September 2011 Back Rumor

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Ahoy, Pirate! Welcome back to this side of the biz. 

Congrats to Stephen Hightower II of Hightower Petroleum on his recent engagement— to a “Young and the Restless” actress, no less!

BR hears there may be some deals in the works in the Northeast.

To R.I. in San Diego: Welcome to “this side” of the retail industry.  

M.J., next time in San Juan, right?

D.G., congrats on the carding—but it makes the rest of us feel old and weathered.

One day we’ll have to get our Southwest retailer to talk about the c-store exorcism.

BR hears a Pennsylvania chain is about to announce its sale to a couple of other companies.

BR hears retailers selling diesel fuel are having a healthy year, thanks to increased deliveries by truck and new-car offerings from BMW.

M.M., belated congrats on the big 5–0! BR hears Spinx’s L.G. isn’t shy about her love of fishing.

One California retailer has moved into the doghouse— literally. The company is celebrating one year in a space that used to be a Humane Society location.

Guy O.: Hope everything worked out in your favor in traffic court.

BR says “awwww” to James Hachtel’s new granddaughter, Faith Ann!

The geeks are all right: T.R. says growing tech companies in his California area are helping the economy.

Congrats to Brad Duesler and Food Concepts Inc. on 20 years!

One aggressive retailer in the Southeast who jumped on the idea of offering electric vehicle chargers offers this review: We’re not seeing the usage yet.

BR wonders if there’s an acquisition afoot at the fuel island.

A cow in the boss’ office? Quite a practical joke, M.M.

A Virginia retailer is doing more dunkin’.

How long before 7-Eleven opens a mini-store in a Cinemark theater in place of the concession stand?

Looking forward to seeing M.K. on “Dancing with the Stars,” “Skating with the Stars” or some other such show.

To Clay L. in Minnesota: Let BR knowwhen you get that boating timeshare locked up. We’d like to sail the 10,000 lakes, too!  

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