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Kroger to Acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion

The Kroger Co. reached a deal yesterday to acquire regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to boost Kroger’s presence in the U.S. southeast. Competitors there include Publix and Wal-Mart Stores

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Businesses Celebrate National Coffee Day

Freebies and deals abound. National Coffee Day is this Saturday, Sept. 29, and many businesses are kicking off the celebration early to maximize a chance to sample their brew to customers. While not all coffee chains have climbed on the National Coffee Day bandwagon—Starbucks, for example, has yet to announce its participation this year—many c-stores,

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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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Poultry Powers Prepared Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or wings, chicken’s versatility is driving the foodservice category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Chicken comes about as close as food can to a can’t-miss opportunity for convenience store operators. Chicken’s flexibility—and healthier perception—makes it one of the most popular products in the foodservice industry. And short of handling it unsafely,

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Wawa Adds Digital Signage

New digital signs powered by ADFLOW alert customers to daypart food options and new products at Wawa stores. Wawa Inc. is incorporating digital signage into its chain of over 600 stores across the U.S., including at new locations in central Florida.   Following a successful 25-store pilot Wawa, last fall, selected ADFLOW to power its digital

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With Foodservice Equipment, Cheap Can Be Costly

There are few bargains when it comes to purchasing the right cooking equipment. Functionality and practicality must coincide with an affordable price tag. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Just like the latest luxury car, a shiny, new piece of foodservice equipment can be hard to resist. But Brian Tucker, foodservice director for Lake, Fla.-based S

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Agree Realty Acquires Three Wawa Stores

Agree Realty “pleased” to make Wawa acquisition. Agree Realty Corp. announced that it acquired a portfolio of three Wawa c-stores and fuel stores that are master leased by Wawa for $14,200,000. The cost of the portfolio acquisition includes the assumption of $8,580,000 of non-recourse mortgage debt, which will mature in June 2016, carrying a 6.56%

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An Inside Look At Wawa’s Superior Distribution Center

To help keep its stores stocked with fresh products, the Pennsylvania chain’s high-volume distribution center sports an inventory accuracy rate exceeding 99.9%. By Patrick Roberts, Contributing Editor The name Wawa is well known throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Its convenience stores are seemingly on every major thoroughfare and, with 400 million customers annually, it presents a serious

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Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of First Florida Store

Five Wawa stores are scheduled to open in five weeks in the Orlando area, with the chain forecasting 100 stores for the Orlando/Tampa markets in the next five years. Wawa Inc. today announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its first store in the state of Florida. Located directly across from SeaWorld

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Take Your Deli to the Next Level

Sides, combo meals and even small equipment purchases can take your foodservice program from blah to booming. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2012” report revealed consumers are buying more prepared meals at convenience stores that provide quality and variety to shoppers. Just being on top

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Connecting With Your Customers

Maximizing time spent right in your own stores is an investment that always pays off. By Jim Callahan. One of the common traits among top quartile chains is that we all invest a lot of hours in our businesses. For all of us, there is a finite number of hours that we can work and

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Red Cross Names Wawa 2012 Citizen of the Year

“Few organizations help us fulfill the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering like Wawa, led by Howard Stoeckel,” says CEO of American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania. The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter  honored Wawa’s CEO, Howard Stoeckel, with the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award during its 30th annual

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Romney Raves About Wawa

Mitt Romney talks hoagies and touchscreens in Pennsylvania. Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, while on the campaign trail, visited a Wawa convenience store and polled the crowd at the Cornwall Iron Furnace, in Cornwall, Pa., about where they buy their sandwiches. The question touched on a local state divide: Wawa or Sheetz, Yahoo News reported.

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Limited Edition Milkshakes

C-store operators with goals to increase their selection of refreshing products this summer should consider f’real products and its new Caramel Chocolate Crunch Milkshake. f’real’s new Caramel Chocolate Crunch taste will only be available through the 2012 year, so this limited edition milkshake might be more appreciated by c-store consumers. The milkshake is currently offered

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Wawa’s Boasts a Superior Distribution Center

To help keep its stores stocked with fresh products, Wawa’s high-volume distribution center sports a high-bay chilled warehouse serviced by 16 fully-automated mini-load stacker cranes and a warehouse management system from Swisslog, allowing the dairy to move 42,000 crates of liquid products daily with an accuracy rate exceeding 99.9%. by Patrick Roberts, Contributing Editor The

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Wawa Fundraises for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign to benefit nine children’s hospitals. Now through May 27, Wawa stores are asking customers to donate either $1, $3 or $5 to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises fundsfor 170 children’s hospitals. All of the funds raised will go to support the nine Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals located in the

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Wawa Supports JOBS Act

“Wawa’s ability to grow and expand has a direct, positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” says Wawa CEO. Wawa participated in the White House ceremony to sign the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act), bipartisan legislation that will reduce the regulatory burdens on small businesses, enhancing their ability to grow and create

Finding Your Way with Foodservice

Growing up in New YORK CITY few things were as natural to me as eating out. Even now with three children, a minimum of two meals a day are eaten outside the house seven days a week. The kitchen table is more of a convenient place to store things, like takeout menus and the kids’

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Wawa To Enter Florida

Some 100 Wawa c-stores are planned for Florida over the next five years. Wawa, which operates more than 580 c-stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is set to begin construction on its first Florida convenience store across from SeaWorld at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel

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Wawa Provides Red Cross Support

Fall schedule includes more than 38 blood drives open to the public. This fall Wawa is encouraging customers to join it in helping the American Red Cross save lives by donating blood at one of the more than 38 Wawa sites hosting a blood drive. The blood drive began Oct. 3 and will continue through

Is Big Oil Losing its Drawing Power?

For many, many years the power of the Big Oil brands was indisputable. They owned the refineries, the stations and the credit card networks to boot. While my father was an Exxon dealer and jobber for more than 30 years I distinctly remember seeing Shell and Texaco credit cards lying around the house. In those

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Facebook Marketing for Convenience Stores

Convenience store chains, like most retailers, pay close attention to transaction counts and sales per customer. Until recently, getting to know your customers as individuals might have seemed costly and out of reach for all but the largest of companies. Having the opportunity to communicate with your customers and getting to know their friends and

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Wawa Smoothies Help Customers Stay Cool

Wawa sponsored two Philadelphia events this 4th of July holiday to show off its smoothie products to thirsty customers. Philadelphia residents had the opportunity to cool down with Wawa smoothies at both Taste of Philadelphia and Independence Day Blast. Through the events, both of which were free to the public and hosted at Penn’s Landing,

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Wawa Welcomes America To A Taste Of Rich Dairy History

Wawa’s Go 4th And Learn Series Festival gives customers a look at Wawa’s dairy history. Wawa kicked off its Go 4th and Learn series with an interactive event that showcased Wawa’s dairy history at Franklin Square in Philadelphia on Monday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event featured Historical Story Time with

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Keeping Pace With Foodservice Trends

Whether it’s a branded food program or a proprietary deli offering, focusing on quality ingredients, outstanding service and consumer needs has helped boost industry sales. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Consumers are looking for fast service, fresh ingredients and value pricing when choosing a foodservice solution and convenience stores are answering the call with innovative

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