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Atlas Oil Names New Executive Vice President Of Retail Operations

Atlas Oil chooses James Fiene to serve on its company’s executive team. Atlas Oil named James Fiene as its new executive vice president of retail operations, and a member on the company’s senior leadership team. Fiene served as the chief operating officer for Open Pantry since 2003. During his time at Open Pantry, Fiene transformed

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Open Pantry Food Marts Looks To Growth Opportunities

Open Pantry Food Marts has plans to grow and improve business for its eight c-store sites. Open Pantry wants to continue to operate eight core sites in Southeast Wisconsin, and plans to reposition the Open Pantry Brands for a 2013 roll out. Open Pantry sold 19 sites to 7-Eleven this summer, which allowed 7-Eleven to

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7-Eleven Closes Open Pantry Acquisition

A total of 18 Open Pantry stores—14 of which are fuel locations—acquired in Wisconsin. 7-Eleven Inc. has completed a transaction to acquire 18 Open Pantry convenience store locations in Wisconsin, primarily in the greater Milwaukee and Madison markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All 18 stores are located approximately in the lower third

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Building Better Beer Sales

While many trends impact the beer category, the one that will most directly influence how marketers do business is the continued demand for more choices by the consumer.  By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. It’s been two years since Walgreens jumped back into the beer and wine business, and at least three convenience store operators in

Retailers Embrace New POS Technology

Ricker Oil, Open Pantry and Tri Star Energy Daily’s stores are adding LIFT Retail Marketing Technology’s LIFT station, a new suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology that displays up-sell offers to customers based on what they are actively buying. LIFT launched the new interactive system last month at the 2010 NACS Show in Atlanta. “These convenience

Breakfast Battle Brewing

Bundling with Bakery Rick Lawlor, vice president of retail sales and marketing for Hess Corp., said his company began growing breakfast sales when it added an old favorite for customers who want a sweet with their coffee: doughnuts. “There are a number of ways we’ve been growing our breakfast business, the most significant being our

Open Pantry Launches Rainforest Alliance Coffee Campaign

Open Pantry has successfully launched its Rainforest Alliance coffee campaign, with help from GSP Marketing Technologies (GSP), a leader in strategic marketing at the point of purchase. The campaign promotes the new coffee blend that is farmed without harming the rainforests by leveraging a unique in-store experience developed by GSP. As Open Pantry, which operates

Turning a Foodservice Profit

With many c-stores moving into foodservice to compensate for lagging cigarette and gasoline sales, the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. According to industry retailers, among the emerging trends worth noting is the growing popularity of breakfast sausages for the morning daypart, while spicy and ethnic flavors continue to attract

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TOP PERFORMERS Glaceau VitaminWater (Coca-Cola Co.) Gatorade, Propel (PepsiCo) SoBe Life Water (PepsiCo) HONORABLE MENTIONS Metromint With demand for enhanced waters showing no signs of abating, it is clear that consumers continue to seek the benefits of vitamins and other specialty ingredients in their beverages. According to a Nielsen study released in November, the unsweetened

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