Gaskins Joins Rutter’s as Chief Engagement Officer

By John Lofstock, Editor Following the retirement of its long-time Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy, Rutter’s Farm Stores has hired industry veteran Derek Gaskins as chief engagement officer, CSD has learned. Gaskins has an extensive background in marketing for both retail and consumer packaged goods companies, and spent two years as the vice president of

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Coffee Driving Bakery Sales

To capture a greater share of the breakfast business, retailers are developing fresh bakery programs extensive enough to make their products destination-worthy in the morning and throughout the day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Few, if any, local supermarkets or mom-and-pops in the Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin market areas where Kwik Trip has its 358

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Rutter’s Among 50 Fastest Growing Companies

The York, Pa.-based convenience store chain moves from the No. 27 spot it held in 2011 to No. 15 among fastest growing companies. Rutter’s Farm Stores has ranked No. 15 on the 16th annual list of the 50 top businesses making significant contributions to the growth, strength and success of the central Pennsylvania economy. This

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Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Rutter’s

Winning Match 6 ticket worth $1.2 million marks the 27th winning ticket sold at a Rutter’s since April 2007. A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Match 6 Lotto ticket worth nearly $1.2 million from the Sept. 13 drawing was sold at the Rutter’s Farm Stores at 35 N. Main St., Jacobus, York County. This is the second

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Rutter’s Celebrates Grand Opening

Donates to Loganville, Pa. charities. Rutter’s Farm Stores celebrated the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 57th convenience store on June 20, and marked the occasion by donating $1000 to four local charities. The Loganville Fire Co., the Goodwill Fire Co., Jacobus Lions Ambulance Club and the Jacobus, Loganville and Springfield (JLS) Recreation

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Rutter’s Rewards One Customer’s Loyalty With Fuel

Rutter’s announced its first winner for its Register, Scan and Win contest for summer 2012. Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to give away eight years of free gas to its loyal customers this summer, and its first winner was announced this week. Gregory Ball of Dover, Pa. won Rutter’s Fuel Up Free Sweepstakes, earnng a year’s

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Rutter’s Gets New Pricing Solutions

Rutter’s Farm Stores integrates PriceAdvantage and OpenStore from the Skyline Products line to make smarter fuel pricing decisions. Rutter’s Farm Stores added PriceAdvantage and OpenStore to improve fuel price management and media marketing. The integration of PriceAdvantage and OpenStore help synchronize gas pricing across Rutter’s store POS, fuel pumps, electronic price signs, mobile apps and

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Rutter’s Opens 57th Store

New location brings 35 jobs to Loganville, Pa.  The 57th store in Rutter’s Farm Stores expanding chain of local convenience stores opened its doors this week at the intersection of Reynolds Mill Rd. and Susquehanna Trail in Loganville, Pa. The 5,700 square foot store, located just off Route 83 in southern York County, Pa. has

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Surging Demand for Pizza

With so many national brands already well established in the marketplace, c-store retailers have to create a niche of their own by combining quality products and personal service. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Before the CENEX convenience store opened in Killdeer, N.D., the only pizzas readily available to the town’s residents were the ones in

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Rutter’s Offers More Options On Its Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores puts two new products on its lunch and dinner menus to give customers more choices. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., plans to please its loyal customers with the addition of steak chips and quesadillas to its lunch and dinner menus to further help retain and gain customers. The company’s new steak

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Rutter’s Takes Top Slots In Best of York Voting

Customers recognize Rutter’s for its milk, quick service lunch and breakfast, and coffee program. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s once again was voted to the top for the 2012 Best of York contest. Voted on by readers of the York Daily Record, Rutter’s again placed first in Best Milk and Best Quick Service Lunch. Rutter’s also placed

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$1 Million Lottery Ticket Sold at Rutter’s

Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pa.-based c-store sells ticket that results in big win. Powerball players in and around Waynesboro, Pa. are abuzz this week with news of a seemingly unbreakable lucky streak; Rutter’s Farm Stores is, again, the site of a big lottery win. The Pennsylvania Lottery announced this week that, though there were no jackpot

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Rutter’s Introduces Walking Taco Menu Option

Walking tacos to be made fresh and served in a one-ounce bag of Doritos. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced several new items to be added to its menu this week, including soft shell tacos, snack wraps and the south central Pennsylvania favorite: walking tacos. A long time preference at area high school sporting events, walking

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Rutter’s Announces February Prize Winners

Rutter’s enhances prize list, adds more gas giveaways. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced the latest winners in its Register, Scan and Win contest this week. This year’s prize list, viewable at www.ruttersrewards.com, is slightly different than last year’s, noted Rutter’s Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy. “We’re offering more gas prizes this year. That’s one of

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Coffee Consumption Surging

One in four coffee drinkers are now choosing gourmet products daily as younger consumers embrace upscale brews. By John Lofstock, Editor.  Coffee consumption tracks strong and steady, according to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) National Coffee Drinking Trends, with sales data suggesting a solid footing for future growth. Rebounding youth consumption, strong gourmet allegiance and

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground on New Loganville Store

Store to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Reynolds Mill

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Rutter’s Rolls Out Mac and Cheese Options

Customers can choose from more than 500 varieties. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added macaroni and cheese to the menu, and it could take customers quite a while to decide which version of it they like the best. When all of the variations of toppings and meaty additions are tallied, Rutter’s provides its customers with more

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Rutter’s Wins Top Mobile App at NRF

Blackberry, iPhone and Android users can access the Rutter’s mobile app for information on gas prices and more. Rutter’s mobile app was named the Best Mobile Application at the recent Customer Engagement Awards held during the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual convention in New York City. “It is great to have our innovation being recognized

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Rutter’s 2011 Charitable Giving Tops $320,000

“We believe these donations have made a lasting impact on the organizations that receive them and those who’ve benefitted from them,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores made charitable donations to several community organizations, which totaled more than $320,000 in 2011. “In economies as tough as this one, charities need the financial support of the

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Rutter’s Announces November Winners

Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes gives Rutter’s customers a chance to win an array of prizes.   Christmas came early to many loyal Rutter’s customers across central Pennsylvania this week with the announcement of November’s Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes winners. Employees at the store from which the grand prizewinner is drawn are entered to

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Keeping the Menu Fresh

Foodservice customers are becoming value-conscious, a reflection of current economic conditions. Consumers are now expecting better value in terms of price, service, consistency and food quality. By John Lofstock, Editor. Bringing consumers into convenience stores to buy food requires a great offering at a good price. But with all the competition for share of stomach,

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Rutter’s Rewards October Sweepstakes Winners

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 receive flat screen TV, free gas and more.  York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores gave many people in central Pennsylvania a reason to be thankful this week when it announced the latest winners in the Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes.
 
 October’s grand prizewinner, Paul Seibert of Shippensburg, Pa. took home a

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Rutter’s To Break Ground on New Loganville Store

New store plans to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County, Pa. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail

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Thorntons Earns Top Chain Honors

Kentucky operator presented the industry’s most prestigious retail award at a gala in Chicago. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience Store Decisions honored Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. as its 22nd annual Convenience Store Chain of the Year at an exclusive dinner at Café Spiaggia in Chicago last month during the NACS Show. More than 200

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Driving OTP Sales

While cigar sales do not approach those of cigarettes, they offer convenience stores better margins. Plus, new flavors and competitive pricing are keeping customers interested in the category. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Other tobacco products (OTP) in general and cigars in particular continue to earn more shelf space in convenience stores, and the higher

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