Gulf Oil Acquires Gulf Brand From Chevron

Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil LP, a division of Cumberland Farms Inc., has acquired the rights to the Gulf brand in the U.S. from Chevron USA Inc., the Boston Business Journal reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gulf Oil began using the Gulf name in 1986 through a licensing agreement with San Ramon, Calif.-based

7-Eleven Hires FM to Manage Maintenance

7-Eleven Inc. has selected FM Facility Maintenance to handle all store maintenance for its 6,200+ corporate- and franchise-owned locations in both the U.S. and Canada. The agreement allows 7-Eleven to centralize maintenance activity in order for stores to operate more efficiently, while reducing costs. “We believe 7-Eleven, our store operators, franchisees and, most importantly, our

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

Report Reveals Areas Where Retailers Can Reduce Theft

A new study, sponsored in part by ADT and its Sensormatic Retail Solutions group, revealed the need for retailers to focus on technology solutions that enhance their current operational goals and combat theft without adding labor costs. They study, “Loss Prevention 2010: Retailers Battling Shrink in Touch Times,” found that during these challenging economic times,

Listeria Found in Parkers Farm Products

Parkers Farm Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.   Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high

Circle K Acquires Eight Stores in North Carolina

Laval, Que.-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its Circle K Stores Inc. unit, is acquiring eight stores in central North Carolina from Accel Marketing LLC, The Wall Street Journal reported. The stores, which operate under the Accel banner, are company-operated and offer proprietary fuel. Once the purchase is complete, the stores will be operate under the

Fuel Rising Fast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States is poised to climb to a 15-month high early this week when government pricing data is released, with the Jan. 4 average reported at a $2.665 gallon two-month high. A 3-cent

Dennis Wallis Soars With 7-Eleven Military Franchise Program

Since receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1977, Dennis Wallis has spent most of his civilian career as an owner/operator of multiple convenience stores in the North Pacific region.  Last month, Wallis, a former sergeant with the Aerospace Patrol Division at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., and his wife,

Rutter’s Invites Customers To Stay A While With Free WiFi

Rutter’s is reminding customers that it has free WiFi at select locations, allowing customers who stop in for coffee to sit down with their laptop while they finish a hot dispensed beverage. The WiFi at Rutter’s can instantly be accessed once customers are within a certain distance from select locations. A customer’s digital device, whether

New York City’s New Sodium Guidelines Meet Resistance

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is firing back at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after it recently announced preliminary sodium reduction guidelines for restaurants and food manufacturers.  CCF warns that these new guidelines could cause many of America’s favorite foods to take an unfortunate turn for the bland. “The

Kwik Pik Closes on 144 Uni-Mart Properties

All of the retail convenience stores and petroleum distribution assets of bankrupt Uni-Marts LLC have sold successfully, according to Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corporation, purchased 144 of the assets. The sale on 138 of those 144 assets closed on Dec. 30. Kwik Pik closed on the

McDonald’s Introduces Mac Snack Wrap In Philadelphia

McDonald’s has launched its new Mac Snack Wrap, the latest addition to the Snack Wrap line in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Debuting for just $1.49 [prices and participation may vary], the made-to-order Mac Snack Wrap consists of the same ingredients McDonald’s customers have come to expect in its classic Big Mac sandwich, including half of

Heineken and Femsa Reach $7.6 Billion Deal

Heineken is set to acquire the beer operations of Mexico’s Fomento Económico Mexicano (Femsa) for about $7.6 billion, a move that will help the Dutch brewer expand its operations in the Western Hemisphere, CNN Money reported. The all-stock deal will give Heineken, which brews Amstel and other beers, control of Femsa’s key export brands, including

Shell Kicks Off 2010 With New Campaign

Shell, building off the momentum of the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines launch in 2009, is kicking off 2010 with a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted marketing campaign to continue educating consumers on the benefits of using Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, including the premium grade Shell V-Power gasoline. Through exciting national advertising, grocer rewards programs, quarterly PR engagements

OPMCA Appoints Vice President

The Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has named Christina Haddad Polesovsky as vice president of the organization. Polesovsky will oversee government and regulatory affairs as well as assist the president and CEO in managing administrative and public relations functions for the statewide trade association. Polesovsky most recently served as chief of staff

7-Eleven No. 3 on Franchise 500

7-Eleven Inc. has earned the No. 3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500, which ranks top franchise opportunities in the U.S., Franchising.com reported.   This is the chain’s 17th year to secure a spot on the Top 10 of the Franchise 500.   7-Eleven opened more than 1,800 stores around the world last year,

Quick Chek Debuts New Fresh Food Options

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is starting the year off by enticing its customers with a number of new fresh food offerings. New for breakfast, the chain is offering an egg white turkey sausage omelet on a multigrain roll, targeting those looking for a healthy

Metis Capital Selling Petro Group Gas Stations

Metis Capital Ltd. is in talks with an Australian gas station company to sell its entire holding in Petro Group Ltd. at a value of NIS 120 million, 115% higher than Petro Group’s market cap, Israel’s Globes Online reported. Metis Capital’s share rose 7.3% yesterday to NIS 17.80, giving a market cap of NIS 133

New Year Marks New Leadership for 7-Eleven Franchisees

  The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, which represents the owners of 4,583 franchised 7-Eleven stores across the country, recently elected Bruce Maples as its new chairman. Maples, who most recently served as a vice chairman of the National Coalition, assumed the new post on Jan. 1. Maples has been a 7-Eleven franchisee

Hot Stuff Recognized as a Top U.S. Franchise

Hot Stuff Foods, a foodservice provider specializing in pizza, subs and other grab-and-go convenience foods, has been recognized as one of the country’s top franchise systems by Entrepreneur magazine.   Entrepreneur listed Hot Stuff Foods No. 74 in its January 2010 Top 500 ranking which includes multiple franchise categories beyond foodservice.     “We are extremely pleased

TransFS Launches Credit Card Processor Directory

Transparent Financial Services (TransFS.com), a marketplace for businesses seeking financial services, has launched the TransFS Credit Card Processor Directory, the first comprehensive Web site through which businesses can research, rate and review credit card processors. In the past, researching the quality of a new credit card processor required a business owner to conduct hours of

BP’s ampm Makes Entrepreneur’s List of Top 10 Franchises

BP’s ampm convenience store business has landed on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2010 list of Top 10 franchises. The 10th place ranking represents a jump from 2009 when ampm came in 35th on the magazine’s Franchise 500 list. The BP convenience store brand also rose in the magazine’s rankings of fastest-growing franchises. Entrepreneur ranked ampm 14th on

Kretek Drops Cigar Lawsuit Against FDA

Kretek International Inc., importer and marketer of Djarum clove cigars has withdrawn its lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regarding the distribution and sale of clove cigar products. In light of statements made by the FDA, Kretek in September of 2009 filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District

Del Monte Launches Redesigned Web site

  Del Monte Fresh Produce Company has launched its newly redesigned corporate Web site. The new site, www.freshdelmonte.com, has been designed to better serve Del Monte’s customers. It features a more streamlined navigation, a fresher and more contemporary look and flash animation. The site also features a new sustainability section, which highlights Del Monte’s achievements

Atlas Oil Honors Marines

Atlas Oil Company’s charitable arm, Atlas Cares, is holding its third annual Marine Holiday Party on Saturday, Jan. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. The festivities will take place at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens, Mich., and attendees will include Sam Simon, CEO and owner of Atlas Oil Company, 400-500 Marines, their

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