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CST Brands, Lehigh Gas Partners Complete Acquisition

Lehigh Gas Partners to change its name to CrossAmerica Partners LP. CST Brands Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners (LGP) announced CST’s completion of the purchase of 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP from Lehigh Gas Corp. and all of the outstanding IDRs of

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NRC Realty & Capital Advisors Adds Two Managing Directors

“We are extremely pleased to have both of these well respected industry professionals join NRC,” says NRC executive managing director. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC has announced that two prominent convenience store industry professionals have joined the firm as managing directors. Jeff Kramer brings to NRC more than 30 years of experience in petroleum

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Do You Set Your Employees Up for Success?

By Mel Kleiman, Humetrics “If you keep doing what you’re doing you won’t even keep getting what you got.” Consider the third-string quarterback who asked his coach what he needed to do to make the starting lineup. The coach said, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.” Now, anyone with an ounce of sense knows that

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Tell ‘Em What They’re Doing Right

By Mel Kleiman, Humetrics  During her mother’s eulogy, a daughter shared this: “My mom was also an outstanding elementary school teacher. Many of her kids gave her much of the credit when they went on to graduate from high school and college because, you see, whenever she had a child who struggled to keep up,

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Warmer Welcomes = Fatter Profits

By Mel Kleiman, Humetrics Here’s proof the suggestions I make in my book, The 5 Firsts: A Simple System to Onboard, Engage & Retain Top Talent, can have a dramatic, positive effect on the bottom line. The article from Fortune magazine quoted below makes a strong case for the benefits of taking the advice I

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You Can’t Fix the Car While You’re Driving

By Mel Kleiman, Humetrics I’m always exhorting my audiences to stop working IN their businesses and start working ON them and the title of this blog is just another clever way of saying that. How can you focus on long-term goals and objectives and be a big picture thinker when you’re consumed with putting out

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NOCO Express Acquires Buffalo Mobile Mart

Store to undergo renovations this fall. NOCO Express, a family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience store chain, has purchased the Mobil Mart located at 585 Elmwood Avenue, at the corner of Lexington Avenue in Buffalo, N.Y. The store is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both the canopy and store will remain

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Lightning Mart Supports Local High School

Local CITGO retailer raises nearly $40,000 to benefit school athletic department and lunch programs. Representatives from CITGO Retailer Lightning Mart in Lafayette, Ind. joined more than 250 golfers and 50 volunteers for a day of golf and prize raffles to benefit the Lafayette Jefferson Golden Broncho Birdie Bash. The event, held on Aug. 23, raised

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PriceAdvantage Partners with Fuelzee

Provides free competitive fuel pricing data. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has partnered with Fuelzee, a popular mobile app that saves consumers, gas stations and convenience stores time and money. The partnership will provide PriceAdvantage customers with free access to real-time, competitive fuel pricing information provided by Fuelzee’s

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LOGIC Pushes Innovation with the Launch of Logic Pro Advanced Vapor Systems

The leading e-cigarette company in the U.S. introduces a proprietary technology that advances retail profitability and enhances the vaping experience for adult consumers. LOGIC Technology, the No. 1 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. according to Nielsen, today announced the launch of LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems, the most sophisticated, first-of-its-kind e-vaporizing technology ever to

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Mind Reading for Managers

How to fully engage your staff in five easy conversations to ensure that everyone is working together as one team. By Kim Seeling Smith, Contributing Editor Did you know that only about one in five of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day, according to general surveys conducted by the likes of

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Sparkling Waters

Jones Soda Co. a premium beverage company known for its unique flavors and customer-designed packaging, has launched Jones Sparkling Water. Created in response to increased consumer demand for healthier products, Jones Sparkling Water is available in four signature Jones flavors—Berry Lemonade, Fufu Berry, Green Apple and Strawberry Lime. Featuring the iconic consumer submitted photos that

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Oak Brewed Tea

Once again, AriZona Beverages is introducing an industry first. Defining a new category, AriZona Oak Reserve will be the first tea steeped with real American Oak to hit the market. The result: a refreshing artisanal iced tea with the complexity of a barrel-aged brew. AriZona Oak Reserve is 100% natural, brewed with American Oak Chips

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Millennials Seek Healthier Workplaces

Experts weigh in on why smart companies are moving to implement workplace wellness programs—and how to start yours. A CSD Staff Report Much has been written about the impact of Millennials on America’s workforce. And it’s true that young people—those born between 1980 and 2000—have very different skills and values from the Gen-Xers and Boomers who

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Premium Dried Fruit Products

Stoneridge Orchards, the dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, is making a variety of its most popular products available in smaller, single serving packages. The new three-ounce bags are intended for retailers to merchandise as healthy, on-the-go snack options, and the company is making them available in eye-catching tray displays.

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Regional Soups

Celebrating National Comfort Food Day Dec. 5 is simple with Golden Ladle regional soups. Made with quality ingredients, these chef-crafted soups offer the handmade appearance that patrons look for in their local favorites. Operators can choose from delicious options, such as creamy Boston Clam Chowder, Louisiana-style Chicken Gumbo and zesty Spicy Black Bean and Rice.

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Growing Beer Brand

Fireman’s Brew Inc. is a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters. It’s now being shipped to Fresh & Easy stores in California and Nevada, which will carry the Fireman’s Brew 12-pack sampler and 22-ounce Fireman’s Brew Blonde. Fireman’s Brew is a rapidly growing craft beer brand. It is now available in its

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Crispy Returns

M&M’S Brand has a message to all the diehard fans of M&M’S Crispy Milk Chocolate Candies: They’re finally back … because of you. After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.

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Split Sausage Links

Split Sausage Links are a new sausage format perfect for c-store operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries and offer a value by saving time, labor and guarantees a consistently split sausage. Johnsonville Splits

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Re-Imagining the C-Store

While the industry’s sales remain strong, the industry faces challenges from competing retail channels. U.S. retailers can learn a lesson from overseas marketers. By Suresh Bharadwaj, Contributing Editor In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion

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Negotiating Contracts with Expertise

Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Wharton School of Business professor Steven Blum said no one has to just accept what’s offered, but first you must hone your negotiating skills. A CSD Staff Report Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in

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Sheetz Debuts New Location

Makes a $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics Ohio as part of the grand opening festivities. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Strongsville, Ohio, to increase convenience for customers in well-established markets. Sitting at 9037 Pearl Road, the store will give people another option for great food and drinks. Employees will cut a

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Vapor Retailer Survey Shows Growth Remains Robust

Slowly but surely, vapor category displacing more combustible cigarette volume. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 20,000+ convenience stores in the U.S. The survey focused on c-store vapor trends given the dynamics in the vapor category (including e-cigarettes). Key takeaways from the Wells Fargo survey included:

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5 Times to Launch a Business

Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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California Small Businesses Hurt by Governor’s Veto

“This bill would have provided franchisees more control over their companies and shielded them against one-sided and nonnegotiable franchise agreements,” says Small Business Majority director. Statement by David Chase, the California director for Small Business Majority, responded to the California Governor’s veto of legislation that would have helped protect owners of small business franchises: “We

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