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Kroger,USO Honor Service Members

In time for USO’s 7oth anniversary lifting the morale of American troops, Kroger launches a fundraising campaign and donates $400,000 to the effort. The Kroger Co. and the USO are expanding their partnership with a new campaign to support men and women in the armed forces and their families. As part of the Daytona 500

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Kroger Mourns Death of Executive Vice President

Donald Becker leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what’s right for customers and associates, says CEO. Donald Becker, executive vice president of The Kroger Co., has passed away unexpectedly  in Cincinnati after suffering an aneurysm. He was 62 years old. “We are deeply saddened to lose Don, our dear friend and

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7-Eleven Acquires Illinois Tollway Oases Sites

“This acquisition gives our brand great visibility in Chicagoland,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven is taking over the remaining 17 years of a lease agreement for  ExxonMobil outlets located on seven Oases sites along the Illinois Tollway. The new agreement with 7-Eleven Inc. of Dallas includes maintenance and operations responsibilities for Mobil fuel stations at the

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Casey’s Acquires 11 Stores From NuWay

The acquisition “strengthens our existing market presence in southern Minnesota,” says Casey’s president and CEO. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 11 convenience stores from NuWay Cooperative of Trimont, Minn. All of the stores are located in Minnesota operating under the NuMart banner and will be immediately

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NOCO Donates $8,835 To Food Bank

For every dollar NOCO raised, the Food Bank was able to provide seven pounds of food for the hungry. To help fight hunger in Western New York, NOCO Express Stores recently donated $8,835 to the Food Bank of Western New York. NOCO donated ten cents from the sale of every cup of Nickel City Roast

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David Yale Joins Just Born

Yale’s “spectrum of experience will be invaluable to Just Born’s long-standing history of continued growth,” says Co-CEO. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS, HOT TAMALES, MIKE AND IKE and PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies, welcomes David Yale, who has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. In this role, Yale is expected to work

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Chandler Oil Gets an Upscale Facelift

David Miller renovates his flagship Chevron store in 45 days. He is expecting a 20% sales lift from his investment. When David Miller, president of Chandler Oil Chevron, decided to remodel his 3,000–square-foot Chandler, Ariz., store last year, he knew it was crucial to his customers, as well as to his business, that he keep

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Rutter’s To Award 1,000 Prizes Monthly

In addition to cents-off-per-gallon savings, Rutter’s customers gain sweepstakes entry by using their rewards card. Rutter’s customers have saved money on millions of gallons of gasoline using the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty program. Now Rutter’s Rewards has introduced the latest way to earn benefits with the “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes,” which will award more than

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Kum & Go Acquires Two JC’s Corner Stores

Renovated stores reopen Sat., Feb. 12, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. Kum & Go has acquired two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa, which were renovated and reopened on Feb. 12, under the Kum & Go brand. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause noted that it was extremely important to Kum &

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NAG Scholarship Enrollment is Open

As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits and relationships. This group meets once a year to share best business practices, operational improvements and revenue-generating

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Rite Aid Raises $4.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

In 2010, $1 paper Miracle Balloons were sold in Rite Aid stores nationally, with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Drugstore chain Rite Aid has raised $4.9 million in 2010 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised by Rite Aid funds life-saving medical care, research, education and outreach programs at 117 Children’s Miracle

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Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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The Pantry Reports Losses

The Pantry rolls out a new coffee program, more fresh food options and a new look for stores to help offset lower profit margins on fuel. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced a loss of $12.2 million, or 54 cents per share, in its first quarter ended Dec. 30, the News and Observer reported. Last

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Sheetz Enters Star City, W.Va.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” the Star City Mayor says of the new c-store. Sheetz Inc. has the all-clear from the city council of Star City, W.Va., to move forward with plans to build a new Sheetz convenience store on the corner of Monongahela Boulevard and Boyers Avenue—less than a quarter of

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“Casey’s Madness” Social Media Campaign Debuts

Digital marketing promotion aims to boost online community for the Midwestern c-store chain. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Store has launched “Casey’s Madness,” a social marketing campaign focused on growing the brand’s online presence by engaging customers through social media channels. The campaign is a competitive contest built around creative user generated content submitted through social networks

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Consumer Credit Confidence Bounces Back

First Data’s SpendTrend analysis shows transaction growth on credit cards hit a 13-month high in January. First Data Corp., a global provider in electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of January 2011 compared to January 2010. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit,

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NATSO Elects 2011 Chairman

Robert Berkstresser succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the NATSO board of directors. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has named Robert Berkstresser, owner of Lee Hi Travel Plaza and White’s Travel Center, as its 2011-2012 chairman of the board. Berkstresser, who succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the board, has

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Mid-Atlantic Announces New Leadership Team

Five new members bring business experience that will be an asset the chain, says CEO. 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 five new members to its Leadership Team: Jim Summers, president and chief operating

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Speedway Raises $5.6 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Donation amount marks new fundraising record for Speedway. As a result of its 2010 fundraising campaign, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (Speedway) has donated $5.6 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. This represents a new record in giving for Speedway employees, customers and vendor partners. Additionally, 2010 marks

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Jewel-Osco Partners With AHA for Heart Month

Store activities in February support ‘Go Red For Women’ campaign. JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness and funds for the AHA’s “Go Red For Women” campaign against heart disease, the leading cause of death for American women. In February, which is also American

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Irving Oil Station Opens in Meriden, Conn.

As Irving Oil expands across the Northeast, it continues to seek partnerships with local retail operators. The recently opened a new Irving Oil service station at 978 Broad Street in Meriden, Conn., expanding the regional brand to the community. “We have always admired the Irving brand,” said Omar Hamideh. “We knew that if we ever

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Improving Business-For-Sale Conditions

The nation’s business brokers closed more business-for-sale transactions in 2010 than in 2009, according to BizBuySell.com The number of closed business-for-sale transactions in the U.S., as reported by business brokers, grew 3% in 2010, according to the recent BizBuySell.com Insight Report. “Spurred on by a strong showing in the fourth quarter, the business-for-sale market showed

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Nice N Easy Store Approved For Canton, N.Y.

New c-store plans to feature prepared foods and operate 24 hours per day. After an almost year-long battle, Valentine Stores has won approval via a 4-1 vote by the Village Board of Trustees to build a Nice N Easy c-store on a former Main Street Mobil lot in Canton, N.Y., the Daily Courier-Observer. At 5,500

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MotoMart Acquires Two QuikTrip Stores

“Those two stores no longer suited our long-term needs,” QuikTrip Spokesperson says. QuikTrip stores in O’Fallon, Ill., and Cahokia, Ill.,  are set to be converted to MotoMart gas stations and convenience stores, which are owned by Belleville, Ill.-based FKG Oil Co., the Belleville News-Democrat reported. QuikTrip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh told the Belleville News-Democrat that while

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Gulf Oil Rolls Out eFreeze Trivia Game

Customers who opt to receive email blasts gain chances to win gas cards and other prizes. Gulf Oil is reaching customers via email, by encouraging them to sign up to receive eBlasts and participate in its new eFreeze Trivia Game for chances to win prizes. Through its eBlasts, Gulf keeps customers updated on its latest

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