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C-Stores Deliver 'Fool-Service' Fun on April 1

High jinks ensue when convenience industry embraces the spirit of the day

CHICAGO – “April is the cruelest month,” poet T.S. Eliot said. And this year is no exception, with April 1, aka April Fools’ Day, falling on a Monday. What better day to catch sleepy weekend warriors returning to work after an all-too-brief respite off guard?

Here are a few examples from retailers—as well as a few suppliers—who participated in the convenience-store industry April Fools’ Day tomfoolery for 2019:





Stewart’s Shops




Duchess Shoppe

Hunt Bros.

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Trump & Pump Ups Foodservice Game

Rolls out new Russian menu


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Terrible Herbst, Stinker Stations Merge

Combined chain will be called Terrible Stinker


Bezos Hires Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Run Amazon Gone Concept

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