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Could A Series of Emails Disrupt Swipe Fee Settlements?

A number of emails sent between lawyers involved in two swipe fee cases could possibly impact the previous settlement rulings. Emails sent between two lawyers representing opposing sides in swipe fee settlements could impact the $6 billion swipe fee antitrust settlement between MasterCard, Visa and a vast number of merchants, and could also impact a

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“Holy Cow” Promotion is Cause for Religious Upset

Hindus upset by ampm promotional campaign. Hindus are calling a current “ampm” promotion, which links a cheeseburger with “Holy Cow,” inappropriate. A Hindu statesman is urging the immediate removal of the posters in question. The posters displaying “Big Western BBQ Cheeseburger” in “ampm” stores contain the words “Holy Cow” in bold and capital letters at

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M&M’S Mouth-Watering Marketing

Mars Chocolate’s new M&M’S commercial catches a blushing bride red-handed with “spokescandy,” Red. Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new commercial called “Eating in Bed” where a married couple argues over eating chocolate in the bedroom after Scott catches his wife, Liz, red-handed with M&M’S “spokescandy,” Red. The new commercial, produced by BBDO New York,

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New 7-Eleven Stores Roll Out in Oklahoma

After years of planning and market research, 7-Eleven is rolling out new stores in Oklahoma that will better cater to the needs of consumers. The Oklahoma City-based 7-Eleven Stores (not affiliated with the Dallas-based national chain) are introducing new, larger stores in Oklahoma. After years of planning and research, the first new store opened last

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Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Tests Pizza To Go

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are looking to create a shopping experience that is customized to cater to the specific communities that they serve. Wal-Mart’s growing number of Arkansas Neighborhood Markets continue to become more unique. These new Neighborhoood Market stores look to become the ultimate one-stop-shop by offering services, from fuel to hot and ready pizza,

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Management Proxy Circular Filed By Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Amendments to Alimentation Couche-Tard articles to be made in favor of non-founding shareholders. Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. has filed its management proxy circular, in connection with its annual general and special meeting of shareholders scheduled for Sept. 22, 2015 (the “Meeting”). Proposed Amendments In addition to the annual general matters to be voted on at the Meeting,

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Starbucks Releases Third Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

Starbucks has experienced enormous growth in the last quarter, and the company is expected to continue to grow. Starbucks Corporation has reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter and 39-week fiscal year to date which ended June 28, 2015. Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items, which are excluded from the non-GAAP results, are included in the

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The Rex Griswold Foundation Launches #DanceForMSA Campaign

The Rex Griswold Foundation has created a social media challenge to help in the search for treatment and a cure for MSA. An exciting and fun social media challenge has been started by the Rex Griswold Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). The new challenge is being referred to

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RaceWay to Sell 30 Store Locations

As its business model changes, Raceway is finding that some of its current locations no longer fit with the plan. RaceWay has once again retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to coordinate the sale of 30 convenience stores with gasoline. The 30 stores to be sold include nine locations in Tennessee, five each in Alabama

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7-Eleven Slurpee Selfie Challenge

7-Eleven continues promoting this summer’s watermelon Slurpee by hosting a social media campaign and by offering free Slurpees to valued customers. To continue the celebration of 7‑Eleven’s Sour Slurpee Summer, 7-Eleven is granting fans the opportunity to earn free Slurpee drinks and inviting fans to participate in a social media selfie challenge! July 25 is SOUR

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Tomball, Texas is Home to the Newest Corner Store

New Corner Store quickly builds a relationship with the community, by donating to the local high school.  Corner Store’s newest store opened its doors today, July 23, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. As part of the grand opening celebration, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, and donations were made to Tomball high school. The new store is the first

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New Love’s Travel Stop Opens Along Interstate 70

Love’s Travel Stops opens in an ideal location along a well traveled interstate. Knightstown, Ind. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s). Located off of Exit 115, the new location provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,200 mile interstate that stretches from Maryland to Utah. The

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National Automatic Merchandising Association Appoints New Chair

NAMA appoints Royal Cup Inc. office coffee services division manager as chair of the board. Office Coffee Services Division Manager for Royal Cup Inc., Howard Chapman, has been appointed chair of the board of directors for National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade association for refreshment services. NAMA supports the vending, coffee services, micro market

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Customers With Special Dietary Needs Save With Store Brands

Although specialty foods are notoriously more expensive than regular products, store brands may offer less expensive alternatives. Despite popular belief, specialty food and non-food alternatives that are being sought by consumers trying to maintain or improve their health, may actually be saving consumers money. Many believe that organic, gluten-free, dye-free or lactose-free products are costly, but a

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New York Wage Board Urges $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

The multi-step raise for workers would impact chain and franchise convenience stores with 30 or more locations nationally. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Fast Food Wage Board,” on July 22, recommended that the state Labor Department administratively increase the state minimum wage for “fast food” workers to $15 an hour in New York City by

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VP Racing Fuels Has Solutions For A Changing Industry

As the industry changes, retailers are struggling to keep up, but VP Racing Fuels has come up with solutions to many of the problems caused by change. Alan Cerwick, president of VP Racing Fuels, has noticed, during his 19 years in the industry, that c-store owners and distributors have struggled to adapt to industry changes. Whether

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Conexxus Partners With IFSF in Standards Agreement

Experts must be equipped for change in a changing industry. Conexxus, the International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF),  and nexo have ratified an agreement to enhance the ISO 20022 standards to meet the needs of the petroleum retail and convenience store industries. As part of the agreement, expert support will be on hand should the need

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Concord Postpones Decision for Wawa Beer Sales

The great suspense that was felt yesterday, July 21, 2015, awaiting the Wawa beer sales decision will continue for another two weeks. The time has come and gone for the Concord Township Board of Supervisors to make a decision as to whether the Delaware County, Pa. Wawa convenience store should be allowed to sell beer, but

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IRI MarketPulse Reveals Drop in Consumer Sentiment

Consumer sentiment is higher now than in previous years, but consumers are still exercising caution. At the start of 2015, consumers were quite optimistic about the economy, but that optimism has decreased over the first half of the year. A new survey by IRI MarketPulse revealed that shopper sentiment dropped in the second quarter of 2015; however, this shift

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Monnette Named Technomic’s New Vice President

Technomic promotes committed Consumer Insights team member to vice president. Technomic Inc. has promoted Sara Monnette to vice president. Designing, managing and executing proprietary and syndicated consumer research studies for restaurant operators, manufacturers and others allied to the industry will be some of Monnette’s responsibilities. She will also oversee a number of programs and services, including

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HealthSpot Stations Open in 25 Ohio Rite Aid Pharmacies

Rite Aid moves to transform into a retail healthcare company by adding HealthSpot centers to 25 Ohio Rite Aid locations. Rite Aid and HealthSpot have announced the opening of HealthSpot stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio. Rite Aid customers will now have access to a variety of quality healthcare services including pediatric care through HealthSpot. The

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NOCO Raises $20,000 for United Way

Generous customers help NOCO raise funds for United Way. Throughout June, NOCO Express stores were accepting donations of $1, $3 or $5 during a paper t-shirt pin up campaign. Through the campaign, NOCO was able to raise $20,000 to support the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and several other United Ways in the region. “In

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Cumberland Farms Introduces New Store in Rocky Hill, Conn.

New land proves to be the perfect location for a successful convenience store. Cumberland Farms, the Rhode Island-born, Massachusetts-based convenience store chain with nearly 600 stores in 11 states, has added to its new store list. Earlier this year, the chain acquired 1.3 acres of land at the corner of Cromwell Avenue (Route 3) and France Street

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Dunkin’ Donuts is Expanding Its Presence in California

Dunkin’ Donuts looks to expand its presence in the Golden State, hoping to eventually open a total of 1,000 restaurants in the long term. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups. This commitment includes the creation of 26 new restaurants in Fresno, Calif. and San Francisco over the next several years. The two

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Starbucks’ New Initiative to Help Economic Development

Starbucks looks to provide opportunities to youth in diverse, under-represented neighborhoods. Starbucks has announced two strategic initiatives to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities. These initiatives will help young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success. These programs correspond with the launch of the private-sector led 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to increase hiring of

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