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Gas-Mart Closes Sale of 19 Kansas City Locations

Appoints John Tittle as new CEO. GasMart USA Inc. (GasMart) announced today that, effective April 27, 2015, it sold its 19 stores in the greater Kansas, Mo. area. The transaction, in addition to two other sales currently under contract, concludes a six-month sale process conducted by GasMart in its efforts to restructure its balance sheet

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Study Reveals How Consumers React to ‘The Store of the Future’

Survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that “cool” features help shoppers discover relevant products, information and get through the store; “creepy” ones identify, target and track. RichRelevance released a new study, “Creepy or Cool,” that reveals consumer attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience. The study finds that shoppers think it is

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MFA Oil Co. Purchases Fuel Supply Agreements

Purchase includes 30 supplier contracts with dealers. MFA Oil Co. has purchased, through its subsidiary American Petroleum Marketers LLC (APM), a portion of the dealer fuel supply agreements owned by Sunshine Fuels LLC and Sunshine Energy LLC. The purchase includes 30 supplier contracts of dealers in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. These stores will continue to

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SFATA Conference Takeaways

E-cigarette/nicotine debate needs to be re-focused. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Conference outside of Chicago, “headlined” by Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Encouragingly, Director Zeller underscored the importance of ‘opening up the dialogue’ across various stakeholders in the nicotine space, suggesting to us

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C-stores See Double-Digit Growth in Pizza Category

Growth demonstrates channel’s rapidly expanding foodservice footprint. Lots of pizza dough went through the doors of convenience stores and lots of pizza servings went out the doors. Cases of pizza crust and dough shipped to convenience stores from broadline foodservice distributors increased by 27% and servings of pizza ordered by convenience store customers increased by

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Wayne Fueling Systems Teams With Ascentium Capital

Now offering financing on Wayne equipment, services and start-up costs for retailers in the U.S. WayneFueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has joined forces with Ascentium Capital to offer c-store and fuel retail customers innovative equipment finance options for Wayne products, technologies

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MacDougall Memorial Minute to Precede NYACS Trade Show

This year’s NYACS trade show to welcome more than 150 exhibits. The New York Association of Convenience Stores will observe 60 seconds of silence to remember convenience store icon John MacDougall at the start of its 29th annual Trade Show next Thursday, May 14, at the Oncenter in Syracuse N.Y. The “MacDougall Memorial Minute” will

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7-Eleven Awards C-Stores To Top Three Contestants

All three military veteran finalists selected as winners. 7-Eleven Inc. hit a triple in Operation: Take Command, the contest to award a U.S. military veteran a 7-Eleven store. Although one finalist was expected to emerge in the last round of the competition, all three finalists were selected as winners. Active-duty Active Duty U.S. Army Captain

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Rutter’s Raises Thousands for Local Children

Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised a record-setting $135,000 to benefit Central Pennsylvania children’s charities at the 13th annual golf outing held this week at Out Door Country Club in York, Pa., the company announced this week. The annual event has raised more than $1.4 million for children’s charities in Central Pennsylvania since its beginning in 2003,

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Pro Food Systems Launches New Equipment Division

New equipment division dedicated to the needs of supermarkets and c-stores. Pro Food Systems has launched a new division solely focused on the specific needs for foodservice equipment in supermarkets and convenient stores. While Pro Food Systems (also known as PFSbrands) has long experienced excellent success in the equipment market segment, the new division further

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First U.S. Coalition Loyalty Program Launches

Customers can earn points at many places including Exxon through new loyalty program. Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition program is now available to consumers online at Plenti.com and at thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hulu. Plenti, a program operated by American

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Sunoco LP Announces New Chairman and Other Board Changes

Matthew Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser as chairman of the Board. Sunoco LP has appointed Matthew Ramsey as its new chairman of the Board. Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser, who has resigned from the Board to pursue other new business interests. Ramsey has served as a director of Sunoco LP (SUN) since August 2014, serving as chair

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Gas Prices Hit New High

Average U.S. gas prices grow 55 cents since January. The national average price of gas is $2.58 per gallon, as of April 30, marking the highest average so far this year, AAA reported. Pump prices have soared 55 cents higher since a low of $2.03 in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in

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TravelCenters of America Acquires 19 Locations

Sites expected to be rebranded as Minit Mart. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center and the Minit Mart convenience store brands has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of 19 gasoline/convenience store locations in Kansas (three) and Missouri (16) for $27 million. TravelCenters expects that the convenience

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Battery Swap Model Takes Top Prize

Fuels Institute announces winner in Future of Transportation Student Competition. A proposed battery swap model developed by University of Wisconsin students to increase the viability of electric vehicles was named the winner of the Fuels Institute’s inaugural Future of Transportation Case Competition at the Institute’s Spring Meeting in New Orleans. The University of Wisconsin team’s

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Couche-Tard Clarifies Court Filing

The Circle K Corporation filing for bankruptcy has no link to the subsidiary of Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard) is clearing up any potential rumors of a bankruptcy after it learned that a Court document dated April 24, 2015 and filed before the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona pursuant to a

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Press Conference Draws Attention To Menu Labeling Bills

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act aims to reduce some menu labeling requirements. A press conference this week on Capitol Hill advocated for legislation that would scale back the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final menu labeling rules, which were released in late 2014. The bi-partisan press conference, held by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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JT Acquires Logic

Agreement gives JT a global footprint in the e-cigarette market. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has entered into an agreement to acquire Logic Technology Development LLC, one of the leading U.S. e-cigarette brands. Founded in 2010, Logic sells a full range of high quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable e-cigarettes, including the Logic Pro tank system, newly

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In-Store Beverage Sales Up

The four weeks ending April 18, 2015 see strong results across all channels. Citing Nielsen beverage “all channel” data for the four weeks ending April 18, 2015, Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported that all channel dollar sales, including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores were up for each major manufacturer. Coca-Cola dollar sales were up

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NCA Bolsters Public Affairs and Communications Operations

Welcomes new hires to the association’s staff. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced two new additions to the industry association’s staff. Christopher Gindlesperger was named vice president of public affairs and communications, and VJ Mayor was appointed senior director of communications. “Christopher’s extensive experience in managing and directing

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Get-n-Go Convenience Stores Leverage PriceAdvantage

Critical real-time data, enables the South Dakota retailer to make instant, informed pricing changes. Olson Oil has chosen PriceAdvantage software to automate and accelerate fuel pricing at their 18 Get-n-Go conveniences stores throughout South Dakota. Olson Oil selected PriceAdvantage based on its confidence that the software will help them price fuel more confidently and quickly.

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Marathon Petroleum To Split Stock

Move aims to make shares more accessible for a more diverse range of investors. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is planning a two-for-one stock split after more than doubling in value since being spun off by Marathon Oil Corp. four years ago, Bloomberg reported. The company said it believes the stock split would make its shares more

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Loves Debuts New Travel Stop in Kansas

Opens its first location along Interstate 135. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its first location on Interstate 135 in McPherson, Kansas, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 100-mile stretch of interstate. The new facility offers name-brand

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Consumers Increasingly Turning to Fresh Items in Convenience Stores

Seven in 10 of those age 18-34 (70%) say that convenience stores offer food that they feel comfortable eating. Over one in three Americans (34%) say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered “healthy choices” over the past year, and they are increasingly turning to convenience stores for these healthy purchases, according to

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Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2015 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday May 7, 2015 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the code 39514933. The call may

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