Archives for 2008

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

Tech Vendors Partner to Benefit Industry

IBM and Retalix announced a partnership to deliver a new, highly-integrated system management solution for grocery and convenience store retailers. As part of a global initiative, the two companies will develop and market an integrated solution designed to provide a new way for clients to centrally manage their point-of-sale systems, applications and other elements of



TouchPlay Turmoil Slowly Getting Resolved

The Iowa Lottery Board voted today to drop a claim of nearly $500,000 against a Cedar Rapids amusement company in anticipation of settling a lawsuit over the state’s ban on TouchPlay gambling machines. Camden Amusements had sued the state in Linn County District Court after the Iowa Legislature in May 2006 pulled the plug on

VERC, Exxon Aid Education

VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store and gasoline station operator in New England, presented the Cold Spring Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. The $500 grant can be used for a broad range of academic enhancement or sports programs. Since 2000, the

TA Extends Bridgestone Firestone Agreement

TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has extended its supply agreement with Bridgestone Firestone for truck tires through Dec. 31, 2014. TA will supply its fleet and owner-operator customers with Bridgestone Firestone and other leading truck tires at sites it operates across the U.S. and Canada. The "TravelCenters of America" and "Petro: Lube" branded truck repair

Cody’s Acquires Six Express Lane Stores

Cody’s Convenience Stores acquired six bankrupt Express Lane stores, making it the second-largest owner of convenience stores in southwest Missouri. With the purchase, which closed in bankruptcy court Dec. 28, Cody’s surpassed fellow Springfield-based chain Rapid Roberts’ 23 area stores. Cody’s portfolio now comprises 25 stores, second to West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go’s

Strong First Quarter for United Refining

United Refining Co. the Warren, Pa.-based operator of 371 Kwik Fill/Red Apple and Country Fair convenience stores in western New York and western Pennsylvania, reported net sales for the three months ending Nov. 30, 2007 jumped $109 million to $693.6 million, an increase of 18.6% over the same quarter for 2006. The company, which also

“K” Marks the Spot

THE CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY makes for a very competitive climate. With the vast number of convenience chains in business-not to mention the impinging presence of hypermarts- making a store’s presence known in a busy market can be very diffi cult. Ed Marszal and Liz Pritchard, co-owners of California Retail Management (CRM), discovered this when they

Atlas Oil Acquires R & J Inc.

Atlas Oil Co., a Taylor, Mich.-based fuel marketer, has acquired five convenience stores in Battle Creek, Mich., from R & J Inc. and has folded that company into its own retail segment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction essentially buys out the ownership stake of R & J partners Richard Folk and

Kwik King Selling Off Stores

Many Kwik King Food Stores will get a new name, new look and new gasoline provider in the coming weeks. That’s because they have new owners. Bill Tuck, the co-owner and chief executive of Kwik King told The Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner that the convenience store company has sold 19 of its 49 stores. Sam Patidar

Just Desserts

Despite unchanging consumer demand and fickle consumer tastes, the market for frozen desserts is expected to grow by more than $4 billion by 2012, according to The U.S. Market for Ice Cream and Related Frozen Desserts, a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Dollar sales continue to grow annually, but not because Americans