New Software Monitors Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh LLC has announced the first release of its VendTrack network monitoring software, which enables c-stores to monitor the operations of Vendgogh’s integrated gas island vending systems. Vendgogh’s gas island vending solution helps convenience stores sell cold drinks to gas-only customers who typically stop for gas but don’t go into the store. Research has shown

7-Eleven Delves Deeper Into Game Segment

7-Eleven Inc. plans to add a new program of “Great Games Below $20” from Game Trading Technologies (GTT) to 3,000 of its stores. The 3,000 outlets represent 50% of the U.S. stores operated and franchised by 7-Eleven, Inc.  “We partnered with GTT because of their experience and expertise as a third-party provider of video games

Weigel’s Fights Price-Gouging Accusation

Weigel Stores Inc. plans to defend itself against a civil action filed by the State Attorney General related to gas prices at seven Weigel’s stores during a five day period last fall, the company announced on Friday, April 17.   “We deeply regret that the Attorney General’s office has chosen to accuse Weigel’s of ‘price-gouging’ based

Lending Outlook 2010

At the NACS Sumitt in Chicago this week, a panel of experts spoke to the c-store industry on today’s lending environment. “It is clear to me this would be a hot topic for many people in this room,” said Joseph Sheetz, executive vice president of finance for Sheetz Inc., who moderated the session. Panel participants

Senate To Review Food Safety Bill

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to review its version of a food safety bill next week, NACS reported. The popular bill is not expected to have much trouble getting passed. Last year the House passed a similar bill, but there exists a large difference in the funding methods each chamber uses to increase the FDA’s

Gilbarco’s Robinson To Speak at NPECA

Andrew Robinson, director of point of sale marketing at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, is scheduled to speak at the 73rd annual conference of the National Petroleum Energy Credit Association (NPECA) April 20 at the InterContinental New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.  Robinson is set to lead the 10 a.m. POS Technology session that will outline current point

Coffee Connoisseur Alert

Following the 2010 introductions of Sumatra Mandheling and Nicaraguan Matagalpa coffees respectively, Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, continues its single origin coffee world tour Monday, April 19, with the debut of Costa Rican Tarrazu. A light bodied coffee known for its tangy flavor, enticing aroma

Quick Chek Offers Quick Freeze

Quick Chek has announced the results to its “Name it…Claim it” contest, where consumers entered names for the chain’s frozen beverage line during a contest held August and September of 2009. Francis LaMonica of Tinton Falls, N.J., won the contest with her suggested name  “Quick Freeze,” which nods both to the name of the chain

Economists Offer 2010 Outlook

Economists presented both sides of the picture to retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. The 2010 NACS State of the Industry Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the State of the Industry survey conducted by NACS. When the survey began, industry sales were recorded at just over  $1

Consumer Confidence Improving

“Consumers are back in the game,” James Russo, vice president of global consumer insights at Nielsen, assured the crowd of retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. Russo shared the top consumer behaviors c-store operators should watch for this year, noting that while consumers were on the sidelines in

Inside the Mind of the Shopper

At the NACS Summit in Chicago this week, Matt McCourt, director of Convenience / Spirits for SymphonyIRI Group, gave insight into consumer purchasing patterns across multiple channels and how to reach shoppers in a changing environment. “Consumers are thinking about daily living costs. We’re seeing a new conservative shopper driven by affordable indulgences,” McCourt told

Quick Chek Awards Sweepstakes Winners

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has announced the winners of its third annual Devils Night Out Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which celebrate Quick Chek’s famed coffee as the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils, asked customers to submit an essay stating why they

SymphonyIRI Reveals Top New Products

At the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week, Matt McCourt, director of Convenience / Spirits for SymphonyIRI Group, spoke on the new products in the c-store channel drawing the most excitement from consumers. Topping the list by Symphony IRI of the top new items in total U.S. c-stores for the 13

ZUN Energy-Plus Enters Midwest

Packaged in a patent-protected, retro-style rocket bottle, ZUN, a new Energy-Plus beverage, is continuing its national rollout, entering stores in 11 Midwest states. “Stores are reporting that ZUN is selling fast and selling out within just days of placing,” said Brian Stearns, founder and CEO of ZUN. “The ZUN brand is quickly gaining favor with

NATO Sets Date, Location For Show

In time for its 10th anniversary, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) is launching its inaugural NATO Show at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas next spring. The dates for the first NATO Show are April 12-14, 2011. The NATO show will feature educational seminars for retailers, the NATO Annual Awards Dinner, along with evening

PS Food Mart Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Customers of 29 PS Food Mart stores across south central Michigan and northwest Ohio raised more than $50,000 for local charities in just two weeks in the PS Food Mart “Fight Hunger. Give Hope.” campaign. From March 15-31, PS Food Mart employees encouraged patrons, vendors, and friends to purchase paper hearts, with 100% of the

First E85 Blender Pump Installed In Colorado

Burlington, Colo.-based Stratton Equity Co-op recently installed the first E85 blender pump in Colorado. Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributor Littlejohn’s Equipment Company, Colorado Corn and Colorado Oil & Public Safety joined Stratton Equity Co-op in hosting a grand opening celebration to announce the new addition.  “We are excited today to be bringing Ethanol into a place in

Kum & Go Expands Redbox Kiosks

Kum & Go plans to add Redbox DVD rental kiosks to more than 281 Kum & Go convenience stores nationwide this year.  Redbox kiosks are currently installed at 26 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  “Redbox has made a positive impact on our stores and has been very popular

Pye Promoted At Just Born Inc.

Bethlehem, Pa.-based Just Born Inc., a confectionery manufacturer, has promoted Matthew Pye to vice president of brand development and corporate services. Pye returns to Just Born headquarters from North Carolina where he has been heading up the company’s Southeast Sales Division since 2006.  In his new role, Pye reports to Matthew Petronio, COO and executive

The Search is on for America’s Favorite M&M’s Character

America has always loved M&M’S characters. In fact, according a recent study conducted by E-Poll Market Research1, the M&M’S characters are the most beloved ad spokescharacters in America. For the first time, M&M’S is asking which one America loves most. Through July 15, 2010, fans across the country can vote for their favorite M&M’S character

Florida Holdings Acquires 24 BP Stations

Scottsdale-based Florida Oil Holdings LLC bought 24 BP locations in Florida’s Lake, Orange and Osceola counties between March 8-11 for $33.5 million, marking its entry into the Central Florida market, the Orlando Business Journal reported. The stations were purchased in separate transactions under different business entity names. In acquiring the stores, the firm signed a

Law Office Conducts Investigation On Behalf of Casey’s Shareholders

The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announced it is looking into potential claims against the board of directors of Casey’s General Stores Inc. related to the unsolicited purchase offer the company received from Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Couche-Tard is looking to acquire all outstanding shares of Casey’s for $36 per share in cash. The proposed

Wawa’s Surcharge-Free ATMs Reach One-Billionth Transaction

Wawa Inc. announced that its ATM transactions are on pace this month to surpass an extraordinary milestone: the one-billionth transaction using Wawa’s surcharge-free PNC Bank ATMs. Through the years, Wawa and PNC customers have collectively saved more than $1.3 billion in potential ATM surcharge fees. To celebrate this milestone, Wawa is hosting with PNC Bank

Walgreens Finalizes Duane Reade Acquisition

Walgreen Co. has completed the acquisition of Duane Reade Holdings Inc. The transaction includes all 258 Duane Reade stores in the New York City metropolitan area, as well as Duane Reade’s corporate office and two distribution centers. “Just as Walgreens has been a trusted community pharmacy for more than 100 years, we plan for Duane

Casey’s Acquires 10 Holiday Stationstores

Just days after publicly rejecting Alimentation Couche-Tard’s unsolicited bid, Akron, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. announced that it will be the one making an acquisition. Casey’s is purchasing 10 Holiday Stationstore convenience stores in Nebraska and Iowa, Bill Walljasper, senior vice president and CFO of Casey’s told the Omaha World Herald. Casey’s, which operates 1,500

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