BP To Pay $50.6 Million In Settlement

BP Products North America Inc. is set to pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced. The agreement resolves failure-to-abate citations issued after a

Hershey Wins 2nd Retailer Initiative Award

Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, (right), 7-Eleven, Inc.’s senior vice president of merchandising and logistics, presents its Retailer Initiative Award to Dave Onorato, The Hershey Company’s vice president of global convenience stores. This is the second time Hershey has won the award. 7-Eleven, Inc. has announced The Hershey Company as the recipient of the company’s 2009 Retailer Initiative

E-Cigarettes Versus Oregon

Smoking Everywhere, a distributor of electronic cigarettes has agreed to cease sales in the State of Oregon, following a lawsuit settlement, the Miami Herald reported. Oregon last year became the first state to go to court to attempt to block the sale of the devices. Attorney General John Kroger said Smoking Everywhere did not seek

Canada Proposes Flavored Cigarillo Ban

In Canada, The Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act, which contains a proposed ban on flavored tobacco products, cleared the Senate committee on social affairs Wednesday, and is expected to fly through the Senate as a whole later this fall, the Vancouver Sun reported. The Act would ban “kiddie packs” of little

VERC Enterprises Achieves Workplace Goal

VERC Enterprises, an independent chain of gasoline stations and convenience stores throughout the region, has reached its goal of having a workforce made up of 15% disabled/challenged individuals within their stores, dBusinessNews reported. Leo Vercollone, CEO of VERC Enterprises, said his company has long believed in the value of reaching out to individuals who have

Casey’s Board Appeals For Reelection

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a definitive proxy statement and a letter sent to Casey’s shareholders from Casey’s President and CEO Robert Myers. The letter, dated Aug. 12, informed shareholders that Casey’s has nominated all of its directors for reelection and urged shareholders to vote for

Susser Reports Q2 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. posted a second-quarter loss on debt-refinancing impacts but also reported stronger merchandise and fuel sales. Its same-store merchandise sales for the second quarter of 2010 increased by 3.1%, compared with growth of 2.5% in the first quarter of 2010 and 4.6% in the second quarter of 2009.  Retail merchandise margin increased to

Walgreens Competes With Chicago C-stores on Food

Walgreens today is unveiling its new expanded food selection in several Chicago communities identified as food deserts, or areas that lack access to basic foods necessary to maintain a healthy diet. Walgreens has redesigned 10 of its stores on Chicago’s South and West Sides to include more than 750 new food items including fresh fruits

Mail Order Cigarette Ban Upheld

Seneca cigarette businesses cannot ship cigarettes through the U.S. Postal Service, according to a federal district court ruling last week. Judge Richard Arcara upheld the mail-order ban contained in the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act but temporarily exempted more than 140 Seneca-owned businesses from a provision requiring them to comply with all taxing laws

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain of the Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rally in Wholesale Gasoline Prices Hits Wall

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN When gasoline prices at the pump spike, consumers should realize that theses daily and weekly changes are muted when considering the extraordinary volatility in the wholesale market. This risk is primarily borne by wholesalers and retailers that look to more gradually pass on these costs to

Valero Selects Spacenet as a Broadband Provider

Valero has added Spacenet to serve as a provider for its broadband network managed services and offer connectivity to its nationwide branded wholesale locations. Spacenet Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., and a provider of broadband network solutions. Valero, an independent refiner in North America and a retail operator with

CSC Teams With Haskel Thompson & Associates

Haskel Thompson & Associates has welcomed Convenience Store Coaches as a Strategic Alliance Program member.   Convenience Store Coaches Inc. (CSC) is a training and consulting firm specializing in human capital optimization within the petroleum/convenience industry. CSC helps organizations achieve greater financial results by optimizing store operator, store employee and store supervisor job performance; transforming

7-Eleven and Slim Jim Sponsor SummerSlam

7-Eleven and Slim Jim are set to be co-presenting partners of World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual SummerSlam pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 5pm PT/8ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. SummerSlam weekend kicks-off Thursday, Aug. 12, and includes a two-day fan extravaganza: SummerSlam Axxess, at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live, sponsored the National Guard.

Casey’s Completes Financing for Recapitalization Plan

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed a private placement for $569 million of 5.22% senior unsecured notes due 2020. Casey’s plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance its previously announced recapitalization plan set to be executed through a modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer for up to $500 million in value

Industry Mourns John Hervey’s Death

John Hervey, a former NACS employee and PCATS executive director, with a long and distinguished career in the convenience and petroleum retailing industry passed away on Aug. 5. Hervey’s 40-year-plus career began at Mobil Oil Corp., where he served in a variety of capacities for 25 years, including providing retail automation solutions for its 1,000-plus

TravelCenters of America Posts Q2 Results

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010. As of  June 30, 2010, TA’s business included 229 sites, 166 of which were operated under the “TravelCenters of America” or “TA” brand names and 63 of which were operated under the “Petro” brand name. TA’s

SSA President Leads United Way Campaign

Tony Kenney, president of Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA), has been selected to lead this year’s Clark County campaign for United Way, Springfield News-Sun reported. Speedway and Kenney have been long-time and strong supporters of the United Way, Executive Director Doug Lineberger said. “Tony’s been someone who believes in the United Way and believes it’s important to

Walgreens Launches Social Responsibility Web site

Walgreens has introduced a new Web site for socially-conscious consumers, investors and employees to find information about its commitment to community, diversity, supplier diversity, disability inclusion and the environment. Walgreens.com/responsibility allows users to find new articles, personal stories, videos and interactive features about the company’s benefits to the communities it serves. The new site showcases

Rutter’s Congratulates Fourth Winner

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway has reached the half-way point in its 2010 journey. Customer David Wagner of Littlestown, Adams County, Pa., is the fourth of eight lucky Rutter’s customers who will receive free gas for a year in the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” contest. The contest runs through Aug. 29, with

BP Makes Amends

BP has paid $303 million in claim payments to more than 40,000 individuals and businesses impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. In just the past three weeks, BP has paid out $112 million and will continue to pay claims until the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) takes over

United Refining Reduces Crude Processing

United Refining Co. has temporarily reduced its Warren, Pa., crude processing until a crude line operated by Enbridge’s Lakehead System in Kalamazoo, Mich., can be repaired. On July 26, a leak was detected in the Line 6B pipeline on Enbridge’s Lakehead System in Michigan and was subsequently shut down. In response to the partial reduction

BP Cements Well, Assesses Damage

On Aug. 5, BP completed cementing operations at the MC252 well. The procedure began at 9:15 a.m. CDT and was completed by 2:15 p.m. CDT, as part of the static kill plan. By filling the damaged Macondo well with cement from the top down, the company hopes to guarantee it won’t leak oil again. The

Thorntons Reaches Fans Through Facebook

Thorntons has started a new promotion called: Fan of the Month, exclusively through Facebook. To enter the contest, customers must post a photo of themselves with a Thorntons’ beverage on Thorntons’ Facebook wall. One lucky fan will be voted the c-store chain’s Fan of the Month for August and will win a

$50 Thorntons Gift Card.

7-Eleven Appoints Jesus Delgado-Jenkins

Jesus Delgado-Jenkins has been named senior vice president of merchandising and logistics at 7-Eleven Inc. He joins 7-Eleven Inc. with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Delgado-Jenkins was president and CEO of JNI LLC, a convenience store-acquisition firm. Prior to that, he held the position of

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