Archives for 2011

Sheetz Celebrates New Hagerstown Store

“We are eager to open this newest location and give our customers there a bigger, better in-store experience,” says president and CEO of Sheetz. Sheetz is opening its first new store in Hagerstown, Md., in more than 10 years today, Thursday, Aug. 18. Customers today are lining up to be one of the first 50


Fas Mart, Shore Stop To Donate $120,000

“We felt it was a good time to make these important contributions to the communities we serve,” says GPM Investments spokesperson. GPM Investments LLC, which operates both the Fas Mart and Shore Stop convenience store chains, has raised $80,000 and allocated $40,000 worth of coffee for donation to 16 local charity organizations located throughout the

Lucky Supermarkets, Shell Team To Offer Fuel Rewards

Consumers swipe new Lucky Rewards Cards at checkout to earn savings on fuel redeemable at participating Shell stations. Lucky Supermarkets announced that beginning Aug.22, consumers who shop at any of its greater Bay Area stores using their new Lucky Rewards Card can now earn significant discounts on fuel redeemable at participating Shell stations. Consumers can

Packing a Foodservice Solution

Whether prepared fresh on site or delivered daily from a third-party commissary,sandwiches provide convenience stores the flexibility to promote a diverse menu. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Russell’s Convenience Stores got lucky in the mid-1990s when an upstart bakery approached the chain about selling its sandwiches at the chain’s company-owned locations. Russell’s, based in Denver,

NAG: You Will Be Glad You Came

By John Petersen, Publisher. As we got on the shuttle to head back to the airport leaving the 2010 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Charleston, S.C., I asked one of the retail attendees if he was satisfied with the event. The response was more than I could have hoped for. “Why don’t y’all do

Real Honest Popcorn

Convenience store owners looking to boost snack sales with innovative products take notice. Rocky Mountain Popcorn Co. introduces Naked Popcorn. The gluten-free, all-natural hot air-popped popcorn is naturally and lightly salted, and a whole grain snack. The product is both nut-free and contains no trans fats and offers a nine-month shelf life. One bite and your

7-Eleven To Acquire 51 North Texas Locations

“In terms of store growth, 2011 promises to be 7-Eleven’s biggest year since 1986,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire ExxonMobil’s retail interests in 51 North Texas sites. The transaction is anticipated to close in late 2011, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AWMA Announces Future Show Dates, Locations

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has announced the dates and locations for its annual convention and tradeshow for the next three years.  The 2013 AWMA Show will, for the first time in over a decade, be held in Orlando, Fla., and will then rotate between a Southeast location and Las Vegas for future years.

Casey’s, XYIENCE Launch Sweepstakes

Customers can win a trip to a UFC event in Las Vegas or pre-paid gas cards. Casey’s General Stores and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy—the official energy drink of the UFC, are teaming  to launch a text message-based sweepstakes, offering two grand prize winners a chance to win a UFC getaway package for two. The contest

Russell’s Convenience Collaborates In The Cloud

“IBM is helping our licensee’s to operate as one business—one that is connected, informed, and cohesive,” says HJB Convenience Corp. president. Russell’s Convenience is transforming its business with cloud collaboration technology from IBM.  As a result of adopting cloud computing, the company plans to better integrate and share data across its 24 convenience stores across

Updated: Gulf Returning to its Retail Roots

The iconic fuel brand is expanding into new markets with a fresh image and a renewed focus on operations. By John Lofstock, Editor. There was a time several decades ago when Gulf wasn’t just a downstream oil company—it was an integrated powerhouse with operations across several continents, from upstream to downstream, and with a heavy

Saluting the Thorntons Team

By John Lofstock, Editor. August is typically one of my favorite issues of the year because it gives us here at Convenience Store Decisions an opportunity to give something back to the industry for its tremendous support throughout the year. In August we announce our annual Convenience Store Chain of the Year, and this year

Breaking News: Couche-Tard Acquires 33 On the Run Stores in Louisiana

The stations are expected to retain the Exxon gasoline brand, allowing customers to continue to purchase Exxon fuel and use their ExxonMobil credit cards and Speedpass devices. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement to acquire 33 stores in southern Louisiana from ExxonMobil which operates under

PCI SSC Releases Tokenization Guidelines

Merchants to benefit from guidance on how tokenization solutions may ease PCI DSS compliance efforts. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published the PCI DSS Tokenization Guidelines Information Supplement, the latest in a series of SSC guidance documents aimed at providing the market with greater clarity on how specific technologies relate to the

CEFCO’s Parent Company Acquires 69-Store Food Fast Chain

“The addition of the Food Fast team and stores will significantly enhance our presence in East Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas; while providing a contiguous bridge to our existing locations in Alabama and Mississippi,” says CEO of Fikes Wholesale. Temple, Texas-based Fikes Wholesale Inc., parent company of the 123-store CEFCO Convenience Stores chain, has successfully completed

Tri-State Petroleum’s Dunk Tank Fundraiser Aids Make-A-Wish Foundation

Customers can donate for a chance to dunk volunteers in the name of charity. Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is inviting Wheeling, W.Va., residents to make a splash at a special dunk tank fundraising event to help benefit the Make-A-Wish

TA Opens Second Porter, Ind., Location

A former Gas City, Porter South TA now offers more parking and diesel fueling lanes for highway drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has completed the renovations and rebranding of its newest TA travel center at Exit 22B off I-94, 1441 West U.S. 20, Porter, Ind. The location was previously operated as Gas City, and

Ryko Manufacturing Changes Name To Ryko Solutions

Car wash industry provider broadens offerings to build more profitability for customers. Signaling a directional shift towards strengthening its position as a total industry solutions provider building more profitability for car wash owners and operators, Ryko Manufacturing has both changed its name to Ryko Solutions Inc. and launched a new brand identity program, including a

Are You Prepared for FDA Tobacco Inspections?

As the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) begins to implement tobacco regulations, the tumult surrounding tobacco at retail shows no sign of abating. In fact, the future of cigarette retailing will depend largely on retailers themselves. This issue and more will be addressed at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th in Savannah,

Valero Launches Mystery Shopper Program

Stores will be evaluated three times a year to ensure customer needs are met and employees are providing a positive retail experience. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Valero has partnered with Maritz Research to launch a new mystery shopping program, called Commitment to Excellence. As part of the new program, each of the company’s Valero,

EZ Energy Bolsters the Easy Trip Brand

Fresh after moving into its new headquarters, the Ohio chain is reimaging company-owned stores, enhancing its foodservice program and signed a deal to acquire 30 more properties this fall. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In conjunction with its fourth anniversary year, EZ Energy USA Inc. is prepped for an aggressive expansion of both its store

Frozen Beverages Appealing to Younger Consumers

New products, flavors and sweeteners have helped energize sales. ew market research from Y-Pulse LLC shows that today’s preteens and teens are interested in more sophisticated and trendy beverages, including those served up in convenience stores and even their school cafeteria. In a recent online survey, Y-Pulse asked middle and junior high school students to

Sheetz Expands Pennsylvania Operations

Sheetz adds a new store to the Pittsburgh community. Sheetz opened a new store in the Pittsburgh area on Aug. 11.  This new location sits at 3457 William Penn Highway. Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open.  These lucky customers won

Traveling With 7-Eleven

 7-Eleven expands its line of travel-size products to help vacationers this season. In today’s world of baggage fees, long security lines and restrictions on what can be carried onto the airplane, few U.S. travelers would use the words “travel” and “convenience”  in the same sentence. But to make life on-the-go a little easier, 7-Eleven Inc.

Rutter’s Trains Through the Web

Rutter’s Farm Stores now trains its new employees through online training services having teamed with both Ready Training Inc. and Targeted Solutions. Rutter’s Farm Stores has launched a new partnership to bring online training services to its employees. The company will work with Ready Training, Inc, a full-service online training company, and Targeted Solutions, a