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Franchisees, lenders agreed on Ameristop plan, delaying court decision

CINCINNATI -- The future of more than 60 regional Ameristop convenience store franchises likely will not be decided until late February, reported The Cincinnati Enquirer. In November, Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company of the Cold Spring-based Ameristop chain, filed for Chapter 11...

Upscale Japanese retailer to tinker with U.S. strategy; shifting focus to middle class

TOKYO -- Major Japanese convenience store retailer FamilyMart Co. will open more Famima outlets in middle-class U.S. neighborhoods to make the unit profitable by February 2012, reported Bloomberg, citing President Junji Ueda. Since opening its first U.S. store in West Hollywood, Calif., in 2005,...

Jr. Food Stores puts checkout work in customers ' hands, finds early acceptance

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Are convenience-store customers ready for a self-scanning checkout? Stephen Reed, director of operations for Houchens Industries, wondered that, too, before installing such a device in one of the company 's Jr. Food Stores late last year. “Customers are not looking for that...

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