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The Pantry For Sale, Seeks Acquirer

Expected to announce bid winner within days. Convenience store chain The Pantry Inc. is reportedly up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper noted that the Cary, N.C. company, which does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, has a market value of $685 million, and using a typical takeover premium, an

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Charlotte Beers To Be 2015 AWMA Expo Women’s Leadership Speaker

“Charlotte Beers has combined her business insight with an innate Southern charm to become highly successful in the competitive world of advertising and marketing,” says AWMA President & CEO. Charlotte Beers, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and national advertising agency CEO, will address attendees at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast during

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NOCO Express Opens Grand Island C-store

Store includes U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt and convenient amenities. NOCO Express recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1898 Whitehaven Road in Grand Island, N.Y. The former 950-square-foot store has been replaced with a brand new 4,000-square-foot store to accommodate the needs of today’s on-the-go customers. Open 24 hours daily, the

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Thorntons Celebrates Dixie Highway Store Reopening

Donates to Kosair Charities. Thorntons recently held a ribbon cutting and check presentation Kosair Charities to celebrate the reopening of its newly renovated 4520 Dixie Highway location at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. Event attendees included: Tony Harris, president, Thorntons Inc., Scott Love, economic development manager, Louisville Metro Sherry Conner, mayor of Shively Randy Coe,

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7-Eleven Offers Gifts, Holiday Solutions

Whether it’s a last minute present or a missing ingredient, 7-Eleven is open and ready to aid customers over the holidays. The countdown is on to complete shopping before the Dec.25 holiday deadline, and with 6% of shoppers waiting until the last minute, 7‑Eleven stores are ready to meet the needs of these busy people.

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Hispanics’ Purchasing Power Growing

New report shows that Hispanics are responsible for $605 billion in annual U.S. spending. The Partnership for a New American Economy has issued a new report highlighting the important role that both native and foreign-born Hispanics play as consumers, purchasing goods and services that circulate money through the economy and help to grow and sustain

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Casey’s Altering Pizza Delivery, Announces Financial Results

Wells Fargo weighs in on Casey’s pizza plans and financial report. Casey’s General Stores has released its second quarter 2015 EPS (earnings per share) and also recently announced changes to its pizza delivery strategy. Casey’s reported diluted earnings per share of $1.28 for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ended Oct. 31, 2014, compared to

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Love’s Reveals Holiday Surprises

“We enjoy surprising drivers with our Christmas merchandise and giving them convenient access to popular items that will bring such happiness to the loved ones in their lives,” says Love’s founder and executive chairman. Surprise! That’s the emotion customers might feel when they step into a Love’s over the next few weeks. Love’s Travel Stops

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Rutter’s Employees Celebrate Record-Breaking Year

Rutter’s recognizes employees with honors. Rutter’s corporate employees, store employees and retirees donated $3,000 in toys and cash to local kids, and recognized several exceptional employees at the company’s annual banquet, bringing the company’s record-breaking year to a close. Each employee in attendance donated an unwrapped toy to the Mont Alto Fire Company and the

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Gulf Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel of World Racing League

WRL matches Gulf Racing Fuels to its endurance race cars. From the 27th annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Gulf Racing Fuels announced that the World Racing League (WRL), a nationwide, class-based endurance racing series, has selected Gulf Racing Fuels as the official fuel for its 2015 races. Gulf will provide track-side fuel

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CrossAmerica Partners LP Acquires Erickson Oil Products

“Along with our partners at CST, we expect to continue to grow the Erickson platform to further expand in the region,” says CEO of CrossAmerica Partners. CrossAmerica Partners LP is purchasing all the outstanding shares of Hudson, Wis.-based Erickson Oil Products Inc. and certain related assets for $85 million, subject to certain closing adjustments. Erickson

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Kangaroo Express Launches “Kash for Kids”

Third-annual in-store fundraiser benefits Junior Achievement programs in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Nashville, Huntsville and north Georgia areas. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it will invite customers in more than 100 Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout the Chattanooga, Cleveland, Nashville, Huntsville and north Georgia areas to participate in its third-annual “Kash for Kids” campaign

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Pilot Flying J Opens Three New Stores

New sites are located in Texas, Iowa and Florida. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of three new travel centers in the month of December in Texas, Iowa and Florida. “Pilot Flying J builds new travel centers at strategic locations across the country to better serve our customers,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam

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NAPA Myers Auto Parts Chooses Gulf Racing Fuels

Selects Gulf Racing Fuels because of the new EPA approved Gulf Off Road fuel. Gulf Racing Fuels are now distributed in five states by NAPA Myers Auto Parts of Williston, N.D. NAPA Myers Auto Parts is a full-service wholesale distributor and retailer of automotive parts and accessories. NAPA Myers Auto Parts now offers five and

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Corner Store Hosts 5K Country Run Series

Offers $1 million donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. CST Brands, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio, and parent company of Corner Store, has wrapped up its first-ever signature fundraising event, an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run. The Country Run raised a

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Wawa Adding Coca-Cola Freestyle in All Locations

Beginning now, and through the end of the year, all new Wawa stores and remodeled locations will include enhanced new self-service cold beverage areas and the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. Wawa Inc. plans to become the first national retailer in the convenience retail channel to offer Coca-Cola Freestyle chain-wide. Coca-Cola Freestyle is a touchscreen soda fountain

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U.S. Oil Widens Distribution and Supply Footprint

Acquires Noble Petro Terminals. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, Inc. has acquired six terminals from Houston-based Noble Petro Inc. The new terminals add 1.75 million barrels of additional capacity and expand U.S. Oil’s existing distribution network from 13 to 19 terminals in North America. The acquisition includes three

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VERC Enterprises Raises $5,979 For Breast Cancer Research

Participates in Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. VERC Enterprises, a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently partnered with Gulf and raised a total of $5,979 for breast cancer research during the Strides Against Breast Cancer five-mile walk, held Oct. 5 at the Hatch Shell in

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Jodi McMahon Joins Server Products

McMahon brings more than 20 years of quality manager/director experience. Server Products has hired Jodi McMahon as director of quality and business improvement. In the capacity of director of quality and business improvement, Jodi McMahon will lead Server’s continued initiative to maintain and improve quality and utilize best practices. McMahon is an accomplished quality management

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Gulf Oil Re-Launches Gulf Gift Cards

“We are very pleased to be providing a strong Gift Card Program to benefit our high quality network of over 2,500 branded Gulf stations across the country,” says Gulf Oil spokesperson. Gulf Oil LP has re-launched its very popular Gulf Gift Card for the 2014 holiday season as part of its ongoing commitment to helping

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Starbucks Details Five-Year Plan

Company forecasts continued strong growth and plans to launch mobile order and pay and delivery in the U.S. Starbucks Coffee Co. Chairman, President and CEO Howard Schultz and other company leaders will detail Starbucks five-year strategic growth plan at its biennial Investor Day, hosted at the company’s Support Center in Seattle for the first time

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McCormick Flavor Forecast Reveals Eight Flavor Trends for 2015

15th annual report highlights top tastes driving the future of flavor and menu innovation. McCormick & Co., a global leader in flavor, has released its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2015, highlighting eight enticing trends that will shape the future of flavor. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor innovation and exploration throughout the

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Tony Harris Named NAG Board Chairman

The president of Thorntons Inc. will succeed Mary Banmiller as chairman beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and oversee the association’s effort to support and engage small, mid-sized and family-owned convenience store businesses. As President of Thorntons Inc., Tony Harris leads one of the largest family-owned convenience store chains in the country. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the

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GPM Selling 16 Properties

Sealed bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest in 16 properties in a sealed bid sale. The properties are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale. Sealed bids are required to

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Corner Store Hosts Grand Opening

Debuts new store in Gonzales, Texas. Corner Store is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Thursday Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. for a brand new store in Gonzales, Texas. Giveaways, sampling and activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the event, Corner Store will be making a $5,000 donation

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