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Empire Petroleum Acquires 13 CST Locations In Colorado

“The acquisition further solidifies our relationship with Valero,” says Empire’s vice president of mergers & acquisitions. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully acquired 13 former CST Corner Store locations in the State of Colorado from CST Brands Inc. The purchase of these 13 CST locations is in addition to the 28 former CST locations acquired

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Congressional E-Cigarette Opponents Play Grinch

Three Congressional Democrats want State attorneys general to declare vaping products “cigarettes.”  Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement: “These representatives are asking state attorneys general to violate both the Constitution and their own state laws. State attorneys general have no power to force e-cigarette companies to become parties to

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Petroleum Marketing Group Funds Playground

Local CITGO marketer provides support to National Center for Children and Families’ Clinton Farm Foster Home. Since its founding in 2001, local CITGO Marketer Petroleum Marketing Group (PMG) has maintained a strong commitment to its surrounding community. After a recent visit to The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) Clinton Farm in Clinton, Md.,

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Shoppers Spending More On Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Some 70% of shoppers plan to buy gift cards, 92% plan to spend more on them. An interim holiday spending report released by Stored Value Solutions (SVS), a global provider of gift cards and stored value services, found that spend on prepaid gift cards is on the rise, and that a significant majority (70%) of

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Love’s Opens New Locations In Pennsylvania and Illinois

“We remain committed to serving drivers by expanding our network and offering convenient access to products and services in new areas,” says Love’s co-CEO. Professional drivers now have access to driver services and additional parking in two new parts of the country. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened for business in Londonderry Township, Pa., at Pennsylvania

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Altria Group Recognizes Pan-Oston

Pan-Oston receives preferred supplier recognition from Altria Group for tobacco fixtures. Pan-Oston has been named a preferred supplier from Altria Group, a Fortune 200 company that has built some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, and Black & Mild. For over 45 years, Pan-Oston has provided quality fixtures for

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Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices

Fuel having less impact on economy. The recent decline in fuel prices has resonated with consumers, 80% of whom report that gas prices are lower than they were 30 days ago and, for the first time in two years, more consumers think that gas prices will be lower in the next 30 days (30%) rather

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ROO Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express guests save on fountain beverages this holiday season. Kangaroo Express recently invited ROO Cup fanatics to “take back summer” by bringing its 2014 ROO Cup to any Kangaroo Express location to enjoy unlimited 25-cent ROO Cup refills on frozen and fountain beverages between Dec. 15-21. The 2014 ROO Cup has captured the hearts

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Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction can experience 3-D chocolate printing. The Hershey Co., in partnership with 3D Systems, on Dec. 19 debuted its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will have the opportunity to witness live 3-D chocolate candy printing for the first time.

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New Corner Store Opens in Magnolia, Texas

Officials present $5,000 donation to Magnolia High School. Corner Store held a grand opening celebration today for its newest location in Magnolia at 32502 FM 2978 near the intersection with Egypt Lane. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Pete Linton, regional vice-president of Corner Store, presented Magnolia High School with a check for $5,000 to show

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GetGo Brewing Up Pennsylvania Store Plan

New c-store will offer kitchen-cooked food and beer on site. By David Bennett, Senior Editor GetGo is moving ahead with its plan to construct its newest prototype store—this one outside of Erie, Pa. Officials from Harborcreek Township are reviewing the company’s plan for the 6,100-square-foot c-store and restaurant that is the second proposed GetGo location

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SpeedStop Stores Convert to SuperAmerica

Concerns over BP’s long-term viability in the Midwest prompted change in fuel supplier. Longtime owner and operator of SpeedStop stores, JM Companies is converting its BP-supplied gas stations — except those in Jenkins, Pequot Lakes and Pierz, Minn. —to SuperAmerica convenience stores, as well as at an E-Z Stop store that JM Companies recently acquired.

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Couche-Tard Acquiring The Pantry

Definitive merger agreement strengthening Couche-Tard’s position in attractive Southeastern and Gulf Coast U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and The Pantry Inc. have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Couche-Tard will acquire The Pantry in an all-cash transaction valued at $36.75 USD per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion USD, including debt

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GPM Investments Donates $20,000 To Pink Heals

Marks conclusion of successful $1,000,000 scratch card game contest. For GPM Investments LLC, community support is the name of the game when it comes to its $1 Million Scratch Card Game and Charity Donation. GPM’s highly successful $1 Million Scratch Card Game began in 2014. The game afforded GPM the opportunity to simultaneously conduct a

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MFA Oil Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

“Jon’s leadership with our sales and marketing teams, along with the success and growth of APM LLC, our dealer business, has greatly improved MFA Oil,” says MFA Oil president and CEO. MFA Oil has named Jon Ihler as vice president of sales and marketing. Ihler is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, quality control and oil

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IDDBA Reveals 10 Insights to Watch in 2015

“Evolving tastes, customer demographics, and shopping patterns continue to impact the retail food industry,” says senior education coordinator, IDDBA. Traditional grocery is projected to lose market share to alternative channels, snacking now accounts for one-half of all eating occasions, and bakery shoppers are as worried about high-fructose corn syrup as they are about trans fats,

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Hershey-Funded Operation Producing Life-Saving Therapeutic Food

Hershey invests more than $1 million and food expertise to help severely malnourished Ghanaian children using peanut-based food. The Hershey Co., in partnership with Project Peanut Butter, announced that the project’s newest manufacturing facility—located in Kumasi, Ghana—is now beginning full operation. The new plant will produce Project Peanut Butter’s peanut-based Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods

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Joe Hamza, Brent Mouton Join the NAG Board of Directors

Industry veterans round out the NAG eight-member board for 2015. The National Advisory Group (NAG), retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Joe Hamza, ‎Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Tedsechi Food Shops, and Brent Mouton, President and CEO of Hit-n-Run Food Stores, have joined the Board of

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CST Brands & CrossAmerica Acquire Landmark Stores

Purchase of 22 stores in San Antonio and Austin is third acquisition in less than three months by CST and CrossAmerica. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have agreed to jointly purchase 22 convenience stores in San Antonio and Austin, Texas from Landmark Industries, the third combined acquisition in less than three months. The

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Sunoco LP Completes Acquisition of Aloha Petroleum

Purchase price approximately $240 million. Sunoco LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of Honolulu, Hawaii-based Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha Petroleum is the largest independent gasoline marketer and one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii, with an extensive wholesale fuel distribution network and six fuel storage terminals on the islands. Aloha currently markets

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The Pantry For Sale, Seeks Acquirer

Expected to announce bid winner within days. Convenience store chain The Pantry Inc. is reportedly up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper noted that the Cary, N.C. company, which does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, has a market value of $685 million, and using a typical takeover premium, an

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Charlotte Beers To Be 2015 AWMA Expo Women’s Leadership Speaker

“Charlotte Beers has combined her business insight with an innate Southern charm to become highly successful in the competitive world of advertising and marketing,” says AWMA President & CEO. Charlotte Beers, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and national advertising agency CEO, will address attendees at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast during

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NOCO Express Opens Grand Island C-store

Store includes U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt and convenient amenities. NOCO Express recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1898 Whitehaven Road in Grand Island, N.Y. The former 950-square-foot store has been replaced with a brand new 4,000-square-foot store to accommodate the needs of today’s on-the-go customers. Open 24 hours daily, the

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U.S. Gasoline Demand Nosedives After Thanksgiving

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration shows gasoline demand in the United States dropped 9.3% to a six-month low during the week following Thanksgiving Day, a busy travel holiday, tumbling from the second highest weekly rate of demand for 2014. Gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale U.S.

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Thorntons Celebrates Dixie Highway Store Reopening

Donates to Kosair Charities. Thorntons recently held a ribbon cutting and check presentation Kosair Charities to celebrate the reopening of its newly renovated 4520 Dixie Highway location at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. Event attendees included: Tony Harris, president, Thorntons Inc., Scott Love, economic development manager, Louisville Metro Sherry Conner, mayor of Shively Randy Coe,

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