Archives for May 2008

FireKing Adds Senior VP

FireKing Security Group, a leading asset protection company, has announced the hiring of John Angove as senior vice president to lead its direct sales of cash-handling products, Image Vault digital video and field services. A 30-year industry veteran, Angove is named on several key patents issued for the secure cash-handling and transportation solutions. In his

Pabst, IRI Extend Partnership

Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has expanded its relationship with Pabst Brewing Company, giving Pabst increased convenience, grocery and drug store insights through IRI’s AllScan Convenience Store Tracking system and the census-based IRI InfoScan service, the company said. Ranked one of the top five overall brewing companies by beer sales volume in 2007 by the Brewers

House Approves OPEC-targeted Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act (H.R. 6074) this week by a vote of 324 to 84, a measure that would give the Justice Department an added tool to pursue antitrust actions against OPEC-controlled entities. "The House (on Tuesday) with a strong bipartisan and veto-proof margin voted to

Meijer Cutting Gas Prices By 10 Cents

Meijer supercenter on June 1 will begin cutting fuel prices by 10 cents per gallon for all customers who use their Meijer credit cards when purchasing fuel at its gas stations, the company said. The program will run through Labor Day at all 165 Meijer gas stations, and will offer discounts on all grades of

Recession Rx for Business

In good times, running a company is exhilarating. Money is flowing, customers are happy, employees have a spring in their step. In not-so-good times, like now, the very same job can feel like scaling Mt. Everest in a snowstorm while wearing a knapsack filled with bricks and suffering from a bad case of the flu.

Subway Increasing Market Presence In 2008

The first three months of 2008 were busy for the Subway restaurant chain, which hit impressive milestones and opened more than 400 new locations, the company said. The chain’s now has more than 29,000 locations, 7,500 of which are in international markets and 3,500 of which are in convenience stores, truck stops and travel centers.

156 Weeks Of Free Gas

Rutter’s Farm Stores is revving up its “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway where four grand-prize winners will receive 15 gallons of free gas for three years, the company said. The giveaway runs May 26 to Aug. 24, with grand-prize drawings taking place on June 23, July 14, Aug. 4 and Sept. 15. “There’s been a

Dude, Where’s My Beer?

Miller Brewing Co. and Anheuser-Busch are aiming to put their beer cans firmly into hunter’s hands as they roll out a new line of camouflage cans and related promotions, reported. The camo-cans will target the 65 million outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen, the Web site reported. Miller High Life and Anheuser-Busch have both long been

Dunkin Donuts Expands In Michigan, Alabama

Dunkin’ Donuts ambitious national expansion program continues to grow, as two more states have been pegged for dozens of new franchise locations within the next several years. The company said it is looking at the Grand Rapids, Mich., market as a place for 70 new restaurants over the next several years, with sites located in

Oil Prices Hit New Records

Retail fuel prices hit a new high Monday and crude settled above $127 for the first time, tightening the squeeze on drivers planning holiday road trips this weekend, the Associated Press reported. Crude hit a record $127.05 a barrel, while the average cost for a gallon of regular gas was $3.79, according to AAA and

High Credit Card Interchange Fees Cripple C-Stores

High gas prices and high credit card interchange fees are cooking up a witch’s brew of problems for small businesses, particularly c-stores and other petroleum retailers. That’s the meat of the message from Tom Robinson, NACS vice chairman of government relations, who testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Task Force this week. "If

Zip Trip Stores Switching To Cenex Fuel

Following up on its acquisition of 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest, CHS Inc. has begun converting the c-stores from the 76 brand to the Cenex energy brand, the company said. The initial conversion includes the installation of new signs and lighting, as well as updating graphics on canopies and fuel pumps.

Chester’s International Opens At Road Ranger Travel Plaza

Chester’s International, a fried chicken foodservice offering for c-stores, has opened at Road Ranger Travel Plaza in St. Robert, Mo., the second of many in a new partnership between Road Ranger and Chester’s. Chester’s International mascot, Chester the Chicken, was on site at the new location for a ribbon-cutting and photos. The St. Robert Road

A ‘Wok’ On The Wild Side

Rutter’s Farm Stores is rolling out a program offering custom stir-fry and fresh-baked bread, all in a move to set the company’s foodservice apart from competitors. “We’ve spent months developing a menu that’s not typically associated with a convenience store,” said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice at Rutter’s. “We’ve positioned ourselves to compete against

Beer Sales at Altoona Sheetz Still Face Scrutiny

Attorneys for beverage distribution companies are urging Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to bar takeout sales of six-packs unless a retailer allows the beer to be consumed on the premises, The Associated Press, reported. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently granted a license allowing beer sales at Sheetz in Altoona, Pa., a decision that has triggered much

Pa. Speedway Fans Could Win $50 Gas Cards

The owner of a heating company and c-store chain in Pennsylvania is teaming with a speedway owner in that state to give away free gas cards to 10 race fans, the companies said. Jeff Powell, owner of heating and cooling provider JJ Powell and Snappy’s Convenience Stores, a nine-store chain in central Pennsylvania, is working

Dunkin’ Donuts Donates Dough

Dunkin’ Brands Inc. became a founding donor of the The Culinary Institute of America’s “El Sueño” initiative after donating $1 million to the school’s baking and pastry kitchens at a new campus in San Antonio, Texas, and the main campus in Hyde Park, New York, The Culinary Institute of America reported. The money will be

Study: Tax Rebates Could Go to Gas

Consumers are planning to spend much of their tax rebate checks on necessities like gas and food, leaving less money to stimulate the economy with purchases on discretionary items, industry research from the National Retail Federation and BIGresearch revealed. Consumers said they plan to spend 40% of their tax rebate checks, which will send $42

Drive-in Convenience

Wawa Inc. plans to open its first drive-in food service this week at a store on George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown, Va., the Virginian-Pilot reported. Customers will be able to pull into any of 20 parking spots and order food and drinks through a speaker system at the store, and Wawa servers will bring

Giles Enterprises Goes Green

Ventless technology leader Giles Enterprises Inc., of Montgomery, Ala., has added two new Environmental Hoods to its product like to promote clean-air technologies. The company’s ventless hoods clean the air safely and re-circulate it into a room without needing a permanent, vented system. The new Environmental Hoods vent like traditional Hood Systems, but they take

Circle K Raises $450K for United Cerebral Palsy

Circle K Stores’ Florida and Gulf Coast regions raised roughly $450,000 for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) through its annual FishStix event April 28 through 30, the company said. FishStix is a golfing and fishing tournament sponsored by Circle K, with all proceeds given to UCP and most of its network of 100 affiliates throughout North

Sam’s Club Launches ‘100 Days of Summer’

Today’s independent convenience-store operator faces a variety of challenges when it comes to running a successful business, and the rising cost of food and nonperishable items, lack of time and a lean staff can all impact the bottom line. With more than 25 years of experience helping small businesses succeed, Sam’s Club is uniquely qualified

Fresh & Easy Plans 250 New Products

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced plans to unveil 250 new self-branded products in the next three months, including freshly prepared meals, juices and brewed teas, soy and goat yogurt and a multitude of ready-to-grill meats. The West Coast retailer, owned and operated by UK-based supermarket Tesco, has 60 stores in Nevada, Arizona and

Pizza Inn Teams With Texas C-Store Chain

Pizza Inn Inc. has signed a multi-unit development agreement to open six new locations in the Houston market beginning in late summer 2008, the company said. The Dallas-based Pizza Inn awarded the franchise agreement to Four Star Foods, a subsidiary of King Fuels Inc., of Houston, which operates 40 convenience stores in that state. The

Dunkin’ Donuts Offers Free Iced Coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts will host its second nationwide Free Iced Coffee Day on May 15, with plans to serve nearly four million cups of iced coffee to its customers at locations nationwide, the company said. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 15, customers can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the U.S.