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By combining the rich experience of Shell Oil with family-owned ingenuity, truenorth convenience stores is poised for a breakout year. By: John Lofstock. There aren’t too many 93-year-old oil companies that have enjoyed decades of success, but have managed to keep a low profile. But the winds of change are blowing at Truenorth Energy LLC

Chains Worth Watching

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Kroger Debuts Turkey Hill Market Store

The new location boosts a 75% larger footprint, plus grab-and-go favorites and more grocery items. Kroger’s Turkey Hill Minit Markets division has opened its first Turkey Hill Market, a larger version of its c-store concept, at 1621 Cobblestone Way in Marysville, Ohio. The new store is meant to represent a contemporary version of a corner

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7-Eleven Expected To Acquire EZ Energy's 91 Stores

Purchase of ampm, EasyTrip stores to triple chain’s reach in the Ohio market. 7-Eleven is planning to buy EZ Energy USA Inc’s 91 stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Crain’s Cleveland Business reported. The deal would boost 7-Eleven’s footprint in the Ohio market, where it currently operates only 23 sites. EZ Energy is part of Israel-based

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Little General Acquires Five Stores

The company has purchased a total of eight stores from Prima Marketing this year. Little General Stores Inc. has acquired four stores in West Virginia and one in Ohio that were previously operated under the 7-Eleven brand by Denver-based Prima Marketing, The Charleston Daily Mail reported. The West Virginia stores are located in Hurricane, Scott

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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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Gilligan Oil Introduces New Manager Of Business Development

Gilligan’s new manager of business development has years of experience in the c-store industry. Neal McDermott joined the Gilligan Oil Wholesale Fuel Team this summer as its new manager of business development. McDermott has been in the c-store industry for more than 30 years, working for BP and Lehigh companies. He has a solid background

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Thorntons Joins the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Matt Thornton says he is proud to be a partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a fifth year. Thorntons announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it would partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. On May 1, all Thorntons store locations began to sell “wish stars” for $1. All of the

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Lehigh Gas Files For IPO

Lehigh Gas Partners LP filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $120 million in an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock to help repay debt and reimburse its general partner. The company this month entered into a master lease agreement with an affiliate of Getty Realty Corp. for 120 more

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Speedway Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

Month-long campaign to benefit 17 children’s hospitals. Throughout the month of May, Speedway LLC is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all fountain drinks and Speedy Freeze purchases to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. All funds raised by each Speedway location will

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Thorntons Celebrates Earth Day

Customers have a chance to win free flex-fuel for a year. Thorntons has rolled out its Flex-Fuel Earth Day Promotion, where customers who drive flex-fuel vehicles can enter for a chance to win FREE Flex-Fuel for a Year. Of Thorntons’ 166 gasoline and c-store locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, currently 63 offer

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Atlas Oil To Distribute TankShield

“This product will give customers peace of mind and protect both their fuel and their profits,” says Atlas Oil spokesperson. Fuel theft from above ground tanks is becoming a growing problem in these tough economic times. To address this issue, Atlas Oil Co. has partnered with Burlingame Industries to distribute TankShield, an innovative fuel theft

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Sheetz Announces 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards

Three supplier partners recognized by Sheetz for outstanding service. Sheetz Inc. has announced the recipients of its 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards presented for superior service and dedication to advancing the success of the company and its stores. The awards were presented during the Sheetz Marketplace recognition dinner held Sunday, March 18, in Hershey, Pa.

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Kroger Creates Director of Sustainability Position

Kroger Co., the Cincinnati-based operator of 791 convenience stores, 1,100 supermarket fueling stations and 2,435 grocery stores, has hired Suzanne Lindsay as director of sustainability, a new position leading the grocer’s sustainability initiatives. Lindsay, who previously created and led the sustainability efforts at PetSmart Inc., will lead Kroger’s Sustainability Leadership Team. “We have made substantial

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TA Opens Its Fourth Dunkin’ Donuts

TA adds a Dunkin’ Donuts to its Mebane Petro Stopping Center to complement the location’s full-service Iron Skillet restaurant. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has announced the opening of Dunkin’ Donuts at the Petro Stopping Center located at I-40/I-85, Exit 157 in Mebane, N.C. The new location will be open from 5 a.m. to 10

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PS Food Mart Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“The initiative includes a newly designed Website and a free PS Food Mart mobile app,” says president and CEO of Folk Oil. PS Food Mart recently launched a new Website and is now providing a free mobile app for customers with smartphones. The new PS Food Mart site showcases store amenities, products, promotions, gas prices

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Speedway To Acquire 88 Gas America Locations

“They are very well-managed stores that will complement our existing network,” says Speedway spokesperson. Speedway LLC and GasAmerica Services Inc. have signed an agreement in which Speedway will acquire 88 operating locations situated throughout Indiana and Ohio from GasAmerica, plus several parcels of undeveloped real estate for future development. “GasAmerica Services, Inc. has been a

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Prima Marketing Selling 26 Sites

Properties are available in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Prima Marketing LLC, of Denver, Colo., is selling 22 operating and closed c-stores plus four excess retail pad sites that it currently owns, leases, and/or operates. The properties are located in West Virginia and nearby areas of Pennsylvania and Ohio and include a mix of operating

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Maintaining Compliance with Fuel Tank Standards

Out of sight, out of mind could land convenience store and gas station owners in serious trouble if they neglect their underground storage tanks (USTs) any longer. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With fines for leaks on the rise, regulations for tank compliance data retention getting longer and reporting frequencies increasing, the time has come

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Hess Corp. Announces Capital and Exploratory Budget for 2012

“We are committed to creating value and delivering sustainable growth in production and reserves from both our unconventional and conventional portfolios,” says Hess spokesperson. Hess Corp. has announced a 2012 capital and exploratory budget of $6.8 billion, nearly all of which is targeted for Exploration and Production: $2.5 billion for unconventionals, $1.6 billion for production,

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Sheetz Opens Ephrata, Pa. Store

New customers welcomed with contests and prizes. Sheetz opened a new store in Ephrata Township, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. The new location sits at 891 East Main Street.  Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open. These lucky customers will

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Customers to Vote for Best TA & Petro Restaurants

Online ballots accepted through Jan. 3. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is asking all of its guests to identify the best TA and Petro Stopping Center sit-down, table-service restaurant locations and servers. Customers are asked to cast their votes through an online ballot at www.ta-petro.com/thebest. Votes will be accepted through midnight on Jan. 3, 2012.

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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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TA Opens Eight UltraMobile Verizon Retail Outlets

Plans include expansion to 100 locations through 2012. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has become an authorized Verizon wireless retailer and opened retail outlets under the UltraMobile name at eight of its TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The UltraMobile outlets provide a full service offering in a convenient location

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TA Kicks Off Annual Campaign

Donations raised benefit professional drivers in need. TravelCenters of America LLC’s full-service TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands have launched their support of the 2011 customer and employee donation drive to benefit St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), an organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems. The

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