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“Vape” Chosen as Word of the Year

Vape is part of the English language and a popular word at that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.   The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “vape” as its word of the year. The dictionary defines vape as a verb meaning “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. “A

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Vaping Group Derides Wisconsin Ban

Council looks to ban vaping in all locations in the Madison where smoking tobacco is banned.   Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the introduction of an ordinance by members of the Madison City Council that would ban vaping in all

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Longtime C-Store Veteran Joins Kalibrate

Gregg Budoi was CEO and president of EZ Energy when it was sold to 7-Eleven two years ago. Former EZ Energy Inc. co-founder Gregg Budoi has joined the executive management team of global fuel retail provider Kalibrate as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president. After launching EZ Energy in 2008, Budoi built the business to a chain

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Turkey Hill Launches Limited-Edition Ice Cream

Introduced Nov. 15, the nutty concoction is exclusively available  at Turkey Hill Minit Markets.   Turkey Hill Minit Markets is getting into the holiday spirit alit early with Turkey Hill Butter Almond All Natural Ice Cream, a limited batch flavor launching exclusively at Turkey Hill Minit Markets starting Saturday. Like all Turkey Hill All Natural Recipe

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New Corner Store Opens in Round Rock, Texas

CST Brands continues to up its store count in Texas as well as other parts of the U.S.   Though CST Brands Inc. is expanding its corporate footprint at a fast clip, the parent of company of Corner Store convenience stores,  still celebrates store openings big time in its home state of Texas. Corner Store recently held the grand opening celebration

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U-Stop Convenience Shops Adds Mobile Platform

U-Stop now has the ability to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages and social media. U-Stop Convenience Shops, a convenience store chain based in Lincoln, Neb., launched their new website and mobile apps with OpenStore by Gasbuddy today. After integrating OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution provider, U-Stop now has the ability

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MAPCO Announces Thanksgiving Promotion

Lucky commuters in Hendersonville and Franklin, Tenn., will enjoy $1 off per gallon of gas Nov. 22-23.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor   Holiday travel isn’t easy, just ask the two million Tennesseans—as reported by AAA—who drove last year to spend time with friends and family. This year, MAPCO and PayPal are teaming up

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Pak-A-Sak Charity Golf Outing Reaches $200,000 Milestone

For more than two decades, Pak-A-Sak has been raising money for local communities.   The annual Pak-A-Sak benefit golf outing, better known as the James E. Peterson Memorial Golf Outing, recently topped $200,000 in charitable donations. This year’s outing raised $16,000, to bring the total to $208,000 over the 22 years the outing has been

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Technomic Sees Restaurant Unit Increases in 2014

Top 500 U.S. eateries in 2014 expected to see slight unit growth rate compared to last year.   Foodservice research firm Technomic predicts a 2.3% unit growth rate over 2013 among the top 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains. The increase is slightly higher than the 2.1% growth rate from 2012 to 2013 and much greater than the

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Corner Store Finishes 5K With $1 Million Donation

 San Antonio-based CST Brands to make run series benefiting local charities to be an annual event.   CST Brands, San Antonio-based parent company of Corner Store, recently wrapped up an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run, its first-ever fundraising event in San Antonio. The Country Run raised $1 million for

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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Hoping to Ignite

C-stores search for the key to unlocking the marketability of e-cigars. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Electronic cigarette sales are soaring and the vapor tank-mods business is growing. But when it comes to e-cigars, convenience store operators may find unlocking their untapped potential a challenge. While e-cigarettes are sometimes used as a buffer against traditional

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Cigar Issues Still Fresh

For convenience stores that sell cigars, it’s business as usual—at least until regulators say otherwise. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Now that the comment period on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations has passed, only time will tell what restrictions might affect the cigar segment, which is still alive and well. A

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Craving Meat Snack Sales

Consumers are finding the protein and satisfaction they want in dried meat snacks. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor An increasing number of American consumers are looking for snacks that do more than taste good. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, a consumer research organization, over half of the respondents said it was “very important”

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Innovation by the Cup

Retailers are investing more in hot dispensed beverage programs that reflect the consumers’ growing penchant for espresso-based coffee offerings, flavorful teas and more choices. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Wawa Inc. is known for its proprietary coffee, especially to its customers—one of every two are said to purchase a hot beverage every time they enter

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Grill Items Remain Hot

Roller grill food offerings can always be improved, but never at the expense of freshness and quality. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lunch and dinner programs that present convenience store customers with a variety of roller grill options and more meal options are effective ways to build foodservice sales. In fact, fresh, savory items, such

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Fueling Fresh Sandwich Sales

Even the smallest upgrades of your sandwich offerings can generate excitement. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When Americans purchase lunch out, they often don’t want to see the same things on the board every day. As evidence, in a recent survey by Chicago-based Technomic research company, about 60% of the respondents said that menu variety

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Healthier Pizza Options

When it comes to tastier and more nutritious pizza, consumers want their pie and they want it fresh. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor American consumers have always expected to have their cake and eat it, too. That also apply to pie—as in pizza pie. Americans might love pizza, but they also desire healthy, lower-calorie options.

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Cheering Craft Beer

As adult beverage preferences evolve, convenience stores are tapping into specialty beer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Studies show craft beer is not only good for overall industry volume, but is re-energizing beer lovers, bringing new people into the beer category. Seasonals, variety packs, ambers, pale ales and wheat beers not only hold the

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Make Sure You’re Secure

With credit card data hackers becoming increasingly innovative and sophisticated in their methods, it’s more important than ever for retailers to comply with current security standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Target, Supervalu, UPS, PF Chang’s and, most recently, Home Depot and even Dairy Queen—American retailers are being

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Differentiate With Design

Everything from upscale amenities to drive-throughs can make your stores stand out from the competition. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In an era of increased channel blurring, where dollar stores, quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) and drug stores are vying for the same customers, smart store design can help differentiate your c-store over the competition. Pak-A-Sak Convenience

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C-Store Program Seeks to Help Less Fortunate

A campaign designed to provide support to area residents is enlisting the help of willing convenience stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor With the help of local, nonprofit partners and a major U.S. pizza distributor, several c-stores have gotten into the spirit of giving in a big way as part of a regional charitable program.

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Tracking Today’s Retail Beverage Trends

As carbonated soft drink sales fall, figures show that energy and non-carbonated beverages, such as teas, are growing in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Consumer preferences are moving away from carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and toward beverages they perceive as healthier, such as energy drinks and non-carbonated beverages like teas, bottled water and functional

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Sami’s Quick Stop Gets Innovative

Newly remodeled site serves as a one-stop shopping convenience destination. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Sami’s Quick Stop on the corner of East Midlothian Blvd. and Youngstown-Poland Road in Youngstown, Ohio recently wowed customers when it reopened its doors in September, following a major $1.8 million renovation. The new and improved 24-hour location was expanded

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