Archives for October 2009

California Gas Prices Surpass $3

  Gasoline prices in California have been inching upward this week, tipping the average price in most communities past $3, Central Valley Business Times reported.   At $3.012 California is one of three states with an average gas price exceeding $3-the other two being Alaska at $3.406 and Hawaii at $3.270- according to the American

Circle K To Expand Tucson Site

  Circle K Stores of Tempe, Ariz. has purchased 3.2 acres of vacant land in Marana, Ariz., from a private seller for $2.15 million, CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company reported.   Located off I-10 at Ina Road, the newly purchased property surrounds the existing Circle K building at 4500 W. Ina Road,

PACT Act Would Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco Sales

On Nov. 5 the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a bill called the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act that would get tough on the illegal sale of tobacco products that takes place through Internet and mail order, NACS reported. The association has been leading a business coalition of retailers and distributors

7-Eleven Exits Ottawa

  7-Eleven is pulling out of Ottawa and with it goes the chain’s very affordable cellphone service, the Ottawa Citizen reported.   The chain sold all six of its Ottawa outlets to Quickie Convenience Stores, an Ottawa-based chain that operates 47 stores across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.   In a statement, 7-Eleven noted its

Valero CEO Expresses Industry Concerns to the U.S. Senate

  Bill Klesse, chairman of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), and CEO and chairman of Valero Energy Corp., testified this week before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, expressing the refining community’s concerns with S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, NACS reported.   “The implications of this

Sales Rebound at C-stores

  After c-stores endured several quarters of decline in customer purchases caused by a struggling economy, a new report by the NPD Group’s Convenience Store Monitor shows consumers have returned to buying a larger variety of products from the stores in the second quarter of 2009, Food Product Design reported.   According to the report,

IDDBA Reports In-Store Bakery Trends

  As bakery offerings continue to grow in c-stores, it’s crucial to know what types of products consumers are opting for and how trends are progressing. What’s in Store 2010, the recently released annual trends report from the International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association (IDDBA), offers a clear look at consumer activity in the bakery sector.   The

C-stores in Quincy Card for Eggs, Shaving Cream on Halloween

  Can c-stores play a role in helping to deter vandalism on Halloween? Police in Quincy, Mass., seem to think so.   The Police Department in Quincy, Mass. has asked local convenience store operators not to sell eggs and shaving cream to minors on Halloween this Saturday, the Patriot Ledger reported.   At the 7-Eleven

New Coffee Brand at Buffalo Noco Stores

  Noco Energy Corp. is using Buffalo-based McCullagh Coffee to supply coffee to 29 Noco convenience store locations, Business First of Buffalo reported.   The coffee will be sold under the Nickel City Roast brand name at various Noco Express locations in the Buffalo region.   “Our people have worked hard to produce a uniquely-blended

Quick Chek Opens 121st Store

  Teammates from the 11U division of the Ramsey Baseball and Softball Association enjoy the grand opening of Quick Chek located at 40 N.J. State Route 17 North, Ramsey, N.J. Quick Chek, which operates locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, just celebrated the grand opening of its 121st  store located at 40 N.J.

Coinstar Expands Prepaid Solutions

  Coinstar E-Payment Services, a subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. is expanding its Pay As You Go product offerings to meet the demands of the growing digital entertainment and financial services categories.    In the digital entertainment category, Coinstar is expanding its prepaid offerings with a new Amazon MP3-branded Gift Card. Coinstar is also adding the

NACS Begins New Foodservice, Advocacy Initiatives

At the NACS Show, NACS President and CEO Hank announced two bold initiatives – a new program to nurture and grow foodservice excellence among convenience retailers and a massive advocacy effort . The opportunity to dramatically grow foodservice sales, which already account for nearly one in every seven dollars spent inside convenience stores, is almost

Cumberland Farms’ Scholarship Program Turns Four

  Cumberland Farms, Framingham, Mass., is accepting applications from eligible 2010 high school graduates for its Believe and Achieve Scholarship program.   This is the fourth year the chain has been able to provide individual $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors bound for college.   The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program is open to

Sheetz Settles Salmonella Suit

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has settled out of court with Coronet Foods of Wheeling, W. Va., which allegedly supplied the chain with salmonella-tainted tomatoes that sickened more than 400 customers in 2004, the Associated Press reported.   Coronet Foods, a food wholesaler, acknowledged supplying the tomatoes that were sold by Sheetz on sandwiches and other

7-Eleven’s Private-Label Brand Expands Into Bakery

  To complement its steadily growing line of 7-Select private-label products as well as the fresh-baked-daily items in its bakery case, some 5,700 participating  7-Eleven stores are adding 15 packaged bakery items under the company’s private-label brand.    Snack cakes and pies, mini-donuts and breakfast pastries fill in the snack category for consumers who prefer

Free Coffee Giveaway

  Wilson Farms, headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., will giveaway free coffee from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.   Customers who stop into any local Wilson Farms store during that time and fill up a 12-ounce cup of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea will get the drink for free.   “This

Crude Oil Rally Drives Gasoline Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices will continue to march higher into November across the U.S., with wholesale costs for gasoline being pulled up by climbing crude oil values. In fact, crude oil prices in the U.S. have topped $80 barrel, and now analysts are pointing to $100 barrel

New NACS Chairman: “We Are Part of An Incredible Industry”

  “My involvement with NACS made me both a better, and larger operator,” 2009-2010 NACS Chairman of the Board Jay Ricker shared with a packed house during a general session presentation at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   “I’m a pretty typical retailer… an oilman my whole life,” Ricker said. But the

NACS Names New Board of Directors

  NACS announced the election of retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are: Gary  Arthur, senior

New NACS Executive Committee Announced

  NACS announced the election of its 2009-10 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   Jay Ricker, president of Anderson, Indiana-based Ricker Oil Company, was named the association’s 2009-10 chairman of the board. Ricker also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction

Comdata Corporation Launches New POS Solution

  Comdata Corporation, a leader in payment innovation, has launched Comdata Smart Solutions, a suite of point-of-sale (POS) products designed for convenience stores, truck stops and unattended fuel locations.   The solutions allow operators to drive efficiencies by managing all transactions, including retail, fuel, and other services, from a single platform. This new approach consolidates

Circle K Southwest Debuts “Cleaner Greener” Ad

  Circle K Southwest has introduced a new  “Cleaner Greener” advertising campaign, which show customers the steps the chain is taking to make its chain more environmentally friendly.   The ad features the new SoftWash XT friction rollover from Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany.   “We chose the

Jones Leads New NACS Supplier Board

  Jennie Jones, vice president/director of marketing convenience stores for S&D Coffee Inc., has been named 2009-10 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.   In addition, Tom Joyce, vice president of customer industry affairs for The Hershey Company, was named chair-elect and will succeed Jones as 2010-11 chairman. Jones and Joyce were named to their

Quick Chek Delves into Social Networking

  Quick Chek is reaching out to its customers through social networking.   In an effort to get more Facebook followers, the chain is offering more exclusive deals to its fans on Facebook. Customers can check the Fan Exclusives tab each week to print the latest coupon deals.   In addition, Quick Chek will be

NACS Urges Retailers To Run Petitions Against Credit Card Fees

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour urged convenience and petroleum retailers to “light a grassroots fire around the country” by encouraging their customers to sign petitions against credit card interchange fees, which cost the typical American household $427 per year.   “Between now and the second week of January we want every convenience store in