Fresh & Easy Moving into San Francisco

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. subsidiary of mega UK retailer Tesco, unveiled plans to bring its retail concept to California’s Bay Area. Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy’s chief executive, disclosed the locations of the company’s first 18 store sites in Northern California, which will begin opening in 2009. Fresh & Easy currently has

White Hen Testing New Convenience Concept

White Hen Pantry has introduced a prototype in Northborough, Mass., that shatters the mold of its previous convenience offering. The 3,200-square-foot store offers some elements of traditional convenience stores, but goes upscale with a full-service cafe and deli, fresh foods, baked goods and a wide assortment of healthier snack with a heavy emphasis on natural,

Colorado C-Stores Face Stings

A Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store in Walensburg, Colo., has had its liquor license suspended after state authorities allegedly saw an employee sell beer to an 18-year-old. During routine compliance checks in October, the state Liquor Enforcement Division sent an under-aged person into 13 restaurants, bars, liquor and convenience stores in Huerfano County to try

SSA Partners with Lynk

Speedway SuperAmerica LLC reached a deal with RBS Lynk, the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, to provide credit card processing to its 1,600 gasoline and convenience stores. Under terms of the agreement, RBS Lynk will initially provide in-store and pay-at-the-pump credit card processing system wide for Speedway, to be

AmeriStop Franchisees in Limbo

Owners of more than 60 AmeriStop convenience store franchises across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are waiting for a Thursday court hearing that could determine the future of their businesses. In November, Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company of the AmeriStop chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt estimated between $1 million and $100 million,

Houchens Acquires Browning Oil

Houchens Industries, Bowling Green, Ky., has signed a letter of intent to purchase Browning Oil, operator of 14 Shell gas stations and convenience stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction will close in March, according to David Browning, president of Browning Oil. “I intend to pursue other business interests,” Browning told

Foodservice Demand to Reach $16.6 Billion by 2011

Foodservice disposables demand in the U.S. is projected to increase 3.8% annually to $16.6 billion in 2011. Growth will be fueled by rising disposable personal income and increased spending for food eaten or prepared away from home. Such spending will reflect consumer willingness to pay for convenience, along with interest in more sophisticated food choices.

Big Incentives for Susser Holdings

Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of more than 500 Stripes convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, has received $640,000 in tax incentives from the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Business and Job Development Corp. With the Corpus Christi, Texas-based company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores,

Tesco Selects Four New Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. unit of Britain’s biggest grocery retailer, plans to open four stores in the Sacramento area, according to liquor license applications with the state. The Sacramento locations named in the filings include 3311 Northgate Blvd. and 3615 Bradshaw Road. Two Folsom sites, 25000 Blue Ravine Road and 9522 Greenback

Industry Takes Action Against Native Americans in N.Y.

New York State Assemblyman David R. Townsend Jr. joined convenience store operators in New York in announcing legal action to compel the Spitzer administration to uphold the state law that requires collection of state taxes on Native American sales of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Native American New Yorkers. Plaintiffs in the tax fairness lawsuit are

Negotiation Practices for Small C-Store Chainsby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

The sweet science of obtaining a better deal than was offered! To compete with the big chains more effectively, you’ve got to be able to buy better, which is obviously much more difficult for a smaller chain, even more so for the single store operator. But in reality it’s much easier than you might think

Kum & Go Introduces Private-Label Wines

Kum & Go L.C., operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, has launched Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Sea Ridge Merlot wines to its long list of private-label offerings. The wines are sold exclusively at participating Kum & Go stores. Kum & Go set out last year to provide its customers a

QuikTrip Garners Top Employer Honors

Paid sabbaticals for long-timers and bonuses for part-timers helped make QuikTrip Corp. one of the nation’s top employers again this year. The Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain ranked 28th in its sixth straight appearance on Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies To Work for" list, which was released this week. "We are honored to receive this

Couche-Tard Realigns Retail Operations

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, announced a dramatic realignment of it retail business that creates two new business units in the U.S. These units will be identified as the Southwest Division to be based in Dallas and will be comprised of the states of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New

Little Sue Growing Up

Neighborhood Convenience Inc., the Gloucester, Va.-based convenience store group operating the Little Sue chain, reached a deal to sell seven stores to 7-Eleven Inc., in a deal brokered by Matrix Capital. All of the stores, which sell Exxon fuels, will be rebranded to 7-Eleven over the next few months, the companies said. Founded in 1972,

7-Eleven Embraces Nutritional Snacks

At a time of year when people are focused on health and fitness, 7-Eleven Inc. is adding three more sensible snacks for the "on-the-go" crowd–Weight Watchers snack cakes and muffins, LARABAR all-natural raw food bars and, in March, its own proprietary MEGA protein bars. Approximately half of all Americans entered 2008 resolved to do something:

Casey’s Executive Resigns

John Harmon, the corporate secretary and senior vice president of Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores, entered a severance agreement dated Jan. 17, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Harmon has been with the company since 1976 and was named secretary/treasurer in 1998. Company spokesman Bill Walljasper said Harmon’s decision to leave

Cardtronics to Manage Circle K ATMs

Cardtronics Inc. has been tapped to process automated teller machine transactions in Circle K convenience stores in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Houston ATM owner said the deal covers about 650 ATMs. Circle K stores are a subsidiary of Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., which operates

Rutter’s Unveils Major Retail Investment Strategy

Rutter’s Farm Stores will invest more than $55 million this year to build 10 convenience stores and 11 car washes as part of the biggest one-year capital expenditure in the company’s history. The growth will add 350 new jobs, and more than $4.5 million in annual wages and benefits, to the area economy. The expansion

Quick Chek Partners with NHL

Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of more than 100 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, said that the company’s coffee, renowned for its 20-minute freshness guarantee and made from a select blend that incorporates only the world’s finest beans, is now the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils. Quick Chek’s

CITGO Damage Control Judged Effective

Results of a national study released today revealed that while a CITGO public service ad elicited positive responses from Americans toward Venezuela and its president, the majority viewed the ad as a political tool. The study was conducted among 404 Americans during January 14-15 to obtain Americans’ views on an advertisement in which Congressman Joe

AWMA Names New Chairman

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) named Dick Dunham, vice president of operations for Stephenson Wholesale Co. in Durant, Okla., as its 2008 Chairman. "Dick Dunham brings invaluable experience from over thirty years in the convenience and supermarket distribution industry to our board of directors," said AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger. "AWMA members know

Generating Innovation

For Dean Price, owner of Red Birch Convenience Stores, canola oil is more than something you’d find on the shelf at a supermarket. It’s a self-contained local energy industry waiting to happen, and Price thinks he has a system to jump-start it. He plans to work with local farmers to grow and buy canola seed,

Feel the Rush

Since the introduction of canned energy drinks, the convenience store industry has realized unprecedented growth in the segment. Product offerings have grown from a single manufacturer to several dozen to choose from today. Year over year, Circle K has achieved segment growth of over 25%. Responding to the consumer’s unquenchable appetite for energy, Circle K,

Casey’s Battles Suits

Casey’s General Stores Inc., already sued by managers who claimed they weren’t paid overtime, faces a new lawsuit in federal court by cooks and cashiers making similar claims. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court said the Ankeny, Iowa-based chain wrongfully denied overtime pay and wages to current and former Casey’s hourly employees. It alleges

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