Archives for December 2009

USOG Acquires United Oil & Gas Inc.

  United States Oil & Gas Corporation (USOG), an oil and gas products, services and technology company, has entered a preliminary agreement to acquire United Oil & Gas Inc. of Bottineau, North Dakota.   Under the terms of the agreement, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010, United will be a wholly owned operating

Customers Respond To Sheetz Beer Petition

  Sheetz is leading a crusade for beer sales with its petition drive started a few weeks ago at, and the company’s CEO notes that consumers are offering overwhelming support.   “We’re getting lots of people signing up,” Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of the Altoona-based company told The Sentinel  Friday. “We’re not surprised

Chevron Cuts Over 1,000 Stores In The East

  Chevron is lowering its profile in the East, closing more than 1,000 stores from Indiana to South Carolina. Here is a list of affected states and the District of Columbia.   Delaware   Indiana   Kentucky   North Carolina   New Jersey   Maryland   Ohio   Pennsylvania   South Carolina   Virginia  

Florida Gas Stations Struggle Amid Tank Upgrade Deadline

  Hundreds of Central Florida gas stations are facing an end of the year deadline: upgrade storage tanks or face fines and possibly be forced to close.   About 1,250 tanks in Central Florida-900 underground and 350 above-ground-still remain out of compliance, News 13 a central Florida news station reported.   Many of the gas

Platts Global Energy Awards Honor Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Houston-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation was recognized at the 2009 Platts Global Energy Awards held at the Cipriani Wall Street, first as Energy Company of the Year, and then for CEO of the Year (James Hackett). More than 500 energy executives from 20 countries attended the annual awards

Kum & Go Opens New Store in Colorado

Kum & Go L.C., which operates more than 400 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming) has opened a new store in Idaho Springs, Colo. The 3,400-square-foot store took only 102 days to construct and is located at Miner & 13th Avenue in Idaho

Give a “Terrible” Gift This Season

  In time for the holiday season, Terrible Herbst, which operates 18 car washes, 19 lube locations, and more than 100 convenience store/gas stations in the Las Vegas area, is introducing new car wash gift cards from Terrible’s Car Wash.   The new MVP-or Monthly Value Plan-gift cards start at just $15.99, and are available

The Pantry Inc. Sets Strategy For 2010

  The Pantry Inc., which operates more than 1,650 stores in the Southeast, has announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 24, 2009.   Its net income for the fourth quarter was $13.3 million, or $0.60 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $22.9 million, or $1.03 per share

American Express and Dunkin’ Donuts Partner For New Promotion

  This holiday season, American Express and Dunkin’ Donuts have teamed up to entice customers to keep coming back for more purchases with money back savings.   When customers use any American Express Card to sign up for Auto-Recharge, the automatic reloading feature on the Dunkin’ Donuts Card, American Express Cardmembers will receive a 20%

7-Eleven Recognized For Diversity

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is being recognized as one of the top franchise opportunities by three diverse publications – Professional Woman’s Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine and Black EOE Journal, all published by Olive Tree Publishing Inc.-as part of each magazine’s 2009 “Best of the Best” Annual Review Series.    In its 18th year, the evaluation

Rutter’s Expands Fresh-Food Menu

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores recently expanded its fresh-food menu to include turkey wings and sliders, which are available in its 36 stores that offer touch-screen ordering.   The wings offer 2.25 ounces of meat that is marinated and then fried. Wings are available with original, buffalo or spicy seasoning for the price of $1.39

7-Eleven To Add 150 stores in Baltimore-Washington Area

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven plans to open 50 stores a year in the Baltimore-Washington area over the next three years, the Baltimore Sun reported.   The move is part of the company’s aggressive expansion strategy in some of its best-performing markets, where it has a large concentration of stores that are doing well, said company spokeswoman

Flying J Sells Insurance Subsidiary

  As Flying J. Inc. works to emerge from bankruptcy, it is selling its insurance branch to Buckner Co., a Salt Lake City-based insurance brokerage firm, for an undisclosed price effective Jan. 1, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.   “While the trucking industry is down right now, we are confident in the long-term growth of

Kum & Go Offers New Military Pay Benefit

  Kum & Go L.C., announced yesterday, Dec. 1, that as part of its continued support for its associates who serve in the armed forces, it is introducing a new Military Pay Benefit.    This new benefit offers financial support to those Guard and Reservists who are deployed to tours of duty. It is available to

EPA Delays Ethanol Decision

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it required more time to decide whether or not to approve an industry request to increase the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline, Reuters reported. The EPA was supposed to make a decision by Dec. 1 on a petition filed by Growth Energy on behalf of 54 ethanol

Celebrate the Reason for the Season

It makes not one iota of difference whether you believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas to make a difference in someone’s life at this special time of the year. We all recognize that 2009—like no other year in the past 50—has created a genuine and critical need that provides both an opportunity for all of

Quality Sign Co. To Provide 7-Eleven With “Green” Signage

  Jacksonville, Fla.-based Quality Sign Company, a national sign engineering and manufacturing company, is set to create signage for all of 7-Eleven Inc.’s new stores across the country.   Quality Sign Company will provide exterior double-faced pylon signs and wall signage, all lit exclusively with LED technology. Use of LED lights will provide 7-Eleven stores

Gulf Oil Embarks On New “Get Spotted; Give Hope” Promotion

  Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil L.P. is rolling out a new promotion for the driving public that offers a philanthropic twist to its popular “Get Spotted” Program.   Drivers that place a Gulf decal on their cars and register at, or who currently have a Gulf decal and are registered, are eligible to win a

Mike Schulte Named President of Gilbarco North America

  Mike Schulte became the president of Gilbarco North America, effective today, Dec. 1.   In this role, Schulte reports to Martin Gafinowitz, Danaher Group executive and president for Gilbarco Veeder-Root. Schulte’s appointment signals a continued investment in the North American business by Gilbarco and a commitment to the retail and commercial fueling sites in

Quick Chek Names Vendors of the Year

  Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, announced two long-time business partners as the company’s 2009 Vendors of the Year: Quick Chek foodservice distributor AFI and Drew Grosso, owner of Empire Millwork.   Cited for its unwavering contribution in helping to strengthen Quick

Employee Appreciation Goes A Long Way

Carl Singleton has had a whirlwind career, rising through the ranks at Worsley Operating Corp. His colleagues describe him as a “force to be reckoned with” who has made a positive impact on his company since joining the team in 2006. Singleton embarked on his career in the c-store industry 14 years ago, beginning as

Nice N Easy Celebrates in Style

In a gala befitting the industry’s oldest and most prestigious retail award, Convenience Store Decisions and more than 150 industry retailers and suppliers honored Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes as the 2009 Convenience Store Chain of the Year at the Wynn Hotel’s venerable Daniel Boulud restaurant in Las Vegas. Nice N Easy, the Canastota, N.Y.

NACS Showcases Cool New Products

Cool Products Unveiled The top new items viewed by retailers at the NACS Show include: • Dippin’ Stix Healthy Snacks, Reichel Foods Inc. • Pringles Extreme Peggable Bags, Procter & Gamble Distributing Co. • Eclipse ELS, ElectraLED Inc. • Stride Gum, Cadbury North America • Dole Fruit Bowls in a Clear Merchandise Glide, Dole Food

Pennington Prospers with Pizza

Inside the Numbers What do one million personal-size pan pizzas add up to? According to the folks at Hot Stuff Foods, about 550,000 pounds in all. It includes 250,000 pounds of dough, 150,000 pounds of custom blended cheese and 62,500 pounds of sauce, plus the meat toppings and vegetables. One million personal-size pan pizza boxes,

Lessons Learned from Challenging Year

There’s no doubt that 2009 will go down as one of the most challenging years ever for the convenience store and petroleum industry. Combined with the poor economy that plagued marketers all year, credit card fees and tobacco regulations added fuel to a fire that, quite honestly, was already burning out of control. For this