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U-Stop Convenience Shops Adds Mobile Platform

U-Stop now has the ability to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages and social media. U-Stop Convenience Shops, a convenience store chain based in Lincoln, Neb., launched their new website and mobile apps with OpenStore by Gasbuddy today. After integrating OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution provider, U-Stop now has the ability

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MAPCO Announces Thanksgiving Promotion

Lucky commuters in Hendersonville and Franklin, Tenn., will enjoy $1 off per gallon of gas Nov. 22-23.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor   Holiday travel isn’t easy, just ask the two million Tennesseans—as reported by AAA—who drove last year to spend time with friends and family. This year, MAPCO and PayPal are teaming up

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Pak-A-Sak Charity Golf Outing Reaches $200,000 Milestone

For more than two decades, Pak-A-Sak has been raising money for local communities.   The annual Pak-A-Sak benefit golf outing, better known as the James E. Peterson Memorial Golf Outing, recently topped $200,000 in charitable donations. This year’s outing raised $16,000, to bring the total to $208,000 over the 22 years the outing has been

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Technomic Sees Restaurant Unit Increases in 2014

Top 500 U.S. eateries in 2014 expected to see slight unit growth rate compared to last year.   Foodservice research firm Technomic predicts a 2.3% unit growth rate over 2013 among the top 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains. The increase is slightly higher than the 2.1% growth rate from 2012 to 2013 and much greater than the

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Corner Store Finishes 5K With $1 Million Donation

 San Antonio-based CST Brands to make run series benefiting local charities to be an annual event.   CST Brands, San Antonio-based parent company of Corner Store, recently wrapped up an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run, its first-ever fundraising event in San Antonio. The Country Run raised $1 million for

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Jiffy Mart Tackles Hunger

Jiffy Mart charity signing event features Brandon Williams. November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart & the Greene Turtle partnered with the Shepherd’s Staff and Baltimore Football Defensive Tackle, Brandon Williams, in a canned food drive. The event took place on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Westminster Greene Turtle. Brandon

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Kangaroo Express Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle Chapter recognizes Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., was named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Executive leadership from Kangaroo Express accepted the award at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Prestonwood Country

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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U.S. Gasoline—Another Psychological Barrier Breached

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the U.S. Gulf Coast, during the first week of November sparked another leg down in the gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange that broke below psychological support at $2

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Empire Petroleum Acquires 11 Sites From CST Brands

“The Lubbock acquisition presents a great opportunity for us to expand our operations further into west Texas,” says Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully closed on the acquisition of 11 former CST—Corner Store locations in the Lubbock, Texas region from CST Brands, Inc. The addition of the CST locations expands Empire’s market presence

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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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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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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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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cigarette Sales

Vuse currently leading e-cigarette category when it comes to c-store dollar share. E-cigarette c-store dollar sales sequentially accelerated to 42.4% in the period ending Oct. 25, driven by 75% unit growth, partially offset by a decline of 19% in net pricing, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has further solidified itself

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Falling Gas Prices May Boost Holiday Spending

“Our surveys over the past two years show that gas prices clearly play a major role in consumer sentiment about the economy,” says NACS’ vice president of strategic initiatives. Declining gas prices may increase holiday spending this year—especially among men and those ages 18-34, according to a new national survey measuring consumer optimism. For the

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Daigle Oil Co. Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Local CITGO marketer ‘Fueling Good’ for Ronald McDonald House. From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, local CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. celebrated the grand re-opening of Daigle Oil Co.’s full-service DOC’s Place CITGO on Stillwater Ave. while giving back to local charitable organization the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Maine. The

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