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General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Ray L. McGarvey Ph.D., the founder of the Country Fair Store chain of convenience stores in Erie, Pa., died Saturday at age 77.

ERIE, Pa. -- Ray L. McGarvey Ph.D., the founder of the Country Fair Store chain of convenience stores in Erie, Pa., died Saturday at age 77. McGarvey was born in Erie, Pa., on July 13, 1932. After losing his mother at the age of 5, he was raised by his father and grandparents on the family farm in...

Chain gets annual boost from last-minute shoppers

DALLAS -- For 7-Eleven stores, Christmas Day is the biggest sales day of the year. Since 1963, 7-Eleven stores have kept round-the-clock hours, and today approximately 99% of the more than 5,800 U.S. stores stay open on December 25, when they serve the needs of people who are missing an ingredient...

Mini fill-in shopping occasion prime for convenience stores, says researcher

CHICAGO -- Shoppers today are no longer filling their pantries once at the beginning of the week, but instead three times in smaller, fill-in occasions that one consumer researcher calls "quick trips." With recessionary times redefining where and why consumers shop, a distinct opportunity is...

Since Nov. 30, 2009, Couche-Tard convenience stores located in Quebec have made Noveko's antiseptic products available to all their customers.
Quality Sign Co., a national sign engineering and manufacturing company, will create signage for all of 7-Eleven Inc.'s new stores across the country.
All American Pet Co. Inc. has announced a product launch strategy with a focus on the drug store and convenience store marketplace.
Researcher says closer aisle placements increase grocery sales
Riiser Energy is offering more products and deals as part of a new venture at one of its convenience stores in Wausau, Wis., reported The Wausau Daily Herald.
Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly leads the way in 50th season set
Retailer unveils 2009 exclusive toy truck offering

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