Targeting Grows In-Store Sales

“Premium online advertising can drive brick-and-mortar sales by both increasing brand loyalty and gaining new customers from competitors,” says cofounder of Legolas Media. Demonstrating the power of highly-targeted, online advertising to drive brick-and-mortar sales, a massive multi-brand study has found consumers targeted via premium Websites resulted in an 18% in-store sales lift versus non-targeted shoppers.

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VERC Enterprises Receives Best of Plymouth Award

VERC Enterprises selected in convenience store category for fifth consecutive year.  For the fifth consecutive year, VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been selected for the Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA), a

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Newcastle Launches No Bollocks Campaign

 “Newcastle Brown Ale is looking to provide consumers with a refreshing dose of honesty,” says brand director for Newcastle. Newcastle Brown Ale delivers ‘win-win’ offer for trial purchase of the leading imported ale through unique summer promotion   Following the debut of its new No Bollocks national advertising campaign, Newcastle, a leading imported ale in the

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Quick and Complete

Roadrunner Markets refines its retail operations with the addition of a c-store prototype, a renewed commitment to foodservice and a firm emphasis on customer service. By John Lofstock, Editor. At a time when customers demand fast service, quality foods and convenient locations, Roadrunner Markets is pushing ahead with a retail strategy that would make even

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Website Helps Customers Find Best Beer Prices

At SaveOnBrew.com, customers enter their zip codes to find low prices and sales on beer in their area. The Beer Institute reports that the most popular places to buy beer outside bars, restaurants and stadiums include: convenience stores (32%), liquor / beer stores (20%) and supermarkets (8%). SaveOnBrew.com, a search engine made for beer products,

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Inspiring a Solid Work Ethic

Consider this an open letter to the young men and women that work in our stores. If you want to advance, don’t let your bosses out work you. By Jim Callahan. Did you ever wonder how older co-workers keep going long after many of their younger cohorts seem to have worn down and out?  I’m

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Carving Out a Sandwich Strategy

While branded and proprietary foodservice programs get a lot of attention at retail, prepared sandwiches have quietly—and profitably—filled a valuable niche for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Sandwiches and wraps are a $2.7 billion category and sales are expected to remain strong through 2014, according to a 2011 report from foodservice research and marketing

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FDA Announces Intent to Regulate OTP

FDA expects to issue a deeming regulation in summer 2012 to cover other tobacco products. Cigars, e-cigs and cigarillos are among tobacco products about to meet with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny. The agency has announced its intent to issue a “deeming regulation” sometime during the summer of 2012 to cover other tobacco

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NOCO Rolls Out Dino-Mart Franchise

“Our goal is to grow the Dino-Mart brand throughout our operating area and then across upstate New York,” says NOCO executive vice president. NOCO Energy Corp. is launching a retail gasoline convenience store franchise business called Dino-Mart across New York State, the Buffalo News Online reported.   NOCO is hosting a ribbon cutting today to

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CITGO Helps “Clean The D”

More than 300 volunteers join together to improve a 27-mile portion of the Eight Mile Road. Volunteers from CITGO Petroleum Corp., local CITGO marketers and retailers, Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) and the Miss Michigan Organization came together on May 5 for the 16th annual “Clean the D” event to improve a 27-mile segment of

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KSS Fuels Launches Cloud-Based Pricing Solution

PriceNet Cloud offers speed, automation and intelligence for fuels pricing to petroleum marketers and retailers. KSS Fuels has introduced PriceNet Cloud. This latest addition to KSS Fuels’ suite of pricing intelligence solutions is well-suited to fuel retailers who want to benefit from an enterprise-scale fuels pricing solution without the associated capital investment and need for

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Shell Helps Customers Save At The Pump

Consumers enjoy regular savings on high-quality fuel with grocery rewards programs. Fuel prices are top of mind for many consumers and finding ways to save at the pump continues to be a priority. That’s why Shell is reminding consumers that they can turn their everyday purchases on groceries into significant savings on high-quality fuel at

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CCRRC Study Unveils Growth Opportunities for C-Stores

Study by the NACS/ Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) identifies five new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A newly released report from the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS/CCRRC) is providing insights into what motivates shoppers to spend more of their hard-earned dollars inside convenience stores. “We began the

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Tax Credits To Help Small Businesses Provide Health Coverage

Affordable Care Act Program helps small businesses offer benefits. More than 19 million U.S. workers are employed by the 3.2 million small businesses eligible for $15 billion in tax credits in the federal healthcare reform, according to a new report titled “Good Business Sense,” released today by Small Business Majority and the consumer group Families

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Maverik To Break Ground On New Store

New 4,200-square-foot c-store planned for Spokane, Wash.   Maverik, a North Salt Lake, Utah-based chain of convenience stores, is set to develop a new Spokane, Wash.-area convenience store, which would be its third in the Inland Northwest. Brad McDougal, director of real estate for Maverik, told the Spokane Journal of Business that  the company aims

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New Braunfels Buc-ee’s Celebrates Grand Opening

On Monday in New Braunfels, Texas Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores debuted its largest store with a grand opening celebration for customers. The $7.4 million Buc-ee’s Travel Center at I-35 and Farm-to-Market Road 306 features 60 gas pumps, spans 18 acres and boasts a 67,000-square-foot  store. The store offers the chain’s famously clean and hands-free restrooms; an

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Chevron ExtraMile Launches New Battleship Game

Consumers can visit West Coast Chevron ExtraMile locations for chances to win thousands of instant prizes. Chevron ExtraMile has launched a new Battleship Commander Instant Win Game in support of Universal Pictures’ upcoming Battleship. Now through June 30, each visitor to participating ExtraMile locations in California, Oregon and Washington can request a game card with

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Circle K Florida Donates Over Half A Million Dollars To UCP

Presentation at annual fundraising event underscores support for people with disabilities in Florida communities. Circle K Florida, the largest corporate supporter of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), presented UCP affiliates with an oversized check for $552,837.73 during an awards dinner and ceremony at the company’s FishStix 2012, an annual golf and fishing tournament at the Sanibel Harbour

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Cultivating Loyal Customers

Savvy c-store operators are using loyalty programs to improve merchandise planning and forecasting to spur long-term growth. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Loyalty programs, when administered well, offer c-store retailers solid benefits—the ability to react to trends quickly, make more informed decisions, improve cost effectiveness and aid in merchandise planning and sales forecasting. “Loyalty programs

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Stripes Raises $772,486 for Children’s Miracle Network

Funds to benefit 12 children’s hospitals in three states.   Stripes Convenience Stores, with help from customers and employees, has raised $772,486 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 2-29. The campaign ran in all 543 Stripes locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The record-breaking campaign raised an average of $1,422

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BP Signs New England Fuel Distributors

Agreements with two fuel distributors cover two-thirds of the 218 BP-branded sites formerly supplied by Green Valley Oil. BP has signed contracts with two New England fuel distributors to supply independent BP-branded gas station operators in the region. Lehigh Gas Corp. has agreed to supply 69 BP-branded stations in Massachusetts and 19 BP-branded sites in New

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