Archives for September 2009

Wilson Farms to Offer Free Coffee on 9/11

Wilson Farms will be giving away FREE coffee from 6 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11th to help support U.S. troops and their families.   “Stop into any of our 190 locations on Friday morning and fill up a 12 oz. cup of your favorite coffee or cappuccino for free,” said Paul Nanula, CEO

The Road To Economic Recovery

  New unemployment data is revealing why it will take the labor market years to recover from what has been one of its fastest and deepest declines since World War II, even as experts assure us economic recovery is around the corner, the Washington Post reported.   On Friday, the Department of Labor released a

Florida Cigarette Sales Fall

  Just two months since a $1 tax was tacked onto cigarette packs in Florida on July 1, cigarette sales have plummeted and smokers are driving into neighboring states to avoid the extra expense, Florida Today reported.   According to the latest figures from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, cigarette pack sales plunged

Kum & Go Awards Summer of 59 Grand Prize

  Kum & Go has awarded the $50,000 grand prize of its Summer of ’59 promotion to Russell Stutzman of Grimes, Iowa.   Kum & Go, which operates more than 428 convenience stores in 12 states celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer by offering customers the chance to win more than $100,000. Kum & Go

Shell Fuels Customer Passion with New Promotion

  Now customers can enter to win Shell V-Power premium gas for a year and a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo Motorcycle through the Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest and Sweepstakes.   Shell knows customers take pride in their vehicles, and now the company is inviting them to share stories about that passion and

Hitting the Customers’ “Sweet Spot”

The ability to offer outstanding service remains the industry’s biggest asset. Do whatever it takes to exceed expectations. Doing a late night check on our new Huddle House restaurant attached to a quite awesome BP travel center, I arrived just in time to tackle the concerns of a pretty tough and very tired truck driver

Aztex C-store in Clay County First to Add Alcohol

  Eight days after Clay County, N.C. voters approved alcohol sales, Hayesville Aztex convenience store welcomed its first beer shipment, making the store the first to sell beer locally in 60 years, the Clay County Press reported.   The town had been dry since 1949.   By the time the Board of Election certified the

Sheetz Acquires Property in West Virginia

  Jenkins Chrysler is selling its Keyser, W.Va., dealership to consolidate sales in LaVale, Md., and Sheetz is buying the property on U.S. 220 south of the city to develop a new and larger convenience store, Mineral-Daily News Tribune reported.    “We were in a unique position with two stores less than 25 miles apart,”

65 Stations in Connecticut Converting to BP Brand

  In central Connecticut 65 gasoline stations owned by Green Valley Oil, a private company in Rhode Island, are being converted to the BP brand, the Hartford Courant reported.   The move marks one of the largest conversions of its kind in the state.   All but 11 of the stations being switched over are

Exxon Sells 25 Hampton Roads Stations

  Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its 25 service stations in Hampton Roads as part of the company’s shift away from owning and operating retail locations, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   Exxon has been turning over its gasoline retailing to independent owners and operators because of competition in gasoline retailing and low barriers to entry, said

Retail Gasoline Prices Head Higher in New York Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will be mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week leading up to a late Labor Day, with the holiday weekend the traditional conclusion to the summer driving season.   After Labor Day, expectations call for a typical decline

Tres Picosos Extends Its Reach with New Brokers

  Rapidly growing food manufacturer Passport Foods Company Inc. of Denver has selected regional brokers to represent its Tres Picosos burrito line for convenience retailers and distributors in emerging territories.   Promark will cover Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Co-Sales will manage Colorado and the Western states, and Putnam PCSS will manage southern

Valero Energy Donates to UTSA

  Valero Energy Corp.’s philanthropic organization is donating $2.5 million to support graduate students in engineering and business at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the San Antonio Business Journal reported.   “This gift demonstrates the Valero Foundation’s commitment to education in San Antonio,” said Bill Klesse, chairman and CEO of Valero. “It

Sheetz Opens in Eden

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has opened a new store in Eden, N.C., just North of Greensboro.     The new site sits at 102 North Van Buren Road and brings the total number of Sheetz locations in the state to 24.   “People in the Greensboro area have been good to us at Sheetz and

Couche-Tard Looks to Double its Presence

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the operator of Circle K convenience stores, is seeking to double the amount of c-store outlets it operates in the U.S. and Canada during the next few years, the Canada National Post reported.   Laval, Quebec-based Couche-Tard, the second-biggest convenience-store chain in the U.S. with 3,858 stores in 43 states and

Go Fast Inks Deal with Denver Broncos

Go Fast Sports and Beverage, Co. reached a deal with the Denver Broncos to have its energy drink poured at INVESCO Field at Mile High during the 2009 NFL season. Go Fast Energy Drinks will be available at over 20 different points of sale and have three Go Fast branded bars at high-traffic concourse areas

Kwik Pik Approved as Stalking-Horse Bidder

  The Delaware District of The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corporation, as the Stalking Horse Bidder in the Uni-Marts Bankruptcy Asset Sale. The court also approved the revised auction procedures. On Sept. 23, a live auction will be held to determine the ultimate buyer(s) of the

Lil’ Drug Store Products Partners With Ricola

  Lil’ Drug Store Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ricola USA, Morris Plains, N.J., today announced that Lil’ Drug Store will be the exclusive distributor of Ricola cough and throat drop sticks to convenience stores across the U.S.   Lil’ Drug Store will begin shipping the product Oct. 1 and will offer four popular flavors

Global Axcess Corp. To Provide ATMs For Regional C-Store Chain

  Global Axcess Corp., Jacksonville, Fla., an independent provider of self-service kiosk solutions, has signed a five-year contract, valued at more than $550,000 per year, with a regional convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S. and will provide ATMs at 52 locations.   The chain, which was not named, is a new customer for Global

Alon Brands Picks Acumera To Manage Network Services

  Acumera Inc., an Austin, Texas-based provider of managed network services, has won the contract for network integration and management services for Alon Brands.   Alon Brands, headquartered in Dallas, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alon USA Energy, Inc. that operates more than 300 convenience stores in the southwestern U.S. Alon Brands also is

Circle K, XYIENCE Offer Harley-Davidson Promotion

  XYIENCE and Circle K stores have joined forces to give c-store shoppers in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada a chance to win a new Harley-Davidson.    The promotion kicks off on Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 11 at more than 700 participating Circle K locations. Harley-Davidson hopefuls can pick up entry forms in the stores on

Court Approves APPCO Sale

  The sale of Appalachian Oil Company Inc. (APPCO) convenience store chain in eastern Tennessee to Florida Sunshine Investments Inc. was approved by bankruptcy Judge Marsha Parsons yesterday. The closing  is expected to follow today.   “I’m pleased that Florida Sunshine will retain all of APPCO’s stores, a portion of its dealer business, and the

Sheetz Looks to Build New Store

  Sheetz is planning to continue its growth with a new gas station and convenience store in Allegheny County, Pa., but is facing a long road, the Tribune-Review reported.   The c-store company proposed a store that would be located in the East Oakmont section of Plum, Pa., which may be brought before the planning

Computer Hacker Gonzalez Gets 15-25 Years

The computer hacker accused of masterminding one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history, including those involving 7-Eleven, agreed Friday to plead guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison, CBS News reported. Albert Gonzalez of Miami was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges in federal

Allied Electronics, Gulf Oil Expand Parts Portal

Allied Electronics has been awarded “Preferred Vendor Status” by Gulf Oil L.P. for its online store called Parts Portal, which is designed to save Gulf Dealers up to 40% on key items necessary for running their businesses. Allied and Gulf will expand the program from 300 Assured Dealer locations to 1,300 Gulf Oil jobbers, dealers