The Pantry Inc. Sets Strategy For 2010

  The Pantry Inc., which operates more than 1,650 stores in the Southeast, has announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 24, 2009.   Its net income for the fourth quarter was $13.3 million, or $0.60 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $22.9 million, or $1.03 per share


American Express and Dunkin’ Donuts Partner For New Promotion

  This holiday season, American Express and Dunkin’ Donuts have teamed up to entice customers to keep coming back for more purchases with money back savings.   When customers use any American Express Card to sign up for Auto-Recharge, the automatic reloading feature on the Dunkin’ Donuts Card, American Express Cardmembers will receive a 20%

7-Eleven Recognized For Diversity

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is being recognized as one of the top franchise opportunities by three diverse publications – Professional Woman’s Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine and Black EOE Journal, all published by Olive Tree Publishing Inc.-as part of each magazine’s 2009 “Best of the Best” Annual Review Series.    In its 18th year, the evaluation

Rutter’s Expands Fresh-Food Menu

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores recently expanded its fresh-food menu to include turkey wings and sliders, which are available in its 36 stores that offer touch-screen ordering.   The wings offer 2.25 ounces of meat that is marinated and then fried. Wings are available with original, buffalo or spicy seasoning for the price of $1.39

7-Eleven To Add 150 stores in Baltimore-Washington Area

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven plans to open 50 stores a year in the Baltimore-Washington area over the next three years, the Baltimore Sun reported.   The move is part of the company’s aggressive expansion strategy in some of its best-performing markets, where it has a large concentration of stores that are doing well, said company spokeswoman

Flying J Sells Insurance Subsidiary

  As Flying J. Inc. works to emerge from bankruptcy, it is selling its insurance branch to Buckner Co., a Salt Lake City-based insurance brokerage firm, for an undisclosed price effective Jan. 1, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.   “While the trucking industry is down right now, we are confident in the long-term growth of

Kum & Go Offers New Military Pay Benefit

  Kum & Go L.C., announced yesterday, Dec. 1, that as part of its continued support for its associates who serve in the armed forces, it is introducing a new Military Pay Benefit.    This new benefit offers financial support to those Guard and Reservists who are deployed to tours of duty. It is available to

EPA Delays Ethanol Decision

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it required more time to decide whether or not to approve an industry request to increase the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline, Reuters reported. The EPA was supposed to make a decision by Dec. 1 on a petition filed by Growth Energy on behalf of 54 ethanol

Quality Sign Co. To Provide 7-Eleven With “Green” Signage

  Jacksonville, Fla.-based Quality Sign Company, a national sign engineering and manufacturing company, is set to create signage for all of 7-Eleven Inc.’s new stores across the country.   Quality Sign Company will provide exterior double-faced pylon signs and wall signage, all lit exclusively with LED technology. Use of LED lights will provide 7-Eleven stores

Gulf Oil Embarks On New “Get Spotted; Give Hope” Promotion

  Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil L.P. is rolling out a new promotion for the driving public that offers a philanthropic twist to its popular “Get Spotted” Program.   Drivers that place a Gulf decal on their cars and register at, or who currently have a Gulf decal and are registered, are eligible to win a

Mike Schulte Named President of Gilbarco North America

  Mike Schulte became the president of Gilbarco North America, effective today, Dec. 1.   In this role, Schulte reports to Martin Gafinowitz, Danaher Group executive and president for Gilbarco Veeder-Root. Schulte’s appointment signals a continued investment in the North American business by Gilbarco and a commitment to the retail and commercial fueling sites in

Quick Chek Names Vendors of the Year

  Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, announced two long-time business partners as the company’s 2009 Vendors of the Year: Quick Chek foodservice distributor AFI and Drew Grosso, owner of Empire Millwork.   Cited for its unwavering contribution in helping to strengthen Quick

PDI Offers One-Stop Software Solutions

Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) offers a wide array of services to assist customers in taking advantage of PDI/Enterprise, a complete network-centric software system that allows convenience, wholesale petroleum and foodservice operations to do business electronically. It was designed with input from more than 250 PDI customers. When choosing any backoffice software provider, both Quinn Ricker,

Progressive POS Solutions

Speed of service is crucial, of course, but with all the services that convenience stores offer today communication—between machines—is key. From gas pumps and safes to back-office software and lottery terminals, operators are finding that integrating them with their point-of-sale (POS) systems leads to greater accuracy, efficiency and profitability. Mary Vinson, director of operations for

Controlling Operating Costs

From escalating utility costs and credit card fees to labor and looming PCI deadlines, retailers have their hands full with a host of issues that are impacting their businesses. No issue is as complex and timely as PCI compliance. The stakes in the PCI game are high and, as 2010 approaches, c-store operators need to

Fighting Credit Card Costs

Is there relief ahead for exorbitant credit card fees? The answer is yes. But first, there’s a fight to be fought. According to NACS in Alexandria, Va., credit card payments have grown from 21% of transactions in 1995 to 49% today, with the trend expected to grow to more than 50% by next year. The

New Regulations on Tobacco from the FDA

Over the past six months since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began wielding its new powers to regulate cigarettes, smokeless and roll-your-own tobacco, the implementation of the law has been anything but smooth. Even though Dr. Lawrence Deyton, the FDA’s new head of the Center for Tobacco Products, announced several times during “Listening

Fuel Rises Regionally

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in California gained during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, and are poised to move higher after wholesale prices in the state’s fuel market moved up sharply on aggressive buying. The increase in the Golden State’s gasoline prices halts a trend for decreasing values

Kum & Go Helps United Way Campaign

  Kum & Go was among 14 central Iowa companies and organizations that increased its yearly contributions to the United Way campaign this year-collectively the companies increased donations 10% compared to last year, the Des Moines Register reported.    Pacesetter organizations, such as Kum & Go, conduct early campaigns and pledge to increase their United

Couche-Tard Acquires Arizona Fuel Terminals

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement through one of its subsidiaries to acquire 16 fuel terminals in Phoenix from BP West Coast Products LLC.   “The Phoenix Terminal is an excellent asset with outstanding employees who manage a very high quality operation. Strategically, this acquisition will add efficiencies in our fuel supply chain

MetroSplash Welcomes New CEO

  MetroSplash Systems Group Inc., a leader in fuel-based loyalty solutions, has appointed Patrick Cummiskey as its new chairman of the board and CEO.   A MetroSplash board member since November 2008, Cummiskey is well-known in the industry and has expertise in transaction processing for the supermarket, convenience store and petroleum markets.   “MetroSplash is

7-Eleven Taps RKF as Exclusive Leasing Representative

  Robert K. Futterman & Associates LLC (RKF), an independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, has been retained as the exclusive retail leasing representative in Manhattan for 7 Eleven Inc.   7-Eleven, the world leader in convenience retailing, is expanding its presence in the New York metro area

Could Philip Morris Be Considering E-Cigarettes?

  Philip Morris, the biggest maker of tobacco cigarettes in the U.S., reportedly is in talks with Ruyan Group, which manufactured the original electronic cigarette in 2005, OfficalWire reported yesterday.   Now that the FDA has the authority to regulate the tobacco industry, Philip Morris could be looking to gain controlling interest over the products

Valero to Permanently Close Delaware City Refinery

  Valero Energy Corporation plans to permanently shut down its Delaware City refinery due to financial losses caused by very poor economic conditions, significant capital spending requirements and high operating costs.   The shutdown will affect about 550 employees at the plant. Valero notified refinery employees of the impending shutdown on Nov. 20, and has

Moody’s Ups 7-Eleven Rating

  Moody’s Investors Service increased its ratings outlook on 7-Eleven Inc. to positive, noting the c-store chain has seen improved results despite the recession, The Wall Street Journal reported.   7-Eleven, which has some 6,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada and is owned by Seven-Eleven Japan Co., reports an annual revenue of about $17