Archives for 2009

The Power to Turn a Life Around

While this troubled economy lingers, there might never be a better time than right now to increase your efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of your employees. As I reflected on gracious words attributed to a motivational speaker, the late professor Leo Buscaglia, I was both struck by his gentle touch, and

New Venture Provides Capital To Retailers

  Trefethen Capital Partners (TCP) have formed a new venture that will provide capital to operators in the c-store and petroleum retailing industries.   Financing will take the form of sale-leaseback, subordinated debt and preferred equity. Transaction size will range from $10 million to $50 million, and terms will vary depending upon the collateral, credit

CITGO Executives Fundraise, Complete NYC Marathon

  Top executives from CITGO Petroleum Corporation competed in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 1 to raise funds for the Simón Bolívar Foundation.    The Foundation provides specialized medical assistance to low-income patients, mainly Venezuelan, who receive treatment in health centers in Argentina, Italy, the U.S. and other countries.   The Team

Nice N Easy Carthage, N.Y. Store Honored

  The Carthage, N.Y. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes team was honored last night as Retail Business of the Year at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Awards Banquet.     “From the day we opened the store, we have strived to be an important member of the community and the folks (in Carthage) realize

QuikTrip Recognized For its Job Security

  Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp. is being featured on Fortune magazine’s Web site as one of the few U.S. companies that has never laid off an employee, the Tulsa World reported.   Fifty-one year old QuikTrip has never had to downsize its workforce despite operating 533 stores and employing 11,000 people.   QuikTrip also ranked

Circle K/XYIENCE Award Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

  Shannon Moore of Tucson was named the  winner of the XYIENCE/Circle K Harley-Davidson giveaway on Oct. 27, and received a 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low.    Reuben  Rios, XYIENCE vice president of sales, and Heather Heller, Circle K business manager in the package beverages, beer, and liquor division, presented Moore, with his new bike at the

Wilson Farms, Reid Petroleum Mark Environmental Milestone

  Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 6, Wilson Farms and Reid Petroleum will launch western New York’s second E85 fuel station at Wilson Farms, located at 95 South Transit Road near High Street, in Lockport.   A ribbon cutting ceremony begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon along with comments from Paul Nanula, the CEO and president of

Marathon Petroleum Co. Celebrates 70 Years

Minnesota’s first refinery, now the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery in St. Paul Park, Minn., which launched subsidiaries SuperAmerica gas stations and SuperMom’s bakery, is celebrating its 70 year anniversary, the Hastings Star Gazette reported. The refinery, originally named the Northwestern Refining Company, began with 24 employees and an output of 1,000 barrels of oil per

7-Eleven to Debut In-Store TV Networks

  7-Eleven Inc., the world’s premier convenience retailer, has contracted with Digital Display Networks Inc. to create one of the nation’s largest out-of-home digital networks in more than 6,200 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.   When it is fully deployed nation-wide, 7-Eleven TV is expected to reach an estimated 190 million monthly viewers.

Trends Show Consumers Eating More at Home

  Studies show that as cash-strapped consumers are eating more meals at home, the perishable department (bakery, fresh meat, deli and produce) is growing faster, leading non-grocery channels to take notice, according to Nielsen data.    About half (46%) of U.S. households say they are eating out less, and as a result, value-priced meals at

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,

Cleaner Burning Fires

Pine Mountain Firelogs offers a new concentrated formula and greener packaging. By using a proprietary manufacturing process, Pine Mountain products emit up to 80% less carbon monoxide than burning natural oak firewood, reduce up to 66% less creosote buildup in the chimney and release fewer emissions into the atmosphere than natural firewood. The full range

Edible Strips

Health Essist Inc. manufactures and develops a unique line of all-natural, zero-calorie, caffeine-free Edible Strips. The current product line consists of Alcohol Defender to help with the “morning after feeling,” X-Energy-Boost and Apple-A-Day strips that provide a boost to the immune system. The products are FDA approved for food use and are kosher approved. Each

Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a