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    Year in Review: Top Retailer News of 2015

    Mergers, acquisitions and milestones captured readers' interest.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Mergers and acquisitions made up the biggest retailer news of 2015 as numerous convenience store chains continued a trend of aggressive expansion. Other retailers publicized their focus on organic growth and milestone goals.

    Ups and downs for c-stores throughout the year ranged from a golden anniversary to a bankruptcy.

    These are the top 10 retailer headlines of 2015 based on website hits, as reported by CSNews Online:

    1. CST Brands to Acquire Flash Foods
    Transaction would be largest in Corner Store parent's history.

    2. 'Wawa South' Announces More Expansion Plans
    Retailer will double stores in Florida by the end of 2016.

    3. TravelCenters Spending $226M to Acquire 123 C-stores
    The six transactions will boost the company's presence to 11 states.

    4. Celebrations, Giveaways & Donations Will Mark Wawa Day 2015
    Customers can receive free coffee on April 16.

    5. 7-Eleven Expands Florida Footprint With 101-Unit Acquisition
    Purchase made through subsidiary SEI Fuel Services.

    6. Sinclair Oil Seeks to Reclaim National Presence
    The brand was last marketed coast to coast in the mid-1970s.

    7. Wawa Debuts Flagship Store in City of Brotherly Love
    C-store is the retailer's first to feature indoor seating.

    8. 7-Eleven Grows Zero Franchise Fee Initiative
    A large number of opportunities are in Florida, the Carolinas.

    9. GasMart USA Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
    Uncertain if c-store and gas station assets will be affected.

    10. Sheetz Begins Journey to 1,000 Stores
    Opening of 500th location is just the beginning for the c-store operator.

    Stay tuned to CSNews Online for more 2015 Year in Review recaps. 

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