Archives for 2011

Walgreens to Acquire 10 Carle RxExpress Pharmacies

“We are pleased to maintain convenient access to high quality pharmacy, health and wellness services for Carle RxExpress patients across east central Illinois,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreen Co. is acquiring the assets of 10 Carle RxExpress pharmacies in east central Illinois from The Carle Foundation, an Urbana, Ill.-based not-for-profit parent company of an integrated network

Investing in Tomorrow

Building a convenience store requires a great deal of planning. Operators are urged to examine all of their options before making their next big investment. By: Jim Callahan Thinking of building a new store? Well, I’ve got some thoughts and opinions to help you focus on making a wise investment. In these trying times few

Industry Steps Up to Support Japan, Charitable Causes

Convenience stores continue to play an important role in raising much-needed funds in times of trouble. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When disaster strikes, convenience stores are often at their best stepping up to support the community. But what makes the industry so special is that it often continues to give back long after the

7-Eleven Acquires Wilson Farms

Deal covering 188 stores significantly boosts the chain’s presence in western New York. 7-Eleven, Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase Wilson Farms, a Buffalo-based convenience store chain with 188 outlets in New York state, with an expected closing in the second quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of Wilson Farms

Pump & Pantry Poised for Growth

With an innovative store design, an updated fresh food offering and a new loyalty program in the works, the Nebraska chain is set for a strong 2011. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Pump & Pantry Convenience Stores is pushing forward with an aggressive plan to redesign its chain of 43 stores. The Grand Island, Neb.

How Involved Are You?

By: John Lofstock, Editor. After a years-long struggle to get some much-needed relief from the high interchange fees that are eroding the industry’s profitability, convenience store operators are in danger of seeing the victory slip between their hands. The Durbin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act, which is set to be finalized April

Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation

“We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers in regards to this program, and we are thrilled to serve as a vehicle for our customers to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and beginning on Wednesday,

Calcasieu Women’s Shelter Wins Fueling Good Prize

Year’s supply of CITGO gas will aid shelter in protecting women and their children from violence. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has named the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter of Lake Charles, La., the latest Fueling Good Grand Prize winner in the CITGO Fueling Good program. In recognition of its work providing shelter, support, and counseling to victims of

Cosby Oil Joins U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program

“Our drivers appreciate the near-universal acceptance of the Voyager card,” says Cosby Oil CEO. Cosby Oil’s locations in Texas are joining U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program. U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner of the Voyager merchant processing network. The Cosby Fuels card will now be accepted at

Wegmans Chooses Cardtronics for ATMs

Some 86 ATMs are scheduled to enter Wegmans 77 locations this summer. New York State-based  Wegmans Food Markets has selected Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services to its entire chain of 77 supermarkets located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Installation of Cardtronics-owned ATMs has already begun, with full-deployment of

Dealing with Workers’ Compensation Costs

Insurance premiums are rising at an alarming rate, but retailers can control this growing expense by understanding all of their options. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Just as with death and taxes, it appears certain that workers’ compensation claims—and the costs associated with them—will inevitably rise. Workers’ compensation, a program that forces employers to

Pemmican Donates More Than $50,000 in Beef Jerky

April 1 beef jerky promotion aids Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Marfood USA Inc. has donated more than $50,000 in Pemmican Beef Jerky to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. On April 1, Pemmican Beef Jerky gave away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds to kick off

TA’s TruckSmart App Now Available for Android

“The app is one part of our ‘full-service advantage’ offering; it can be used by drivers to make more efficient stops and optimize their business,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has released the Android version of its TruckSmart mobile application. This new platform for the company’s smartphone app helps professional drivers access

Roundy’s Partners with Grocery Shopping Network

New Websites engage shoppers online, gaining loyalty and providing cost savings and useful information about potential purchases. Grocery Shopping Network (GSN) has announced the launch of newly enhanced consumer Websites for Milwaukee, Wis.-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. The launch includes the Websites of Roundy’s five store banners:  Pick ’n Save, Rainbow Foods, Copps Food Centers, Metro

U.S. Gasoline Average Rapidly Approaching $4 Gallon

Metropolitan regions of the U.S. are increasingly staring at $4 gallon gasoline retail prices or higher, with the national average quickly marching towards the psychological price point, averaging $3.844 gallon on April 18, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The U.S. gasoline average reported by the EIA first topped $4 gallon on June 2,

Proposals Requested for Gulf Research Initiative

“We are pleased that the Research Board has reached this important milestone in the development of the GRI,” says spokesperson from BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance announced today that the independent Research Board of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) is requesting proposals for studies into the

FDA Will Not Appeal E-Cigarette Ruling

The FDA now is developing a strategy to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. On Monday, April 25, 2011, the FDA announced in a letter to stakeholders that is not appealing the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Sottera Inc. vs. Food & Drug Administration, stating that e-cigarettes

Royal Buying Group Announces New Hires and Promotions

Two new employees join the membership department team, while three existing staff members receive promotions. Lisle, Ill.-based Royal Buying Group (RBG) has announced new hires and promotions to its membership department. RBG is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of convenience stores, petroleum locations, college book stores, truckstops/travel plaza centers, auto repair facilities,

Customers Cut Corners Amid High Food and Fuel Costs

Clipping coupons and shopping at discount stores are two ways consumers are trying to save money. A new poll released by the Center for Food Integrity shows consumers are coping with the rising cost of food by changing their shopping behaviors. The poll, posted on the Center for Food Integrity’s Best Food Facts Website (

Kum & Go Welcomes New Leadership Team Members

“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with being the primary legal advisor to a growing and dynamic company like Kum & Go,” says newly appointed vice president and general counsel. Kum & Go’s president and CEO Kyle Krause has announced the addition of Franci Phelan as the senior vice president of

Tri-State Petroleum Establishes New Scholarships

“At Tri-State Petroleum, our intention is to pay tribute to our company’s founders, and to provide supportive educational opportunities to our employees, to their children, and to other area students,” says Tri-State CEO. Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is supporting

Mac’s, XYIENCE Partner for Sweepstakes

“We have been very pleased with the performance of the Xenergy brand in our stores and as a result, have recently expanded our listing base to include Xenergy Xtreme flavors,” says Mac’s spokesperson. XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, and Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, have

FDA Posts Draft Guidance To Website

Industry members are encouraged to read and comment on the guidance. Draft guidance, Establishing that a Tobacco Product was Commercially Marketed in the U.S. as of Feb. 15, 2007, has been posted to the Federal Register and on the FDA’s Center For Tobacco Products (CTP) Website today, to encourage feedback from those in the industry.

High Hopes for Smokeless Tobacco

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of smoking has remained constant since 2008, but the number of smokeless tobacco consumers is rising. The smokeless category has emerged as convenient and practical for those times and locations where cigarettes are desired, but prohibited. While smokeless products represented just 6% of

Margins Spark Tobacco Accessories

As the convenience store industry continues to weather the unceasing assault by legislators determined to make it harder to sell tobacco products, accessories are picking up speed based on what is still easy to sell. As a result, tobacco accessories is an emerging category that should continue to grow throughout 2011. According to SymphonyIRI Group,