quiktrip puts out the lights for minors

New store policy prevents anyone under 18 from purchasing lighters or matches. Cigarettes aren’t the only product requiring proof of age at QuikTrip stores these days. In response to a campaign by firefighters in Johnson County, Kan., to prevent children from playing with fire, the chain has changed its policy and now requires customers to

tulsa gas up to 80 a barrel

Hurricane Humberto affects Texas refineries and Midwest supplies. Thanks to Hurricane Humberto’s jot through Texas, oil prices finished above $80 a barrel for the first time, reported Tulsa World. On Wednesday, the Energy Department reported declines in inventories and refinery activity with the price ending at $79.91. On Thursday, the October contract for light, sweet

starbucking the system

Convenience concepts are spreading to coffee houses, supermarkets and even drug stores, and retailers have every reason to be concerned. It’s no secret that c-stores have“borrowed” ideas from outside channels.Thanks to Starbucks, c-storeoperators learned that customerswould pay $4 for a cup of coffee as long asit was a high-end brew. So it should comeas no

csd honors three with ncsag scholarships

College tuition can be abig financial burden, but Convenience Store Decisions is committed to offsetting thatburden for its National Convenience StoreAdvisory Group (NCSAG) members. The NCSAG Scholarship Fund-created for employees or children of employees that are members of the group-recently awarded three separate $1,000 grants to three worthy students. The scholarships are awarded annually and

are you leaving money on the table

Federal and state tax credits are available to employers that hire members of specific, usually disadvantaged, groups. Every year, thousands ofemployers fail to claim their fairshare of the billions of dollars ingovernment tax credits and incentive programs set aside for them. If you’venever claimed yours, then the question is: “Why?” Maybe you just didn’t know

the sweet life

The category isbooming with demandfrom health-conscious adult consumersthat are seeking out sugarless gums andmints, while high-ring novelty items aredrawing in kids. This demand is a welcomed addition.The confectionery category is one of themost profitable in c-stores. According to aJuly 2007 Information Resources Inc. (IRI)report, convenience stores have shown a7.8% increase in the confectionery category over

white gold

Last month, CSD offered astory about Fast Phil’s, a retailerin North Carolina that consistentlygoes head-to-head with supermarkets on its bread, milk and egg prices. The12-store chain still maintains its price war,but with the recent rise in milk prices, it’shaving a tough time of it. “We are still trying to keep our prices aslow as possible.

getting the most out of fuel consumers

“High gasoline prices have not changed Americans’ driving habits but they have significantly changed their purchasing habits, as price is by far the No. 1 reason why drivers select a specificgas store. In fact, more than one out of four drivers say they change their behavior to save as little as one penny per gallon.”

service to the fleet

Proprietary cards aimed at the trucking industry help retailers increase volume and in-store sales, while fending off costly processing fees. Retailers are caught inan endless battle at the gaspumps—fending off high payat-the-pump processing fees on credit cards, while trying to keep their customers from floating over to lower-pricedbig-box competitors. To do this, retailersare taking advantage

pricing for the future

Town & Country is among the chains investing in price optimization software to manage fuel sales. Gasoline retailers are currently facing an unstablemarket, where prices are in aconstant flux and the slightest miscalculation can cost them dearly. Tostay on top of their game, retailers areinvesting in new price optimization software technologies to help manage fuelpricing

appetite for construction

Dash In Food Stores is poised for growth as it introduces a new store design emphasizing its commitment to a foodservice future. Driving down Crain Highway in southernMaryland, motorists are offered many conveniencealternatives—7-Elevens, Wawas, XtraMarts—but asthey cross into La Plata, a glamorous new store stands out like a beautiful brick beacon. The 3,200 sq. ft.

growing with the business

As Alan Drake grew up in central Colorado, he found himself working for a local convenience store through high school. At the time, Kwik Stop had just one store operating out of its headquarters in Penrose,Colo. Drake learned the business from the ground up—stocking shelves, sweeping parking lots and putting a smile on customers’ faces.

shultz is manning rutters stores

The York, Pa-basedcompany replaced the vice president position with a director of human resources.Schultz will be responsible for overseeing theentire human resources department, including employee benefits, policies and payroll.She will also oversee hiring new employeesfor rutter’s 51 convenience stores in centralPennsylvania. Potential hires can apply forretail positions at any store or through thecompany Web site.

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguishedthemselves with new store prototypes,increased sales and strong financialportfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.stood out from the crowd by cementing itsposition as a dominant marketer in the U.S.and Canada. As a

growth on tap at gulf

As part of a fuel reimaging campaign, the oil company is launching the new Gulf Express convenience store brand. Gulf Oil, the venerable New England fuel brand, is midway through a major branding campaign that will seethe oil company convert 11 Exxon travel plazas along theMassachusetts Turnpike. But what is most significant aboutthe Turnpike deal

exxonmobil offers sweet candy promotion

Working with Hershey, coffee customers offered free Kit Kat in August. As candy manufacturers roll out holiday products, Fairfax,Va.-based Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking advantage of sweetseason’s start. During August, ExxonMobil ran a special promotion in itsOn the Run convenience stores throughout the U.S.A free Kit Kat barwas given with the purchase of any size

the new cornerstone on the back bar

Cigarette sales are still one of the biggest draws for convenience stores, but many retailers are gradually shiftingtheir attention to the new king of the back bar: the othertobacco product (OTP) category. It’s no secret that OTP products—moist smokeless tobacco (MST) in particular—have been red hot over the past two years, showingvolume growth as high

paperback profits

Periodicals can be a slipperyslope for the convenience industry.A good magazine title can be justas powerful as an impulse item forteens and adults as well-placed candy itemsare for kids. But for every one shopper thatpicks up a title, dozens walk by without givingthe selection a second thought, and that’swhere the opportunity lies. Retailers want to

strive for excellence

There are many common characteristics of excellence, but none more important than giving your very best at everything you do. Take Geo. H. Green Oil in Fairburn, Ga., for instance. Last month, GreenOil’s Director of Marketing Jim Callahan launched achain-wide sting operation to see how employees weredoing selling age-restricted products, specifically, alcohol, tobacco and lottery

cstore ceos rally in washington

Lobbyists hope to turn senate against potential FDA regulation of tobacco. CEOs from five convenience chains recently joined together to meet with Republican Sen. John Cornyn, asking him to reconsider a proposed bill that could allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco, a move retailers feel could lead to the federal

sunoco goes twowheelin with nascar and occ

New promotion offers customers a chance at a custom OCC chopper. Sunoco is working with Orange County Choppers (OCC) to bring NASCAR fans an opportunity to win a customized OCC chopperjust like the ones top drivers—Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart—customized earlier this summer. The Sunoco/OCC Custom Chopper Giveaway involves full

more problems for ameristop

Gilligan Oil pulls out of proposed acquisition. Gilligan Oil Co. has made a statement that it is no longer under contract in regards to a proposed acquisition of the Northern Kentucky-based Ameristop convenience store chain. Pat Gilligan, the company’s CEO, made the announcement after Petro Acquisitions Inc.—Ameristops’s parent company—fell into receivership earlier this week. Gilligan

change a plenty at rutters

The chain promotes two, adds a new member and welcomes back another. Rutter’s Farm Stores has made changes to its senior management staff, including the promotions of two long-time company executives, the return of another one and a new addition. Jeffrey Leedy, former vice-president of marketing, has been promoted to the newly created position of

sheetz grows in ohio

New store plans to test food ordering at the pump. Ohio is preparing to open its 25th Sheetz store, this one located in South Zanesville. While the site is still covered with a tarp of dirt and the steel frame of the building is only just begingin to form a skeleton, the store is on

ameristop assigned a receiver

Third-party called in for ongoing lawsuits. A judge this morning appointed a third-party receiver to handle Ameristop’s affairs after Cincinnati-based venture capital fund suing the convenience-store chain for failure to pay in a stock deal asked for the move. Ameristop has recently been making headlines for running out of gasoline supply as well as Coca-Cola

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