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Thorntons Team Renovates Ann Storck Center

As part of Thorntons 2013 Humanitarian Day, volunteers participate in Projects With Purpose event. On Saturday Nov. 16, more than 500 Thorntons team members completed a major renovation of The Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,  as part of their 2013 Humanitarian Day. The Ann Storck Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals, both children

Cumberland Farms Opens New Concept Store in Roxbury Neighborhood

New c-store marks the brand’s first store to open in Boston in 32 years. Cumberland Farms has opened a new store in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston at 801 Massachusetts Ave., marking the brand’s first urban location to open in Boston since 1981. If you need a refresher, ’81 is when Ronald Reagan reigned, Lady Di

October Consumer Spending Up From September

Gas station dollar volume growth was -4.9% in October, the lowest growth seen since April 2013, but  growth in other areas offset this decline. First Data Corp., a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Oct. 1, 2013 through Oct. 30, 2013 compared to Oct. 2, 2012

Susser To Acquire Sac-N-Pac Convenience Stores

Transaction expands retail and wholesale fuel distribution reach in south central Texas. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) have  signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. Sac-N-Pac owns and operates 47 convenience

Kum & Go Expands Recycling at the Pump Program

Adds program to 42 Des Moines-area stores, and invites customers to celebrate America Recycles Day. Kum & Go announced that a total of 268-bottle-shaped recycling containers have been installed near fuel pumps at all 42 Kum & Go stores in Greater Des Moines as part of the “At the Pump Recycling” project. Kum & Go

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Jiffy Mart Recognized As Small Business Of The Year

The four-store chain’s philanthropic giving had already surpassed $20,000 for the year in August. Jiffy Mart, based in Westminster, Md., was named 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented Nov. 7 at the 7th Annual Business Awards Program and marks the third year in a

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes To Host Red Kettles

Ten stores partner with Salvation Army in Central New York. Ten Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes throughout Central New York are partnering with the Salvation Army to host Red Kettles in their stores. “We are happy to partner with Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes who will host Red Kettles in their store during the holiday

CITGO Introduces “Fuel Up & Get Down” Promotion

Milwaukee area CITGO locations offer free tickets to local music events. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in the Greater Milwaukee area are working with local music halls for the “Fuel Up & Get Down” promotion through April 30, 201 A total of 160 CITGO locations in the Greater Milwaukee area are offering customers the opportunity to

Red Bull Turns Austin Corner Store Into FORMULA ONE Pit Stop

“Since Austin hosts the only F1 race in America, we wanted to bring the buzz and excitement of the international circuit to our customers there,” says CEO of CST Brands. To celebrate Formula One’s only stop in America with the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin Nov. 15-17, Red

Kum & Go And PEPSICO Expand Tulsa Recycling Program

Companies receive 2013 “Recycling Innovator!” Award. Kum & Go and PepsiCo announced that their recycling program, designed to encourage and facilitate on-the-go recycling, has expanded to all of Tulsa’s 47 Kum & Go locations. Since launching in January 2013, the recycling initiative has successfully diverted more than 6,000 pounds of recyclable materials from the landfill—an

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InComm Unveils Mobile-Optimized Shopping Cart

Within one month of launching the solution, one brand saw mobile sales account for 10% of all gift cards sold. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has unveiled its mobile-optimized shopping cart for retailers. The solution enables consumers to purchase and send digital and physical gift cards using a mobile device—whether from within

Snack Sales On the Rise As Energy Sales Slow

As salty snacks raise the bar and carbonated soft drinks recover sales growth, the energy and beer categories are losing momentum, according to a recent Wells Fargo Securities report. The carbonated soft drinks (CSD) category (excluding energy drinks) has seen sales growth recover slightly following two months of flat growth, according to Nielsen data for

RaceTrac To Offer Gift Cards

Prepaid cards for leading brands to be sold at more than 365 RaceTrac convenience store locations in the southern U.S. RaceTrac has partnered with Blackhawk Network, a prepaid payment network, to offer gift cards in more than 365 RaceTrac convenience stores across the southern United States beginning in fall 2013. Blackhawk Network’s prepaid products reach

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Rutter’s Donation Allows Children to Visit York Symphony Orchestra

Rutter’s Farm Stores donated $5,000 to the York Symphony Orchestra so that local elementary school students could attend Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA. Fifth-grade students from Central York and York City School Districts were in attendance on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 to view the concert and story performance,

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IPAA Elects Chairman And Vice Chairman

Mike Watford takes the helm as chairman, while Mark Miller takes on the role of vice chairman. The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has announce the election of Mike Watford as chairman of IPAA and Mark Miller as vice chairman of IPAA for the upcoming 2013-2015 term. Since 1999, Watford has been the Chairman,

Core-Mark Announces Q3 Financial Results

Third quarter sales increased 13.2%, driven by non-cigarette sales growth of 16.5%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. “We continued to build momentum by delivering strong sales growth in the third quarter, particularly in our higher margin non-cigarette categories.  We firmly believe we have the right

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Bottoming Action for Gasoline Futures?

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The nearest delivered gasoline futures contract—reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending, fell below $2.50 gallon in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the first time since 2011, trading at a $2.4945 23-month low Nov. 7. The contract, which has technical support at the $2.4440 gallon November

7-Eleven To Give Away 58 Xbox One Entertainment Systems

“With more than 150 prizes awarded each day, the chances are good that our Slurpee fans will come away a winner during the contest,” says vice president of brand innovation for 7-Eleven. While temperatures are dropping, the traffic on www.slurpee.com is heating up as Slurpee fans enter to win the much-anticipated Xbox One Entertainment System.

Nielsen Report Shows Holiday Shopping Trends

Move over Black Friday. A new Nielsen report, the “Holiday Spending and Black Friday/Cyber Monday Forecast”  shows that consumers prefer shopping on Cyber Monday. Highlights ·         85% of consumers are skipping Black Friday this year, part of a four-year downward trend. ·         Nearly 50% of consumers say they will shop online this Cyber Monday, a

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Dunkin’ Donuts Partners With JP Foods LLC

Expands presence in Memphis with 12 new locations. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, JP Foods LLC, to develop a dozen new restaurants throughout Memphis, Tenn. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020. Together, this team led by

Consumer Optimism Rebounds

“Gas prices have decreased more than 35 cents per gallon in the past three months,” notes said NACS vice president of government relations. Following three straight months of rising pessimism, consumers today report feeling better about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer sentiment. Overall,

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HEINEKEN USA Introduces Bring Your Sunday Best Portfolio

“Big game party hosts everywhere are looking for solutions that take their guests experience to a new level,” notes director of trade development for HEINEKEN. This year, HEINEKEN USA, a leading importer of upscale beer brands, is bringing its game face with the Bring Your Sunday Best portfolio retail program featuring Heineken, Dos Equis, Newcastle

ICT Receives New Vendor Of The Year Award

Recognized at HLA Fall Buying Show. Inter-Continental Trading (ICT) attended Harold Levinson Associates (HLA) Fall Buying Show in New York on Nov. 7 to accept the New Vendor of the Year Award. HLA is one of the largest full line convenience store distributors in the country. Robert Dwyer, inside sales manager, was extremely honored to

Alon Launches Fall Fundraiser To Benefit USO

Stores to offer free coffee and Big Gulp drinks for all veterans and activity duty service members on Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Alon Brands, the Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels and largest 7-Eleven licensee in North America, announced the launch of its fall fundraising campaign for the United Service Organization (USO). Throughout

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Bolla Conquers the Big Apple

In a market that has traditionally been difficult for c-stores, Bolla Oil is thriving with an upscale new store design, a strong foodservice program and an impressive real estate portfolio. By John Lofstock, Editor. Surviving in New York’s cutthroat retail environment is difficult. But for Harry Singh (pictured above), failing to succeed was never an

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