Archives for August 2007

whole foods dabbling in convenience

Grocery chain unveils new grab-and-go concept. Whole Foods has revealed that they will be experimenting with a new grab-and-go concept store, according to the Associated Press. The decision came only days after Whole Foods closed its purchase of Boulder-based Wild Oats grocery stores. The plans for the newly acquired store a conversion of an 18,500-square-foot

conphil extends credit fee reduction

Marketers offered lower processing rates through Sept. 30. ConocoPhillips said its temporary credit card processing fee reduction on all Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express transactions has been extended through Sept. 30. The oil company, which first announced the fee reduction on May 3, said the extension is aimed at helping its marketers compete more

chs launches next generation cenex brand

“Generation Image Renewal” creates a fresh look for consumers. CHS, Inc., operator of the Cenex convenience store brand, announced a major reimaging campaign that will roll out over the next 36 months. As part of the reimaging, each of the company’s 1,600 retail sites will undergo a major renovation to reinvigorate brand identity, increase consumer

chevron to sell proprietary credit businesses

GE Money and FleetCor to consumer and commercial cards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Chevron Credit Bank, N.A., announced today that it has reached agreements to sell its consumer and commercial credit card businesses. Chevron has selected GE Money Bank, N.A. to own and operate its Chevron- and Texaco-branded consumer credit cards, and FleetCor Technologies Operating

altria spins off phillip morris int

Company trying to avoid effects of U.S. reducing consumption. Altria Group is planning to spin off Philip Morris International seeking faster overseas growth and less risk from U.S. smokers’ lawsuits. “Tobacco is growing overseas, while in the U.S. it’s in decline, making a reasonable argument for separating the two entities,” Matthew Kaufler, a fund manager

new store for kwik trip

Chain to unveil prototype with additional services. Kwik Trip is expanding, announcing plans to open a new prototype store in November. This store marks the La Crosse, Wis.-based company’s fourth unit in the Green Bay metro area, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. While the company is excited to be opening the store, it’s keeping

redners offers food for thought

New program provides money for local students education. Redner’s Markets Inc. is creating a new and innovative tuition reimbursement program to be offered to students attending Bucks County Community College (BCCC).Additionally, Redner’s has plans to offer a tuition reimbursement pilot program to students at Wilson High School, near Reading, Pa.Redner’s has partnered with the two

couchetard reports a profitable quarter

Announced plans to acquire 250 additional units. Alimentation Couche-Tard, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Chain of the Year winner, has reported an increase of its first-quarter profit by 55% to $69.1 million as revenues climbed 25%. The chain had sales of $3.6 billion in the three months ended July 22, compared with $2.9 billion in the

jennys markets energized at the cold vault

Eclipse Retail Management, operator of 35 Jenny’s Market convenience stores in Colorado, has launched an energy drink promotion with DC Brands International. With shelf space at a premium, DC Brands enacted a unique promotion to help convenience store owners while introducing Turn Left Energy Drink to its target market. The convenience store promotion revolves around

pei bulks up education at nacs

New “Mega-Sessions” will introduced during the educational sessions provided by the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) at the upcoming National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show from Nov. 6 to 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. PEI’s educational lineup on November 7 and 8 includes three new Mega-Sessions titled: “I’m No Good with

Utica Facing 12 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Forty-five gas station owners assail the company for Unfair Sales Act violation. Ethanol Producer Utica Energy LLC and its associated retailer, Renew E-85 are being sued by 42 Green Bay-area gas stations for $12 million over alleged violations of the state’s Unfair Sales Act, according to the Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers. Judge Barbara Key has been

sheetz back in the beer business

Chain stocks coolers with adult beverages until final ruling has been made. Sheetz is once again unlocking its beer coolers to the public…for now. The chain has once again begun selling beer, six months after its original attempt into the segment was halted by the state. Sales started at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the 17th

tri star energy picks up 57 scot markets

New acquisition expands the Shell brand in Tennessee and Kentucky markets. Tri Star Energy LLC has nearly doubled its company-owned convenience stores and fuel centers with the purchase of 57 Scot Markets sites. As a result of the acquisition, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy will operate 120 sites in Tennessee and Kentucky, including 103 in Middle

wrigleys newest vp

Manzone brings years of packaged good expertise to the company. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has revealed that Albert Manzone has joined the company as group vice president and managing director, Western Europe, reporting to Peter Hempstead, senior vice president, Worldwide Strategy and New Business. Manzone brings 20 years of experience with leading consumer packaged

chevron shines at global marketing event

Touting its dual branding strategy and ExtraMile convenience store concept, retailers offered concessions on gift cards and credit processing. by John Lofstock, Editor Chevron Corp.’s North American Marketing Convention, which wrapped up in Denver on Saturday, gave Chevron and Texaco operators plenty to be excited about. In addition to announcing it’s dual branded fuel strategy

kroger gets greener

New agreement opens additional biofuel stations. The Kroger Co. and VeraSun Energy Corp. are opening 20 VE85 fueling locations at Kroger convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky. Kroger becomes the first national retailer to offer VeraSun’s branded E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). With the addition of

new store for sheetz

Altoona, Pa-based chain totals in with 338 stores. Sheetz Inc. continues to serve up convenience to area residents as it opens a new 5,000-square-foot store in Waynesboro, PA. The newest addition to the chain brings the total number of stores to 338. While the store has already opened to the public, employees will host a

judge to hear case regarding bps dumping permit

Local activist group’s petition brings the oil refiner into question. The Alliance for the Great Lakes have managed to get the courts to notice its petition that challenges the water pollution discharge permit issued by the state of Indiana that allows BP to release more pollution into Lake Michigan from its refinery at Whiting, Ind.

shell adds incentive to proprietary card

New features aimed at attracting more cardholders, company says. Shell Oil Products US is launching a new credit card incentive and marketing campaign starting October to increase usage of the Shell Platinum MasterCard, as well as boost the number of active cardholders and increasing the loyalty of customers to Shell. The main attractions offered to

pilot selects titan

New agreement brings extended wireless service to the chain. Pilot Oil Co. has joined with Titan Wireless, a division of Titan Global Holdings Inc, entering into a wireless sales distribution agreement to expand the company’s nationwide distribution system by an additional 281 locations. Titan Wireless is known for it brands like Ready Mobile, Mojo Mobile,

cash in hand

After creating a successful financial services program, Great Stops LLC is primed to make it an attainable profit center for other retailers. The idea of cashing $1 million in taxadvance loan checks in a conveniencestore could be daunting to some retailers, but not Great Stops LLC. TheChapel Hill, N.C.-based operation has benefited from having a

rutters gives away more gas

Chain awards third winner in “Fuel Up Free” Sweepstakes. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farms Stores has awarded a third “Fuel Up Free” winner. This time it’s Chad Marsteller of Shrewbury, Pa. Chad plans to share his newfound wealth—free gas for three years. “Friends, family, myself,” he said when describing who will benefit from his being selected

exxonmobil goes back to the supreme court

Oil company hoping to have $2.5 billion fine reduced. Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2.5 billion fine against the oil company for the 1989 Valdez disaster, the nation’s worst tanker spill, according to Reuters. Exxon filed a petition on Monday asking the high court to overturn the punitive-damages

glendale heights gets its own cousins subs

New eatery features gasoline discounts with food purchases. Cousins Subs Systems Inc. recently unveiled the opening of its new store in Glendale Heights, Ill. The store, which officially opened Aug. 13, will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 13. The store is owned by George Hartnett. “We are pleased to have George Hartnett opening his

tesco gets even greener

Tesco has revealed that its Riverside distribution center, which is currently under construction, will house an extensive recycling and waste reduction program for its upcoming Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores. The chain has partnered with San Diego-based Resource Management Group (RMG), a recycling and waste services company, to develop a new system to recycle