Archives for March 2009

Sheetz Gets Aggressive on Tobacco

In response to the April 1 increase in federal excise taxes, Sheetz Convenience Stores in Maryland are guaranteeing the lowest allowed price on cigarettes in the state. “Maryland sets a state minimum on cigarette prices and if we sold them for less than the state minimum, I’d end up in jail. However, I can promise

Illinois Eyes Tobacco Tax Hike

Illinois cigarette tax would leap by $1 over two years under a proposal a Senate committee approved today hoping to come up with more money to pay down the state’s big backlog of Medicaid bills. But the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores warned lawmakers that the proposal is a fiscal nightmare that will cause the

Rhode Island Retailers Rally

Owners and employees of Rhode Island convenience stores are calling on state legislators to reject proposed hikes to the state’s gasoline and cigarette taxes. Dozens of convenience store workers held a rally Tuesday against a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar to $3.46. That would be the highest

Appco C-Stores Re-Open for Business

Two months after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy, Appco’s convenience stores are reopening for business. Two stores in Erwin, Tenn. opened the doors to their convenience stores this week, however, the Long John Silver’s and A&W eateries are still closed. “The stores are back to normal operation and have the typical convenience store items for

Industry to Congress: Lower Credit Card Fees

A coalition of retailers today launched a campaign to lobby Congress to require credit card companies to negotiate with retailers in an effort to lower the “interchange” fee, averaging 2%, which retailers pay on each credit card transaction. The Merchants Payments Coalition launched the campaign this morning during a telephone press conference with representatives of

Fuel Kept in Check

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor While there are a host of metropolitan regions across the country where gasoline outlets are posting a per gallon cost for regular grade gasoline above $2, the round number that at one-time had a psychological impact is again proving to be a tough obstacle, as the U.S. average

Green Oil Enhances Fresh Food Offering

George H. Green Oil Co., the Fairburn, Ga.-based operator of approximately 50 convenience stores, reached a deal to bring Huddle House to its convenience store offering. Huddle House is a full-service restaurant chain known for its comfortable, family-oriented casual dining experience with a friendly neighborhood feel. The new Fairburn Huddle House boasts a colorful and

C-Store Sales Expected to Surge

A new market research report, “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013”, recently released by RNCOS said that despite the global economic slowdown, the US convenience store industry is expected to grow to more than $650 billion by 2013 on growing income level and increasing working population in the country. Personal disposable income is one

Sheetz Focused on PCI

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be managing the program to upgrade more than 2,000 dispensers at 270 Sheetz sites with Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pads. The award-winning hardware is Payment Card Industry encrypting PIN pad (PCI EPP) compliant. It provides triple data encryption standard (TDES) encryption of the personal identification numbers (PIN) entered by consumers during debit

Innovative Candy Concepts Honored at ECRM

They came, they saw, they tasted. Dozens of children ages 8-13 were invited to become junior candy buyers by sampling various candies at ECRM’s Winter Confectionary EPPS event in Dallas. The junior candy buyers were given an inside look at the confection industry from retail buyer attendees that included Jack’s World, Save-a-Lot and Walgreen’s. Retailers

CITGO Honored for Refining Operations

CITGO’s Corpus Christi Refinery was awarded the Texas General Land Office’s (TGLO) 2008 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) Award. For the first time, the award has been bestowed on the same company for two consecutive years. The OSPRA Award was established by the TGLO, the oldest state agency in Texas, to recognize organizations

Sweet Deal

Sweet Leaf Tea Co., the Austin-based maker of organic, all-natural, home-style iced teas, lemonades and other natural beverages, reported that Nestlé Waters North America has made a $15.6 million investment in the beverage company. In addition, the company said Dan Costello, a Nestlé Waters North America executive will relocate to Austin, to become president of

Cumberland Farms Partners with Anti-Drug Program

Torrington, Conn. Mayor Ryan Bingham unveiled a new anti-drug initiative for all retail businesses in the city. He has called for all businesses to remove a specific item from their shelves known as a “love rose.” This is a novelty item that consists of a small plastic rose inside of a two or three inch

Mountain Empire Oil Nabs Sunoco Stations

Mountain Empire Oil Co. (MEOC), based in Johnson City, Tenn., said it reached an agreement to buy 16 Sunoco sites in East Tennessee. The deal would increase MEOC’s store count to approximately 70. “These sites are a great addition to our current network of locations,” said John Kelly, MEOC’s vice president of operations. “I’m also

Kum & Go Completes Cody’s Deal

Kum & Go, operator of more than 400 convenience stores in 12 states, has completed its acquisition of Cody’s Convenience Stores. With this acquisition of 37 stores, Kum & Go is now the largest convenience store operator in southwest Missouri. “The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Kum & Go in our

Suncor to Acquire Petro-Canada

Suncor Energy Inc. said Monday it plans to buy Petro-Canada in a deal that would combine two large Canadian oil companies with U.S. operations. Petro-Canada currently operates more than 1,300 conveneince stores and travel centers under the Petro-Canada and Neighbours retail brands. Suncor operates a refinery in Commerce City, Colo., that produces gasoline, diesel fuel

Retail Gasoline Prices Moving Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Advancing prices in the wholesale market will push retail gasoline prices higher across the country during the final full week of March, while lifting the national average for gasoline closer to the $2 gallon mark. The push higher in wholesale gasoline markets was triggered by broad-based

New York Keeps Pressure on Tobacco

Gov. David Paterson wants to snuff out cigarette sales by drastically raising fees for stores that sell them, according to the New York Daily News. Paterson’s budget office projects cigarettes and other tobacco products would be sold at 40% fewer stores if his proposal is adopted. The plan was quickly blasted by industry groups. “It

Take the CSD/Balvor Foodservice Retailer Survey

Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with David Bishop of Balvor LLC, is launching a confidential online survey related to key issues impacting foodservice in convenience retail. Participating retailers will receive a complimentary summary of results. Otherwise, we’ll share only key findings along with additional insights during Part 1 of CSD’s FREE Foodservice Webcast Series on

Creating Snack Opportunities

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better

Georgia Doles Out Fines

More than 30 Georgia gas stations have paid fines to the state Office of Consumer Affairs over alleged price gouging in the wake of Gulf Coast hurricanes last fall. According to the Associated Press, some stations have to pay up to $10,000 in fines to the state, while others must refund money to customers who

Gulf Oil Joins Fuel Savings Network

Gulf Oil L.P. is now offering consumers the ability to lower their price of gas through a powerful new retail partner program. The program, known as Override, is easy to use. All consumers have to do is shop at such retailers as Shaw’s Supermarkets or Dunkin’ Donuts to earn a savings on fuel purchases. Shoppers

Mansfield Oil Turns Up the Heat

Mansfield Oil, a nationwide fuel provider to more than 600 convenience stores and gas stations, has selected Hot Stuff Foods, as its strategic foodservice partner. The alliance serves the growing demand for fast food within the C-store segment and provides additional support to retailers who are looking to grow their same-stores sales. “Mansfield Oil is

Retail Gasoline Prices Jumping in Midwest

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices in the Midwest are jumping in several regional locales, while making smaller advances in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. as wholesale prices climb. Local markets along the West Coast are the exception, with a slight dip in wholesale prices likely holding pump

7-Eleven Expanding Proprietary Product Line

7-Eleven Inc. is bundling two of its most popular proprietary items–the Big Bite Oscar Mayer quarter-pound hot dog and Big Gulp fountain drink–with one of its new private-label kids on the block, 7-Select chips in a $2.99 meal deal that runs through the summer. The value meal coincides with the company’s scheduled rollout of more