Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, locked up a $131.4-million sale and leaseback deal with Cole Capital related to 83 properties of Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores throughout the U.S. The Laval, Quebec-based convenience store operator said it would use the proceeds to reduce its

Kansas to Expand Ethanol Options

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot project that will allow fueling stations to install pumps that dispense a variety of ethanol blends and let consumers choose what blend they want. Almost all gas stations now have E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. All vehicles on the road

Boston Stores To Limit Tobacco Ads

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores to adhere to city regulations limiting the advertising of tobacco products to minors. "We’ve done a great job in Boston of getting these stores to comply with the law forbidding the sale of tobacco products to minors," Mayor Menino said during a

Wells’ Dairy Sells Milk Plant

Wells’ Dairy Inc., the Le Mars, Iowa-based manufacturer of frozen dairy products, reached a deal to sell its fluid dairy and cultured dairy facility in Le Mars, Iowa to Dean Foods Co. Terms were not disclosed. "Following extensive analysis, we have made a strategic decision to focus all of our efforts and resources on our

A Very Special Holiday Gift From Sheetz

Red Kettles are overflowing for one Pennsylvania chapter of The Salvation Army. Sheetz Inc. said it is donating its former convenience store and property in Chambersburg, Pa., to the Chambersburg Salvation Army, which already occupies an adjacent building. This gift immediately doubles the Corps existing property size and footprint, providing critical office space, the potential

EZ Energy Raising Capital

EZ Energy Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary EZ Energy USA Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell up to 17 gas stations and convenience stores to a real estate investment trust (REIT) for up to $20.7 million. The properties were previously purchased from BP Products North America Inc. $15.5 million. EZ Energy will lease back

7-Eleven Prepared for Christmas Rush

Between Black Friday, Green Monday and Red Alert ("Oh my gosh, I’m out of time!) Christmas Eve, millions of American shoppers realize their days… and dollars are numbered. Heading into the homestretch, time is at a premium and every convenience helps. Enter 7-Eleven. Created 80 years ago as a quick in-and-out shopping alternative for time-crunched

Cleanup Continues at QuikTrip Store

Cleanup continues at a suburban St. Louis QuikTrip service station, where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said more than 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked underground. The leak was discovered Friday, though state officials told the Associated Press they believe it began earlier last week. Crews were trying to remove gasoline from the soil and

Green Oil Embraces Holiday Season

Having just celebrated in 85th anniversary, Geo. H. Green Oil is busy proving that is only getting better, not older. Five company stores, were joined by the office staff and a $1,000 donation from is dealer organization to raise $30,000 in less than a month to assist three local charities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research

The Pulse of the C-Store

The convenience store front counter provides the perfect canvas to showcase a mix of hot new items and profitable impulse buys that will grab customers’ attention. But experts agree that this area is among the most underutilized selling place in the entire store. Boosting impulse sales at the front counter is extremely important because the

New Marketing Agency for Wrigley

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. said it has selected Ryan Partnership as an additional consumer promotions agency, joining GMR Marketing, in now providing creative event marketing and promotional support for the company’s brands in the U.S. The decision comes after a comprehensive agency review by Wrigley to determine its optimum U.S. consumer promotions agency resource

New Money Set for Release

On March 13, Federal Reserve banks will begin distributing the redesigned $5 bills to customer banks, which then distribute currency to businesses and consumers. The new bills will first begin circulating in the U.S. and gradually in other countries as international banks place orders for $5 bills from the Federal Reserve. Older $5 notes will

Shell Launches Care-Care Promotion

Building off the momentum of 2007, the Shell "Stop Gunky Build-up" advertising campaign featuring the Shell Passionate Experts will continue in 2008 with a continued focus on the company’s commitment to fuel quality. Like last year, the campaign will center around the desire to help consumers stop the build-up of engine gunk on their vehicles’

Dutch Oil Chooses FuelQuest

Dutch Oil Co., the Columbus, Miss.-based petroleum marketer, will implement FuelQuest’s Fuel Management System (FMS) to streamline fuel distribution and fleet operations at its network of 100 company-owned and operated locations, dealer-owned stores and independent retail sites. Tommy Gilreath, CFO of The Dutch Group Cos., said the company will deploy FMS to improve complex and

Rutter’s Keeps on Giving

Highlighted by record giving in 2007, Rutter’s charitable contributions have topped $1.4 million over the past five years. Almost all of the contributions benefit children’s programs in the communities where the York-based Rutter’s companies operate. "We’re incredibly blessed to have the long-standing trust and support of customers throughout central Pennsylvania," said Scott Hartman, president of

Hess Reaches Deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Hess Corp., operator of more than 1,350 convenience stores in 14 states from Massachusetts to Florida, announced an exclusive agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts, to offer high-quality coffee, hot chocolate and donuts in a new self-service offering. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide greater value to our customers by partnering with an outstanding brand

7-Eleven Garners Top Honors in Franchise 500 Rankings

7-Eleven Inc., the Dallas-based convenience store operator of more than 7,300 stores in North America, has been recognized as the number-one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine’s "Annual Franchise 500" rankings for 2008. This marks the first time the convenience retailer has captured the top spot and recognizes 7-Eleven for its accelerated franchising activity, expansion and

NACS Posts Strong Show Numbers

Total attendance at the NACS Show 2007 was 22,800, a 1% increase over attendance in 2006, according to final attendance numbers released by NACS. Of the total attendees, 7,773 were classified as "buyers," retailers, wholesalers and distributors. The NACS Show 2007 took place November 6 to 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

sara lee named exclusive provider of dunkin donuts coffee

Sara Lee Corp.’s Foodservice division has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to be the exclusive provider of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to foodservice outlets across the country.   This new multi-year agreement now gives Sara Lee the right to sell and market Dunkin’ Donuts coffee throughout the foodservice channel, to locations such as office buildings and cafeterias.

Sara Lee Named Exclusive Provider of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Sara Lee Corp.’s Foodservice division has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to be the exclusive provider of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to foodservice outlets across the country. This new multi-year agreement now gives Sara Lee the right to sell and market Dunkin’ Donuts coffee throughout the foodservice channel, to locations such as office buildings and cafeterias. Sara

nacs posts strong show numbers

Attendance, number of exhibits increased for the 2007 conference in Atlanta. Total attendance at the NACS Show 2007 was 22,800, a 1% increase over attendance in 2006, according to final attendance numbers released by NACS. Of the total attendees, 7,773 were classified as “buyers,” retailers, wholesalers and distributors. The NACS Show 2007 took place November

motiva transitions rhode island assets

Colbea to acquire 34 Shell-branded stations and wholesale marketing agreements. Motiva Enterprises LLC (Motiva), the company that markets Shell-branded gasoline in the eastern United States, has accepted an offer from Colbea Enterprises LLC (Colbea) to acquire Motiva’s interest in 34 Shell-branded retail sites in the state of Rhode Island. Motiva holds a partial ownership position

bp continues us selloff

British oil company to franchise its remaining 700-plus stations. BP America Inc. said it will sell all of its more than 700 company-owned and -operated U.S. convenience stores over the next two years. The company said most of the sites will be sold to franchise owners, while some will be sold to dealers and large

smoking in texas cstores debated

Retailers may face difficult choice: smoking or lottery sales. A provision in a 17-year-old law that protects the rights of the disabled could effectively ban smoking in virtually every convenience store in Texas, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star Telegram reported. An attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project, argued before the Texas Lottery Commission to

ricker oil partners with kss

Oil company to use PriceNet Mobile for fuel “pricing management on the go.” Ricker Oil Co., a 29-store chain based in Anderson, Ind., said it would use PriceNet Mobile to enhance its usage of the KSS PriceNet fuel pricing software. This software combination allows pricing decisions to be made “anywhere, anytime” via mobile devices. By

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