Archives for 2007

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

pmaa seeks relief from gouging accusations

New bill in play sets new ground rules. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Gasoline Prices, Oil Company Profits and the American Consumer” on Tuesday, May 22. Afterwards, thanks to the efforts of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the committee released a new version of Rep. Bart Stupak’s

rutters helps customers fuel up for free

Popular gas giveaway returns offering more prizes than last year. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway returns May 28 and runs through Aug. 26. Four lucky customers will win free gas for three years, compared with three grand-prize winners in 2006. “We had an incredible response to ‘Fuel Up Free!’ in 2006,” said

top star express qa

The Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based chain explains the design steps that made the store a success.. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Top Star Express has made its mark in the area with its fuel and product offering. However, the chain told Convenience Store Decisions that it keeps customers coming back by giving them a store that both

gas stations losing against driveoffs

Record-high prices driving desperate drivers to desperate measures. Escalating gas prices are becoming standard fodder for nightly news programs, all of which have been accurately reporting on the dangerously high records recent gas prices have been shattering. With the ever-increasing prices at the pump comes desperation from motorists who either cannot or choose not to

7eleven reaches a state of xen

Xenergy energy drinks to be sold at more than 5,000 company stores.. 7-Eleven has entered a new distribution agreement with Xyience, allowing Xenergy energy drinks, to be stocked in more than 5,000 locations. “This partnership represents an enormous opportunity for Xyience to bring the Xenergy name and product to a broader customer base,” said Bill

exxonmobils memphis conversion

Forty stores rebranded from Tigermarket to On the Run. ExxonMobil has converted its 40 Memphis-area Tigermarket convenience stores to On the Run convenience stores at Exxon service stations. “When you walk into an On the Run store, you’ll notice a difference,” said Ben Soraci, U.S. retail sales director, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. “We’ve worked hard

nice n easy earns its honors

New York chain to be recognized for its proprietary foodservice program. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. (Canastota, N.Y.) is no foodservice novice. The company has culled its expansive family of proprietary brands under the Easy Street Eatery umbrella, which remains a popular foodservice destination in its upstate New York market.

infinite possibilities

With a short life, big margins and a susceptibility to promotions, lighters can illuminate sales with the right variety and display. Lighters were once a ways toa mean—to light up a cigarette,ignite a candle or fire up a birthday cake—but they’ve evolved into a form of self-expression. David Dill,vice president of sales and marketing forJacksonville,

the other tobacco product

Boosted by new flavors and additional varieties, cigars continue strong incremental sales growth. While tobacco has long been a backbonefor the industry, pulling millions in individualunit sales as well as boosting the profit from theaverage smoker’s market basket, it has not come without its problems. Consistent tax increases and society’s dour view on cigarette smoking

proprietary perserverance

Retailers are creating a buzz with new foodservice concepts— with some help from vendors and suppliers. There’s more than one wayto skin a cat, just like there’smore than one way to run a convenience foodservice program.Some retailers don’t know where to start,so they team up with branded conceptsthat lay everything out for them. Othersknow what

blockandtackle

Marlin Larson: Convenience Management Group dba On the Run When Marlin larson started his education,he thought he would teach kids a thing or twoin the classroom or coaching a team. The former has come true for some of his employees at Convenience Management Group’s (CMG) nine ExxonMobil Onthe Run stores, but it’s the lessons Larson

butcherwrapped

Ruiz Foods introduces a fifth flavor to its El Monterey Butcher WrappedBurrito line—Chorizo, Egg and Cheese. The 8-oz. El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Chorizo, Egg and Cheese Burrito is the third in the A.M. line and offers a more traditional Mexican favorite to the dashboard diner. The burritos are made with tortillas fresh from the Ruiz

upgrading the kitchen

The type of equipment and its efficiencies play a major part in the success of a foodservice offering. Forget that crusty, old buttered roll grandpa picked up atthe corner store to complementhis morning coffee back in the day.Forget about those tiny bags of pretzelsor chips that used to suffice as a “meal onthe go” during

customer focused

Stop-N-Go Stores executes unparalleled customer service because it never loses sight of its most important asset: its people. Stop-N-Go Stores has been a convenience beacon in Medina, ohio foralmost half a century, but the 10-store chain has become a force to be reckoned with ever since Becky Shotwell took over theoperation from her parents, Ruth

changing fuel products impact fuel decisions

While market swings of a few cents may have little impact on inventory replacement, the industry has become accustomed to larger and more frequent price movements. Cathy Duncan, Senior Product Manager, DTN Refined Fuels Just a few short years ago, therewere a handful of petroleum products sold in retail outlets across thecountry. Fast forward to

food for thought

Patience doesn't come easy, but it can haveits rewards. Nowhere is that more evident thanby observing the foodservice programs at Exxon Mobil Corp. and Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. Bothchains have refined their food segments over severalyears to come up with the right menu to meet the needsof core customers, and that's why Convenience StoreDecisions

711s new marketing man

7-Eleven Inc. is embarking on anew marketing vision by naming DougFoster its first chief marketing officer (CMO). Promoted from his mostrecent position as 7-Eleven's vice presidentof marketing, Foster brings more than 13years of professional advertising experienceto the new role, as well as an acute understanding of the 7-Eleven family culture. Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven's president andCEO,

bp refocuses its customer commitment

It has been said time and again that youcan’t put a price on having an outstanding imageand offering great service. For BP, however, thatprice is $36 million–that’s what the oil supermajor is investing in a long-term advertising campaignto reach out to convenience store and petroleum customers with giveaways, in-store promotions and topromote its emphasis on

innovation driving adult beverages

Summer is quiCkly approaChing, bringing withit relaxed nights on the porch, trips to the beach andweather hotter than the grill at a Fourth of July barbeque.To complement their fun in the sun, customers want to wrap their hands around a couple of cold ones, and they will becounting on their local convenience store to satisfy

a picture is worth 1000 reward

JAIL magazine is not only full of local criminal mug shots, it’s also flying off the shelves of the c-stores that sell it. Forget those glamour shots andfamily portraits that cause people tospend hours primping their hair andmake-up. A new school of photography has taken the top spot on the popularitypedestal: mug shots. That’s right—thoseunkempt

choice cuts

Jack Link's Beef Jerky beefs up its product offerings with the introduction of six innovative new snack items—two A.1. Steak Sauce-branded meat snacks and an entirely new deli-style product line. New mouth-watering varieties include: A.1. Steak Sauce Beef Jerky and Beef Steak Nuggets, Deli Cuts Sausage Bitesand Sticks in Original and Pepperoni. The Steak Sauce

dispensing deals

To help merchandise and promote fountainbeverages, Modular Dispensing Systems offers a "Custom Decal/Cup Dispenser Program." This program includes custom decals and one modularcup dispenser per decal with all mounting hardware included. Modular's Simpli-Flex cup dispensers areself-adjusting, accurate dispensers for paper, plastic and foam cups to 64-oz. The Simpli-Flex gasket isdesigned to seal the cup from

fresh breath latches on

Attach/Mints LLC is launching a revolutionary product to solve one of the most common problems experienced by smokers—losing or carrying bulky mint containersin one’s pockets or purse. The attach/Mint is designed specifically to clipperfectly on to the top or bottom of any standard cigarette pack. Attach/Mints potency is strong enough to eliminate the odor of

village qwik stop celebrates 25 years of service

Store holds raffle to reward the customers that kept it going strong. The Village Qwik Stop in Pigeon, Mich. is celebrating 25 years of filling gas tanks and its customers’ needs. Opened in 1982, owners Mike and Lorraine LePage bought and converted an old drive-through car wash after realizing the convenience niche in the area

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