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The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Convenience stores and many other retail segments have been able to slash operating costs with LED lighting and other equipment upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience store chains big and small are finding ways to save money while improving the store experience for customers with energy efficient technologies. When Wawa Inc. was searching for

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CEFCO Builds Fourth Prototype Store

CEFCO invites the public to its new, prototype store, as it features the chain’s new c-store design. CEFCO Convenience Stores opened a new store location in Killeen, Texas, Wednesday. The new store is the company’s fourth prototype store, reflecting CEFCO’s latest design for its convenience stores. The stores will provide customers with a stronger shopping

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All Aboard the Kelly Express Mart

Kelly Fuels is unifying its nine stores under a single retail brand and upping its investment in foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kelly Fuels Inc. is moving full steam ahead in 2012, rebranding its nine Michigan c-stores under the Kelly Express Mart brand, and giving its locations a full facelift with an express train

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Valero Brand Comes To Stations In Kentucky

Somerset-based Southern Petroleum converts 26 stores.  Motorists in north central and southeast Kentucky are seeing new teal-and-yellow signs going up at gasoline stations now that Valero has expanded its presence in the region under an agreement with Somerset, Ky.-based distributor Southern Petroleum, Inc. Twenty-six Southern Petroleum properties have undergone or soon will undergo conversions to

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HOVENSA Closes Refinery

CITGO outlines plans to replace supply. HOVENSA has announced the permanent closure of its refinery located in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and Hess Corp.  CITGO has a supply off-take agreement with HOVENSA and has developed plans to replace this supply.  These well-defined plans are designed

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Hit-n-Run Food Stores Prepares for the Future

Brenton Investment Corp. is set to build a new prototype design as it sets its sights on growth through new builds. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With 11 years under its belt and 13 successful convenience stores throughout southern Louisiana, Brenton Investment Corp. is ready to grow its fleet of Hit-n-Run Food Stores beginning with

D|Fab Announces Promotions

Madison Heights, Mich.-based D|Fab (Design Fabrications Inc.), a retail design and décor manufacturing firm, has announced a number of executive promotions. Jessica Roberts, formerly vice president of Operations, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  Jessie joined D|Fab in 1988 and has worked in various managerial capacities of operations assistance, estimating, purchasing and client services. 

A Certified Success

View From the Top: Certified Oil’s Leadership Team If experience is an accurate indicator of a company’s success, Certified Oil has a bright future. Three members of the company’s senior leadership team have been with the company for more than 30 years, and several others have major oil, grocery and management consulting backgrounds. The leadership

MAPCO Express Rolls On

While many chains are still feeling the crunch from the current economic recession, others are seeing opportunity. Count MAPCO Express among the companies waiting to pounce. MAPCO Express, a subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, has a long history in convenience retailing. It continues rolling out an upscale convenience store concept, branded MAPCO Mart, and is

Design of the Times

Savvy c-store operators know that everything in a store should be contributing to sales, including displays and fixtures. More retailers are coming to realize that display and fixture design can, if done right, provide the flexibility needed to highlight food offerings as well as dry goods products and keep the sales space fresh, interesting and

Establishing the Right Foodservice Brand

There are few sure things in business. But partnering with an established foodservice brand could be about as close as one can get. That’s because proven concepts offer so much, such as built-in brand equity, customer loyalty, honed or even turnkey systems with shorter learning curves, proven menus and recipes, pre-existing designs and equipment packages

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