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The Business of Growing

Overcoming the top nine challenges for effectively growing your retail business requires true leadership and patience. By John Lofstock, Editor. The hardest step entrepreneurs take is getting their startup off the ground once and for all. The second hardest step is growing it into the best business it can be. What today’s entrepreneurs and aspiring

Is Big Oil Losing its Drawing Power?

For many, many years the power of the Big Oil brands was indisputable. They owned the refineries, the stations and the credit card networks to boot. While my father was an Exxon dealer and jobber for more than 30 years I distinctly remember seeing Shell and Texaco credit cards lying around the house. In those

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VERC Employee To Throw Red Sox Pitch

Nestlé Waters selects John Burgess to toss ceremonial first pitch based on his 19 years of excellent c-store service.  John Burgess, a 19-year employee with VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has been selected to throw out the first pitch at the Sept.

7-Eleven Buys 183 ExxonMobil Locations in Florida

7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire ExxonMobil’s retail interests in 183 Florida sites. Included in the acquisition is a combination of company- and dealer-operated sites located in Orlando, Southwest Florida, Palm Beach and Broward County.  The 183 sites include five unused parcels of land.  The majority of locations will be rebranded as 7-Eleven operations, and

ExxonMobil Introduces Station Locator App

ExxonMobil has introduced the “Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder” iPhone and iPod touch application, which provides drivers with real-time maps, driving directions and station information for more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental U.S. “We are very excited to bring our customers the first mobile app from ExxonMobil, using technology to allow

ExxonMobil Honors Hispanic Students

This fall, ExxonMobil, in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, is recognizing Hispanic high school students around the country for achievements in engineering and mathematics through the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.7 million to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in the 10 years the company has sponsored the awards. ExxonMobil’s grants

Global Partners Acquires 42 Exxon Stations

Global Partners LP, a wholesale distributor of gasoline, distillates and residual oil in New England, has completed the final phase of its acquisition of 42 Mobil-branded and operated retail gas stations and fuel supply rights in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Earlier this month, the Partnership completed the acquisition of 148 dealer-operated Mobil stations,

Mid-Atlantic Acquires Uppy’s

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, backed by equity firm Catterton Partners, has acquired a majority interest in Uppy’s Convenience Stores Inc. and 170 convenience stores/fuel stations from Exxon Mobil Corp. The transaction creates a leading convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region with more than 200 convenience store operations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.  Uppy’s was founded

Strong Words, More Trials In Gulf Response

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, summoning Americans to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, and noted that it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor” surrounding the BP Oil

BP Responds To Gulf Oil Spill

BP is ramping up its response to the oil spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. More than 2,500 personnel are now involved in the response effort and well-advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A fourth onshore command centre, in

Cosmetic Lenses Cause Conflict in Connecticut

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is demanding that convenience stores and other retail locations in the state immediately stop selling cosmetic contact lenses, the Hartford Courant reported. Noncorrective lenses can only be legally sold to consumers by licensed eye care professionals, Blumenthal said at a press conference. Dr. William Ehlers, a Hartford ophthalmologist, discovered the

Friendly Service Station Inc. Opens New Location

A new gas station in Wilton, Conn., is attracting customers with “fair and reasonable prices,” from its coffee bar to the gas pumps, the Wilton Bulletin reported. Trumbull, Conn.-based Friendly Service Station Inc., is the parent company of the new Citgo station and c-store on 386 Danbury Road. The store opened its doors on Dec.

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