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Roo Cup Campaign Recognized

Public relations agency wins Best in Show for the second year in a row with Kangaroo Express Roo Cup campaign. Largemouth Communications, a full-service public relations firm based in Raleigh-Durham, earned “Best in Show” for the second year in a row—this year for its creativity and meaningful client results around the Kangaroo Express Roo Cup


Susser Holdings Completes Refinancing of Senior Notes

Susser Holdings Corp. has completed the refinancing of $425 million of 8.5% senior notes due 2016 using approximately $235 million of capacity under its recently expanded $500 million revolving credit facility, along with available cash. The notes were called at a price of 104.25%. Including the $18.1 million call premium and approximately $4 million of


Hess, Elliott Reach Agreement

Three Elliott Capital Management nominees to join Hess board, while Hess splits roles of chairman and CEO. Hess and Elliott Capital Management have reportedly reached an agreement that gives board seats to three nominees by the activist hedge fund, News & Observer Online reported. Hess Corp. on Thursday reported that in return for the addition

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TravelCenters of America Opens New TA Travel Center

New  Mocksville, N.C. site includes a sit down restaurant and a fully-stocked travel store, among other features. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA travel center, located at I-40, Exit 170 (1670 U.S. Hwy 601 North)


Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $1 Million On Gas

SmartPay Check-Link payment program celebrates savings milestone just four months after launch. Cumberland Farms has announced that its customers have saved $1 million on gas since the launch of its free SmartPay Check-Link payment program in January. The program lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phones or with a payment


Shell Expands WINsdays

Shell $aver cardholders can save on fuel if Helio Castroneves pilots No. 3 Car to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500. Shell is extending its WINsday promotion into the world of IndyCar for the Indianapolis 500. If Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves notches a win during the historic IZOD IndyCar Series race, current Shell $aver


Gabe Olives Joins Rutter’s Farm Stores

Olives to serve as director of fuels, a newly created position at Rutter’s. Convenience store industry veteran Gabe Olives has joined Rutter’s Farm Stores as director of fuels. Olives has extensive experience in the c-store industry, more than 25 years with Turkey Hill Minit Markets, and will bring his expertise in strategic planning, project management,


CITGO Marketers Partner With Eight Mile Boulevard Association

The 17th annual “Clean the D” event drives community clean-up effort. On Saturday, May 4, CITGO and five of its local Detroit Marketers teamed up with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), the Miss Michigan Organization and 450 community volunteers to beautify the Eight Mile corridor in Detroit. Now in its 17th year, volunteers tackled


Getty Realty Corp. Acquires 36 Properties

Buys Northeast and Mid-Atlantic locations for $72.5 Million. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 36 properties located in the metro New York and Washington, D.C. Beltway regions for approximately $72.5 million in two sale/leaseback transactions with Capitol Petroleum Group LLC. The acquisition includes 16 Mobil branded properties in metro New York, and 13 Exxon and seven


Petrowski Named One of Nation’s Top CEOs

“I am honored to receive this recognition from ExecRank as one of the nation’s top private company CEOs,” says Petrowski. Joe Petrowski, CEO of The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been selected by ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives, as one of the nation’s “Top Private Company CEOs” for 2012. The rankings are the


Thorntons Relaunches Gas Price Alert Text Program

Mobile text program joins forces with GasBuddy. Thorntons Inc. has relaunched its Gas Price Alert text program with new and improved features hosted by GasBuddy and powered by OpenSource software. The program now has new and expanded market coverage for the chain’s Midwestern and Southeastern customer base. The simple-to-use program requires a one-time participant text


Corner Store Raises $2.3 Million For MDA

Shamrocks program helps fund MSA research. CST Brands Inc.’s U.S. Corner Store Team Members and customers came through in a big way for an important cause, raising more than $2.3 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Shamrocks program. The popular fundraiser helps support MDA’s worldwide research programs, MDA clinics and MDA families with muscle diseases.


Rutter’s Golf Outing Raises Over $110,000

Local charities benefit from donations. Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised more than $110,000 for central Pennsylvania charities at its 11th annual golf outing, the company announced. Since its beginning in 2002, the two-day outing has raised over $1 million for children’s charities in central Pennsylvania.  The Make-a-Wish Foundation of greater Pennsylvania, the Chambersburg Hospital, and York


BP Cherry Point Refinery Adds Diesel, Hydrogen Units

Project positions Cherry Point for future opportunities. BP has announced the successful commissioning of a state-of-the-art diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plant at its 234,000 barrel per day Cherry Point Refinery located in Blaine, Wash. “BP is committed to safe operations and providing consumers in the Northwest with cleaner fuels,” said Jeff Pitzer, BP’s Northwest fuels


MACS Appoints Salaria As Senior Vice President of Merchandising

Salaria joins MACS from Giant Eagle. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has announced the appointment of Liza Salaria as senior vice president of merchandising. In this role, Salaria will be responsible for leading merchandising and marketing strategy to achieve sales and gross profit goals. Salaria joins MACS from Giant Eagle, where she served as senior director

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Parker Featured As Georgia Trend “Power Player”

Article notes Parker’s Convenience Stores offer style in addition to substance. Greg Parker, the president and CEO of Parker’s, is featured in a “Power Players” profile in the May 2013 issue of Georgia Trend. An award-winning industry leader, Parker has influenced the convenience store industry with his emphasis on loyalty, spirit of innovation, love of


Core-Mark Announces Q1 2013 Financial Results

Non-cigarette margins improved by more than 30 basis points, results show. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. “I am encouraged to see healthy growth in our non-cigarette sales and robust


Guion Joins The Pantry Board

“Her knowledge and expertise will be a great addition to our board of directors,” says BOD chairman.  The Pantry Inc.  has announced that Kathleen Guion has joined the company’s board of directors effective May 3, 2013.   “We are very excited to have Kathleen Guion join our board of directors,” said the chairman of The


C-Store Hosts Fueling Good Road Trip Stop

Community event to benefit local non-profits and offer customer giveaways. The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip is stopping at the Food Bag CITGO Quik Mart at 1289 Farmington Ave. on May 8 for the ultimate Fueling Good experience. From noon – 4 p.m. EST, customers will receive free coffee from New England Coffee Co. and

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Future Forces, Top Retail Trends To Highlight C-Metrics Outlook Forum

Skrovan speaks on changes impacting go-to-market retail strategies. A developing retail shift that requires business strategy changes by all supply chain partners will be the focus of the keynote address at the AWMA C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum, to be held June 24-25 in New Orleans. Speaking on Tuesday, June 25 will be Sandy Skrovan,


Remington Oil Signs With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to bolster VP brand presence in northern Wisconsin, Michigan.   VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced Remington Oil Co. Inc. has signed on as its newest retail brand partner, building on its four-year relationship as a distributor of VP’s race fuels. As a supplier to 10 company-operated retail locations and 50+ independent locations, Remington will

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MAPCO Suffers Data Breach

The incident involves credit/debit card payments for transactions at MAPCO locations between March 19-25, April 14-15 and April 20-21. Convenience store operator MAPCO Express Inc. has experienced a security breach by third-party hackers that may have compromised the credit/debit card information of certain MAPCO customers. MAPCO operates convenience stores in Tennessee, northern and central Alabama,


Parker’s Voted Best Convenience Store

Sweeps three additional categories in Savannah Morning News Reader’s Choice Awards. Parker’s recently swept four categories in the 2013 Savannah Morning News Reader’s Choice Awards. Voters honored Parker’s as Best Convenience Store and also gave the company top honors in the following categories: Best Wine Selection, Best Lunch Bargain and Best She Crab Soup. The


Chevron, Safeway Expand Loyalty Partnership

Grocery purchases lead to fuel discounts for customers in three new markets. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. To capture an increased number of fuel customers, Chevron and Safeway have expanded their joint loyalty program to Las Vegas, Northern California and Hawaii.  Customers in these regions can now earn gas rewards when they shop using their


The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know Now

Beginning in 2014, health insurance will be available to individuals and small businesses through state-run “exchanges.”  These will require insurance companies to compete for business in the marketplace. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Now is the time for employers to prepare to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration’s healthcare law