convenience 101

The average collegestudent has evolved. What was once stereotypedasanacademic pauperliving off nothingmore than pocketchange, ramen noodles and pizza crustshas transformed intosomething more: afast-paced, health-conscious studentlooking to get themost bang out oflimited bucks. Whilemost universitiesoffer extensive campus food programsfor students, many are opting for quickand simple solutions to accommodate students’ lifestyles through campus-operatedconvenience stores. College C-stores:

fas mart spreads its wings

After a successful test of a proprietary chicken program at 60 stores, the chain is preparing a company-wide rollout. With over 150 stores,Fas Mart and Shore Stop’smarket strategy focuses onspeed, quality and convenience for its customers. Its primary goalis to continuously improve the speed andthe quality of goods it offers consumers. Throughout its growth and

wallowing in deep pools of inertia

Business success requires decisive action. Get ready, get set, whoa Nelly,hold on a minute. The failureto act decisively, to implement important decisions that are clearly in the best interests of thecompany, is a trend that we’ve noticed alot lately working with marketers around the country. To remain competitive and relevantin today’s tough business environmentrequires marketers

convenience with a hint of elegance

For an iconic neighborhood c-store, Short StopMarket's current owner hasstepped up its foodservice and beverage programs. Situated behinddoors that have guarded the same structure that has stood in Sarasota, Fla. for 50years is a blend of dedicated convenienceand undeniable class. Ali Molavi took over ownership of thesingle Short Stop Market in February 2002,bringing his wife

energizing the rockies

Steve EwingSuncor Energy USA Steve ewing has spent a solid 20 years working hisway through the convenience industry. As merchandising manager for Suncor Energy USA, Ewing works tocontrol categories, balance profits and grow the business of 44 Phillips 66-branded c-stores, based largely in theDenver area. Together with contract agreements to supply 150Phillips 66 gas stations

overheard at the foodservice conference

CSD’S 2007 FooDService Showprovided outstanding educationalseminars and tradeshow exhibits forhundreds of retailers and suppliersstarving for news and information in one ofthe industry’s most profitable in-store categories. But what’s a good tradeshow withouta ton of great networking opportunities tolearn about the men and women that makethis industry run so smoothly. Here’s a sampling of the insider

marathon spreads into biofuel

Two new blended fuel offerings available in Illinois. Marathon Oil Corp. has completed projects adding biodiesel-blended fuel at its Robinson and Champaign, Ill. terminals. “Marathon is proud to announce that two more locations have been expanded to offer biodiesel storage and distribution,” said Mary Ellen Peters, Marathon’s senior vice president, marketing. “Similar to our existing

smokeless tobacco webcast agenda set

Kit Dietz, Dan Moir and John Kelly to highlight July 26 online roundtable. Convenience Store Decisions’ Online Roundtable series continues Thursday, July 26 at 2 p.m., when it presents “Smokeless Tobacco: Significant Growth Opportunity for Convenience Retailers.” Registration for the Webcast, sponsored by United States Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USST) is free. Click here or visit

ds expands its service

Company stretches its reach into the West Coast. D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. a provider of automatic and self-service carwash systems, has recently expanded their distribution network with the addition of new distributors in Oregon, California, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia. New distributors in the Western States include Jones Car Wash

osha fines bp 92000

Oil giant faces serious violations tying into 2005 refinery accident. BP Products North America has been fined $92,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for one willful and four serious safety violations found during monitoring it conduct at the company’s Texas City plant following a deadly 2005 blast. OSHA cited BP for

7eleven expands javo contract

Company stretches iced coffee offering into new markets. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with Javo Beverage Co. to supply premium coffee beverages, particularly iced coffee beverages. Until now, the program has been available at approximately 500 7-Eleven stores in the Northeast. The companies announced that the beverage program will be next available at

smoker friendly growing store count

Acquisition from S.R. Flaks includes 13 stores in Colorado. The Cigarette Store Corp. dba Smoker Friendly/Gasamat, a regional tobacco and gasoline retailer out of Boulder, Colo. and the largest shareholder and operating partner of Smoker Friendly Int., has acquired 13 Smoker Friendly stores in southern Colorado from the S. R. Flaks Co. These stores–in addition

dillons and kwik shop help revive devastated town

Kroger-owned stores reenter tornado-ravaged community. The Kroger Co.-owned Dillons and Kwik Shop have unveiled plans to reopen a grocery store in Greensburg, Kan. as the town rebuilds in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. “The community of Greensburg will rebuild, and we will be there with them during the rebuilding efforts and beyond. We look

exxonmobil and shell testify at hot fuel hearings

Companies under heat for backing different regulations in different countries. Only July 25, senior executives from ExxonMobil and Shell will testify at a Domestic Policy Subcommittee hearing on “hot fuels” and what appears to be a double standard in the way they measure gasoline. Hot fuel as been a controversial subject in the energy industry

iri insight across the convenience channel

IRI AllScan Provides Granular Level Insights for All Product Categories To more effectively analyze and understand sales and brand performance across the c-store industry, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has released its new AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service, the only service in the industry that provides comprehensive scanner-based point-of-sale (POS) data across the entire convenience channel.

tesoro shows its support for wildlife reserve

Tesoro has given a $50,000 grant to help restore the historic viewshed of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch. The USDA Forest Service recently acquired the largest remaining remnant of Roosevelt’s North Dakota ranch still in private ownership with the support of the Friends of the Elkhorn Ranch. “Environmental stewardship is one of Tesoro’s core values,”

nacs asks congresss to reconsider fda tobacco regulations

Association urges government to weigh the damage such control over the industry could have. Following a July 17 hearing, in which members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee determined that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ill-equipped to regulate food safety, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) asked lawmakers to keep

subway on the fast track

New openings in non-traditional locations and brand notoriety move the chain in to the future. Subway is on a fast expansion track, opening 628 new locations–many of which are c-stores–between the beginning of March and the end of June of this year, adding what the company calculates as roughly the equivalent of 750,000 square feet

opw names new president

Carlin replaces Crause as head of Fluid Transfer group. OPW Fueling Components, producer of commercial and retail fueling equipment, has named Phil Carlin president of its OPW Fuel Management Systems Inc. business unit. Carlin will replace David Crouse who was recently promoted to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, another Dover Company. Carlin has held

exxonmobil warns customers of hot fuel

New decals placed on pumps not enough to quell FTCR anger. ExxonMobil will put decals on its gasoline pumps in California and Arizona acknowledging that “hot fuel” may not deliver the full value of a gallon of gasoline, according to a report in the industry publication Oil Express, a division of the Oil Price Information

brookshire brothers and polk oil partner up

Brookshire Brothers and Polk Oil have signed an agreement to operate their respective businesses together, according to the Longview (Texas) News Journal. The companies will continue to operate as separate entities with Carl Ray Polk, Jr. remaining president of Polk Oil after the merger, all 360 employees of Polk Oil will be welcomed as Brookshire

gulf gets aggressive on fuel

To fight the high cost of credit card transactions, Gulf Oil LP has developed a new Gulf MasterCard promotion, with which customers can earn up to 25% in rebates on Gulf gas purchases, and 2% back in rebates on all other purchases during the first 60 days their account is open. At today’s prices, that

mcpherson oil selects redprairie

McPherson Oil Products has selected RedPrairie, a consumer-driven optimization company, to support its rapid expansion and increase customer satisfaction. McPherson, which is a leading Southeast distributor of industrial lubricants and a full-service petroleum products and services company, plans to implement the RedPrairie solutions at its two regional distribution centers in Trussville, Ala. and Atlanta beginning

ab signs deal with icelandic glacial

Anheuser-Busch Inc. is the new master distributor for Icelandic Glacial super-premium natural spring water in the U.S., effective immediately. Anheuser-Busch has taken a 20% equity interest in Icelandic Water Holdings as part of a new agreement. Initial distribution will focus on select markets–including California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut–with plans to expand nationwide in

conocophillips auctions off missouri properties

Units available for sealed bid through Sheldon Good & Co. ConocoPhillips, the third largest integrated energy company in the U.S., has set up gas stations and investment properties in Missouri for sealed bid through Sheldon Good & Co. Auctions. The portfolio consists of 11 operating gas stations and c-stores (two with Subway restaurants), a bulk

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