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Green Zebra Grocery To Open Second Store

More store openings are planned for the coming years. Green Zebra Grocery is set to open its second store in Portland’s Lloyd District, early next year, following successfully raising $2.5 Million in capital in order to fund the expansion. Green Zebra will be the anchor tenant for Portland’s “newest neighborhood,” known as Hassalo on Eighth.

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NLRB’s New Labor Standards To Impact Franchise Relationships

Under the new standard franchisors could potentially be held liable for the labor practices at its franchise locations. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a more expansive definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act. The move came in a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California. As part of the

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Courtney Vercollone Promoted to District Manager At VERC Enterprises

Formerly in the marketing department, Vercollone to oversee issues, audits and inspections in her new role. VERC Enterprises has promoted Courtney Vercollone of Plymouth, Mass. to District Manager. Vercollone is set to cover the South Shore District. In her new position, Vercollone will oversee issues and perform monthly audits and weekly inspections at the company’s

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How Burgers Are Increasing Lunch Traffic

Burgers are helping fast casual restaurants level the playing field on price with QSRs. The fight for share of stomach during the lunch daypart continues between casual dining restaurants and quick-service restaurants (QSRs). Now burgers are becoming the weapon of choice, according to a report by The NPD Group, a global information company. Burgers have

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How Customers Rank Fuel Rewards

Some 37% of U.S. gas station customers prefer to receive fuel savings as opposed to card rewards, cash back or coupons and discounts, according to a new report. Do you know how your fuel customers like to be rewarded for loyally filling up at your convenience store? Well now a new study on consumer behavior,

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Bid Deadline Approaches For 25 7-Eleven Stores

The sealed bid deadline for a number of 7-Eleven convenience stores is less than two weeks away. 7-Eleven is divesting 25 properties in 10 states in a sealed bid sale scheduled for Sept. 10, with assistance from NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC. The properties are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New York,

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Thoroughbred Energy Divests 21 C-Stores To TravelCenters of America

The sale of an additional 13 convenience locations expected close in the coming weeks. Thoroughbred Energy has closed on the sale of 21 petroleum marketing and convenience store assets and a wholesale business to TravelCenters of America. Closings on the company’s additional 13 c-stores, mainly leased sites, are expected to occur over the next few

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SEC Won’t Pursue Charges Against Target Following 2013 Data Breach

Federal Trade Commission continues to investigate. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it won’t take action against Target, after the big box behemoth suffered a data breach in 2013 that saw some 40 million credit and debit cards compromised. According to a report by Bloomberg Big Law Business, the SEC’s investigation

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How Friendship Food Stores Enhanced Communication With Customers

OpenStore by GasBuddy rollout has improved the line of communication between Friendship Food Stores and its customers. FriendShip Food Stores, owned and operated by Bell Suppliers Inc., has learned much in the year it has relied on OpenStore by GasBuddy to expand customer reach and communication. When launching with OpenStore last fall, FriendShip Food Stores

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How eGifts Are Adding Value For Retailers

Convenience stores can improve their gift card programs by adding egifts. A recent survey conducted by Blackhawk Network shows that convenience store retailers have an opportunity to increase the value of their in-store gift card programs by supplementing physical cards with egifts. Gift cards remain the most popular and coveted gift for all occasions with

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Why Biodiesel Economics Are A Positive for C-Stores

Favorable blending economics, financial incentives, attracting new motorists and fuel diversity all add up for retailers offering biodiesel By Jon Scharingson, executive director, sales and marketing, Renewable Energy Group Inc. We all know that c-stores earn cents on the dollar for each gallon of fuel sold, despite what the general public believes. So anything that

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Sheetz Debuts New Coffee And Eco-friendly Cups

Sheetz finds a way to decrease the number of cups in landfills by over two million per year. Family-owned convenience retailer, Sheetz, launched its new Sheetz Bros. Coffee on Aug. 26. The new line was released in over 500 stores companywide. The coffee line consists of four freshly ground signature blends with a light to dark progression. The coffee is

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Stuarts Draft, Va. is Home to Newest Sheetz Convenience Store

Sheetz uses grand opening celebration as an opportunity to give back to the community. The newest Sheetz Convenience Store opened in Stuarts Draft, Va. on Aug. 27. This new location offers convenience to customers in the surrounding Virginia area. The store’s grand opening was celebrated with fun games, free food and drinks to attendees. For a limited time, The new store

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Love’s Raises Money for CMN Hospitals

Love’s launches campaign to help sick and injured children. Love’s Travel Stops has launched its annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. In order to raise money for the hospitals, more than 350 Love’s locations will sell paper balloons for $1, $5 and $20 from Aug. 25 – Sept. 30. Other fundraising activities such as

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Target to Test New Café Concepts

Consumer health trends lead Target to reevaluate food offerings. In an attempt to keep up with emerging health trends, Target has announced that change is coming to its cafes. Although delicious, hot dogs, nachos  are no longer at the top of the list for consumers. Target has received feedback from customers which displays a need

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Food Groups Fight New Food Taxes and Fees

AFFI seeks to protect consumers and food makers from increasing food costs in 2017. As the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget is constructed, food groups fear that funds required to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) food safety programs will add burdensome new costs to consumers and food makers. With this concern in mind,

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BP Whiting, Ind. Refinery Comes Back Online

Midwest gas prices expected to drop, as more fuel supply enters the market this week. Gas prices in the Midwest should return to normal soon after they soared over the past two weeks following a BP refinery shut down. On Tuesday, BP announced that its crude distillation unit at its Whiting, Ind., facility was back

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Winning Military Vet Embarks on Career as 7-Eleven Franchisee

Two other contest winners set to take command of their franchise stores later this fall. After winning the 7-Eleven Operation: Take Command contest earlier this year, Military veteran Mark Anthony Page assumed control of his 7-Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas. It is the culmination of nine months’ work and a competition to win first America’s

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What Is Success? Maybe You’ve Got It All Wrong.

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. My friend George died penniless in a nursing home. He had dedicated his entire life as a pastor for several small churches. He touched tens of thousands of lives along the way. My friend George was a success. My father left my mother when I

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How Today’s Gas Prices Compare

Although the Midwest continues to face higher prices after a refinery malfunction, nationwide, gas prices are on the decline. Average U.S. gas prices today stand at $2.59, marking the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004, according to an Aug. 24 report by AAA, which pointed to a decline in the cost of

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G&M Oil Partners With OpenStore To Launch Mobile App

Also introduces a redesigned Website for on-the-go c-store customers. G&M Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to introduce the free G&M Mobile App and a newly redesigned Website, www.gmoc.com. As an incentive to customers to check out the new app, those who download it will be rewarded immediately with a free fountain drink

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Mars Grant Benefits Chocolate Research

Grant winners to be announced at the annual meeting of the Colonial Chocolate Society. Mars Chocolate North America is now accepting submissions for its 2015 Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant, which provides funding for innovation in chocolate history research, scholarship and education. Now in its third year, the grant’s submission deadline is Oct.

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Coca-Cola On Track To Be “Water Neutral” By 2020

Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities in the last 11 years. The Coca-Cola Co. and its global bottling partners, the Coca-Cola system, are expected to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. What’s more Coca-Cola’s efforts put it on track to be the first

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Love’s Completes TirePass Rollout

The full-service tire inflation system is now available nationwide at more than 200 sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed its nationwide rollout of TirePass, a full-service tire inflation system. Installations began earlier this year and now more than 200 locations offer TirePass. This means professional drivers across the country now have access

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How the Natural Food, Beverage Market Is Growing

Coca-Cola looks to cold press juices, as Pepsi eliminates aspartame in favor of more natural ingredients. The retail market for natural and organic food and beverages is set to grow by leaps and bounds, according to a new report by MarketResearch.com, and major suppliers are tapping into this new growth area. The natural and organic

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