potential employees line up for fresheasy

Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is receiving plenty of attention from potential workers for its Nov. 8 opening. The company has reported receiving nearly 1,000 applicants for 170 jobs for the first six Southern California, according to Los Angeles Business. Fresh & Easy has been eyed up by seasoned management as well. According to

bp starts streamlining

Chicago headquarters marks the first target for restructuring initiative. Last week, BP revealed that 3,300 Chicago-area employees will soon be relocated or eliminated in an effort to globally streamline the company, according to the Chicago Tribune. This move marks the end to BP’s efforts to maintain a functional regional headquarters in Chicago. The message was

floridas faulty gas pumps

Florida gas customers have something to worry about other than paying above the national average per gallon: malfunctioning pumps that could be siphoning even more of their hard-earned money. A recent study conducted by South Florida Sun-Sentinel found as many as 34% of the gas stations in the state have at least one pump that

house fails to support schip

Cigarette smokers can breath a temporary sigh of relief. Uninsured children, not so much. In a valiant attempt, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to override President Bush’s veto of H.R. 976, a bill that would reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). Said bill would have provided $35 billion to fund

sheetz goes further in virgina

New store marks third unit in Lynchburg market. Sheetz Inc. continues to expand across the country as it opens a new 5,000-square-foot store in Lynchburg, Va. The new store is the third in Lynchburg and brings the total number of stores in the chain to 340. While the store opened to the public last night,

pester names new presidentcoo

Spresser steps up to lead 1st Stop and FarmCrest stores. Pester Marketing Co., operator of 1st Stop and FarmCrest stores in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, has elected Richard Spresser president and chief operating officer. Spresser, a Kansas native, graduated from Fort Hays State University and has spent 27 years in the petroleum and convenience store

shell unveils nascar sponsorship

New agreement aimed at driving in-store sales. Shell is leveraging its relationship with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil car in an effort to drive traffic and sales at Shell branded service stations in the United States. In the one year since the company’s announcement regarding its re-entry into the

kwik trip collects coats for kids

Program held in conjunction with Salvation Army provides warmth to the needy. Thanks to the help of Lacrosse, Wis. Kwik Trip, the Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids program is underway. The program collects coats for the needy. Donors drop off coats at local Kwik Trip stores, where they are then taken and distributed. Despite

pay to the order of stupid

C-store robber foiled by his own pay stub. It’s by no stretch the perfect crime, but that didn’t stop Robinson Rivera from attempting it anyway. Rivera, 25, went on a c-store robbing spree in Delaware, his weapon of choice being a crudely written note demanding that the clerks give him the cash in the registers

sheetz promotes two into vp spots

Lorenz and Ryan make their move up the company’s executive ranks. Sheetz Inc. has promoted two long-time executives to the level of executive vice president. Mike Lorenz, vice president of petroleum supply is now the executive vice president of petroleum supply while Ray Ryan, vice president of distribution services has been promoted to executive vice

sheetz arrives in sarver pa

Grand opening kicks off with donation to local school. Sheetz Inc. is opening its new location in Sarver, Pa. The newest addition to the 339-store chain is the first in Sarver. The store will host a community grand opening celebration on Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. As part of the Oct. 18 festivities,

bp spreads ampms reach

Chain continues growing its franchised brand. BP has unveiled plans to spread its ampm franchise from the West to the East, establishing its brand in new markets throughout the country. According to the plan, stores could be popping up in Atlanta and Chicago as early as November. The chain’s BP Connnect and Wild Bean Caf

ameristop files for bankruptcy

Petro Acquisitions Inc, the parent company of the Ameristop convenience-store chain, is preparing to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Petro, which franchises about 140 gasoline stations and convenience stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, was to file an order late Monday providing the schedule for Chapter 11 proceedings with Hamilton County

hot stuff cooks up charity

New “Warm Hearts” division focuses on philanthropy. Hot Stuff Foods has expanded in the foodservice industry over the past decade, but now it’s spreading into a new realm: charity. It started in 1996, when Hot Stuff Foods (then Orion Food Systems), spearheaded a charity golf event featuring premier players from the PGA Champions Tour to

couchetard eyeing shell sites

Canadian company looking to take advantage of dissolving MSO program. Alimentation Couche-Tard expressed its desire to expand further into the U.S. market making a bid for some of the 2,000 stations Shell plans to sell in the coming years. “We are always interested in any asset that can become available in the U.S. that can

nacs gets a new director of special events

Thomas brought in to take care of NACS Show and more. Meredith Thomas has joined NACS as its director of meetings & special events. Thomas will be responsible for many of the activities related to the convenience and petroleum association’s events, including the NACS Show, which is one of the 50 largest annual trade shows

giant oil snatches 32 bp stations

Expansions and redesigns announced for new locations. Giant Oil has unveiled plans to acquire all 32 company-owned BP service stations in the Dayton, Ohio. market by the end of the year, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Tampa-based Giant Oil Inc.–which owns gas stations and convenience stores in Florida and Ohio as well as

bp gets virtual

Company markets itself through new video game. Electronic Arts and BP have teamed up to provide a cleaner environment–in the virtual world. The video game manufacturer and the big oil company have collaborated to include climate change education within SimCity Societies, the next iteration of the city-building game. BP’s logo appears in the game as

clean cities push 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

New report shows 50% increase from year before. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) has revealed that its Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The amount of gasoline displaced in 2006 was

wagnermentzer caught on false advertising

Company makes amends with donation. After an investigation over pricing fraud, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning revealed that Wagner-Mentzer will change its advertising practices and give $20,000 to the community of North Platte. Bruning investigated three of the company’s stations in August for allegedly using deceptive trade practices. The stations were accused of attracting customers

no drivethrough cstore for canadian retailer

Plan hits a dead end after local residents circulated a petition. A plan to open the first drive-thru convenience store in St. John’s, New Foundland, has collapsed before it even made it to the checkout. North Atlantic Petroleum Co. had planned to open the drive-thru, but residents opposed and circulated a petition to complain that

chevron to increase us fuel production

Oil company to invest $500 million to expand Pascagoula, Miss. refinery. Chevron Corp., the second largest U.S. oil and gas company based in San Ramon, Calif., said today it plans to build a major gasoline production unit at its refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The construction of the continuous catalyst regeneration project, estimated to cost around

new blood for susser holdings

Alvin New expected to succeed current CEO Smith. Susser Holdings Corp. has revealed that that Roger Smith, executive vice president of Susser Holdings and CEO of the company’s retail operations, will resign upon the completion of Susser’s pending acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores. Alvin New, current CEO of Town & Country is expected

bps structure on the chopping block

CEO Hayward revealed plans to scale down company. BP Plc has created and unveiled a new plan to streamline its structure. The new plan will slash the amount of business units and do away with management layers, thanks to a poor financial performance that has left the Big Oil company behind the competition, according to

7eleven customer gets animated

Grand-prize winner to be drawn into upcoming episode of The Simpsons. As the grand-prize winner of 7-Eleven’s “Get Animated” online contest, part of the company’s campaign in July heralding The Simpsons Movie, Cheryl Yex of West Newton, Pa., is getting a taste of Simpson stardom by being animated on an upcoming episode. Yex enjoyed a

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