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Kangaroo Express Reveals New Military-Focused Fayetteville Store

Designed for military with input from local troops, families. Kangaroo Express’ first military-themed store opened on May 8 at 5642 Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville, N.C., celebrating the strong Armed Forces community in Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. The grand opening will be celebrated on Friday, May 30 with a variety of festivities, including recognition of the

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Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Non-cigarette revenue increased over 10%, with same store sales increasing 6.7%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. “I am pleased with our results which were in line

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Nielsen Data Shows Employers Unprepared For PPACA

Despite a lack of information the majority of employers do not plan to seek further information, study shows. Travelers released a Nielsen Research survey that offers insight into U.S. employers’ familiarity with and preparedness for the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The survey, which was sponsored by Travelers, highlights that

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Lorillard Joins Altria In Pricing Action

Tobacco companies enact pricing adjustments, raising the cost of popular cigarette brands in the next few days. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Lorillard Inc. (LO) is pushing through a six-cent per-price increase across the some of its key cigarette brands, a move that will keep pace with rival Altria Group Inc., according to analyst reports.

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Commonwealth-Altadis Unveils Packaging Innovation

“Slide up, light up” feature sure to strike it big with consumers, CA officials predict. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kicking off a company Webcast describing the latest upgrade to its flagship cigarette brand, Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. (CA) CEO Kevin Freudenthal said “it’s the most exciting thing in packaging for USA Gold in CA’s history.” Rolled

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Flyers Energy Continues Acquisition Streak

Purchases Redding Oil Co. Further advancing its previously-announced aggressive growth strategy, Flyers Energy LLC has acquired the commercial fueling, wholesale contracts and two convenience stores from Redding Oil Co., a fuel distributor based in Northern California. Redding Oil will continue to own and operate its remaining retail stores, local bobtail fuel delivery trucks, and bulk

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Susser Petroleum Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Gallons sold increased 18%. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP), a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, has reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Net income for the quarter was $10.1 million, or $0.46 per unit, compared to $8.2 million, or $0.38 per unit, in the first quarter of 2013.

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Riverstone Holdings To Acquire Wayne Business From GE

“Moving forward with Riverstone will position the business for even greater success by allowing us to continue to invest in products and technology and better serve our customers around the world,” says Wayne’s president. Riverstone Holdings LLC, an energy and power-focused private equity investment firm, has signed an agreement to acquire the Wayne business from

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Bob Evans Announces Management Change

T. Alan Ashworth to serve as interim chief financial officer and treasurer. Bob Evans Farms Inc. announced today that Paul DeSantis, the company’s chief financial officer and treasurer, has resigned effective as of May 16, 2014, to accept a position with another company. T. Alan Ashworth, the company’s vice president of corporate development and finance,

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7 Cedars Hits the Jackpot with Totem Rewards Powered by KickBack Points

Totem Rewards Cardholders can double down on rewards opportunities at the casinos gaming tables, restaurants, gift shops, gas station and even the golf pro shop. Since opening in 1995, 7 Cedars Casino has formed a special bond with its guests. It views itself as much more than a casino, but a cultural center that also

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Be Featured at the National Restaurant Association Show

Restaurant operators and fast-food retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at the National Restaurant (NRA) Show from May 17-20 in Chicago. There has been a lot of activity by the government this past year around foodservice-related operational issues. Beyond staffing and regulatory issues,

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7-Eleven Introduces First Regional Slurpee Flavor

Michigan residents can enjoy a Vernors Slurpee at more than 200 locations. 7-Eleven Inc. knew that Michigan residents love Vernors Ginger Ale and that the Detroit area is the Slurpee capital of the U.S. So why not mix the two for a first-ever regional Slurpee beverage flavor? The retailer has introduced a Vernors Slurpee frozen

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Sunoco To Become Official Sponsor of NHRA

“Our partnership with the NHRA represents our dedication to performance at the highest levels of racing and will carry over to the fuels that consumers put in their street vehicles,” says CEO of Sunoco. Sunoco is set to become an official sponsor of NHRA in 2015. Activation of the sponsorship will include a comprehensive package

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VERC Enterprises Promotes Sherman

Employee of four years to manage Commerce Way Mobil station. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has named Donna Sherman of Plymouth as manager of the VERC Commerce Way Mobil at 131 Commerce Way in Plymouth. Sherman has been a member of the VERC

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M-PACT 2014 Hits It Out of the Park

Energy and c-store professionals gathered in Indianapolis in April for educational and networking opportunities at Midwest trade show M-PACT. M-PACT 2014 brought together nearly 4,500 energy and convenience professionals from across the Midwest for three days to gain new ideas, to learn from their peers on how to excel at exceeding customer expectations, and explore

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Retail Gasoline Prices Set To Decline On Softening Wholesale Costs

Prices to dip for first time since February. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The national average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the U.S. is set to decline for the first time since the start of February, pressured by lower wholesale costs as refineries near

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7-Eleven Introduces Kolaches Exclusively in Texas Stores

“This new item gives our customers another portable, hot breakfast choice,” says 7-Eleven vice president of Fresh Food Innovation. 7-Eleven Inc. has added kolaches, a savory breakfast favorite of Texans, to its fresh foods menu at its participating stores in the Lone Star State. The Dallas-based convenience retailer is offering two varieties—Pork and Beef Sausage,

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Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $10 Million On Gas

Cumberland Farms now offers exclusive rewards in-store when customers use the SmartPay Check-Link Mobile App. Cumberland Farms customers’ have saved $10 Million on gas since the launch of Cumberland Farms’ free SmartPay Check-Link payment program in January 2013. The program lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phones or with a

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Shell Oil Co. Selects NCR

More than 14,000 Shell retailers can now opt for a complete software, hardware and services solution from NCR to reduce costs and enhance customer service.     NCR Corp., announced today that Shell Oil Co., has added NCR’s Radiant Point of Sale (RPOS) petroleum and convenience solutions as a new option for Shell-branded wholesalers. Beginning today, Shell

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Chocolate: Sweet Returns

Finding out what confectionery products your customers will gobble up in 2014 can be a recipe for more sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor You don’t need to be Willy Wonka to know that chocolate candy is a sweet product in terms of generating impulse sales. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) recently reported that the

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Battle for Breakfast Heats Up

The competition for the $46.5 billion breakfast business is at a fever pitch with retail giants from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts rolling out sandwich interpretations to steal new morning business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Quick-service restaurants are hitting all of today’s consumers’ hot buttons with their latest breakfast offerings.

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The Prepaid Category Continues to Evolve

Whether open and closed loop prepaid cards are a significant profit generator or just an important convenience customers expect to find in their c-store, virtual gift cards are changing the category for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The prepaid category is changing. Of the amount of gift cards sold in terms of dollars loaded,

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Tobacco Trends and Insights from the NATO Show

Electronic tobacco sales continue to grow at an impressive clip, positioning convenience stores as a top destination for e-cigarettes and accessories. By John Lofstock, Editor The decline in cigarette volume is ongoing, c-stores continue to take tobacco share from other retail channels, and e-vapor consumption could surpass that of combustible cigarettes in the next decade,

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station Rises in Buffalo

A transportation museum in the Queen City is putting the final touches on Frank Lloyd Wright’s first service station design, providing a glimpse of how modern service stations evolved. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Before Route 66 was designated Historic Route 66, and well before convenience stores offered the first Gas Station TV monitors above

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Understanding Wawa’s Impact on Convenience Stores

By John Lofstock, Editor There was a time not all that long ago when convenience store employees and customers were looked down upon by the mainstream media and even those in the local community who viewed c-stores as unsafe and overpriced. But for the past two decades the industry has taken great lengths to renovate

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