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Former Property Owner Celebrates Rutter’s Grand Opening

Rutter’s Farm Stores Chief Customer Officer, Derek Gaskins, had the opportunity to shakes hands with James Strickler (see photo, left), the first customer at Rutter’s newest location in Mountville, Lancaster County, Pa. Strickler’s family once owned the land on which the convenience store stands, the second Lancaster County location for the York, Pa.-based company. “On

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New Hookah Flavors, Accessories

Kretek International Inc. has announced several new additions to its lineup of Voodoo Hookah products.  Joining Voodoo traditional hookahs and new e-hookahs are a full line of 20 Shisha flavors with matching flavors in Voodoo Steam Stones.  The 20 exotic flavors are divided into four pre-packed collections of tropical and blended fruit, berries, citrus and

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United Supermarkets LLC Announces Name Change

Company to now be known as The United Family. United Supermarkets LLC announced a name change for the parent company as the result of a strategic branding initiative for the entire organization. Moving forward, United Supermarkets LLC will be known as The United Family, reflecting the company’s multiple store brands, as well as its rich

Pilot Flying J Attorney Addresses Settlement

Customers have until Oct. 15 to opt out of the settlement. With a settlement pending between Pilot Flying J and a number of plaintiffs, Pilot Flying J’s attorney addressed a range of questions about the settlement on the company’s Website this week. On July 16, the United States District Court, Western Division of the Eastern

Love’s Launches Paper Hearts Campaign

Promotion to benefit 92 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops employees and customers are showing a lot of heart for local sick and injured kids with the return of their annual in-store fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now through Sept. 23, those who donate a $1, $5 or $20 paper heart icon at

7-Eleven Celebrates National Lemonade Day

Free Snapple Lemon Daze drinks greet customers. 7-Eleven stores are celebrating National Lemonade Day with a free bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze lemonade.  A mobile coupon for a free 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze will be available in 7-Eleven’s app on Aug. 20, officially National Lemonade Day. 7-Eleven’s app is available for iOS and

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Meridian Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Focus on Competitive Advantage

“Quality Questions—Remarkable Results,” is this year’s conference theme.   On Oct. 23-24, 2013  Meridian Associates Inc. will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its  “Focus on Competitive Advantage” conference, to be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz.  This successful event has spanned two decades and is dedicated to owners, CEOs, CFOs and

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U.S. Gasoline Demand shows Summer Sizzle

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to a five-week low Aug. 12, but the futures contract for gasoline then gained more than 6.0cts during the week-ended Aug. 16, with the 2.1% advance supporting higher wholesale costs in a number of metropolitan markets. A decline in pass through costs

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Spice Up Snack Time

Mars has introduced new COMBOS Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla, which packs big flavors in a small bite. This new offering from COMBOS Baked Snacks combines the robust flavors of cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and spicy jalapeño peppers. Seven-layer dip has been a long-time party food favorite, and COMBOS

Pilot Flying J Opens New Locations

Ample diesel lanes and a wide foodservice selection, including Cinnabon, greet customers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of two new stores to better serve professional drivers: a Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio. “We’re thrilled that our new locations will serve professional drivers traveling

MEC Access and Texaco Go Country Strong

Texaco adds country music star Luke Bryan and the CMA to its country music line-up. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and MEC Access, the Entertainment & Sports Partnership division of global media agency MEC, announced the expansion of the Texaco brand’s country music platform with the addition of country music star Luke Bryan and the Country Music

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Food Trucks Replacing Quick Service Restaurant Visits

“For now at least, food trucks need not be viewed as a threat to restaurant demand nationally,” says NPD restaurant industry analyst. Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated, and a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company, finds that

LOGIC E-Cigs Continues Steady Growth

Seizes top four SKUs and nine of Top 12 SKUs in the U.S. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report, indicating LOGIC continues to outperform competitors in sales per point distribution. The total U.S. Nielsen Item Rank Report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, reports

The Pantry Completes Refinancing Of Its Term Loan

The Pantry Inc. announced that it has completed the refinancing of its senior secured 2019 Term Loan. At the company’s current leverage ratio, the $253 million Term Loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 375 basis points with a LIBOR floor of 100 basis points, compared to LIBOR plus 450 basis points with a LIBOR

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Strongbow Holiday Retail Program Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. This fall, Strongbow is taking the lead as the catalyst for “Golden” holiday experiences by inviting men and women, 21 and older, to choose Strongbow as the brand of choice to elevate their planned

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Martin Eagle Aims to Contain Rising Operating Costs

Using a new monitoring system, the Texas chain is saving time, energy and reducing the spoilage costs that can arise from damaged cold vault compressors. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Martin Eagle Oil Co. knows first hand the financial and general frustrations convenience store operators can feel after losing a freezer full of products due

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New Pack Design

Export ‘A’ revealed an updated, sleeker pack design that will enhance your super premium category. Artfully crafted for a natural smooth taste since 1928, Export ‘A’ is the choice for adult smoking connoisseurs. Made from premium Virginia leaf tobacco, the blend achieves the best balance of taste, strength, and smoothness…with no added flavors. In its

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Rutter’s No. 1 On Top York, Pa. Private Companies List

The c-store chain is also among the fastest growing central Pennsylvania companies. Rutter’s Farm Stores has reclaimed the top spot on the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s 2013 list of Top 100 Private Companies in York County, Pa., surging up from No. 2 on the list just one year ago. Rutter’s also climbed to No. 2

CITGO Petroleum and Warex Terminals to Roll Back the Pump

During customer appreciation days in New York, local CITGO marketer to take five cents off per gallon. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer Warex Terminals Corp. are giving back to their customers with a series of 26 customer appreciation days from Aug. 15 through Oct. 13 at locations across New York. Customers will receive

FDA Seeks Retail Inspectors

A call for private inspectors shows FDA aims to conduct inspections in the nine states that don’t have a contract with FDA to check up on retailers. This week, the FDA began soliciting proposals from private contractors to conduct retail tobacco inspections in Alaska, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and

NCASEF Announces 2014 National Convention in Orlando

Conference set for July at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has announced that its 39th National Convention and Trade Show will be held July 12 – 16, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. This past July, 62 major sponsors and more

The Hershey Co. Names Mary Kay Haben To Board of Directors

The Hershey Co. has appointed Mary Kay Haben to its Board of Directors, effective Aug. 9, 2013. “Mary Kay is a seasoned leader who brings a great wealth of relevant food and confectionery experience to her role as a member of the Hershey board,” said James Nevels, chairman of the Board of Directors. “She is

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DILL-ICIOUS Popcorn

Van Holten’s, a packaged pickle producer, has launched Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn. The innovative new snack combines bold dill pickle seasoning with the classic taste of popcorn to create a cutting edge snack experience. Van Holten’s is the first in the U.S. to produce a ready-to-eat dill pickle-flavored popcorn and distribute it on a

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker, center, cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Parker’s retail location. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen and Bulloch County dignitaries Keely Fennell and Garrett Nevil attended the ribbon cutting.

Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

The new Statesboro, Ga. store is Parker’s 31st location. Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art location in Statesboro, Ga. on Aug. 13, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen and Keely Fennell and Garrett Nevil with the Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon at the new

NRF Welcomes Judge’s New Debit Swipe Rule Demand

The Fed has 60 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling by Judge Leon. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed a federal judge’s insistence that the Federal Reserve move quickly on issuing new regulations to reduce debit card swipe fees paid by retailers and consumers. “We’re very pleased to see the court light a

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