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Kangaroo Express Celebrates Black Friday

Stores across the Southeast will keep value-seeking shoppers energized with Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating Black Friday by offering a 16-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Any guest that visits Kangaroo

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Gulf Launches New Online Trading Platform

Gulf Online Market to go live on Nov. 19 for heating oil customers. Gulf Oil LP announced the launch of Gulf Online Market, the company’s new online trading platform. The platform, which will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 19 for Gulf’s heating oil customers, was developed to address the increasing volatility of today’s petroleum market,

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Plan For Summer Fun

CandyRific has redesigned its popular summer item, the Go Fish Squirt Fun. The Go Fish Squirt Fun is shaped like a Blue Gill and has a candy-filled handle. Available in blue and orange, it comes complete with .53-ounces of microbites candy. It has a suggested retail price of $2.15 and ships in six 12-count displays

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ADD Systems

Check out ADD Systems E-Store Software Suite For over 41 Years ADD Systems has been a leader providing both Home Office Accounting and Back Office Software to the wholesale and retail fuel industry. The E Store Software Suite interfaces with all the modern POS Systems and is ideal whether at the home office or store

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Sheetz Opens Burlington Distribution Center

“We were strategic with picking this location because of the convenient access to highway and work force; it will allow us to provide the freshest and best quality products to our friends in the south,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz cut the ceremonial red ribbon on Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to officially open the

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7-Eleven Announces Franchise Giveaway Contest

U.S. military veterans have the chance to win their own store. 7‑Eleven Inc. starts enlisting U.S. military veterans on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, for Operation: Take Command, the company’s first franchise giveaway contest. The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven

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American Vaping Association Demands Correction From FDA Commissioner

FDA Chief accuses thousands of e-cigarette companies of marketing to kids. The American Vaping Association, anadvocate for the benefits of vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to retract and apologize for false and slanderous comments she made in an interview published yesterday by Medscape. “These products are

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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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Hoping to Ignite

C-stores search for the key to unlocking the marketability of e-cigars. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Electronic cigarette sales are soaring and the vapor tank-mods business is growing. But when it comes to e-cigars, convenience store operators may find unlocking their untapped potential a challenge. While e-cigarettes are sometimes used as a buffer against traditional

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Cigar Issues Still Fresh

For convenience stores that sell cigars, it’s business as usual—at least until regulators say otherwise. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Now that the comment period on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations has passed, only time will tell what restrictions might affect the cigar segment, which is still alive and well. A

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Craving Meat Snack Sales

Consumers are finding the protein and satisfaction they want in dried meat snacks. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor An increasing number of American consumers are looking for snacks that do more than taste good. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, a consumer research organization, over half of the respondents said it was “very important”

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Innovation by the Cup

Retailers are investing more in hot dispensed beverage programs that reflect the consumers’ growing penchant for espresso-based coffee offerings, flavorful teas and more choices. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Wawa Inc. is known for its proprietary coffee, especially to its customers—one of every two are said to purchase a hot beverage every time they enter

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Grill Items Remain Hot

Roller grill food offerings can always be improved, but never at the expense of freshness and quality. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lunch and dinner programs that present convenience store customers with a variety of roller grill options and more meal options are effective ways to build foodservice sales. In fact, fresh, savory items, such

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

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

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Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

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Rutter’s Donates $200,000 in Scholarship Money

“Our focus is improving the lives of local children,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores will give $200,000 to 12 preschools to fund scholarship opportunities for children throughout south central Pennsylvania, the company announced this week. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s has donated more than $404,000 to local children’s charities so far this year and over

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Pump N Pantry Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

Introduces new Web-based and mobile platform. Pump N Pantry Inc., a convenience store chain with 17 stores based in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, now leverages the latest in marketing technology through a partnership with OpenStore by GasBuddy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching

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E85 Sales Have Room for Growth

“Increasing the E85 station count would improve the potential for additional E85 sales and introduce additional competition to the market,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. There are opportunities to grow the E85 market—but only if E85 prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at

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Fueling Fresh Sandwich Sales

Even the smallest upgrades of your sandwich offerings can generate excitement. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When Americans purchase lunch out, they often don’t want to see the same things on the board every day. As evidence, in a recent survey by Chicago-based Technomic research company, about 60% of the respondents said that menu variety

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Healthier Pizza Options

When it comes to tastier and more nutritious pizza, consumers want their pie and they want it fresh. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor American consumers have always expected to have their cake and eat it, too. That also apply to pie—as in pizza pie. Americans might love pizza, but they also desire healthy, lower-calorie options.

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Cheering Craft Beer

As adult beverage preferences evolve, convenience stores are tapping into specialty beer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Studies show craft beer is not only good for overall industry volume, but is re-energizing beer lovers, bringing new people into the beer category. Seasonals, variety packs, ambers, pale ales and wheat beers not only hold the

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Mango Cigarillos

Maintaining its tradition of introducing award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo flavors, Swedish Match is proud to announce Game Mango. The limited time seasonal flavor has the tropical taste of mango that enhances the natural leaf cigars to deliver a slow, smooth and sweet smoking experience. Game Mango will be available on Jan. 7 in two-for-99-cents

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