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Parker’s Convenience Stores Garnering National Attention

Georgia chain debuts on Inc. magazine’s celebrated list of fastest growing companies. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The Parker Cos. Inc., with 27 convenience stores throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, has scored the No. 3006 spot on the annual Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. It’s the first time the c-store chain has

Chains Worth Watching

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Mars Brings M&M’s To Main Street

Company to open a first-ever temporary M&M’S World store on Main Street in Hackettstown, N.J. M&M’S World is coming to Main Street, literally. Mars Chocolate North America and Mars Retail Group have announced plans to open the first-ever pilot M&M’S World store at 160 Main Street in Hackettstown, N.J. to celebrate the company’s long-term connection

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FamilyMart Aims To Double Thai Stores

Partnership with Central Retail Co. is expected to help grow the FamilyMart chain in Thailand to 3,000 locations in 10 years. Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. plans to accelerate its store openings in Thailand through a new business partnership with Central Retail Corp., MarketWatch reported. FamilyMart plans to sell its entire stake in SFM

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Casey’s Takes Charge

With an aggressive expansion and remodeling plan underway, Casey’s General Stores is in firm control of its future and sits atop the list of Chains to Watch in 2013. By: Erin Rigik, associate editor. Casey’s General Stores has come a long way in two years. The convenience store chain is branching into new territory, pushing

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7-Eleven Expected To Acquire EZ Energy's 91 Stores

Purchase of ampm, EasyTrip stores to triple chain’s reach in the Ohio market. 7-Eleven is planning to buy EZ Energy USA Inc’s 91 stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Crain’s Cleveland Business reported. The deal would boost 7-Eleven’s footprint in the Ohio market, where it currently operates only 23 sites. EZ Energy is part of Israel-based

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Additech Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

“With the recent changes in leadership, a solid product and key technical advantages, all the elements are in place for significant business growth,” says new chief marketing officer. Additech, a North American outsourced operator of at-the-pump additive and interactive merchandising systems has hired Farah Jumshyd to head up its Marketing department as chief marketing officer.

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7-Eleven Reports Growth From 2011 Onward

 7-Eleven doubles its numbers from 2003 to 46,000 total  stores  After breaking both international and domestic store growth records last year, 7-Eleven Inc. plans to have even more growth in 2012.  Last year, the chain added more than 4,600 stores throughout the world. About 600 of these stores were built, acquired or transitioned from another

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Coinstar Reimagines Responsibility

Releases first annual corporate social responsibility report. Coinstar Inc. released its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, “Reimagining Responsibility.”   The report highlights the company’s engagement and sustainability efforts and shares future commitments to advancing the long-term well-being of Coinstar, its employees, the environment and the communities it serves. “Since establishing a CSR office in

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Wawa Supports JOBS Act

“Wawa’s ability to grow and expand has a direct, positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” says Wawa CEO. Wawa participated in the White House ceremony to sign the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act), bipartisan legislation that will reduce the regulatory burdens on small businesses, enhancing their ability to grow and create

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NACS/CCRRC Releases Report On Shopper Motivations

Study identifies five compelling new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. Convenience retailers seeking a profitable path to the future now have five compelling growth platforms to explore, following recommendations offered in the final section of a new NACS /Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) study posted on www.ccrrc.org. “C-Growth: Using Shopper Research

Lessons in Retail Leadership

Despite fast-changing customer expectations, shortened product and retail life cycles and rapid technological advancements, many retailers have not taken advantage of opportunities to innovate. By applying new perspectives to established ways of doing business, convenience store retailers can strengthen their competitive and financial positions, improve the customer experience and create a new life cycle of

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C-Store Foodservice Grows To $11.5 Billion

The number of stores with dedicated foodservice personnel has nearly doubled since 2007. In a sign that convenience store operators are successfully ramping up their foodservice efforts, industry consultants Technomic found that average unit volumes for c-stores offering prepared food and dispensed beverages (“true foodservice”) jumped to more than $136k in 2011, up from $123k

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Fast Nickels vs.Slow Dimes

When it comes to competing in the fuel business, convenience store retailers must fight to maintain their market share. By Jim Callahan. I received an inquiry from a small retailer in the Northeast recently who had lost a huge chunk of his fuel volume due to some fierce new competition. This is an issue that

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Sunoco Adds 11 Retail Locations

Latest acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s position as fuels retailer and convenience store operator in Florida. Sunoco Inc. has acquired 11 retail locations in Daytona, Fla., and the surrounding communities in Volusia County from First Coast Energy L.L.P. Each location will be company operated and include an APlus convenience store. “We continue to grow in areas where

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7-Eleven Closes Sam’s Mart Deal

The 55 acquired stores are scheduled for rebranding as 7-Elevens in 2012. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 55 Sam’s Mart stores from Sam’s Mart LLC.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Slurpee drinks and Big Bite hot dogs aren’t the only good news 7-Eleven stores’ return to the Greater Charlotte

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C-Store Count Grows 1.2%

Today there is approximately one c-store per 2,100 U.S. residents. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 148,126 stores as of Dec. 31, 2011, a 1.2% increase (1,785 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The convenience retailing industry has seen remarkable growth over the last

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Thorntons Names Harris Chief Operating Officer

Harris’ leadership of Thorntons’ retail strategy has helped result in the chain’s unprecedented growth, says Thortons CEO. Thorntons Inc. has named Tony Harris chief operating officer (COO) of the Louisville, Ky.-based convenience store chain. Harris will be responsible for operations, marketing, gasoline pricing, brand management, customer experience and retail strategy. A Thorntons Inc. veteran of

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Local Store Marketing: Foodservice Group Sales

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. One often-overlooked strategy to generate ancillary foodservice revenues is developing a program to tap group sales.  Generating revenue through large group order sales is an excellent way to exponentially grow your business.  The sale from the initial large group order is the first source

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Getting Crafty in the Cold Vault

Beer sales are hot right now and driving the push are specialty brews and imports. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumer interest in more flavorful food and beverages has led, among other things, to the rise of craft beers. Retailers: Start your engines. Craft beers offer more challenging tastes, authenticity and often even a quirkiness

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Supervalu Commits $1 Million To Sponsor Youth Sports Teams

Sponsorship helps provide opportunities for more than 20,000 kids to participate in soccer and baseball. Supervalu Inc. has committed $1 million to sponsor 1,542 youth sports teams in markets where its ACME, ALBERTSONS, Cub Foods, FARM FRESH, JEWEL-OSCO and SHAWS/STAR Market stores operate. The sponsorships underscore the company’s commitment to its local neighborhoods. The sponsorships,

Marlin Network Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Springfield, Mo.-based Marlin Network Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary at the 2010 National Restaurant Association Show, May 20 – 25, 2010 in Chicago. Founded in May of 1985, Marlin Network has steadily grown as an agency in the foodservice channel, now employing 80+ strategic, creative and culinary professionals, and representing more than 60 of the

Valero Reports Fourth Quarter, Annual Results

Valero Energy Corporation has reported a fourth quarter loss from continuing operations of $182 million, or $0.32 per share, excluding special items, of $155 million, or $0.28 per share. This compared to a fourth quarter 2008 loss from continuing operations of $3.2 billion, or $6.22 per share, excluding special items, of $795 million, or $1.53

New Year, New Opportunities

For many convenience store chains, 2009 could not end soon enough. A challenging economy, higher operating costs, outrageous credit card fees and an onslaught of new tobacco taxes were just some of the issues retailers had to contend with. In our ongoing effort to provide readers with the tools they need to make informed decisions,

Couche-Tard Pushes U.S. Expansion

When Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was presented with CSD’s Chain of the Year honors in 2007, the company’s smart, strong growth was cited as the foundation for the honor. A little more than two years later and not much has changed. The company is still regarded as one of the savviest marketers in two countries, and

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