Archives for November 2009

Clark and Crown Introduce New Credit Card

Clark Brands LLC, Crown Central LLC and First National Credit Card Center (FNCCC), a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have announced the introduction of the Clark Platinum Edition MasterCard card.   The new credit card will be issued by First National Bank of Omaha and is designed to increase consumer loyalty and add

Take the CSD/Kleiman HR Survey

The second annual CSD/Kleiman HR survey serves as an important benchmarking tool for industry operators, a summary of which will be published in our January issue.   All surveys returned will either be anonymous (no names required) or, you can provide your contact information to receive a complete, in-depth report on the survey’s findings. All returned surveys will be held in strict

7-Eleven’s First ‘World-Wine’ Debuts in U.S., Japan

Taking its first steps into global merchandising, 7-Eleven Inc.  in the U.S. and Seven-Eleven Japan (SEJ) are jointly introducing two proprietary wines – a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon – today, Nov. 4,  under the Yosemite Road label.    The California wines were produced by The Wine Group exclusively for 7-Eleven stores and its parent

Wilson Farms Fundraiser Supports Elderly, Disabled

  The Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY and Wilson Farms has kicked-off the sixth annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled residents served by the Meals on Wheels programs throughout New York.   Customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress convenience stores can participate

NACS Show Reports Increased Attendance

  A total of 22,524 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show – a 6% increase compared to 2008 NACS Show attendance – according to attendance figures released today by NACS.      More impressive, the number of attendees classified as “buyers” (retailers, wholesalers and distributors)

NCR Launches Secure, High Capacity Outdoor DVD-rental

  NCR Corporation, Duluth, Ga., has launched its first outdoor DVD-rental kiosk, the NCR SelfServ Entertainment 2381.    Able to hold as many as 950 DVDs, this weather-protected outdoor kiosk calls itself the most secure and highest-capacity outdoor DVD-rental kiosk in the industry.  Through its new outdoor kiosk, NCR extends its deployment of BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental

7-Eleven Buys Zoom Inc. Chain in Virginia

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven has purchased the chain Zoom Inc. of Hampton, Va., which operates 13 c-store locations on the Peninsula, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   7-Eleven acquired the Zooms locations as of Friday, according to David Erbe, 7-Eleven’s market manager on the Peninsula. Most of the 13 sites operate as local franchises, but 7-Eleven will run

U.S. Gasoline Prices Peaking for 2009?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets nationwide have surged in October, climbing nearly 20cts per gallon to average nationally at a $2.674 gallon four-month high. The previous high was reached in late June at $2.691 gallon.   View DTN’s Weekly and Historical Gas Prices.

BP Joins fuelperks! Rewards Program

  Excentus Corporation and BP have joined forces to expand the reach of the fuelperks! Rewards Program, a program that allows consumers to earn gas rewards and redeem them instantly at the pump.   Under terms of the agreement, BP will become the fuelperks! redemption partner in the majority of marketing areas in which BP

7-Eleven Holds First Private-Label Summit

7-Eleven Inc. held its first-ever Private-Label Summit in Dallas on Oct. 28-29. The two-day event provided the company’s private-label suppliers the opportunity to meet with its category managers and product directors and attend a formal Private-Label forum. The purpose of the collaborative program was to educate 7-Eleven supply partners about the company’s business strategy and

AMCON Expands Reach in Arkansas

  AMCON Distributing Company, an Omaha, Neb.-based consumer products company is increasing its wholesale distribution presence in the Northwest Arkansas market by acquiring the convenience store distribution assets of Discount Distributors from its parent Harps Food Stores Inc., Reuters reported.     “We are delighted that this acquisition will expand our distribution network in the State of

Terrible Herbst Sign Sale Benefits Homeless Youth

Terrible Herbst convenience stores in southern Nevada, in conjunction with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, one of Nevada’s largest non-profit providers for homeless, neglected and runaway youth, kicked off its Safe Place Sign Sale on Oct. 30, the Las Vegas Sun reported.   Donations start at $1 and range up to $10,000. In exchange for donations,

Innovation a Hallmark at Sheetz

In 1952, Bob Sheetz purchased an Altoona, Pa., dairy store, one of five retail operations owned by his father. His second store opened its doors in 1963 and the third opened five years later. By 1969, Bob’s brother Steve was serving as general manager, and the pair decided to open one store each year through

MAPCO’s New Direction

Great stores, outstanding service and a commitment to its people helped MAPCO Express garner Chain of the Year honors in 1996. The company has changed quite a bit since then, but the focus on convenience store operations remains stronger than ever. MAPCO Express, as it exists today, was formed with Delek US Holdings’ acquisition of

Growth, Innovation Propel Kum & Go

It’s been an eventful five decades for Kum & Go, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Entrepreneurs W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Kum & Go in 1959 under the original name of the Hampton Oil Co., which later changed to Krause Gentle Corp. In the 1970s, the co-founders wanted a name that would

Riding the Hess Express

The first Hess gas station was opened in 1960, and the first Hess Express opened in 1997 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hess Express was named Chain of the Year nine years ago amidst its aggressive southern retail expansion. “When we were recognized with the Chain of the Year award in 2000, we had about 900

Employee-Owned and Profiting

Huck’s Mission Be the preferred convenience store that is a primary destination for: • Total Customer Focus • Happy, Friendly Owners • Always Fresh, Quality Food and Drinks • No Worries, Quality Fuels at Competitive Prices • Karing for Kids • Squeaky Clean Restrooms In 1960, two friends, Bob Martin and Frank Bayley, formed a

Neighbours to the North

Since receiving CSD’s Chain OF THE YEAR award in 2002, Petro-Canada has seen multiple changes. The most significant has been the merger between Suncor Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada, which was finalized in August of this year. While the company operates under the Suncor Energy name, it maintains the trusted Petro-Canada brand for its refined products

Catering to the Community

It was 1968 when Don Lamberti purchased a Boone, Iowa service station and converted it into a convenience store, launching what would eventually grow into the thriving chain known as Casey’s General Stores. By the end of its first decade, Casey’s had more than 100 locations, plus its own warehouse. To meet its growing business

Employees Fuel QuikTrip’s Success

QuikTrip Corp.,  the Oklahoma-based convenience retailer, opened for business in 1958 with a single store and second-hand furnishings. Today, the chain is made up of 532 convenience stores across nine states, all of them open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The privately-held, family-owned business has approximately 10,000 employees, who reportedly enjoy their

Speedway SuperAmerica Presents a Unified Front

SuperAmerica won CSD’s Chain of the Year award in 1991, and Speedway was recognized with that honor six years later. In 1998, the two convenience store chains merged to form Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, which is owned by Marathon Oil Corp. Today, Speedway SuperAmerica, which is based in Enon, Ohio, is made up of more than

Wawa Guided by Rich History

The seeds for Wawa convenience stores were sown in 1902 when George Wood started a dairy with a small herd of cows and a processing/bottling plant in Wawa, Pa. Using the slogan “Buy Health by the Bottle,” the business grew throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a team of milk men delivered dairy products directly

Nice & Envied

Mission accomplished. When John MacDougall challenged his team at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes to come up with a company mission statement, he left pretty simple instructions. “Keep it short, keep it focused and let’s be true to ourselves,” he said. The result was a concise proclamation of the chain’s commitment to the customers it

Building a Strong Team

It’s been quite a year for Valerie Conley. On the heels of being named Nice N Easy Manager of The Year, she received a promotion to district manager, her former store in Carthage, N.Y. was honored as Retail Store of the Year by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and she is about to graduate with

Meeting the Demand for Meat Snacks

Meat snack manufacturers are going after the teen demographic, solidifying them as the product’s target audience, and introducing new flavors and varieties to meet the changing needs of consumers. Many retailers agree flavored meat sticks are driving the category. “Flavors products are strong right now whether it’s the hot, teriyaki or the smoked,” said Bill