Archives for 2009

Candy Hall of Fame Welcomes Ross Born

Ross Born, Co-CEO of Just Born Inc., has been inducted into The Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla. The Candy Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of industry leaders from across the world, each year inducting up to 12 people, selected from numerous nominations of candy brokers, sales personnel, manufacturers, retail buyers, wholesalers, industry

CITGO Recognized for Energy Efficiency

  The CITGO Corpus Christi refinery has been honored with two 2009 Save Energy Now Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).   The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program, which oversees the Save Energy Now program, recently announced the winners at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.   The

BREAKING NEWS: Southside Oil Acquires ExxonMobil Assets

By John Lofstock, Editor Southside Oil Co., operator of the Uppy’s convenience stores in Virginia, emerged today as the big winner of Exxon Mobil Corp’s retail assets in Maryland and Delaware, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. The decision was announced today in a conference call with dealers and bidders for the assets. In addition to

Getty Sells 164 Stations to LUKOIL

  Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Getty) announced today the restructuring of its business as part of its ongoing efforts to rationalize assets, eliminate parent-guaranteed debt and reduce operating costs. Under the restructuring, Getty has sold all assets unrelated to the 890 properties leased from Getty Realty Corp.   Getty also announced additional steps to manage

Suncor Energy Appoints New Members to Board

  John Ferguson, chairman of Suncor Energy Inc., announced the appointment of Dominic D’Alessandro and Jacques Lamarre to the company’s Board of Directors.   Dominic D’Alessandro retired as president and CEO of Manulife Financial Corporation earlier this year, a position he held from 1994 to 2009. Before that he held a number of executive positions

Wawa To Present 2010 Environmental Community Service Award

For the fifth straight year, Wawa, NBC 10 and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP are preparing to present the Annual Environmental Community Service Award. The Environmental Community Service award aims to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high schools in the Delaware Valley for their efforts in environmental service projects

Sheetz Opens Two New Stores

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz opened it’s third store in Greensboro, N.C. as well as its first store in the community of Berwick, Pa., yesterday.     The 5,000 square foot store in Greensboro opened at 1001 Gardner Hill Drive, and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the afternoon. As part of the celebration, the

Sheetz Petitions Pennsylvania for Beer Sales

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, which has more than 350 stores in six states including more than 200 in Pennsylvania, has started a petition drive to show Pennsylvania lawmakers that customers want to buy beer in its stores, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.   Chairman Steve Sheetz wants a law allowing convenience stores to sell beer, although

Winners of ’Fuel My Passion’ Announced

  Five grand prize winners have been announced in the Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest & Sweepstakes following a nationwide vote.   Hundreds of automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country entered the contest. All entries shared a common thread-their passion for their ride and fueling it with Shell V-Power.   The online

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Kentucky

  Dunkin’ Donuts, has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Pace Development LLC for 15 new restaurants in Louisville, Ky.   The first two locations are anticipated to open in 2011 and the remainder by 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Louisville is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in

FamilyMart to Buy Am/pm Japan Co.

  FamilyMart Co. and its top shareholder Itochu Corp. are reportedly planning to buy the competing convenience store operator Am/pm Japan Co., according to Nikkei English News.    FamilyMart and Itochu may spend about 10 billion yen ($111 million) to acquire all the shares from Am/pm’s parent company Rex Holdings Co., according to the report. 

Climbing Gasoline Prices Hit the Brakes on Unemployment

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Just below $2.70 gallon, the U.S. average for regular grade gasoline entered November at a one-year high following five consecutive weekly increases according to the federal government. That unrelenting march higher early in the fourth quarter looks to be coming to an end.   Moreover,

NOCO Express Offers Buffalo Bills Medallion Series

  The 31 NOCO Express locations in western New York are offering the new Buffalo Bills 50th Season Souvenir Collector’s Medallion series, featuring members of the Bills All-Time Team, available for sale now.   “NOCO is proud to be supporting the Buffalo Bills once again this season, and we are very excited to be the

New Shell Rotella T Motor Oil at Sam’s Club

  As part of the Sam’s Club commitment to help independent business owners make a profit and simplify their business needs, the company is now offering Shell Rotella T 15W-40 motor oil with “Triple Protection” technology.   Available in one gallon, 2.5 gallon, or 55 gallon drum sizes, the Triple Protection technology builds on the

Sinclair Exits Retail Market

  Sinclair Oil Corp. is looking to sell it gas station business, and leave the retail business by 2010 after close to 80 years in service, the Oklahoman reported.   Last month, the company also announced it was offloading its Tulsa, Okla. Refinery.   “We have already sold approximately 60 locations to and through our jobber

Circle K To Acquire 100 Chicago Shell Stores

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. expects to enter into an agreement through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Circle K, creating a joint venture with Shell Oil Products U.S. to operate about 100 convenience stores in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.   The transaction is subject to final management approvals of both companies, standard regulatory approvals and

New Products Keep Food Sales Fresh

Sophisticated customers are demanding foodservice programs that keep the menu fresh by rotating options and adding new products and flavors. Dan Rotherham, director of operations at Feather Petroleum Inc., which operates 18 Stop ‘n Save c-stores in Colorado, has seen firsthand how adding new products and streamlining store menus has helped business. “We strive to

nFinanSe Launches Visa Prepaid Debit Card

  Tampa-Fla.-based nFinanSe Inc. is debuting a new Visa Reloadable Prepaid Debit Card in Winn-Dixie Supermarkets in Dec. 2009.   The new, deep gold card and metallic blue packaging has been designed to attract the eye of a consumer as she approaches a retail store display fixture. The card and packaging were designed by Fifty

Dunkin’ Debuts Discount Menu in Chicago

  Dunkin’ Donuts stores are debuting a new 99-cent menu at 500 Chicago locations this week, the Chicago Tribune reported.   The 99-cent menu includes a sausage, egg and cheese wrap; bacon, egg and cheese wrap; egg and cheese wrap; raspberry danish; hash browns; and a pack of five Munchkins. The doughnut-holes are usually offered

Quick Chek Offers 24 Hours of Free Coffee

  When thousands of consumers wake on Friday, Nov. 27, to hit those early morning holiday sales at local malls, Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, will be ready with complimentary medium coffees to help kick-off their Black Friday weekends.   Known as

N.J. Gas Station Operators Sue BP

  A group of about 20 BP gas station operators in Newark, N.J., have filed a lawsuit against BP, accusing the company of reneging on contracts, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.   According to the suit, BP allegedly agreed in 2006 to continue the operator contracts that were in place for four years and renew

Valero Energy Adopts Say-on-Pay

  Valero Energy Corporation’s Board of Directors has adopted a say-on-pay policy, a compensation consultant disclosure policy, as well as other policies that aim to enhance the company’s corporate governance program.   Under the say-on-pay policy, stockholders will be provided an annual non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation, starting with the company’s 2010 annual meeting

Riiser Energy Opens R-Value Store

  Riiser Energy has opened a new convenience store on Grand Avenue in Wausau, Wis., the Wausau Daily Herald reported.    The new R-Value Savings Store is located at 2300 Grand Ave., and will offer new more products and promotions, including additional beverages and package deals for its products. The store in Wausau is Riiser’s

Proposal in Macon, Ga. Would Limit Window Signs

A proposed ordinance being discussed in Macon, Ga., would limit signs in Macon convenience store windows as a safety measure to ensure police can see into the stores at night, the Macon Telegraph reported.   The proposal is a direct response to recent violence in the community that saw three people killed at Middle Georgia

Aloha Petroleum Offers Ethanol-Free Gas in Kahalu’u

  Customers with boats and older cars now can purchase ethanol-free gasoline from Aloha Petroleum’s retail gas location in Kahalu’u, Hawaii—a 7-Eleven at 47-515 Kamehameha Hwy.   Hawaii had mandated 
that 85% of  retail gasoline in the had to be blended with 10% ethanol as of April 2, 2006. But after the mandate went into