CSPedia Retailer News & Updates (May 2014)

C-store people on the move at Polk Oil, Kwik Shop, Dash In, more

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MESA, Ariz. -- The staff of CSPedia, CSP Business Media's online encyclopedia of convenience store chains, gathers new insights and news and updates the listings for the more than 470 retailers in its database on a daily basis. CSPedia delivers a monthly summary of these reports, often news not yet announced publicly, to its subscribers.

Industry suppliers can get the complete and most recent updates by subscribing to CSPedia at www.cspedia.net.

Here is a collection of some of the news and HR updates from May 2014.

People on the Move

*Brookshire Brothers Inc. (Polk Oil) dba: Polk Pick It Up. Courtney McLeod is assistant foodservice director for the Texas chain of 33 c-stores.

*Kwik Shop (Kroger Convenience). Patti West, former vice president of marketing for Kroger's Kwik Shop c-stores in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, has left the company.

*U-PAK-IT. Owner Jim Boyett has taken on the role of marketing director for the Louisiana chain with 37 stores.

*Wills Group (Dash In). Larry Bullis, senior market development manager, is leaving Dash In this month to join Produce Source Partners as vice president of the c-store division. Dash In is part of the Wills Group, based in Maryland. Tim Grossi will be the marketing and merchandising contact.

In the News

*Nebraska's Buchanan Energy Co., dba Bucky's, is installing Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers equipped with the inOvationTV media platform at more than 35 gas stations in the Chicago metropolitan area. The company has 79 company-operated stores and distributes fuel to more than 120 dealer sites.

*After 50 years in business, Dixie Oil Co. of Alabama Inc. dba: Dixie Gas, has completed the sale of all of its remaining c-stores and will close its doors this year.

*Dixie Mart, with 27 stores in Louisiana, has a new profile in CSPedia.

*Iowa-based Hy-Vee Gas opened a new grocery store and accompanying c-store in May in Springfield, Ill., as part of an aggressive growth strategy in 2014. The supermarket chain plans to build 16 Hy-Vee Gas locations this year. The chain has 120 c-stores and 238 grocery stores in eight states.

*Lehigh Gas Corp., dba: Uni-Mart, Kwik Pik, ampm, On The Run, 7-Eleven, has acquired Petroleum Marketers Inc. of Roanoke, Va., with 85 c-stores. This is its second major acquisition this year. Lehigh entered the Chicago market when it acquired the BP-branded assets from Atlas Oil in April. Lehigh is based in Pennsylvania and operates about 200 c-stores, plus distributes fuel to several hundred dealer-operated sites.

*Energy Transfer Partners (Sunoco) is growing its retail footprint with the purchase of Susser Holdings Corp. and its Stripes Convenience Stores in Texas. The transaction, valued at $1.8 billion, is expected to close this summer and will make ETP the third-largest convenience store retailer in the United States. A subsidiary of the company, Southside Oil, also acquired Tiger Management and all 40 Tigermarket sites, most located around Nashville. ETP/Sunoco acquired Southside Oil when it purchased Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) in October 2013.

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