Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo

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Enmarket Donates To Local Nonprofits Through Encourage Health Series

Enmarket works to help Savannah become a healthier community. During its 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series, enmarket has donated $5,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: The Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, Savannah AMBUCS, Savannah Tree Foundation and Urban Hope Inc. In conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, the fuel and convenience

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EMV Deadline for Pumps Extended Until 2020

Issues with regulatory-compliant EMV hardware and software to enable most upgrades by 2017 prompted shifting the compliancy deadline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Citing technological and regulatory challenges, Visa, MasterCard and American Express recently announced that the U.S. deadline for installing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card readers at automated fuel pumps has been extended

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How To Maintain Foodservice Compliance In Face of U.S. Labor Laws

How does a company ensure their food operation is in compliance with U.S labor regulations? Just as people would trust their health with a doctor, the government trusts restaurant owners and foodservice operators with labor integrity. Shockingly, in a recent article released by Restaurant Business Online, 95% of Restaurants in Austin, Texas, that were audited

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Eight Big Trends Ahead for 2017

University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business points to the top trends influencing business in the New Year. The “Amazoning of America,” McDonald’s table service and a lower corporate tax rate are among business developments to watch in 2017, according to a group of professors at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith

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Business Leaders Expect Growth in 2017

Express Employment Professionals poll through the Refresh Leadership blog, finds optimism among business professionals. Express Employment Professionals has released new poll results revealing business leaders’ business performance predictions for 2017. Employers were asked, “What are your business performance predictions for 2017?” on the Refresh Leadership blog for executives and business leaders. Of 133 respondents, 58%

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Big Red Stores Plans Three Stores for the New Year

New c-stores to feature contemporary design, touchless bathrooms and fresh food items. Big Red Stores is set to introduce three new convenience store locations in 2017 and has already has begun construction of its 34th store in central Arkansas located in Cabot at the corner of Highway 367 and Highway 38. This store will be

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Understanding the Hispanic Market

Growing populations warrant c-stores’ investment in Hispanic/Latino communities. By James Johnson, Jr., Terry Johnson and Allan Parnell Hispanics/Latinos continue to reshape our nation’s demography and consumer markets. They are the nation’s youngest consumer group, with a median age of 28 and tend to be brand-loyal consumers, especially when culturally-sensitive marketing and advertising are used to

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VERC Enterprises Presents $500 Grant to Local School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps VERC Enterprises invest in local community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.,

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Retailers Chase Growth As Clock Runs Out on 2016

Deep discounts keep shoppers buying but retailers fail to boost dollar sales. NPD Holiday Shopping Bag 2016 Weekly Report shows the week seven (ending Dec. 17) holiday shopping push didn’t bringing in the dollar sales of last year. Deep discounts may be driving shoppers into stores but are further delaying the benefits for retailers. According

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Wawa Selects Harmelin Media as Media Agency of Record

Harmelin Media set to innovate for Wawa through new and strategic media formats. Wawa is starting the New Year with a new media company. Harmelin Media has been selected as Wawa’s Media Agency of Record effective Jan. 1, 2017. Harmelin will be responsible for various media channels including TV, radio, out-of-home, digital channels and sports

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Kum & Go’s Republic, Mo. Store Opens its Doors

An open food preparation area greets c-store customers. Kum & Go opens the doors Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Republic, Mo., at 638 US Highway 60. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Republic built with the new Marketplace store design, which features a variety of unique offerings.

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Alon USA Joins Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference

Meeting materials available on website. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s management plans to attend the Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference to be held on Jan. 4, 2017 in Boston. Shai Even, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will hold one-on-one meetings with investors to discuss both Alon USA Energy and Alon USA Partners LP. The

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Technology Trends Ahead of 2017

Adoption of self-service kiosks and picking up online orders in store are both expected to increase in 2017. 2017 is set to bring new trends and changes, especially around technology adoption, to the retail industry. Doug Baldasare, CEO and founder of ChargeItSpot, the in-store phone charging station used by retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo,

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First Coast Energy Divests 13 Sites

Daily’s c-stores not among the recently sold locations. First Coast Energy has divested 13 gas stations and convenience stores in Florida to Northeast Petro Holdings 1 LLC. Jacksonville, Fla.-based First Coast Energy operates 35 Daily’s stores in Florida. In addition, the company operates and supplies fuel to 200 sites. None of the properties sold was

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QuickChek SVP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas Day

Mike Murphy and his son Matt greeted customers at the Fairfield, N.J. store. Those running out to their local QuickChek on Christmas this year in Fairfield, N.J., could find QuickChek Senior Vice President Mike Murphy, who worked Christmas Day for the 41st consecutive year, serving up fresh coffee. “If I’m going to have people work

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OPMCA Approves of Ohio EPA Request To Remove Low RVP Requirement

Formal request seeks to eliminate 7.8 psi gasoline in Cincinnati and Dayton. After years of industry engagement and dialogue on the issue, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) officially submitted a final request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) seeking the removal of Low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements in the Cincinnati

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CrossAmerica Closing Sale-Leaseback with Real Estate Investor

Includes the sale and leaseback of 17 properties from State Oil in the Chicago market. CrossAmerica Partners LP has completed the previously-announced transaction with a leading institutional real estate investor for the sale and leaseback of properties acquired as part of the State Oil acquisition for net proceeds of approximately $25 million. CrossAmerica acquired the

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Global Partners Launches Peterborough, N.H. Alltown Market

New Alltown Market features a Centre St. Kitchen, which provides fresh, made-to-order meals and healthy choices. Global Partners LP is continuing expansion of its innovative store design, opening two new Alltown Market locations in Peterborough, N.H. and Middlebury, Connecticut, featuring Centre St. Kitchen. These stores are the third and fourth new concept Alltown Markets to

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Love’s Travel Stops Donates Over $3.6 million To CMN in 2016

Grows support for charity in 2016 through new fundraising initiatives. As 2016 comes to a close, Love’s Travel Stops wraps up a year of record contributions to its partner charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through its annual company-wide store campaign, corporate golf tournaments, inaugural corporate campaign and other promotions, Love’s raised more than $3.64 million

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Global Partners LP Opens Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn.

Brings Centre St. Kitchen’s handmade offerings to the area. Global Partners LP is celebrating the opening of its newest Alltown Market in Middlebury, Conn., featuring the first Centre St. Kitchen in the state. Located at 504 Middlebury Road, the market is open 24 hours per day. Alltown Market elevates the convenience experience with an inviting

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Retale Outlines 2017 Predictions

From beacons to virtual reality, mobile advertising is evolving in 2017. Nels Stromborg, executive vice president for Retale, a location-based mobile advertising platform for retailers and brands, offered insights on trends ahead for 2017. Top Six Trends headed into the New Year: Virtual reality (VR) set itself up as a real marketing tool in 2016.

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The Global Foodservice Market Improves

Around the world, the foodservice market continues to meet consumers needs despite social and economic challenges. The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over

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Sheetz Offers Free Coffee on Christmas and New Year’s

Continues 20+ year tradition of celebrating the holidays with a free coffee giveaway. C-store customers have one more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Sheetz is once again celebrating the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly-brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from

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Thorntons Updates Refreshing Rewards Program

Starting in 2017, Thorntons moves away from tiered rewards and instead rewards based on visits. Thorntons is updating its Refreshing Rewards guest loyalty program, allowing all Rewards members to begin accessing exclusive offers and savings immediately after swiping their card. Beginning Jan. 4, 2017, the program will discontinue use of the existing tier-based (Welcome, Premium,

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