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With Democratic White House and Congress, retailers anticipate taxing times

WASHINGTON -- The results of the Nov. 4 election-a president-elect Barack Obama and larger Democratic majority in Congress-came as little surprise to many in the industry. "I think [Senator John] McCain got beaten because he was associated with [President George W.] Bush and people were upset with...

Kum & Go execs target foodservice,store customization for 2009

[Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series of stories featuring the strengths and strategies of CSP's 2008 Retail Leader of the Year, W.A. "Bill" Krause.] WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- All of W.A. "Bill" Krause's children began working for Kum & Go LC at an early age. For son Kevin...

As 50th anniversary approaches, Kum & Go eyes expansion beyond 12-state footprint

[Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series of stories featuring the strengths and strategies of CSP's 2008 Retail Leader of the Year, W.A. "Bill" Krause.] WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- The last person who expected Kum & Go LC to expand to 430 stores within less than 50 years is co-...

Retailer continues to convert majority of its company-owned stores
7-Eleven to test consolidating beverage deliveries to stores
Gasoline retailers bringing out "1s" again in parts of U.S., but gouging charges persist.
Folding in Crescent Oil stimulates wholesale, renewable fuels ambitions
Mount Vernon, Ohio, becoming a haven for such retail concepts
Lower prices provide an opportunity to save face after tough financial year
Demand still low as economic anxiety and volatile oil prices persist

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