Archives for 2013

Leased Lehigh Gas Stores Rebranded 7-Eleven

“Lehigh Gas Partners looks forward to working with 7-Eleven and is confident customers will benefit from the rebranding of these locations,” says Lehigh Gas Partners CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. is rebranding convenience stores in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties in Ohio as part of a 19-store lease from Lehigh Gas Partners LP, based in Allentown, Pa. Lehigh

Aloha Joins Mansfield's DeliveryONE Distribution Network

Aloha Petroleum becomes the exclusive provider for Air1 diesel exhaust fluid in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum of Hawaii has joined Mansfield Oil Co.’s DeliveryONE network distribution for Yara’s Air1 brand of diesel exhaust fluid. Ready to service the local market, Aloha Petroleum services Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Diesel exhaust fluid is the key

Safeway Adds Xenergy

New retail relationship adds more than 1,400 stores to the official energy drink of the UFC’s retail roster. Safeway Inc. is adding energy drink brand Xenergy in more than 1,400 of its stores nationwide. The retailer will offer the zero-calorie and sugar-free energy drink’s best-selling flavors: Mango Guava and Cherry Lime. Consumers can expect to

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Decline Again

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Lower wholesale costs for gasoline are moving through the supply chain which should again pressure retail prices, with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) last reporting in their weekly survey through March 18 a national average for regular grade at a $3.696 gallon five-week low. The average has declined

Honey Berry Singles

The Backwoods brand of all-natural tobacco cigars is introducing what is expected to be another winner for adult tobacco consumers and retailers alike: Backwoods Honey Berry Singles. The offering, launched in c-stores in January, features convenience, freshness and all-natural tobacco. “It is the most successful natural wrapper cigar introduced in the last 30 years,” according

New Washington Pipe Tobacco

Republic Tobacco has introduced Washington Pipe Tobacco. Available in Regular, Menthol and Gold medium and large bags, the new blend is a flavorful combination of premium tobaccos with a smooth, mellow taste. With Washington, retailers can satisfy the demand for a great pipe tobacco at a revolutionary low price.  This winning combination will provide consumers

Love’s To Purchase 50 New CNG Trucks For Fuel Delivery

Love’s plans to power 12.5 % of its fuel tanker fleet with compressed natural gas. Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand. Gemini, a sister company to Love’s,

Leiszler Oil Brings VP Retail Brand To Kansas

Kansas distributor to adopt VP Racing Fuels retail brand program. Clay Center, Kan.-based Leiszler Oil Inc. has partnered with VP Racing Fuels Inc. In addition to operating 16 Short Stop Convenience stores, Leiszler Oil Inc. also provides wholesale distribution of fuels to 14 branded and 13 unbranded retail sites in central and NE Kansas. “We

Technomic Examines Customers’ Dining Preferences

“Restaurant operators are making efforts to track consumer purchasing habits and attitudes,” says Technomic’s executive vice president. Today’s consumers have seemingly endless dining options, from hundreds of restaurants, to prepared foods purchased from c-stores, or even home-cooked meals. If restaurant operators or even c-store operators with extensive foodservice want to successfully compete in this environment,

NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

Bill would limit the menu-labeling rules to food retailers that derive 50% or more of their total revenue from the sale of food. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 1249), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),  a thoughtful approach to providing the

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins NJOY

Dr. Richard Carmona joins NJOY’s Board of Directors. NJOY has announced that Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, has been appointed a member of NJOY’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Carmona was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as the 17th

7-Eleven Suing 7-SEVEN Stores For Trademark Infringement

The c-store behemoth wants a judge to prevent the use of the 7-SEVEN name; the numbers 7 and 11 or color combinations of red, green, orange and white as part of convenience store logos. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has reportedly filed two federal lawsuits against 7-SEVEN stores in Bibb County, Texas, claiming trademark infringement, The Telegraph

Chevron, Safeway, Vons Partner To Offer Rewards

Joint loyalty program allows customers to save at Vons, Safeway, Chevron and Texaco. Safeway, Vons and Chevron have joined forces to offer a joint Rewards Points loyalty program in Las Vegas and Northern California. Customers who earn gas rewards by shopping with their Vons ClubCard or Safeway Club Card at Vons and Safeway stores are

Susser Completes Sale/Leaseback Transactions For $15.2 Million

Three new Stripes stores debut in March. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP announced that three new Stripes stores have opened in Texas during March.  Sale/leaseback transactions worth $15.2 million for these three stores were completed on March 21. These latest Stripes store sales by Susser Holdings to Susser Petroleum Partners bring the

E-Z Mart Improves Social and Mobile Marketing

OpenStore by GasBuddy helps E-Z Mart launch new Website. E-Z Mart Stores, with 300 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, has launched a new Website, effective March 1, 2013, after partnering with OpenStore by GasBuddy last year. The new site is fully integrated with a mobile app to create a complete experience for the

C-store Chain ampm Celebrates National Corndog Day

Customers can enjoy a corn dog and Pepsi deal this Saturday. This March 23, National Corndog Day gets off to a strong start at participating ampm convenience stores with an exclusive coupon offer for corn dog-loving customers. In collaboration with sponsors Pepsi and Foster Farms, participating ampm locations are offering a coupon, available in participating

CITGO, Sun Coast Resources Help Houston Furniture Bank

Houston-based businesses make surprise donation to local non-profit. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Houston-based CITGO Marketer, Sun Coast Resources, organized a surprise donation for the Houston Furniture Bank in honor of its commitment to “furnishing hope by making empty houses homes.” Together, the two companies presented furniture collected by Sun Coast Resources employees and $500 in

Look Who’s Talking…It’s Your Customers

Convenience store retailers not in touch with the needs of their customers risk far more than losing repeat business and sales. They risk extinction as customers gravitate toward chains that provide superior service and anticipate their needs. That was the key message delivered by John Goodman, vice chairman of Customer Care Measurement & Consulting last

Kangaroo Express Adds OpenStore by GasBuddy

“Kangaroo Express’ new mobile app will provide our guests with an interactive and convenient way to unlock savings,” says Kangaroo Express digital marketing manager. Kangaroo Express has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy, which will help launch the new Kangaroo Express Website and mobile app in the second quarter of this year. The new site will

FDA Will Not Appeal Decision On Cigarette Graphic Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services do not plan to appeal a District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued last August that invalidated the FDA’s graphic cigarette health warnings, the National Association for Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.   The news came via

ALCO Deploys Verge Connect

With Verge Connect, ALCO customers can select the types of deals and coupons they receive. Convenience retailer Albemarle Oil Co. (ALCO) has launched a branded smartphone app powered by Verge Connect. The platform, which comprises a comprehensive set of customizable features including interest-based marketing capabilities, social media, customer feedback management and back-end analytics, is priced

NACS Day on Capitol Hill Kicks Off

Convenience and fuel retailers descended on Washington this week as part of a two-day event called NACS Day on Capitol Hill, which took place March 19-20. During the event retailers, state associations and industry suppliers met with members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the issues important to their business. Attendees of

Bite Size Marshmallows

Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Doumak Inc. has introduced Campfire MallowBursts Bite Size Marshmallows. Campfire’s revolutionary formula has created the first sour marshmallow produced in the U.S. Campfire MallowBursts are available in two mouthwatering flavors: Lemon Meringue and Key Lime.  These sour marshmallows make flavors burst in your mouth like no other marshmallow you have experienced. 

MACS’ Circle K Rollout Nears Completion

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is nearing completion of a rebranding announced last summer, where its company operated stores will be unified under the Circle K banner. The company is in the midst of  a grand-opening celebration for the newly named stores, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. The celebration began Friday and is expected to last a

Shell Announces National Finalists

National competition honors science teachers for developing innovative approaches to quality lab experiences with limited school resources. Shell Oil Co. and the National Science Teachers Association announced the grand prize winner and four national finalists in the third annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, who