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Acumera Adds Senior Directors of Sales

Aggressive expansion of sales team to serve growing client base across the country. Acumera, a provider of trusted connection services for convenience stores, is expanding its sales team. The company has hired two new senior directors of sales, Tom Boldt and Dennis Jensen, who will help accommodate Acumera’s growing client base across the U.S. Boldt,

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Get Ready for The NACS Show

By Jim Callahan With the 2012 NACS Show now just days away, here are some tips, thoughts and reminders to enhance your NACS Show experience. Beyond the night life, parties, shows and the glitter of the Las Vegas lights lies, by far, the best and most comprehensive trade show and conference in the industry for

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Parker’s Rolls Back PumpPal Gas Price

As a holiday gift to customers, PumpPal members get a 10-cent club price discount. Parker’s has officially rolled back gas prices for PumpPal members by 10 cents at all 27 Parker’s locations in Georgia and South Carolina through the end of the year as a special thank you to customers. The 10-cent club price discount

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MSA Headlines LEAD Marketing Conference

Management Science Associates’ (MSA) Managing Director, Suzy Silliman along with SmartRevenue’s Candace Adams, presented “The Drivers of Retailer Loyalty in the Convenience Channel” at the 4th Annual Shopper Technology Institute’s LEAD Marketing Conference in Chicago this week. The conference, with more than 200 retailer and CPG executives, is the only cross-channel collaborative event for retailers

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Will Valero Sell or Spin Off Stores?

The tax bill for a spinoff is reportedly less than the tax bill for an outright sale. As would-be buyers eye a chance to bid on Valero Energy Corp.’s Corner Store chain, after it was announced the company plans to divest the stores, San Antonio Business Journal has reported that Valero could instead opt to

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The Growing Popularity of Growler Beer

Craft on draft is showing up in more and more convenience stores as consumers drive the demand for this niche brew program. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Despite restrictions on where and how it can be sold, growler beer is a rapidly growing segment of the beer category, and convenience store operators are getting in on

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Parker’s Convenience Stores Garnering National Attention

Georgia chain debuts on Inc. magazine’s celebrated list of fastest growing companies. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The Parker Cos. Inc., with 27 convenience stores throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, has scored the No. 3006 spot on the annual Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. It’s the first time the c-store chain has

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Holiday Stationstores And Cub Foods Launch Rewards

Two Minnesota companies team up with launch My Cub Rewards Program beginning Sept. 30. Cub Foods and Holiday Cos.—both based in Minnesota, are joining forces to deliver big fuel savings and increased value on everyday grocery purchases to consumers through the launch of the My Cub Rewards Program. Cub Foods consumers who use the new

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Late September

Wholesale gasoline costs moved mixed in very choppy trading during the third week of September, with the benchmark futures contract slumping to a six-week low at one point before rebounding on renewed optimism for the global economy amid central bank stimulus measures. A huge build in crude stocks reported by the Energy Information Administration for

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Susser Soars Amid NYSE Debut

Susser expects to use the proceeds to repay its parent company for capital expenditures. Susser Petroleum Partners LP’s common units climbed as much as 16% on their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering slightly below the top end of its expected range, Reuters reported. Susser Petroleum Partners LP priced

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

One-cent Bean Street Coffee greets customers. The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to every guest at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests can shine up that penny in their pocket and stop by any Kangaroo

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Rutter’s Among 50 Fastest Growing Companies

The York, Pa.-based convenience store chain moves from the No. 27 spot it held in 2011 to No. 15 among fastest growing companies. Rutter’s Farm Stores has ranked No. 15 on the 16th annual list of the 50 top businesses making significant contributions to the growth, strength and success of the central Pennsylvania economy. This

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Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Rutter’s

Winning Match 6 ticket worth $1.2 million marks the 27th winning ticket sold at a Rutter’s since April 2007. A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Match 6 Lotto ticket worth nearly $1.2 million from the Sept. 13 drawing was sold at the Rutter’s Farm Stores at 35 N. Main St., Jacobus, York County. This is the second

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American Natural Retail Acquires Mon Valley Petroleum

Sale includes 15 Buy-N-Fly gas stations. American Natural Retail  has acquired Mon Valley Petroleum, a fuel retailer and distributor based in McKeesport, Pa. American Natural Retail is planning a fleet of upscale convenience stores and gas stations with compressed natural gas in the Pittsburgh region, Pittsburgh Business Times reported. The sale includes 15 Buy-N-Fly gas

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Casey's General Stores Beats Profit Predictions

Casey’s General Stores posted a quarterly profit that exceeded estimations, helped by higher margins at its prepared foods and grocery businesses, and sending its shares up about 5% in extended trading, Reuters reported. Casey’s net income fell slightly to $39 million, or $1.01 per share, from $39.4 million, or $1.03 cents per share, a year

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Couche-Tard Profits Up

While merchandise sales are up, the tobacco category remains a challenge, says chief executive of Couche-Tard.  Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s adjusted quarterly profit is up, boosted in part by recent acquisitions, stronger merchandise sales and higher fuel margins, Reuters reported. Net earnings for the company fell, however, due to one-time costs associated

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices to Continue Higher after Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Bucking the seasonal trend, the U.S. average for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the country will continue higher after the Labor Day holiday, increasing despite the end of the summer driving season when demand typically declines after peaking during the summer months. There

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Fresh Foods, Fast Service

Burgers, brats and sausages continue to drive sales among core convenience store consumers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience dining is on the rise and the demand for sandwiches is jumping. Americans’ love of burgers, sausage and brats is creating plenty of opportunity for convenience stores, where lunch and dinner solutions anchor the menu. The

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as some Refinery Units Return from Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed countrywide in moving into the second half of August, with some markets, notably the greater Chicago market in the upper Midwest, posting steeply lower values after a surge in those prices in late July early August. Wholesale costs in the broad

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Pantry Reports Results Of Tender Offer

The Pantry announces the final results of its offer to purchase senior subordinated notes. The Pantry Inc. released its final results of its offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2014 and solicitation consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture from

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Heineken Fall Retail Program Partners with James Bond Franchise

Heinken, the top-selling European Lager in the U.S., and James Bond, the 2nd highest grossing movie franchise ever, are once again joining forces to drive consumer excitement and maximum retail impact for the launch of the newest Bond franchise movie, Skyfall. In celebration of its 15-year partnership with Bond, Heineken is announcing details of PHASE

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Former Wilson Farms Stores For Sale

Sealed-bid process starts Wednesday, Aug. 15 and ends Oct. 18. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven is renovating a former Wilson Farms store on Denison Parkway in Corning, N.Y., scheduled for completion this fall, and preparing to divest 30 more, The Leader Online reported. 7-Eleven bought Buffalo, N.Y.-based Wilson Farm’s 188-store New York network last year from

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Kentucky Re-Examines State Laws On Sale Of Liquor

One U.S. district judge calls Kentucky’s law prohibiting the sale of wine and liquor in c-stores and grocery stores “unconstitutional.” A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that a Kentucky law prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of Louisville, Ky., said the state

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The Love’s Revolution

With an increasing store count, ongoing redesigns and a renewed focus on foodservice, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has transformed its business model. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is set to begin construction on its 300th location this August. As it prepares for this milestone, the travel stop

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Holiday Side Dish

Uncle Ben’s created the perfect holiday comfort dish available in two easy-to-prepare varieties: traditional white bread and classic cornbread stuffings. Both new mixes have an ideal blend of seasonings, breadcrumbs, grains and veggies. The stuffings go well with Miniature Roast Turkey Dinner Sliders. C-stores can purchase Uncle Ben’s stuffing mix from Oct. 1 through Dec.

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