CITGO Supports Local Red Cross

Nine locally owned CITGO stations in Robeson and Scotland Counties, N.C., are supporting the local Red Cross chapter through fundraising efforts and two community blood drives. From Aug. 3 to Sep. 6, these CITGO stations are selling $1 paper blood droplets to raise money for the many community, disaster, military and health assistance programs provided

Working Americans Report Economic Perceptions

Working Americans report having mixed feelings when it comes to job security, the economy and worker happiness. Short-term job security is improving, but at the same time, more workers fear losing their job some day in the future. More Americans think the economy is on the upswing. But this is still a minority opinion contrasted

Retail Gasoline Prices to Edge Higher Ahead of Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After slumping to a 10-week low of $2.704 gallon on Aug. 23, the US average price for regular grade gasoline, all formulations, is poised to move higher in front of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day marks the end of the summer driving season, with

Atlas Oil Makes Inc. 5000 List

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is among the fastest growing private companies in the nation for the second year running. Inc. magazine just published its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list and Atlas increased its position by 278 spots to 4,146 overall. In Michigan, where Atlas is headquartered, the company is ranked at the top of

Winn-Dixie Offers Flu Vaccinations

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. plans to offer flu vaccinations on a walk-in basis and through vaccine clinics at all of its in-store pharmacies beginning Sept. 1. Customers using their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card will receive a $5 discount off the $28 flu vaccine ($23 with the Customer Reward Card). Winn-Dixie’s pharmacies also are offering a new,

GSTV Boosts Pepsi AMP Sales

Gas Station TV (GSTV) has released its proprietary Nielsen results from its study with PepsiCo’s AMP Energy and AMP Energy Juice drinks conducted by The Nielsen Co. The results show AMP Energy purchase intent nearly tripled after the eight-week campaign on GSTV, showing the effectiveness of GSTV as a core platform for consumer packaged products,

VERC Enterprises Fundraises For Flood Victims

In response to the devastating floods recently experienced in the country of Pakistan, VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store, gasoline station and car wash operation with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has initiated a fundraising effort at each of its stores to assist those affected by the natural disaster. “VERC Enterprises currently

7-Eleven Tests Chicken Sales

7-Eleven is expanding its food offering, testing sales of whole roasted chicken at some downtown Chicago stores this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “It’s to see if we can capitalize on home meal replacement,” Carole Davidson, senior vice president of strategic planning for the Dallas-based chain told the Chicago Sun-Times. The whole roasted chicken, priced

Tesoro Grows Shell Retail Network

Tesoro Corp. is set to acquire the existing Shell-branded wholesale supply contracts in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah and most of Idaho. The acquired contracts represent approximately 300 Shell-branded stations. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesoro may also grow the Shell brand through retail stations in these areas, which are anchored by the

Wilson Farms Holds Cutest Baby Contest

Wilson Farms is appealing to customers’ love of cuteness, while it looks to raise money for a worthy cause. The Wilson Farms, located at 4981 Southwestern Boulevard, in Hamburg, N.Y., is hosting its first annual ‘Cutest Baby Contest,’ and is currently accepting photos of kids ages 0-3 for those who hope to vie for a

Tennessee Mulls Wine in Grocery Stores

Tennessee is the latest state to debate selling wine at grocery stores. And it would appear the movement is gaining steam-25,000 Tennesseans have now registered with the “Red, White and Food” campaign to try and make it happen, Eyewitness News reported. Jarron Springer, president of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, told Eyewitness News,

Mid-Atlantic Acquires Exxon Sites

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), an investment platform backed by Catterton Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm in North America, has acquired 58 convenience stores/fuel stations, located in Northern Virginia and Maryland, from Exxon Mobil Corp. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MACS is a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of

Pencil Pushers

7-Eleven Inc. wants to make sure Chicago schoolchildren have the “write” stuff when they head back to class this fall. As part of its Hispanic marketing and community outreach program, the convenience retailer is donating a package of No. 2 pencils for every package local customers purchase as a donation to Chicago-area students. Suggested retail

Kroger and Shell Join Forces

The Kroger Co., has teamed up with Shell to give customers in Dallas- Fort Worth and surrounding communities the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Aug. 30, every time Kroger customers in the area

Casey’s Reports Recapitalization Results

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced the preliminary results of its modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer, which expired on Aug. 25, 2010 at midnight New York City time, determining the recapitalization was a success. Based on the preliminary count, a total of approximately 28.2 million shares were validly tendered at the minimum purchase price

Campaign Drives Car Enthusiasts To C-Stores

AutoTrader Classics, an online and print resource for car collectors and classic car enthusiasts, is launching a multi-prong campaign on Aug. 30 to reach consumers and bring awareness to the company’s print publications in retail locations. The campaign is aimed at driving classic car enthusiasts to retail locations across 17 local markets to pick up

POS Training At NACS

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting free Passport point of sale (POS) system training and also demonstrating remote diagnostics and help desk at the NACS Show, Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta, bringing key benefits of the system to the show floor. Current Passport users can take advantage of free Passport POS training “How to operate Passport in

Circle K Offers Harley-Davidson Sweepstakes

XYIENCE is offering Circle K convenience store shoppers in select states the chance to win a new Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low in a text message sweepstakes contest. The contest, which launches Sept. 1 and runs through Oct.31, includes participating stores in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Legal residents of

Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine has revealed its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy-America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music Web site Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon,

3,000 California Stations Order To Remove Latches

The California state fire marshal has ordered about 3,000 gas stations-one-third of all stations in the state-to remove the latches on gas nozzles that allow people to fill up their tanks while keeping their hands free by Oct. 15, the Associated Press reported. The mandate was put in place after the hold-open latches on at

Tidel Releases Sentinel SCD-XL

Carrollton, Texas -based Tidel Engineering L.P. has announced its newest Sentinel Cash Management module, the Tidel Sentinel SCD-XL (Sentinel Control Device – extra long cassette). The Sentinel SCD-XL stores approximately 4,500 U.S. notes within a two-cassette cabinet, thus doubling the note capacity that has been available in the industry for many years. The SCD-XL offers

YoCream Fundraises for Parkinson’s Awareness

YoCream International Inc. raised $8,000 for the Brian Grant Foundation at a fundraising event held at its company store in Portland. YoCream announced that all sales revenue generated on July 31 at the YoCream Frozen Yogurt Company Store would go to support Parkinson’s awareness, education and research and Portlanders showed up in crowds to show

‘Fuel Up Free’ Picks Fifth Winner

You might say that Mark Shaffer’s tank was running on empty, figuratively speaking. Really he was running out of time to come forward as the latest winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway. Shaffer, of Spring Garden Township, York County, Pa., had been away on vacation when his winning Rutter’s Rewards card number was

Rutter’s Holdings Inc. Climbs To No. 3

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Holdings Inc. climbed to No. 3 in the 2010 rankings of the Top 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Rutter’s Holdings ranked second among private companies in York County, Pa. Rutter’s Holdings—the parent company of Rutter’s Farm Stores, Rutter’s Dairy and real estate holding company M&G Realty—ranked fifth in 2009. Family-owned

Casey’s Fires Back

With a month till the annual Casey’s shareholders’ meeting on Sept. 23, a war of words is underway, with Casey’s and Couch-Tard vying for shareholder votes and fighting to prove they have the most to offer shareholders. In response to Couche-Tard’s most recent letter of appeal to shareholders, asking them elect its slate of eight

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