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Enmarket Honored With Gulfstream Community Involvement Award

Savannah Chamber of Commerce recognizes enmarket. Enmark Stations, which recently rebranded as enmarket, has been honored by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce with the Gulfstream Community Involvement Award. The award was presented at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo and Awards Banquet. Enmarket was one of eight businesses honored out of

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RAI Completes Lorillard Acquisition

Reynolds American Inc. CEO says the transaction supports RAI’s efforts to lead the transformation of the tobacco industry.  Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has completed its acquisition of Lorillard Inc. and related divestiture transactions, effective June 12. With the acquisition finished, Lorillard is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of RAI, and former Lorillard shareholders now own approximately

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TravelCenters Adds LNG Fueling Option

Truck service facilities at 10 locations to service natural gas vehicles. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is introducing LNG (liquefied natural gas) fueling lanes at its TA location at I-20, Exit 472 (I-635), (7751 Bonnie View Rd.) in Dallas. To date TravelCenters has also

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365 By Whole Foods Market Debuts

Whole Foods is planning to open smaller footprint stores in 2016. Yet another chain is encroaching on c-store territory. Whole Foods Market Inc. announced the launch of 365 by Whole Foods Market, a line of stores offering convenience and everyday lower prices on natural and organic products, which is expected to begin opening in 2016.

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Don’t Label E-Cigarettes Just Yet

Not unlike killers of spiders, anti-smoke groups and some lawmakers are moving quickly to stomp out e-cigarettes without really knowing what effect the act will have. By Jim Calvin, President, New York Association of Convenience Stores Some people have responded to the emergence of e-cigarettes the way they might react to seeing a spider on

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Tobacco’s Future Muddy for Merchants

In more ways than one, tobacco’s pie is shrinking. The net result for convenience stores could cut either way. By Carl V. Phillips, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association The future is bright for tobacco consumers. Sure there’ll be some bumps along the way as tobacco control dead-enders fight their desperate

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2015 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

Of all the different tobacco legislative bills introduced this year, two themes have emerged: increased tobacco taxation and greater scrutiny of electronic cigarettes. Both issues will shape the tobacco offering at convenience stores for years to come. Tom Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sat down with Convenience Store Decisions

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Tobacco Category Update

Industry experts sketch out why the tobacco category is as robust as ever. By Mary Szarmach, NATO President The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) Show held in Las Vegas this past April was an ideal place for retailers to learn about market trends on all tobacco product categories. I had the opportunity to personally

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NCA Announces New Product Awards

Following the May Sweets & Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association has identified the winners among the 45 new confectionery and snack products nominated in nine categories for new product awards. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is announcing the winners of its Most Innovative New Product contest. During the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held

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Oneida Nation SāvOn Opens Revamped Store

A walk-in humidor and a custom-made beer cave to greet c-store customers on opening day. The Oneida Nation, a federally recognized Indian nation in central New York is debuting its newly remodeled and rebranded SāvOn store at Oneida Lake, located at 3802 Route 31, on Friday, June 12. The new store features more than 30

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Pittsburgh Airport Sunoco Offers Three Alternative Fuels

In addition to gas and diesel, customers at the newly reopened Sunoco can opt for natural gas, propane or use an electric charging station. Sunoco’s APlus Convenience store at the Pittsburgh International Airport has reopened for business, becoming the first Sunoco station in the U.S. to offer customers three alternative fuels alongside traditional gas and

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Love’s Debuts New Mississippi Travel Stop

New travel stop in Poplarville, Miss. off Interstate 59 offers 70 parking spaces and numerous amenities for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops, on June 11, debuted its newest travel stop. The new location opened along Interstate 59 in Poplarville, Miss., and includes an array of driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

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Website To Help Canadian C-Stores Fight Contraband Tobacco

Now convenience store retailers in Canada can report illegal cigarette dealers confidentially and online. Canadian c-stores are fighting back against illegal cigarette dealers with help from a new Website launched by the Western Convenience Store Association (WCSA). WCSA is encouraging convenience store retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada to use the Website

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Sun Capital Completes Sale of VPS Subsidiaries

Transaction marks completion of long-term growth strategy for the convenience store chain. Sun Capital Partners Inc. announced that an affiliate has completed the sale of its investment in the subsidiaries of VPS Convenience Store Group to GPM Investments. As CSD reported earlier this week, GPM acquired 161 Village Pantry and Next Door Convenience stores in

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How To Cut Fuel Pricing Time by 75%

SpeedyQ Market cut fuel price posting time from hours to just minutes with help from a mobile solution. By-Lo Oil Co. and its 18 SpeedyQ Market stores in Michigan are now establishing and posting new fuels prices faster by leveraging a mobile solution from PriceAdvantage. The performance improvements are featured in a recent case study

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Regional Slurpee Flavor Comes To Michigan, Ohio 7-Eleven Stores

7-Eleven partners with Faygo to introduce a new flavor for frozen beverage customers. Detroit-based soft drink company Faygo announced via twitter this week that it’s partnering with convenience store chain 7-Eleven on a regional slurpee flavor for Michigan and Ohio. The flavor is called Faygo Rock & Rye. The Huffington Post reported that Faygo Rock

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RAI-Lorillard Deal Closing Friday

Wells Fargo weighs in with an analysis. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) received the final clearance needed to complete their merger and announced a date for the closing: Friday, June 12, with the brand divestitures of Winston, Salem, KOOL, Maverick and blu eCig brands to Imperial Tobacco’s ITG Brands. The companies announced that

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What Customers Think of Gas Prices And Where They Are Headed

Even as customers expect gas prices to rise, more are optimistic about the economy. Customers expect that gas prices are going to continue their upward climb in June, according to a survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). June is usually a period in which gas prices tend to moderate or even

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How Digital Coupons Could Sway Millennial Shoppers

A Linkable Networks-commissioned study shows that Millennials are more likely to use coupons if they can automatically redeem them. If consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and brands want to reach Millennial shoppers with coupons they need to offer digital coupons that offer automatic redemption. Those were the findings of a recent study conducted by Forrester

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Apple Pay, Verifone To Support Rewards Programs

Verifone to accept NFC loyalty transactions via its MX 915 and MX 925 terminals. Apple Pay plans to begin supporting rewards programs from merchants with its fall launch of iOS9. The company made the announcement during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Verifone announced it will be among the first to enable clients to accept rewards

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White Castle VP Testifies on Proposed Overtime Changes

White Castle participates in a hearing on federal labor and wage regulations on behalf of the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the National Retail Federation. White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson testified on June 10 before a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Committee was examining federal

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Chevron Rolls Out Its Xponent Rewards Card

Gas customers save five cents a gallon plus gain opportunities for additional rewards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has introduced its new Chevron and Texaco Xponent Rewards Card in select markets with plans to further expand the program across its Chevron- and Texaco-branded retail footprint in the U.S. The new rewards card is a reloadable, prepaid card

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Casey’s Celebrates Record Fiscal Year

Total gallons of gas sold were up 9.1%, while same store sales were up 12.4% at the c-store chain for the year. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported strong performance results for fiscal 2015 with sales increases in multiple c-store categories and outlined its 2016 goals. The c-store chain reported diluted earnings per share of

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Hess Tops List of ‘Green’ Energy Companies on Newsweek List

Hess’ ranking shows its commitment to sustainability and environmental impact. Hess Corp. came in first place on the list of ‘green’ U.S. energy companies on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings – U.S. 500 that assesses the environmental performance of corporations. The rankings reflect the sustainability and environmental impact of the 500 largest publicly traded companies

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What Type of Snacks Are Consumers Demanding?

NPD Group finds snacks with health benefits are attracting customers. Consumers are reaching for snacks more often, and regardless of whether they’re seeking a sweet, salty or savory snack, they are gravitating toward options that have a perceived health benefit, according to a report by the NPD Group, a global information company. Protein, natural, and

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