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Love’s Expands Its Offerings With Love’s Financial

Love’s now provides financial solutions for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers. Love’s newest service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring with Love’s gives

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CHS Welcomes Tweten

Darin Tweten brings more than 14 years of experience to his role with Cenex. Effective May 26, 2014 Darin Tweten joined CHS, an energy, grains and foods company, as part of the Retail Specialist program. This program supports its Cenex brand by successfully assisting store owners and operators in improving their operations’ financial performance. Tweten

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VP Racing Fuels Expands Financing Program

Program to assist gas stations, c-stores, and race fuel dealers fund conversion costs and equipment purchases. VP Racing Fuels has announced its partnership with Allied Brand Services LLC (ABS), a specialty finance platform to provide funding in support of imaging and conversion costs incurred by gas station and convenience store Dealers that partner with VP

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Customer Engagement Top Goal For Retailers

Within five years, 75% of retailers plan to identify customers when they walk in the store, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2014 CRM/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey. Unified Commerce is the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop. The

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GasMart Expands CITGO Brand

Adds 15 stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. New CITGO Marketer GasMart USA recently completed the conversion of 15 locally-owned gas stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to the CITGO brand. The Centennial image and fresh service options are now available for fuel and convenience store customers following a Grand Opening June 2-6. “We are

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Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years

“This innovation not only changed fueling, but the concept of self-serve that we know today,” says NACS spokesperson. Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling—and even retail as a whole— when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colo., to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service

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50 Years of Sun, Surfing and Slurpee Drinks

Smyrna 7-Eleven store celebrates half-century in business. When the first 7-Eleven store in New Smyrna Beach (NSB) opened June 1, 1964, bananas were nine cents a pound, ice cream was 69 cents a half-gallon, and the grand-opening specials included a six-pack of bottled beer for 89 cents. Franchisee Michelle Simpson invited NSB residents and tourists

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Dollar General To Open Stores in Three New States

Major retailer to expand to 43 states by adding presence in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. Dollar General has announced plans to expand its nationwide presence into three new states within the next year, increasing the company’s presence to 43 states across the country. The major discount retailer will begin construction on stores in Maine

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Rutter’s Responds To International Convenience Retailer of the Year Honor

“We’ve been very fortunate to be recognized by both our customers as well as our industry peers as the best not only locally in our central Pennsylvania marketplace, but also nationally and now internationally,” says Rutter’s CEO. A panel of industry experts, business leaders and trade publishers has chosen Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2014

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New Cenex Website Assists Travelers, C-Stores

The Website’s advanced routing capabilities help travelers better map their trip. An advanced routing tool, a community recognition program and weekly energy-related tips are some of the features of the new www.cenex.com, the energy brand website of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business. “The new Cenex

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Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser

Convenience store is first to offer hospital bracelets for $1 donation to support Children’s Miracle Network. Now through June 30, Corner Store employees are encouraging customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are during the chain’s 20th annual Miracle Balloon campaign. The icons will be available for a $1 or $5 donation, and all-new

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand

Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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Employing a Special Workforce

In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

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Rutter’s Honored As International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Alain Bouchard, president and CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year. The sixth annual International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence at the global level, were presented June 4, at a gala in conjunction with this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe. This year’s

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage To $15

The measure is set to take place gradually over several years. Seattle is raising the minimum wage to $15, following a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council Monday. “Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages” and address the “widening gap between the rich and the poor,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen was

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Jiffy Mart Helps the Boys and Girls Club Kids of Westminster

A charity autograph signing event featuring Marshal Yanda of the World Champion Baltimore Football team was held on April 3, 2014 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Md. ​ Baltimore Ravens football fans filled up the Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on April 3 to see the three Time All Pro

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Smoker Friendly Welcomes New CIO

David Kittle to manage and expand the information technology systems team. The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly are welcoming a new employee: Chief Information Officer David Kittle. Kittle comes to The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly with 20 years of experience in the information technology and information systems industry. He graduated from Metropolitan

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Love’s Offers Tips For National Tire Safety Week

From monitoring air pressure to maintaining valve caps, drivers can keep tires working longer. Love’s Truck Tire Care experts are offering tips on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition in honor of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tire Safety Week June 1-7, 2014, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA)

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Par Petroleum Acquiring Mid-Pac Petroleum

The deal is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2014. Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum, parent company of Hawaii Independent Energy, is buying Mid-Pac Petroleum for $107 million, Pacific Business News reported. Mid-Pac Petroleum is the exclusive licensee of the “76” brand in Hawaii and owner of more than 80 retail sites and

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CITGO’s Annual Meeting Addresses State of the C-Store Industry

Attendees to gain expert advice on how to build, grow and develop businesses within the industry. More than 400 CITGO marketers and retailers from nine states are convening at the Foxwoods Resort Casino today, June 3, for the annual CITGO Northeast Region Retailer Meeting. Attendees will gain valuable insights from marketing, branding and consumer behavior

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Stripes, Laredo Taco Co. Exceed $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Record-breaking campaign for Children’s Miracle Network to benefit 13 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes and Laredo Taco Co. are proud of their customers and employees for surpassing their goal of raising $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during their 10th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign from March 31-April 27. Stripes Stores raised a

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$250,000 State Grant Will Help Re-Open Vacant Grocery Store

Project expected to create new jobs and alleviate “food desert” in the northern Wisconsin county. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Florence County to help re-open a grocery store that has been vacant for more than seven years. The lack of a full-service grocery store has been an impediment

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Bennett Pump Co. Supplying Shell LNG Dispensers

TravelCenters of America installs dispenser at Ontario location. Bennett Pump Co. has been selected by Shell to supply LNG fuel dispensers for Liquefied Natural Gas fueling stations across the U.S. Earlier this month, Shell and Travel Centers of America (TA) announced the opening of their first LNG station in Ontario, Calif. This station is the

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years of Retail Excellence

From loyal customers to prominent politicians, the community joined together in Philadelphia last month to commemorate the landmark anniversary for one of the convenience store industry’s most iconic brands. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik While many retail brands these days tend to focus solely on the bottom line, Wawa serves as a reminder that

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Atlas Oil Sells BP-Branded Chicago-Area Assets

Parent Petroleum Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners acquire Atlas locations. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has announced the successful closing on the sale of Atlas Oil Co.’s BP-branded Chicago area assets. The assets included 99 sites currently supplied by Atlas, two sites under contract to be supplied by Atlas, four undeveloped retail land sites and

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