FDA Menu Labeling Comment Period Extended

NACS asks retail members to comment ahead of the new Aug. 2 deadline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has announced that it is extending the comment period for the interim final rule by 30 days to Aug. 2 the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported. NACS plans to file comments on behalf

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Rutter’s Expands into Blair County

A grand opening event is set for July 20. Rutter’s has opened its first store in Blair County, Pa., marking its 68th store location. The new Rutter’s is located at 935 Plank Road in Duncansville, a suburb of Altoona, Pa. The Duncansville Rutter’s is 7,850 square feet and has 16 auto fueling stations and five

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NC A&T State’s C-Store Serves Student Needs

Currently revamping its c-store and constructing a new dining hall, Campus Enterprises at NC A&T State uses student feedback to better plan food and c-store offerings. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NC A&T) State University has embarked on major renovations to bring its convenience store and dining services

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ADD Systems Welcomes Tracie Nall

Nall brings over 20 years of convenience store industry experience leveraging technology / back-office software to the organization. Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) welcomes Tracie Nall of Kernersville, N.C. as Regional Sales Representative. Nall’s role within the sales team will focus on the Convenience Store and Wholesale Petroleum industries. “The management team is excited

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Rutter’s Introduces Beer Sales at 10th Location

Wrightsville location latest Rutter’s to launch new beer cave selection. Rutter’s continues to expand its reach with stores that sell beer. The latest location to offer beer sales is located in Wrightsville right off of Route 30 and it started selling beer on June 29, after a remodel to accommodate the Beer Cave. This is

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When Cash is King, Safety Rules

From smart safes to best practices in ATM location and cash drawer management, savvy c-store retailers work to keep employees and customers safe from would-be thieves. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Rumors of cash’s demise have been swirling for years. But if cash were no longer king, the lengths thieves go to get it would

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Sunoco Repeats ‘Free Fuel 5000’ Sweepstakes

Now in its 13th year, the sweepstakes are set to award $5,000 in free fuel to a grand prize winner. This summer, some lucky gas station shoppers with Sunoco decals on their cars will win gift cards and be entered for a chance to win free fuel. For the 13th consecutive year, the Sunoco Free

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Appeal to Customers with Dairy

Dairy can offer flavor and adventure for any daypart. When snack attacks hit, dairy can be a healthful option. Market research firm Packaged Facts’ report “2017 Forecast: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” shows even as non-dairy alternatives expand into new territories, so do the animal milk-based originals. Packaged Facts forecasts that in the months and years

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July Fourth Shoppers Look to Social Media for Deals

Among Fourth of July weekend activities, shopping is high on the list for many customers. A study by ChargeItSpot shows 43% of shoppers say they plan to shop Independence Day deals. ChargeItSpot, a provider of cell phone charging stations for major retailers, events, and other indoor public venues, has announced the results of its “2017

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Cumberland Farms Honors Scholarship Winners for 11th Year

This year Cumberland Farms has awarded $130,000 in “Believe & Achieve” Scholarships to 130 students. For the 11th consecutive year, 130 talented high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 “Believe & Achieve” Scholarships by convenience store chain Cumberland Farms. Cumberland Farms has provided over $1.1 million in critical financial assistance to more than 1,100 bright,

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Aloha Petroleum Raises $5,000 for Partnership For A Healthier America

Aloha Island Mart convenience stores raise money through checkout donations. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. raised $5,000 to support the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) through a two-month, in-store donation campaign at its Aloha Island Mart locations. Throughout the months of April and May, customers at any Aloha Island Mart location could add a $1 or

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VERC Enterprises Introduces Mayflower Provisions

Renames Mayflower Food & Spirits following acquisition, looks to grow offering. VERC Enterprises has announced a new name for its most recent acquisition at 164 South Street in Plymouth, Mass. Mayflower Food & Spirits will now be called Mayflower Provisions. New ownership, new equipment, expanded offerings and now a new name! For the past 40

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Couche-Tard Closes CST Deal

Circle K will run its largest U.S. business unit, the Texas Business Unit (BU), from San Antonio. The Texas BU will manage close to 700 stores in Texas. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., on June 28, announced that it has successfully closed on its deal for CST Brands Inc., following approval

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QT To Open C-Stores in San Antonio, Austin

More than 100 convenience stores planned for the launch in San Antonio and Austin. QuikTrip (QT) is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The first QT stores in each city are expected to open in the summer of 2018. QT has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently

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Getty Realty Lease-Back Related to Couche-Tard’s CST Brands Acquisition

Getty provides lease-back funding necessary for Empire Petroleum to purchase the 70 sites Couche-Tard must shed to finish its CST Brands acquisition. In order to complete it’s acquisition of CST Brands as scheduled on June 28, Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Circle K Stores must divest 70 locations. Those locations are being purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners LLC,

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Alimentation Couche-Tard, CST Brands Deal Set to Close

Closing date set for June 28. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has obtained clearance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the acquisition of CST Brands Inc. Closing is expected to occur on June 28, 2017. As per the terms of the merger agreement, CST stockholders will receive US$48.53 in cash per share, without interest, representing a

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Empire Petroleum Acquiring 70 Corner Store Gas Stations

Purchase moves Empire into the Arizona market, as well as expanding its presence in existing areas of business. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Circle K Stores Inc. and CST Brands, Inc. to acquire 70 Corner Store gas stations. The acquisition of these Corner Store locations will expand

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MFA Oil Adds Outdoor Payment Solution at Break Time Convenience Stores

MFA Oil is bringing the latest pay-at-the-pump technology to customers’ fingertips. MFA Oil, an energy and farmer-owned cooperative that operates 73 Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas, has selected NCR OPTIC 5 NCR solution for its user-friendly software, open source platform and cutting edge media management features. The NCR solution will allow MFA

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NRF PROTECT Recognizes Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention Experts

Award recognizes pioneers in the retail loss prevention community whose “honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.” The National Retail Federation (NRF) is honoring those who have helped the retailer community better succeed at loss prevention. Three members of the law enforcement and retail loss prevention community will be honored this

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Kwik Trip, Gas Buddy Partner in “Fuel Up for Freedom”

Customers have the chance to get free gas on June 29 at a soon-to-be announced Kwik Trip location if they are using the Gas Buddy app. A number of lucky Kwik Trip fuel customers in the Twin Cities using the Gas Buddy app are about to get free gas in honor of Independence Day. GasBuddy,

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ampm Partners With Los Angeles Dodgers Player Justin Turner

ampm took over Dodger Stadium June 24. Toomgis, spokes-creature for ampm convenience stores, which operates nearly 1,000 West Coast locations, has recruited his orange-bearded buddy, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, to help him find a summer job. Five humorous social media videos, show Toomgis, the loveable snack giant whose moniker stands for Too

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NACS Partners With the American Red Cross

In time for Hurricane season, NACS looks to foster donation collection by c-stores to aid disaster relief. The American Red Cross and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), have joined forces to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American

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TravelCenters Honors Active Military Members, Veterans on July 4

‘Fallen Soldier Tables’ include a single place setting at an empty table to represent the wish that fallen men and women of the armed forces could be present to dine. TravelCenters of America LLC’s TA Restaurant Group division is honoring service men and women this Fourth of July. The TA Restaurant Group invites all active

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San Francisco Aims To Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

If ordinance becomes law, San Francisco would become the first city to approve a sales ban on flavored tobacco. San Francisco has introduced an ordinance —approved by city supervisors—that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette juices that include nicotine, as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes—citing concerns that the flavors entice children.

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Realizing E-Cigarette Potential

Evolving with e-cigs requires commitment, but it can pay dividends for c-store retailers. By Anne Flint In order to be successful with the electronic cigarettes segment, convenience store retailers have to think about the broader tobacco category and the role that electronic cigarettes play in total store profitability. The role of electronic cigarettes is evolving

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