Archives for September 2009

Job Trending and Recruiting in the C-Store Sector

By George Benson Executive recruiting in the convenience store trade channel is a unique undertaking reserved for the brave at heart. Beyond the demand for process excellence and detail, there is a desire from hiring authorities that the candidates presented for consideration be million dollar producers in a multitude of varying disciplines. This is not

Sheetz Opens New Ohio Store

  Sheetz Inc. continues to grow in the Canton, Ohio area with a new store opening today in North Canton at 1415 Pittsburg Avenue.   The store officially opened today, Sept. 30, following an afternoon grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. To celebrate Sheetz will make a donation to the Character Counts

Nat Sherman Co. Lists FDA Compliant Products

  Nat Sherman Co. issued a letter to retailers outlining which products are still legal to sell after the new FDA ban on flavored cigarettes, except for regular and menthol varieties. The company’s clove and mint style brands were affected by the ruling.   “Concerning our ‘Mint’ brands, while many of our competitors use a

Operation Rollback Makes Progress

  Retailer efforts against an astronomical increase in registration fees for stores selling tobacco are making strides in New York.    The fee increase came down earlier this year, upping the registration fee for a retailer from $100 per store for the right to sell tobacco products to $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000 per store

Ads Defend HFCS

  The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) launched a new million dollar ad campaign designed to put an end to what it calls “the blatant inaccuracies surrounding the much-maligned ingredient: high fructose corn syrup.”     The campaign will communicate to the public that high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as sweeteners

Kraft Bides Its Time In Cadbury Bid

  Three weeks after Cadbury, the world’s second largest confectionery group, rejected a 10.2 billion pound ($16.7 billion) approach by Kraft, North America’s biggest food group, a UK Takeover Panel is expected to require Kraft to make a firm offer or walk away for six months, Reuters reported.   “The indications are that the UK

Propaganda at the Pump

  Valero Energy, the largest gasoline producer in North America, is giving its customers a side of politics with their petroleum purchase, the Houston affiliate of Fox News reported.     Gas stations that sell Valero gasoline are displaying signs at the pumps, that include a picture of Uncle Sam and issue the warning “If

Getty Gains 36 Gas Stations

  Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 36 ExxonMobil gas stations and convenience stores in the Washington, D.C., area for $49 million, CNBC reported.   Getty bought the gas stations from ExxonMobil, immediately sold them to White Oak Petroleum LLC and then leased them back, the company told CNBC. The stations and stores will retain the

Fuel Tumbling in Most Markets

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Across the country, retail gasoline prices are accelerating their move to the downside following a big drop in the wholesale market as September nears an end and oil refiners transition to winter grade blends that are less costly to produce. Preliminary data also shows that

ExxonMobil Honored for Education Efforts

  The Institute of International Education, a major global provider of scholarship and education initiatives named Exxon Mobil Corporation as the recipient of its 2009 Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award.   The award recognizes ExxonMobil’s outstanding global philanthropy, including initiatives that improve the teaching and learning of engineering, technology, math and science, and the company’s

Shell Helps Students Save

  Shell’s new saver card promotion is offering relief to cash-strapped students by helping them save on everyday items, so they can start the fall semester on the right foot and keep their finances in check.   From Sept. 28 through Dec. 31, Shell is bringing back its popular five cents per gallon discount on

Kroger Celebrates Breast Cancer Survivors

  As part of The Kroger Co.’s “Giving Hope a Hand” breast cancer awareness campaign, the company is partnering with key suppliers to pledge $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work.   Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, operates 2,470 supermarkets

Cumberland Selects FuelQuest

  Cumberland Farms Inc. and its affiliate Gulf Oil LP has entered a four-year agreement with FuelQuest Inc. to use its Fuel Management System (FMS).   The organization will deploy FMS to optimize fuel inventory, decrease operational expenses like unplanned split loads and reduce the costs related to scheduling and managing their fleets.   “We

First Female to Lead OPMCA

  The Board of Directors of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has named Jennifer Breech Rhoads as the new president and CEO of the organization, effective Sept. 21.   OPMCA is a statewide advocacy group of 500 independent businesses, which own and operate more than 4,000 gas stations and convenience stores

Sunshine Rises in Kansas City

  One company’s bankruptcy troubles is leading to another company’s expansion in Kansas City.   After Crescent Oil Co. filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, Sunshine Energy LLC  quickly positioned itself for growth, acquiring most of the fallen company’s assets for $11 million on Sept. 4.   Sunshine currently operates about 65 c-stores in Kansas

Consumers Respond to 7-Eleven’s Petition Drive

  7-Eleven Inc. franchisees and store operators have collected more than 1.6 million signatures in the “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” petition drive.    The company said it believes that total marks the largest number of signatures ever collected for a public policy issue on record, and called it an overwhelming referendum for Congressional action.

Love’s Names Scholarship Recipients

  Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has awarded six employees and four dependents of employees scholarships through the Learning with Love’s Scholarship program.   This the first year the company has offered this type of benefit, which is administered in partnership with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.   “We’re proud to assist our employees

ITC Blocks
Illegal Internet Cigarette Sales

  The International Trade Commission (ITC) took action this week to stop illegally imported Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament cigarettes from entering the U.S.   The ITC issued a General Exclusion Order requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deny entry of these illegal goods, which infringe on Philip Morris USA’s (PM USA) trademarks. 

Rutter’s Awards Harley

  Rutter’s Farm Stores presented a new 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle to customer Vicki Landis of  York, Pa. this week, concluding the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” summer contest.   Landis accepted the prize at the Rutter’s store at 2125 Susquehanna Trail (at Lightner Road), Manchester Township. The bike is courtesy of Rutter’s and hot

Office Depot Supplies To Enter C-stores

  Office Depot and Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a supplier to the convenience store industry, have formed an exclusive partnership that will enable Office Depot supplies to be available for sale in convenience stores throughout the country.   Through this newly formed partnership, Office Depot will supply Lil’ Drug Store Products with an assortment

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open Five New Stores in Ohio

  Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Gilligan Oil Company LLC for the development of five restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, within the next three years.   The first location is anticipated to open in 2010 and the remainder by 2012. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Cincinnati is part of a steady and

Summer of Love Winner To Pay for College

  On Sept. 15, Samantha Shumake learned she had won the grand prize of $25,000 in the Sheetz “Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy” sweepstakes, and the teenager has big plans for the award.   “I’ve got my college paid for now,” said Shumake, who turned 19 in August. “Well, some of it. This

Exxon Mobil Invests in Education Initiative

  Exxon Mobil Corporation has increased its investment in math and science education through a partnership with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space.   The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will encourage student interest in math and science education though curriculum augmentation, programs to make math

Barney’s Restarts Pumps, Sells Stations

  The gas pumps were working again at most Barney’s Convenience Marts in Toledo on Tuesday, after 14 Barney’s stations ran out or nearly ran out of gas Monday as the owners tried to resolve unspecified financial problems, the Toledo Blade reported.   Still, nine of the chain’s 35 stations, which sell BP brand gas,

Loaf ‘N Jug Promotion Benefits JDRF

  Loaf ‘N Jug, which operates more than 175 stores in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico, is teaming up with vitaminwater to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).   During September, with every 20-ounce bottle of vitaminwater purchased, 10 cents will be donated to help find a