Kwik Trip Opens Two New CNG Stations

Kwik Trip is planning some 10-15 CNG locations in 2014. Kwik Trip Inc., a Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores, has continued development of its industry leading fueling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles in the first quarter of 2014. In January, CNG sites in Eagan, Minn. and De Pere, Wis. were opened. Locations in Waterloo, Iowa;

Sheetz Makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List

“We work very hard to constantly improve the work lives of our associates,” says Sheetz president and CEO. Sheetz is in the national spotlight as one of a select few businesses to make Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list, debuting at No. 87. The only Pennsylvania-based business on the list, Sheetz

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SAS Hosts Team Building Workshop, Donates Bicycles

Participants construct bicycles and donate them to a local YMCA. In December, 2013, the SAS Sales and Marketing management teams came together to take part in an activity to help build teamwork and to give back to their community. The first portion of the workshop focused on improving communications.  The facilitator, Ellen Patnaude, from The

Consumer Sentiment Up as 2014 Begins

“Future prospects are outweighing current conditions in defining consumer sentiment,” says NACS vice president of government relations. As the new year begins, consumers are feeling better about the economy than they have since last summer, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer sentiment. Though most consumers still

MAPCO To Offer E15 in 2014

MAPCO Express Inc. is set to begin offering E15 fuel to consumers. MAPCO has set a goal of offering E15 at all pumps at 100 stations. “This is a major market breakthrough for E15,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. “MAPCO is to be applauded for its unwavering commitment to

Stripes’ Scholarship Fund Exceeds Goal

Fund to benefit 530 local college-bound students. Stripes Convenience Store customers contributed more than $530,000 in just four weeks to its 2013 Stripes College Scholarship Fund campaign—far exceeding its goal of $400,000.  Customers purchased $1 Stripes College Scholarship Fund paper cut-outs during the December 2013 campaign to benefit local students obtain a college education. In

Murphy USA Names Swisher International Supplier Partner of the Year

“Swisher International consistently embraces Murphy USA’s vision of success and helps make it become a reality,” says vice president of merchandising for Murphy USA. For the fifth year in a row, Murphy USA Inc. has selected Swisher International as its Supplier Partner of the Year. The honor was based on the collaboration between the two

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New Sunoco Brings Fresh Options to North Charleston

New APlus store introduces impressive fresh food lineup. Community leaders, customers and neighbors today helped Sunoco celebrate the opening of its newest APlus location with custom-crafted sandwiches and specialty beverages, including fresh cappuccino, lattes and smoothies hand-made by our local baristas. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, flanked by city council and county council members and

Tanks of Thanks Program Recognize 10,000 Good Deeds

The Cenex Tanks of Thanks program continues to empower people to honor those who are making a difference in their communities. Cenex, the CHS energy brand, has announced that it will continue the far-reaching Tanks of Thanks program for a third year. Since its launch in 2012, the program has collected and shared more than

Stripes Opens A Record 29 Stores in 2013

Susser Holdings reports on Q4 and total 2013 operating results. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP have provided partial operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report: • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 2.4% for the fourth quarter and 3% for the full year, with total

The Pantry Schedules Release of First Quarter Results

The Pantry Inc. announced that it plans to release its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 before the market opens on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that

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Busch Heroes Campaign Celebrates Hard Workers

Campaign includes eight Busch Heroes featured in new digital creative and on packaging. Busch, long known as the beer for those who are “earning it,” launched “Busch Heroes,” a new cross-platform campaign that celebrates everyday people who work hard at their jobs and in their communities. The campaign centers on eight Busch Heroes, a collection

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Enmark Welcomes New Director Of Operations

Tom Kelly replaces Jerry Morris, who retired after more than 18 years of service at Enmark. Enmark Stations Inc. has announced that Tom Kelly joined the company as director of operations following the retirement of longtime director of operations Jerry Morris. In his new role, Kelly will oversee the company’s day-to-day field operations including food

E-Z Mart Expands, Updates Stores

New locations and remodels ahead in 2014. E-Z Mart continues to grow and expand their presence with the opening of two new locations in Broken Bow, Okla. and in Kilgore, Texas.  This growth allows E-Z Mart to better serve the convenience needs of its customers and provide employment opportunities within these communities. E-Z Mart’s remodeling

S. Abraham & Sons Trade Show To Take Place in Grand Rapids

Vendor exhibit and trade show set for Feb. 27-28. “The Grand Slam–Spring is in Full Swing” is the theme for the 2014 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., the site of the 28th annual show, will feature 150 booths, representing 253 manufacturers.  Twenty-two

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Acquires Outcast Media

Acquisition of Outcast’s national video-network-at-the-pump to benefit retailers and advertisers with new products and scale. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a global provider of retail petroleum technology, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Outcast Media, the fastest growing video network at the pump.  Outcast will operate as the media business unit of Gilbarco, putting the combined company

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Love’s Announces Fast-Fill CNG Expansion

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will purchase five additional CNG-powered trucks to support Amarillo, Texas expansion. Love’s Travel Stops is introducing fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks at its travel stop located on Interstate 40 at exit 74 in east Amarillo, Texas. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to

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Hosick Named NEW Board Vice Chair

“The Network has been fortunate to tap into Betsy’s wide-ranging experience and depth of knowledge for years,” says NEW President and CEO. Elizabeth “Betsy” Hosick, general manager, procurement for downstream, technology and services for Chevron Corp., has been named Network of Executive Women (NEW) Board vice chair. Hosick most recently served as Board secretary. Her

Humetrics Offers Free Trial On Pre-Employment Attitude Assessment

“These pre-employment assessments are proven online interviews that reliably report the applicant’s underlying attitudes,” notes Humetrics president. Humetrics is now offering free, trial usage of the company’s online, pre-employment attitude assessments. Designed to help business owners and hiring managers screen in only the best, the two Humetrics’ STAR attitude assessments (one for frontline, hourly employees

Exclusive: Phillips 66 Inks Deal With IMG Gonzaga

Rewards KickBack Points cardholders.   Convenience Store Decisions has learned that Phillips 66 is set to announce a new sponsorship with IMG Gonzaga where KickBack Points cardholders will have new ways to earn loyalty points.  Also, participating Conoco- and 76- branded sites in the Spokane, Wash., area will benefit by driving new customers to their

Will Couche-Tard Bid On Hess’s Retail Operations?

“When assets like this come up for sale, which isn’t very often, you need to be opportunistic,” notes one analyst. Alimentation Couche-Tard, analysts expect, is likely to make a play for Hess’ retail operations, now that Hess has filed with the SEC, noting it would either distribute its retail business to shareholders in a tax-free

Susser Among Wells Fargo’s Top Picks For 2014

“The market is not fully recognizing SUSS’s valuable stake in SUSP and the earnings power that can be generated in SUSS’s best-in-class retail business,” notes Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo Securities has introduced its 2014 Integrated Research & Economics Outlook where its analysts have provided their sector forecasts and top investment recommendations for 2014. Wells Faro’s

Hess To Spin Off Retail Segment

Despite SEC filing, Hess continues to seek bids from interested buyers. Hess Corp. has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a potential spinoff of its retail segment, but noted it would still solicit offers from potential buyers to purchase the entire retail business, the Wall Street Journal reported.    If bids come

Rutter’s Charitable Giving Reaches $3.7 Million

Rutter’s donated $213,000 to Central Pennsylvania charities in 2013, elevating  the company’s charitable giving total to $3.7 million over the last 10 years. “We believe that our donations to community organizations, primarily those focused on improving the lives of local children, have made a significant and positive impact across the six central Pennsylvania counties in

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Fastrac Markets Announces New Vice President of Petroleum

Looks to fill open CIO position. Fastrac Markets, a local upstate New York convenience store chain, announced the promotion of Randy Case to vice president of petroleum. Case joined the Fastrac family in May of 2006 as the chief information officer (CIO). As CIO, Case had introduced and implemented numerous programs that improved the reporting

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