Convenience Store Decisions » Operations & Marketing http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:40:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Phillips 66 Continues to Drive Retail Innovation http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/phillips-66-continues-drive-retail-innovation/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/phillips-66-continues-drive-retail-innovation/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:53:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54336 The Houston-based energy company is piloting several test programs and rolling out new images to help its branded marketers boost sales and attract new business. By John Lofstock, Editor Phillips 66, which supplies more than 7,100 outlets under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands, continues to innovate. Through a strategic program called Experience 66,

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Living the American Dream http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/living-american-dream/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/living-american-dream/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:18:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54326 Nachhattar Chandi began his c-store career as a cashier. Today he owns and operates 17 convenience stores and counting. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Nachhattar Chandi’s entrepreneurial journey from his start in a small village in India to a U.S. c-store cashier, to a successful c-store franchisee and owner of Chandi Group USA is a

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Gasoline’s Whipsaw Trade in Oversold Market http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/gasolines-whipsaw-trade-oversold-market/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/gasolines-whipsaw-trade-oversold-market/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:48:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54323 By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract nearest to physical delivery traded in a more than 25cts gallon range in September with little less than two days of trade for the month remaining, which included sharp daily reversals in what is known as whipsaw price action late in the month ahead

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TravelCenters Acquires Iconic Johnson’s Corner Truck Stop http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/travelcenters-acquires-iconic-johnsons-corner-truck-stop/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/travelcenters-acquires-iconic-johnsons-corner-truck-stop/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:32:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54319 Petro Johnson’s Corner location to maintain Johnson’s Corner restaurant and bakery, and community roots. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-25, Exit 254 (2842 SE Frontage Rd.)

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Nice N Easy Announces Scholarship Winners http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/nice-n-easy-announces-scholarship-winners/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/nice-n-easy-announces-scholarship-winners/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:27:58 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54316 The Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to seven students. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, has awarded Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarships to seven local students. Established by the late President, Founder & CEO John MacDougall, the award is in memory of Linda Nelson, a spirited Nice N

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Susser Acquires Aloha Petroleum http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/susser-acquires-aloha-petroleum/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/susser-acquires-aloha-petroleum/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:39:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54282 SUSP also announces MACS as first dropdown transaction between ETP and SUSP. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) announced today the first dropdown transaction between ETP and SUSP. In addition, SUSP announced an agreement to acquire Hawaii-based Aloha Petroleum Ltd., closing of a new $1.25 billion revolving credit facility, and

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Turkey Hill Announces Sweepstakes Winners http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/turkey-hill-announces-sweepstakes-winners/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/turkey-hill-announces-sweepstakes-winners/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:50:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54291 Three second prize winners in Great Gas Giveaway take home prizes. Turkey Hill Minit Markets announced the first three winners today of Free Fuel for a Year, the second prize in the Great Gas Giveaway. The three central Pennsylvania residents are the first of eight second prize winners to be selected in the sweepstakes, which

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Mansfield Oil Co.’s Retail Dealer Business http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/empire-petroleum-acquires-mansfield-oil-co-s-retail-dealer-business/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/empire-petroleum-acquires-mansfield-oil-co-s-retail-dealer-business/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:54:34 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54257 Announces formation of a strategic growth partnership. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has acquired the retail dealer business of Mansfield Oil Co. of Gainesville Inc. and has merged its retail dealer operations into Empire effective Sept. 25, 2014. Additionally, Mansfield will become a partner and will retain an ownership stake in Empire. The combination of Empire

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Interchange Fees Too High, Durbin Says http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/interchange-fees-high-durbin-says/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/interchange-fees-high-durbin-says/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:52:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54263 “Congress tasked the Board to follow the law Congress enacted, not to circumvent it at the request of the banking industry,” Senate Majority Whip Durbin says. Following the Fed’s recent announcement that it has no plans to adjust the level of the interchange cap, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill was quick to respond. “The

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The Francois Family of Cos. Celebrates 75th Anniversary http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/francois-family-cos-celebrates-75th-anniversary/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/francois-family-cos-celebrates-75th-anniversary/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:46:00 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54254 In order to celebrate with the customers who have supported them over the years, they are facilitating a Diamond Jubilee Giveaway. The Francois Family of Cos. is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this October. Both Francois Oil and Francois Ford have enjoyed the past 75 years as locally-owned and family-operated businesses in Wisconsin. Seventy-five years ago,

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Maverik Selects ToolBox Solutions http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/maverik-selects-toolbox-solutions/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/maverik-selects-toolbox-solutions/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:30:32 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54252 Maverik selected ToolBox’s 1screen platform to improve business performance, category-management process and collaboration with partners. Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop, and CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year Award Winner — has partnered with ToolBox Solutions, an insight provider in category and customer analytics, to drive the best partner-insight program in the gas and convenience channel.

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Five 7-Eleven Franchisees Plead Guilty To Exploiting Immigrants http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/five-7-eleven-franchisees-plead-guilty-exploiting-immigrants/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/five-7-eleven-franchisees-plead-guilty-exploiting-immigrants/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:27:54 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54186 Defendants forfeit franchise rights to 10 stores in New York and four in Virginia. Five former 7-Eleven franchisees have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants, after they allegedly hired illegal immigrants and used stolen IDs to steal more than $2.6 million in wages from the employees, while forcing them to

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Pilot Travel Center Opens in Morris http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/pilot-travel-center-opens-morris/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/pilot-travel-center-opens-morris/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:02:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54175 The new facility marks Pilot’s 40th in Illinois. Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center in Morris, Ill., featuring full amenities for professional drivers. “We’re thrilled that our new travel center will serve professional drivers traveling on I-80 through Illinois,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “We hope drivers will enjoy the

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Flash Market Supports MDA http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/flash-market-supports-mda/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/flash-market-supports-mda/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:49:41 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54173 Local CITGO marketer sponsors 10th annual Passport to a Cure. Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are teaming up to sponsor the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event to benefit the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). On Dec. 4, guests are invited to participate in a reception,

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Kwik Trip Named A Top Iowa Workplace http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/kwik-trip-named-top-iowa-workplace/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/kwik-trip-named-top-iowa-workplace/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:58:35 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54158 Employee surveys show Kwik Trip is on top of its game. The Des Moines Register has named Kwik Trip one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces. This year the Des Moines Register has recognized a total of 122 companies and organizations in Iowa as Top Workplaces 2014. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based

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Kangaroo Express’ Salute Our Troops Raises $1.9 Million http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/kangaroo-express-salute-troops-raises-1-9-million/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/kangaroo-express-salute-troops-raises-1-9-million/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:37:57 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54156 Campaign supports U.S. military and their families. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced its fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has raised more than $1.9 million, bringing the total amount of funds raised over the past four summers to $10 million. From the week before Independence Day through Labor Day, June 25 to

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A Forward Look at Convenience Retailing http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/forward-look-convenience-retailing/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/forward-look-convenience-retailing/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:00:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54147 As Convenience Store Decisions celebrates its 25th anniversary, retail experts weigh in on what consumers and c-store operators can expect over the next 25 years. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” Steve Jobs once cautioned. “You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the

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MLPs: Sign of the Times http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/mlps-sign-times-2/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/mlps-sign-times-2/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:37:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54141 More convenience store chains like CST Brands are banking on master limited partnerships 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 agreement to acquire the convenience

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Nisbet Oil Sites Add InOvationTV http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/nisbet-oil-sites-add-inovationtv/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/nisbet-oil-sites-add-inovationtv/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:49:39 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54107 Program will help improve fueling experience and “future proof” Nisbet Oil sites. The inOvationTV media platform continues its nationwide growth with the addition of new Nisbet Oil Co. sites in North Carolina. The inOvationTV media platform is a forecourt media program offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Solutions, a provider of fuel dispensing technology, and Gas

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Walmart Enters C-Store Territory http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/walmart-enters-c-store-territory/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/walmart-enters-c-store-territory/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:01:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54097 Walmart’s prototype convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. reflects a shift  in strategy for the retailer, but will it be a game changer for the industry? By David Bennett, Senior Editor As vehicles navigate under the shiny white fuel station canopy, the eye goes immediately to the yellow columns designed to mimic the burst of petals

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Cumberland Farms Awards 2014 Believe and Achieve Scholarships http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/cumberland-farms-awards-2014-believe-achieve-scholarships/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/cumberland-farms-awards-2014-believe-achieve-scholarships/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:41:31 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54093 The convenience store retailer has helped more than 900 students reach their dreams since the program’s inception. Cumberland Farms announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2014. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began eight years ago

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Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General’s “Illusory” Tender Offer http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/family-dollar-rejects-dollar-generals-illusory-tender-offer/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/family-dollar-rejects-dollar-generals-illusory-tender-offer/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:59:23 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54070 Family Dollar Board reaffirms unanimous recommendation in support of transaction with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar Stores Inc., a national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise, announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corp. and not tender

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Stripes Launches Grito Contest http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/stripes-launches-grito-contest/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/stripes-launches-grito-contest/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:36:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54025 Customers have a chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card. Laredo Taco Co. has launched a new limited time only spicy chicken fajita taco called “EL GRITO!” and to celebrate, customers will have the chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card by entering its “Grito” Contest. Through Sept. 28, participating customers will be

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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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