Archives for November 2008

Freefall Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Commonly called a tax on American households, gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcomed news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason

7-Eleven: Cross-Promotion and Private-Label Devotion

7-Eleven Inc. has teamed with department-store retailer J.C. Penney Co. for a creative cross-promotion while also committing to the expansion of its private-label products, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven and J.C. Penney Co. are using the cross-promotion as a test in Dallas-area stores this week, as well as stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and

Cash Room Automation: A “Revolution” Has Begun

Rutter’s Continues Record Growth

Rutter’s Farm Stores is continuing its year of record expansion with today’s opening of a c-store in Chambersburg, Pa. “We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Chambersburg,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO at Rutter’s Farm Stores. “It is a vibrant community that fits our brand and product offering well. We have been

Game On

Take it from 7-Eleven: Today’s average gamer is not a teenager – he’s in his early 30s and most likely a male. That’s good news for the Dallas-based retailer, whose customer base skews heavily toward males between the ages of 18 and 34. The c-store chain said it’s taking the plunge into video game sales

Winn-Dixie Adds nFinanSe Discover Network

Stored value and prepaid card program provider nFinanSe said its Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card is now available at all 521 Winn-Dixie grocery stores in the southeast. Consumers can purchase the Reloadable Card for $5.95 and load funds at their discretion. No credit check or bank account is required. Consumers can also use the Discover

Truckers Rejoice

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In less than four months, the national average price for diesel fuel sold at retail outlets went from rapidly marching towards $5 per gallon to now falling below $3 per gallon, with the Department of Energy’s statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration (EIA), reporting a nearly

QuickTrip Reconsiders Car Wash Biz

Oklahoma-based convenience store chain QuickTrip is growing its convenience stores’ footprints, though the company is also ending its brief venture into the car wash business, The Wichita Eagle reported. QuickTrip is planning to replace its current 3,600-square-foot store footprint with a store about 1,000 feet larger and bigger parking lots, company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told

Shell To Clean Up 83 Washington Gas Stations

Shell Oil Co. told the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology that it would voluntarily clean up contamination at 83 current and former gas stations in Western Washington, the AP bureau in Seattle reported. It’s the first time an oil company has voluntarily undertaken such a massive cleanup in the state at one time, Ecology

Rutter’s Donates $25K to United Cerebral Palsy

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $25,000 to the United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania to help the organization purchase equipment for its children’s center in York. UCP of South Central Pennsylvania serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs in York, Adams, Franklin and Fulton counties. The chapter has offices in

Kroger Expands ‘Fresh Fare’ Footprint

The Kroger Co. opened its biggest "Fresh Fare" store this week, with plans to open more of the stores to serve the eat-at-home and natural foods shoppers, according to the Associated Press. In addition to typical supermarket fare, Kroger’s Fresh Fare store in Kenwood, Ohio, features high-end meats and seafood, gourmet cheeses and natural and

Sheetz Kicks Off Fuel Giveaway In Ohio

Sheetz convenience stores is giving away free gas for a year to 18 customers starting November 17. Customers can visit any Sheetz location in Ohio and enter to win when they sign up for the "My Sheetz Card” rewards program. Members of the rewards program are automatically entered into the contest. Each week, three Sheetz

The Continued Push For Private

Once considered a lower-price, lower-quality substitute for name brands, private-label products are being viewed positively by a majority of U.S. consumers, according to a new survey by The Nielsen Company. About 72% of consumers believe store brands are good alternatives to name brands, while 62% of consumers say they consider store brands to be as

Smoker Friendly Crowns King Maker

Smoker Friendly International has recognized King Maker Marketing Inc., of Paramus, N.J., as its manufacturer of the year, awarding the company its 2008 Visionary Award at the 12th Annual Smoker Friendly Tobacco Festival and Conference held recently in Boulder, Colo. King Maker manufactures SF Cigarettes and SF Roll Your Own Tobacco. Smoker Friendly operates more

PCATS Appoints New Executive Director, CEO

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has appointed Thomas Oare as its new executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2009. Oare replaces the present executive director and CEO, John Hervey, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. “We are extremely pleased to have found someone with the background and experience of Tom

Turkey Hill Rolls Out Holiday Contest

With the holidays fast approaching, Pennsylvania convenience chain Turkey Hill has added its Peppermint Stick and Egg Nog Premium Ice Cream to its seasonal lineup. Egg Nog is currently available in most stores with Turkey Hill products, while Peppermint Stick will arrive on Nov. 17. But the retailer is also hosting a recipe contest, which

‘Joe To The World’

In honor of the early risers who plan to storm the retail world on Black Friday, New Jersey-based Quick Chek is holding its first annual “Joe To The World” coffee event that day, where customers can get a free medium-sized cup of coffee. The offer begins at midnight on Friday, Nov. 28, and will last

More Holiday Java

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a new holiday menu and gift packages for the holidays, including its hot or iced Mocha Spice Latte, a combination of cinnamon and French vanilla topped with a strand of Mocha Swirl syrup. The latte features a traditional recipe of fresh espresso, steamed milk and whipped cream. Additionally, the retail is

Canines in Convenience

7-Eleven Inc. said it has added four cuddly, collectible critters to its in-store products as a way to benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment center St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 7-Eleven has been one of the original retail partners with the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. The four collectibles include

Atlas Oil Unveils i-Zoom Promo

Atlas Oil Company has announced its Free i-Zoom Promotion for Indiana’s Toll Roads, which will take place from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, 2008. The Taylor, Mich.-based company recently purchased 23 BP sites in Indiana, as well as 57 sites in the Chicago market. The Indiana Toll Road promotion will have Indiana Toll Road cash-lane

A Year Later, Fresh & Easy Hits 100 Sites

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market opened its 100th store this week, just a year after officially launching its presence on the West Coast of the U.S. The expansion watermark was timed with less celebratory news, however, as CEO Tim Mason told UK media outlet The Times of London that Tesco – Fresh & Easy’s parent

PCI Compliance: Practical Application for Convenience Retailers

Data breaches, hefty fines and bad publicity are just three of the concerns retailers should have when it comes to PCI compliance. But many retailers still don’t understand what PCI compliance is and what’s required of them. To address this important, timely issue, Convenience Store Decisions and Fiscal Systems have launched the PCI Compliance Webcast

A-B Shareholders Approve InBev Merger

In a special session today in New Jersey, a majority of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. shareholders voted to approve the proposed combination of InBev and Anheuser-Busch. Closing of the transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals. A closing date has not yet been announced, but both InBev and Anheuser-Busch continue to expect that they will complete the

Fuel Price War Triggers Trouble

The manager of a Valero gas station in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., was indicted this week for allegedly plotting to blow up a rival Mobil station, the Times Herald-Record in New York reported. The newspaper said a Sullivan County grand jury indicted the manager – Manhar Patel, 34, of Fallsburg, N.Y. – for trying to hire

MoneyGram Service Added To 2,250 7-Eleven ATMs

Global payment services company MoneyGram International and ATM provider Cardtronics said MoneyGram’s services will now be offered through 2,250 7-Eleven ATMs. MoneyGram’s money transfer and ExpressPayment urgent bill payment services will roll out at the advanced-function ATMs at 7-Eleven before the end of this year, according to Business Wire. As part of the multi-year agreement,