Parker’s Wins 2015 Historic Preservation Award

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Parker’s recognized for renovation of Philbrick-Eastman Mansion in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently won a Historic Savannah Foundation Historic Preservation Award for the company’s renovation of the Philbrick-Eastman House. Winners were recognized at Historic Savannah Foundation’s annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 7. Under the leadership of company president and CEO Greg

NATO Executive Director Talks Tobacco Regulations

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Tom Briant outlines upcoming bills at the state level. Some 26 state legislatures have considered bills to raise the cigarette or tobacco product tax rate, but so far this year the bills have either died or failed in 10 states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Love’s adds 82 parking spaces. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its doors for business in Jacksonville, Fla., along Interstate 95. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 1,200-mile highway that stretches from Florida to Maine. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Rutter’s Launches Private Label ‘R’ Sauce

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Adds loaded potato skins to the menu. The menu at Rutter’s has expanded once again pairing new flavors like the sweet and smoky tang of Rutter’s ‘R’ Sauce, with old favorites, like Loaded Potato Skins, the York, Pa.- based retailer announced. Rutter’s ‘R’ sauce is a new addition both on the menu and on Rutter’s

Retailers Make the Most of EMV Compliance Deadline

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EMV upgrades can be a time to reconsider partners or enhance system functionality. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor C-store retailers are staring down the October 2015 deadline when those who are not EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their stores.

7-Eleven Partners With Ultra Mobile

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Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans now available at 6,000 U.S. 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven and Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, have reached a key distribution agreement where Ultra Mobile will supply more than 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this

More Vacationers Will Travel by Car this Summer

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More vacationers to be traveling by car this summer. One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and 86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Affordability is

Kissimmee Citgo Adds E15 Fuel

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Introduces E15 fuel to the greater Orlando area. Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel

Sweets & Snacks Expo Kicks Off In Chicago

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Keynote sessions address obesity, trends and candy’s role as a sweet treat. By Erin, Rigik, Senior Editor The Sweets and Snacks Expo kicked off Tuesday, May 19, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Expo is celebrating 18 years in Chicago and is expected to have more than 16,000 attendees, marking the biggest show ever. John Downs

NCA Announces 2015 Trends From Sweets & Snacks Expo

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New candy and snack flavors evoke nostalgia and appeal to a sophisticated palate. New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like maple, waffles, and bacon are highlighted and will be hitting stores shelves soon, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood

Marathon Settles Lawsuit For Almost $6 Million

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Marathon to reduce emissions and pay civil penalties. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $6 million dollars and cut emissions at facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland.com reported. The EPA and the Justice Department claimed

Peter Tedeschi Details Deal With 7-Eleven

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A CSD EXCLUSIVE The majority of Tedeschi Food Shop employees are expected to retain their positions at the store level, but the future of the iconic family brand remains in question. By John Lofstock, Editor At a Glance: Tedeschi Food Stores Headquarters: Rockland, Mass. Founded: 1923 Store Count: 182 2014 Annual Revenue: Estimated at more

7-Eleven Acquires Tedeschi

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7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits

NAG Conference Heads To Santa Fe

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National Advisory Group conference to feature speakers from more than a dozen leading c-store chains. Registration for the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference is open now. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 13-16 in Santa Fe, N.M. The El Dorado Hotel will play host to one of the convenience store industry’s can’t-miss educational

Duchess Raises Over $50K for American Red Cross

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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

Delek US Acquires Ownership Interest in Alon USA

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“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

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

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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

Retailers File New Swipe-Fee Lawsuit Against Visa and Mastercard

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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

New Allegations Emerge From Truckers Suing Pilot

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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

Phoenix Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

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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

TravelCenters Donates To St. Christopher Fund

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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

RAI and Lorillard Follow Philip Morris’ Price Increase Lead

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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

Rutter’s Adds Lower Fat Options To Menu

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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

NATO Outlines FDA Guidance on No-Tobacco-Sales Order

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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

Cumberland Farms Introduces Signature f’real Milkshake

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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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