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What Your Cigar Customers Want

Whether it’s flavored products or low-cost brands, OTP customers remain among the most loyal in the store. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. How much is too much is a fundamental question in retailing, and all the more so when it comes to cigars. With so many new products, flavors and line extensions to choose from,

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Strong Market for Candy and Confections

The numbers for gum might be somewhat glum but, overall, the more than $1.8 billion non-chocolate confections category is growing. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores uses words and phrases, such as “rocking,” “shockingly great” and even “holy cow!” to describe recent sales of non-chocolate confections.

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Flavored Electronic Hookah

Designed to capitalize on the hottest trend—and one of the fastest growing segments—in the e-cigarette marketspace, Sapphyre Hookah is an exciting new line of flavored electronic hookah from ECO-CIGS.  With a rich metallic finish, Sapphyre Crystal tip and 600 puffs of zero-nicotine flavor, Sapphyre Hookah e-cigs appeal to a wide range of adult customers.  Sapphyre

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Foodservice Remains the Key to Future Success

By John Lofstock, Editor. While trendy items like electronic cigarettes and energy shots offer convenience store retailers a respite from depressed tobacco and fuel margins, it should be perfectly clear to all store owners that developing a great foodservice program is what it will take to remain profitable in the future. Convenience store operators are

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Tesoro Completing Sale of Hawaii C-Stores

The sale is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Tesoro Corp. has received U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance for the sale of its 94,000 barrel-per-day Kapolei refinery, plus dozens of retail gas stations in Hawaii, to a subsidiary of Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp., Pacific Business News reported. The price of

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Stripes Fundraises For 4-H

Stripes customers can purchase 4-H clover cutouts for a donation that benefits the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation. Stripes Convenience Stores, in partnership with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, is set to begin its fourth year of 4-H fundraising with a promotion this September. This year’s promotion, “Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow’s Leaders,” is

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NATO Encourages Members To Oppose Tobacco Tax Increases

Proposal would raise the federal cigarette tax rate $1.95 per pack on cigarettes. During the month of August the National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) legislative staff members are contacting NATO retail members about an opportunity for them to invite their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to visit their corporate office or a retail store

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per common share.  The dividend is payable on Sept. 16, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 23, 2013. Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the

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Lehigh Gas Partners Acquires 34 Stations From Rocky Top Markets

The newly-acquired sites are located in the Knoxville, Tenn. region. Lehigh Gas Partners LP has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC to purchase 30 motor fuel stations, and enter into leases for four motor fuel stations, assume seven third party supply contracts and purchase certain

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Graham Enterprises Acquires 10 Stations From RWJ Management Co.

Deal includes 10 stations in the Chicagoland area. Graham Enterprises Inc. has purchased 10 BP branded retail convenience store gas stations from RWJ Management Co. Inc. The sites are located in the greater Chicago area. Graham Enterprises Inc. purchased the properties on July 19, pursuant to an Order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court having jurisdiction

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2-in-1 Stylus and Pen

Digital devotees and writing traditionalists can now get the best of both worlds with the introduction of the BIC Tech 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen. The BIC Tech 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen features a lightweight stylus on one end that easily glides across tablet and smartphone screens to provide accuracy and precise control and a retractable

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Rutter’s Inks Deal With Core-Mark, US Foods

“The addition of Rutter’s represents Core-Mark’s continued commitment to delivering fresh and broad line products with a more efficient supply-chain, which resonates with the country’s best retailers,” says senior vice president marketing for Core-Mark. Rutter’s Farm Stores has entered into three-year agreements with both Core-Mark, one of the largest supply-chain management companies in the convenience

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Murphy Oil Reports Progress in Spin Off

Announces preliminary Q2 earnings. Murphy Oil Corp. has announced its current development status of its Murphy USA Inc. spin off, and its preliminary second quarter 2013 results. Steven Cosse, president and CEO, of Murphy Oil Corp. noted that “substantial progress has been made” in the spin off of Murphy Oil Corp.’s retail gas station business

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Capturing Latino Customers

Insights from new study help retailers compete for Latino $1.3 trillion buying power. Every 30 seconds, a Hispanic turns 18 years old in the U.S., amplifying the influence of the country’s fastest growing ethnic minority. A new study called “The Multi-Cultural Latino Consumer” finds that though Latinos are far from homogenous, diverse segments overall stay

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ExxonMobil Launches Mobile App Pilot In Nashville

Speedpass+ uses geo-location technology to locate and activate a pump for fueling. ExxonMobil has launched its ExxonMobil Speedpass+ Mobile Payment App pilot, effective Aug. 1, in Nashville, Tenn. at 27 locations. SpeedPass+, ExxonMobil’s mobile payment application, is designed to make paying at the pump quick and convenient.  Speedpass+ is a complement to ExxonMobil’s existing Speedpass

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Getty Realty Corp. Announces Earnings Release Date

Second quarter earnings conference call set for Aug. 8. Getty Realty Corp. plans to release its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 after the market closes on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The company plans to conduct an earnings conference call on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate

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Defining Social Media Success

More and more convenience store chains are adopting interactive promotions to attract friends and fans and establish a longer-term relationship. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Today’s customers are more connected into the digital world than ever and to communicate with them effectively, convenience store operators must have a visible presence on social media sites. Savvy

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Blueberry Snacks

Berries are becoming increasingly important in our diets as more health benefits are discovered. One of the most popular fruits, blueberries are recognized as a super fruit and have many health benefits. A single serving of blue-berries offers more antioxidants than any other fresh fruit. Naturipe Berry Quick fresh blueberry snacks are pre-portioned, single serve

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Warning: Encroachers Encroaching

The competitive landscape is changing again as drug stores, such as Walgreens and Duane Reade, and even furniture stores are beginning to feature foodservice, and dollar stores are selling snacks, cigarettes and beer. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. It seems that everybody wants to be a convenience store these days. Walgreens has 10 and growing

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Fast-Food Workers Strike For Higher Wages

Protests demand higher wages for fast food employees. Fast-food worker strikes to demand higher wages that started in New York eight months ago have spread now to Midwestern cities, including Chicago and Washington and this week has hit St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich., the New York Times reported. Thousands of fast-food workers

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United Supermarkets Supports MDA

During the 15th Annual “Aisles of Smiles” promotion guests can buy Smiley Face scan tags for $1 to benefit the cause. United Supermarkets LLC, Acosta Marketing and manufacturers are once again teaming up to help fight neuromuscular disease through the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Aisles of Smiles promotion. From July 31 to Sept. 3, when

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Casey’s To Card For Energy Shot Purchases

The Midwestern c-store chain looks to prevent teens from consuming the shots irresponsibly. Casey’s General Stores  is now requesting ID with the purchase of energy shots and pills.   Brian Johnson, Vice President of Finance for Casey’s General Store, told CBS News St. Louis that the chain will not sell energy shots and pills to

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Swisher International Debuts Gold Strike Handmade Cigars

Royal Gold Cigars is launching  Gold Strike Handmade Cigars, marking the first cigar line introduced by the newly-formed premium cigar division of Swisher International. Gold Strike handmade cigars are the first of four lines to be introduced by Royal Gold Cigars in the next few months. With three cigars in each package, Gold Strike is

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Nacho Cabinets

C. Cretors and Co. introduces the Nacho Alto and Nacho Pequeno nacho cabinets for use in concessions stands, convenience stores, stadiums and theaters. Both cabinets keep product fresh while being easy to clean and easy to maintain. They feature corrosion-resistant frames, a heated deck, interior lighting, non-skid rubber feet, and tempered safety glass that prevents

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NACS, NRF Applaud Court’s Decision to Reject Swipe Fee Rules

Judge Leon rules that the Fed did not have the authority to institute a 21-cent cap on debit-card transactions. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) have responded to news that U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that the Fed didn’t have the authority to set a

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