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Couche-Tard Acquires 29 Orlando, Fla. Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard adds 29 c-store locations to its portfolio from Florida Oil Holdings. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. signed an agreement to acquire 29 stores in Orlando, Fla., from Florida Oil Holdings LLC through Couche-Tard’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The transaction is anticipated to close at the end of August, and is subject to

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CEFCO Builds Fourth Prototype Store

CEFCO invites the public to its new, prototype store, as it features the chain’s new c-store design. CEFCO Convenience Stores opened a new store location in Killeen, Texas, Wednesday. The new store is the company’s fourth prototype store, reflecting CEFCO’s latest design for its convenience stores. The stores will provide customers with a stronger shopping

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Lawson’s Enters U.S. Market

Japan’s second largest c-store chain hits the U.S. market this summer. Lawson, Japan’s second largest convenience store chain, comes to the U.S. this Saturday as the company opens its first two stores in Waikiki, Hawaii. According to Pacific Business News, the two stores will be by the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and the Moana Surfrider on

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NOCO Express Opens 34th Store

NOCO Express ‘excited’ to open its first store in Steuben County, NY-area NOCO Express, a family-owned and operated gas and c-store chain based in Tonawanda, N.Y., celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Wayland, N.Y. This past June, NOCO purchased the former Acorn Markets. Today marked the grand opening of the store under

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Kum & Go Prepares For Colorado Springs Debut

In the next five years Kum & Go aims to construct 20-25 c-stores in Colorado Springs, eight of which are expected to open in 2012. Kum & Go is set to debut its first Colorado Springs convenience store on June 1 at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive on the city’s northeast side. Based in West

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Casey’s Prepares To Enter Tennessee

Construction is set to start on first Tennessee store in Dyersburg this June. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Tennessee in June. This store will be located in Dyersburg, Tenn. and will mark the 13th state in Casey’s area of operations. “We

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QuikTrip Expands In Kansas City

New Generation 3 stores focus on an upscale experience, fresh food. QuikTrip  is set to debut an additional four next-generation store locations in the Kansas City, Mo. market by the end of 2012, the Kansas City Business Journal reported. That’s up from the estimated three next-generation stores the c-store chain predicted opening in the area

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Sheetz, MTR Gaming Group Enters Marketing Agreement

“As we prepare to open our newest Sheetz location in Erie, we are pleased to be affiliated with the MTR Gaming Group at Presque Isle Downs & Casino,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Sheetz Inc. has entered into a joint marketing agreement with MTR Gaming Group Inc.’s Presque Isle Downs & Casino property in Erie, Pa. “We

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7-Eleven Returns to Jacksonville

After 25 years, 7-Eleven is set to once again operate stores in the Jacksonville area. 7-Eleven officials announced this morning that it plans to open 80 new stores in the Jacksonville, Fla. area by 2015, which the company said will mean 800 new jobs, First Coast News Online reported. 7-Eleven representatives, along with Governor Rick Scott and

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Pizza Gets Personal

C-store retailers can expect to see continued growth in the pizza category in 2012. “Pizza has good hold times, is a consumer favorite and is relatively easy to prepare. Sales will be up in 2012,” said Tim Powell, director for Chicago-based research firm Technomic. Trends to watch in 2012 include an increase in take-and-bake pizzas,

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TA Opens Its Fourth Dunkin’ Donuts

TA adds a Dunkin’ Donuts to its Mebane Petro Stopping Center to complement the location’s full-service Iron Skillet restaurant. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has announced the opening of Dunkin’ Donuts at the Petro Stopping Center located at I-40/I-85, Exit 157 in Mebane, N.C. The new location will be open from 5 a.m. to 10

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. Reopens Hyde Park Store

Newly rebuilt store offers increased energy efficiency and more space for fresh and prepared foods. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC is set to reopen its doors at 7 a.m., March 30 to its Hyde Park, Mass., store located at 1025 Truman Parkway. The newly constructed, energy-efficient store boasts approximately 40,000 square feet, double

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Home Service Oil Opens Two Express Marts

At 6,500 square feet, the new Hillsboro location is considered one of the largest c-stores in Jefferson County. Home Service Oil Co., which operates Express Mart convenience stores in and around Jefferson County, Mo., just south of St. Louis, has recently opened two newly-built Express Marts that are enormous in size. Their new Hillsboro location

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground on New Loganville Store

Store to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Reynolds Mill

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Breaking News: 7-Eleven to Acquire 55 Sam’s Mart Stores

After a 24 year hiatus, 7-Eleven returns to the Charlotte, N.C. market. 7-Eleven Inc. is buying 55 Sam’s Mart stores in North and South Carolina, marking its return to the Charlotte, N.C. market after 24 years, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Dallas-based 7-Eleven previously sold its 33 stores in the Charlotte market in 1988. Although

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Sheetz Debuts New Locations

New stores in West Virginia and North Carolina welcomed customers for the first time Thursday. Sheetz opened two new stores on Jan. 26. One store opened in Beckley, W.Va.—marking the second store in the area—and the other in McGee’s Crossroads near Benson, N.C., located at 13433 NC Highway 210. Doors officially open to customers Thursday

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FamilyMart Expands In Southeast Asia

Japanese c-store chains look to other Asian countries for growth opportunities.   FamilyMart Co., Japan’s largest convenience store operator in Southeast Asia, is set to rollout 600 new stores in Indonesia and the Philippines, Bloomberg reported. The retailer expects to open 300 stores in each country by 2015, expanding on a network that includes more

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Luke Oil Plans To Grow in Northwest Indiana

New locations would grow Luke Oil’s portfolio of stores to 30 sites in 2012. Hobart, Ind.-based Luke Oil Co. plans to open at least five new gas stations and convenience stores in 2012, the NWI Times Online reported. New stores planned for Cedar Lake, Hobart and East would beef up Luke Oil’s portfolio of 25

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RaceTrac Debuts Prototype Store

“The whole goal is to take you back to the idea of a neighborhood store versus a traditional gas station,” says RaceTrac spokesperson. RaceTrac opened a new store this week on the corner of Cherokee Street and Lake Acworth Drive in Acworth, Ga., that is set to serve as the prototype for all new RaceTrac

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Stripes Celebrates Grand Opening in Marble Falls

Ribbon cutting, check presentation and prize giveaways planned as part of the new store celebration. A Stripes convenience store and gas station is opening on Jan. 6 at U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, Texas, The River Cities Daily Tribune Online reported. A grand opening event is set to include a ribbon cutting at 501 U.S.

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Walgreens Reports December Sales Increase of 2.7%

 The drug store chain opened nine new locations in December. Walgreens has reported December sales of $6.98 billion, an increase of 2.7% from $6.80 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. Total front-end sales increased 1.4% in December 2011 for the drug store chain, compared with the same month in 2010, while comparable store

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Dollar General To Open More Than 600 New Stores

Dollar General set to create more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. These new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s 38-state operating area, plus California and Massachusetts. “Dollar General is excited about our tremendous

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Kum & Go Prepares To Enter Colorado Springs

Several c-stores planned for the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is moving ahead with plans to enter the Pikes Peak region, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Kum & Go purchased two sites from Nor’wood Development Group for a

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Japan Grows C-Store Fleet

Stores opening in 2012 expected to total a fifth more than those opened in 2011. Japan’s five major convenience store operators are set to open more than 3,400 stores in fiscal 2012 as customer traffic increases, Reuters reported. The net increase (openings minus closings) is expected to total 1,880-2,130 stores, up 40-60% compared to fiscal

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Sheetz Opens Ephrata, Pa. Store

New customers welcomed with contests and prizes. Sheetz opened a new store in Ephrata Township, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. The new location sits at 891 East Main Street.  Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open. These lucky customers will

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