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Friday, December 20, 2013

Year in Review: The Most-Read Stories of 2013

Source: Convenience Store News
By Angela Hanson

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- 2013 marked another exciting year for the convenience store industry. Some c-store retailers made major changes to their operating practices, while others coped with unexpected legal difficulties. Suppliers, meanwhile, got creative in marketing their wares to an audience that is changing the way it views c-stores.

In this annual Year in Review, CSNews Online looks back at the top 10 news stories of the year, based on total page views from CSNews.com.

1) FBI Shuts Down Pilot Flying J Headquarters
The entire convenience and trucking industry took notice in April when the FBI locked down Pilot Flying J's headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., during the execution of a search warrant. It soon emerged that the travel center and travel plaza chain stood accused of shorting trucking companies on earned fuel rebates. In November, Pilot Flying J settled a class-action lawsuit over the discrepancies for approximately $72 million. Click here to view the original story.

2) Feds Raid 14 7-Eleven Stores
Federal authorities seized 14 7-Eleven stores in Long Island and Virginia in June, charging nine owners and managers with harboring and hiring illegal immigrants and paying them using fake social security numbers. At the same time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., were investigating 40 other 7-Eleven franchises in New York City and elsewhere. Click here to view the original story.

3) 7-Eleven Rolls Out AriZona's New 'Soda Shaq' in a Big Way
Retired basketball star Shaquille O'Neal partnered with 7-Eleven Inc. and AriZona Beverages to launch the Soda Shaq cream soda line nationwide. The summertime marketing campaign invited customers to "Try It on for Size" by placing their feet inside decals of O'Neal's size 23 shoes, taking a photo and posting it online to win prizes via social media. Click here to view the original story.

4) Hess to Exit Retail Business
In March, Hess Corp. announced its intention to