Archives for August 2012

7-Eleven Honored Down Under

Australian Association of Convenience Stores recognizes 7-Eleven with three awards. 7-Eleven received three industry awards at last week’s Australian Association of Convenience Stores gala dinner in Melbourne, reported. 7-Eleven was recognized as Major Retailer Head Office of the Year, Major Retail Franchise Store of the Year and also took the Peter Jowett Industry Award

CITGO and Citi Launch New CITGO Rewards

Consumers earn five cents per gallon with proprietary credit card. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Citi Retail Services are launching a new private-label consumer credit card that allows CITGO customers to earn five cents-per-gallon credits for fuel purchases at all CITGO locations. Launching Sept. 1, the new CITGO Rewards Card program is one of the most

FDA Cigarette Label Mandate Ruled First Amendment Violation

FDA “failed to present any data” showing that the proposed graphic warnings “will accomplish the agency’s stated objective of reducing smoking rates,”  says U.S. Circuit Judge. Tobacco companies won a challenge to U.S. rules requiring that cigarette packaging and advertisements display graphic images, Businessweek reported. Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural

Thorntons To Open In Florida

“Our goal is to have six stores open by the end of this year or early next year,” says Thorntons spokesperson. Thorntons Inc is set to open its first Florida location in Clearwater, Fla., in November, on the site of a former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop at 1698 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

NCA President To Retire In 2014

“Larry has done a great job and transformed NCA over the last 20 years and we want to keep that momentum going,” says NCA Chairman. NCA President Larry Graham has announced his plan to retire following the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo after 22 years as head of the Association. Graham, who has overseen significant

Texas Food and Fuel Association Supports TCEQ Decision

TCEQ to waive stage II vapor recovery requirements for certain facilities. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released an enforcement discretion directive today regarding Stage II vapor recovery systems. Effective immediately, the agency will no longer require Stage II vapor recovery controls to be installed at certain facilities.  Eligible facilities include: • Facilities that began

Whole Foods To Triple Store Count

Whole Foods looks to grow in food deserts and small market areas. Whole Foods is planning to triple its store count to 1,000 and drive sales by opening locations in underserved areas and smaller markets, seeking opportunity in food deserts where finding fresh fruits and vegetables is a challenge, Bloomberg reported. “We’re accelerating growth,” Walter

BP Determines Scope of Fuel Quality Incident

BP reaches out to c-stores who may have been affected by off-specification fuel. BP believes approximately 200 retail outlets in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area were supplied with off-specification regular-grade gasoline over the last seven days, along with 20 additional retail sites in the Milwaukee area that received off-specification premium gasoline. The company continues

TA Offers New Professional Driver Products

TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is furthering its commitment to professional drivers by offering new products that will be sold exclusively at TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers. The products include a large-scale Rand McNally Road Atlas, Magellan RoadMate Commercial GPS, and Cobra GPS/CB radio bundle pack, all of which will assist drivers

Camel SNUS Mint Goes National

R.J. Reynolds’ Camel SNUS Mint is set for nationwide expansion. Offering innovative smoke-free tobacco products for adult tobacco consumers to enjoy, Camel SNUS is expanding its offerings with Camel SNUS Mint, to be made available nationwide beginning Aug. 28, 2012. Camel SNUS Mint had previously only been available in 27 states across the country, as

Fresh Foods, Fast Service

Burgers, brats and sausages continue to drive sales among core convenience store consumers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience dining is on the rise and the demand for sandwiches is jumping. Americans’ love of burgers, sausage and brats is creating plenty of opportunity for convenience stores, where lunch and dinner solutions anchor the menu. The

Worth The ‘Hassel’

Cumberland Farms turns a unique theft problem into a marketing campaign on its social media sites. By Megan Wilkinson, Assistant Editor Cumberland Farms stores launched a promotion of its iced coffee featuring David Hasselhoff as its spokesman last month, and it garnered instant attention from its customers…maybe too much attention. The chain decided to place

Credit Card Security And PCI: Where Do We Go From Here?

When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if they aren’t aware of PCI requirements and the severe consequences that can result from a data breach. By John Lofstock, Editor When security breaches make the news, the typical victims are retailing giants, such

Convenience Store Visits Remain Stable

Total channel sales increase in Q2. Convenience store visits remained stable and total channel sales were up in the second calendar quarter of 2012 compared to same quarter year ago, according to The NPD, a market research company.  NPD’s convenience store research finds that there were 2.2 billion visits to c-stores in the quarter, which

VPS Raises Over $195,000 For Children’s Foundation

“This year, we were very proud to expand our fundraising efforts to all 425 of our stores throughout eight states,” says CEO of VPS. The final numbers are in and VPS Convenience Store Group has raised $196,526 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation this year to support pediatric cancer research at ranked children’s cancer hospitals

BP Establishes Website To Assist Fuel Issues

A batch of fuel shipped from BP’s Whiting, Ind. fuel storage terminal contained a higher than normal level of polymeric residue. BP has set up a dedicated Website to handle inquiries from consumers who may have been affected by a fuel quality issue in the Chicago, Milwaukee and Northwest Indiana areas this week. BP has

Sheetz Opens Midway, N.C. C-Store

Sheetz is opening its 429th c-store at 8283 Old U. S. Highway 52 in Midway, N.C. on Thursday, The-Dispatch Online reported. The 6,400-square-foot Midway store will be the sixth new store opened in the Triad this year. It is expected to create 40-45 new full- and part-time jobs and add $3.5 million taxable property value

Maintaining Strong Cigar Sales

Despite a demand from adult consumers, retailers are continually forced to defend their right to sell flavored cigars responsibly. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While tobacco has long been a bread-and-butter product for convenience stores, accounting for millions in individual unit sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains a

Parker’s Honored by Inc. 500/5000

“This honor further validates what our customers tell us every day—that we deliver the ultimate in convenience store products and services at a fair price,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s, a convenience store chain with 27 retail locations throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, has ranked No. 3006 on the annual Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing

Ruiz Foods Appoints Rachel Cullen President and CEO

“It is a very exciting time at Ruiz Foods and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to build on Ruiz’ long-standing leadership role in making great foods for today’s families,” says Cullen. Ruiz Food Products Inc has appointed Rachel Cullen as President & CEO effective immediately.  Cullen joins the company

Appeals Court: RYO Operators Are Manufacturers

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision upholding the rule issued by the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in September of 2010, which classified retail operators of commercial roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette machines as tobacco product manufacturers under federal law, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.  When

RE Powell Partners With VP Racing Fuels

“The bonus of the program is the incredible credit card-processing program that will save our customers hundreds if not thousands of dollars each month,” says RE Powell spokesperson. RE Powell Distributing Co. has signed up for VP Racing Fuels Inc.’s new program to brand fuel stations with the VP Racing Fuels brand. “As RE Powell

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as some Refinery Units Return from Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed countrywide in moving into the second half of August, with some markets, notably the greater Chicago market in the upper Midwest, posting steeply lower values after a surge in those prices in late July early August. Wholesale costs in the broad

7-Eleven Inc. Acquires 76 West Virginia-Area Locations

“This acquisition fits well with our accelerated growth strategy and gives us an opportunity to expand in the West Virginia market, building on our already strong mid-Atlantic presence,” says 7-Eleven Inc.’s chief financial officer. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed a deal to acquire 74 operating convenience stores and two land parcels from Prima Marketing LLC, a

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Payment App

Now guests can use their iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts items faster, and send virtual gift cards. People can now run on Dunkin’ more quickly and conveniently than ever before, as Dunkin’ Donuts today launched its first-ever mobile application for payment and gifting for iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones.