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,

Team Oil Participates In Bike Giveaway

Kids of all ages have the chance to win a new bike. Team Oil Travel Center has announced that its Spring Valley, Wis. Dam Days Bike give away was a big success. With the no admission, no charge and no fee event, kids of all ages had the opportunity to participate.  “Team Oil has participated

TravelCenters of America Introduces DIRECTV with NFL Sunday Ticket

TA and Petro Stopping Centers now offer drivers the chance to watch NFL games. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has expanded its full-service offering to professional drivers with the addition of DIRECTV service at nearly 200 TA and Petro locations. With DIRECTV, drivers can

Lehigh Gas Partners Finalizes Rocky Top Markets Acquisition

Rocky Top Owner is “confident that the Rocky Top brand will grow and prosper under Lehigh’s capable leadership.” Eight weeks after announcing that it entered into an asset purchase agreement with Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC, Lehigh Gas Partners LP  has completed all outstanding operational and regulatory hurdles, and has officially

New Petro Stopping Center Opens in California

The addition of a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurant is scheduled for the new location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has unveiled its newest Petro location at I-10, Exit 57 (4325 E. Guasti Rd.) in Ontario, Calif. This location was previously a TA travel center.

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Fastrac Customers Save $5 Million

New members in Fastrac’s loyalty program get double discounts for 60 days. Fastrac, a local upstate New York convenience store chain, announced today that its customers have saved more than $5 million dollars in fuel discounts. Motivated by the promise of savings at the pump, Fastrac customers have racked up over $5 million in discounts

Stripes’ March of Dimes Campaign Aims To Break $3 Million Mark

Partnership with March of Dimes has huge impact on moms and babies. Beginning Sept. 30, Stripes Convenience Stores will kick off its sixth annual March of Dimes cut-out campaign, encouraging its customers to make a small donation that will have a big impact. By donating at least $1 for a March of Dimes paper cut-out

Cumberland Gulf Group’s Petrowski Steps Down

Lily Bentas to serve as interim CEO. The Cumberland Gulf Group announced that, effective Oct. 1, Joe Petrowski will be stepping down as CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group and moving to a new role as a strategic advisor to management and the Board of Directors. As Petrowski steps down as CEO, Lily Bentas, chairman

Rogers Petroleum Sells 17 Stores To Lehigh Gas

The outcome of the sale “exceeded our expectations,” says chairman of Rogers Petroleum Inc. Matrix Capital Markets Group announced the sale of Rogers Petroleum Inc.’s 17 company-operated convenience stores to Lehigh Gas Partners LP and Lehigh Gas – Ohio LLC.  All of Rogers’ stores are located in the Tri-Cities region of eastern Tennessee and southwestern

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Seasonal Hiring Survey Predicts More Jobs Than Last Year

Increased hiring driven by strong sales forecast. It’s shaping up to be a happy holiday for job seekers looking for a seasonal job, according to the sixth-annual survey commissioned by Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers. The 2013 forecast indicates that more seasonal jobs should be available this year than

Swipe Fee Rules Remain Pending Appeal

Merchants can breathe a sigh of relief as the ruling means fees won’t skyrocket. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s rules for debit-card swipe fees are set to stay the same while the Fed appeals U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 ruling that the Fed didn’t have the authority to set a 21-cent cap on debit-card

Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises Nearly $2.7 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Fisher House Foundation and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc. announced its third annual summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million, bringing the total to $8.4 million raised over the past three summers. From Independence Day through Labor

Kum & Go Donates $15,000 to American Red Cross

Helps communities affected by Colorado flooding. Kum & Go is joining forces with the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in Colorado. The convenience retailer is making a $15,000 donation to help people and communities affected by the recent floods. In addition to the donation, Kum & Go is working hard to

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Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

7-Eleven franchisee Tom El-Dalati lost his flagship store in last year’s superstorm. One year later the struggle to rebuild his business continues . By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor. Nearly one year ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states leaving a stream of destruction and chaos for homes and businesses. Extreme winds, devastating

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Enmark Celebrates 50 Years

With a strong commitment to foodservice and customer service, the Savannah, Ga. convenience store chain is preparing to debut its larger-format prototype locations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Enmark Stations Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and preparing its business for the next 50, with new larger format stores, remodeled retail graphics and

Stripes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Presents donation to Texas Children’s Hospital Mobile Clinic. Stripes Convenience Stores have announced the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Spring, Texas. Stripes is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at noon on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 25510 Kuykendahl Spring, Texas. The grand opening celebration will be

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Nice N Easy Partners With Ronald McDonald House

“Some of our employees have had to utilize the House in the past, and we found it necessary to help in the building of the organization’s new home,” says Nice N Easy CEO. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has proudly partnered with the central New York (CNY) Ronald McDonald House. President and CEO John MacDougall

Dallas Drivers Turn Everyday Purchases into Fuel Savings at Shell

Now drivers can save every time they fill up at Shell with the Fuel Rewards Network Program in Dallas.            Now paying less for fuel is more than just a dream, it is a reality for Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) Members. Since the Fuel Rewards Network program launch in June 2012, drivers across the country have

Luke Smith, GPM Region Operations Manager; Amy Black, Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive with Martha Jefferson Hospital; Rob Bader, Jobber Sales Manager with BP Products North America Inc.

Everyday Shops and Cafes’ BP Sites Donate $12,500

Support community health through the BP Fueling Communities Program. Everyday Shops and Cafes, a convenience store chain owned and operated by GPM Investments, presented $12,500 in grants to Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation to support community health initiatives in Charlottesville, Va., thanks to the BP Fueling Communities Program. “It is our privilege to work with our

Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Aids Communities

Some $185,000 is donated to charities in the areas where E-Z Mart serves.   E-Z Mart Stores Inc. kicked off its 23rd Annual Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 16, 2013 at the Texarkana Country Club.  Approximately $185,000 was raised from the one day event. The tournament had 240 players take part in

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NAG Conference Wraps Up In Music City

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, ended Tuesday with a golf outing at Hillwood Country Club. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the morning sessions included a

IRI Research Examines How Americans Eat

Consumers who eat on the run represent $90 billion market. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) recently conducted extensive research into the daily eating habits of Americans and found that the age-old image of a family seated around the dining room table enjoying a home-cooked meal is falling by the wayside. While 79% of Americans are planners

Sunoco Relamps High-Rise Signage

Partners with Action Services Group. Sunoco Inc. has partnered with Action Services Group, which will provide sign relamping services, plus location asset-survey services, for their retail high-rise signs across specified locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The retail high-rise signs, ranging in height from 35-to-70 feet, will have all lamps and

Kangaroo Express Hosts Roo Run 5K At Jacksonville Zoo

Funds will help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Pantry Inc. is hosting a Roo Run 5K race through the Jacksonville Zoo to raise funds for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their

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