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Duchess Raises Over $50K for American Red Cross

Duchess employees and customers partner with the American Red Cross to raise money for the local chapter. Duchess, an operator of gas stations and convenience stores in Ohio and West Virginia, partnered with the American Red Cross to promote Red Cross month at its sites during the month of March. Throughout the month of March

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Delek US Acquires Ownership Interest in Alon USA

“This acquisition is an exciting strategic step for us as it broadens our asset diversity,” says CEO of Delek US. Delek US Holdings Inc. has completed the acquisition of approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock from Alon Israel Oil Co. Ltd. “We are

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C-Store Owner Incorrectly Targeted By Drug Law Gets Money Back

Low bank deposits make c-store owner target of IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has dismissed a civil forfeiture case against a Fairmont, N.C. convenience store owner, who found himself unexpectedly facing asset forfeiture under a law intended to target drug dealers and money laundering. Last July, Lyndon McLellan, who has owned and operated L&M

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Retailers File New Swipe-Fee Lawsuit Against Visa and Mastercard

C-store chains among plaintiffs in class action lawsuit alleging Visa and Mastercard are violating antitrust laws. On Tuesday, May 12, a group of retailers filed a class action lawsuit in Texas federal court against Visa and MasterCard, accusing the payment card giants of conspiring in violation of federal antitrust laws, unlawfully restraining competition and forcing

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New Allegations Emerge From Truckers Suing Pilot

Trucking firms suing in federal court say they thought Pilot’s “cost-plus” offers were based on Pilot’s actual fuel costs, when in fact they were based on an industry average. Following the 2013 FBI raid on Flying Pilot J, the company quickly settled many rebate fraud claims but a handful of companies that refused to settle

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Phoenix Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Sunridge Elementary. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Phoenix with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 15. The store is located at 1111 N. 67th Avenue. At a ribbon-cutting, George Engle, Zone Manager for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented

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TravelCenters Donates To St. Christopher Fund

Customers and employees of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, have once again shown their generosity through donations of $7,744.89 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a nonprofit organization that provides direct assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have

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RAI and Lorillard Follow Philip Morris’ Price Increase Lead

Pricing remains a critical driver of revenue and remains necessary to drive top-line growth, says Wells Fargo Securities spokesperson. Altria/Philip Morris USA announced a cigarette list price increase of $0.07 per pack (roughly 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton, across all of its core brands and a $0.07/tin increase on Marlboro snus tins, on

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Rutter’s Adds Lower Fat Options To Menu

Introduces new sampler plate. Rutter’s Farm Stores added lower fat ingredients, turkey bacon and black bean burgers, as well as a new appetizer sampler plate to the popular and award-winning menu, the Central Pennsylvania retailer announced this week. Black bean burgers offer Rutter’s customers a lower fat, high protein alternative to the one-third-pound Angus beef

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NATO Outlines FDA Guidance on No-Tobacco-Sales Order

FDA seeking comments on draft guidance. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued a guidance document titled “Determination of the Period Covered by a No-Tobacco-Sale Order and Compliance with an Order,” the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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Cumberland Farms Introduces Signature f’real Milkshake

Cools and caffeinates customers for $1.99. Cumberland Farms is celebrating spring by introducing the new Farmhouse Blend f’real Milkshake. The new milkshake combines the brand’s signature Farmhouse Blend Coffee with real ice cream and dairy-fresh milk, which is blended in a convenient, on-the-go cup—and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. Customers can purchase the milkshake

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E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Accelerates Again

“We remain encouraged that category dollar sales continue to grow, driven by Big Tobacco’s national e-cig rollouts,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. All channel (mass channel + c-stores) e-cig dollar sales growth continued to accelerate sequentially to +24.1% in the period ending May 2, 2015, driven by +57.7% unit growth, partially offset by -21.3% net pricing,

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Love’s Travel Stops opens in Woodburn, Ind.

Love’s to donate $2,000 to local nonprofit. The City of Woodburn, Ind. received a little ‘Love’ during its 150th birthday celebration. The new Love’s Travel Stop, which offers residents a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more, opened for business last week. The 12,000 square-foot facility, located at U.S. Highway 24 and State

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TA& Petro Stopping Centers Restaurants Offer Free Food For Kids

This summer, with purchase of adult meal, kids eat for free. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, invites parents to take a break from cooking all summer long. From May 15 – Sept. 7, 2015, TA Country Pride Restaurants and Petro Iron Skillet Restaurants will give

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Consumers Weigh In On Organic Labeling

Over half of U.S. consumers think organic labeling is an excuse to charge more.        Organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, but new research from Mintel reveals that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic

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Mac’s Fights Crime With New Mural At Brampton Store

Community graffiti project aims to give residents ownership of their local convenience store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard in Canada, has seen continued success using a mural project to combat crime at its stores, and introduced a fifth store to the program just last week in Brampton.

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Memorial Day Travel Volume To Be Highest In 10 Years

Despite climbing gas prices, drivers expected to take to the road in record numbers during the holiday weekend. AAA predicts that automotive travel this Memorial Day holiday will be up 5.3% (33 million travelers) compared to last year’s holiday weekend, which would be the highest volume in 10 years. Increasing gas prices are apparently not

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Subway Opens 5,000th C-store Location

“All along, this growth in non-traditional areas, has allowed us to bring our product to where the customers are,” says Subway’s chief development officer. Global quick-service restaurant chain SUBWAY restaurants is celebrating its latest developmental milestone in the brand’s growth with the opening of its 5,000th convenience store and truck stop location in Lima, Peru.

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Royal Buying Group Announces Vendor of The Year

Also recognizes new product display winners. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced the 2014 Vendor of the Year Award at the 2015 Independent C-Store Expo on April 30. RBG provided this award to one vendor who provided outstanding programing and services to its network of retailers through new product innovation, core program information and excellent

NAC Awards Gold Medal Products CEO

The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Dan Kroeger; president, CEO and chairman of Gold Medal Products Co. has been named the 2015 Mickey Warner Award recipient. Kroeger will be honored on Thursday, July 23 at the NAC Membership Luncheon during The Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The Mickey

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Kum & Go Opens First Public CNG Store in Springdale

“Kum & Go has a proud tradition of being an industry leader in sustainable practices,” says CEO of Kum & Go. Kum & Go announced it will be opening its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Springdale, Ark. The station will be located at 1220 E Robinson Ave. While there are 1,540 public

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens in Baird, Texas

Love’s to donate to local nonprofits. Baird, Texas residents now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more. The new Love’s Travel Stop, located on Interstate 20 at U.S. Highway 283, opened for business last week. The 10,000 square foot facility is open 24 hours a day. Customers will find gourmet coffee,

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Consumer Optimism Wilts as Gas Prices Rise

Nationwide, economic optimism fell from 52% to 48%. Nearly nine in 10 consumers (85%) say that gas prices affect their feelings about the economy, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Gas prices have risen roughly 50 cents per gallon since February. One in 10 consumers (10%) say that

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M&M’S Brand Turns Laughs Into Donations

Partners with U.S. Red Nose Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced that M&M’S, known for its colorful chocolate candies and equally colorful sense of humor, is kicking off a new campaign called “#MakeMLaugh” to support Red Nose Day as it debuts in the U.S. This integrated, socially driven campaign is one of many ways M&M’S

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7-Eleven Launches Slurpee All Access Chill

Slurpee All Access Chill Sweepstakes to award music experiences, downloads, festival tickets, sound systems, guitars. For thousands of American music lovers, 7‑Eleven stores’ iconic Slurpee drink could be the ticket to top concerts, exclusive trips to music festivals across the country, music downloads and once-in-a-lifetime music experiences including a meet-and-greet with pop star Austin Mahone.

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