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Hershey’s Chief Financial Officer to Retire

Search initiated for successor. The Hershey Co. announced that David Tacka, senior vice president and chief financial officer, intends to retire from the company at the end of the year. Hershey has engaged a leading executive search firm to conduct a national search for his successor. “Dave has had a distinguished 40-year career at Hershey

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Corner Store Kicks Off Inaugural 5K Run

Family-friendly fun run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local children’s charities. Corner Store, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio, is introducing its inaugural signature charity event, a 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. The eight-city

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Customers Craving Healthy-Ingredient Snacks

Packaged Facts report shows as customers snack more often they seek out foods with nutritional benefits. More and more Americans eat smaller portions of food more frequently throughout the day, and there is universal agreement in the food industry that this megatrend is here to stay. Another cultural shift that adds fuel to a hot

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Kum & Go Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55 cent specials during September. September marks Kum & Go’s 55th anniversary. The chain is celebrating all month long with special deals for customers. On Tuesdays in September, Kum & Go is offering a special coffee discount to its customers. Customers can get a small 16-ounce coffee for just 55 cents. Customers who

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.

Protec Fuel to bring dozens of E15, E85 stations to metro areas. The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the

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Corner Store Rolls Out Fall Menu

New food offerings feature New Mexico Hatch chiles. Corner Store is inviting customers to “Get Hatched” with four new food offerings that feature authentic Hatch chiles from New Mexico. Beginning Sept. 1, Corner Stores is serving up a slow-roasted turkey puff pie filled with Hatch chiles and cheddar cheese and a Hatch chile seasoned grilled

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Isis Rebrands As Softcard

Following the emergence of the Islamic militant group known as Isis, the mobile wallet company Isis rebrands. Isis Wallet is rebranding to Softcard. The new name follows the company’s announcement in July that it would rebrand to avoid any confusion or association with the violent Islamic militant group in the Middle East whose name, when

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NOCO Express Raises Funds For Hospice Foundation

Donates more than $13,000, following in-store promotion. NOCO Express stores, its customers, and employees recently raised a total of $13,334 to support Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Throughout the entire month of July, paper sunflowers were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 36 locations to support participating hospice programs in Western

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Couche-Tard Reports Record Net Earnings For Q1 2015

“What stands out above all is the continued strong performance of our teams which enabled us to post strong organic growth on all fronts,” says Couch-Tard CEO. Couche-Tard reported record net earnings of $269.5 million ($0.47 per share on a diluted basis) for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding non-recurring items for both comparable

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Couche-Tard Sells its Aviation Fuel Business

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2014. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Statoil Fuel & Retail AS, an agreement to sell its aviation fuel business to Air BP. The sale is done through a share purchase agreement pursuant to which Air BP would acquire 100% of

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Dollar General Raises Family Dollar Bid

Dollar General offers $80 per share, agrees to divest up to 1,500 stores if required. Dollar General Corp. has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens two additional travel stops on I-10. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has opened two new travel stops. The travel stops Mossy Head, Fla., located at I-10, Exit 70, and Fort Stockton, Texas, I-10, Exit 261, opened for business on Aug. 28. The Mossy Head location features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 82 truck parking spaces

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Pilot Flying J Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenges trucking industry to help support the cause. Jimmy Haslam CEO of Pilot Flying J, led team members in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a national campaign to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. The event took place at the Pilot store at 8541 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 14. Behind Haslam

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Chain Restaurant Traffic Stable

Visits to independents decline, according to an NPD report. The strength and marketing clout of major and small restaurant chains kept total restaurant industry traffic flat instead of declining in the April/May/June quarter while visits to independent restaurants (1-2 units) declined by 2%, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Visits to major restaurant

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The Convenience Retailing of Tomorrow

Technology and automation to be the biggest trends impacting convenience stores in the future. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” Steve Jobs once cautioned. “You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” And so as Convenience

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Enmark Raises $1000 for Savannah Bicycle Campaign

Health and wellness lectures aid community. Matching proceeds raised from John Bennett’s “5 Ways to Make Bicycling a Healthy Part of Your Daily Life”, the third of five lectures in the Enmark Encourage Health Education Series 2014, Enmark Stations raised $1000 for Savannah Bicycle Campaign, a nonprofit organization working to build a better Savannah through

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BP to Roll Out Network Wide Technology Offer

Technology upgrades to meet global credit and debit card standards reducing potential fraudulent transactions and enable enhanced consumer loyalty and payment offers. BP is set to begin communicating a new technology solution and associated offer for BP branded retailers in early 2015, with deployment expected to begin in mid-2015. The new technology solution will include

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Stockholders Approve Susser-ETP Merger

After receiving this stockholder approval, all significant closing conditions for the Merger have been met. Susser Holdings Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. have announced that Susser Holdings Corp. stockholders voted to approve the proposed merger with ETP at a special meeting of Susser stockholders. Approximately 99% of the shares voted at yesterday’s meeting voted

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The Hershey Co. Updates Its Corporate Brand

Unveils a new company logo One hundred-twenty years ago, people across America fell in love with the name “Hershey’s” stamped on a chocolate bar. Today, The Hershey Co.—known for its iconic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and more than 80 other confectionery brands around the world—is unveiling a refreshed corporate brand that builds on the company’s

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Understanding Your Financing Options

By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand their businesses because of a fear of “over-extending” themselves? All too often this fear exists simply because the convenience store operation’s executives and managers are not aware of the tremendous number of financing options that are available to expanding

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7-Eleven Expands Belly Partnership

Loyalty program to grow to more stores across the nation. 7-Eleven is growing its partnership with Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty platform that teams with merchants to provide shoppers with rewards for repeat purchases. This expanded partnership will bring Belly to more than 2,000 new 7-Eleven convenience store locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Northeast,

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MAPCO Lauches Mobile Payments At The Pump

Customers can use the MY MAPCO app to pay for gas via PayPal. MAPCO Express, a convenience store chain and petroleum operator in the southwest U.S., has officially rolled out mobile payment for gas via a smartphone app as a payment option at 276 MAPCO locations, Mobile Payments Today reported. MAPCO teamed with PayPal, in

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Love’s Opens Three New Locations

Love’s opens in Franklin, Va.; Angola, Ind.; and Indianola, Miss. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened three new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 21. The travel stops are in Franklin, Va., located at U.S. Highways 58 and 258; Angola, Ind., I-69, Exit 348; and Indianola, Miss. at U.S. Highways 82 and 49. All three sites are

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Breaking: Malware Related to Recent Breach Incidents

Urgent immediate action required regarding POS malware that may have infected numerous organizations. In a statement released on Aug. 22 by the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, a warning was issued that a Point of Sale (POS) malware dubbed “Backoff” may have infected systems in over 1,000 organizations and represents a very

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MLPs: Sign of the Times

In the last 12 months, more convenience store chains are banking on the benefits of master licensing agreements to improve their position in a widely-fragmented industry. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Acquisitions have always played a strategic role in the convenience store industry. Take for example CST Brands Inc., which last month entered into an

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