Archives for December 2012

Petro Stopping Center Opens In Florence, S.C.

“We are very pleased to have acquired this location and open it as another full-service Petro,” says TravelCenters of America CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of a travel center in Florence, S.C., to the Petro Stopping Centers brand.

7-Eleven Celebrates Grand Openings In Jacksonville

“We are celebrating the 11 7-Eleven stores we have opened since late March and the many more to come,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. recently celebrated the first wave of store openings in Jacksonville, Fla., after announcing earlier this year its return to the north Florida market. With plans to open 80 stores by 2016,

Cumberland Farms Donates To Nichols Elementary

“Cumberland Farms is pleased to have this opportunity to give back to youth in the Stratford community,” says president of the Cumberland Farms Retail Division. Cumberland Farms has named the Nichols Elementary School as the beneficiary of a month-long fundraiser designed to support a variety of student programs offered at the school. For four weeks

Jacksonville Mom Gets Fresh Start With 7-Eleven Job

Nariza Clark is enjoying her 7-Eleven job as she works to better her skills for the future. A chance. That’s all Narizsa Clark says she wanted. 7-Eleven gave her that chance last August, when they hired her to work at the new Jacksonville, Fla. store located at West Forsythe and Julia streets. The job is

Cumberland Farms Fundraiser Aids Granby Public Library

A portion of Chill Zone beverage sales are set to support the new library building fund. Cumberland Farms announced that the Granby Public Library will be the beneficiary of a month-long fundraiser to support the construction of the new library and its programs for all populations of Granby, from preschoolers through seniors. For four weeks

Starbucks Speaks Out On Fiscal Cliff

Come Together campaign targets Washington lawmakers. Starbucks launched a political campaign this week aiming to attract the attention of Washington policymakers who have been unable to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, CNN Money reported. Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees at its approximately 120 D.C.-area stores to write

M&M’S Plans Super Bowl Commercial

M&M’s looks for ways to top last year’s Ms. Brown debut. Mars Chocolate North America’s M&M’S Brand is returning to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, with an all-new 30-second commercial during the first quarter. Last year during ‘The Big Game,’ M&M’S introduced the world to the original spokescandy, Ms. Brown, via a hilarious

Kraft Keeps Innovation Flowing

Some 40+ new products scheduled for 2013 deliver on the intense flavors customers demand. Kraft Foods Group Inc. has revved up its innovation pipeline to bring more than 40 exciting foods and beverages to the table.  Each has been developed to satisfy consumers’ appetites for bold flavors, flexible eating patterns and simpler product recipes while

7-Eleven Aids Last Minute Shoppers

From batteries to gift cards, shoppers can find what they need at 7-Eleven, where the doors are open all holiday season. The holiday season is bookended by two frenzied shopping periods. The first one begins with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Thanksgiving Day itself—the new Gray Thursday as some have called it. This year

Lehigh Gas Acquires Express Lane

The acquisition helps Lehigh achieve expansion beyond its core geographic footprint in the Northeast and gain property in a highly-trafficked metro market, says Lehigh CEO. Lehigh Gas Partners LP (LGP) has completed the acquisition of Express Lane Inc. of Lynn Haven, Fla., including Express Lane’s 45 motor fuel sites in the Florida “panhandle” region. The

Kum & Go Sponsors Des Moines Social Club's New Year's Event

The Bash is scheduled to feature an assortment of art and entertainment to ring in the new year.   Kum & Go is set to sponsor the Des Moines Social Club’s New Year’s Eve Event on Monday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. All

Royal Farms Responds to Obamacare Mandate

Cutting workers down to part-time, Royal Farms aims to avoid penalty fees. Royal Farms, a Baltimore, Md.-based chain with about 150 stores in mid-Atlantic states, is responding to the national health care reform mandate known as “Obamacare” by reducing its full-time and part-time workers to less than 30 hours a week, the Huffington Post reported.

Murphy Oil Teams With Walmart To Build Over 200 Fuel Stations

Construction process to span three years. Murphy Oil Corp.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA Inc., has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to provide access to more than 200 new locations within its core market area, covering the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. Under the terms of the agreement, Murphy USA will have the

Pilot Flying J Donates $100,000

Honors military veterans through Wreaths Across America. This holiday season, hundreds of thousands of wreaths were placed on the tombstones and memorials of the nation’s fallen heroes thanks to Wreaths Across America (WAA). With the help of professional drivers and customers across the nation, Pilot Flying J was proud to contribute $100,000 to the WAA

Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

Rincon, Ga.’s new 4,500-square-foot Parker’s c-store features a gourmet coffee bar, fountain soda with Chewy Ice, fresh-brewed iced tea and a full selection of snacks and drinks. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, has opened a new state-of-the-art store in Rincon, Ga. in response to customer demand. The 30th Parker’s location, located at the site

Kangaroo Express Joins the Wolfpack and Blue Devils in Bowl Games

Convenience retailer to sponsor Music City Bowl and Belk Bowl. The Pantry Inc.’s Kangaroo Express convenience stores will sponsor the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31. “As a proud sponsor of NC State, Duke and UNC sports for the past couple years, we are ecstatic

Mintel Celebrates The Holidays With Statistics

Festive stats ring in the new year. Chicago-based research firm Mintel presents a number of interesting holiday stats in categories ranging from food to shopping to personal care. Food, Spirits and Baking Habits • More than nine in 10 (91%) Americans made some sort of festive-related purchase last year (2011) whether it was holiday food (61%),

Turkey Gobbles Up Large Share Of Poultry Sales

If turkey wants to continue its impressive growth it needs to offer the level of innovation being seen in the chicken parts segment, notes one Mintel analyst. When it comes to poultry sales, chicken rules the roost, but this holiday season,  turkey is giving chicken a run for its money. According to new research from

McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013 Reveals Flavor Trends

Expected to drive global innovation in food. McCormick & Co. Inc., a global leader in flavor, reveals its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013. Now in its 13th year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that will drive flavor innovation over the next several years. For 2013, five trends and 10 accompanying flavor

Petromark Joins VP Racing Fuels Branding Program

Distributor aims to help independent sites compete in changing marketplace. Petromark Inc. has signed on as a partner in VP Racing Fuels Inc.’s national branding program. Supporting more than 218 retail and wholesale sites in its operating area, Petromark creates an opportunity for expansion of VP’s brand in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. “Our

Susser Opens New Stripes Stores

Management to ring opening bell at the NYSE Today to celebrate Susser Holdings’ move to the big board. Susser Petroleum acquired four newly constructed Stripes convenience stores from Susser Holdings Corp. yesterday, in addition to four stores previously acquired during the month of November.  The total cost to Susser Petroleum to acquire these eight stores

Rutter’s Donates More Than $640,000 in 2012

December marks the end of the most successful year of charitable giving in the 91-year history of the Rutter’s Cos., seeing over $640,000 donated primarily to children’s charities located throughout Central Pennsylvania.  A full list of charities receiving support can be found at These are a few of the causes to which Rutter’s has

The Car Wash Show Heads To Vegas

Join the International Carwash Association this April for the latest on new products and strategies for your car wash. International Carwash Association has announced that the 2013 Car Wash Show is set for April 22–24, 2013, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Car Wash Show, the largest car wash event

Steps to Success in Opening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

Dannon Foodservice and YoCream University help operators succeed. Whether operators plan to open a frozen yogurt shop, need expert advice to help take their stores to the next level, or want to connect with people who can help grow their businesses, YoCream University may be their first step to success.  YoCream, a brand of Dannon

Cumberland Farms Gives Away More Than One Million Free Cups of Coffee

Annual “Free Coffee Fridays” campaign drives new fans of its Farmhouse Blend. Cumberland Farms has given away more than one million cups of free coffee— 1,099,913 cups to be exact—to customers across 11 states as part of its Free Coffee Fridays promotion. Launched several years ago to kick-off the hot beverage season, the campaign began