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Shell, TravelCenters of America Add LNG Fueling Centers

“TravelCenters of America is the ideal partner to help us bring this vision to life,” says Shell spokesperson. Shell and TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) have finalized an agreement to develop a U.S. nationwide network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling centers for heavy-duty road transport customers. The plan is to construct at least two

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QuickChek Donates To First Responders

Gives back to Sayreville, N.J. Fire Department by donating a portion of sales from a store that reopened following a strip mall fire. QuickChek Corp. will donate 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in its Main Street store to the Sayreville Fire Department following the fire-damaged convenience market’s re-opening Tuesday, April 14.

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FASTRAK Extends Partnership With VP Racing Fuels

“Since the inception of crate racing, racers have turned to VP fuels for superior power and consistency,” says VP spokesperson. The FASTRAK Racing Series announced that VP Racing Fuels will continue as Official Fuel of the FASTRAK Racing Series, including both the FASTRAK weekly series and touring series throughout the U.S. The agreement designates VP

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Cigar’s March Performance Points to Improving Conditions

Cigar growth at c-stores driven by pouches. Cigar dollar sales four weeks-ending March 29, 2015 posted a gain of 6.4%, increasing the average per store week sales to approximately $475. Retail units sold also advanced 7.6% versus last year based on the Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC). “The vast majority of the growth in Cigars came

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Retailers Applaud Advancement of House Cyber Security Bills

“Retailers have taken extraordinary steps in the past year to combat cybercrime and protect our customers from the impact of data breaches and other cyber-attacks,” says vice president for privacy and cybersecurity. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded House passage of two pieces of legislation designed to strengthen the ability of law enforcement and

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Kum & Go Celebrates 100th LEED Certified Store

New Iowa-based site marks company milestone. Kum & Go has secured its 100th LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its use of sustainable construction and design. The Urbandale, Iowa store, located at 11989 Hickman Road, achieved a LEED Silver certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a points‐based

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Love’s Opens First Location Along Interstate 49

New Neosho, Mo. location offers 24/7 service and a Truck Tire Care center. Drivers traveling the 300-mile stretch of Interstate 49 between Fort Smith, Ark., and Kansas City, Mo., can access parking and driver services at the new Love’s Travel Stop in Neosho, Mo. Love’s has opened its first location on Interstate 49, located at

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BUNN IoT Technology Receives Gold Award

2015 Connected World Awards honors BUNN. BUNN, a global manufacturer of dispensed beverage equipment, was honored with a Gold Award for Remote Equipment Management at the 2015 Connected World Awards for its partnership with Mesh Systems in the development of BUNNlink Wellness Program. “The 2015 Connected World Award winners are leveraging the ‘Internet of Things’

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Summer Hiring Survey Reveals Outlook for Summer Workers

Employers predict increase in total hires and wages from last summer encourage workers to start looking for jobs now. Snagajob has announced results from its 2015 Summer Hiring Survey of 1,000 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees this summer, including those in the retail, hospitality and foodservice industries. Combined, these industries make up 44% of

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McLane Launches Foodservice Solution

McLane Kitchen approaches foodservice from the consumer’s point of view. McLane Grocery Distribution, a business unit of McLane Co. Inc., launched the McLane Kitchen for its customers in the Convenience, Grocery, Drug and Mass Market channels. McLane Kitchen is a comprehensive, customizable solution to help generate optimum sales and profits in the rapidly growing, highly

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Wawa Celebrates 51 Years

Gives away 1.5 million cups of free coffee. Wawa Inc. announced that this year and all years to come, April 16 will be known as Wawa Day, honoring the most important date in the company’s history with a variety of exciting customer-focused celebrations and donations from the Wawa Foundation. On April 16, 1964, Wawa entered

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Pump Prices Rise With Crude Costs

Slow building supply sends crude prices up, as do concerns in the Middle East. The national average price of gas jumped seven cents per gallon over the past week due to sharply rising crude oil costs, AAA reported. Domestic crude oil prices last week hit the highest prices so far this year as supplies built

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Chevron and JPMorgan Chase Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Chevron offers its customers easy, secure and private payment processing through ChaseNet. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement with Chase Commerce Solutions, the global payment processing, merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to handle payment acceptance and processing at Chevron’s nearly 8,000 retail locations in the U.S. beginning later this year.

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Lower Gas Prices Lead Customers To Spend More On Groceries

Acosta Sales & Marketing’s New “The Why? Behind The Buy” Report Analyzes consumers’ grocery shopping decisions. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released the 11th edition of “The Why? Behind the Buy” report, which analyzes how Americans grocery shop and what drives consumers’ purchase decisions.

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Love’s Adds Location to Interstate 5

New California location features 86 truck parking spaces, seven showers and an expanded fountain drink selection. Professional drivers now have access to another Love’s Travel Stop location along Interstate 5 in California. The new Love’s in Lodi, located at Interstate 5 and State Route 12, is now open for business. The location marks the opening

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JET Chooses VP Racing Fuels

VP to provide on-site fuel service at Silverstone Classic. Leading UK fuel brand and official fuel partner of Silverstone Classic 2015, JET, has chosen VP Racing Fuels to provide on-site race fuel service for this year’s Silverstone Classic. This year’s event is scheduled for July 24-26 at Silverstone Circuit, site of the 2015 Formula 1

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Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays

Campaign to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing

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SOI Wraps Up In Chicago

Data shows economic climate in c-store industry is heating up and should continue for 2015. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience store industry revenue in 2014 topped $697 billion, bolstered in part by lower gas prices and demonstrating that c-store merchandising programs are resonating with customers. That was a major theme as the State of

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Healthier Food on Display at SOI

Whether they are young or old, health-conscious consumers mean opportunity for c-stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the hot topics at this year’s State of the Industry Summit, an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), is the increased emphasis on healthier food option in convenience stores. Sherry Frey,

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Convenience Stores See Strong Q1

Expect sales to heat up further in Q2. Convenience store sales were strong over the first quarter of 2015, despite harsh winter weather, and retailers are even more optimistic about second quarter sales, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Lower fuel prices, a

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NACS SOI Conference Kicks Off

David Nelson gives the economic outlook for 2015. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Steve Loehr, vice president operations support, Kwik Trip and NACS Chairman kicked off the 2015 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) event at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, April 15. This year, some

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C-Store Industry Records Record Sales

NACS indicates that lower gas prices provided an economic boost to in-store sales in 2014. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fueled by lower gas prices and more potent foodservice programs, the nation’s convenience store industry generated $697.5 billion in revenue last year, thanks to several strong product categories. Despite lower fuel sales, c-stores experienced record

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Reducing Turnover With Better Practices

From proactive interviewing to recruiting efforts and communicating with the team, Linda McKenna-Welch took SOI attendees through ways to cut turnover. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor During the Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions at the NACS State of The Industry (SOI) Summit, Linda McKenna-Welch, principal, Employee Performance Strategies, spoke with attendees about how to set goals

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YEO Roundtable Wraps Up In Valparaiso

A store, warehouse and bakery tour conclude the two-day event. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) second annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Family Express concluded Tuesday, April 14 in Valparaiso, Ind. During the two-day Roundtable, guests had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the operations of Family Express, a world-class convenience store

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Delek US To Acquire 48% Ownership Interest in Alon USA

Agreement to increase Delek US’ asset diversity and offers future growth opportunities. Delek US Holdings Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Alon Israel Oil Company Ltd. (“Alon Israel”) to acquire approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock

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