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Parker’s Convenience Stores rolls out PriceAdvantage software solution

BY Staff Writer

Colorado Springs, Col. — PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, announced that Parker’s Convenience Stores has successfully completed its rollout of PriceAdvantage Enterprise. The software offering from Skyline allows companies like Parker’s to automate and streamline the process of changing fuel prices at their stores.

"We are always looking for innovative solutions to increase our efficiencies in the store, allowing our store employees to focus on customers and enhancing their shopping experience," says Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Companies. "PriceAdvantage Enterprise does exactly that by giving us control over fuel pricing from headquarters, or from the field, streamlining our overall fuel pricing process, helping to maximize profits and grow our business."

PriceAdvantage provides automation for the entire fuel pricing process, from collection of competitive surveys, to efficient and detailed analysis for best price determination, to rapid speed-to-the-street price change execution. The ability to change prices immediately at the POS, fuel pumps and electronic price signs from the centralized headquarters location with one click makes the solution unique in the industry.

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Dollar General has big plans for 2012

BY CSA STAFF

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General was among the discount stores that benefited from a more cautious consumer spending in 2011, and the retailer expects that momentum to continue in 2012. The company announced that it plans to open 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. These new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s 38-state operating area, plus California and Massachusetts.

“Dollar General is excited about our tremendous opportunity for growth in existing markets as well as in new markets such as California and Massachusetts,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “We believe the new communities and states we are entering will benefit from our stores’ convenience and value, as well as the jobs and commitment to community our stores bring.”

The projected jobs follow on the heels of three years of positive job growth for the company. Including 2012, the company will have created more than 21,000 new jobs since 2009.

In addition to 625 new stores in 2012, the company said it plans to remodel or relocate 550 stores and open a distribution center in California.

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Blair Underwood launches suit line with K&G

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ATLANTA — K&G Fashion Superstore announced that has partnered with actor Blair Underwood to launch an exclusive line of men’s tailored suits. The BU Collection will be available at select K&G stores and on KGstores.com.

"I wanted this collection to be available to every man without a steep price barrier," said Underwood. "I felt K&G was a great partner to launch this line because of their ability to bring well-made designer clothing to the public at affordable prices."

The BU Collection will include two-buttonand three-button 100% wool-vested suits and complementing dress shirts and ties.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Blair Underwood to introduce his clothing line at K&G," said Mary Beth Blake, president of K&G. "Blair has been very involved in the process and has been amazing to collaborate with."

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