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Hawaii E-Cigarette Bill Passes Senate Committee

After much debate, an edited e-cigarette bill in Hawaii will not tax e-cigs at the 70% tobacco tax rate, but will restrict sales to minors. E-cigarette bill, SB2233, was passed by the Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee Friday, Feb. 10, after members voted to delete language that would require a 70% tobacco tax on

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Shop Around The Clock

7-Eleven has an array of gifts for last minute shoppers this holiday season. With retailers opening their stores even earlier for Black Friday door-buster sales, shoppers started the hunt for December holiday deals as early as Thanksgiving evening, jockeying for flat-screen TVs and fighting over waffle irons. But shopping in the middle of the night

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Champlain Farms Partners With Quiznos

“We know Champlain Farms customers will be attracted by Quiznos’ brand recognition and appetizing menu,” says president of Champlain Farms.   Vermont-based convenience and gasoline retailer Champlain Farms is set to open Quiznos restaurants inside Champlain Farms’ 40 locations. The new Quiznos restaurants are planned for Champlain Farms locations throughout Vermont, situated in highly-frequented locations,

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Thorntons Introduces Phone App

New app enables customers to have Thorntons with them 24/7. Louisville Ky.-based Thorntons has announced the launch of its brand-new proprietary, free mobile phone app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry users. The mobile phone app, powered by OpenStore by GasBuddy, is free for all Thorntons customers at http://thorntons1.com/MobileApps.aspx. “Thorntons consumers are extremely tech-savvy and

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Clark Brands Re-Opens Mentor C-store

After a tornado destroyed the store last year, Clark Brands rebuilds Mentor, Minn., location. Clark Brands is re-opening its Mentor C-store in Mentor, Minn., a little more than a year after a June 17, 2010 tornado destroyed the store. The Mentor C-store, a local fixture off U.S. Highway 2, is once again serving customers from

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Targeting Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are gaining insights into the shopping patterns of today’s c-store customers. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain make it even more critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers,

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MSA Releases VendorExpress for Distributor-Manufacturer Connections

Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) announced its intention to market VendorExpress to enhance and streamline information exchanges between wholesale distributors and their suppliers. VendorExpress is an expansion of an in-house product developed by Pine State Trading Company called mypinestate.com, a collaborative business platform that provides the Maine-based distributor’s suppliers with 24×7 access to the most

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CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

Wawa Remembers Harry Kalas

On April 13, Wawa and its associates celebrated the life of famed Phillies announcer, Harry Kalas, who passed away one year ago. The event took place during one of Wawa’s Snappy Hours-associate appreciation events that occur throughout the year. As part of the celebration Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher, Jamie Moyer and Kalas family members joined Wawa

Grocery Sales Going Up

Signs of the Times Overextended and anxious about the economy, consumers are responding to economic pressures by buying less, borrowing less and paying down credit card debt. The amount Americans owe on credit cards and other consumer loans plunged a record $21.6 billion in July, dimming prospects that the budding economic recovery will extend to

Fabulous Freddy’s Fuels with Flair

Fabulous Freddy’s is wooing new customers with old tricks. Resurrecting the customer service of decades past, the seven-store chain headquartered in Las Vegas, offers its patrons full-service treatment at the pump, at self-service prices. “Our company’s mission statement is to provide fabulous service to everyone, and one of the ways we do that is to

New Products Power the Roller Grill

Tough times call for creative measures. The stagnant economy and hefty cigarette taxes have more c-store chains expanding their foodservice segments and adding more roller grill items to provide a greater array of hot food options at a value price to sustain loyal customers. “Customers automatically associate c-stores and roller grills. It’s been a source

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