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MACS Converts to Circle K

Under a unique partnership with Couche-Tard, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is now the exclusive developer of the Circle K brand across the mid-Atlantic. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) and Alimentation Couche-Tard forged a new partnership in July where MACS will act as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in Virginia,

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Caffeinated Partnership In Charleston, S.C.

Sunoco hosts a press conference with the Lowcountry Food Bank Monday to introduce their partnership plans. Sunoco executives plan to announce a partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank during a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday. Pat Walker, president and CEO of the Lowcountry Food Bank, Cynthia Archer, vice president of marketing and development

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Maverik To Break Ground On New Store

New 4,200-square-foot c-store planned for Spokane, Wash.   Maverik, a North Salt Lake, Utah-based chain of convenience stores, is set to develop a new Spokane, Wash.-area convenience store, which would be its third in the Inland Northwest. Brad McDougal, director of real estate for Maverik, told the Spokane Journal of Business that  the company aims

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Data Security Spurs Advancements In Loyalty

As loyalty programs evolve, ensuring customers that their private information is secure and being used appropriately is essential in gaining their trust. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The secret to succeeding with a loyalty program in 2012 is to make sure you’re offering customers value on their terms, while also ensuring them that their information

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Creating An Advertising Plan

By John Matthews, president of Gray Cat Enterprises. As you have probably gathered from reading my other articles, I am a firm believer in planning for success. Whether it is operational excellence, de-branding a store or outlining your procedures and policies, prudent planning creates stronger execution and efficiency. While planning may come second nature to

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Dunkin’ Donuts Expands In Texas

Franchise opportunities throughout Texas remain available and new markets may be added soon. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with three franchise groups to develop 25 new restaurants in Texas over the next several years.  Locations targeted for development include the following:   •            521 Interests LTD plan to develop 16 restaurants in

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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Enter CSD’s 2012 Extreme Makeover Contest: Foodservice Edition

Is your foodservice program ready for an extreme makeover? Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. But if you are committed

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Details Emerge On Getty Petroleum Marketing Bankruptcy

“We welcome the fact that the process will now have structure and the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court to protect the value of our estate,” says Getty Realty Corp. CEO. Getty Realty Corp. has announced that Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (GPM), the company’s largest tenant, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court,

Honoring Our Past

This month begins a very special year for Convenience Store Decisions. Throughout 2009 we are committed to recognizing the leaders and innovators that have shaped the convenience store and petroleum industry and helped create this multi-billion-dollar retail sector. Legends in Retailing will focus on the challenges operators faced in the early days of the industry,

BP Flies High on Atlas Oil’s Flagpoles

A visit to BP’s ampm stores a few years ago convinced Simon that BP’s established ampm brand—and its decision to divest itself of stores in the Midwest—was an opportunity for Atlas to acquire stores for its own dealers, as well as operate more stores on its own. In December 2007, Atlas forged an alliance with

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