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Reinventing the Neighborhood Market

Kyle’s Kwik Stop Corner Markets in east Texas is testing a new business model by emphasizing the local community. By Megan Wilkinson, Assistant Editor. On the outside, Kyle’s Kwik Stop’s latest store looks like a simple c-store. Yet, step inside the Longview, Texas unit and customers get a taste of the neighborhood from its breakfast

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New Jerky Tastes

Golden Island Jerky Co., a leading producer of jerky products based in Southern California, plans to launch six new flavors of jerky, made in America and inspired by flavors from around the world. Golden Island’s latest flavors include the following: hickory black pepper (beef), chili lime (beef), mandarin orange (beef), teriyaki (pork), grilled barbecue (pork)

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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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TETCO Dan Cook Memorial Classic Raises Money For SA Youth

TETCO fundraises for the San Antonio youth in honor of Dan Cook in a recent golf tournament. The 4th annual TETCO Dan Cook Memorial Classic golf tournament raised $90,000 for the San Antonio (SA) Youth on June 4 at La Cantera Resort. The tournament raised almost $5,000 more than last year’s event. The event is

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New Braunfels Buc-ee’s Celebrates Grand Opening

On Monday in New Braunfels, Texas Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores debuted its largest store with a grand opening celebration for customers. The $7.4 million Buc-ee’s Travel Center at I-35 and Farm-to-Market Road 306 features 60 gas pumps, spans 18 acres and boasts a 67,000-square-foot  store. The store offers the chain’s famously clean and hands-free restrooms; an

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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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Susser Holdings Reports Q1 Results

Susser expects to build 25-30 new Stripes Convenience Stores in fiscal 2012. Susser Holdings Corp., which operates 540 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, has released its 2012 first quarter financial results. The company expects same-store merchandise sales growth for the first quarter of 2012 of approximately 6.7% compared

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Gulf Oil Expands In Texas

Agreement with Houston’s Petroleum Wholesale LP seals 10 year partnership. Less that a year since announcing its return to its Texas roots, Gulf Oil announced today that it is boldly continuing its expansion in the Lone Star state through a partnership with Petroleum Wholesale LP. The agreement calls for an immediate re-branding of 50 service

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Healthy Trends Extending to the Cold Vault

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

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Susser Holdings to Present at 2012 Consumer Conference

The presentation will be available via Webcast on the Susser’s Website. Susser Holdings Corp. has announced that Sam Susser, president and CEO, will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Consumer Conference on Wed., March 7, in New York City. The presentation, which will begin at 3:10 p.m. ET, will be available live

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Capturing Hispanic Customers

Offering quality customer service with bilingual employees and traditional foods can drive retail loyalty among the growing Hispanic population. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Today, Hispanic food is mainstream and attractive to a wide array of demographics seeking spicier flavors, but the secret to keeping your Hispanic customers’ repeat business lies in more than just

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Heartland Installs 10,000th SmartLink Network

Martin Eagle Oil Co. adds secure network solution. Heartland Payment Systems, a payments processor, has installed its 10,000th SmartLink network site in less than 18 months. The 10,000th installation took place at Martin Eagle Oil Co.’s newest location in Mesquite, Texas. A Texas-based, multi-branded marketer of fuel products, Martin Eagle Oil Co. was the first

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Susser Holdings Reports Q4 And 2011 Results

“Our newly built stores continue to perform very well, and as a result, we plan to increase our overall capital budget in 2012 to accelerate new store construction to a planned 25-30 stores,” says Susser Holdings CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. reported strong financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2011.

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Valero Teams With Cardtronics

New deal names Cardtronics as exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero Corner Stores. San Antonio-based Valero Retail Holdings Inc., a division of Valero Energy Corp. has named Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services for Valero’s entire U.S. portfolio of company operated convenience stores, predominantly branded Valero Corner Stores. The newly-formed relationship with

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Valero Experiences Most Profitable Year Yet

Breaks earnings records in 2011. Valero Energy Corp., based in San Antonio, Texas, reported its highest full-year earnings since 2008, as the retail segment boasted its most profitable year in the company’s history, the ethanol segment saw its most profitable quarter, and two major acquisitions strengthened the company’s global position, according to statistics from Industrial

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TETCO Donates $206,385 To JDRF

TETCO has gifted more than $800,000 to the nonprofit since 2005. TETCO has donated $206,385  to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Central Texas Chapter, to help support the organization’s continued quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening auto immune disease. “TETCO has been such an amazing partner with JDRF

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7-Eleven Acquires 51 ExxonMobil Locations

“We met our goal of opening 650 stores in 2011, and with this acquisition 2012 is off to a great start,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has completed the transaction with ExxonMobil to acquire retail interests in 51 North Texas sites. The transaction concluded Jan. 20; terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 51

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Susser Holdings Announces Q4 Results

During the fourth quarter of 2011, Susser Holdings opened six new large-format convenience stores. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. has set up an earnings conference call for 11 a.m. EST on Feb. 22 to discuss its fourth quarter results. The company expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the fourth quarter of 2011

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Fikes Wholesale Acquires Taylor Food Mart

“This agreement truly represents a win-win for all parties involved,” says Fikes Wholesale CEO. Fikes Wholesale Inc., parent company of the 194 location CEFCO Convenience Stores Chain based in Temple, Texas, has successfully acquired the retail interests of 63 Taylor Food Mart Stores from Taylor Petroleum Co. based in Amarillo, Texas. The Taylor Food Marts

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Stripes Celebrates Grand Opening in Marble Falls

Ribbon cutting, check presentation and prize giveaways planned as part of the new store celebration. A Stripes convenience store and gas station is opening on Jan. 6 at U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, Texas, The River Cities Daily Tribune Online reported. A grand opening event is set to include a ribbon cutting at 501 U.S.

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Ryko Acquires Commercial Washing Systems Inc.

The acquisition establishes direct sales and service support in central and south Texas for Ryko. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has acquired and will fully integrate the brand, assets and operations of Commercial Washing Systems Inc., the

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Susser Accelerates Store Building Program in 2012

About 25-30 new Stripes convenience stores planned for next year. Susser Holdings Corp. plans to accelerate its new retail store building program in 2012, with an estimated 25-30 Stripes convenience stores expected to be built next year. “Our plan to pick up the pace of new store building next year reflects the strong traction our

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Foodservice Trends for Hispanic Consumers

Stripes is among the growing number of convenience store chains providing an authentic Hispanic cuisine to attract this growing demographic. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Early each morning the parking lots of Stripes Convenience Stores fill up with the trucks and cars of customers wanting to purchase a hearty meal of breakfast tacos, carne guisada

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El Paso Welcomes Back Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J reopens in El Paso, Texas with many amenities for travelers and truckers in the area. Pilot Flying J recently reopened the newly remodeled Flying J Travel Plaza in El Paso, Texas. Featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public, the travel plaza is located at 1301 North Horizon Blvd. The

E-Z Mart Acquires Eight Stores

Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its convenience offering in Arkansas. On Dec. 1, E-Z Mart began operating eight more stores acquired from B-B-F Oil Co., bringing E-Z Mart’s store count to 306. The new locations in Arkansas are located in Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Benton and Sheridan. “The acquisition of B-B-F Oil

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