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PPA Unveils 2014 Training Schedule

New this year is North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certification. The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) Technical Training Center has introduced its 2014 Training Schedule.   The PPA holds classes from mid-March to mid-October across Pennsylvania, drawing from the Pennsylvania/Ohio/Maryland/Delaware/Virginia/New York and New Jersey areas.  The topics include a wide range of subjects from Basic Electric,

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MacNeil Wash Systems Introduces New Regional Sales Manager

Matt Nall to spearhead Southeast U.S. sales. MacNeil Wash Systems, a provider of conveyor car wash engineering now supported by its parent company Ryko Solutions, has announced that Matt Nall has joined its sales team as Southeastern U.S. regional sales manager where he will be responsible for supporting MacNeil’s distributor and sales network. Nall has

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Texas Star and CITGO Reward Non-Profit Business

Non-profit receives CITGO gift cards to help it serve foster children in the region. On Jan. 29, representatives from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local CITGO Marketer Texas Star awarded the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. The non-profit was a Fueling Good Project winner for its work improving

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CHS Invests $20 Million To Strengthen Fuels Supply, Distribution

“The projects we’ve completed already have contributed to strong Cenex-branded fuel growth for our customers in the northern tier region,” says CHS executive vice president. CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company and parent company of Cenex, is investing an additional $20 million in 2014 to strengthen refined fuels

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Futures Market Positions Retail Gasoline for Price Advance

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration reported a modest 0.3cts dip in its national average for regular grade gasoline for the week-ended Feb. 3 to a $3.292 gallon seven-week low while four days later the gasoline futures contract rallied to a five-week high and US crude prices topped $100

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CITGO Lemont Refinery Makes Holidays Brighter

CITGO employees adopt 16 families in Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas Program. The CITGO Lemont Refinery spread holiday cheer with its participation in the Village of Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas program in December. CITGO employees “adopted”16 local families in need, providing gifts and monetary support to ensure these families had a brighter holiday.  “We

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United Supermarkets Opens United Express In Amarillo

The 34th & Soncy site also is set to welcome new United Supermarkets store soon. United Supermarkets LLC opened its newest freestanding United Express convenience store Wednesday, Jan. 29 near the site of its next new store, at 34th and Soncy in Amarillo. The 2,400 square-foot store is located east of the company’s newest United

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BP Rolls Out Plan To Be No. 1 U.S. Fuels Marketer East of Rockies

“We are confident we have a winning brand proposition that will make BP the No. 1  brand across our footprint,” says BP spokesperson. BP this week rolled out its plans to be the number one fuels brand east of the Rockies at the biennial BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) Convention and Business Expo. High quality

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Sheetz, QuikTrip and Atlas Honored With Awards

Top convenience store chains recognized for their workplace cultures. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The convenience store channel is starting 2014 with a message for the rest of retail as Sheetz and QuikTrip both placed on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Atlas Oil was also recognized on the Achievers 50 Most

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LEDs Ripe For Installation

With costs down and technology improvements complete, now is the time for LED upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor As LEDs continue to improve, convenience store retailers are biting the bullet and signing on for upgrades in order to reap cost saving thanks to both implementation rebates and overall energy cost reduction. Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO

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CITGO Supports Illinois Tornado Relief Efforts

CITGO Community Action Team collects relief items for tornado victims.                      The CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT), the employee volunteer organization at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, conducted a donation drive to help communities across Illinois recover from the devastating tornadoes in November 2013. CCAT volunteers collected and sorted donations from employees and contractors, including non-perishable

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7-Eleven Selling 72 Convenience Stores

Properties in Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and six other states. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 72 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. The sale includes 22 locations in Texas, 17 in South Carolina, 12 in Pennsylvania, nine in Ohio, four in Michigan, three in Indiana, three

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Retailers Speak Out On Cyber Security Needs And Efforts

NRF, NACS and RILA address the ongoing issues around data security. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security, International Trade and Finance held a hearing on protecting consumers’ data. Retail organizations, including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) spoke out

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Motivating Today’s C-Store Employees

Recognizing your frontline staff, gaining their feedback and helping them see the meaning in their work is the key for fueling engagement. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The most important attribute a convenience store has to offer is its customer facing employees. Especially when touting a foodservice program, image is everything from store cleanliness to

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Susser Holdings Announces Departure of DeSutter

“He has been dedicated to helping us grow our business,” says Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. announced that Steve DeSutter is leaving the company, effective Feb. 28, 2014, to accept an opportunity to lead a significant company outside the convenience store industry. DeSutter currently serves as the president and CEO of Susser’s Retail segment.  That segment

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Ampm Customers Get Chance To Win Need For Speed Mobile Game

Customers who purchase specially-marked ampm 20-ounce coffees, 32-ounce fountain drinks or smoked sausages that feature a Need for Speed peel-off sticker have a chance to win. Customers of ampm who are fans of EA Mobile gaming can satisfy their need for beverages and a tasty snack with a chance to win a Need for Speed

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Parker’s Names Jim Evans Director of Operations

Parker’s recently named Jim Evans as the company’s director of operations. Evans will oversee daily operations for all 34 Parker’s stores, preparing the company for unprecedented growth. Most recently, Evans worked at Target, where he oversaw two stores during his tenure, leading a team of five executives and 140 team members. He received the MVP

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Rutter’s Enhances Mobile App With Lottery Offers

Now Rutter’s customers can get a free $3 Powerball ticket with Power Play with a purchase of a $5 instant ticket at Rutter’s. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., has enhanced its award-winning mobile app once again by providing users access to the day’s winning lottery numbers and exclusive lottery offers, the result of

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Gas Customers Evolve in How They Shop for Price

“Consumers are always thinking about gas prices,” notes NACS vice president of government relations. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy gas at a particular location, but how consumers shop for that price is shifting, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

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The 2014 Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions’ second annual look at the convenience store chains doing a superior job of connecting with their customers through social media. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Convenience Store Decisions, with help from Wildfire by Google, examined the nearly 60 convenience store and petroleum chains that are most active on social media, specifically examining

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CITGO and PAPCO Help Portsmouth Elementary School Fuel Education

“I am so impressed that CITGO and its locally-owned gas stations and distributors would undertake such an ambitious program to help support education,” says one teacher. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. presented Janay Washington, a third-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School, with $1,000 worth of school supplies as part of

7-Eleven Prepares For Super Bowl With Pizzas and Wings

C-store giant offering $5.55 large pizzas, and $10 pizza-and-wings deals. 7-Eleven Inc. is in the game to win a piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year—Super Bowl Sunday. The convenience retailer is offering pizza-loving sports fans and sports-loving pizza fans piping-hot, large Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55

Susser Completes Acquisition of Sac-N-Pac For $88 Million

Susser plans to initially operate all of the 47 stores under the Sac-N-Pac brand. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) announced the closing of their previously announced acquisition of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. The Sac-N-Pac chain includes 47

The Pantry Nominates Thomas Dickson For The Board of Directors

“Through his longstanding career at and leadership of Harris Teeter, Tad has a deep understanding of our industry and the region in which we operate,” says the Pantry’s chairman of the board. The Pantry Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has nominated a new independent director, Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former CEO of Harris Teeter

More Former Pilot Employees Plead Guilty To Rebate Fraud

A former director of sales, and a former regional sales manager are among the latest former Pilot Flying J employees to plead guilty. Three more former employees of Pilot Flying J pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that involved a scheme to cheat trucking companies out of fuel rebates, the Associate Press reported. This

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