Flying J Closes Seven Locations

  The oil company Flying J Inc., Ogden, Utah,  has decided to close seven of its restaurants because of poor economic conditions, the Associated Press reported.   The locations set to close include restaurants in Payson, Utah; Bessemer, Ala.; Commerce, Ga.; Lubbock, Texas; and three in Wyoming-Cokeville, Evanston and Casper. These stores will continue selling

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Minimum Wage Increasing This Summer

  On July 24, the federal minimum wage will be increasing 11% to $7.25 an hour, the last in a three-step increase, CNN Money reported.    Some states’ minimum wage exceeds the federal mandated wage, and companies like Burger King Holdings Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. are likely to find it more difficult to absorb the

Making the Company Coffee Run Just Got Easier

  Dunkin’ Donuts has released a new Web site called, Dunkin’ Run, along with an iPhone application that is designed to help customers suggest and then submit group orders online, Computerworld Daily reported.   “We conceived of Dunkin’ Run as a social application that helps hard-working Americans stay slightly more productive,” said Baba Shetty, chief

Sheetz Offers New Payment Technology

  First Data, an electronic commerce and payment processing services company, is set to supply Sheetz Inc., which operates 350 c-stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, with the GO-Tag payment technology solution.   Using the GO-Tag solution, consumers can make purchases by tapping their sticker on a contactless reader, making

New Compact Ice Machines

  Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of

New Compact Ice Machines

  Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of

Citgo Petroleum Launches FuelingGood

  CITGO Petroleum Corp., Houston, is rewarding local heroes who do good work in their communities with its new FuelingGood program, which launched June 1.   The program will continue through the end of the year and will reward CITGO gift cards to the people who do the most good.    To be considered for the

Obama Signs FDA Bill into Law

  President Obama has signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which had already passed in both the House and the Senate, at an event at the Rose Garden.   The new law will give the FDA the power to regulate tobacco.   President Obama, who started smoking as a teenager and has

Shell Demos Gas of The Future

  Customers at a Shell service station are the first in the world to fill their tanks with gasoline containing advanced biofuel made from wheat straw.   From June 10 to July 10, the regular gasoline purchased at a Shell service station in Ottawa, Canada will contain 10% cellulosic ethanol. The biofuel is produced locally

Wal-Mart’s ‘Unbeatable Prices’ Claim to Stay

  Wal-Mart can say its prices are unbeatable, but its annual savings claim has got to go, or so said The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD) when they were asked to review the ads by H-E-B Grocery Co. L.P., a competing food and drug retailers.   NAD, the advertising

Fuel Prices Slow Rapid Ascent

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   After nearly two months of gasoline price increases just about every day, wholesale costs moved lower last week, offering a break in the rapid ascent by pump prices for consumers. Most parts of the country saw a double-digit decline in wholesale gasoline costs in the

Tennessee C-store Chain to Offer GPS Fleet Tracking

  Pilot Corp. is set to offer GPS Fleet Tracking and Information systems to its Pilot fuel card customers.   Pilot Travel Centers LLC, which operates 304 travel centers in 40 states and Pilot Corp., which operates 41 c-stores, primarily in the Knoxville, Tenn., has entered a co-marketing agreement with PROCON Inc. to begin offering

Coupons Go Electronic

  Safeway Inc. owned stores nationwide are offering consumers cost savings through an electronic coupon service.   By logging onto AOL’s Shortcuts.com, a free, paperless electronic coupon service that links coupons directly to participating grocery store savings cards, shoppers can save at Safeway Inc.’s 1,554 stores, which are located in 22 states and the District

Police Issue “Good Behavior” Slurpee Tickets

  Kids in more than 250 cities and municipalities across the nation may look forward to their next encounter with police this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven stores’ popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a cool treat.   Through Operation Chill, law enforcement officers from participating local police and sheriff’s departments can “ticket”

Obama To Sign FDA Bill at Rose Garden Event

  President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law today, giving the FDA unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco, the Associated Press reported.   An event is scheduled today in the Rose Garden where Obama is scheduled to sign the bill, which allows the FDA to reduce

Outcast and PumpTop TV Form Partnership

  Outcast (formerly Fuelcast), Santa Monica, Calif., and AdtekMedia (owner of PumpTop TV), Irvine, Calif., both leaders in the digital out-of-home industry, are launching a new joint venture to create the nation’s largest at-the-pump digital network.    The consolidated venture creates a national network with more than 12,600 high-definition large screens in 15 of the

Big Tobacco May Benefit from FDA Ruling

    The new FDA bill, which passed both houses and is expected to be signed into law soon, could benefit big tobacco companies, MarketWatch reported.    Altria’s Philip Morris USA lobbied heavily for many aspects of the law and could solidify its place as the market leader with new rules that could hurt the

Gulf Oil Teams with Power Management Co.

  Gulf Oil L.P. has selected Power Management Co., which serves more than 8,000 customers throughout the continental U.S., as its preferred vendor for electricity and natural gas procurement for more than 1,400 gasoline retail centers in the Gulf Branded network.   In current economic times, operators not only need to increase revenue streams, but

Jack in the Box Sells Quick Stuff Stores

  Jack in the Box Inc. is selling 55 of its 61 Quick Stuff convenience stores and gas stations, and said it plans to sell the rest of the chain by the end of this fiscal year, Reuters reported.   San Diego-based Jack in the Box operates about 2,600 quick-service and fast-casual restaurants under the

Rutter’s Introduces Kids Meal

Rutter’s Farm Stores has been playing with its food, all in anticipation of the launch of its $2.99 kids meal.   Now available in 36 Rutter’s stores that offer touchscreen ordering, the kids meal features a choice of a grilled cheese sandwich, four-piece chicken nuggets or regular hot dog.   The side-dish options are a

Dunkin’ Donuts Grows Franchisee in Dayton

  Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Mass., has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Giant Oil Inc, Tampa Bay, Fla., and will develop of 12 restaurants in Dayton, Ohio.   The first unit will open in 2011, and the rest will open for business within the next five years.   In addition to the 12 units

RJ Reynolds Wins Court Battle with Star Scientific

  In the court battle between RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Star Scientific, a federal jury decided Tuesday RJ Reynolds did not infringe on two patents claimed by Star Scientific for a tobacco-curing method.   Following the ruling, Star Scientific shares lost nearly 80% of their value in late trading, the Associated Press reported.  

Local C-store Encourages Local Graffiti Artists

  If you can’t beat them, you might as well join them.   That’s just what Molly and Dale Willis did when they got fed up with kids “tagging” the sides of their Edmonton, Calif. c-store with graffiti. To retaliate they called in local graffiti artists to paint the walls and windows of Molly’s Mini

Georgians Campaign for Sunday Beer Sales

  Two-thirds of consumers in Georgia want the right to vote on allowing stores to sell beer, wine and booze on Sunday, according to a recent poll, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.   While a free-market Republican caucus that includes several state Senate leaders supports the Sunday vote, and grocery and convenience stores say customers, many

Walmart’s name added to Marketside

  Walmart Stores Inc. is attaching its name to Marketside, the small convenience-size grocery stores it began operating last year. The Phoenix-area stores are now being called Marketside by Walmart.   Walmart rebranded its U.S. stores under the Walmart name last year, complete with a new logo that includes a yellow sunburst.     Caren

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