156 Weeks Of Free Gas

Rutter’s Farm Stores is revving up its “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway where four grand-prize winners will receive 15 gallons of free gas for three years, the company said. The giveaway runs May 26 to Aug. 24, with grand-prize drawings taking place on June 23, July 14, Aug. 4 and Sept. 15. “There’s been a

Dude, Where’s My Beer?

Miller Brewing Co. and Anheuser-Busch are aiming to put their beer cans firmly into hunter’s hands as they roll out a new line of camouflage cans and related promotions, brandweek.com reported. The camo-cans will target the 65 million outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen, the Web site reported. Miller High Life and Anheuser-Busch have both long been

Dunkin Donuts Expands In Michigan, Alabama

Dunkin’ Donuts ambitious national expansion program continues to grow, as two more states have been pegged for dozens of new franchise locations within the next several years. The company said it is looking at the Grand Rapids, Mich., market as a place for 70 new restaurants over the next several years, with sites located in

Oil Prices Hit New Records

Retail fuel prices hit a new high Monday and crude settled above $127 for the first time, tightening the squeeze on drivers planning holiday road trips this weekend, the Associated Press reported. Crude hit a record $127.05 a barrel, while the average cost for a gallon of regular gas was $3.79, according to AAA and

High Credit Card Interchange Fees Cripple C-Stores

High gas prices and high credit card interchange fees are cooking up a witch’s brew of problems for small businesses, particularly c-stores and other petroleum retailers. That’s the meat of the message from Tom Robinson, NACS vice chairman of government relations, who testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Task Force this week. "If

Zip Trip Stores Switching To Cenex Fuel

Following up on its acquisition of 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest, CHS Inc. has begun converting the c-stores from the 76 brand to the Cenex energy brand, the company said. The initial conversion includes the installation of new signs and lighting, as well as updating graphics on canopies and fuel pumps.

Chester’s International Opens At Road Ranger Travel Plaza

Chester’s International, a fried chicken foodservice offering for c-stores, has opened at Road Ranger Travel Plaza in St. Robert, Mo., the second of many in a new partnership between Road Ranger and Chester’s. Chester’s International mascot, Chester the Chicken, was on site at the new location for a ribbon-cutting and photos. The St. Robert Road

A ‘Wok’ On The Wild Side

Rutter’s Farm Stores is rolling out a program offering custom stir-fry and fresh-baked bread, all in a move to set the company’s foodservice apart from competitors. “We’ve spent months developing a menu that’s not typically associated with a convenience store,” said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice at Rutter’s. “We’ve positioned ourselves to compete against

Beer Sales at Altoona Sheetz Still Face Scrutiny

Attorneys for beverage distribution companies are urging Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to bar takeout sales of six-packs unless a retailer allows the beer to be consumed on the premises, The Associated Press, reported. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently granted a license allowing beer sales at Sheetz in Altoona, Pa., a decision that has triggered much

Pa. Speedway Fans Could Win $50 Gas Cards

The owner of a heating company and c-store chain in Pennsylvania is teaming with a speedway owner in that state to give away free gas cards to 10 race fans, the companies said. Jeff Powell, owner of heating and cooling provider JJ Powell and Snappy’s Convenience Stores, a nine-store chain in central Pennsylvania, is working

Dunkin’ Donuts Donates Dough

Dunkin’ Brands Inc. became a founding donor of the The Culinary Institute of America’s “El Sueño” initiative after donating $1 million to the school’s baking and pastry kitchens at a new campus in San Antonio, Texas, and the main campus in Hyde Park, New York, The Culinary Institute of America reported. The money will be

Study: Tax Rebates Could Go to Gas

Consumers are planning to spend much of their tax rebate checks on necessities like gas and food, leaving less money to stimulate the economy with purchases on discretionary items, industry research from the National Retail Federation and BIGresearch revealed. Consumers said they plan to spend 40% of their tax rebate checks, which will send $42

Drive-in Convenience

Wawa Inc. plans to open its first drive-in food service this week at a store on George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown, Va., the Virginian-Pilot reported. Customers will be able to pull into any of 20 parking spots and order food and drinks through a speaker system at the store, and Wawa servers will bring

Giles Enterprises Goes Green

Ventless technology leader Giles Enterprises Inc., of Montgomery, Ala., has added two new Environmental Hoods to its product like to promote clean-air technologies. The company’s ventless hoods clean the air safely and re-circulate it into a room without needing a permanent, vented system. The new Environmental Hoods vent like traditional Hood Systems, but they take

Circle K Raises $450K for United Cerebral Palsy

Circle K Stores’ Florida and Gulf Coast regions raised roughly $450,000 for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) through its annual FishStix event April 28 through 30, the company said. FishStix is a golfing and fishing tournament sponsored by Circle K, with all proceeds given to UCP and most of its network of 100 affiliates throughout North

Sam’s Club Launches ‘100 Days of Summer’

Today’s independent convenience-store operator faces a variety of challenges when it comes to running a successful business, and the rising cost of food and nonperishable items, lack of time and a lean staff can all impact the bottom line. With more than 25 years of experience helping small businesses succeed, Sam’s Club is uniquely qualified

Fresh & Easy Plans 250 New Products

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced plans to unveil 250 new self-branded products in the next three months, including freshly prepared meals, juices and brewed teas, soy and goat yogurt and a multitude of ready-to-grill meats. The West Coast retailer, owned and operated by UK-based supermarket Tesco, has 60 stores in Nevada, Arizona and

Pizza Inn Teams With Texas C-Store Chain

Pizza Inn Inc. has signed a multi-unit development agreement to open six new locations in the Houston market beginning in late summer 2008, the company said. The Dallas-based Pizza Inn awarded the franchise agreement to Four Star Foods, a subsidiary of King Fuels Inc., of Houston, which operates 40 convenience stores in that state. The

Dunkin’ Donuts Offers Free Iced Coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts will host its second nationwide Free Iced Coffee Day on May 15, with plans to serve nearly four million cups of iced coffee to its customers at locations nationwide, the company said. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 15, customers can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the U.S.

N.C. Chief Wants Increase In Smoke Tax

In his final budget proposal as an officeholder, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley wants lawmakers to raise the state tax on cigarettes from 35 cents per pack to 55 cents, mainly to boost teacher salaries to the national average and repair the state’s mental health system, The Associated Press reported. Easley’s $21.5 billion spending plan

Starbucks Adds Energy Options

Starbucks customers have another option for caffeine infusion now that the Seattle coffee chain has unveiled its “+Energy” products in U.S. stores, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported. The new caffeine ingredients can be added to any existing Starbucks handmade beverage by saying “plus energy” at the end of an order, the newspaper reported. Baristas have

Chevron Gives $2M To Myanmar Cyclone Relief

Chevron Corp. has contributed $2 million to provide assistance to those affected by the May 2 cyclone in Myanmar, the company said. The International Federation of the Red Cross will receive a $1 million contribution, while the remaining $1 million will be given to four other organizations: the International Organization for Migration, Mercy Corps, Pact

The Pantry Cutting Costs in 2008

The Pantry Inc., of Sanford, N.C., is positioning itself to cut capital expenditures and put a halt to purchases for the rest of the year after posting a loss in the second fiscal quarter, though the company’s shares jumped after posting better-than-expected sales, the Triangle Business Journal reported. The announcement came about a month after

Shell Transitioning 20 Gas Stations To Nakash

Shell Oil Products U.S. is transitioning 20 of its branded gas stations in the Sacramento, Calif.-area to Nakash Enterprises LLC, the Houston Business Journal reported. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Nakash Enterprises is an affiliate of Vintners Distributors Inc., a California-based real estate development and management firm that already owns 22 Shell-branded

ExxonMobil Program Donates $2.5M To La. Schools

ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2007 Education Matching Gift Program has donated more than $2.5 million to 19 colleges and universities in Louisiana, the company said. ExxonMobil employees, retirees and others from the company contributed more than $900,000 to Louisiana higher education institutions in 2007, a number matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation with $1.6 million in unrestricted educational