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AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

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Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

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Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

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Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

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Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

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Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

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7-Eleven Launches Limited-Time Zero Franchise Fee Initiative

Select U.S. stores to have franchise fee waived. Between now and June 30, 7-Eleven Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7-Eleven

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Huebsch Named Store Owner of the Quarter

Adjoining laundromat proves smart investment. Huebsch, the expert in commercial laundry efficiency, has named Raj Patel the latest recipient of its Store Owner of the Quarter award for his Speed Coin Laundry, a laundromat adjacent to his convenience store and gas station located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Mr. Patel’s success over the past 20 years is

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Sheetz To Celebrate 500th Store Opening

“We are thrilled to carry this momentum throughout the year with more than 30 store openings in 2015, including a new restaurant concept at WVU and Penn State,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned convenience store chains, will celebrate the opening of its 500th store on Feb. 24. All Sheetz locations

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Rutter’s Recognized as Leading Business

Tops several business lists in Central Penn Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Rutter’s Holdings, the parent company of Rutter’s Farm Stores and Rutter’s Dairy, sits atop several business lists in the 2015 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists, distributed this week. Rutter’s earned a No. 3 rank on the list

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Love’s Opens Travel Stop on I-69 in Indiana

Adds 95 parking spaces on Interstate 69. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Ingalls, Ind., giving professional drivers 24-hour access to a Chester’s Chicken restaurant, 52 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift merchandise, RFID cardless fueling technology, CAT

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SCV Oil LLC Acquires Rhodes Oil Co.

“We needed to acquire a company that would provide us with a complete turnkey operation, including systems and experienced personnel,” says co-founder of SCV Oil. PetroActive Real Estate Services LLC announced the successful closing on the sale of Rhodes Oil Co. Inc. to SCV Oil LLC. This represents the first acquisition for newly formed SCV

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Judge Dismisses Claims Against Pilot CEO Haslam

Some 24 claims against the trucking company to go forward, while more than a dozen are dismissed by U.S. District Judge. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar, on Wednesday, dismissed seven of 11 civil claims against Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, and allowed four others to proceed, including accusations of unjust enrichment

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North Carolina Scotchman Store Brings Lots of Luck

Winning lottery ticket purchased at Scotchman store. For the GPM Investments LLC-owned Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, N.C., luck was in store. There, a customer purchased one of the winning Powerball tickets with a jackpot worth $564 million, the third-largest Powerball prize ever and the fifth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. Winning tickets were

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PriceAdvantage Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Fuel pricing software company commemorates 10 years of agility. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, is celebrating 10 years of supporting fuel pricing excellence through the agile development of easy-to-use, flexible, and effective fuel pricing software. PriceAdvantage first launched in 2005 to address the daily challenges fuel marketers faced

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Murphy USA To Offer E15 and E85

Adding alternative fuels in Chicago and Houston Locations in 2015. Murphy USA Inc., a marketer of retail motor fuel products and convenience merchandise, has announced an expansion program that will bring E15 to consumers in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston in 2015. After several successful introductions of the new fuel in Iowa, Murphy USA

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GPM Acquiring Midwest Division Of VPS

Upon closing, GPM would have over 800 company-operated convenience stores and dealer sites in 14 states. GPM Investments, LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase the Midwestern division of VPS Convenience Store Group LLC. This transaction adds to GPM’s acquisition of the Southeast operations of VPS in August 2013. The acquisition will include 163 company-operated

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Kentucky Gas Station Faces Legislation

After the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its own gas station last summer, a Kentucky senator has now sponsored a bill to determine how fair the enterprise is to surrounding businesses. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kentucky Sen. Chris Girdler (R-Somerset), on Feb. 6, filed a bill that would require government entities to conduct a

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Mutual Oil Co. Sells Dealer And Transportation Business

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Mutual. Mutual Oil Co. Inc. has successfully sold its branded, contract dealer business, comprised of over 150 dealer supply contracts, structured agreements and transportation fleet. The dealer supply contracts and structured agreements have been sold to an undisclosed purchaser. Mutual’s transportation business, comprised

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New Love’s Locations Offering CNG For 99 Cents

CNG now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle. Love’s Fast-Fill CNG is now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle between Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The recent opening of Love’s first fast-fill CNG location in San Antonio connects the third market to Love’s existing CNG network in the Texas

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Wawa Presents Environmental Community Service Award

$10,000 in honorariums to be awarded in 2015 region‐wide search spearheaded by Wawa, 6abc and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP. The Environmental Community Service Award, presented by Wawa, 6abc, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF), celebrates a decade of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The

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IDDBA Releases On-Demand Webinar on Millennial Shoppers

Explores the evolving U.S. shopper of fresh perimeter categories. Changing American demographics and evolving food culture are affecting how we live, shop and eat. While baby boomers account for a large share of shoppers and dollars, it is Millennial shoppers who are at the forefront of the New American Appetite. IDDBA’s latest study, “Engaging the

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Server Products Earns “Extreme Customer Service” Award

Honored at Foodservice Supply Summit. At the Diversified Foodservice Supply Summit in January, Server Products was honored to accept the “Extreme Customer Service” award. Diversified Foodservice Supply is the parent company of multiple brands focused on the distribution of foodservice parts, supplies, equipment and accessories. Diversified’s portfolio of brands serve some of the top restaurant

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Wawa Launches Remodel Program

Plans to renovate legacy stores. Wawa Inc. has launched the Wawa Remodel Program, an initiative in which the company will embark on a massive effort to remodel older, legacy stores to reflect Wawa’s latest store design and foodservice offering. Throughout 2015, Wawa will remodel 40 existing stores—the most remodels to happen in one year ever

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