Archives for 2007

A True Up and Comer

LIKE A LOT OF people in the industry, Terry Johnson, director of marketing for Chester, Va.-based Uppy’s/Southside Oil, got his start by working the cash register at a local c-store while earning his business degree. Soon after graduation, Johnson became a store manager, the fi rst step toward his 30-year career in the business. Johnson,

Circle of Partnership

DAVID DELRAHIM HAS ROOTS all over the globe, coming to America before college and settling in Philadelphia. He then moved out West to finish his education at the University of Southern California. Always fascinated with old service stations, he bought his fi rst site in 1983 and continued to operate multiple stores over the years.

conocophillips rewards commercial creativity

More than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes given to college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. ConocoPhillips Co. awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes to talented college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. Entrants created original video commercials for the 76 gasoline brand. The top three entries were awarded

7eleven to offer nexon america game cards

Technology enables players to compete and interact with others from around the world. While most big news in the videogame industry revolves around the midnight launch of a hot, new game or the latest, greatest console to hit store shelves, 7-Eleven Inc. is promoting a new videogame initiative that is less about hardware and software

florida convenience stores to become safer

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies now have the authority to enforce security measures regulating convenience businesses. The Collier County Commission last week OK’d a sheriff’s request for the Florida’s “Convenience Business Security Act” to be adopted as a county ordinance. The security measures, which are meant to help protect convenience business employees and customers, include

increase productivity by hard milling stainless steels

For years, machining stainless steel has been a time consuming and costly enterprise. The desirable combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical strength of stainless steel is challenging to productively and economically machine. Many applications today also require that the stainless steel be hardened, which can make machining these materials with indexable carbide inserts an even

mixed results for united refining

Net income jumps 33.9%, sales drop 1.3% in fiscal year 2007. United Refining Co., which operates 371 Kwik Fill, Red Apple and Country Fair convenience stores in New York and Pennsylvania, posted strong net income in fiscal year 2007, but saw sales drop more than 1% over the past 12 months. Net sales for the

hyvee launches sandwich venture

Maid-Rite opens shop in one of its Omaha convenience stores. Loose-meat sandwich seller Maid-Rite Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in a Hy-Vee Inc. convenience store in Omaha, Neb., this week and said it has plans to open at least four others in Iowa and Missouri. The convenience store shops will be about 900 square

competitive assortment lower prices accelerate cigar growth

CSD Webcast reveals greater profit dollars can be made even with lower retail margins. New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton

key sheetz salmonella case settled

Chain again praised for the way it handled the outbreak; its suit against tomato supplier Coronet is still pending. A key lawsuit filed against Sheetz convenience stores over salmonella-tainted tomatoes was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The suit was brought by Altoona resident Max Christian Anslinger, one of more than 400 people

the pantry facing hot gas charges

Disclosure of 45 lawsuits made in regulatory filing. Hot gas has The Pantry in some hot water. The company has been named as a defendant in seven class-action lawsuits that accuse energy companies and gas station operators of selling gas at hot temperatures — a move that reduces fuel’s energy content, the Triangle (N.C.) Business

7eleven marketing to generation cool

Working with Cott, chain targets tattooed America with new proprietary energy drink. Energy drinks, one of the fastest-growing offerings in the beverage industry, are marketed to “Generation Cool,” particularly males between the ages 18 through 20-something who call many of the trend-setting shots in the U.S. So when 7-Eleven Inc. set out to create its

Texas ordinance preventing gas thefts

Measure fines clerks for turning on fuel pumps for cash customers before payment. A new city ordinance in Rockport, Texas that fines clerks for turning on the fuel before a customer pays has put the brakes on gas thefts. Now other local jurisdictions are looking at creating similar rules, the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times

canadian tire gearing up for acquisition

Retailer increases committed bank lines by $500 million to $1.15 billion. Canadian Tire Corp., the Toronto-based operator of more than 1,100 general merchandise retail stores, gas stations and car washes, said that its committed bank lines have been increased by $500 million to a total of $1.15 billion raising speculation that it could be in

noble romans plans big 2008

Growth initiatives include development in c-stores and other non-traditional locations. Indianapolis-based Noble Roman’s, Inc. announced a number of management’s initiatives for 2008 designed to sustain the company’s growth trends over the next year and beyond. The company will continue to focus on development of franchises for both non-traditional and traditional locations featuring co-branded Noble Roman’s

Iowa awards grants for alternative fuels

Kum & Go among the retailers sharing $563,800 for fuel pumps and other equipment supporting E85 and biodiesel. Iowa’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board awarded $563,800 in grants to 21 Iowa fuel retailers to encourage them to install pumps and other equipment to dispense 85% ethanol gas and biodiesel fuel. In addition to biofuels pumps, the

couchetard revenues continue to climb

Strong gasoline margins and merchandise same store sales, which increased by 4.2% in the U.S. and 6.6% in Canada, fuel boost. Sales generated by stores acquired in the last 12 months powered Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, to another robust performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Revenues

dunkin donuts sets sights on florida

Tallahassee, Fla., is the next stop for Dunkin’ Donuts as the company proceeds with the aggressive expansion program it announced in September. Tallahassee has been without a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise since two locations were closed by their owner last year. Giving itself the title “the world’s largest coffee and bakery quick-service restaurant chain,” Dunkin’ Donuts

ten ways to help your employees get it done every day

Companies frequently develop vision and mission statements about being number one in their industry, the great service they provide to customers, and their rewarding work environment. Yet more often than not, these statements are so far from reality that they become joke fodder for customers and employees alike. It doesn’t have to be this way,

tennessee proposal would ban sale of single beers

State convenience store association and Anheuser-Busch are opposing the bill. A proposed ordinance working its way through the Metro Council may outlaw the sale of certain beer in Davidson County. Metro Councilman Michael Craddock said the bill is intended to cut down on the number of people who are drinking beer in public places, like

refining drives chs earnings

Revenues for fiscal year 2007 were $17.2 billion, up 20% over $14.4 billion a year earlier. CHS Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based refiner-marketer, reported record net income for fiscal 2007 of $750.3 million. The earnings for the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2007, compared with net income of $490.3 million for fiscal 2006. Revenues for

mister car wash acquires car wash headquarters

Deal includes eight stores in Florida, Alabama and Texas. Mister Car Wash has acquired the Car Wash Headquarters chain, adding eight stores in Tampa, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Mesquite, Texas under its widening umbrella. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company believes the latest acquisition makes Mister Car Wash the second largest carwash chain in

reducing store manager turnover

Career Management Survey identifies metrics for keeping key personnel onboard. Findings from a recent survey of human resources executives at retail companies point to the industry’s accelerated efforts to reduce turnover in their store management ranks, according to Career Management, the retail executive recruiting firm which conducted the study. The survey covered a range of

interest in bp stores grows

Couche-Tard could make a play for units in Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said it’s interested in purchasing some of the more than 700 convenience stores BP America Inc. plans to sell in the U.S. over the next two years. The Laval, Quebec-based retailer said it interest is piqued because the company operates in some of

wilson farms turns to tripifoods

Distributor will take over operations in Upstate New York locations early next year. Wilson Farms, which is headquartered in Amherst, has 198 locations in Upstate New York either under its own name, Wilson Farms Xpress or Sugar Creek. Paul Nanula, Wilson Farms president and chief executive officer, said the switch was made as part of