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Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Clark’s Pump-N-Shop can now reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store Web pages, mobile coupons and social media. Clark’s Pump-N-Shop is launching a new interactive digital marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers,

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Gulf Oil Re-Launches Gulf Gift Cards

“We are very pleased to be providing a strong Gift Card Program to benefit our high quality network of over 2,500 branded Gulf stations across the country,” says Gulf Oil spokesperson. Gulf Oil LP has re-launched its very popular Gulf Gift Card for the 2014 holiday season as part of its ongoing commitment to helping

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Starbucks Details Five-Year Plan

Company forecasts continued strong growth and plans to launch mobile order and pay and delivery in the U.S. Starbucks Coffee Co. Chairman, President and CEO Howard Schultz and other company leaders will detail Starbucks five-year strategic growth plan at its biennial Investor Day, hosted at the company’s Support Center in Seattle for the first time

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McCormick Flavor Forecast Reveals Eight Flavor Trends for 2015

15th annual report highlights top tastes driving the future of flavor and menu innovation. McCormick & Co., a global leader in flavor, has released its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2015, highlighting eight enticing trends that will shape the future of flavor. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor innovation and exploration throughout the

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Tony Harris Named NAG Board Chairman

The president of Thorntons Inc. will succeed Mary Banmiller as chairman beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and oversee the association’s effort to support and engage small, mid-sized and family-owned convenience store businesses. As President of Thorntons Inc., Tony Harris leads one of the largest family-owned convenience store chains in the country. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the

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GPM Selling 16 Properties

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

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Corner Store Hosts Grand Opening

Debuts new store in Gonzales, Texas. Corner Store is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Thursday Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. for a brand new store in Gonzales, Texas. Giveaways, sampling and activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the event, Corner Store will be making a $5,000 donation

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Marathon Petroleum Deploys ‘Cents Off Marathon’ Discount Program

Offers co-brand opportunities. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) plans to officially deploy Cents Off Marathon, an instant cents-off-per-gallon discount program on fuel purchases throughout its Marathon-branded marketing network. Nearly 80% of Marathon’s independent jobbers and dealers have enrolled in the program, which uses technology developed by Drop Tank. The program will be made available throughout the

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House Leadership Responds To FDA Overreach

Proposed FDA regulations must be changed to avoid banning vapor products and stifling innovation. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a letter sent last week by members of leadership in the House of Representatives to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

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New El Cajon 7-Eleven Celebrates Grand Opening

Retailer to donate $711 at ribbon-cutting to San Diego Music Foundation for Taylor Guitars in Local Schools. 7‑Eleven, Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest El Cajon store Wednesday, Dec. 3, that includes free coffee, doughnuts and guitars for local schools. The store is located at 500 N. Second St., south of Interstate

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Kum & Go Selects Headquarters Architect

Winning firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop is known for its design of the New York Times Building. Kum & Go’s corporate headquarters in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway is set to be designed by international architect firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, according to the Business Record Online. The firm, with offices in New York, Genoa

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Mars Promotes Lebel To Vice President of Sales

The 24-year Mars veteran offers breadth of sales experience. Mars Chocolate North America has prmoted Timothy LeBel to the position of vice president of sales. In his new role leading the Mars Chocolate Sales organization, LeBel oversees the strategy and execution of its retail management, customer account teams, field sales, customer development, and customer experiences.

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Sioux Falls

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go opens a new convenience store in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the intersection of Minnesota and Russell. The store is 5,000-square-feet and during its opening week, the new store will offer $1 fresh pizza slices. This is the seventh store to

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Cumberland Farms Calls For Scholarship Applications

Encourages 2015 high school seniors to apply for Believe and Achieve Scholarships. Cumberland Farms reminded high school seniors across its eight-state service area that time is running out to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. With the Dec. 15, 2014 application deadline only two weeks away, the convenience store retailer encourages

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Corner Store Introduces Winter Menu Items

New food offerings feature peppermint whoopie bites. Customers can cozy up for the holidays with new treats and eats at their nearest Corner Store this winter. Beginning Dec. 2, peppermint whoopie bites with chocolate cake and peppermint blast sprinkles are available at $1.99 for a five-pack. Customers can also cozy up with a mug of

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Turkey Hill Awards Free Fuel For Life

Ephrata resident Tosha Hoffer wins grand prize. Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented the Grand Prize of Free Fuel for Life in the Great Gas Giveaway sweepstakes to Ephrata resident Tosha Hoffer at her local Turkey Hill store (3585 Rothsville Road, Ephrata, Pa.). The prize entitles Tosha to up to $60,000 in free gasoline fill-ups at

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Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local college bound students. Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes has begun its second in-store fundraising campaign, inviting customers to participate by donating as little as

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Core-Mark To Webcast First Investor Day

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that it will Webcast its presentation from its first Investor Day on Dec. 9, 2014 from Tampa, Fla. The live Webcast will begin at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time and can be

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U.S. Gasoline Prices Take Dive as OPEC Stands Pat

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Far from unexpected, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rolled over their production quota at their meeting in Vienna, Austria, during the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday, triggering a steep selloff in thinned down trading for crude oil and gasoline futures. The 12-member producer group at their

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7-Eleven Campaign Donates Pizzas to Area Needy

Local 7‑Eleven stores invited residents to help put food on the tables of their less fortunate neighbors. Thanksgiving is perhaps the holiday most associated with food and family get-togethers. But many American families cannot afford even the most meager of meals, much less the standard holiday turkey and dressing spread. Local 7‑Eleven stores invited residents

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Love’s Expands In Utah And Wisconsin

Opens two new locations. Professional drivers now have access to nearly 160 additional parking spaces in two new parts of the U.S. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened for business in Salina, Utah, at I-70, Exit 54, and Fond du Lac, Wis., at U.S. Highway 41, Exit 97, on Thursday, Nov. 20. Both locations are open

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VP Racing Fuels Appoints New General Manager of Consumer Products

Kelley Hendel to bring broad and deep experience to new role. VP Racing Fuels Inc., announced the appointment of Kelley Hendel as general manager-consumer products. Based at the company’s corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Hendel will be responsible for overseeing customer service and support for distributors, dealers and retail customers who purchase VP’s consumer products

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Couche-Tard’s Profits Rise

Alimentation Couche-Tard sees profits increase despite dipping sales.   Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. posted a slight decrease in sales in the second quarter while net earnings rose 24.6 per cent. The Laval, Que.-based convenience-store giant booked net profit of $286.4-million (U.S.) or 50 cents per share, up from $229.8-million or 40 cents in the like period

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NACS: New FDA Menu Labeling Regs Bad for C-Stores

NACS disapproves of the FDA menu labeling decision, saying c-stores are different from restaurants.   The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) criticized the new menu labeling rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently placed on convenience stores, grocery stores, movie theaters, and even vending machines. “The FDA has clearly gone beyond congressional intent by expanding

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Beck’s Stores Go Digital

Beck’s adopts a system that markets to customers on Facebook and Twitter.   Beck’s Stores has reached an agreement with digital marketing provider OpenStore to outfit its chain with digital network designed to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages, mobile coupons and social media that includes Facebook and Twitter. “We have recognized

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