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Hot-food test to grow by 800 stores a year beginning in 2009

DALLAS -- Japanese retailer Seven & i Holdings Co. plans to boost the number of its 7-Eleven convenience stores in North America that sell foods cooked in store. The Dallas-based 7-Eleven chain will increase the number of stores offering in-store cooked foods to about 700 by the end of this...

Susser updates on hurricane, reports strong second-quarter financial results

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Seven destroyed canopies and about $3 million later, Susser Holdings Corp.—which is in the process of recovering from late July's Hurricane Dolly—has reported that total second-quarter 2008 merchandise sales, including sales from both its Stripes stores and the Town &...

The Pantry waiting "with bated breath" to get back into M&A game

SANFORD, N.C. -- Three months after swearing off acquisitions for the remainder of the year—and five months before the self-imposed ban will be lifted—executives at The Pantry are chomping at the bit to get back into the M&A game. "We are awaiting with bated breath to see how the lousy gasoline...

Drugstore retailer developing smaller, limit-inventory stores
Midwestern retailer getting out of franchising; Walljasper talks strategy
Owner of gas/c-store/foodservice combo facility files for bankruptcy reorganization
Chain battles issues both internal (gasoline forecasting) and external (credit-card fees)
Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act would give regulatory power to FDA
Valero's Klesse blasts Congress as anti-consumer, anti-capitalism.
Entrepreneur opens "convenience/grocery/gas" store in Charlotte, N.C., area.

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