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Food Sales Make Up For High Gas Prices In Today’s C-Store Market

“Food is the future of (the c-store) industry,” says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president to The Gazette, an Eastern Iowa newspaper. Food sales accounted for 16.9% of a record $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which means many c-store chains have been

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Walgreens Decreases Sales In July

Walgreens experiences slightly fewer sales in July 2012 compared with July 2011. Walgreens announced a 3.7% decrease in July sales from the same month in fiscal 2011. The company reported sales of $5.59 billion in July 2012 compared with the $5.81 billion from July 2011. Compared with prior months during this calendar year, July sales

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WilcoHess Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“With these social and mobile initiatives, our company will be better equipped to meet our customers’ needs on a much more tailored level,” says WilcoHess spokesperson. Over the past year, WilcoHess has strategically realigned its non-traditional marketing and branding strategies to focus on tapping into a new industry demographic and, in turn, drive sales by

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Growing Roller Grill Sales

From hot dogs and sausages to ethnic foods like taquitos and egg rolls, roller grills continue to prosper at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roller grills—if handled correctly—offer a great opportunity to grow sales. But as simple and relatively labor-free as they are, they still require management oversight, employee training and some marketing savvy. It’s

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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

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The Pantry Divesting 37 Stores

Four company-owned and 33 leased sites are available in nine Southeastern states. The Pantry Inc. is selling 37 stores located in nine states throughout the Southeast as part of a strategic divestment. The facilities are located in a variety of markets in Alabama (2), Florida (4), Georgia (4), Kentucky (1), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (13),

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Cumberland Farms Celebrates the New Year With Free Coffee

Customers welcome in new years with a free cup of Joe. For the fifth consecutive year, Cumberland Farms will offer free coffee starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 until 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. An annual community service tradition, Cumberland Farms encourages customers to stop by any one of Cumberland

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Taking Social Media to the Next Level

C-stores are adding Facebook pages, but to profit from social media, retailers need to also engage fans with text and email marketing campaigns. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Anyone still questioning the power of social media need only look to Japan. The country, which between earthquakes, tsunamis and radiation fears has seen tourism drop, is

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7-Eleven Celebrates Veteran’s Day

“With this year’s Veteran’s Day falling on 11/11/11, the timing seemed perfect to say thank-you to the men and women serving our great country.  For those who are here, we can say thank-you with a free Slurpee.  For those serving, we hope to raise enough funds to help the USO distribute 40,000 care packages,” says

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Catalina Expands Into C-Store Channel

Move into c-store channel will deliver precision marketing breakthrough for brands and retailers seeking to connect with valuable customers. Catalina, a consumer-driven marketing company, is expanding its nationwide point-of-sale media network into convenience stores, following a successful pilot program with technology partner, Outsite Networks.    The Catalina Network is a targeted consumer communication system, currently

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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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Tedeschi Introduces New Advertising and Promotions Manager

Arscott to help Tedeschi showcase its fresh, healthy food concepts as it looks to draw new customer demographics. Tedeschi Food Shops welcomes Mary Arscott to its sales and marketing team. In her new role as advertising and promotions manager, Arscott now oversees all advertising and marketing functions, including promotions, media relations, traditional and digital advertising,

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Walgreens July Sales Up 4.7%

Fiscal 2011 year-to-date sales up 7% from fiscal 2010. Walgreens opened 13 stores during the month of July, including three relocations, and closed one store for a net increase of nine in the month. The drug store chain reported July sales of $5.82 billion, an increase of 4.7% from $5.56 billion for the same month

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Walmart’s Reign Fading?

“How America Shops” survey shows Walmart shoppers find lowest prices elsewhere.   The Walmart shopper’s value perception has dramatically changed, according to a new research report that surveyed nearly 1,500 Walmart Shoppers. A continuing recessionary mindset, coupled with lower priced competitors are driving shoppers to other retail destinations, according to WSL/Strategic Retail’s How America Shops

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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

7-Eleven Confirms End of Discussions With Casey’s

7-Eleven Inc. has confirmed that discussions with Casey’s General Stores Inc. regarding a potential transaction have terminated. 7-Eleven made a preliminary proposal of $40 per common share for a consensual transaction on Sept. 2, 2010. After completing additional due diligence, 7-Eleven raised its offer to $43 per common share. 7-Eleven believes its revised proposal fairly

Convenience Stores For Sale In The Twin Cities

Thirteen former Oasis convenience stores are being sold at auction in the Twin Cities metro area, and are expected to sell for less than the current debt owed on the properties, according to bankruptcy trustee John Hedback, MarketWatch reported. “It’s a definite possibility that the lender will take a loss on these, but that’s just

Shell To Sell Downstream Businesses in Finland, Sweden

Shell has agreed to sell the majority of its refining and marketing businesses in Finland and Sweden to Keele Oy. The terms of the transaction, which are subject to regulatory approvals, include Shell’s retail business, including some 340 service stations in Sweden and some 225 in Finland, as well as its commercial road transport (CRT)

QuikTrip Selling Five Stores

Tulsa-based QuikTrip is selling its five Springfield, Mo.-based convenience stores, The Springfield, Mo. News Ledger reported. QuikTrip is focusing its efforts on very large metropolitan markets, and Springfield no longer fits the company’s plans, noted spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s accurate that the stores ultimately will be sold,” he told the News Ledger. “But there is

LIFT Announces New Suggestive Selling Technology

LIFT Retail Marketing Technology has announced the launch of its LIFT Station platform—an integrated suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology for convenience stores. “We are excited to introduce this game-changing solution to the c-store industry. Retailers are looking to grow sales by being more shopper-relevant and the LIFT Station helps them do that like never before,”

LUKOIL Kicks Off ’Road Trip to Terror’

LUKOIL and Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary-ranked the No. 1 haunted house by AOL-are launching a “Road Trip to Terror” by giving away $0.94 gas to the first 50 cars to fill up at select LUKOIL locations on designated dates beginning today, Oct. 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. The famous zombie inmates

VERC Enterprises Aims and Delivers

VERC ENTERPRISES AT A GLANCE   VERC Enterprises was launched 35 years ago by Paul Vercollone and his father Eugene in 1975 with a single gas station/car wash in Marshfield, Mass. Leo Vercollone, the company’s current president and CEO, joined the team after he graduated from Boston College in 1977. Paul continues to oversee the

Cumberland Farms Selling 61 Stores

Cumberland Farms Inc. is selling 61 convenience store properties through a structured sale process to be managed by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Cumberland owns the real estate at all of the sites and leases them to third party tenants under triple net lease agreements. These tenants operate independent convenience stores and other retail businesses

Maintaining Strong Energy Sales

It had to happen sometime. Energy drinks, arguably the most popular convenience store product in the early-to-middle years of the decade, have begun to slow their sharp rise. Call it a correction, perhaps. A report released last month on the category by research firm Mintel showed that while growth in the category from 2005-2010 was

Rite Aid Reports Sales Dip for July

Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp. has announced that for the four weeks ended July 24, 2010, same store sales decreased 1.1% over the prior-year period. Its July front-end same stores sales decreased 0.5%, while total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 2.2% to $1.886 billion, compared to $1.929 billion for the same period

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