Wal-Mart Express

Wal-Mart Begins Build on Express Stores

A smaller footprint version of Wal-Mart is soon to give c-stores extra competition. Wal-Mart has begun construction on the first of its Wal-Mart Express stores, which are expected to average less than a tenth of the size of an average Wal-Mart Supercenter, Business Review USA reported. On March 16, construction is planned on a 14,400

convenience store forecourt

Driving Business with Branding

As competition increases from drug stores, fast-food restaurants and coffeehouse, communicating a clear branding strategy is timely and vital. The forecourt is more important than ever, especially as gas prices are rising at a fast clip. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to market through the forecourt, so retailers must use every strategy to drive store

Dean's Heavy Weight Cigars

Heavy Weights

Like all Dean’s cigars and pipe tobaccos, Dean’s new Heavy Weights cigars, a product of M & R Holdings, contain only the highest-quality tobacco. Heavy Weights are the same size as the company’s 2003 release—its 100mm Dean’s Large Cigars—containing slow-burning, air-cured burley filler and 100% homogenized tobacco wrapper. Both filter-tipped cigar brands come in nine

cigars, other tobacco products

Renewed Optimism for Cigars

Amid the chaos of legislation and taxation, convenience store retailers remain optimistic they can retain OTP customers and even pick up some new ones trading down from cigarettes. By: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Not much been predictable about the tobacco category over the past 18 months. Huge taxes increases have renewed questions about just how

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FDA Enforcement Has Started, What Should You Do?

The We Card Program offers seven steps c-store retailers need to take right now. By: Doug Anderson, President, The We Card Program. Before FDA regulations took effect, it was enough to prevent an underage tobacco sale. The question, “Is this customer old enough to buy tobacco?” ruled the day. That way of thinking falls short

employee, human resources

Performance Reviews: All Pain, No Gain

Few activities in the workplace polarize like employee reviews. Some see them as subjective, one-sided and something companies should eliminate entirely. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. I despise performance reviews. In my 30-plus years of running a business, speaking and consulting, I’ve found that my personal distaste for performance reviews is shared by so many

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Win With BBQ Sauce

Cattlemen’s Master Reserve BBQ Sauces understands the challenges operators face daily and works to help solve those problems through real business solutions, including merchandising kits, training videos, recipes and rebates. Because these challenges are getting tougher, Cattlemen’s is giving up to $10 back on every case of Cattlemen’s barbecue sauce purchased through April 15.  The

Mace Security International inc.

Mace Security Sells Texas Car Wash

“We are pleased to announce this sale in our continued progress in exiting the car wash business,” says Mace CEO. Horsham, Pa.-based Mace Security International Inc. has sold a full-service car wash facility and convenience store located in Lubbock, Texas. With the sale of its Lubbock location, the corporation currently has two remaining car washes

EVOL

Natural and organic burritos

EVOL Burritos, maker of made-from-scratch, natural and organic frozen burritos, announced rapid growth in foodservice sales just months after launching a new line of deli-wrap burritos and hiring former PepsiCo director, Darin Gruenhaupt, as director of foodservice and convenience store sales. The burritos, which can be sold fresh or hot off the shelf, are available

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Manitowoc Foodservice Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

“Manitowoc Foodservice is producing and promoting energy-efficient ENERGY STAR products that help American consumers join in the effort to increase our nation’s energy efficiency,” says EPA Spokesperson. For the second consecutive year, the (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by

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Fuel Prices Spur Uptick In Consumer Complaints

As gas prices increase, customers are paying more attention to the price at the pump and are quick to report concerns, the National Conference on Weights and Measures reports. As fuel prices rise, so do the number of consumer complaints at the gas pump, according to a recent survey of state weights and measures, where

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as Crude Slips

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ending Monday (3/14), with prices in the West Coast bucking lower markets in most parts of the U.S. as California transitions to summer grade gasoline with a lower Reid Vapor Pressure reading. Retail prices will continue to advance on the updraft from previous spiking wholesale values triggered by

Delek US Holdings Reports Q4 and 2010 Results

“As we look to the year ahead, we remain focused on the expansion of our retail footprint through new store construction,” says CEO. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, has released the financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2010. “During 2010,

shellpumps

Shell And Excentus Join To Offer Fuel Discounts

Gas station customers can look forward to cents-per-gallon fuel discounts at participating Shell stations nation-wide. Shell and Excentus, a provider of marketing programs and services using cents-per-gallon fuel discounts as the ultimate consumer reward, have announced the nationwide expansion of their alliance through an exclusive, long-term strategic deal. The relationship between Shell and Excentus aims

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Enter the 2011 C-Store Futurecast Contest

Is your image suffering from market fatigue? Could your stores use a face lift? Are you looking for a marketing edge that will reinvigorate your retail brand? Then it’s time to enter C-Store Futurecast 2011, Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Marketing Makeover contest. CSD has joined forces with Convevo Partners and Integrate to offer one contest

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Starbucks Partners With Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Starbucks to be the exclusive licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by GMCR for the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., which provides specialty coffee and single-serve brewing systems, have embarked on a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion

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Couche-Tard’s Q3 Report: Profits Up

“Despite the absence of recent major acquisitions, quarter after quarter, we continue to create value for our shareholders by improving our sales and margins and through initiatives that allow us to increase our efficiency,” says vice president. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $71.0 million for its third quarter, up $16.2 million or 29.6%

Kooler Ice Vending Machine

Ice and Water Vending Machine

Kooler Ice introduces its newest ice and water vending machine, the IM1000. “The IM1000 is not only the most productive ice vending machine ever built for its size, but it is also equipped with our exclusive ‘IceTalk’ smart monitoring system which will provide our owners the most efficient machine management system in the industry. With

Fresh & Easy Grocery Stores

Fresh & Easy Enters Bay Area

“Today marks another significant step for our business and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Fresh & Easy CEO. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason was joined on March 2 by San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, civic and neighborhood leaders and hundreds of customers to celebrate the opening of Fresh & Easy’s

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Wilson Farms’ Launches Fifth Annual Paper Balloon Campaign

Proceeds from $1 paper balloon purchases to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Buffalo, N.Y. –based Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food Stores is once again launching its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo beginning Wednesday, March 9. Customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper

Thorntons convenience store

Thorntons Kicks Off Basketball Bracket Challenge

March Madness is here, and basketball fans can enter Thorntons free online sweepstakes beginning Sunday, March 13 for a chance to win free gas for a year. Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever ‘Basketball Bracket Challenge’ sweepstakes where customers can score big time by winning free gasoline for one year. Sweeps players fill in the

Kretek e-cigarette

Premium E-Cigarette

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigarette was developed in the U.S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes were successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial product line

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New White Grape Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced a new white grape flavor to its lineup of Swisher Sweets Cigars. The white grape flavor offers customers a mild-sweet taste, smooth flavor and an excellent aroma. These new cigarillos are individually wrapped in the company’s sealed-fresh foil wrapping and come in a variety of packaging—Bonus Box 60s, 25-count impulse units

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Tapping the Power of Candy

Despite the economic slowdown, chocolate remains a relatively inexpensive indulgence for cautious consumers. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for retailers who haven’t already done so to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets.

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Strong Outlook for Frozen Beverages

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. It’s no secret that frozen beverages has been one of the hotter categories in the convenience store industry over the past three years. The good news is that NACS is predicting a sunny forecast for

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