Archives for February 2009

Hot Stuff/Lettieri’s Elevates Execs

Hot Stuff Foods announced that Jim Ilaria, board member and principal of Allied Capital, has become interim CEO following the departure of CEO John Fontana. “Allied Capital remains committed to Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri’s and its future growth,” said Ilaria, “and we are poised for even greater growth with key members of the executive team who

Clark Brands Ramps Up Fleet Card Promo

Naperville, Ill.-based Clark Brands has created a sales kit to help newly branded Clark stores effectively launch the Clark Fleet Services Card. Starting this month, every newly branded Clark store will receive the comprehensive kit, which contains all marketing tools needed to promote the Clark Fleet Services Card to commercial customers. “Promoting the Clark Fleet

Green Mountain, Greener Yet

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is building Vermont’s largest solar array on top of the distribution center of the Green Mountain Coffee facility in Waterbury, the company said. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array is expected to begin in the spring of 2009 and be completed by summer. The company said the solar array

Fresh & Easy Wines Win Awards

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market received nine medals for its specially selected wines at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the majority of which retail for under $10, the company said. Fresh & Easy now has more than 30 award-wining wines, but it has won accolades for the following wines at the 2009 San

Riding Out the Economic Storm

Facing one of the most difficult financial crises in the nation’s history, convenience store operators must maximize store performance and drive efficiencies. That old axiom “fall back, spring ahead” takes on an entirely new meaning for 2009. Faced with the worst recession in more than half a century, springing ahead means fighting for survival for

New Jersey ExxonMobil Dealers Unite

By John Lofstock, Editor When ExxonMobil Corp. announced last June that it was getting out of direct-store operations, dealers of its venerable retail brands found themselves at a crossroads. They could either be on the receiving end of the deed to their own properties or be forced to work with a new master and an

Pump Prices Edge Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A potential strike by United Steelworkers at oil refineries that could have impacted as much as two-thirds of oil refining capacity in the U.S. was averted on Feb. 3 after the two sides hobbled together a three-year agreement, taking away a worry that lost gasoline production

Kum & Go Purchasing Cody’s

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go LC has signed an agreement to purchase the 37 Cody’s Convenience Stores located in southwest Missouri. Cody’s is currently operated by Springfield, Mo.-based Cody Ventures LLC, which is led by CEO Curtis Jared. The deal’s closing is subject to completion of due diligence and customary closing conditions, the

Whose John Is A Gem?

Nominations are now being accepted for the eighth annual “America’s Best Restroom Award,” which is presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation. Nominations can be submitted at through March 31, 2009. The public is also invited to visit the America’s Best Restroom (ABR) YouTube Channel at to post comments, view and share videos. Facebook subscribers

7-Eleven Lays Off 200

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is reducing its non-store and non-operational workforce by about 10%, which amounts to about 200 employees in the U.S. and Canada, the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC TV news affiliate reported. The nation’s biggest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven is also suspending raises, incentives and 401(k) matching in an attempt to remain as profitable as possible,

Cumberland Farms Chooses Chesapeake

Integrated financial governance, risk and compliance software solutions provider Chesapeake System Solutions Inc. said Cumberland Farms Inc. has selected the Chesapeake IDM (Internet Data Manager) and SmartAnalysis with SmartAnalysis RM to help minimize risk and promote savings in the corporation’s treasury operations. Canton, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms operates more than 1,000 locations from Maine to Florida.

Fresh & Easy Boosts Produce Sales

Produce sales at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores have increased more than 11% since January, when the grocer introduced its new 98-cent Produce Packs for customers who have been looking for fresh fruits and vegetables on a budget, the company said. The sharp increase in sales shows people are continuing to look for ways

APW Wyott Launches Rhino Grill

Dallas-based foodservice equipment manufacturer APW Wyott has introduced its new Rhino Grill, a tough and compact double-sided grill that will help retailers add quick and easy hot menu items to their menu. The versatile clamshell grill comes with grooved or smooth cooking plates, which allows foodservice workers to specialize in the creation of a variety

Tim Hortons Warms To Cold Stone

Cold Stone Creamery parent company Kahala Corp. has announced a multi-store co-branding test initiative with Tim Hortons Inc., which would transition up to 50 stores to co-branded sites within the next few months. Kahala and Tim Hortons said the co-branding of Cold Stone Creamery and Tim Hortons concepts will pan out in up to 50

The Competition: Consumers Looking To Supercenters

As U.S consumers are shopping and buying less in a troubled economy, they’re increasingly relying on supercenters for their needs, according a new report from The Nielsen Company. Nielsen’s analysis of 2008 unit sales shows budget-conscious consumers increased their supercenter spending across nearly every department, including dairy, dry grocery and prescription drugs. The Nielsen research

Philip Morris Raising Prices

Philip Morris USA is raising prices on Marlboro and other cigarettes by about 9 cents per pack next week, while some of its smaller brands could get an 18-cent-per-pack increase, Reuters reported. Philip Morris USA told trade partners about the plan on Wednesday, and the new list prices will go into effect on Feb. 9,

Florida Chain Donates $75K To Charity

S&S Food Stores, a 47-unit convenience operator in North Central Florida, has donated $74,536 to the Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Florida’s Shands Children’s Hospital, according to the Lake City Reporter. S&S Food Stores/Scaff’s Markets donated the money during a two-hour program and lunch Thursday at Southern Oaks Golf and Country Club. It

Station Reimbursing Motorists For Bad Fuel

The owner of an Irving gas station in Milford, N.H., says he’s taking care of all customers whose engines were damaged when water got into a gas-station fuel tank last week, The Cabinet Press in Milford, N.H., reported. Bruce Fortin, president of CK Smith Fuel and Energy Company of Worcester, Mass., said ice buildup in

Dunkin’ Expands Breakfast Offerings

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a new Waffle Breakfast Sandwich to its bourgeoning breakfast lineup. The new oven-toasted sandwich features cherrywood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs and American cheese between two maple-infused waffles. Dunkin’ said it’s now the first national quick service restaurant chain to serve a breakfast sandwich featuring waffles. The sandwich is available

Road Ranger Growing

Tough economic times mean new opportunities and Road Ranger just found one. The Rockville, Ill. convenience store chain entered into operating lease agreements for 15 Fast Break Food Mart gasoline and convenience stores in the Louisville, Kentucky market. The deal increases Road Ranger’s network of travel centers and convenience stores to 88 locations in seven

Sunoco Selling 165 Sites

Sunoco Inc. said today it will sell 165 convenience stores and gas stations in the Eastern U.S. The properties are located in selected markets in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Philadelphia-based Sunoco operates a network of approximately 4,700 retail sites and has a

Unlucky No More

An Ohio man who says he never wins anything has won free gas for a year thanks to a loyalty card promotion at a Sheetz in Akron, Ohio. John Karaiskos, of Massillon, learned of his prize about three weeks ago after his My Sheetz Card was scanned at the in-store kiosk at a store in

Delta Heads Up Remediation For 300 Sites

Delta Environmental Consultants Inc. was awarded a $138 million environmental risk transfer contract from ConocoPhillips and Pacific Convenience and Fuels LLC, the companies said. Under the terms of the contract, Delta Consultants will provide a comprehensive risk transfer solution for all pre-existing liabilities, including the remediation of existing environmental liabilities for up to 300 sites

Swedish Match, Philip Morris Collaborate

Swedish Match AB and Philip Morris International (PMI) have entered into an agreement to establish an exclusive joint venture company to commercialize Swedish Snus and other smokefree tobacco products worldwide, outside of Scandinavia and the U.S. The joint venture will use Swedish Match’s product development and manufacturing expertise in the smokefree category and PMI’s extensive

Western Refining Launches Express Rewards

El Paso, Texas-based Western Refining has launched its Express Rewards program at about 160 convenience stores it operates in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The Express Rewards program uses a consumer RFID key tag that can be used at the pump or inside the store to reward customers with gas discounts, store products, gift cards