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OCSA Lauds Local City Motion Against Contraband Tobacco

“The OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco,” says Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Store Association. The Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) applauded members of the Thunder Bay City Council, who passed a motion against contraband tobacco at a

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Kentucky Re-Examines State Laws On Sale Of Liquor

One U.S. district judge calls Kentucky’s law prohibiting the sale of wine and liquor in c-stores and grocery stores “unconstitutional.” A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that a Kentucky law prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of Louisville, Ky., said the state

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Kangaroo Express Tests Fuel Island Beverage Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. The Pantry Inc. is working with Vendgogh, LLC to pilot beverage vending at fuel islands in several Kangaroo Express stores in Raleigh, N.C. and Durham, N.C. “This is another option we are testing to serve our on-the-go guests,” said John Fisher, senior vice

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South Dakota Debates Sale Of 85-Octane Gasoline

South Dakota legislation continues to review rules on allowing the sale of 85-octane gasoline in the western half of the state. The proposed rule allowing the sale of 85-octane gasoline in western South Dakota is still in discussion as of Tuesday when a state legislative committee could not gain enough votes to approve or block

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The Love’s Revolution

With an increasing store count, ongoing redesigns and a renewed focus on foodservice, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has transformed its business model. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is set to begin construction on its 300th location this August. As it prepares for this milestone, the travel stop

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Holiday Side Dish

Uncle Ben’s created the perfect holiday comfort dish available in two easy-to-prepare varieties: traditional white bread and classic cornbread stuffings. Both new mixes have an ideal blend of seasonings, breadcrumbs, grains and veggies. The stuffings go well with Miniature Roast Turkey Dinner Sliders. C-stores can purchase Uncle Ben’s stuffing mix from Oct. 1 through Dec.

Dealing with the Long Arm of Government

The onslaught continues. It never ceases to amaze me that why, in these trying economic times, lawmakers insist on introducing legislation that costs retailers sales opportunities. Virtually every chain I’ve covered over the past 15-plus years in this industry has counted on earnings and profits to reinvest in the business. That means buying more real

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MACS Converts to Circle K

Under a unique partnership with Couche-Tard, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is now the exclusive developer of the Circle K brand across the mid-Atlantic. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) and Alimentation Couche-Tard forged a new partnership in July where MACS will act as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in Virginia,

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Dealing with Dairy

A federal program is threatening milk and ice cream prices, which could impact c-store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Even with all of the options that packaged goods manufacturers give consumers today—brands, flavors, package sizes, price points, promotions and much more—ice cream has remained a pretty simple retail category. Enter the federal government. In

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Keeping the C-Store Safe and Secure

Employee safety requires a strong training program and commitment from everyone in the company. Store security is an issue that we all take extremely seriously. There must be procedures in place for all employees and managers to follow, and they must be followed to the letter. No exceptions. A couple of stories illustrate and reinforce

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Couche-Tard Acquires 29 Orlando, Fla. Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard adds 29 c-store locations to its portfolio from Florida Oil Holdings. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. signed an agreement to acquire 29 stores in Orlando, Fla., from Florida Oil Holdings LLC through Couche-Tard’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The transaction is anticipated to close at the end of August, and is subject to

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Ready Pac Foods Recalls Mass Amount Of Apple Products

Ready Pac Foods makes a large recall on sliced apples sold in c-stores, supermarkets and fast food chains. Ready Pac Foods Inc. recalled apple slices and pieces sold at fast food chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King, supermarkets and convenience stores because of possible listeria contamination. Ready Pac Foods reported it is recalling 293,488

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7-Eleven Acquires TETCO Assets

“The combination of TETCO’s retail and wholesale operations will make this 7-Eleven’s largest acquisition since the company accelerated its growth plan four years ago,” says Stan Reynolds, 7-Eleven executive vice president and chief financial officer. 7-Eleven signed an agreement to acquire the retail and wholesale assets of TETCO, Inc. The assets include company-operated convenience stores

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Retail Gasoline Prices at 11-Week High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A string of refinery outages in late July, early August continues to drive retail gasoline prices higher, with the U.S. retail average gaining for five straight weeks through Aug. 6 to reach an 11-week high at $3.606 gallon per the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly survey. Since

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BP Sells Its Carson Refinery And ARCO Retail Network To Tesoro

“As an established refiner and marketer, Tesoro provides a strong future for the business and for its employees,” says Iain Conn, chief executive of BP’s global refining and marketing business. BP reached an agreement to sell its Carson, Calif., refinery and related logistics and marketing assets to the Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 billion in cash

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Delek US Holdings Makes Records With Second Quarter Income Levels

Delek US Holdings manages to reduce its debt after reporting high income levels for its second quarter 2012. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, reported its second quarter results for 2012. For the three months ended June 30, Delek US recorded a net

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Cumberland Gulf Group Opposes Settlement With Visa And MasterCard

“We support bringing real competition and transparency to the credit card market, and this proposed settlement clearly fails to meet this objective,” says Ari Haseotes, president and chief operating officer of Cumberland Farms Inc. The Cumberland Gulf Group opposed the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. The proposed

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Packaged Facts Defines Dining Habits In America

A market study takes a close look at the generational differences in eating habits of Americans to help the retail and foodservice industries  Packaged Facts released a report that analyzes America’s mealtime tendencies and eating habits. The study titled “How We Eat: Retail and Foodservice Opportunities in When and Where America Eats” reports that age

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Pink Lemonade Energy Shot Shoots Down Breast Cancer

5-hour Energy joins the battle against breast cancer as it introduces its new Pink Lemonade flavor. A portion of each sale of the new Pink Lemonade 5-hour Energy will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012. Living Essentials LLC, distributor of 5-hour Energy, has

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7-Eleven Retains NRC Realty & Capital Advisors For Store Sales

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors help 7-Eleven with the sale of 30 c-store properties in upstate and western New York. 7-Eleven Inc. retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to coordinate the sale of 30 gas stations and c-stores in upstate and western New York. 7-Eleven acquired these properties as part of its acquisition of Wilson

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Millennial Consumers More Likely To Make Foodservice Purchases

“Millennials are a critical consumer group to the foodservice industry, and finding ways to market to them can be difficult because they have high and varied expectations,” says Sara Monnette, director of consumer research for Technomic. Consumers’ positive outlook of the future indicates that they may increase spending on foodservice within the next year, according

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Valero Makes Connections Through New Website

Valero Corner Stores strengthens its relationship with loyal customers through its new CornerStore4U.com Website. Valero Retail Holdings Inc. Corner Store locations delve deeper into the social media world as the company creates the new CornerStore4U.com Website and a store app. The launch enabled more than 100,000 consumers to participate in the free music and movies

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Smoker Friendly Chooses Keynote Speaker For Conference

Eric Chester, author and speaker, will teach retailers about reviving work ethic with Generation Y at this year’s Smoker Friendly Conference and Tobacco Festival. The 16th Annual Smoker Friendly Conference and Tobacco Festival is set for Aug. 25 to Aug. 28 in Boulder, Colo., and Eric Chester, a well-known author and speaker, plans to give

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VP Offers C-Stores A New Branding Program

VP Racing Fuels is in the process of creating alternative branding solutions for the retail industry. VP hired both Bryan Noonen and Matt Schuster to be regional mangers of branded wholesale business development because of their background on branding. VP expects to leverage the valuable industry expertise Noonen and Schuster acquired at past companies to

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Grab-and-Go Goodness

Fast Food Systems, LLC. has just introduced a new line of grab-n-go hot sandwiches and burritos under their 320 Main Street label. These items come in frozen and can be merchandized frozen, or in a cold case, but hot is the way to go! We have the answer to drive inside sales with high quality,

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