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High’s Launches With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“OpenStore has allowed us to gain an overall greater and more loyal customer base than we have ever had,” says marketing coordinator. High’s of Baltimore operates 51 locations in Maryland under the name High’s of Baltimore. High’s has launched a new rewards program accompanied by a new branded Website with individual pages for each location,

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Deals Driving Smokeless Sales

Portion pouches and value pricing are injecting new energy into this core tobacco category. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention, smokeless tobacco sales are chugging along with brisk sales.Overall, smokeless sales jumped 6% to $4.93 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, according to SymphonyIRI

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Sheetz To Construct Distribution Center In Burlington, N.C.

Sheetz plans to open at least a dozen more centers in the state over the next few years. Sheetz Inc. has partnered with Samet Corp. on the construction of a 250,000 square-foot distribution and production facility in Burlington, N.C. Sheetz recently selected Samet as the contractor in charge of construction management for the $32.8 M

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2013 COLLOQUY Census Shows Loyalty Trends

Census shows 45% growth in drug store membership, but fuel and convenience membership fell. U.S. retailers—led by department, drug and specialty stores—have captured the spotlight in the 2013 COLLOQUY Loyalty Census. Department Stores achieved 70% growth in loyalty program memberships since the 2011 COLLOQUY Census, far surpassing the 26.7% rate of growth in loyalty programs

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Core-Mark to Give Webcast Presentation

Presentation from Oppenheimer 13th Annual Consumer Conference to be available online. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that it will Webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 beginning at 2:55 p.m.

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Retail Improvements with Help From Uncle Sam

The renewed American Taxpayer Act offers some key tax breaks to convenience store retailers through 2013. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor.The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” tax bill enacted last December, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, renewed important tax breaks used by some c-stores to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditures required to keep their business premises fresh and

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7-Eleven Sues Franchisee For Fraud

Franchise operators allegedly steal hundreds of thousands in unreported transactions. 7-Eleven and TSC Lending Group have sued 7-Eleven franchisee Balraj Chopra, his wife Neelam Chopra and Chopra Holdings Inc., for allegedly committing RICO fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition and trademark infringement, noted CourtHouse News Service. 7-Eleven sought $500,000 in damages through the lawsuit, as

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CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip To Visit C-Stop CITGO

Customer appreciation and literacy event to be held at local CITGO station in Plano, Ill. The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip is making a pit stop at the locally owned C-Stop CITGO station at 101 Waubonsee Drive in Plano, Ill. on Friday, June 14. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members are invited to

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Is Your Family Fit to Run the Family Business?

For most family businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Lois Lang, Contributing Editor.Family-owned businesses remain the backbone of the convenience store industry. Many chains have been successfully passed on from

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Fresh & Easy Acquisition Pending

Locations could be converted to the Wild Oats brand. Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy U.S. retail brand may soon be acquired. Multiple reports have shown billionaire investor Ron Burkle is in talks with Tesco regarding an acquisition. Burkle would use the locations to relaunch the Wild Oats brand. Jim Keyes, the former CEO of 7-Eleven

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VPS Hosts 30th Annual Auction And Golf Tourney

Fundraiser benefits Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, will host its 30th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council, on June 11-12, 2013. A dinner and auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort at

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TravelCenters Announces ‘Ultimate Platinum’ Rewards Level

Members can reach the UltraONE Platinum level by earning 20,000 points in any calendar year. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has added a new rewards level to its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program. The new ‘Ultimate Platinum’ level, the highest rewards level, rewards professional driver

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Nice N Easy Offers Summer Sweepstakes

Customers have the chance to win a new bike. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has announced the winner of its Ultimate Summer Grilling Sweepstakes: Kate Uriarte from Forestport, N.Y.  Uriarte won a prize pack from Bud Light Lime, including a combination charcoal/propane grill, smoker, thermoelectric cooler and patio set. The summer sweepstakes fun continues as

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ALON Brands Launches Clean 13

Program spurs consumer loyalty while helping community and inspiring store cleanliness among employees. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. ALON Brands is taking its Clean Team program to the next level with a new customer contest and car giveaways. “All major oil brands are pulling back and getting rid of retail locations and turning toward refining

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Cumberland Gulf Group Announces Health Care Reform Policy

“People First” strategy results in 1,500 additional employees gaining access to comprehensive health benefits. The Cumberland Gulf Group, which includes Cumberland Farms, the highly successful 600-unit convenience store chain, and Gulf Oil, the nation’s fastest growing branded marketer of energy products, announced today that as part of its ongoing initiative to be one of the

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Slidell Oil’s Purple Cow Stores Choose PriceAdvantage

Following 30-day trial, Purple Cow Convenience Stores roll out SMART Fuel Pricing. Slidell Oil has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their 20 Purple Cow convenience stores across the Gulf Coast. Slidell Oil was looking for an advanced pricing tool to aid them in the fuel pricing process by providing

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Visits and Spending at Convenience Stores Increase

NPD report finds rewards and loyalty programs are gaining traction among major oil chain shoppers. Consumers are finding value in convenience stores as evidenced by a modest 2% gain in consumer traffic, which led to an increase of nearly 6% in dollars compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to The NPD Group,

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Freshness, Quality Key to Attracting Foodservice Customers

Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this  important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some

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Spinx Introduces Mobile Shopping Technology

Partners with NCR. Spinx Co. is set to deploy NCR ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping technology to make fueling and shopping at the chain of convenience stores easier. Spinx, which operates stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, will roll out C-Go to 57 of its stores. C-Go is a mobile shopping app, which allows shoppers

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GPM Purchasing VPS’ Southeast Division

“We’re pleased that we have found a good home for our Southeastern division with GPM,” says VPS CEO. GPM Investments LLC (GPM), operator of Fas Mart/Shore Stop convenience stores, and VPS Convenience Store Group (VPS),  have entered into an agreement for the sale of VPS’s Southeast division to GPM. The VPS Southeast division consists of

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CST Brands Opens Largest Corner Store in Three Rivers

The 10,100 square-foot travel center is located in heart of Eagle Ford Shale. CST Brands hosted a grand opening today for its largest Corner Store to date and its 1,033 store in the U.S. network in Three Rivers, Texas, a bustling agricultural and oil field community in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. At

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A Cheer for Champs

Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.

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Plan to Stay Safe

Cash control programs and effective employee training will help minimize theft and ensure the well being of your employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping theft at bay has always been a major concern for c-store retailers. While technology has come to the rescue in the form of safe and cash-management systems, the best way

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Kum & Go Targets ‘Snaxperts’

Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better

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Corner Store Adds to Fresh Food Lineup

New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out

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