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Keeping the C-Store Safe and Secure

Employee safety requires a strong training program and commitment from everyone in the company. Store security is an issue that we all take extremely seriously. There must be procedures in place for all employees and managers to follow, and they must be followed to the letter. No exceptions. A couple of stories illustrate and reinforce

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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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Ready Pac Foods Recalls Mass Amount Of Apple Products

Ready Pac Foods makes a large recall on sliced apples sold in c-stores, supermarkets and fast food chains. Ready Pac Foods Inc. recalled apple slices and pieces sold at fast food chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King, supermarkets and convenience stores because of possible listeria contamination. Ready Pac Foods reported it is recalling 293,488

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Retail Gasoline Prices at 11-Week High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A string of refinery outages in late July, early August continues to drive retail gasoline prices higher, with the U.S. retail average gaining for five straight weeks through Aug. 6 to reach an 11-week high at $3.606 gallon per the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly survey. Since

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Cumberland Gulf Group Opposes Settlement With Visa And MasterCard

“We support bringing real competition and transparency to the credit card market, and this proposed settlement clearly fails to meet this objective,” says Ari Haseotes, president and chief operating officer of Cumberland Farms Inc. The Cumberland Gulf Group opposed the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. The proposed

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Packaged Facts Defines Dining Habits In America

A market study takes a close look at the generational differences in eating habits of Americans to help the retail and foodservice industries  Packaged Facts released a report that analyzes America’s mealtime tendencies and eating habits. The study titled “How We Eat: Retail and Foodservice Opportunities in When and Where America Eats” reports that age

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7-Eleven Retains NRC Realty & Capital Advisors For Store Sales

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors help 7-Eleven with the sale of 30 c-store properties in upstate and western New York. 7-Eleven Inc. retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to coordinate the sale of 30 gas stations and c-stores in upstate and western New York. 7-Eleven acquired these properties as part of its acquisition of Wilson

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CITGO Freedom Oil Celebrates Its 10th Year In Business

Freedom Oil celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a month-long rewards program to its loyal customer base. Freedom Oil, a Warsaw, Ind.-based CITGO Marketer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering loyal customers with its Freedom Rewards Program. Customers can earn cents-off-per-gallon rewards based on store purchases marked at Freedom Express locations through Aug. 31.

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Pilot Flying J Announces Plans For New Stores

Pilot Flying J is working on opening two new stores in Virginia and Michigan. Pilot Flying J plans to open two new stores in August. New stores include a location in Harrisonburg, Va., which opens on Aug. 13, and a Port Huron, Mich., location, which opens on Aug. 20. The new locations will feature gas

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Propel Fuels Participates In CO2 Reduction Effort

“The early success of Propel’s CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear,” says Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels, is now the first company to let consumers offset their driving emissions at

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More Smokers Turn To E-Cigarettes

E-cigs “are growing in popularity . . . no question about that,” says Chad Maynard, spokesman for ElectronicCigarette.net on the category. Electronic cigarettes might not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, but recent studies posted in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that many smokers are turning the the product for that reason. Smokers

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Amazon Installs Lockers In Grocery And Convenience Store Chains In San Francisco

C-stores launch Amazon Locker program in their stores to give consumers a more secure delivery program. Convenience stores are adding Amazon.com web lockers in the San Francisco area. Amazon.com has been expanding its Locker system after testing services in c-stores in the Seattle, NYC, London and the Virginia-area. The addition of the Northern California locker

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Grab Wraps

Fernando’s Fine Mexican Food is pleased to present its new Grab Wraps, a unique addition to convenience store foodservice offerings. Grab Wraps are fully cooked, hand-rolled and stuffed tortillas for c-store customers. They require no additional on-site preparation, and are developed to work seamlessly with equipment such as roller grills or hot cases. New Grab

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Thorntons Joins Growing Ranks of C-Store Chains to Oppose the Proposed Visa, MasterCard Settlement

Thorntons Inc. today joined the growing list of convenience store retailers to blast the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. In a statement to the media, the Louisville, Ky. chain said, “The proposed settlement, announced on July 13th, does not make meaningful changes to the broken credit card

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Kroger Expected To Build Gas Station In Michigan

Kroger aims to clean up a Michigan township by adding new business to the area. Kroger is expected to open a new gas station by the end of 2012 on a property it owns in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., according to Ann Arbor digital media company news. The new gas station will measure nearly one acre on a

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Mr. Zip Convenience Stores Acquired

The Mr. Zip convenience store chain, operator of 16 stores along the I-75 corridor between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., was acquired today by Textron Energy, a subsidiary of Classic Star Group of Ft. Worth, Texas. Terms of the deal, which includes the 16 stores and a wholesale fuels business, were not disclosed. Classic Star Group

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French Vanilla And Caramel Bar

Milky Way Brand French Vanilla and Caramel Bar combines caramel, French vanilla-flavored nougat and milk chocolate for a unique sensation. The new offering expands the brand’s reach, and invites c-store retailers to test a new flavor from a well-known brand. It’s the brand’s first new flavor offering in three years. The new Milky Way will

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The Pantry Announces Early Results Of Tender Offer

The Pantry Inc. announced early results of its offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2014 and solicitation of consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the notes. As of 5 p.m. EST on Aug. 2, $198,856,000 in aggregate principal

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Hess Elects New Director To Its Board

A former U.S. senator joins the Hess board of directors team. Hess Corporation announced the election of former Sen. Sam Nunn to its board of directors. Nunn served as Georgia’s senator for 24 years (1972 to 1996), and was a chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and served on

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Tea Brewing Benchmarks

Curtis tea brewers offer c-stores with its latest innovation: a three-gallon tea brewer with a rotating cone. The TCTS10600 Tea Brewing System lets operators brew two teas in a single brewer that measures only 12.5 inches wide. In addition, it offers intuitive scroll-through programming and a large bright display to show its functions at a

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NCASEF Raises $410,000 For Nonprofits

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees donates nearly half a million to two charities.  The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) announced it raised $410,000 for two charities during its 37th National Convention and Trade Show in Honolulu last month. NCASEF raised a total of $340,000 for Hire Heroes USA, a

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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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Ryko Solutions Completes Sale, Leaseback

Transaction frees funds for aggressive growth strategy. Ryko Solutions Inc., a full-spectrum supplier of car wash equipment, cleaning products and services support in North America has completed a sale leaseback of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Grimes, Iowa.   The move was a both a strategic part of the company’s recapitalization plan and a

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Valero Uses PriceAdvantage In 100 Stores

Valero reaches a milestone mark as it rolls out PriceAdvantage at its 100th store. Valero Corner Stores has met its first milestone by rolling out PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management program, to the 100th store in less than a month. The Corner Store brand is a network of more than 1,000 Valero company-owned fuel retail

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Par Mar Hosts Make-A-Wish Event

The Par Mar Convenience Store in Fairmont, Va. hosted an event on Aug. 1 to support the Make-A-Wish Campaign,  WBOY News 12 reported. The OMEGA and Make-A-Wish campaign are selling “Wish Stars” for $1 at convenience and grocery stores all month long, with the proceeds going to help grant wishes for sick children, such as

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