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CST Brands’ CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up.  Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store

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School Children Thank Rutter’s For Donation

Children at York Country Day School in York, Pa. thanked Rutter’s Farm Stores for the company’s $10,000 donation. The school will use the money to award academic scholarships to eligible inner-city students through the Rutter’s Scholars program.

BP To Reward Customers With Ultimate College Football Experience

BP to participate in more than 40 college football tailgate events to help increase BP Driver Rewards registrations and build loyalty. BP Products North America has announced the launch of a series of ‘Fan Fest Tailgates’ from now through Nov. 30 at more than 40 college campuses across the country to support its Driver Rewards

Kum & Go Opens New Larger Store in Marion

New eco-friendly convenience store features fresh food prepared in on-site kitchen. Kum & Go will open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Oct. 11, in Marion, Iowa. This store, located at 3215 Seventh Ave., is twice the size of the store it replaces at 3370 Seventh Ave. The spacious new store is designed to

RaceTrac Selects Fifth Third Bank As ATM Provider

“We’re pleased to work with RaceTrac and to be their official ATM provider in Georgia and Florida,” says regional president of Florida and Mid-South regions for Fifth Third Bank. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has selected Fifth Third Bank to provide ATMs at 225 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. Installation of the new Fifth Third ATMs

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Clipper Petroleum Implementing Latest Gilbarco Retail Technology

 Reports increased transactions and sales. Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s portfolio of retail technology solutions is making a big impact across the Clipper Petroleum network. Clipper is the first retailer in the country to install Purchase@Pump, a new turnkey solution that increases in-store sales by adding the ability to purchase high-margin products and services directly from the pump.

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

New stats point to states with the worst tax codes. Wyoming, Florida, and Indiana rank among the ten best states for taxes on business, while companies in states like New York, New Jersey and California must struggle with the worst tax codes in the country, according to the newest edition of the Tax Foundation’s State

Rising Food Prices Impacting Grocery Choices

New study examines how consumers adjust grocery buying habits as food prices climb. Eighty-five percent of global consumers in an online survey say rising food prices will impact their choice of grocery products, according to a new study by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. “With the

Analysts Weigh In On MACS Acquisition

By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor David Bishop and Dick Meyer agree the MACS deal is a boost for Sunoco. Catterton Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm, announced last week that it completed the sale of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in Maryland and Virginia, to an affiliate of Sunoco Inc. Since the

Clark Brands Acquires The Crown Family of Brands

“The combination of the Clark and Crown brands will offer us the ability to grow in our respective markets and leverage our economies of scale for our customers,” says Clark’s chief operating officer. Clark Brands LLC and Crown Central LLC have announced the formation of a new company Clark Crown Brands LLC. This new company,

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NOCO Express Opens Getzville Convenience Store

Store includes Tim Hortons, Subway and on-the-go amenities. NOCO Express came full circle in its convenience store evolution as it celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1555 North French Road at Campbell Boulevard in Getzville, N.Y.  This is the location where the family-owned and locally-operated convenience store chain opened its

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Love’s Raises $2 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Employees raised a record amount for the 15th annual campaign benefiting sick and injured kids. Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening in New Jersey

New Lodi, N.J. store is the first ever Wawa to offer self-serve lottery in the state of New Jersey. Wawa Inc. has announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its newest northern New Jersey store, signifying Wawa’s first store in Bergen County, N.J. Throughout the North Jersey market, Wawa plans to have

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Stripes Turf + Surf Event Raises Over $525,000

Benefits 38 United Way Agencies across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Stripes Convenience Stores raised more than $525,000 at its annual Turf + Surf event fundraiser benefiting 38 United Way agencies across the Stripes Convenience Stores market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held on Sept. 26 and 27, 2013, in Corpus

7-Eleven Rebrands Speedy Stops Acquisition

7-Eleven has rebranded its Speedy Stops acquisition, and is open for business in Rio Grande Valley, the Monitor Online reported. On Dec. 31 2012, 7-Eleven acquired 143 Speedy Stops and Tiger Mart retail locations from Victoria-based C.L. Thomas Inc. In addition to rebranding the locations under the 7-Eleven banner, “Angelina’s Tacos Caseros” has replaced Tacos

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Navigating Your Lighting Upgrade

As technology improves, more businesses are making the switch to cost-effective LED fixtures. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In these days of tight margins and intense retail competition, convenience store owners are doing everything they can to boost revenues and reduce operating costs. Something as simple as investing in upgraded lighting can significantly reduce monthly

7-Eleven $19.5 Million Portfolio For Sale In Michigan

Eight of the 11 sites have 15-year leases. The Issenberg-Britti Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, has been appointed as the exclusive advisor for the sale of 11  7-Eleven Corporate Gas Station Ground Leases located throughout the state of Michigan. The ground leases are all held by and guaranteed by 7-Eleven Inc.

Survey Shows Prospective Business Buyers, Sellers Confident

BizBuySell.com survey finds that improved optimism among business buyers is creating a vibrant business succession market for both buyers and sellers. BizBuySell.com, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, announced the results of its August 2013 survey of business buyers and sellers. BizBuySell.com’s nationwide survey, designed to better understand the current wants, needs and sentiments of buyers

Cumberland Farms Announces Believe And Achieve 2014

Convenience store retailer to help hundreds of young adults attend college for eighth consecutive year. Cumberland Farms announced that for the eighth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its 11-state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program.  Since Cumberland Farms began the

Corner Store Campaign To Benefit Children’s Hospitals

Month-long promotion to help fund medical care, research and education. Today through Oct. 31, Corner Store employees will ask customers to purchase $1 or $5 Miracle Balloon icons to raise funds for 32 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The icons include a coupon for savings on goods in the stores, providing customers an extra incentive to

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PAPCO Expands in the Mid-Atlantic

An acquisition of the Tidewater retail assets of SMO Inc. boosts PAPCO’s store count in southeastern Virginia. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. It’s been a busy fall for petroleum marketer PAPCO Inc., which acquired the Tidewater, Va. retail assets of SMO Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wills Group in August, and remains poised for

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Sheetz Moves Into New Era With Leadership Changes

Joe Sheetz steps into president and CEO role, as Stan Sheetz becomes chairman of the board. Joe Sheetz, executive vice president of finance and store development, formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for Sheetz Inc., beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Current Chief Executive Stan Sheetz left the presidency after 18 successful years and

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Exxon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

As of July 2013, 88% of Fortune 500 companies included orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. Exxon Mobil Corp. is extending benefits to same-sex spouses of U.S. employees, following the June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which led to changes by the Internal Revenue Service and

Valero Launches Sweepstakes

Grand prize is a chance to win up to five years of free gas at the Valero Alamo Bowl. Customers at Valero-branded stores in the U.S. will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a trip for two with VIP access to the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, as part of a sweepstakes

Rocky Top Acquisition Details

CSD speaks with Steve Kirkham, owner of Rocky Top Markets about the recent acquisition. Lehigh Gas Partners LP completed the acquisition of Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC in Knoxville, Tenn. last week for $36.9 million. Lehigh Gas Partners paid $10.6 million at closing for the purchase of one fee property site,

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