Thorntons Celebrates National Donut Day

Stores to offer free doughnut with beverage purchase on June 3. Thorntons is participating with “National Donut Day” by offering a free doughnut with any coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, fountain or fresh brewed tea purchase. The promotion is taking place today, Friday, June 3, at all 42 Louisville and southern Indiana store locations until 6

Casey’s Purchasing 22 Kum & Go Sites in Rural Iowa

“These types of communities have proven to be an excellent fit for our business model,” says Casey’s CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is acquiring 22 convenience stores from Kum & Go. All 22 stores are located in Iowa operating under the Kum & Go banner. The stores will be immediately rebranded to Casey’s once the

Irving Oil Launches New Rewards Program

Rewards customers save on fuel at Irving locations and are entered for a chance to win free gas for a year. In this time of high gas prices and with summer travel just around the corner, Irving Oil is launching its new Rewards program for customers. Now visitors to any of the 289 participating Irving

Love’s Unveils Free App and Sweepstakes

“Love’s Connect” is the first travel stop application available on all three major mobile platforms. Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has announced its new “Love’s Connect” mobile application for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones is available to download. The new Love’s mobile app provides customers real-time access to store locations, fuel prices, store amenities,

CITGO Kicks Off Fueling Good 2011

“The principles of Fueling Good, to support those making a difference in the lives of others and improving their communities, are central to everything we do at CITGO,” says CITGO spokesperson. CITGO Petroleum Corp.’s 2011 Fueling Good program, which recognizes and rewards 501(c)3 organizations that make a positive difference in their communities is now open

Cumberland Farms Sells 29 Stores

“The repositioning of capital within our market area is an important part of our strategy to acquire new sites, renovate existing sites, and own and operate sites consistent with our brand identity,” says Cumberland Farms CEO. Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms Inc. has divested 29 stores to multiple buyers, including regional jobbers, individual store buyers, and individual

NACS Issues an Urgent Industry Call to Action on Swipe Fee Reform

“We are locked in a difficult battle and we cannot afford to be defeated. Retailers must contact their senators and urge them vote against the Tester Amendment. If not, all of the hard work we have done over the past decade on swipe fee reform could be lost in an instant. Losing simply isn’t an

Operations Vice President Leaving The Pantry

“The company appreciates Mr. Williams’ dedication and hard work over the years and wishes him the best in his new endeavors,” the company says. The Pantry Inc. has announced  that Brad Williams, senior vice president of operations, has announced his decision to leave The Pantry. “During his 13-year tenure Mr. Williams has made many important

7-Eleven Rolls Out Super 8 Promotion

“This promotion will rank as the largest ever for 7-Eleven with an expected 21,000 prizes distributed,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. In June, 7-Eleven Inc. will award one of its most unusual prizes ever—a trip to space—as part of its super month-long promotion with Paramount Pictures’ film Super 8, released in theaters June 10. Super prizes, super

Clark Teams with Petroleum Parts

Clark Brands LLC said it has partnered with Petroleum Parts Inc. (PPI) to offer dispenser overlay graphics and replacement exterior sheet metal for Clark branded facilities. As a Clark preferred vendor, PPI will provide a full-catalog of overlays to rebrand or “facelift” nearly any make or model of petroleum dispensers including Gilbarco, Wayne and Tokheim.

VERC Enterprise Customers Receive Free Bottled Water With Fill Up

Customers in June get free half liter bottles of Nestlé Pure Life with fuel purchase. In an effort to help ease the pain at the gas pump, VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is giving away free bottles of Nestlé Pure Life water

Gas Prices Rising After Slumping to Five-Week Low

Climbing wholesale gasoline costs are poised to push higher the U.S. regular grade retail gasoline average when the Energy Information Administration releases its survey results for May 31 from a five-week low of $3.849 gallon set on May 23, reversing two consecutive weeks in which the average fell by nearly 12 cents per gallon. The

Pilot Flying J Launches Find “Best Shower On Interstate” Contest

“Pilot Flying J is committed to providing the best experience possible for every professional driver in each of our 4,000 showers,” says CEO of Pilot Flying J. Pilot Flying J has announced that over the next 24 months, significant capital investments will be made to improve the shower experience for its trucking customers. “Showers are

Kangaroo Express’ ‘Salute Our Troops’ Jeep Tour Hits The Road

Restored World War II Jeep will travel 100 miles each day to recognize military heroes throughout the summer. The Pantry Inc. is breathing new life into a World War II Jeep to travel from city to city in a summer-long celebration to honor our Armed Forces and their families. As part of its Kangaroo Express

Anheuser-Busch Foundation Supports Recycling

National Lend-A-Bin grant applications due June 30. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) have partnered to establish the “Lend-A-Bin Grant Program.” Their efforts support local organizations seeking to provide recycling opportunities at special events and promote the habit of recycling “on-the-go” in their communities.  Applications are now open to participate in this program.

Unbranded Stations For Sale in Florida

Some 23 million gallons of fuel to be distributed. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, a real estate investment services firm, has been selected to represent the sale of 14 unbranded service stations, mostly in Miami Dade County, Fla., and the distribution of 23 million gallons of fuel, according to Kirk Felici, vice president

United Supermarkets Continues Convenience, Retail Expansion

United Supermarkets’ third Market Street location in Lubbock, Texas will anchor a major redevelopment effort in the city. The store will be comparable in size to the city’s two other Market Street locations, but with innovations in design and service concepts. Plans also call for construction of a United Express fuel and convenience store near

Mountain Mudd Expands in New Jersey

Drive-thru kiosks and mobile carts offering more than 200 hot and cold beverages, enter Morris County, N.J. Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, is expanding into Morris County, N.J., through a strategic partnership with C Baggio Beverages that calls for 24 stores by 2016. The first Mountain Mudd location in Morris

VPS Convenience Store Group Acquires Virginia Oil Co.

“We are excited to expand our Virginia presence into the Charlottesville area by acquiring such modern and well-maintained facilities,” says VPS chairman and CEO. VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., has acquired Virginia Oil Co., a fuel wholesaler and operator of 17 convenience stores in western Virginia. With this acquisition,

Operator Optimism Prevalent at 2011 NRA Show

“The growing energy and optimism of restaurant operators, dealers and distributors were tangible at this year’s NRA Show,” says NRA Show convention chair. The 92nd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant (NRA), Hotel-Motel Show and 4th annual International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event (IWSB) at showed positive growth in attendee and exhibitor numbers. NRA Show 2011

Love’s Donates $150,000 to United Way for Disaster Relief

“We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need,” says Love’s CEO. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores plans to donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Mo., and

Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Raise $634,000 for Victory Junction

One of the largest donations raised in a Victory Junction fundraiser will send 250 children with chronic medical conditions to summer camp. In its third annual fundraiser for Victory Junction camp, Kangaroo Express will present a $634,000 donation to Victory Junction prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The donation,

Sweets & Snacks Expo Debuts New Trends

“Consumers look for value, exciting flavors and nutrition when seeking new sweets and snacks,” says NCA president. More than 2,000 new candy and snack products debuted this week at the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, May 24-26, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. As the largest confectionery, cookie and snack trade show in the

Dollar General To Enter California

California would be Dollar General’s 39th state. The company also recently announced expansion plans for Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. Dollar General Corp. plans to open its first stores in California in 2012 following successful expansions in other Western states, such as Arizona and Colorado, in recent years. “Our California stores will mark a significant

7-Eleven Lands Airport Store In Secure Area

“This will be our first (store) located inside security and directly across from departure and arrival gates,” says 7-Eleven’s development vice president. Airline travelers at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will be able to grab some of their favorite products like Slurpee drinks and specialty grill foods when 7-Eleven Inc. opens its first store inside

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