Archives for 2011

Kum & Go Rank Improves on Inc. 5000

Listed at No. 4372, Kum & Go moves up more than 200 spots since last year. Kum & Go officials announced the company’s inclusion, for the third straight year, in the Inc. 5000, a ranking of the 5000 fastest growing privately-held companies in America. The results of the fifth annual Inc. 5000 revealed that Kum

Revitalized Roller Grill Sales

Hot dogs and tornados continue to provide chains with inexpensive, labor-friendly meal solutions that allow store operators to expand their fresh food offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. One of the most maligned pieces of equipment in all of foodservice—the roller grill—remains the backbone of many convenience store foodservice programs, offering an inexpensive, labor-friendly way

Choosing the Perfect Pizza Program

Whether going with a branded option or developing a proprietary menu, pizza appeals to a wide variety of pallets.     By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Everybody loves pizza, but which pizza? And what will it take to get it to your customers? These are the kinds of questions convenience store operators need to ask themselves

Pilot Flying J To Offer Workout Centers, Gym Memberships

“Pilot Flying J understands the challenge professional drivers face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Flying J Travel Centers is set to offer professional drivers an easy in, easy out workout concept through a partnership with Rolling Strong and Snap Fitness, a franchisor of 24/7 express fitness

Ricker Oil Selects Eby-Brown as Wholesale Distributor

“Eby’s customer-centric philosophy is in perfect alignment with what we do at every one of our stores,” says president of Ricker Oil. Ricker Oil has selected Naperville, Ill.-based Eby-Brown to provide distribution services to its 50 Ricker’s store locations in the Indiana market.  For over 30 years, Ricker’s has provided the central Indiana region with

NCR’s Acquisition of Radiant Systems Nears Completion

 NCR looks to effect a “short-form” merger under Georgia law, allowing it to complete the acquisition of Radiant Systems this week. NCR Corp. expects its acquisition of Radiant Systems to close this Wednesday, Aug. 24.  The company announced it has successfully completed its cash tender offer through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ranger Acquisition Corp. for

7-Eleven Expands Email Security

Email encryption from Zix Corp. helps 7-Eleven protect partner relationships. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed a three year agreement with Zix Corp., a provider of email encryption services, marking the third multi-year agreement between the two companies. 7-Eleven began using ZixCorp Email Encryption Services in 2004, sending secure email to partners through ZixGateway, a policy-based email

Rutter’s Takes No. 2 Spot in Top 100 Private Companies

“We believe strongly in our business model, so we have been investing in new stores and remodeling existing stores,” says CEO of Rutter’s Holdings Inc. Rutter’s Holdings Inc. advanced its spot on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2011 list of Top 100 Private Companies, rising to No. 2, the company announced today. Posting $585 million

Departing Pantry CEO To Head Hooters

“I am thrilled to be returning to Atlanta and am very excited to be joining the Hooters team,” says Terrance Marks. Terrance Marks, president and CEO of The Pantry, who this week announced his resignation from the chain of 1,650 c-stores, is set to take the helm as president and CEO of Hooters of America

Weigel’s Marks A Milestone with Aggressive Expansion Plans

As it celebrates its 80th anniversary, the Knoxville, Tenn., chain is opening new stores, embracing an expanded foodservice program and investing in cutting-edge technology. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. With lofty expansion plans ahead, a focus on foodservice and a strong push to capture the elusive female demographic, Weigel’s Inc. is poised to make a

Customers Take Coffee Personally

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Jerry Weiner watched in awe as a customer crafted coffee to her specification at a Rutter’s Farm Store. She combined three coffee varieties in her cup and added at least five different creamer flavors

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Mid-August

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ended Aug. 22, while the New York Mercantile Exchange September RBOB (gasoline) futures contract edged higher. In California, wholesale gasoline costs moved up on a sharp drawdown from state specific gasoline inventories, while in the Midwest costs were higher as refining activity eased. Gasoline costs in the Northeast

Valero Corner Stores Team With UTSA Roadrunners

Roadrunners fans will enjoy free samples from Valero during football games this fall. Valero Retail Holdings Inc.’s Corner Store locations have become the official convenience store sponsor for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners’ inaugural football season. During the upcoming season, Valero employees will be at all Roadrunners’ home games giving free

The Pantry’s CEO Resigns

Edwin Holman, chairman of The Pantry’s Board of Directors, is expected to take the helm in the interim while a new CEO is retained. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Terrance Marks, CEO and director of the company, has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to resign. The Board of Directors has formed

Nevada Grocery Kiosks To Offer DMV Transactions

Some 40 kiosks will roll out at grocery stores in Nevada, offering customers an easy way to renew car registration and perform other DMV related tasks from their local grocery store. Nevada has approved a 10-year, $27.6 million contract to install kiosks in grocery stores statewide where Nevada residents can renew car registrations, extend drivers

Shell, Citi Renew Credit Card Issuing Relationship

New multi-year renewal extends decade long relationship. Citi has announced a multi-year renewal of its long-standing U.S. credit card relationship with Shell. Citi has issued Shell branded credit cards since 1999. Shell has more than 14,000 Shell-branded stations in the U.S., the largest branded station network in the country. Citi provides Shell consumer and commercial

C-store Puts An End To Loitering With Classical Music

Panhandlers and loiterers move on as classical music fills the air around store.   A United Dairy Farmers (UDF) convenience store in Columbus, Ohio, found a unique solution to what was a growing problem with loitering outside its location.   UDF began blasting classical music, which can reportedly be heard all the way down the

Managing the Distribution Network

There are endless perks and possibilities for convenience store chains of all sizes that embrace self delivery. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In the highly competitive convenience store industry, retailers must constantly search out new ways to control expenses, boost profits and improve margins. For chains of a certain size, self-distribution has the potential to

Red Eagle Oil Files For Bankruptcy

Red Eagle cites the economy and an inability to collect money it was owed for its Chapter 11 status. Red Eagle Oil Inc., a Cody, W.Y.-based fuel distribution business and chain of gas stations/convenience stores  filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 1 in Wyoming’s federal bankruptcy court, citing millions of dollars of debt, the

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Invites Retailer Comments

Retailers with comments on tobacco regulations, risk, etc., have a chance to present their views to the FDA’s Center for Tobacco (CTP) products: 1. Public Workshop on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTP) This workshop <> will provide an opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to the scientific evaluation of MRTP applications.  Aug. 25 – 26,

Steve Asay Joins Master-Bilt

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of commercial refrigeration systems for over 70 years has appointed Steve Asay as National Accounts Manager-Refrigeration, effective immediately. Prior to his appointment with Master-Bilt, Asay served as vice president sales and marketing for Kairak/ITW. With his many years of experience in the refrigeration industry, Asay’s primary goal with Master-Bilt

New Stripes Store First in Corpus Christi Area to Offer E85

“With the number of flex fuel vehicles growing, and as cities like Corpus Christi push to find ways to improve air quality and make renewable resources a focus, Stripes will offer E85 fuel at more locations if we find that consumers demand that option,” says Stripes’ CEO. The newest Stripes Convenience Store location, located on

The ABC’s of ASPC

Understanding average sales per customer can stop employee theft in its tracks. By Jim Callahan. Human resources guru Mel Kleiman preaches that 20% of employees are basically honest, 20% are basically dishonest and the rest tend to gravitate toward the middle—depending on how management handles the dishonest employees. The following is designed to identify and

Steep Losses in Wholesale Gasoline Costs Trimmed

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs mostly moved higher through the week-ended Monday (8/15) in major metropolitan markets across the U.S., paring steep declines incurred earlier in August amid heavy selling that had gripped markets of all stripes, and reached the panic level at some points. Macroeconomic signals continue to

Kroger’s Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Debut Solar Panels

Each store’s solar system will generate over 160,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and provide significant savings in energy costs.   The Kroger Co. has tapped Affordable Solar to install two solar systems on the roofs of Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Inc., a division of Kroger.  These projects are part Kroger’s solar pilot program

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