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Circle K Divesting 26 Properties Through An Auction

A number of former and operating c-stores and gas stations are available for purchase in four states. Circle K is selling 26 properties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri through a real estate auction set to take place from Aug. 10-12. The properties for purchase include operating gas stations and former gas station/convenience stores as

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What Do Foodservice Customers Want?

Technomic plans webinar to explain its Eater Archetypes study. Instead of stereotyping customers based on demographic groups, zeroing in on shopper behaviors can better help foodservice providers deliver what customers want. Technomic Inc. responded to this industry need for behavioral segmentation with its proprietary Eater Archetypes, which break new ground for turning psychographic data into

Is Amazon Opening A Brick-And-Mortar Store?

The drive-through style pick-up location for previously ordered items is reportedly in the planning stages and set for Silicon Valley. Amazon is looking to enter the brick-and-mortar business, introducing drive-through grocery stores where customers can collect groceries they’ve purchased online, according to reports from the Silicon Valley Business Journal and CNBC Online. The first location

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Rita’s Italian Ice Enters C-Store Channel

Plans to open locations at 60 convenience stores by 2025. Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, is entering the convenience and gas channel nationwide with two area development agreements. The agreements were awarded to M&M ARC Inc. for the development of the West and to Ice &

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7-Eleven Divesting 25 Convenience Stores in 10 States

C-stores for sale in Virginia, Texas, Florida and Illinois, among other states. 7-Eleven Inc. is selling 25 gas stations/convenience stores, and has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale. The sale includes six locations in Virginia, three each in Colorado, Illinois, Texas and West Virginia, two each in Florida and Missouri,

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Sunoco, Cardtronics Renew ATM Agreement

Renewal extends 15-year relationship Sunoco Inc. has renewed its ATM services agreement with Cardtronics Inc., adding a long-term extension to a 15-year relationship between the two companies. Cardtronics is the world’s largest retail ATM owner / operator. Cardtronics currently owns and operates approximately 700 ATMs for Sunoco, Inc. in 15 Eastern states, primarily under the

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Craft Beer Production Soars

Growth in the craft beer industry is happening in all regions and from a mix of sources—from retail settings to unique brewery business models. Craft beer’s popularity continues to grow, and production volume is keeping pace. American craft beer production volume increased 16% in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released

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Could A Series of Emails Disrupt Swipe Fee Settlements?

A number of emails sent between lawyers on opposite sides of the swipe fee antitrust lawsuit could possibly impact the previous settlement rulings. Emails sent between two lawyers representing opposing sides in swipe fee settlements could impact the $6 billion swipe fee antitrust settlement between MasterCard, Visa and a vast number of merchants, and could

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Natural Gas Refueling Stations To Skyrocket

Almost 39,000 natural gas stations are expected to open globally by 2025, according to Navigant Research. Natural gas stations are forecast to grow by leaps and bounds in the next 10 years, driven by its abundant supply, low price and ability to reduce operating costs, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report

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CITGO Sponsored ‘Roar On the Shore’ Welcomes Over 150,000 Attendees

County Fair and CITGO celebrated the release of the new Club CITGO mobile app at the event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. recently teamed up to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally in Erie, Pa. hosted by the Manufacturer & Business Association. Since 2007, Roar on the Shore has

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How Millennials Differ From Other Generations And Each Other

IRI examines the myths and misconceptions about Millennials. Numerous generalizations have been thrust upon the Millennial Generation, from the idea that they are self-absorbed, rejecting of “traditional” life paths, and being tethered to their mobile devices. But new research from IRI examined the myths versus realities of Millennials and discovered not only that there are

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How Are U.S. Customers Paying For Goods and Services In 2015?

Mobile, digital and tradition payments are converging, according to a shopper study released by Blackhawk Networks. In this day and age, customers are using numerous different payment methods, with digital and mobile payments serving as supplements to the traditional cash and card-based payments tools, according to new research released by Blackhawk Network. The study, “How

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NACS Introduces Online Training Platform for Convenience Stores

New learning management system enhances NACS’ education and training programs for convenience store employees. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has launched an online training program for c-store employees. The program is available through NACS’ new online platform: NACS e-Learning, powered by Ready Training Online (RTO). “The goal in offering this training platform to

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Wells Fargo Survey Sees Bright Future for Tobacco

The tobacco industry has seen recent growth, and that growth is expected to continue. A  tobacco survey, recently conducted by the Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Equity Research Department, shows combustible cigarette volume is up. The survey reached out to Wells Fargo’s industry trade contacts in order to identify trends in the cigarette, smokeless and other

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Healthy On-the-Go Snacking Made Easy With Nutritional Bars

America’s shift toward healthy living is facilitated by nutritional bars that fit in with the busy lifestyles of American consumers. The new report, Nutritional and Cereal Bars in the U.S., 4th Edition, by Packaged Facts has shown nutritional bars to be growing in popularity among American snackers. Whether on the go or at home, nutritional bars

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How To Pep-Up Sales with Pizza

Many convenience store operators are offering what specialty pizza shops cannot. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern As foodservice becomes a more important part of the convenience store, it is important that stores are providing the food that customers desire. It is no secret that Americans love pizza, and that love is only getting stronger. In

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Overtime Regulations Discourage Employee Advancement

New proposed overtime regulations will generate significant costs for job creators and leave little room for employee choice and opportunity. A hearing was held July 23, 2015 on the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to federal overtime rules. The hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Representative Tim Walberg, explored the potential impact of the proposed changes

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Overtime Proposal Could Cost Retailers Millions

The overtime proposal issued by the Department of Labor meets strong opposition due to the increased costs and the decreased career opportunities for employees. Updated research on the Labor Department’s overtime proposal was presented to Congress on July 22, 2015 by the National Retail Federation (NRF). This research illustrated how the proposal to expand overtime would limit

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“Holy Cow” Promotion is Cause for Religious Upset

Hindus upset by ampm promotional campaign. Hindus are calling a current “ampm” promotion, which links a cheeseburger with “Holy Cow,” inappropriate. A Hindu statesman is urging the immediate removal of the posters in question. The posters displaying “Big Western BBQ Cheeseburger” in “ampm” stores contain the words “Holy Cow” in bold and capital letters at

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Grocery Shopping Responsibilities are Changing Hands

Younger generations are seeing a shift in household dynamics, and this shift is bringing about changes outside of the household as well. According to Retail Food Marketing Trends in the U.S.: Technology, Mobile, and Social Media, a recent report by Packaged Facts, as household dynamics have shifted, grocery shopping is no longer solely the mother’s responsibility. Research indicates that the

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M&M’S Mouth-Watering Marketing

Mars Chocolate’s new M&M’S commercial catches a blushing bride red-handed with “spokescandy,” Red. Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new commercial called “Eating in Bed” where a married couple argues over eating chocolate in the bedroom after Scott catches his wife, Liz, red-handed with M&M’S “spokescandy,” Red. The new commercial, produced by BBDO New York,

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New 7-Eleven Stores Roll Out in Oklahoma

After years of planning and market research, 7-Eleven is rolling out new stores in Oklahoma that will better cater to the needs of consumers. The Oklahoma City-based 7-Eleven Stores (not affiliated with the Dallas-based national chain) are introducing new, larger stores in Oklahoma. After years of planning and research, the first new store opened last

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Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

Gasoline is slowly trending away from its summer peak and seems to be stabilizing in recent weeks. Despite a number of factors such as the decreased number of oil rigs in the U.S. and a decrease in imported oil from Saudi Arabia, gasoline prices have not seen too much of an increase over the past 30

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How to Freshen Up Gum and Mint Sales

C-store retailers struggling with gum and mint sales may be able to grow sales with some extra attention to merchandising the category.  By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Some simple tricks may be all you need to boost gum sales at your convenience stores. One rule to always remember is that if the customer cannot see

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SEI Fuels Becomes Largest Shell-Branded Distributor in New Orleans

SEI Fuels will now supply Shell-branded fuel to approximately 60 branded locations in and around New Orleans. A transaction closed July 16 in which SEI Fuel Services, Inc. purchased the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans. SEI Fuels entered the wholesale fuel business in 2012 when it and its

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