Archives for August 2009

Crescent Point Acquires Wave

  Crescent Point Energy Corp. has agreed to acquire privately held Wave Energy Ltd., which will improve its position in Saskatchewan’s Lower Shaunavon medium-oil resource arena, the Wall Street Journal reported.    Crescent Point, which recently converted from an income-trust structure, is a conventional oil and gas producer with assets focused in Western Canada.  

Kum & Go Opens New Store

  Kum & Go L.C., headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, opened a new convenience store in Neosho, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 21.   The 3,400-square-foot store took only 84 days to construct and is located at Highway 60 & Kodiak Road in Neosho.   “Kum & Go is please to open our second store

Gasoline Markup Law May Survive

  Wisconsin’s controversial minimum markup law for gas is still alive, at least for now, the Associated Press reported.   The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing a business group to appeal the February ruling that ruled against the law, which requires gas stations to add on 6% more than what they paid

Starbucks Plays with Prices

    Starbucks Corp. is adjusting its pricing in several cities nationwide over the next few months, lowering the cost of smaller, more basic beverage choices and charging up to 25 cents extra for more complex options, the Wall Street Journal reported.   In some markets, customers will pay 5 cents more for a venti

Community Partnership Hopes to Curb Underage Drinking

  As college students begin returning for school, the Fairfax County Police, Premium Distributors of Virginia, Heineken USA and state delegates are teaming up to offer Fairfax County retailers another tool in the fight against underage access to alcohol.   The community partnership provides licensed retailers with a “Responsibility Toolkit” including a small device to

Rutter’s Opens Dairy Exhibit at Museum

Annabelle, the life-sized model of a milking cow that is central to the “Marvelous Milk” exhibit.   The York County Heritage Trust and Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., have opened an interactive dairy exhibit called “Marvelous Milk: From the Farm to Your Table.”   Funded by a $55,000 donation from Rutter’s, the exhibit, which is

The Food Group Offers Information Online

  The Food Group now is distributing its press releases via a RSS Feed.    By visiting retailers can sign up to receive updates directly to their inbox by clicking on the Foodservice Releases via Email button at the top of the page.   The group will no longer be sending monthly PR emails. This

Sheetz Continues Expansion in West Virginia

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is proceeding with its plan to rapidly develop a new market of its convenience stores in southern West Virginia with the opening of another location today at 432 Eighteenth Street West in Huntington, W.Va.   This marks the third Sheetz store opening in that area since June. The first two stores

Shell’s Vice President of Production Retires

  After a career of more than 33-years, Frank Glaviano Sr. is retiring from Shell Oil Company effective Nov. 30.   As vice-president of production for Shell’s Americas Region, Glaviano held accountability for assets and operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.   In the coming months, he will provide advice

Suncor Selling One-Quarter of Ontario Locations

  Suncor Energy Inc. is selling 70 of its 272 retail locations in Ontario, and 34 Petro-Canada stations also will be sold, as part of the final terms of an agreement filed under the Competition Act, which allows Suncor to acquire Petro-Canada’s retail network, the Calgary Herald reported.   The agreement was the final condition

7-Eleven To Offer New Leaf Tea

  7-Eleven now is carrying New Leaf Tea in 280 of its stores in the Metro New York area,  including about 180 stores in Long Island and 100 stores across Brooklyn, Bronx, Suffern and Queens. The product will reach 7-Eleven through Manhattan Beer Distributors, New York’s largest beer distributor that markets beer and non-alcoholic beverages

E-cigarette Future Sits in Judge’s Hands

  Lawyers for electronic cigarette distributors asked a federal judge to lift the ban on electronic cigarettes Monday, stating that their clients do not market their products as a way to quit smoking and that the FDA has no legitimate reason to ban their entry into the country, The National Law Journal reported.   At

Quick Chek Donates to Youth Organization

  A new Quick Chek store in Saugerties, N.Y. has donated $1,223.75 to the Boys & Girls Club of Saugerties.   Saugerties Quick Chek Store Leader Lynn Rhinesmith recently presented the donation, which represents 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold during the store’s first 30 days in operation. The store opened its

Customers Using Coupons from Email, Text Messages

  While most Americans still look to the Sunday newspaper and other print sources for coupons, text messages and emails are gaining speed as popular coupon sources, Mediaweek reported.   According to Scarborough Research, 8.6 million (or 8%) of U.S. households gain access to coupons from text messages and/or email.   Meanwhile, 51% rely on

7-Eleven Responds to Data Theft

Federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the U.S., accusing the one-time government informant of plotting to swipe 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.    Albert Gonzalez, broke his own record for identity theft by hacking into

Heineken Staff Dedicates Time Through New Volunteer Partnership

  Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., has teamed with Family Services of Westchester to support a number of local causes in their hometown communities.    On Thursday, Aug. 6, Heineken USA hosted a kick-off event for their employees and members of Family Services of Westchester to introduce the new volunteer-based partnership.   Family Services of

Stalking-Horse Bidder Announced in Uni-Marts Asset Sale

  Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corp., has been selected as the stalking horse bidder in the Uni-Marts bankruptcy asset sale.   A stalking-horse bidder is an interested buyer that is chosen by a bankrupt company out of a pool of potential bidders to make the initial bid on the bankrupt company’s assets.

Arkansas Retailers Apply to Sell Lotto

  Arkansas c-stores are preparing for Sept. 28 when they can sell lotto tickets to customers for the first time, reported.   More than 800 retailers—from c-stores to coffee shops—have applied for the ability to sell tickets, hoping it will help drive business in a slow economy.   About 95% of customers who come

FDA Prepares to Announce Tobacco Czar

  The FDA plans to announce the director of its new tobacco division this week, according to the agency’s commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, who personally interviewed six potential candidates for the position.   After President Barack Obama formally signed a bill giving the FDA the power to regulate tobacco in June, the FDA began its search

U.S. Gasoline Average Hovers Near June High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. continued their upside trajectory through the middle of August, responding to higher costs passed through from the wholesale markets, with pump prices near the 2009 high reached in late June.   The U.S. average for regular

Save on Snickers at Sam’s Club

  As part of the Sam’s Club ongoing commitment to help independent convenience store owners make a profit and simplify their business needs, the company has lowered prices on chocolate bars-the leader among candy sales in c-stores.   From Aug. 29-Oct. 10, independent convenience store owners can purchase 48-count boxes of Snickers at a discounted

Kum & Go Announces Harley Winner

  Kum & Go and XYIENCE, a provider of nutritional products, have named Tim Nolan, a 32-year-old father of four from Omaha, Neb., the winner of the Kum & Go and XYIENCE Harley-Davidson promotion.   Nolan’s winning entry was selected randomly from among thousands of entries from Kum & Go customers, who have been submitting

Indiana Panel Gathers Facts Ahead of Alcohol Debate

Indiana law has long prohibited the sale of carry-out liquor on Sundays, and has prevented businesses other than liquor stores from selling cold beer. But that could all change after the Indianapolis Legislature Interim Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverages meets later this summer, the Indianapolis Star reported. The committee will be gathering facts on possible

BP to Display New Digital Signage

BP has chosen Retail Media Company LLC, a digital signage business based in Los Angeles, as its  digital signage provider at the pump and in the c-store. BP selected Retail Media out of a field of competitors during a process that began this July. Retail Media will build a network of screens above the pumps

Pilot and Food City Plan $10 Million Fuel Terminal

  Pilot Corp. and Food City are building a new $10 million fuel terminal in Knoxville, Tenn., the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.   The facility will procure and distribute gasoline, diesel, ethanol and aviation fuel to Food City Gas’n’Go Fuel Centers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, and to Pilot Convenience Stores and Pilot Travel Centers