Convenience Store Decisions » Operations & Marketing http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Harvest Operations Selling 67 Stations http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/harvest-operations-selling-67-stations/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/harvest-operations-selling-67-stations/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:07:38 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54009 The sale to SilverRange Financial Partners includes 53 North Atlantic and Home Town branded gasoline stations, as 14 Orangestore branded locations. Harvest Operations Corp. is selling its 100% ownership in North Atlantic Refining Limited (NARL) to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC (SilverRange) of New York, City. The sale includes NARL’s Canadian refining and marketing businesses in

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Rutter’s Summer Sweepstakes Concludes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rutters-summer-sweepstakes-concludes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rutters-summer-sweepstakes-concludes/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:56:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54005 Fourth grand prize of free gas for a year closes sweepstakes. Alicia Gotwalt of Railroad, Pa. is the final winner of free gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. The #SummerofFreedom saw four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year in addition to thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a

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Sinclair Announces PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/sinclair-announces-petrozone-mobile-commerce-platform/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/sinclair-announces-petrozone-mobile-commerce-platform/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:58:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53985 “With our Sinclair-branded mobile payment app, we’ll provide consumers with a personalized experience at the pump and in our retail stores,” says Sinclair spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp., is set to deploy the PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform at its annual distributors’ conference in Sun Valley Idaho. This will allow Sinclair distributors to access PetroZone at over

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QuikTrip, Wawa Rank As Consumers’ Favorite C-Stores http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/quiktrip-wawa-rank-consumers-favorite-c-stores/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/quiktrip-wawa-rank-consumers-favorite-c-stores/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:30:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53963 Market Force Study finds customer service and fresh food help drive new and repeat business. QuikTrip is North America’s favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide provider of customer intelligence solutions. More than 5,000 consumers were polled for the study, designed to uncover which convenience stores consumers prefer

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Stripes Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/stripes-raises-funds-pediatric-cancer-awareness-month/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/stripes-raises-funds-pediatric-cancer-awareness-month/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:16:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53960 In-store campaign “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” runs through Sept. 28. Stripes Convenience Stores and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have teamed to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Stripes Stores hosted seven “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign kick-offs and “Cancer Strike Through” events throughout its Texas markets. The events began on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas

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Wawa Opens 400th Fuel Store http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wawa-opens-400th-fuel-store/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wawa-opens-400th-fuel-store/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:47:14 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53944 New Frederick, Md. location marks another milestone for Wawa. Wawa Inc. announced the grand opening of its newest Frederick store, and 400th fuel store chain-wide, located at 5440 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md. The celebration will include fanfare, a special fuel-focused customer giveaway, a charitable hoagie building competition between members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department

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Excel Fuels Partners With VP Racing Fuels http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/excel-fuels-partners-vp-racing-fuels/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/excel-fuels-partners-vp-racing-fuels/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:11 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53934 Aggressive expansion of brand planned for Oklahoma. Excel Fuels, one of the largest independent petroleum distributors in Oklahoma, has partnered with VP Racing Fuels in its retail branding program. Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Excel plans to convert each of its 11 corporate-owned E-Express locations to the VP brand with 29 independent locations to follow. Each store

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Rutter’s Celebrates 60th Store Opening http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/rutters-celebrates-60th-store-opening/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/rutters-celebrates-60th-store-opening/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:27:22 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53898 One of the largest of the chain’s 60 stores, the new location measures 6,280-square-feet. Rutter’s marked the opening of its 60th store in Middletown with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and donations to three local charities. Rutter’s donated $1,000 to both The Middletown Area Blue and Gold Club and the Lower Dauphin High School Falcon Foundation, which

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Car Washes Can Clean Up http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/car-washes-can-clean/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/car-washes-can-clean/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:13:34 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53845 After committing to the upfront costs, convenience stores can wring regular profits from an automatic car wash operation. David Bennett, Senior Editor Gross revenues at convenience stores are affected by a multitude of market forces. Everything from constrained gas prices to tobacco taxes to bank fees can combine to impede cash streams. In fact, there

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Aloha Petroleum Considers Divestment http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/aloha-petroleum-considers-divestment/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/aloha-petroleum-considers-divestment/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53821 Strategic alternatives could include an asset sale or a joint venture. Aloha Petroleum Ltd., Hawaii’s largest independent gasoline station owners and one of the biggest convenience store operators in the Islands, is examining options for the future of its business. Aloha Petroleum has hired New York-based Macquarie Capital to review “strategic alternatives,” which could include selling

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Family Dollar Board Rejects Revised Proposal From Dollar General http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/family-dollar-board-rejects-revised-proposal-dollar-general/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/family-dollar-board-rejects-revised-proposal-dollar-general/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53817 Dollar Tree transaction expected to close as early as the end of November. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corp. on Sept. 2, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree contains a

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Rutter’s Top Among 100 Private Companies http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/04/rutters-top-among-top-100-private-companies/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/04/rutters-top-among-top-100-private-companies/#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:44:39 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53774 Since 2005, Rutter’s has scored among the top 10. Rutter’s Farm Stores has earned the No. 3 rank on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2014 list of Top 100 Private Companies in central Pennsylvania. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s has been ranked in the top 10 every year since 2005, and also appears this year in the

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Corner Store Kicks Off Inaugural 5K Run http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/04/corner-store-kicks-inaugural-5k-run/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/04/corner-store-kicks-inaugural-5k-run/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:54:58 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53776 Family-friendly fun run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local children’s charities. Corner Store, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio, is introducing its inaugural signature charity event, a 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. The eight-city

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S. http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/e15-expanding-across-southern-u-s/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/e15-expanding-across-southern-u-s/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:09:35 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53725 Protec Fuel to bring dozens of E15, E85 stations to metro areas. The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/02/loves-travel-stops-opens-two-new-locations-3/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/02/loves-travel-stops-opens-two-new-locations-3/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:42:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53702 Love’s opens two additional travel stops on I-10. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has opened two new travel stops. The travel stops Mossy Head, Fla., located at I-10, Exit 70, and Fort Stockton, Texas, I-10, Exit 261, opened for business on Aug. 28. The Mossy Head location features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 82 truck parking spaces

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Understanding Your Financing Options http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/understanding-financing-options/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/understanding-financing-options/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:13:13 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53676 By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand their businesses because of a fear of “over-extending” themselves? All too often this fear exists simply because the convenience store operation’s executives and managers are not aware of the tremendous number of financing options that are available to expanding

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MLPs: Sign of the Times http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/26/mlps-sign-times/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/26/mlps-sign-times/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:19:05 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53634 In the last 12 months, more convenience store chains are banking on the benefits of master licensing agreements to improve their position in a widely-fragmented industry. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Acquisitions have always played a strategic role in the convenience store industry. Take for example CST Brands Inc., which last month entered into an

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Cenex Tank Program Assists Retailers Offering E15 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/26/cenex-tank-program-assists-retailers-offering-e15/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/26/cenex-tank-program-assists-retailers-offering-e15/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:06:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53630 Covers a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for the purpose of offering E15. CHS, an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demand for an

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One Last Hurrah for Peak Driving Season in U.S.? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/25/one-last-hurrah-peak-driving-season-u-s/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/25/one-last-hurrah-peak-driving-season-u-s/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:29:01 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53607 By Brian Milne, energy editor at Schneider Electric. Recently released reports suggest stronger gasoline consumption in the United States this summer compared with preliminary data from the federal government, although a falloff in year-on-year demand from late in the second quarter is still observed. Initial reaction to the new data suggests a more bullish view

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Target’s Q2 Results Show Struggles http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/22/targets-q2-results-show-struggles/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/22/targets-q2-results-show-struggles/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:26:08 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53584 Pre-tax data breach expenses totaled $111 million or 11 cents a share. It’s been a rough second quarter for Target Corp., which suffered a data breach in the fourth quarter of 2013. The big box giant reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents, a decrease of 20.6% from 98 cents per share

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/18/fools-gold-u-s-gasoline-demand-takes-plunge-annual-high/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/18/fools-gold-u-s-gasoline-demand-takes-plunge-annual-high/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:22 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53491 By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/12/cst-brands-inc-reports-second-quarter-2014-results/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/12/cst-brands-inc-reports-second-quarter-2014-results/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:23:39 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53384 U.S. merchandise gross profit dollars increased 5%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three month period ending June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $32

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Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/07/doors-open-60th-rutters-farm-store/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/07/doors-open-60th-rutters-farm-store/#respond Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:19:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53332 The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards

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The Hub Breaks Ground http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/hub-breaks-ground/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/hub-breaks-ground/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:27:57 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53326 New chain aims to be the premier c-store destination in the open expanse of North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor It is unprecedented that Convenience Store Decisions would select a Chain to Watch that hasn’t finished constructing its first location, but The Hub Convenience Stores, which is set to open its first travel center

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Rattlers Poised For Growth http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/rattlers-poised-growth-2/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/rattlers-poised-growth-2/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:22:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53323 The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting its own grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With 11 locations in Texas, Rattlers Convenience Stores, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size. It’s just one sign the growing chain

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Zarco Debuts Innovative Pump Service http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/zarco-debuts-innovative-pump-service/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/zarco-debuts-innovative-pump-service/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:15:38 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53320 Zarco USA gains sales from fuel customers with touchscreen ordering that allows patrons to order their favorite foods while filing up their tanks. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, president of Lawrence, Kan.-based Zarco USA this past May rolled out touchscreen ordering at the pump at one of his nine convenience stores, with plans

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Distribution Models That Deliver http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/distribution-models-deliver/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/distribution-models-deliver/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53317 A self-distribution model can cut out the middle man and help your chain save on costs, but is a big capital investment. Partnering with a good distribution provider can be the right course of action, but only if the arrangement brings value to your operation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Candy, tobacco, drinks, food and

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Managing Loss Prevention http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/managing-loss-prevention/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/managing-loss-prevention/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:49:39 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53310 Shrink comes in all shapes and sizes, but knowing how to identify and remedy these occurrences can enable c-stores to turn losses into gains. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When a convenience store is humming along efficiently, the signs are unmistakable: The coffee is fresh and flowing. People are enjoying prompt foodservice offerings. Motorists are

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Bolstering Bakery http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/bolstering-bakery/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/bolstering-bakery/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:24:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53299 C-store customers are seeking fresh baked treats for breakfast and snacking occasions. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Savvy retailers are diving into bakery programs to entice morning customers who want sweet treats with their morning coffee, as well as afternoon snackers seeking fresh and indulgent goodies. As both the breakfast daypart and snacking occasions grow

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Walgreens to Remain U.S. Based Despite Acquisition http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/walgreens-remain-u-s-based-despite-acquisition/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/walgreens-remain-u-s-based-despite-acquisition/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:50:09 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53291 Purchasing Europe’s Alliance Boots. Walgreens is set to acquire the remaining 55% of European pharmacy retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots in an agreement that will keep its corporate tax headquarters in the U.S., despite speculation that the drug store chain would move its headquarters overseas to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate. Walgreens

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Couche-Tard Acquiring 55 Stores From Tri Star Marketing http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/30/couche-tard-acquiring-55-stores-tri-star-marketing/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/30/couche-tard-acquiring-55-stores-tri-star-marketing/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:47:28 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53162 Sites located in Illinois and Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC is acquiring 55 stores and related assets from Tri Star Marketing Inc. and affiliates, of which 51 stores are located in the state of Illinois and four stores are located in the state of Indiana. These stores are currently operating under the

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RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/28/racetrac-petroleum-inc-named-convenience-store-decisions-2014-convenience-store-chain-year/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/28/racetrac-petroleum-inc-named-convenience-store-decisions-2014-convenience-store-chain-year/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:16:09 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53131 Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, a connection with its guests, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum Chain of the Year honors for 2014 Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding

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VERC Enterprises Opens Newly Renovated Store http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/25/verc-enterprises-opens-newly-renovated-store/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/25/verc-enterprises-opens-newly-renovated-store/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:41:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53113 Customers will find a much larger Dunkin’ Donuts, newly-renovated restrooms and a more spacious look and feel to the store. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Massachusetts, has completed extensive renovations of its Kingston location, which has now re-opened for business. “We believe people will really like our new

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Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/22/kentucky-town-now-selling-gas/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/22/kentucky-town-now-selling-gas/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53031 Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

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Wawa To Close First Store http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/22/wawa-close-first-store/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/22/wawa-close-first-store/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53026 After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

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