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Fresh & Easy Enters Bay Area

“Today marks another significant step for our business and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Fresh & Easy CEO. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason was joined on March 2 by San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, civic and neighborhood leaders and hundreds of customers to celebrate the opening of Fresh & Easy’s

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Wilson Farms’ Launches Fifth Annual Paper Balloon Campaign

Proceeds from $1 paper balloon purchases to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Buffalo, N.Y. –based Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food Stores is once again launching its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo beginning Wednesday, March 9. Customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper

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Thorntons Kicks Off Basketball Bracket Challenge

March Madness is here, and basketball fans can enter Thorntons free online sweepstakes beginning Sunday, March 13 for a chance to win free gas for a year. Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever ‘Basketball Bracket Challenge’ sweepstakes where customers can score big time by winning free gasoline for one year. Sweeps players fill in the

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BP’s ampm Teams With Big West Basketball Tournament

“What could be more fitting for a brand that delivers ‘Too much good stuff’ than a tie-in program with college basketball’s most exciting time of the year,” says ampm president. As title sponsor of the 2011 Big West Tournament, BP’s ampm convenience store brand is focused on ensuring that students, alumni and fans of Big

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Hunt Brothers Rewards Nashville Predator Fans

Hockey promotion trades free pizza for ticket stubs. Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Nashville Predators are offering an exclusive pizza promotion to Nashville Predators fans. As the Official Pizza of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Hunt Brothers Pizza is encouraging hockey fans to redeem their ticket stubs at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza store locations

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Spinx Plans New $3 million Store

“We’re trying to get at least two new stores built before the end of the year,” says Spinx construction superintendent. Spinx Co. plans to construct an estimated $3 million convenience store in Greer, S.C., featuring energy efficient technology and space for future commercial development, Greenville Online reported. The site is planned for 1467 S. State

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Managing Word-of-Mouth About Your Brand

One-fourth of U.S. consumers admit they’re more likely to tell others about a bad experience than a good one. Consumers have sounded a clear warning to brands in COLLOQUY’s latest research into the word-of-mouth (WOM) sharing practices of U.S. households: Bad news travels fast. Of 3,295 U.S. consumers surveyed by COLLOQUY, a provider of loyalty

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Casey’s Reports Q3 Results

Q3 earnings were impacted by compressed margins due to a competitive cigarette environment, rising commodity costs and increased operating expenses related to store openings. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported $0.34 in basic earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Jan. 31, 2011, compared to $0.34 for the same quarter a

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JDRF to Honor Wawa at 2011 Promise Ball

“JDRF is the leader in funding type one diabetes research, and Wawa stands behind its mission to find a cure,” says Wawa president. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter has announced and Wawa as the 2011 Honoree for its annual black-tie gala, the Promise Ball, themed “Keeping the Promise.” The Promise Ball

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Great America Bake Sale Kicks Off

Share Our Strength launches annual Great American Bake Sale and Schedules National Challenge for May 13-15, 2011. Share Our Strength has announced its eighth annual Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar and Duncan Hines, which officially kicked off nationwide on March 1, 2011. Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign

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Casey’s to Acquire Five QuikTrip Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire five convenience stores from QuikTrip Corp. The five stores are located in the Springfield, Mo., metropolitan area operating under the QuikTrip banner. The stores are expected to immediately rebranded to Casey’s once the transaction is completed. “Springfield has been a great market for

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Lukoil Transfers Ownership of Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc.

On March 1, 2011 Getty Realty Corp. was informed by management of Lukoil North America LLC that Lukoil transferred its interest in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Marketing), Getty Realty’s largest tenant, to an unrelated party on Feb. 28, 2011. Getty Realty has commenced a preliminary dialogue with the new management of Marketing.

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Driving New Business in a Recession

Collecting customer data, using anonymous surveys and flawless execution can all be effective in attracting repeat customers. By John Lofstock, Editor. Downward slanting sales, a depleted customer base, constant stress, worry and handwringing…if these symptoms are all too familiar, then it’s likely your store is suffering from “recessionitis,” a disease plaguing many good-intentioned retailers. Fortunately,

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Fresh & Easy Continues Expansion

Ninth new store opens in Southern California, as Fresh & Easy plans for Northern California store openings this week. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has opened its eighth and ninth stores of 2011 in the Southern California communities of San Dimas and Camarillo last week, and is scheduled to open its first stores in Northern

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Kum & Go CEO Honored

Kyle and Sharon Krause are named Iowa Star Award recipients for philanthropic work. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause, along with his wife, Sharon, recently were honored with The Des Moines Register’s “2010 Iowa Star Award.” This prestigious award recognizes central Iowans who have given back to the community and made an extraordinary

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Thorntons Launches ‘Gas Price Text Alerts’

New text message program from Thorntons helps customers save on gas. Thorntons Inc. is helping customers get a ‘jump on the pump’ before fuel prices change and giving them the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs, with the launch of a new text messaging program, Thorntons Gas Price Alerts. The

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Hutchens Petroleum Launches Tanker Truck Advertising

Images on tanker trucks promote “Fueling Your Life” and supporting the community. Fuel supplier Hutchens Petroleum has launched a new advertising campaign prominently displayed on its fleet of tanker trucks. The tankers are brightly wrapped with images of Hutchens Petroleum fueling the life of local communities from southern Virginia to the Piedmont Triangle of North

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MACS Announces Additions to Leadership Team

“Our business model and growth plans have enabled us to attract the very best talent in the c-store industry,” says MACS president. Richmond, Va.-based  Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has added three new members to its Leadership

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Effectively Managing the Supply Chain

Pressure to reduce costs means that wholesalers and distributors need to work with convenience store retailers to trim the fat from the industry’s distribution infrastructure. by, John Lofstock, Editor Cutting supply chain costs remains a challenge for convenience store chains large and small—one that, sooner or later, they must confront. Dealing with primary wholesalers, multiple

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Fresh & Easy Breaks Ground in South LA

Fresh & Easy aims to provide greater food access and healthier options to the communities where it operates, vice president says. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market broke ground on a new commercial office and retail center on the corner of Crenshaw & Jefferson Boulevards in South Los Angeles earlier this month. The 45,000-square-foot West Angeles

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Scoring Sales with Superior Sanitation

While a tidy restroom is crucial, c-store cleanliness starts with a well-kept forecourt, a quality store design and a dedicated staff that understands your expectations. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Think your c-store and restrooms are clean enough? You might want to triple check your sanitation standards, especially if your chain is pushing foodservice. According

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Quick Chek Opens New Monroe, N.Y., Store

A grand opening celebration is planned for March 7, when local representatives are expected to gather for a ribbon cutting. Quick Chek, with more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the New York metro area, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Monroe, N.Y. During the store’s first 13

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Golden Pantry Extends Partnership With Outsite Networks

Golden Rewards program allows customers to earn and redeem points at any Golden Pantry Food Store. Golden Pantry Food Stores Inc. of Bogart, Ga., has reached a multi-year extension with Outsite Networks to provide its Gold Plus Rewards program at all Gold Pantry locations. Golden Pantry Food Stores offers the loyalty program at 45 convenience

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees

“(We’re) looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team,” says Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts aims to increase its franchise locations in the U.S., and this week announced it is looking for franchisees in Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Eau Claire. Dunkin’

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Catering To An Older Demographic

C-stores would be wise not to overlook the older generation as an important target customer, especially those in the 50+ category who have grandchildren. The Nielsen Co. has reported new research/survey results, examining the sizeable and growing grandparent target audience, which c-store retailers should not overlook. —Currently there are nearly 70 million grandparents in the

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