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Creating a Rewarding Retail Experience

Paper punch cards are a thing of the past. Today’s loyalty programs incorporate a variety of innovative strategies to persuade customers to spend more time—and money—in your stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Sometimes you think you know what your customers want, but you really don’t know until you ask…and listen. That’s what Salt Lake

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Navigating Your Lighting Upgrade

As technology improves, more businesses are making the switch to cost-effective LED fixtures. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In these days of tight margins and intense retail competition, convenience store owners are doing everything they can to boost revenues and reduce operating costs. Something as simple as investing in upgraded lighting can significantly reduce monthly

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Managing Network Security

To maintain the trust of your customers and to protect your business against liability issues, convenience stores must maintain the integrity of their credit and debit card networks. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Think you can’t find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit for a credit card breach? Think again. Multiple class-action lawsuits have

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Creating Foodservice Theatre

With fresh foodservice taking center stage at many c-stores, packaging is playing an increasingly important role in creating an appetizing presentation. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In foodservice, packaging used to be an afterthought, simply a vehicle to get the product from here to there. However, today’s food packaging does more than just hold product.

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A Pleasing Pizza Experience

A full 41% of respondents in a recent survey said they now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago, making pizza a $33.5-billion business, according to foodservice research firm Technomic. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Pizza is such a popular item at Casey’s General Store that, in August, the

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Getting Serious About Foodservice Equipment

Space limitations used to be the bane of c-store operators who wanted a professional foodservice program. But now manufacturers are stepping up to the plate with equipment that serves multiple purposes and still fits nicely within the c-store footprint. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Scott Zaremba has three Zarco 66 c-stores that sell made-to-order food,

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Sunoco Acquires Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, Converting Stores from BP

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: PARAGRAPH TWO ON REBRANDING CSD has learned that all of MACS BP-branded locations are currently being converted to the Sunoco brand. Sunoco Inc. today reported that is has acquired Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS). CSD has learned that Sunoco is currently in the process of converting all of MACS BP-branded locations over to

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Raspberry Flavored Energy Shot

Living Essentials LLC continues to support breast cancer causes with the introduction of a new, limited edition, specially marked raspberry flavor of 5-hour ENERGY. Through Dec. 31, 2013, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every bottle of specially marked raspberry flavored 5-hour ENERGY to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a national

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JTI USA Announces Employee Promotions

JTI USA announced that Tom Morris has been named vice president of national sales and Renee Duszynski has been promoted to national key accounts manager, both within the Consumer & Trade Marketing group. Tom MorrisIn his new role, Morris will manage field sales activities and business development of the JTI USA portfolio of brands: Wave,

7-Eleven $19.5 Million Portfolio For Sale In Michigan

Eight of the 11 sites have 15-year leases. The Issenberg-Britti Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, has been appointed as the exclusive advisor for the sale of 11  7-Eleven Corporate Gas Station Ground Leases located throughout the state of Michigan. The ground leases are all held by and guaranteed by 7-Eleven Inc.

Survey Shows Prospective Business Buyers, Sellers Confident

BizBuySell.com survey finds that improved optimism among business buyers is creating a vibrant business succession market for both buyers and sellers. BizBuySell.com, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, announced the results of its August 2013 survey of business buyers and sellers. BizBuySell.com’s nationwide survey, designed to better understand the current wants, needs and sentiments of buyers

Manitowoc Acquires INDUCS

The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced the acquisition of INDUCS AG, a leading supplier of induction technology to the global foodservice industry, based in Herisau, Switzerland. INDUCS develops, manufactures, and markets an expansive line of advanced technology induction counter-top and built-in products. INDUCS has a strong global network of distribution partners, including a longstanding relationship

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Providence Tobacco Ordinances

Coupons, promotional pricing and flavored tobacco sales now banned in Providence. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a ruling that upholds two Providence, R.I. ordinances related to tobacco sales, in a loss for tobacco company and associations fighting the ordinances. The ordinances prohibit retailers from redeeming coupons to obtain a

Cumberland Farms Announces Believe And Achieve 2014

Convenience store retailer to help hundreds of young adults attend college for eighth consecutive year. Cumberland Farms announced that for the eighth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its 11-state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program.  Since Cumberland Farms began the

Corner Store Campaign To Benefit Children’s Hospitals

Month-long promotion to help fund medical care, research and education. Today through Oct. 31, Corner Store employees will ask customers to purchase $1 or $5 Miracle Balloon icons to raise funds for 32 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The icons include a coupon for savings on goods in the stores, providing customers an extra incentive to

Study Shows Retailers Shared Debit Swipe Fee Savings

Consumers could save more if Fed set cap lower. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed a new study that shows retailers have passed along the majority of the savings from debit card swipe fee reform to their customers, and that the resulting increase in consumer spending has boosted job creation across the country. But the

Arkansas Cigar Tax Cap Takes Effect

Reduces excised tax on premium cigars to 50 cents per stick. An Arkansas tax cap on cigars was implemented on Oct. 1, marking Arkansas as the latest state to put limitations on its cigar tax laws, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. In March, Arkansas passed a bill that caps the state’s excise tax

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Getting the Most Out of Your NACS Show Experience

As the convenience store industry descends on Atlanta for the annual NACS expo, retailers of all sizes are advised to attend the educational sessions and walk the show floor for new ideas. By Jim Callahan. This year’s NACS show in Atlanta promises to be the biggest and best ever. In an industry where there is

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PAPCO Expands in the Mid-Atlantic

An acquisition of the Tidewater retail assets of SMO Inc. boosts PAPCO’s store count in southeastern Virginia. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. It’s been a busy fall for petroleum marketer PAPCO Inc., which acquired the Tidewater, Va. retail assets of SMO Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wills Group in August, and remains poised for

Building Profits and Relationships

Fresh off another successful National Advisory Group (NAG) conference last month in Nashville, I would like to thank all of the attendees that joined us for two days of outstanding networking, educational sessions and information exchanges. What makes NAG so special is that it is an association driven by retailers for retailers. We are an

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Sheetz Moves Into New Era With Leadership Changes

Joe Sheetz steps into president and CEO role, as Stan Sheetz becomes chairman of the board. Joe Sheetz, executive vice president of finance and store development, formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for Sheetz Inc., beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Current Chief Executive Stan Sheetz left the presidency after 18 successful years and

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Exxon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

As of July 2013, 88% of Fortune 500 companies included orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. Exxon Mobil Corp. is extending benefits to same-sex spouses of U.S. employees, following the June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which led to changes by the Internal Revenue Service and

Valero Launches Sweepstakes

Grand prize is a chance to win up to five years of free gas at the Valero Alamo Bowl. Customers at Valero-branded stores in the U.S. will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a trip for two with VIP access to the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, as part of a sweepstakes

Iran Thaw, Beltway Standoff, Seasonal Feature Pressure Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonally, gasoline prices trend lower this time of year from higher summer values, albeit if the industry is not battling supply disruptions caused by a hurricane, with the peak storm season for the Atlantic Basin from late August through September. The hurricane count has been light this season

Rocky Top Acquisition Details

CSD speaks with Steve Kirkham, owner of Rocky Top Markets about the recent acquisition. Lehigh Gas Partners LP completed the acquisition of Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC in Knoxville, Tenn. last week for $36.9 million. Lehigh Gas Partners paid $10.6 million at closing for the purchase of one fee property site,

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