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Kum & Go Plans Headquarters Design

Six firms vie to create headquarters design. Kum & Go is considering six international design firms for its proposed 120,000-square-foot headquarters along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines in what is expected to be a $92 million project, the Business Record Online reported. The c-store chain aims to make a final decision by mid-November and

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Holiday Shopping to Happen Early and Often

ICSC releases consumer spending intentions. Procrastinators be forewarned—you might be lonely this holiday shopping season. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest consumer tracking survey, about 35% of consumers have or will have started their holiday shopping by the end of October. Roughly three out of five shoppers will begin shopping by

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C-Stores Evolving Among Rising Expectations

Innovators are pushing the envelope with elevated foodservice, sleek architecture, savvy brand partnerships and more, say experts from CBX and Insight. Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, according to an Oct. 8 NACS Show presentation by Joseph Bona, president of branded environments at brand agency and

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Starbucks Unveils Reimagined In-Store and Digital Innovations

Looks to elevate customer shopping experience for holiday 2014 and beyond. Starbucks Coffee Co. unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle this week. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

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Walmart goes small

Walmart’s prototype convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. reflects a shift in strategy for the retailer, but will it be a game changer for the industry? By David Bennett, Senior Editor As vehicles navigate under the shiny white fuel station canopy, the eye goes immediately to the yellow columns designed to mimic the burst of petals

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Season Sweetens Candy Sales

Will this Halloween be a trick or treat for c-store candy profits? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Confectioners, such as Hershey, Mars and Wonka, bank on holidays to boost their annual business. After all, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and Hanukkah combine to generate $7 billion in U.S. sales. Not surprisingly, Halloween accounts for

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Finding a Niche

Vaping products are helping offset declining cigarette sales. Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette sales continuing their seemingly irreversible decline, c-store operators are making up lost dollars with electronic cigarettes and, most recently, refillable vapor tanks. Driving that business forward, however, is a bit trickier than traditional cigarettes, requiring better merchandising and an increased knowledge

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Breaded Chicken Sandwich Steps Out of the Burger’s Shadow

Breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3% over the last four years, NPD Group reports. Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Servings

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NRF Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Retail Wages

Report reveals apples-to-apples comparison with other industries, finds retail competitive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released an in-depth study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs pay wages highly competitive with those in other industries despite long-held misconceptions to the contrary. “The retail industry finally has definitive data to

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Stripes Raises $535, 000 At Sixth Annual Turf + Surf Event

Donations to benefit 44 United Way Agencies. Stripes Convenience Stores raised $535,000 at its Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraising event benefiting 44 United Way agencies across the Stripes market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held last night in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraiser

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Wayne Fueling Systems Cloud Solutions Showcased at NACS

Wayne Cloud Solutions link forecourt technology to a suite of centrally-hosted and managed capabilities to simplify fuel retail systems, increase sales, and improve profitability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, showcased Wayne Cloud Solutions with industry leading partners Intel Corp., Wincor

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Hands-On Shopping Experience Could Boost Sales

Vast majority of 18-29 year olds say expert sessions would boost store trips for groceries, clothing, cosmetics, electronics and home improvement goods. New LoyaltyOne research shows that retailers should consider providing Millennials with a hands-on shopping experience by offering exclusive sessions with a consultant or expert in the field, as a way to motivate this

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New Rechargeable E-Cig Kit

blu eCigs recently unveiled its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit, offering an enhanced rechargeable kit that has been redesigned to better fulfill adult smokers’ desire for more satisfaction through a consistent, enjoyable experience. Only one week into pre-order sales, blu eCigs quickly experienced a sellout of this product. In response to the sellout, blu eCigs

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Smokey Sweet Sunflower Seeds

Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the addition of BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds to its product line of home-style roasted seeds. Developed in partnership with STUBB’S, one of the most popular and flavorful barbecue sauce brands, BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds became available to retailers in mid-October with an SRP of $1.99 for a 5.35-ounce

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New Energy Flavor

Living Essential’s 5-hour ENERGY is launching a new Extra Strength Strawberry Watermelon variety of the energy shot. The new variety debuted at the NACS Show in Las Vegas this October and is scheduled to ship mid-December for a January in-store presence. 5-hour ENERGY is a liquid energy shot that provides a feeling of energy and alertness

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Nutritious Bars

Balance Bar, maker of one of America’s original nutrition energy bars, has announced availability of its new Balance bare line. Available in three delicious flavors—Mixed Berry Nut, Sea Salt Caramel Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut—the bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds and other simple and nutritious ingredients. Each bar is 160 calories

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Keep Products Cold Or Hot

American Bag Co. introduces insulated bags that help keep items hot or cold or frozen for up to three hours. You can think of them as a cooler in bag form, no ice needed. They have thermal insulation properties that help maintain the temperature of any contents. Insulated bags are also known as cooler bags,

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Beverage With A Twist

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC), the maker of Sparkling Fruit2O, has elevated the sparkling beverage category with a product unlike any other; a new line of fruit-flavored sparkling water that hits the consumer palette sweet spot, Sparkling Fruit2O Lime Twists. Research shows the majority of consumers across the country already add a twist of lime

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Improve Cash Management

Tidel has announced the Series 3, a new cash management system designed for organizations needing a secure, reliable and auditable solution to deposit their cash. The Series 3 is targeted towards low to moderate cash volume organizations that require an automated system that helps reduce risk and improve operational efficiencies. The primary features of the

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All-Natural Carbonated Beverage

Bai Brands has announced the launch of Bai Bubbles, an innovative carbonated beverage that extends the company’s line of healthy, all-natural, five-calorie, antioxidant infusions. Bai Bubbles will first be available in the New York City metropolitan area, with the full support of Bai’s distribution partner, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Like the established Bai5 family of

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Pilot Flying J Launches Travel Well

Following $100 million in upgrades, Pilot introduces promotion to showcase new amenities. Pilot Flying J has launched a new brand identity, along with food and facility upgrades, at more than 650 travel centers across North America. To bring awareness to this milestone, the company is introducing a “Travel Well” promotion to showcase new amenities and

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Love’s Opens Ninth Travel Stop In Alabama

New travel stop debuts in Ozark, Ala. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened its newest travel stop in Ozark, Ala., at U.S. Highway 231, Exit 12, on Thursday, Oct. 2. Professional drivers have 24-hour access to an Arby’s restaurant, 68 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers

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E-Cig Brands Vie For Dollar Share

Wells Fargo examines electronic cigarette market leaders. In the electronic cigarette segment, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) quickly hit the No. 1 dollar share position in the c-store channel, with Lorillard falling to the No. 2 position, followed by Logic and Altria (MO), Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported, citing Nielsen data for the period ended Sept.

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Stripes Raises Over $1.4 Million In Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign

Donations go to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Stripes Stores is proud of its customers and employees for raising more than $1.4 million for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as part of the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Stripes Stores raised a total of $1,405,706

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Cumberland Farms Continues to Believe in Youth

Announces opening of Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program for High School Class of 2015. Cumberland Farms today announced that for the ninth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its eight state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Since Cumberland Farms began

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