Archives for September 2009

Go Fast Sponsors Oktoberfest Denver

Go Fast Energy Drinks will accompany beer, bratwurst and schnitzel at the 40th annual Oktoberfest Denver on Larimer Street, Sept. 18-20 and 25-27. Go Fast is the exclusive energy drink of the two-week event and is the presenting sponsor of the Go Fast Rock Stage where four different bands will get the opportunity to headline each night

West Coast Surge

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Nationally, gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country’s major metropolitan regions are trending lower, with the U.S. average for regular grade gasoline sliding for the past month and expected to continue moving down.   Driving the decline is the end of the summer

Couche-Tard Hailed as Recession “Winner”

  One year after Lehman Brothers, the giant New York securities firm, failed on Sept. 15, and the recession plunged rapidly deeper, the Toronto Star named 10 recession winners who kept afloat during the toughest economic times since the Great Depression and have come out on top.   Among those hailed was Alain Bouchard, the

Economy Rebounding?

  Recent reports from MarketWatch reveal the economy is showing signs of growth with help from government subsidies for cars, higher gas prices and more shoppers spending money.    U.S. retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 2.7% in August, the largest increase in more than three years. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had predicted a 2.3% rise in

Cattle Crash C-store During Parade

  As a ceremonial cattle drive opened the Puyallup Fair in Puyallup, Wash., on Friday, a few of the participating cattle veered off course and took an unplanned detour into a nearby Washington convenience store, The Los Angeles Times reported.   The cattle entered through the automatic sliding door where security camera recorded them wandering

Making Stores Safer

  The Middle Georgia Asian American Business Community Association, Macon, Ga., is working to recruit more local c-store owners into their association, 13WMAZ News reported.   The Association’s president Lou Patel said they’re offering tips on ways to increase visibility within stores and improve security, including bulletproof glass. The group formed recently to combat violence

Businessman Indicted for Fuel Scheme

  Fairley Cisco, a businessman in Camden County, Ga., has been indicted by a federal grand jury along with his nephew, a former son-in-law and two others on charges of a multi-million dollar fuel fraud scheme and a bribery conspiracy, The Florida Times-Union reported Friday.   The men are accused of deliberately miscalibrating fuel pumps

Curfew Coming for Poughkeepsie C-stores

  C-stores in the city of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. are about to face a new curfew. Stores that wish to stay open past 11p.m. soon must comply with new safety regulations or they will be faced with fines or potential closure, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.   Stores that remain open late will be required to display

Table Talk is Latest Fueling Good Recipient

  Bill Hutson, founder of Table Talk, has been selected to receive a year’s supply of fuel as the latest monthly winner in the Fueling Good program by CITGO Petroleum Corporation.   Hutson is a hero to many local residents because of the home repairs he provides to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged individuals across the

PCATS Launches Data Security Standards Committee

  The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is hosting a kick-off meeting of a newly established Data Security Standards Committee to address and resolve security-related issues specific to the petroleum convenience retail channel.   The conference call, which will be moderated by the PCATS Data Security Standards Committee Chair Gray Taylor, NACS’ Card

Pilot Partners with NCR

Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the nation’s largest operator of travel centers, selected an advanced point-of-sale (POS) solution from NCR Corp. to speed checkout for customers while reducing operational costs.   Pilot has deployed the NCR RealPOS 70XRT, the industry’s most powerful integrated touchscreen POS workstation, in all 306 travel centers located in 39 states. The

Quick Chek to Open New Middletown, N.Y. Store

  Quick Chek, which operates nearly 120 fresh food stores in New Jersey and southern New York, is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Middletown, N.Y. on Sept. 22.   As part of the festivities, the store will provide free coffee for all its customers, and free fountain drinks for

Creating Loyalty Clubs Affordably Online

  C-stores and other small businesses can now create professional customer loyalty programs, without having to purchase expensive software or hardware.   A new online solution by LoyaltySoft enables businesses worldwide to create loyalty clubs quickly and affordably, using any standard Internet browser.   “A loyalty club is a great way to increase revenues even in a

McDonald’s Sees Modest Increase in August Sales

  McDonald’s reported that its global comparable sales have increased 2.2% in August and that sales in the U.S. had grown 1.7%, Food Business Review reported.    Although it was the company’s smallest monthly gain since February, the fast-food chain noted its monthly sales growth was lower in August in part because it was measuring

Illinois-based BP Franchises Sue Corporate

  The owners of 17 branded BP gas stations/convenience stores in Illinois, are suing the Naperville, Ill.-based company, alleging that it increased gas prices unfairly, the Naperville Sun reported.   On Tuesday, attorneys filed an amended claim for the 17 stations, which include franchisees in Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Plainfield, Aurora, Yorkville and Oswego.

Jack in the Box Officially Sells Its 61 C-stores

  Jack in the Box Inc. has successfully closed the previously announced sale of its entire gas station and convenience store portfolio, which totaled 61 Quick Stuff stores.   SMJ Capital Advisors LLC, an independent investment banking firm with one of the country’s leading gasoline and convenience store advisory group, acted as the exclusive financial

GACS Offers New Program For Single-Store Operators

  The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), based in Dallas, Ga., has introduced a new membership program for single-store operators: GACS E-Membership.   The new program sends information to a member’s e-mail address, as it works to include Georgia’s growing segment of single-store owners. E-Membership is very affordable at only $100/year for single-store owners,

C-stores in Lake Dallas Compete for Cheapest Gas

  For about a week, drivers in the Lake Dallas, Texas area enjoyed less expensive gas as the result of a battle to sell gasoline, Denton Record Chronicle reported.   The gas sales battle took place between two neighboring c-stores-a new QuikTrip that opened on Sept. 3 and a Circle K, both of which were

KSS Introduces PriceNet SaaS

KSS Inc. has introduced PriceNet SaaS, a hosted version of the company’s fuel price management software for convenience and grocery retailers.

 The new solution gives fuel providers the option to obtain automated fuel price management via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where the application and accompanying customer database and information resides and is managed by KSS

Atlas Oil Opens Rail Fuel Transfer Terminal

Atlas Oil Co. said it has opened a rail fuel transfer terminal in Albuquerque, N.M.   Located at the BNSF Railway yard, the new Atlas terminal is capable of handling 9 rail tankers for off loading ethanol. Atlas will initially be providing ethanol and transportation services to a major oil company/refiner who currently ships ethanol

Casey’s Welcomes Strong First Quarter

  Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 54%, which was much higher than expected thanks to lower retail fuel costs and the company’s decision to lock in costs for cheese, the Wall Street Journal reported.   “Strong gas margins and enhanced profitability inside the stores were the primary reasons for the record quarter,”

CSD Joins PCATS as a Solid Media Partner

  The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) today announced that Convenience Store Decisions magazine, a brand of diversified business-to-business media company Harbor Communications, is the newest member of the association and its representatives will be active participants of the PCATS Membership & Marketing Committee.   “We are delighted to welcome Convenience Store Decisions

Credit Card Coalition Bites Back at C-Stores

  The Electronic Payments Coalition (EPC), a coalition of credit cards and banks fighting against interchange reform, accused c-stores of overcharging customers for products in an advertisement, NACS reported.     EPC took out a full page ad in the Sept. 8 issue of Politico, a Capital Hill publication. The ad begins, “The only thing

Rutter’s Announces Final Free-Gas Winners

  Rutter’s Farm Stores of York, Pa., has announced the final two winners of its “Fuel Up Free!” contest that in total awarded eight customers free gas for one year over the last few months.   The lucky final recipients were Lori Pauline of New Freedom and Adam Dill of York who make up the

Retail Gasoline Mixed

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Most drivers filling up with gasoline in the country’s major metropolitan markets following the Labor Day holiday will discover a modest decline in pump prices at their local stations induced by a decrease in wholesale costs leading up to summer’s final holiday.   However, lower