Archives for July 2011

Local Store Marketing for Retailers

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., In today’s tough economy, the fight for share-of-customer by retail stores to effectively capture sales has never been fiercer. Retail stores that sit back and wait for the economy to improve will have a very long road to recovery. Aggressive retailers that go

Breaking News: The Parker Cos. Opening Two New Stores

“Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations through our architecture, landscaping and customer service,” says President and CEO Greg Parker. The Parker Cos., a nationally-recognized leader in exclusive fuel and retail services across southeast Georgia and South Carolina, is opening two new stores in the greater Bluffton, S.C. area. The two new fuel and

Irving Oil Takes Gas Savings to Vermont

Irving distributing $1,000 in free gift cards to lucky customers on July 20. Irving Oil is offering even more opportunities for customers to save on gas this summer by taking savings directly to customers through Irving Rewards. Over the next two weeks Irving street teams are traveling throughout New England giving away thousands of dollars

Giant Eagle Opens CNG Fueling Stations

Project delivers improved air quality, reduces dependence on traditional fuels, and helps the region adopt and understand alternative fuels and clean transportation technology. Building on its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle Inc. has unveiled its first two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in the Pittsburgh area at

Driver Celebration Kicks Off At New Petro Stopping Center

The Petro at Carl’s Corner, which opened in April, celebrates its customers with prizes, food and live music. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has announced a driver celebration event at its Petro full-service travel center at Exit 374 off I-35 at 101 Cornelius Road North, Carl’s Corner, Texas. The festivities

Convenience Valet, Finiti E-Cigarettes Partner

New alliance helps extend reach of e-cigarette brand. Finiti e-cigarettes has entered into a strategic alliance with Convenience Valet and Advantage Sales & Marketing to represent and distribute its electronic cigarette products. Finiti e-cigarettes will now be available through many distribution partners, including Core-Mark, Eby-Brown, Grocery Supply Co., H.T. Hackney Co., DOT Foods, LibertyUSA and

Rite Aid’s Thrifty Ice Cream Adds Flavors

California customers can enjoy nonfat frozen yogurt and take-home pints of ice cream, as well as new flavors. When President Ronald Reagan created National Ice Cream Day in 1984, Thrifty Ice Cream was already a long established California tradition. Nearly three decades later, Rite Aid’s private brand Thrifty Ice Cream helped Californians celebrate National Ice

Gasoline Costs Get Upside Bump on Futures Rally

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline in futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange rallied to a better than two-month high midway through July, with the advance underpinned by draw downs from national inventory levels, refinery outages and a weaker U.S. dollar. Technical chart signals also triggered buying in the

Can Unionization Affect Your C-Store Business?

Proposed changes by the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board could drastically change how employers interact with their workforce. Recently, both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced proposals to change rules that could have significant impact on employers. Both sets of proposed changes are consistent

EZ Energy Enters Agreement To Acquire 30 Gas Stations

EZ Energy Ltd. has signed a letter of intent and entered into an agreement to acquire 30 U.S. gas stations and c-stores for $50.5 million, plus the inventory cost, which would grow the chain’s footprint to 120 stores, provided the deal closes as scheduled  in October. The acquisition agreement, made through Franchise USA LLC, a

Coulson Oil Rides With CARTI For Tour de Rock

Coulson Oil Co. sponsored the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI) in its Tour de Rock cycling event to raise money toward cancer research. For more than 40 years, Coulson Oil Co. has been a strong supporter of local community events and organizations.  In June, the company was the presenting sponsor of the Central Arkansas

Ultimart Adds KOMA UNWIND Relaxation Beverage

Southco Distributing Co. adds KOMA UNWIND, giving more than 1,800 c-stores access to the product. Ultimart convenience stores in Wisconsin is set to carry KOMA UNWIND “Chillaxation” drinks by Bebida Beverage Co., as well as the two-ounce shots in 28 of the 33 Ultimart stores within the next two weeks. “It is fantastic to be

Roadrunners Adds A Chester’s Chicken Offering

“After researching several options for a QSR concept, Chester’s brand recognition and quality food offerings were the perfect fit,” says president of Mountain Empire Oil Co. Roadrunner Markets has just introduced a Chester’s Chicken on the Fly foodservice offering inside its c-store located at 1309 State Route 394. Roadrunner Markets currently operates 92 stores across

Tedeschi Remodels Falmouth and Randolph Stores

Store upgrades continue, as Tedeschi prepares its locations to offer an increased assortment of fresh foods. Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops remodeled its East Falmouth and Randolph locations, bringing the number of stores remodeled since 2010 to 26. These remodels are part of Tedeschi’s plan to upgrade all store locations and offer an assortment of

Couche-Tard, Core-Mark Expand Supplier Agreement

Core-Mark to service approximately 980 Couche-Tard corporate stores within Couche-Tard’s Southwest, Southeast, Gulf Coast and Florida markets.  Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, is set to become the broadline supplier to the Circle K stores in the Southeastern

Seneca Cos. Acquires MidSouth Petroleum

“In this region, Seneca will be able to provide customers with greater resources for petroleum construction, top‐notch service and a range of petroleum equipment,” says Seneca CEO. Des Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Cos. has acquired petroleum service provider, MidSouth Petroleum LLC of Tulsa, Okla., to combine considerable years of industry experience with complementary petroleum industry solutions.

Walgreens Broadens Social Media Presence

The drug store chain surpasses one million Facebook fans, integrates its store network through Facebook and Foursquare. Walgreens the 110-year-old drugstore chain once known for its soda fountains and surgical dressings, is now making a name for itself in social media. The company recently surpassed one million fans on Facebook, the world’s largest social platform,

Subway Expands With Unique Locations

The popular sandwich franchise sets up shop in some unlikely spots.   The SUBWAY restaurant chain announced that a franchisee in Toledo, Ohio, has opened the brand’s 8,000th non-traditional location in

ConocoPhillips Announces Split

Separating upstream and downstream operations will make ConocoPhillips the largest independent refiner in the U.S. ConocoPhillips has announced it plans to split its business in two, separating its upstream and downstream operations, the Wall Street Journal reported. The news that the company will separate its refining-and-marketing assets from its energy and power companies sent shares of

VPS Presents Grant to Tuomey Foundation

Young’s Food Stores, through the BP Fueling Communities Program, helps local organization get a much needed financial boost. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of Sumter, S.C.-based Young’s Food Stores, presented a $12,500 grant on Wednesday to the Tuomey Foundation through the BP Fueling Communities Program. Young’s Food Stores and BP partnered to demonstrate their shared

Irving Oil Rewards Customers

Gas customers who fill up at select locations have the chance to win thousands of dollars in Irving Gift Cards. Irving Oil is offering even more opportunities for customers to save on gas this summer through its Irving Rewards program. Starting this week Irving street teams will be traveling throughout New England offering customers a

7-Eleven Undertakes Fastest Store Renovation Ever

After upgrading more than 1,000 convenience stores on the East Coast in record time, 7-Eleven launches its ‘More in Store’ marketing campaign. 7-Eleven Inc. wants residents in the greater New York City, northern and central New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas to come see what they’ve been up to for the last few months.

Slurpee MixMaker Concert Hits Lincoln Hall

Customers cash in Slurpee rewards points for concert tickets, try out flavor mixing with 7-Eleven’s new dual-chambered cup. 7-Eleven Inc. is mixing up the 2011 Summer of Slurpee with a mash-up of cool cups, cold concoctions and sold-out concerts. Not only is 7-Eleven encouraging Slurpee flavor-mixing with its MixMaker dual-chambered cup and valve straw, the

TPCA and TGCA Merge

Two Texas c-store associations join to form the new Texas Food and Fuel Association. The Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA) and the Texas Grocery and Convenience Association (TGCA) have agreed to merge, together forming an association called (TFFA), effective Jan. 1, 2012. “The Texas Food and Fuel Association will be the nation’s

TA To Accept Cards From U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network

Fleet drivers with a Voyager card can now use it to buy fuel at TA and Petro Stopping Center locations.  TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and U.S. Bank have reached agreement where TA will accept Voyager Fleet Systems fuel payment cards. The agreement will allow fleet drivers who hold a Voyager card to make fuel