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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

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

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Rutter’s Donates $200,000 in Scholarship Money

“Our focus is improving the lives of local children,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores will give $200,000 to 12 preschools to fund scholarship opportunities for children throughout south central Pennsylvania, the company announced this week. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s has donated more than $404,000 to local children’s charities so far this year and over

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E85 Sales Have Room for Growth

“Increasing the E85 station count would improve the potential for additional E85 sales and introduce additional competition to the market,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. There are opportunities to grow the E85 market—but only if E85 prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Daigle Oil Co. Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Local CITGO marketer ‘Fueling Good’ for Ronald McDonald House. From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, local CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. celebrated the grand re-opening of Daigle Oil Co.’s full-service DOC’s Place CITGO on Stillwater Ave. while giving back to local charitable organization the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Maine. The

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New Smyrna Speedway Extends Fuel Partnership With VP

“We are very excited to be extending our partnership with VP Racing Fuels,” says general manager of New Smyrna Speedway. Officials at New Smyrna Speedway announced a two-year agreement extending VP Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel Supplier through 2016. Under the agreement, VP will be the track’s exclusive supplier of race fuels with

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Retail Fuel Ecosystems: The Forecourt Technology Revolution is Here

By: Matteo Ciarapica, Global Solution Marketing Leader, Wayne Fueling Systems We live in the era of technology ecosystems, a term we use to describe the complex system of interdependent components that work together to enable cloud services. Purchase an iPhone, for example, and you’re connected to the entire Apple ecosystem, including operating systems, apps, Microsoft

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TravelCenters Honors Veterans

Veterans who are also truck drivers get free meals on Veterans Day. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, invites all truck drivers who are also veterans of the U.S. armed services to enjoy a complimentary meal on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at any participating

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Opens 25 new stores year-to-date. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept.30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2014, the company reported net income of $63 million, or $0.83 per

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Stripes Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Facebook promotion encourages customers to post photos of themselves or a loved one in their military uniform.             Stripes Stores Facebook fans will have an opportunity to win a Stripes $50 gift card by submitting a picture of themselves or a loved one(s) in Uniform. To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, Stripes will randomly selected

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7-Eleven Salutes Military With Free Car Washes on Veteran’s Day

More than 300 locations in 16 states plan to participate in the promotion. This Veteran’s Day, 7‑Eleven Inc. car wash locations offer current and former military personnel a free car wash. The free car washes are available from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, when the country observes Veterans Day. This is

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Differentiate With Design

Everything from upscale amenities to drive-throughs can make your stores stand out from the competition. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In an era of increased channel blurring, where dollar stores, quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) and drug stores are vying for the same customers, smart store design can help differentiate your c-store over the competition. Pak-A-Sak Convenience

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Sami’s Quick Stop Gets Innovative

Newly remodeled site serves as a one-stop shopping convenience destination. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Sami’s Quick Stop on the corner of East Midlothian Blvd. and Youngstown-Poland Road in Youngstown, Ohio recently wowed customers when it reopened its doors in September, following a major $1.8 million renovation. The new and improved 24-hour location was expanded

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Low Gas Prices Spur C-Store Sales

Wells Fargo weighs in on how the price at the pump is impacting fuel and merchandise sales. Wells Fargo Securities LLC has reported that cheaper gas is resulting in strong sales at convenience stores. Since the end of Q2 (June 30, 2014) through Oct. 31, the price of crude oil fell nearly 25%, while retail

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Study Finds Shrink Cost Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide

Retail loss “penalty” costs average U.S. household $403 annually. Shrink, comprised of shoplifting, employee or supplier fraud and administrative errors, cost the global retail industry more than $128 billion last year, $42 billion in the U.S. alone, according to the latest Global Retail Theft Barometer. This represents 1.29% of retail sales, on average. Per household

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CST Brands Completes Nice N Easy Acquisition

CrossAmerica Partners LP and CST Brands jointly purchase the assets of Nice N Easy. CST Brands Inc. (CST) and CrossAmerica Partners LP (CAPL) (the “Partnership”) have announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. Based in Canastota, N.Y., Nice N Easy operates 77 corporate and franchise stores in Central

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Stripes Awards 20 Public Elementary School Grants

Schools received $200 grants and garden kits. Stripes Convenience Stores has awarded 20 Texas public elementary schools $200 each to teach students about fresh vegetables through the Stripes Fresh Learning Garden seeded by Laredo Taco Co. grant. The grant includes $200 for supplies, a garden kit—educational coloring books for each student, garden seed packets to

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Corner Store Hosts Grand Opening in Plano

New 7,707-square-foot store features a modern design. Corner Store is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Thursday, Nov. 6 for a brand new store in Plano, Texas. At the event, Corner Store will be making a $5,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County.  Everyone is invited to try a free, fresh-baked

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Pilot Flying J Gives More Details On Facility Upgrades

Healthy food options, hot beverage variety and $100 million in facility upgrades to greet Pilot customers. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is launching a fresh brand identity, invigorating its commitment to improving life on the road for professional drivers. The initiative includes offering customers a

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Atlas Oil Launches Careers Website

Invests in recruiting top talent. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., a national fuel supply, logistics and services company, announced the launch of its new comprehensive recruiting Website, www.atlasoilcareers.com. The Website gives potential job candidates an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at life at Atlas Oil Co., and provides a detailed overview of everything that sets Atlas Oil

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Quality State Oil Celebrates 25 Years of Support For MDA

Local CITGO marketer raises $73,000 for Muscular Dystrophy in 2014; $1 Million Since 1989. Local CITGO Marketer Quality State Oil (QSO), based in Sheboygan, Wis., marked a quarter century supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by raising $73,000 through events and promotions in 2014. QSO once again teamed up with CITGO Petroleum Corporation, MDA ambassadors

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Kum & Go Plans ADA Compliance Changes After Lawsuit

Some 400 Kum & Go stores to undergo renovations. The Kum & Go is set to spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Gary McDermott, a man from

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NYACS Invites Neighborhood Retailers To ‘Building Blocks’

Educational Forum set for Dec. 3 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Timely education for convenience store operators and other neighborhood retailers will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. Titled “Building Blocks for Today’s Neighborhood Retailers” and presented by the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), the event

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