Archives for 2011

Nugget Ice Machines

Manitowoc offers two types of nugget ice machines that complement any food and beverage applications from carbonated beverages to blended smoothies, making them perfect for use in convenience stores. The RN Series ice machine produces a tubular nugget ice ideal for dispensing in beverage applications, as the longer nugget discourages congealing. The ice shape is

Electronic Shelf Tags

ZBD Displays Ltd. offers electronic point of purchase (epop) shelf tags. The tags attach wirelessly to a shelf edge, offer a battery life of about five years and don’t require extensive hardware for installation. ZBD software is installed within the company’s existing IT system and is easily manipulated within a Windows environment. Fully-graphical LCD displays

Kum & Go Announces Major Expansion Into Arkansas

Three new stores are set to be built this fall and 20-25 new Arkansas locations are anticipated over the next five years. Kum & Go has announced aggressive expansion plans into Arkansas, where the chain plans to invest $70-80 million in the next five years and aims to create approximately 150 new jobs by the

7-Eleven Provides Free Slurpees at Comic-Con

In celebration of the Cowboys & Aliens movie premiere 7-Eleven gives away film-themed freebies in select stores and Slurpees at comic book convention. 7-Eleven plans to give its fans an insider’s look at Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, as seen through eyes of on-site roving reporter Art

Irving Oil Supports Special Olympics Athletes

Irving’s Fueling Dreams fundraiser has raised over $2 million in 10 years. Irving Oil is bringing back its Fueling Dreams fundraiser to support 28,000 Special Olympics Athletes in New England. July 23 has been designated as “To Serve and Protect Day,” where Special Olympics athletes, coaches and law enforcement officers will work alongside Irving and

FDA Announces July Tobacco Webinars

Are you ready to comply with new cigarette warning label regulations? Get your questions answered straight from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in one of two information sessions. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) announced it is hosting two Webinars on Tuesday, July 26 on Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements.  The

McLane Helps The Pantry Achieve Fundraising Goal

Huge response early on in Salute Our Troops campaign is expected to inspire more donations throughout summer. McLane Co. Inc. has helped The Pantry Inc. achieve the $1 million fundraising goal early in the “Salute Our Troops” summer-long campaign to support the military. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states,

Wal-Mart To Share Sales Information With Nielsen

“We believe that Wal-Mart’s participation in the information sharing model reinforces the importance of business information and analytics in today’s retail climate,” says Nielsen CEO. Nielsen, a global provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and buy, has signed a cooperation agreement with Wal-Mart to receive and analyze sales information from Wal-Mart’s U.S.

FuelQuest Expands ForeSite Product Line

“ForeSite SV allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of my fuel operations while ForeSite IC allows me to discover inventory variances immediately,” says fuel purchasing specialist for Hy-Vee. FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, is expanding its ForeSite product line with two real-time fuel

Food Lion Expands In South Carolina

Food Lion unveils six new stores it acquired from grocery store chain Bloom, and assures customers it plans to offer as many of Bloom’s key products as possible. The Food Lion is increasing its business in Greenville, S.C., with the opening of  six new stores it acquired from grocery chain Bloom. Seven Bloom stores in

C-Stores Partner With Nexxus

Convenience stores look to Nexxus Group solutions for category visibility via scan based trading. Kroger, Holiday Stationstores and GasAmerica all recently separately partnered with Nexxus Group to utilize its scan-based trading programs. Kroger enlisted Nexxus to provide the systems and customer service for scan based trading at its 786 c-stores in 18 states under five

Thorntons Salutes Hot Dogs

On National Hot Dog Day Thorntons serves up 40 cent hot dogs. July 23 marks National Hot Dog Day, and Thorntons is set to celebrate by offering Ball Park hot dogs with a variety of toppings for less than a dollar  at participating stores. Customers are limited to two specially-priced hot dogs upon their visit.

Susser Holdings Predicts Q2 Operating Results

Susser adds six new convenience stores and eight dealer sites  in second quarter. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the second quarter of 2011 of approximately 5.8% year-over-year when it releases its second quarter operating results next month. Retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to increase

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