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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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Casey’s Enters North Dakota

Kum & Go divests 22 sites to Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s General Stores is officially moving into the North Dakota market as it acquires 22 stores from Kum & Go. The stores are located in Iowa (19), Missouri (2) and North Dakota (1). “These stores are an excellent fit to our existing store base and

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Open Pantry Food Marts Looks To Growth Opportunities

Open Pantry Food Marts has plans to grow and improve business for its eight c-store sites. Open Pantry wants to continue to operate eight core sites in Southeast Wisconsin, and plans to reposition the Open Pantry Brands for a 2013 roll out. Open Pantry sold 19 sites to 7-Eleven this summer, which allowed 7-Eleven to

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Wawa To Enter Florida

Some 100 Wawa c-stores are planned for Florida over the next five years. Wawa, which operates more than 580 c-stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is set to begin construction on its first Florida convenience store across from SeaWorld at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel

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Will Tesco Turn it Around?

Fresh & Easy is rolling out a new Express store format, but can the company come out on top after nearly four years of heavy losses? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market grocery chain debuted with a bang in 2007, rolling out 20 stores in rapid succession in California, Nevada

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Kwik Trip Eyes Oshkosh Site for Acquisition

With the Planning Commission’s approval, Kwik Trip now seeks permission from the Oshkosh Common Council. This week Kwik Trip received approval from the Oshkosh Plan Commission to proceed with plans to demolish an existing Lang Oil gas station on West Ninth Avenue in Oshkosh, Wis., and replace it with a new Kwik Trip that would

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Retailers Pledge to Expand Healthy Food Options

Several c-stores and grocery stores agreed to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand value and health foods to more impoverished U.S. communities.  The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced that leading grocery retailers have committed to bring healthy, affordable

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Kum & Go Announces Major Expansion Into Arkansas

Three new stores are set to be built this fall and 20-25 new Arkansas locations are anticipated over the next five years. Kum & Go has announced aggressive expansion plans into Arkansas, where the chain plans to invest $70-80 million in the next five years and aims to create approximately 150 new jobs by the

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Food Lion Expands In South Carolina

Food Lion unveils six new stores it acquired from grocery store chain Bloom, and assures customers it plans to offer as many of Bloom’s key products as possible. The Food Lion is increasing its business in Greenville, S.C., with the opening of  six new stores it acquired from grocery chain Bloom. Seven Bloom stores in

Casey’s Acquires Market Express Store

Casey’s General Stores has acquired a Market Express convenience store on the east side of Marion, Iowa, for $1,025,000, The Gazette reported. The 4,000-square-foot Conoco-branded station and the adjacent 900-square-foot car wash were purchased from NH Petroleum LLC last month, according to Linn County Assessor records. The Market Express store was built in 1996 and

E-Z Mart Acquires Eight Stores

Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its convenience offering in Arkansas. On Dec. 1, E-Z Mart began operating eight more stores acquired from B-B-F Oil Co., bringing E-Z Mart’s store count to 306. The new locations in Arkansas are located in Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Benton and Sheridan. “The acquisition of B-B-F Oil

Rutter’s Breaks Ground For New Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores has broken ground for a 5,200-square-foot convenience store at routes 30 and 997 in Greene Township, Franklin County. The 24-hour store is expected to support 80 jobs during construction and create 40 permanent jobs when it opens this spring. It will be Rutter’s fourth store in Franklin County and 57th in Pennsylvania.

Casey’s Acquires 44 Kabredlo’s Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire up to 44 Kabredlo’s locations. The 44 stores include 22 in Nebraska, 21 in Kansas and one in Oklahoma. All of the locations acquired will be converted to Casey’s General Stores. For the 12 months ended June 30, 2010, these stores generated annual

Irving Oil Station Opens in Winooski

The Handy family has opened the first Irving Oil gas station at 401 Main Street in Winooski, Vt., expanding the regional brand to the community. “Our family has owned and operated convenience stores in Vermont and New Hampshire since the 1970’s,” said Charlie Handy. “We have been impressed by Irving’s cleanly, well-lit, efficient stores and

Rutter’s Opens New Store

York, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened its newest location, bringing some 40 permanent jobs to a 24-hour store at 1455 York Road, Monroe Township, Cumberland County. The store is at the junction of routes 74 (York Road) and 174 (Boiling Springs Road). Rutter’s has opened three Cumberland County stores-the others are in Shippensburg and

Georgia Customers To Save at the Pump

The Kroger Co., and Shell are expanding their joint rewards program to give metro Atlanta and Northern Georgia area customers the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Oct.25, every time Kroger customers in the

Shop ’n Save Acquires Rinderer’s Drug Stores

SHOP ‘N SAVE, a grocery and drug retailer serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and Springfield, Ill., is expanding its network of pharmacies with the purchase of Rinderer’s Drug Stores Inc., a family-owned company that has served the metro area for generations. The sale involves all six Rinderer’s stores. Next month, three of the locations

Sheetz Opens Rocky Mount, N.C., Location

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is making it even more convenient for its customers in Rocky Mount, N.C., as it opens a second new store at 3715 North Wesleyan Boulevard. “North Carolina is still emerging for us and people there are getting excited about visiting our stores,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO, Sheetz Inc. “We have

Sheetz Opens New Virginia Location

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz continues to grow around the Lynchburg area of Virginia with a new location in Forest. The store officially opened to the public on Monday, and employees celebrated the opening at 14449 Forest Road with a reception and ribbon cutting at 3:30p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. “Virginia has been a great place for

Sheetz Opens Store In Woodward

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz continues to expand with the opening of its first new store in Woodward Township, near Jersey Shore.   “We are very excited to be opening another store in Lycoming County,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO, Sheetz Inc. “Our stores in nearby Williamsport do very well and customers there have been very

7-Eleven Expands In Long Island

7-Eleven has added its 194th c-store on Long Island and signed with real estate brokers C.B. Richard Ellis with expectations of opening more, Long Island Business News reported. The new 2,950-square-foot 7-Eleven is located on the Jericho Turnpike. The Dallas-based retailer has plans to open 180 stores on Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, Gregg

Quick Chek Grows In New Jersey

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, is set to open its newest store in Dayton, N.J. Located at 2432 Route 130, the new store will open to the public Tuesday, May 18 at 5 a.m., following a special Quick Chek Coffee Toast ceremony Monday, April 17

Inside the Mind of the Shopper

At the NACS Summit in Chicago this week, Matt McCourt, director of Convenience / Spirits for SymphonyIRI Group, gave insight into consumer purchasing patterns across multiple channels and how to reach shoppers in a changing environment. “Consumers are thinking about daily living costs. We’re seeing a new conservative shopper driven by affordable indulgences,” McCourt told

Kum & Go Expands Redbox Kiosks

Kum & Go plans to add Redbox DVD rental kiosks to more than 281 Kum & Go convenience stores nationwide this year.  Redbox kiosks are currently installed at 26 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  “Redbox has made a positive impact on our stores and has been very popular

Sheetz Builds In West Virginia

Sheetz, which operates locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, is constructing a new store in Fayetteville, W.Va., off U.S. 19, scheduled to open in late summer.   This expansion in the southern part of West Virginia comes after the convenience chain’s success in nearby counties as well as the northern

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