Archives for December 2008

Geo. H. Green Embraces the Holiday Season

Despite the challenging economy, lost jobs and holiday malaise, the spirit of Christmas reigned supreme at Green Oil Co. Buoyed by an incredible effort from the caring employees and customers of two Super Stores, a bit of vendor and dealer support and a wonderful performance by its office staff, the Green Oil team announced it

A Section for What?

Embracing alternative smoking products is a trend the industry should not ignore.   Often I am asked what I would do if I was a tobacco category manager today as I peered into the future. Simply, I would practice good sound category management. I would look at what products meet my consumer’s needs in the

New Year, New Challenges

With 2009 approaching, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. As we usher in a new year, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. What if you suddenly found out that your slate could be pretty much wiped clean and most all of the tactical mistakes made could

Not So Fast

A Pleasanton man who runs a chain of convenience stores in California was sentenced to 13 months in prison and fined $1.2 million for an elaborate scheme in which he abused Small Business Administration loans to help business partners launch their own stores, California newspapers reported. Federal officials say Ashraf "Mike" Ali, 55, owner of

Dunkin Brands Readies For New Head

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, said it has appointed Nigel Travis as CEO. Travis, 58, most recently served as president and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, which has more than 3,300 restaurants and annual sales of $2.1 billion in the U.S. and 29 international markets. Travis will

Not Your Average Kansas C-store, Toto

The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) awarded two Kansas agencies the Outstanding Product Award for helping green c-store Zarco 66 become a leader in green energy, the Lawrence Journal reported. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the EPA Region 7 received the award for helping Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels become

Rutter’s Expansion Continues

Rutter’s opened a new store in the Penn Township/Hanover area in Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve, the company said. “The Hanover community has been a vital part of Rutter’s success,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of the York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing our newest store experience to that area.

ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our

Flying J Files For Chapter 11

Flying J Inc. said it has filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The filing will allow Flying J and its subsidiaries “to address near-term liquidity needs brought about by the precipitous decline in oil prices coupled with the disruption in

Cumberland Coffee (and Kindness)

Canton, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is giving a free cup of coffee to customers on New Year’s Eve, as well as marking the grand opening of its newest convenience store with a $1,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club chapter in Massachusetts. The new Cumberland store is in Framingham, Mass., the same town where a

Road Ranger Workers Donate 1,000 Turkeys

Employees at Rockford, Ill.-based Road Ranger convenience stores gave up their annual Christmas party so they could spread some Christmas spirit to the less fortunate, the company said. Road Ranger said employees throughout its Midwestern stores are hearing about and witnessing the difficult times their customers and communities are facing in this struggling economy. In

Why PCI? Here’s Why …

A fired cashier at a BP gas station in Jonesboro, Ark., allegedly obtained more than 50 customer credit and debit card numbers and used at least one to buy goods, KAIT news in Arkansas reported. Police said they discovered the cards on Zach Houston, 23, after he walked into the gas station intoxicated Saturday night.

7-Eleven Inc. Sues Florida Franchisee For $5M

7-Eleven Inc. filed a federal lawsuit this week against a franchisee who the company says was "mistakenly" given nearly $5 million and won’t give it back, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chablis told the News-Journal that 7-Eleven closed the store at Clyde Morris Boulevard and Big Tree Road earlier in the week,

Rutter’s Donates $45 K To United Way

Rutter’s marked the opening of its first Carlisle-area convenience store by donating $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County to provide childcare scholarships, the company said. Rutter’s Farm Stores opened Dec. 5 in Middlesex Township in Cumberland County. The company also has a store in Shippensburg, Pa. “Rutter’s is proud to be a

ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our

PDQ Appoints Exclusive Distributor In New England

Touch-free car wash system manufacturer PDQ Manufacturing Inc. appointed New England Car Wash Equipment as an exclusive distributor to serve the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Littleton, Mass.-based New England Car Wash will distribute PDQ’s full line of products, including LaserWash and Tandem RiteTouch vehicle wash systems,

Wholesale Jump

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Retail gasoline prices along the West Coast will move higher during the holidays, climbing in front of Christmas due to a jump in wholesale prices of the fuel after gasoline production in California was unexpectedly lost in mid to late December because of mechanical problems at oil refineries. Gasoline

Rutter’s Marks Another Opening By Giving

Celebrating the opening of its first convenience store in Chambersburg, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations. “We’re proud to be a part of the Chambersburg community and to support these worthy organizations and the many good things they do,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO at Rutter’s Farm Stores. The

Some Flavor to Savor

Consumers looking for a lightly flavored, unsweetened bottled water will find it in February 2009 when Coca-Cola launches its new Dasani essence – a flavored water with a tinge of all-natural fruit flavor. According to a Nielsen study last month, the unsweetened flavored water market is growing faster than any other segment in the $11

EZ Energy USA To Acquire 42 Gas Stations

EZ Energy USA Inc., the U.S. entity of Israeli-based EZ Energy Ltd., has signed a contract to acquire 42 gas stations in the U.S. and all related inventory – as well as four lots – for a reported $32.6 million, according to McClatchy-Tribune news service. Investec Bank (UK) and a private investor will invest $7

A 7-Eleven Christmas

The 7-Eleven store on the corner may not be a mammoth mass merchandise retailer, but it offers a surprising number of time- and cost-saving gift ideas that can help calm holiday anxiety brought on by a lack of time and money. “You may not be able to do all of your holiday shopping at a

Mac’s C-stores Launch DVD Rental Kiosks

Mac’s Convenience Stores, Ontario’s largest convenience store operator, has partnered with a digital self-serve innovator to introduce DVD rental kiosks at select Mac’s stores in Canada. Signifi Solutions Inc. is a digital self-service company that offers digital entertainment solutions through cutting-edge technology. It manages a DVD placement initiative called Movie Spot DVD, which is a

Greening Up The Holidays

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched its second annual holiday card recycling program as a way to encourage customers to use Fresh & Easy stores as a place to recycle used greeting cards. Proceeds from the sale of the recycled cards will go to American Forests, a nonprofit organization that helps plant trees in

Going Once, Twice …

Exxon Mobil Corp. said this week that it’s starting the bidding process to sell the majority of its remaining company-owned gas stations on the East Cost, Dow Jones newswire reported. “Consistent with our 2008 June announcement, we began our initial bid process for the sale of the majority of our company-operated and dealer sites from

Tobacco’s Trials and Tribulations

It’s been a busy week for tobacco on the East Coast, with major developments on tobacco regulations, rulings and ruminations in the states of Maine, New York and Massachusetts. Here’s the skinny in those states: Maine The U.S. Supreme Court his week decided 5-4 to let Maine’s “light cigarette” smokers sue tobacco companies for fraudulent