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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

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Circle K Adds AeroShot

“This delivery system is uniquely designed to meet the needs and expectations of Circle K’s 24/7, always-connected, on-demand energy customers,” says Circle K spokesperson. Circle K convenience stores plans to add AeroShot Energy, a new air-based energy product, to 3,100 of its stores starting in October. Following announcement of the New York Attorney General’s investigation

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MACS Converts to Circle K

Under a unique partnership with Couche-Tard, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is now the exclusive developer of the Circle K brand across the mid-Atlantic. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) and Alimentation Couche-Tard forged a new partnership in July where MACS will act as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in Virginia,

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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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Circle K Renews Lil’ Drug Store Supply

Circle K creates a multi-year agreement with Lil’ Drug Store Products to extend its partnership. Circle K renewed its supply relationship with Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a global consumer product company in the Health and Beauty Care (HBC) section. Lil’ Drug Store Products revolutionized the health and beauty care sections for convenience and other

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Mark VII Awarded Circle K Car Wash Contract

Last year Mark VII expanded its relationship with Circle K to include three additional regions and now it is adding three more for a grand total of seven regions. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, and producer of vehicle washing equipment worldwide, has been awarded a two-year contract

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Circle K Enters Agreement With NJOY

Circle K focuses on evolving its sale of e-cigarettes through a partnership with NJOY. Circle K entered a partnership with NJOY electronic cigarettes for chain-wide corporate store distribution in 3,100 U.S. retail locations as of August 2012. Circle K has been an early leader in the e-cigarette category, and this new partnership further strengthens NJOY’s

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 27 Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard builds company-operated business in its West Coast Division as it plans to acquire a handful of Sun Mart stores. Alimentation Couche-Tard has signed an agreement to acquire 27 stores from Sun Pacific Energy in Eastern Washington State, mostly in the tri-city area of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. The transaction is expected to close

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AllOver Media Creates a Larger Gas Station Ad Network

AllOver Media acquires GSA Media to gain dominance in the fast-growing gas station advertising market. AllOver Media Inc. recently acquired GSA Media, a division of Brite Media Group, to solidify its place in the gas station advertising market. Tony Jacobson, founder and CEO for AllOver Media, said this acquisition is important for the company’s plans

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MACS To Be Exclusive Circle K Developer in Mid-Atlantic Region

Company-owned stores to begin conversion to the Circle K brand starting this August. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest convenience store networks and fuel distributors in the mid-Atlantic region, announced today a new retail branding strategy that positions MACS as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in four regions:

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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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Future Of Sunoco Gas Stations

Changes ahead for Sunoco with definitive merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas pipeline company, has received many calls about Sunoco’s gas stations since the merger was announced April 30, Martin Salinas Jr., the company’s chief financial officer, told analysts this May. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, bought Sunocoo

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Circle K Florida Donates Over Half A Million Dollars To UCP

Presentation at annual fundraising event underscores support for people with disabilities in Florida communities. Circle K Florida, the largest corporate supporter of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), presented UCP affiliates with an oversized check for $552,837.73 during an awards dinner and ceremony at the company’s FishStix 2012, an annual golf and fishing tournament at the Sanibel Harbour

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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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Mac’s Convenience Stores Using Social Media to Thwart Crime

Mac’s Convenience Stores has added social media to its crime prevention tactics in its Canadian convenience stores. Mac’s Stores inCentral Canadahave developed an innovative approach to augment its formidable crime prevention measures by using social media to help identify criminals through Facebook and Twitter. According to The Chronicle-Journal, Mac’s will use these social media outlets

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New Food Technology is Hot (and Cool)

Convenience stores are embracing the latest equipment as they look to keep up with QSRs and fast casual restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In the summer, customers line up from morning until evening at Maverik convenience stores to take the f’real machine for a spin. From the time the North Salt Lake City-based chain

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Indiana Panel Looks To Protect Late-Night Workers

C-store chains Circle K and Village Pantry team with organizations to help set standards for ensuring the safety of night shift workers. A panel of Indiana labor officials and retail groups have teamed to better protect late-night employees from violent crimes, according to the Greenfield, Ind. Daily Reporter.  The alliance is known as the Late

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Organic Iced Tea

Sweet Leaf Tea is an organic, all-natural iced tea beverage made with high quality tea leaves, real sugar and certified organic ingredients. Everything from the packaging to the ingredients to the branding of the tea is made specifically to be enjoyable no matter where customers consumer it. Flavors include Organic Original Sweet Tea, Organic Lemon

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NACS CAFÉ Joins NRA Show

“Our industry’s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice,” says NACS CAFÉ education director. NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÉ) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate a session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry’s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.

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Circle K Renews Xenergy’s National Brand Status

“XYIENCE has continually shown commitment to overall category growth as well as taken steps in customer-first initiatives, and we have a great partnership together,” says Circle K spokesperson. Circle K has renewed its national brand agreement with XYIENCE, continuing to give its energy drink brand Xenergy access to all 4,200 locations of the convenience store chain in the

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Driving Foodservice Profitability

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. When consumers think of convenience store food, roller grill hot dogs are top of mind. Roller grills have developed a mixed reputation over the years, but they remain a staple of c-store foodservice programs

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Chester’s Opens 200th Store of the Year

“Chester’s success can be attributed to our commitment to our retailers,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s International LLC, a fried chicken foodservice provider in the convenience store industry, has opened its 200th store of the year. The milestone was crossed with three recent openings:  Sunmart Store #115 in Fargo, N.D., Bailey’s in Franklin Furnace, Ohio and

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Circle K Acquires Neighbors Stores

Eleven properties to change hands today with sale closing soon. Neighbors Stores Inc. is selling 11 stores to Circle K, citing increasing competition from larger corporations, for the move, The Mount Airy News reported. The properties sold include Neighbors stores in high-traffic areas of Surry County, N.C. The sites changed hands Monday, with the sale

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