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    Royal Buying Group To Hold Annual Independent C-Store Expo

    Both suppliers and retailers are welcome at the expo, to be held in Oak Brook, Ill., in February 2007.

    HINSDALE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group, Inc. (RBG) announced its annual Independent C-Store Expo will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at the Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, located at 1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, Ill.

    Educational seminars will begin at 1:00 pm with the doors to the trade show opening at 3:30 p.m. The trade show is scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m., the company reported.

    This year's expo will feature trade show floor and meeting space, networking, and educational seminars on various topics intended to help all convenience store operators. Speakers will include nationally recognized industry experts, supplier representatives and a very special guest speaker that will be announced in the near future, according to the company.

    An advisory board has also been assembled, consisting of current independent c-store industry veterans to help guide topics and content.

    "Members and vendors alike have enjoyed the informal atmosphere, exchanging of business ideas and camaraderie between all involved in past years," said Angela Angelilli, director of sales at RBG. "This year's event is shaping up to be even bigger and better then ever."

    The expo will also assist suppliers in receiving in-depth, first-hand learning and insight into a key segment of the c-store industry.

    "The independent store operator comprises nearly two-thirds of the c-store universe but has been the hardest group for suppliers to reach economically," said Michael Zielinski, president of RBG.

    Supplier and Member awards will be presented at the trade show, and RBG will also be announcing the winners of the fifth annual RBG Scholarship Program. RBG will present two scholarships to members and/or members' children attending or enrolling to attend an accredited secondary educational institution.

    "The reception has proven to be an excellent format for introducing the new year's programs to our members and convey the benefits to prospective members," said Angelilli.

    For information about the expo, and to register for this event, please visit www.i-c-expo.com.

    A block of rooms have been reserved for out of town members and vendors wishing to attend the event. Please contact Sarah Sondag at (888) 728-3724, Ext. 10, or e-mail her at [email protected] for more information and/or room reservations.

    For vendors wishing to exhibit at the show, please contact Christine Brown, director of vendors, at (888) 728-3724 x11 or at [email protected].

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