Wawa Kicks Off Go 4th and Learn

Wawa Welcome America’s Go 4th and Learn series kicked off this week with an interactive event showcasing Philadelphia and Wawa history on June 28. Go 4th and Learn is a three-part educational series for children and their families held in the week leading up to July 4 as part of the Wawa Welcome America Festivities.

PACT Act On Hold

Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered that the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail-which was set to go into effect yesterday-to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reported. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order

Indiana Retailers Seek Sunday Beer Sales

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers has started a new campaign called, “Change It Indiana” that seeks to build public support to allow Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group, which includes Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, CVS and Circle K stores, argues that 47 states allow Sunday carryout sales and that

MAPCO Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Kiosks

MAPCO Express Convenience Stores in Tennessee and the Mid-South are adding 24-hour Blockbuster Express-branded DVD kiosks. NCR Corp. has already deployed a number of the kiosks in Tennessee-area MAPCO Express locations as part of a pilot program. “MAPCO Express is committed to providing affordable quality and personalized convenience to time-starved consumers in neighborhood markets throughout

Phoenix 7-Eleven Adds Transit Cards

C-stores in the Phoenix, Ariz., metropolitan area are about to get even more convenient now that the 60 local 7-Eleven stores are selling all day and reduced all day passes for the Valley Metro-the transit system for the greater Phoenix area, ABC15 News reported. “Our goal is to make it as easy and convenient as

PACT Act Confusion

The federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) goes into effect today, June 29, 2010. PACT Act is set to regulate the sale of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco sold over the Internet or by mail order to consumers. But, one provision of the PACT Act has caused some confusion, according to the

Investor Urges Casey’s To Negotiate Bid

ClearBridge Advisors, A New York investments firm with a large stake in Casey’s General Stores is encouraging the Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store chain to hold talks with Couche-Tard. In a letter written Monday, ClearBridge Advisors said Casey’s owes it to shareholders to determine whether Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. would raise its $36-per-share offer. “We agree that

Financial Reform Faces Crucial Vote

As the House and Senate prepare to vote on the financial reform bill—containing the Durbin amendment on interchange fees—this week, NACS’ message to retailers is that the battle is far from won. Three hurdles remain: passing the House, passing the Senate and getting signed into law by President Obama. “Until all three happen, actually, until

Alcoholic Beverage Customers Cautious

U.S. consumers remain somewhat cautious about their alcohol beverage spending, the Nielsen Company reported this month. Nielsen’s research revealed that a significant percentage of consumers claim they are going out less often now than before the economic downturn. Nearly half of consumers (47%) report going to bars or clubs less often, while an even greater

APPCO’s Ex-Owner Wins Court Battle

APPCO’s former owner won the right to keep the 12 convenience store buildings he repossessed early this month, according to a ruling by Federal Bankruptcy Judge Marcia Parsons, the Johnson City Press reported. After the decision, a representative for Jim MacLean said MacLean’s property companies plans to gain possession of the other 16 stores he

Boycotted Stations Want BP Help

As many Americans avoid BP stations in protest over the Gulf oil spill, BP-branded station owners are insisting BP do more to help them convince customers that such boycotts hurt independently owned businesses, not the British oil giant, the Associated Press reported. To win back customers, stations want BP to help in reducing the price

Swipe Fee Reform Faces Crucial Vote

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is urging retailers to contact legislators one more time as the financial reform bill, which contains the swipe fee amendment, goes to a vote. Last week, House and Senate financial services reform negotiators agreed to finalize the financial bill with the swipe fee reforms included. Now, both the

Crude Oil Stays Steady

Crude oil prices remained steady above $76 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Friday, June 25, according to United Press International. July delivery crude oil prices added 27 cents to $76.78 per barrel, while heating oil prices for July delivery added 0.0076 cents to $2.0648 per gallon. Reformulated gasoline blendstock prices added

The Pantry Expands Fresh Initiative

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. this week unveiled its “Fresh Initiative” to serve customers new coffee, and fresh food options. Triangle-area residents will be the first to experience the new Bean Street Coffee and a broader assortment of pastries, warm breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. In addition, the stores will offer a variety of fresh

Swipe Fee Reform Advances

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators have sided with retailers, reaching an agreement to include swipe fee reform provisions in the final financial services reform bill that is now on its way to Congress for a final vote. The provisions, known as the Durbin Amendment after the author, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), is

Mid-Atlantic Acquires Uppy’s

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, backed by equity firm Catterton Partners, has acquired a majority interest in Uppy’s Convenience Stores Inc. and 170 convenience stores/fuel stations from Exxon Mobil Corp. The transaction creates a leading convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region with more than 200 convenience store operations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.  Uppy’s was founded

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

The company’s 2010 Sustainability Report, recently published online, shows the company has reduced overall energy consumption by more than 27%, and includes updates in four core areas:            —Reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage;            —Eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use;             —Lowering the impact of

Couche-Tard Versus Iowa

Alimentation Couche-Tard plans to challenges the constitutionality of several Iowa anti-takeover laws as part of the company’s hostile bid to purchase Casey’s General Stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Couche-Tard, which operates 5,883 convenience stores in the U.S. and Canada, filed court papers late last week alleging that three Iowa statutes contradict U.S. law, creating

Bankrupt Sunshine Wants Stores Back

Bankrupt Sunshine Energy, owner of APPCO, is fighting in the courts to regain its 12 closed convenience stores, which were repossessed by Management Properties Inc., the Johnson City Press reported. Meanwhile, Management Properties Inc. (MPI)  wants Sunshine’s recently filed bankruptcy thrown out of court, so it can repossess another 16 stores. According to Sunshine Energy,

Terrible’s Hosts UFC Fighter

Terrible Herbst-Gas-Convenience Store, at 6716 S. Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, is set to host Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Dan Hardy, who will be signing autographs for fans on Saturday, July 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hardy plans to be in Las Vegas to support fellow XYIENCE team fighter Wanderlei Silva

Hess Express ATMs Welcome PNC Customers

Hess, PNC Bank and Cardtronics Inc. agreed this month to expand ATM access for PNC customers at 230 Cardtronics-owned ATMs located in Hess Express stores across Florida. Under terms of the ATM branding deal, Cardtronics will place the PNC brand on the ATMs, operate the machines on behalf of PNC and make them available on

NOCO Express Adds Just Pizza

Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO Express has added a Just Pizza location within its Depew store located at French and Borden Roads. The approximately 600-square foot Just Pizza location features a full menu of more than 75 varieties of pizza, chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, salads and appetizers for dine-in and carry-out. “We are always looking for ways

Retail Gasoline Prices to Renew Move to Upside

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices moved higher in metropolitan markets across the U.S., which will reverse the trend in retail prices since the middle of May from down to up. Broad-based economic data underpinned the higher wholesale prices, which continue to climb during the first day of summer.

Campbell’s Celebrates Grand Opening

Campbell Soup Company kicked off the grand opening celebration of its Campbell Employee Center, an 80,000-square foot addition to the company’s World Headquarters, earlier this month. Against the backdrop of a glass entrance complete with a signature red wall and iconic “Campbell’s” logo, Campbell Soup Company executives, along with hundreds of community members and state

BP Erects Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

BP’s has instituted a new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, set to manage the company’s long-term response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the MC252 oil and gas spill. Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed president and CEO of BP’s new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, and will report to Tony Hayward, BP’s Group Chief Executive. The

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