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Distributor pruning 78 lower-volume locations in Fla.; seeking owner-operators

BRANDON, Fla. -- As part of an aggressive growth strategy that involves trimming some sites while purchasing others, southeastern distributor Automated Petroleum & Energy Co. Inc. (APEC) said yesterday that it will sell off 78 convenience stores with gasoline throughout Florida in a sealed-bid...

Chain uses social-networking site to drive traffic to sampling truck

ALTOONA, Pa. -- The Sheetz Bros. Coffee truck isn't exactly a new concept. The convenience store chain began testing the concept of a foodservice truck offering food and coffee samples back in 2007. What is new is the way the company is letting customers know where to find the truck: through...

Village Pantry, Worsley leadership realigned to drive savings, synergies

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The quartet of convenience store chains owned by private-equity group Sun Capital Partners--Li'l Cricket, Scotchman, Village Pantry and Young's--is undergoing a reorganization that company leaders hope will bring cost savings, administrative synergies and increased buying power...

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