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What Does the SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling Mean For C-stores?

A core piece of the Affordable Care Act—subsidies—have been upheld by the Supreme Court, which failed to upend the law with its ruling as many had hoped. In a ruling brought down June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 6-3 decision upheld one of the central parts of President Barack

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Cumberland Farms Youth Scholarship Program Surpasses $1 Million Mark

Cumberland Farms awards 130 worthy students scholarships to attend college for the ninth year in a row, bringing total giving to over $1 million. Nine years after Cumberland Farms began its impactful Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, it has now provided more than $1 million in financial assistance to over 1,000 bright, young individuals. On

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Enmarket Raises Over 90K to Support Light The Night Walk

Generous customers help enmarket raise thousands for a worthy cause. Thanks to the enormous generosity of its customers, enmarket was able to raise $90,234 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. Throughout the month of May, enmarket’s 63 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina raised money to support the LLS mission to cure

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MFA Oil Co. Charity Golf Outing Raises $76,000

First annual charity event attracts generous guests to support Operation Homefront. Through its first Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert, MFA Oil Co. has raised over $76,000 to support Operation Homefront. This farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, Mo. held its first annual charity event on June 1 at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia,

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NATSO Opposes Tolling of Existing Interstates

NATSO has mixed feelings about the Senate proposed highway plan. Members of a Senate committee have taken the first steps towards a long-term plan for our nation’s highways, and NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, has commended their efforts; however they have also raised some concerns about the plan. A provision in the

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Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice Join Forces

A successful trial store leads Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice to strike a partnership. Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are joining forces and opening nine co-branded stores. This union will allow guests to purchase Bruegger’s authentic New York-style bagels and Jamba Juice’s better-for-you specialty beverages at one convenient location. These new stores will soon be opening

Drive-Through: The Future of Convenience?

A demand for efficiency calls for innovation and Farm Stores is rising to the challenge. Farm Stores is partnering with SG Blocks to roll out a new and innovative store design. Today’s consumers demand efficiency and that is exactly what Farm Stores and SG Blocks are going to give them. A new drive-through store design

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QuikTrip Makes the Cut for the 100 Best Places to Work

What makes a business one of the best workplaces for Millennials? When looking at a list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, one would expect to find places like Google and other IT firms, but the 2015 list of these top 100 workplaces included a convenience store. QuikTrip Corp., a privately-owned convenience store made the

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7-Eleven Wins Trademark Battle

New Salem convenience store infringes upon 7-Eleven trademark, and 7-Eleven fights back. Less than a month after pressing charges against a New Salem food mart, 7-Eleven has won the battle over trademark infringement. On Monday, June 22, 2015, Judge John Jones III ruled that the Super 7 Food Mart’s signage was too similar to that

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The Confederate Flag is Coming Down

In order to avoid offending customers, businesses decide to remove Confederate flag merchandise. After the longstanding debate over the message sent by displaying the Confederate flag, Walmart Super Store and Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Sears and Kmart, have announced that they will no longer offer the Confederate flag for sale. Not only will these stores

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Loss Prevention and IT Are Not Seeing Eye to Eye

A disconnect between IT and LP may pose a problem in store security. A study performed by the IHL Group, “The Great Disconnect Between LP and IT,” illustrates the differences between how LP (Loss Prevention) and IT teams prioritize. The research identifies the differing priorities, as well as the obstacles that must be overcome in

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Starbucks Shuts Down La Boulange

In a surprising move, Starbucks to close La Boulange but continue using the recipes at its Starbucks locations. Just three years after purchasing La Boulange, Starbucks has decided to close down all of the pastry shop locations, according to a report by Business Insider. The announcement of the closures came as a shock to some,

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Gulf Brand Reemerges in Canada

Nostalgia and brand recognition are expected to help drive sales, as Gulf returns to Canada after 30 years. After a 30-year absence, Gulf, an iconic fuel brand, is returning to Canada, according to a report by Globe and Mail. As a part of a multi-million dollar deal in 1985, Gulf was taken over by Petro-Canada,

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Mondelēz International Collaborates with Facebook to Drive Sales

Facebook partnership drives sales through creative video marketing. Mondelēz International today, June 23, 2015, announced that it has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook, the world’s largest discovery platform, with a focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to

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American Express Loses Antitrust Lawsuit

American Express restrictions to be lifted, merchants may take advantage of newfound flexibility Credit card giant American Express has been ordered by a federal judge to cease restrictions on businesses that accept its cards. The judge ruled such restrictions were anti-competitve, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. American Express, holds a larger

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McDonald’s To Close 350 Locations

McDonald’s CEO announces new plan focused on consumer needs as the company shutters a number of locations. McDonald’s announced plans to close some 350 restaurants in the U.S., while adding only 300 restaurants worldwide, marking the first time since 1970 that the quick-serve restaurant giant is adding fewer stores than it closed, according to a

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Will Gas Prices Start To Fall?

Pump prices have hit a 2015 high, but as supply grows and crude prices dip, gas prices may drop this summer. Last week, gas prices reached a new 2015 national average high of $2.80 per gallon and then dropped a penny to $2.79 per gallon. Despite the high for the year, drivers are still saving

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How To Keep Millennials in the Workplace

Millennial turnover costs convenience stores and other businesses billions, but a new survey suggests there may be ways to prevent it. Millennials (“Generation Y” ages 15-35) are now being called the “turnover generation,” because over the expanse of their careers they will hold 15-16 jobs. This turnover rate is costing businesses, like convenience stores, billions of dollars.

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C-store Chain Parker’s Donates to Area Schools

Parker’s presents $5,000 check to Bulloch County Schools, as part of the Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Bulloch County Schools at its board of education meeting in Statesboro, Ga., on June 11. The donation was part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools. “I

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Jon Bratta Joins Core-Mark As Vice President of Marketing

The Pantry’s former vice president of fresh foods finds a new home at Core-Mark. Core-Mark is welcoming Jon Bratta to its executive team as vice president of marketing. Bratta will work from Core-Mark’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. and report to Chris Hobson, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role,

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Kum & Go Promotion Offers E85 for 85 Cents Per Gallon

Two Colorado convenience stores draw attention to the benefits of flex fuel. Kum & Go is enticing its customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado to try out E85 fuel with a special promotion at two local Kum & Go convenience stores. Kum & Go is hosting a series of promotions to draw attention

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CITGO Fuels United Relay Across America

CITGO to cover fuel costs for 36 support vehicles as Special Olympics athletes carry a torch throughout the U.S. to build excitement for the Summer World Games. As the official fuel sponsor of the United Relay Across America, CITGO Petroleum Corp. employees, friends and family are joining members of the Special Olympics community in Chicago

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Are Millennials Experiencing ‘Digital Overload’?

The ‘always on’ generation might need a break from ongoing mass marketing email communications. Millennials are the generation that is most likely (44% more likely) to permanently disengage with brands if they receive too many generic mass emails, according to a new study by Aimia Institute, a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics. The

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Mobile Aids Millennial Parents In Shopping

Survey shows the different ways Millennial moms and dads use mobile while shopping. A recently commissioned study by Retale showed the differences in mobile shopping habits between Millennial moms and Millennial dads. More than 500 Millennial adult men and women (18-34 years old) across the U.S. were polled for the study. Some 85% of all

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Former Pantry VP Joins Brookwood

Brookwood welcomes Brian Trout as SVP operations for BW Gas & Convenience. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a real estate investment and asset management company, has welcomed Brian Trout to the firm as a senior vice president of operations for BW Gas & Convenience LLC. BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliated Brookwood entity that was

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