CITGO Launches ‘Fill Up On Fun’ Sweepstakes

Customers can download the Club CITGO app for a chance at a grand prize trip for four to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla., and other prizes. CITCO has introduced a fall sweepstakes to spur interest in its Club CITGO app. Starting Sept.13 through Nov. 21, 2017, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is encouraging customers to enter its “Fill Up

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Dash In Food Store’s Parent Company Raises Funds for Community

More than 500 people participate in inaugural Blackie Wills Golf Classic & Gala. The Wills Group, the parent company of Dash In Food Stores, raised more than $500,000 at its inaugural Blackie Wills Golf Classic and Gala, a two-day event that took place at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., on Sept. 10-11. This

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Best Practices in Deterring Theft

Good training and hiring practices can go a long way in alleviating loss prevention. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Preventing theft at c-stores starts with best practices in hiring and training, cash management and handling suspected shoplifters. Convenience Store Decisions spoke with loss prevention expert Chris McGoey, ‘the Crime Doctor’ and founder of

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Easy as L-E-D

LED lighting can boost security, savings and help drive traffic to your stores. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Like many companies, Ricker’s knew what its stores looked like in daylight. But a few trips after dark were even more illuminating. “We, as a team, went on nighttime site rides to really see what our stations

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Convenience Stores and GasBuddy Save Lives During Hurricanes

Phillips 66, 76, Conoco, Marathon, 7-Eleven, Murphy USA, Costco, Cumberland Farms, Love’s, quickly partnered with GasBuddy via Business Pages to support its mission. As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma barreled through one after the other, GasBuddy, along with c-store partners played a critical role in assisting survivors. By activating tracking capabilities that allowed users to report

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Pilot Flying J Partners in Hurricane Relief Effort

Pilot donates fuel to assist with disaster relief. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a number of companies are coming together to help provide assistance, including Pilot Flying J. Media company TEGNA Inc., The Salvation Army, United Van Lines, Mayflower and Pilot Flying J, have teamed to collect, transport, store and distribute supplies

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Love’s Acquires Speedco from Bridgestone Americas

Speedco acquisition complements Love’s Truck Tire Care services and adds 52 new locations. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is purchasing Speedco from Bridgestone Americas Inc. Speedco is a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to the trucking industry. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and certain other

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Cumberland Farms Aids Hurricane Harvey and Irma Survivors

Ten cents per beverage to be donated from frozen Chill Zone drink purchases. Cumberland Farms is supporting communities impacted by the recent back-to-back hurricanes. The c-store retailer announced that it plans to donate 10 cents from every fountain and frozen Chill Zone beverage purchased to the American Red Cross through Sept. 24 to support communities

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Strategies for Site Planning

There are factors to consider and much data to gather when assessing the right plan to build a new store. By John Matthews Real estate site selection can be a complex web of evaluating store attributes within a potential store trade area. The process utilizes both a science and an art to the overall selection

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Growth Energy Supports USDA Nominations

Leaders Skor and Censky understand biofuels and their role in the U.S. farm economy, says Growth Energy. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement in support of the nominations of Stephen Censky to be deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney to be under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign affairs at

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Equifax Data Breach Incident Impact Summary

What this could mean to your business and your employees. By Louis Powers, A2 Cybersecurity News of the Equifax data breach broke last week sending ripples across the global cybersecurity community. This data breach is arguably the most severe private data breach to date. Some 143 million Americans’ private data was exposed and stolen. Social security numbers

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Selecting an Optimal Location for Your C-Store

There are various factors that determine the “Goldilocks Zone,” but they’re all driven by traffic. By Bryant Ficek All you really need to know about convenience store land use is in the name: convenience. Customers generally choose to visit these retail sites because of the ease and speed with which they can get in, get

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Pacific Oil Conference Concludes in Los Angeles

Event highlights critical impact c-store, fuel and transportation businesses have on California’s commerce and economic growth. The 58th annual Pacific Oil Conference (POC), held Sept. 5-7 at JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE!, in Los Angeles, brought professionals from every aspect of the fuel wholesale, transportation and convenience store industry together. Attendees gathered at the LA

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MAPCO C-Store on Highway 96 Debuts New Look

Updated store now features a simple and consistent layout to optimize shopping for c-store customers. MAPCO recently reopened an existing store in Franklin, Tenn. that had been closed for remodel, and now features a new look, which MAPCO plans to roll out to other stores in the future. After being closed since March, the MAPCO

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VERC Enterprises Welcomes New Hire

James Young to manage software applications and analysis. VERC Enterprises welcomes James Young of Raynham, Mass. as manager of software applications and analysis. In his new role, Young is responsible for data analysis, programming, SQL, software integration and process automation. Based in Duxbury, Mass., VERC Enterprises is a Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 27 locations throughout

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Rutter’s Donates to $50,000 to Local Charities

Funds assist with providing education to children. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores continued its tradition of supporting the communities it serves with a number of charitable donations over the past few months. Rutter’s, which operates 68 c-stores in central Pennsylvania, donated a total of $50,000 to five charitable organizations this summer. The donations came from

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Server Products Promotes Brent Henschel to Marketing Manager

Server Products doubles marketing department headcount, necessitating the creation of new marketing manager role. Server Products has promoted of Brent Henschel to marketing manager. In the capacity of marketing manager, Henschel will lead Server’s marketing team, whose role is to plan, coordinate and implement Server’s marketing communication initiatives and marketing service offerings to Server’s customers.

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FriendShip Food Stores Welcomes New Additions to Management Team

Industry veteran Greg Ehrlich and foodservice specialist Ed Burcher join company ranks. FriendShip Food Stores, the retail division of Beck Suppliers Inc., has announced recent additions to its team. Industry veteran Greg Ehrlich has joined the company as chief operating officer of Beck Suppliers. Foodservice specialist Ed Burcher has also joined company ranks as it

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Chevron Teams with Jacksons Food Stores, Expands ExtraMile Brand

New company, Extra Mile Convenience Stores LLC, aims to double the number of ExtraMile sites by 2027. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. is set to expand its successful ExtraMile convenience store brand, following years of steady growth, via a newly-created joint venture with Jacksons Food Stores, which will extend the brand across more of the Western U.S.

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Are Sale/Leasebacks Beneficial?

Sometimes a sale/leaseback strategy can be a strategic boon for c-stores looking to manage their real estate holdings differently. By Terry Monroe Recently a friend of mine sent me an email showing a beautiful new convenience store that was listed for sale and wanted to know why would a new store by a notable convenience

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Wawa Aids Hurricane Irma Survivors

Campaign in partnership with the American Red Cross runs through Sept. 22 across all Wawa convenience stores. Wawa is stepping up to assist hurricane survivors after Hurricane Irma. Wawa Inc. and The Wawa Foundation Inc. launched a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to provide disaster relief assistance to those communities most affected by Hurricane Irma.

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Swisher International Promotes Sales Executives

Changes to take effect Oct. 1, 2017. Swisher International Inc. has announced the promotion of three of its most successful sales executives. Dean Simmons, field vice president of National Accounts, will become Swisher’s new vice president of sales; a position previously held by Bill Dunn. Joe Curoe, vice president of the West, will take his

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Atlas Oil Provides Relief After Hurricanes

Emergency response team helps to provide fuel after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma came barreling through, Atlas Oil Co. came to the rescue providing emergency fuel. Atlas Oil Co. has deployed 79 total trucks and drivers to regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma making the dual emergency deployment operation the

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Omnichannel Latest Issue for Young Executives

Next generation executives review how innovative channel leaders are creating an interactive, digital retail landscape. Capping a day of information sessions at the annual National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference Sept. 12, members of the Young Executives Organization (YEO), part of NAG, gained some futuristic insights. In a session entitled “What Does Omnichannel Mean to Convenience

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NAG Closes with Sessions on Food Delivery, Operations Boot Camp

Delivery, pure & simple and transparency were hot topics on the last day of the NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The last day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off with a session on foodservice delivery. Speaker Bonnie Riggs, director, industry analyst, foodservice, The NPD Group, and moderator Ed

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