Irish Retailer Applegreen Expands in South Carolina

Applegreen acquires 34 gas stations in South Carolina. Ireland-based Applegreen Convenience Stores has moved into the U.S. market with the acquisition of Bob Brandi Stations in South Carolina for $5.4 million. The Irish Times reported that Applegreen partnered with an institutional real-estate investor who will acquire property assets of the business for $70.1 million. Applegreen

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Salty Snacks’ Steady Influence

A staple of convenience stores, the salty snacks category remains relevant thanks to changing consumer tastes. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Anyone worth their salt knows that chips and other crunchy, sodium-laden snacks are a big reason Americans love convenience stores. A quick visit to a c-store and consumers can load up on old-fashioned potato

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7-Eleven To Add Ready-To-Drink Meals

Eighteen 7-Eleven stores introduce Soylent product. Some 18 participating 7-Eleven stores in the Greater Los Angeles area are set to test Rosa Foods’ Soylent ready-to-drink meals, beginning Monday, July 10, 2017. The 7-Eleven locations currently plan to sell three Soylent flavors: Cacao, Cafe Coffiest and the new Cafe Chai. “It is exciting that the demand

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Yesway Introduces “Yesway Rewards” Loyalty Program

Guests gain a currency called “Smiles” for each dollar spent on fuel or in-side store merchandise. Yesway, the rapidly-growing Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain has launched its new, highly anticipated customer loyalty program – Yesway Rewards. The innovative and proprietary customer loyalty program was developed in collaboration with Paytronix, the industry-leading loyalty technology provider.

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Growth Energy Speaks Out on Proposed RVOs

Growth Energy is encouraged to see the EPA demonstrate President Trump’s continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The total renewable fuel volume is proposed to be 19.24 billion gallons, while the proposed conventional biofuel amount

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St. Louis To Decrease Minimum Wage

Workers to see pay reduced back to $7.70 per hour this August after state bill trumps city ordinance. St. Louis workers are set to see their wages rolled back after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he did not plan to fight Missouri state bill HB 1194, in which the state nullified the city’s $10

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U.S. Labor Department Appeals on Overtime Rules

U.S. Labor Department looks to clarify its authority in using salary levels to determine overtime pay eligibility. The U.S. Labor Department, in a brief to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, defended its authority to use salary levels to decide who was eligible for overtime pay, but also expressed that

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Sheetz, RaceTrac and Miller Oil Set to Kick Off NAG Conference

NAG’s Leadership Panel in September will feature Joe Sheetz, Allison Moran and Jeff Miller who will discuss the Impact of Family Business on Convenience Retailing. According to the Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and 62% of the U.S. employment. Yet, only a third of these businesses

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Sheetz For The Kidz July Campaign Begins

Customers can now donate to support kids while checking out at Sheetz stores. This July, Sheetz customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz (SFTK) through in-store fundraising. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in the communities Sheetz serves. In addition, throughout the year, customers can support local kids in

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Wawa Celebrates 25th Annual Hoagie Day

Festivities focus on history and heros during Wawa’s eighth year as the title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America! Wawa Welcome America! Festival kicked off with Hoagie Day on June 29 and continues through the Fourth of July. As part of its eighth year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!, Wawa is celebrating our nation’s

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Canadian Convenience Stores Association To Celebrate C-Store Day

Annual event goes national for the first time on Aug. 30. In time for Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association makes C-Store Day a nation-wide celebration. An annual event started in Atlantic Canada to celebrate the contributions that convenience store retailers make to the communities they serve will go Canada-wide for the first

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American Ethanol Honors Military Members

Growth Energy works with NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing partners to thank and honor veterans. On Sunday, Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway was the “final lap” for the NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola program – the sport’s official thank-you to the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces.

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FDA Menu Labeling Comment Period Extended

NACS asks retail members to comment ahead of the new Aug. 2 deadline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has announced that it is extending the comment period for the interim final rule by 30 days to Aug. 2 the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported. NACS plans to file comments on behalf

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Rutter’s Expands into Blair County

A grand opening event is set for July 20. Rutter’s has opened its first store in Blair County, Pa., marking its 68th store location. The new Rutter’s is located at 935 Plank Road in Duncansville, a suburb of Altoona, Pa. The Duncansville Rutter’s is 7,850 square feet and has 16 auto fueling stations and five

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ADD Systems Welcomes Tracie Nall

Nall brings over 20 years of convenience store industry experience leveraging technology / back-office software to the organization. Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) welcomes Tracie Nall of Kernersville, N.C. as Regional Sales Representative. Nall’s role within the sales team will focus on the Convenience Store and Wholesale Petroleum industries. “The management team is excited

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Rutter’s Introduces Beer Sales at 10th Location

Wrightsville location latest Rutter’s to launch new beer cave selection. Rutter’s continues to expand its reach with stores that sell beer. The latest location to offer beer sales is located in Wrightsville right off of Route 30 and it started selling beer on June 29, after a remodel to accommodate the Beer Cave. This is

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When Cash is King, Safety Rules

From smart safes to best practices in ATM location and cash drawer management, savvy c-store retailers work to keep employees and customers safe from would-be thieves. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Rumors of cash’s demise have been swirling for years. But if cash were no longer king, the lengths thieves go to get it would

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Sunoco Repeats ‘Free Fuel 5000’ Sweepstakes

Now in its 13th year, the sweepstakes are set to award $5,000 in free fuel to a grand prize winner. This summer, some lucky gas station shoppers with Sunoco decals on their cars will win gift cards and be entered for a chance to win free fuel. For the 13th consecutive year, the Sunoco Free

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Appeal to Customers with Dairy

Dairy can offer flavor and adventure for any daypart. When snack attacks hit, dairy can be a healthful option. Market research firm Packaged Facts’ report “2017 Forecast: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” shows even as non-dairy alternatives expand into new territories, so do the animal milk-based originals. Packaged Facts forecasts that in the months and years

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July Fourth Shoppers Look to Social Media for Deals

Among Fourth of July weekend activities, shopping is high on the list for many customers. A study by ChargeItSpot shows 43% of shoppers say they plan to shop Independence Day deals. ChargeItSpot, a provider of cell phone charging stations for major retailers, events, and other indoor public venues, has announced the results of its “2017

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Cumberland Farms Honors Scholarship Winners for 11th Year

This year Cumberland Farms has awarded $130,000 in “Believe & Achieve” Scholarships to 130 students. For the 11th consecutive year, 130 talented high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 “Believe & Achieve” Scholarships by convenience store chain Cumberland Farms. Cumberland Farms has provided over $1.1 million in critical financial assistance to more than 1,100 bright,

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Aloha Petroleum Raises $5,000 for Partnership For A Healthier America

Aloha Island Mart convenience stores raise money through checkout donations. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. raised $5,000 to support the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) through a two-month, in-store donation campaign at its Aloha Island Mart locations. Throughout the months of April and May, customers at any Aloha Island Mart location could add a $1 or

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VERC Enterprises Introduces Mayflower Provisions

Renames Mayflower Food & Spirits following acquisition, looks to grow offering. VERC Enterprises has announced a new name for its most recent acquisition at 164 South Street in Plymouth, Mass. Mayflower Food & Spirits will now be called Mayflower Provisions. New ownership, new equipment, expanded offerings and now a new name! For the past 40

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QT To Open C-Stores in San Antonio, Austin

More than 100 convenience stores planned for the launch in San Antonio and Austin. QuikTrip (QT) is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The first QT stores in each city are expected to open in the summer of 2018. QT has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently

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Getty Realty Lease-Back Related to Couche-Tard’s CST Brands Acquisition

Getty provides lease-back funding necessary for Empire Petroleum to purchase the 70 sites Couche-Tard must shed to finish its CST Brands acquisition. In order to complete it’s acquisition of CST Brands as scheduled on June 28, Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Circle K Stores must divest 70 locations. Those locations are being purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners LLC,

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