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LISLE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group (RBG) Inc. announced that its annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C Expo) will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The event will be held at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel at 1401 West 22nd St. in Oak Brook, Ill.
"RBG's Independent C-Store Expo is the perfect opportunity for retailers to come and meet one-on-one with National Representatives from leading C-Store suppliers, to learn about new products, marketing promotions and opportunities to grow C-Store sales," said Angela Angelilli, RBG's Vice-President of Member Services. "This is our 16th year of this event and we pride ourselves on making the Independent C-Store Expo a first class event; allowing retailers and suppliers to network, while enjoying the reception and an informal atmosphere. All brands of independent retailers are welcome to come enjoy a day's worth of activities, which includes a trade show exhibit with food, drinks and prizes, networking opportunities, meeting space, and more throughout the night."
Attendees at the expo will receive in-depth, firsthand learning and insight into a key segment of the c-store industry, said RBG. "The independent store operator comprises nearly two-thirds of the c-store industry, but has been the hardest group for suppliers to reach economically," said President and CEO Michael Zielinski.
Supplier and member awards will be presented at the show, including the winners of the 11th annual Royal Buying Group Scholarship Program. Two members or children of members attending or enrolling to attend an accredited secondary educational institution will receive scholarships, according to the announcement.
Vendors, manufacturers and suppliers who are interested in exhibiting at the show should contact Sharon Porter, director of vendors/business development at (630) 353-7975 or at [email protected], while interested and prospective members should contact Angela Angelilli at (630) 353-7951 or [email protected].