Archives for July 2008

NATSO Blasts DOT’s Commercialization Proposal

The Bush administration’s recent proposal to commercialize rest areas in 10 states would devastate highway-based businesses, such as travel centers, truckstops, restaurants, gasoline stations, convenience stores and lodging establishments, according to NATSO, the nonprofit organization representing America’s travel plaza and truckstop industry. The Department of Transportation released its proposal this week for reforming federal surface

Destination Media Launches C-Store TV Network

Destination Media, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, has launched C-Store TV network in top U.S. media markets, the company said. C-Store TV will initially launch in Boston, New York and Los Angeles with 100 new locations, though the launch will be followed by C-Store TV’s introduction into a number of other leading markets

Circle K Expands Use Of KSS PriceNet

Circle K, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, has expanded its existing licensing agreement for the KSS PriceNet system to include an additional 124 retail locations in the northeastern U.S., KSS said. KSS is a global supplier of fuels pricing analytics, execution and optimization systems for the oil and gas industries, as well as convenience stores,

7-Eleven Takes Prepaid Wireless Global

Dallas-based c-store leader 7-Eleven Inc. is taking its prepaid wireless program global with the launch of its 7-Connect program in Singapore, the Dallas Business Journal reported. 7-Eleven decided to roll out the private-brand wireless program in Asia after successfully launching a similar program in the U.S. and Canada. The 7-Connect program will give Singapore consumers

Kroger Teams With Cellfire To Offer Mobile Discounts

Cellfire Inc., a nationwide mobile coupon and discount service, has partnered with grocery giant Kroger Co. to supply consumers with mobile grocery coupons for products made by more than half a dozen leading consumer product manufacturers. The new program will allow consumers to save on individual grocery items using their mobile phone. The program is

Fresh & Easy Adopts Local Flair

A Fresh & Easy store in Fresno, Calif., will be the chain’s first to include design elements borrowed from the local community and neighborhood, according to various online reports and a Fresh & Easy blog site, The Fresno location received approval from council members in that city last week. Located on Tulare Street, the

Beer is Again America’s Alcohol Beverage of Choice

According to a new Gallup poll, beer’s lead over wine and spirits has returned to double-digits for the first time since 2002, particularly among adults between the ages of 30 and 49 who tried wine for a few years then shifted back to beer. The annual Consumption Habits poll, released through Gallup’s Web site, shows

Rutter’s Expands York, Pa., Site

Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened a Pennsylvania store that’s twice as big as the store that was razed to make way for this new facility. The former store at Pennsylvania Avenue in York, Pa., was razed April 14, giving up ground for the new 5,200-square-foot Rutter’s store offering an automatic car wash and 16 fueling

Retail, restaurant industry form nonprofit networking association

Retail and restaurant industry professionals and those in insurance, law, vending and related industries have united to form the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), an organization aiming to serve the legal, informational and networking interests of the retail and restaurant industries. NRRDA said it provides live educational and Web-based seminars focusing on cutting-edge

Texas Dept. of Agriculture Finds C-Store Cheated Customers

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples this week provided results from his agency’s "Operation Spotlight," a major investigation into Petroleum Wholesale L.P.’s Texas fuel stations operating under the name Sunmart. The investigation has confirmed that numerous Sunmart gas stations cheated Texas consumers by giving them less fuel than they purchased, and the findings strongly

Deli Express Wins Top Honors from Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Deli Express, the nation’s largest supplier of hot and cold sandwiches sold through convenience stores, was recognized with the 2007 Vendor Partnership Award from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). The AAFES award recognized Deli Express for its outstanding service to AAFES through continued sales growth and effective promotions and programs. AAFES provides

McDonald’s May Tweak Dollar Menu

Fast food giant McDonald’s admitted to problems with franchisees over a platform that’s behind much of its turnaround, and the chain could be aiming to tweak its dollar menu until it’s profitable, Advertising Age reported. In a second-quarter earnings call with analysts this past week, President and COO Ralph Alvarez said increased commodity costs, declining

Giles Rolls Out New Island Deli

Giles Foodservice Equipment has introduced an island deli case designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping the products and packaging fresh. The new display is offered in single-tier and double-tier models, both available in 6-foot or 4-foot sizes. The Giles Island Display Case (GIDC) was developed to meet retailer needs for product showcasing

Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Franchisee For 34 Stores In Mississippi

Dunkin’ Donuts has signed Capital Franchise Group Inc. to a multi-store development agreement that will bring 34 restaurants to Mississippi’s Jackson, Tupelo and Greenwood areas, the companies said. In addition to the 34-unit agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to purchase a minimum of five restaurants in the areas around Memphis and

RedPrairie Aims To Improve Manager-Employee Communication

RedPrairie Corporation said it has created a next-generation employee self-service application allowing employers to more effectively communicate and interact with their employees. As part of the RedPrairie Workforce Management solution, the enhanced employee self-service capability provides employees with the ability to confirm work schedules, check hours worked, submit time-off requests and receive other job-related information

United Supermarkets Pegs FuelQuest For Fuel Management

United Supermarkets has chosen software and services company FuelQuest to streamline and manage the grocery chain’s bulk fuel processes, FuelQuest said. United Supermarkets is a regional grocery chain operating 47 stores in 27 cities across north and west Texas. “Heightened fuel price volatility coupled with the expansion of our retail fuel sites throughout Texas required

Second Gas Giveway Awarded By Rutter’s

Jason Waltz of Spring Grove is proof that good things happen in threes, according to Rutter’s Farm Stores. On Monday, Waltz celebrated his 33rd birthday, and just a day later ended up celebrating the win of three years worth of free gasoline, courtesy of Rutter’s Farm Stores. Waltz was the second grand-prize winner in Rutter’s

Susser Pairs With KSS For Fuel Pricing Solutions

Susser Holdings Corp. has selected KSS to help manage its fuel prices at more than 500 locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Susser expanded its relationship with KSS after it acquired Town and Country Food Stores, which was an existing KSS customer during the acquisition. KSS is a global supplier of fuels pricing analytics,

Dillons Adds Fuel Services Separate Of Grocery Sites

Dillons said it’s building its first gas station not located on the site of a Dillons grocery store, The Wichita Eagle reported. Operating as a small convenience kiosk surrounded by Dillons’ logoed gas pumps, the new store is expected to open next month and is the first such concept under the Dillons flag, company spokeswoman

Hot Stuff Foods Doubles Business With New ‘QSF’ Initiative

Hot Stuff Foods has reached last year’s franchise openings in half the time as a result of its “Quality, Service and Freshness” (QSF) initiative, said Hot Stuff CEO John Fontana. Hot Stuff’s total focus on QSF has helped make the company the largest and highest-rated pizza franchiser in the convenience store industry, Fontana said. “For

Study: Coffee Could See More At-Home Brewing

Economic pressures are expected to drive consumers to brew more premium coffee at home and possibly choose less extravagant out-of-home coffees, according to a Packaged Foods study referenced by The end result could mean the foodservice sector will maintain the lion’s share of coffee dollars, though growth in coffee purchased in retail could slightly

Chester’s Opens Charlotte Store

Chester’s International, a leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store industry, celebrated another the grand opening this past week as it unveiled its store in a Sam’s Mart in Charlotte, N.C. The Charlotte Chester’s will be owned and operated by Adnan Jazairi. “Sam’s Express Mart is happy bringing Chester’s great tasting menu items

Coca-Cola Prices Could Jump

Coca-Cola drinkers can expect to pay more for their favorite drink this fall, after Coca-Cola Enterprises – the company’s biggest bottler – said it’s raising prices after Labor Day, the New York Times reported. Problems at the bottler also hurt the Coca-Cola Company’s bottom line, because it owns about 35% of that business, the newspaper

ePayments Corp. Acquires ACH Technologies

ePayments Corp., an electronic payments processing and support services company, said it has acquired ACH Technologies Inc. of Hastings, Minn. Under the acquisition terms, ePayments will assume control of and manage the company’s check recovery accounts from Denver. The move also allows ePayments to offer additional services to the newly acquired accounts, such as credit

Multi-Owner Retail Package up for Grabs

Nine California stores, multiple owners, just one sale. NRC Realty Advisors is putting a twist on its traditional sealed bid auction process. It is offering nine retail units owned by several companies in a single bid auction process which will culminate Aug. 26. Previously, all units offered in each sale had been owned and operated