Archives for September 2013

Balloon Ride Excursion Fulfills Promise

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, Pilot Lynn Huppert, Michele Huppert and Tony Huppert, owner of Team Oil Inc. of Spring Valley, Wis., collected on a promise made nine years earlier. In 2004 a Hot Air Balloon Fund Festival was held at the Spring Valley, Wisconsin High School to raise money to offset fees for students

NAG Kicks Off In Nashville

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. NAG is part of Harbor Communications and the Convenience Store Decisions Group. It is an association driven by retailers for

Parker’s Hires Convenience Store Industry Veteran

Jon Mangum joins Parker’s as director of operations. Parker’s recently hired convenience store industry veteran Jon Mangum as the company’s new director of operations. In his new position, Mangum is responsible for overseeing retail operations at Parker’s locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Before joining Parker’s, Mangum served as retail operations manager for Stinker Stores

J & H Oil Launches New Mobile App and Website

J & H Family Stores Convenience Store Chain partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy. J & H Family Stores locations are committed to courteous customer service and quality products., and with the introduction of J & H Family Stores app and Website, the company is taking this philosophy to the digital market. Showcasing mobile coupons, in-store

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests that have a penny saved will earn a hot, fresh cup

CITGO Launches Fall 2013 Fueling Good Project

Non-profits can win $5,000 in CITGO gift cards for helping local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. invites eligible 501(c)(3) organizations to enter its Fall Fueling Good Project to win $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards for doing good in their local communities. From now until Oct. 20, non-profit organizations can enter this year’s program at or

Research Shows Retailers How To Woo Smartphone Shoppers

Columbia Business School and Aimia researchers survey more than 3000 consumers to understand how they use smartphones in store aisles. With brick-and-mortar-retail stores continuing to struggle with the rise of “showrooming” consumers—those visiting a store to see a product but then purchasing it later online—groundbreaking research from Columbia Business School and global loyalty experts Aimia

Wholesale Gasoline Prices under Pressure Amid RVP Transition

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved mostly lower during the second week of September, pressured since Labor Day, with the holiday signaling the end of the driving season when demand eases from summer highs. The decline came despite curious rhetoric over the Syrian crisis, and later in the week

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Awards Kia Soul Winner

Summer Soul Promotion recognizes finalists with prizes. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, recently awarded a 2013 Kia Soul to Gary Dillon of Westmoreland, N.Y Dillon’s name was drawn on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 50 qualifiers at the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes’ Summer with Soul Promotion Grand

7-Eleven Offers Gourmet, Better-for-You Snacks

Dry roasted edamame, organic trail mix, veggie chips and premium nut blends greet customers. 7-Eleven has studied dining trends* that show consumers are snacking more often than ever. Long counted on by customers for a convenient snack or a drink, 7-Eleven stores now offer a broader assortment that reflects consumer desires for snacks made with

NACS Comments At Swipe Fee Fairness Hearing

“This settlement is worse than losing at trial,” says NACS president and CEO. NACS President and CEO Henry Armour delivered testimony before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the fairness hearing to consider granting approval to a proposed settlement of a long-standing antitrust class action filed by merchants against Visa, MasterCard and

Pemmican Rolls Out New Tex Mex Line

Introduces Pink Susan G. Komen for the Cure display. Pemmican Beef Jerky has announced plans to introduce its new Tex Mex line to the market during the National Association of Convenience Stores show held Oct. 12–15 in Atlanta.  Pemmican Marketing Manager Nakia Mills said Pemmican Beef Jerky will be featuring its new Taco, Burrito, Enchilada

Big Y and F. L. Roberts Announce Partnership

Big Y Express to open in fall 2013. Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. Inc., two long established western Massachusetts, family-owned and operated businesses, have partnered in a new venture to develop their own brand of convenience stores with fuel under the name Big Y Express. The first facility will open in

Sheetz Recognizes Exceptional Vendor

For more than 10 years, Sheetz has been gathering its vendors together to establish goals for the coming year, have fun and raise money for the Sheetz Brother Charities. The vendor event is one of the largest fundraisers for the charities that include the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While raising money through vendor support is an objective

Chevron’s 2013 Fuel Your School Program Expands

Helps fund classroom projects in 14 U.S. communities. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to 14 U.S. communities this fall from nine communities in 2012. Designed to support education for local public schools based on the specific requests of each classroom, Fuel Your School will help meet the critical

Atlas Oil Announces Car Giveaway

On Sept. 18, one lucky customer will drive away in a new Chevrolet Camaro LS. Atlas Oil Co. will be awarding a two-year lease on a new Chevrolet Camaro LS to one lucky winner in its Summer Road Rally Promotion on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Marathon station at 22350 Ecorse Rd. in

Susser Announces New Appointments To Its Boards of Directors

Susser Holdings and Susser Petroleum Partners each announced new additions to their Board of Directors this week. Susser Petroleum Partners LP elected Frank Risch, a retired Exxon Mobil Corporation executive, to the Board of Directors of Susser Petroleum Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP. Risch has been named to the

Casey’s Reports Record Quarter

Strong gas and inside sales. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $1.43 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended July 31, 2013, compared to $1.01 for the same quarter a year ago. “We are off to an excellent start of the fiscal year driven by strong sales throughout all categories,”

Valero Asks Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate

Valero Energy Corp. is calling on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target, because the cost to reach it has soared, Bloomberg reported. “We need the waiver now,” Valero Chief Executive Officer Bill Klesse, said in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Refiners are required by law to use

Local CITGO Marketer C.N. BROWN Co. Launches Fall Mobile Program

Benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local CITGO Marketer C.N. Brown Co. and Big Apple Food Stores are launching the “Apple of Our Eye” mobile program, selling paper apples for $1 from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12 with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As an added bonus, each customer who purchases an “Apple

Cinnabon Plans Aggressive Expansion in Louisiana

Maker of world-famous cinnamon rolls to meet prospective franchisees in Baton Rouge Sept. 18. Cinnabon Inc. plans to rapidly beef up its presence in the Bayou State by opening four mall-based franchise bakeries in the coming months. Cinnabon currently has two Express bakeries inside Schlotzsky’s Restaurants in Alexandria and Lafayette, but the new locations would

Bobby & Steve’s Comes of Age

Fresh off the introduction of its World Class rewards program, the Minnesota chain is expanding its foodservice offering, investing in employee training and bolstering its operations to drive profitability. By John Lofstock, Editor.In an industry where more than 145,000 stores all sell the same items, differentiating your brand and your offering is a challenge. But

Smokeless Tobacco Earning Extra Display Space

While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention in c-stores, sales of moist smokeless are chugging along. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience stores have a significant opportunity to target consumers in overlapping tobacco segments, such as converting cigarette smokers over to moist snuff or cigars. Experts expect this group to increase moist smokeless

The Rise of Craft Beer at Retail

Craft beer sales have doubled in the past six years and are set to triple by 2017, according to a Mintel report.  By John Lofstock, Editor. While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends with an impressive upward trajectory. Indeed, latest research by Mintel

Driving Frozen Beverage Sales

Convenience store operators who are cashing in on frozen dispensed sales are combining new and exciting flavors with popular promotions, good equipment maintenance and a strong foodservice offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Frozen beverages are widely regarded as a high-growth category, and convenience store operators looking for more of a good thing are complementing