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    NYACS Warms Up for Batting Practice at Annual Trade Show

    The event will feature baseball Hall-of-Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage.

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- At the New York Association of Convenience Stores' (NYACS) annual trade show and convention, to be held May 14 and 15 in Syracuse, attendees will get the chance to face the newest member of baseball's Hall of Fame -- relief pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage -- in batting practice, the association announced.

    Gossage, a former New York Yankees player, will be the main attraction at the Home Run Derby-themed trade show and convention. There, he will put on a pitching exhibition and face a lineup of NYACS hitters during the Welcome Party on May 14.

    NYACS-member retailers who register for the Welcome Party and trade show before May 1 will be entered into a random drawing to win a place among notable NYACS members going up against Gossage during the exhibition, the group stated. In addition, one retailer attendee will win a grand prize of a President's Circle membership to the Baseball Hall of Fame, including two tickets to the induction ceremony for Gossage.

    Gossage spent 21 seasons with nine teams, including the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres before retiring in 1994, according to NYACS.

    Also appearing at the event will be Ken Knox of Opportunity Knox, who will present ways to increase average customer purchases, the association stated. A panel discussion will focus on alternative fuel challenges and opportunities, and a PCATS seminar will inform retailers on how to gain knowledge and efficiency from electronic data exchange with their suppliers, NYACS stated.

    In addition, Fran Duskiewicz, senior executive vice president of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and chairman of the NACS State of the Industry Summit, will deliver the keynote presentation and share data on convenience store sales, operational expenses, profitability and category performance.

    For more information on the event, visit www.nyacs.org.

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