Archives for August 2009

Former C-store CEO Runs For Mayor

  Alvin New, former Town & Country Food Stores CEO, said his background has provided him with the skills he needs to be San Angelo’s next mayor, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.   New noted that his extensive background in business will be essential as the city begins facing issues, such as infrastructure and water

Gulf Oil Offers Sports Collectibles

  Gulf Oil L.P. is appealing to sports enthusiasts, while providing its site owners with more must-have products by partnering with Sportsline Distributors Inc. to offer licensed collectibles for the everyday sports fan.   “Our extensive and unique selection of merchandise is proven to help drive customer traffic, and we look forward to working with Gulf to

NATO Fights NYC On Proposed Tobacco Ordinances

  The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) is responding to tough New York City proposed ordinances on tobacco.   NATO sent each New York City Council member a letter opposing a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigarettes, flavored cigars and flavored chewing tobacco. NATO also followed

Cigarette Labels Get Graphic

No more gentle warnings from cigarette packs. New labels are set to include gruesome color photographs showing a  cancer-ridden mouth, blackened lungs, and a  foot rotten with gangrene to drive home the dangers of smoking, the Washington Post reported. Under the new the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, tobacco companies must cover 50% of

Enmark To Sell 20 Retail Sites

  Savannah, Ga.-based Enmark Stations Inc. has hired NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 20 retail petroleum sites being divested by the company.   The sale portfolio consists of operating retail gasoline stations in a variety of formats, including full convenience stores, some with kiosk only, and some with carwashes. 

Bigfoot Founder Johnson Remembered

  Self-made millionaire, Richard Johnson, who built Johnson Oil Co. and the former Bigfoot c-store chain, has died at age 76, Indystar.com reported.   Mr. Johnson founded oil distributor Johnson Oil Co. in Columbus, Ind. in 1957 with a $10,000 loan co-signed by his father. In 1981, he saw gas stations were evolving into convenience

Wawa Celebrates New Store Opening

  Wawa Inc. is celebrating its newest addition-a brand new store in Wilmington, Del.   On Friday, Aug. 7, Wawa executives and local officials will officially open the new Wawa store with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Then, to mark the grand opening of the new store, Wawa has challenged the Mill Creek Fire Department and

Confusing Tax Redefines Candy

  A new Illinois candy tax is already causing confusion, a whole month before it is set to hit customers, the Chicago Tribune reported.    The state candy tax, slated to go into affect on Sept. 1, is being put into affect to help pay for a $31 billion public works program Illinois Gov. Pat

The Pantry Releases Third Quarter Results

  Pantry Inc. has announced its financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 25, 2009.   The Pantry’s net income for the quarter totaled $43,000 or $0.00 per share, down from  $10.7 million ($0.48 per share on a diluted basis) in the third quarter of 2008.   The company reported that its EBITDA

Love’s Uses Bit9 Parity to Protect PCs

  Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has chosen Bit9 Parity, a leader in Enterprise Application Whitelisting to help achieve compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), and to proactively protect its retail store systems from targeted, zero-day attacks.   Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores operate more than 200 travel stop

First Niagara Expands in Pennsylvania

  First Niagara Financial Group is branding 95 automated teller machines at Sheetz stores in western Pennsylvania starting next month, according to Pittsburghlive.com.   Customers will be glad to learn the new ATMs at Sheetz will not have surcharges, according to First Niagara, which is based in Buffalo, N.Y. and operates 113 branches and 136

Pump Prices to Extend Higher in Early August

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Gasoline prices will move higher in early August at retail outlets across the country’s major metropolitan regions as pass-through costs from the wholesale markets make their way towards the pumps. Prices are moving higher despite ample supply of gasoline while demand remains down year-to-date

Coinstar and Kroger Expand Redbox DVD Rental Kiosks

  Coinstar Inc., Bellevue, Wash., and The Kroger Co., which operates 2,475 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states and 764 c-stores, are joining forces to expand the presence of redbox, fully-automated DVD rental kiosks at Kroger-operated stores nationwide.   Redbox DVD kiosks are currently available at more than 200 Kroger locations, and more than

MAPCO Giveaway Enters Second Phase

  MAPCO Express Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., has already awarded 50 customers each $1,200 in company gift cards as part of MAPCO’s Daily Gas Giveaway contest.   To date, MAPCO Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek US Holdings Inc., which operates a network of nearly 500 gasoline and c-stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,

Susser To Acquire 25 Stores

  Susser Holdings Corp. Corpus Christi, Texas, has agreed to acquire 25 convenience stores located in Texas and Louisiana.   Susser Holdings Corp. is a third-generation family led business that operates more than 515 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes and Town & Country banners, and also supplies branded motor

Positive Outlook for C-stores

  RNCOS, an industry research firm for major industry sectors, has found that the growing working population in the U.S. is boosting the sales at convenience stores.   RNCOS recently released its report “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013,” which shows despite being the major victim of the economic slowdown, the convenience store industry

Mind Control: The Road to Success and Rewards

Fostering determination, desire and a great attitude in employees is what allows cashiers and middle managers to rise in senior management’s eyes. Saturday is my “honey, I’ll do it today” day. To be candid, though, my wife is much better with home repairs than me. We tackled regrouting an entire bathroom and my task was

Protecting Your Investment

The High Stakes of Compliance

Convenience store operators must stop thinking of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance as a nuisance to be handled when they have time. It is a serious, costly, complex fact of life—one that can potentially put an operator out of business and one that must be faced head on. It was in September 2006 that the

Names to Remember

August is always one of my favorite issues of the year. It’s the month we get to profile convenience store “Chains to Watch” for the next 12 months. This year we’ve focused in on two outstanding chains, Stripes, a division of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas, and EZ Energy, a rapidly growing operator based

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

A Higher Calling

Pastor Tom Atchison’s work with those down on their luck has led him to many places, but never did he think he would find his calling at a Texaco car wash and convenience store. As Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Tampa, Fla., Atchison also runs a program called New Beginnings, which provides transitional

Changing its Stripes

Susser Holdings Corp. at a glance A dynamic marketer Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings is the largest non-refiner, convenience store operator in Texas, with additional stores in Oklahoma and New Mexico. It operates 516 convenience stores through its Stripes LLC division and is the 19th largest c-store chain in the U.S. Convenience Store

Acquisitions Fuel EZ Energy’s Growth

EZ Energy USA At a Glance Headquarters: Mansfield, Ohio Stores: 92 (68 company-operated and 24 dealer-operated sites) Total Estimated Sales: $480 million Markets of Operation: northeast and central Ohio, Pittsburgh Retail Brands: ampm, Easy Trip Fuel Brands: BP, Marathon Fuel Volume: 160 million gallons annually While many marketers are struggling to ride out this economic

Turning a Foodservice Profit

With many c-stores moving into foodservice to compensate for lagging cigarette and gasoline sales, the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. According to industry retailers, among the emerging trends worth noting is the growing popularity of breakfast sausages for the morning daypart, while spicy and ethnic flavors continue to attract

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