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Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Clark’s Pump-N-Shop can now reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store Web pages, mobile coupons and social media. Clark’s Pump-N-Shop is launching a new interactive digital marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers,

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Gulf Oil Re-Launches Gulf Gift Cards

“We are very pleased to be providing a strong Gift Card Program to benefit our high quality network of over 2,500 branded Gulf stations across the country,” says Gulf Oil spokesperson. Gulf Oil LP has re-launched its very popular Gulf Gift Card for the 2014 holiday season as part of its ongoing commitment to helping

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Starbucks Details Five-Year Plan

Company forecasts continued strong growth and plans to launch mobile order and pay and delivery in the U.S. Starbucks Coffee Co. Chairman, President and CEO Howard Schultz and other company leaders will detail Starbucks five-year strategic growth plan at its biennial Investor Day, hosted at the company’s Support Center in Seattle for the first time

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McCormick Flavor Forecast Reveals Eight Flavor Trends for 2015

15th annual report highlights top tastes driving the future of flavor and menu innovation. McCormick & Co., a global leader in flavor, has released its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2015, highlighting eight enticing trends that will shape the future of flavor. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor innovation and exploration throughout the

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Tony Harris Named NAG Board Chairman

The president of Thorntons Inc. will succeed Mary Banmiller as chairman beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and oversee the association’s effort to support and engage small, mid-sized and family-owned convenience store businesses. As President of Thorntons Inc., Tony Harris leads one of the largest family-owned convenience store chains in the country. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the

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GPM Selling 16 Properties

Sealed bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest in 16 properties in a sealed bid sale. The properties are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale. Sealed bids are required to

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Corner Store Hosts Grand Opening

Debuts new store in Gonzales, Texas. Corner Store is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Thursday Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. for a brand new store in Gonzales, Texas. Giveaways, sampling and activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the event, Corner Store will be making a $5,000 donation

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Marathon Petroleum Deploys ‘Cents Off Marathon’ Discount Program

Offers co-brand opportunities. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) plans to officially deploy Cents Off Marathon, an instant cents-off-per-gallon discount program on fuel purchases throughout its Marathon-branded marketing network. Nearly 80% of Marathon’s independent jobbers and dealers have enrolled in the program, which uses technology developed by Drop Tank. The program will be made available throughout the

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House Leadership Responds To FDA Overreach

Proposed FDA regulations must be changed to avoid banning vapor products and stifling innovation. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a letter sent last week by members of leadership in the House of Representatives to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

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Trends in Convenience Retailing

By John Lofstock, Editor Despite the domestic recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service and quality products in strategic areas. As service and location remains the industry’s primary competitive advantage over grocery stores and big-box retailers that are moving into the fuel and fresh foods arenas, convenience stores have

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Burning Issues 2015: Retailers Must Adapt or Fade Out

From emerging technology and advanced fuel sources to promising new revenue streams, industry operators need to evolve with the times or get left behind. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Transformation will help define the convenience store industry in 2015, affecting everything from the way customers fuel up to how they pay for food and fuel,

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Shining a Brighter Light on Shoplifting Trends

Studies indicate more than $13 million in merchandise is stolen from U.S. retailers annually. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Shoplifting and employee theft continue to plague retailers. Two recent studies—one conducted by Price Gun and another by Global Retail Theft Barometer—show just how theft is impacting the retail business. No. 1 Property Crime Price Gun,

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Winning With Wine Sales

Murphy USA grows its wine section and store sales through a collaboration with E.&J. Gallo Winery. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Through a collaboration with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Murphy USA is working towards growing its wine category. The c-store chain is set to expand the number of locations offering wine from 112 to

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Reaching Data Security

Retailers should know how PCI and EMV will impact their stores in coming months. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor As 2014 winds down, retailers face new regulations regarding credit and debit cards, potential fraud and security requirements, plus a late 2015 deadline for mandatory new technology. Retailers on Jan. 1, 2015 will be subject to

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Designs on the Future

More convenience retailers are turning to outside consultants to create design solutions which address customers’ modern preferences. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When expanding convenience store chain Kwik Stop decided last year to revise the footprints of its future stores, it only had to look as far as Madison, Wis. That’s where company planners—led by

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Succeeding With Energy Management

Your electric bill could determine which type of system you need. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience stores are increasingly looking to energy management systems to help them better control their energy efficiency. For instance, Kum & Go is known for its commitment to energy efficiency. In 2010, the chain started building 5,000 square-foot stores

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Smokeless Holds its Own

Despite the popularity of electronic cigarettes and the gloominess of regulatory concerns, smokeless tobacco continues to be a significant seller for convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because smoking restrictions have increased and the sale of cigarettes continues to decline across the U.S., it’s not surprising that smokeless tobacco sales have remained on an

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Customize Lunch and Dinner Trends for Your Customers

Trend reports from research firms can tell you a lot about what foods and flavors are craved by America’s taste buds. But c-stores don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time to keep their lunch and dinner menus fresh and relevant. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When incorporating the latest craze into your foodservice menus,

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Wake Up to Breakfast Profits

Though quick-service and fast casual restaurants keep ramping up their a.m. game, c-stores can keep up with the best of them as industry retailers share some of their most eye-opening products and strategies. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In the breakfast arena, there’s no time for convenience store retailers to sit back on their muffins

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Recognizing Critical Worth

Never forget that one cost of employee turnover is the loss of familiarity between your staff and the customers. By Jim Callahan Last month, I wrote on the topic of employee turnover and the small, but important, actions that employers can take to ensure a more productive workforce. Sometimes when retailers lose a staff member,

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Fruit Punch Flavor

In December 2014, Wrigley’s 5 gum is launching a new rhythmic fruit punch flavor called 5 Tempo. 5 Tempo is a delicious blend of fruits that combine to create a memorable experience. It will be available at retailers nationwide in a 15-stick envelope pack (MSRP $1.49) and a Multipack with three 15-stick envelope packs (MSRP

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New El Cajon 7-Eleven Celebrates Grand Opening

Retailer to donate $711 at ribbon-cutting to San Diego Music Foundation for Taylor Guitars in Local Schools. 7‑Eleven, Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest El Cajon store Wednesday, Dec. 3, that includes free coffee, doughnuts and guitars for local schools. The store is located at 500 N. Second St., south of Interstate

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Kum & Go Selects Headquarters Architect

Winning firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop is known for its design of the New York Times Building. Kum & Go’s corporate headquarters in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway is set to be designed by international architect firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, according to the Business Record Online. The firm, with offices in New York, Genoa

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Mars Promotes Lebel To Vice President of Sales

The 24-year Mars veteran offers breadth of sales experience. Mars Chocolate North America has prmoted Timothy LeBel to the position of vice president of sales. In his new role leading the Mars Chocolate Sales organization, LeBel oversees the strategy and execution of its retail management, customer account teams, field sales, customer development, and customer experiences.

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Sioux Falls

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go opens a new convenience store in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the intersection of Minnesota and Russell. The store is 5,000-square-feet and during its opening week, the new store will offer $1 fresh pizza slices. This is the seventh store to

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