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Hawkeye c-stores

Petroleum Services Co. Exits the Convenience Channel

Eight Hawkeye-branded stores are sold to Twin City Iowa.

The seven-store deal expands the company's reach in Montana.

Inside a convenience store

Consolidation and profitability challenges take their toll on the smallest companies.

Inform and empower your store team to make the right decisions around restricted products.

A $17-million growth round will support the retailer's expansion in Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Both independent and chain retailers will see enhanced innovations and offers for the front counter, center store, and foodservice.

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Its 11 Circle N Market locations serve six counties in the Arkansas Delta region.

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The convenience store operator is preparing to roll out a predictive modeling tool to help in site selection.

Lucky Candy gives customers five seconds to take items off store shelves for free if they answer a math equation correctly.

A deal with Stewart's Shops includes its gasoline and diesel distribution business, and five gas stations.

Three Square Self Pay Market enables customers to scan, swipe their payment and go.

Some investment is a must for defending and growing market share.

The nine-store chain will also introduce a new loyalty program and an online ordering system.

The move comes after a Japanese operator's contract was cancelled for not following corporate policy.

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Workers at The Market chain will receive an average 11-percent pay increase.

Understanding the value of positive reinforcement.

The retailer's new delivery program merges digital and in-store into one cohesive omnichannel ecosystem.

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The New England Farms locations offer grocery items, quick meal options and more.

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The 20-plus convenience stores were part of the retailer's 1,110-store deal with Sunoco in 2018.

Operators can participate in and offer vendor-sponsored discounts with the enhanced program.

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A newly constructed franchise location is slated to open in mid-2020.

7-Eleven, Circle K & ampm Rank Among Largest Franchise Operations

Circle K also ranks as one of the top 10 fastest growers by sales and units.

As the industry’s largest chains continue to expand, smaller operators are under pressure.

a Hawkeye Convenience Store

Petroleum Services Co. is also selling a tobacco outlet, a travel center and two development lots in Iowa.

Logo for Starfire stores

Campbell Oil Co. will rebrand the 16 company-operated stores to its BellStores brand.

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