tenn law attacks underage sales

State is first to pass legislation to card all customers, no exceptions. Tennessee is set to become the first state in the nation to require carding of anyone, without exception, who buys beer for off-premises consumption starting July 1, thanks to the new Tennessee Responsible Vendor Act, according to the Associated Press. Designed to curb

indiana operator unleashes bold expansion plan

Jerry Tipps has already found success in his sole Jerry’s Junction store in Muncie, Ind. He’s had so much success, that he plans on increasing it tenfold by starting up 10 more stores by the end of the year. “It’s an aggressive number,” Tipps told the Star Press. “I’m hoping to have a minimum of

senate passes new energy bill

CAFÉ and ethanol become hot topics in Washington. A new bill passed has called for a 40% increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAF⊃) for automobiles. The increase is intended to force manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient automobiles. The new bill calls for the CAF⊃ to be raised to 35 miles per gallon (mph)

common mistakes in battery pack development and how to avoid them

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bp gives 75 to stanford university

New grant follows chain of other donations delivered by energy companies. BP Foundation gave a grant of $7.5 million to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) said today. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer watchdog group. The gift

tesco to test san diego

Seven stores are scheduled to be ready by the holidays. Tesco as revealed plans to open seven Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in San Diego County by year end. The U.K.-based chain is scheduled to have stores in Fallbrook, Vista, Escondido, Casa de Oro and Chula Vista by the holiday season, according to the San

sheetz launches debit rewards program

  Sheetz Inc., operator of more than 330 convenience stores in six states, has partnered with Capital One to test an innovative new program that provides debit card customers with rewards similar to those available to credit customers.   The new Sheetz Debitz card links to a customer’s current checking account, regardless of the bank

chs selects dtn

Company uses Guardian3 system for its automated fuel management systems. CHS Inc., an energy and grain-based foods company, selected DTN and its Guardian3 (G3) terminal automation system to manage fuel supply at its terminals supplying Cenex brand energy products. CHS will use DTN G3 to customize reporting from its terminals for better insight into product

fas mart picks up 58 stores

Parent company acquires new units in Virginia and Tennessee. Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments, parent company of Fas Mart and Shore Stop stores, has signed an agreement ot pick up 58 stores in the Virginia and Tennessee markets. The seller, according to The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., is currently operating all 58 of the units,

handee marts extends contract with mclane

New agreement stretches relationship until 2012. Handee Marts Inc. has agreed to a contract extension with McLane Co. who will continue to be the primary wholesale-distributor through at least 2012. Headquartered in Gibsonia, Pa., Handee Marts holds exclusive rights to operate 7-Eleven stores in 20 counties in Western Pennsylvania, 14 counties in Northeastern Ohio, one

wilson farms forges agreement with nielsen

Chain brings in scanner-based sales tracking technology to all 199 stores. Wilson Farms has signed an agreement with The Nielsen Co. to facilitate the collection and reporting of their scan information. Wilson Farms is a locally owned New York-based convenience store chain that operates 199 stores across the state. Under the agreement between the two

rpcs acquires several albertsons properties

Twelve stores in the Tulsa area switch hands. RPCS Inc., which operates Price Cutter stores, has revealed plans for an agreement with Albertsons LLC to acquire 12 Albertsons properties, including nine supermarkets and three convenience stores, in and around the Tulsa, Okla. market. Name changes and rebranding will take place after the company takes possession

citgos harvey honored by astm

Organization honors manager for commitment to high standards in fuel service. David Harvey, CITGO Petroleum Corp. manager, fuels quality technology and technical services, received a special Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Int. at an ASTM subcommittee meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The award honored Harvey for his efforts

quiktrip takes on camelot

QuikTrip has forged a contract to purchase the historic Camelot Hotel site to build what is planned to be the company’s 500th store, set to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary in 2008. “This site is very close to where our first store used to be,” company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told Tulsa World. “The area has

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potatoes with pizzazz

Satisfy customers’ cravings for variety with the hearty goodness of Lamb Weston brand Oven Roasted Potatoes. Made from the finest redskin and russet potatoes, the Oven Roasted line is low in fat, big in taste and offers zero grams trans fat per serving. With a fresh, colorful appearance and unique roasted flavor, Oven Roasted Redskin

ecofriendly cups

QwikStock.com added a new line of compostable paper hot cups to its assortment of online disposable packaging. Ecotainer cups provide a more environmentally sensitive alternative to traditional disposables. Sourced from fully renewable resources, these cups use a corn-based plastic as a moisture barrier rather than a petrochemical, yet provide all the same functionality as a

digitally doable

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information fromInnovation

betterforyou chicken

Chester’s International has embarked on a system-wide transition to 100% trans fat-free operations. This change emphasizes Chester’s commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients to produce the highest quality fried chicken. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2007. For More Information fromChester’s International www.chestersinternational.com

cool and simple

Hoshizaki KMD Modular Series Ice Makers fit on beverage dispensers producing crystal-clear, individual cubes on its patented stainless steel double-sided ice making surface, which will never chip, flake or peel, yielding more ice than competitive units. Its vertical position of the evaporator allows ice to form on both sides, doubling the ice production. The KMD

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success by design

Convenience stores are now majorplayers in the foodservice business. In a fewshort years, the industry has shattered many of the perception problems that marked its initial forayinto the food business and, if anything, it is driving thecharge toward convenient, fresher foods. Chains like Sheetz, Nice N Easy, Wawa andQuikTrip are all among the innovators being

relief from credit card costs

It’s no secret that the cost of accepting credit cards is reaching dire newheights. According to the most recentNational Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI)report, retailers were burned for an estimated $6.6 billion dollars in credit cardprocessing fees—an increase of over $1 billion from the prior year. Accepting credit cards has

taming the morning rush

A solid bakery program is key for building breakfast daypart sales. Two chains discuss how they are able to satisfy consumers while simultaneously enhancing their coffee programs. While Starbucks was a rude awakening for the convenience industry, competition formorning traffic has further increased as quick service restaurants and fast feeders, like McDonald’s, have begun offering

strong leadership begins at the top

CSD: The NACS 2007 State of the Industry report had some mixed results. Sales surged, but industry profits decreased. Is this an area of concern? Armour: The strong sales growth is validation that the industry is satisfying thegrowing and ubiquitous consumer demandfor convenience. Perhaps the clearest evidence of that is the chart showing ourindustry’s inside

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