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Zarco 66 takes its convenience stores to the next level with technological advancements and a topnotch foodservice program.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels doesn’t consider itself just a typical convenience store chain. In today’s hypercompetitive retail environment, it has to be much more.“We’re not in the c-store business anymore, we’re

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Tedeschi Completes Four Store Remodels

Convenience stores in Wareham, Revere, Lynn and Brighton, Mass. get facelifts. With new ceramic tile floors, modern lighting, fresh cases and more, four more Tedeschi Food Shops stores have been recently renovated in Wareham, Revere, Lynn and Brighton, Mass. The newly upgraded stores now feature an extensive selection of fresh salads, unique sandwiches, hearty subs,

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VPS Acquires 17 BreadBox Stores

“We are excited to expand our presence into middle Tennessee,” says VPS Chairman and CEO. VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., has acquired the 17 store BreadBox group located in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area.  With this acquisition, VPS now operates 435 stores in eight states, including 34 locations in

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7-Eleven Debuts Soda Shaq

Named for Shaquille O’Neal, the new cream soda line is set to be a big hit with customers. One of pro-basketball’s biggest stars (literally and otherwise) Shaquille O’Neal is getting his own soda namesake: Soda Shaq. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced the national rollout of AriZona Beverages’ new, all-natural line of cream sodas, now chilling at

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Phillips 66 Partners With Convenience Store Alliance

“With our CSA relationship, we look forward to offering independent convenience store operators across the nation access to reduced costs on products and services, says Phillips 66 spokesperson. Phillips 66, which owns leading gas station brands Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco, announced the company’s new business relationship with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), introducing a new

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Storm Proof Your Fuel Operations

 Hurricane preparedness in five easy steps.  By  Ryan Mossman, vice president and general manager of FuelQuest’s Fuel Services. Earlier this year, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center announced an “above average” hurricane season for 2013. Eighteen tropical storms, nine of which will be hurricanes, are on the horizon.  Even more concerning, there is a 72%

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Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet Honored With TripAdvisor

“We’re delighted to be recognized by our loyal customers for the quality of our prepared foods at Parker’s Market,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet, the nationally-recognized Parker’s convenience store company’s flagship location, was recently honored by TripAdvisor with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses ranking

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7-Eleven Sues New York C-Store Owner

Franchisee accused of siphoning money and having employees wrongly enter product costs. 7-Eleven filed a lawsuit Friday against the franchisee of five Long Island, N.Y. stores, claiming he siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars for at least four years, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company is seeking $1 million in damages, and also terminated

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Kum & Go Celebrates 50th Store Opening in Colorado

New store in Colorado Springs focuses on fresh food, expanded offerings and sustainable practices. Kum & Go, L.C. is celebrating a milestone with the opening of its 50th store in Colorado. The new store opened its doors to the public on  June 21, and is located at 6735 N. Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs. The

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7-Eleven Conducts I-9 Review

Following federal investigation, 7-Eleven cracks down on franchises. After nine 7-Eleven franchisees and store managers were indicted this week on charges of harboring illegal aliens, wire fraud and identity theft, 7-Eleven is conducting its own internal review. 7-Eleven sent a letter to 5,000 franchisees Thursday informing its franchisees of upcoming internal reviews. The letter was

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Murphy Oil Announces BOD For Murphy USA

R. Madison Murphy set to act as chairman of the Board of Murphy USA Inc. Murphy Oil Corp. 10 directors who are expected to serve on the Board for Murphy USA Inc., after completion of a spin off later this year. Murphy USA Inc., currently a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corp., will become a stand-alone

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Kass Joins CHS As Digital Strategy Leader

“We are excited that Tammie has joined our team to take our digital presence to the next level,” says CHS spokesperson. Tamara (“Tammie”) Freund Kass, an experienced agricultural communicator and leader, has joined CHS Inc. as its digital strategy leader. CHS is a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. The company

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Delek US Holdings Declares Cash Dividend

Special cash dividend of $0.10 per share available July 30. Delek US Holdings Inc. announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.10 per share. Shareholders of record on July 9, 2013 will receive the special cash dividend payable on July 30, 2013. “We are pleased to announce our second special

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Federal Raid On 7-Eleven Franchises Continues

7-Eleven takes over two more Virginia franchises after federal inquiry. 7-Eleven Inc. has reclaimed the operations of two more Hampton Roads franchises, in Virginia Beach and Newport News, Va., after a federal inquiry into the illegal hiring of immigrant employees by franchise owners in New York and Virginia, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. “7-Eleven Inc.

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Breaking News: Kum & Go Co-Founder William Krause Passes Away

Under Krause’s leadership, Krause Gentle Corp. was Convenience Store Decisions’ 1998 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. William Krause, a West Des Moines, Iowa entrepreneur who built Kum & Go, the nation’s fifth largest privately held convenience store chain, died today at 78. Krause passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family after

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Three More Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty To Fraud

As the federal investigation continues, a total of five employees have now accepted plea deals. Three more Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty on Tuesday of being part of a  scheme to defraud trucking companies out of rebates, USA Today reported. The three employees included a sales manager who helped set up a training session

Tesoro Sells Hawaii Refinery

Par Petroleum to take the reigns as deal is expected to close in third quarter.   Par Petroleum Corp. is set to acquire San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery, the San Antonio Express-News reported. According to the deal, Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay Tesoro $75 million, plus working capital of

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Atlas Oil Acquires Hadi Group Assets

“Our goal is to help our newest customers rebuild their business,” says Atlas CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has purchased substantially all of the Assets of the Hadi Group Distributors Inc., Hadi Petroleum Transporter Inc., C & H Land Co. LLC, Fordson Consumer Center Inc. and A & G Land Co. LLC (The Hadi Cos). Atlas

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United Supermarkets Cuts Ribbon On New Convenience Store

New Borger, Texas-based United Express is company’s sixth c-store. A seventh location is set to open soon. United Supermarkets, LLC, opened its newest freestanding convenience store today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its United Express location in Borger, Texas. The 2,400 square-foot store is located southwest of the company’s United Supermarkets location, on Hwy. 136.

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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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