Cosmetic Lenses Cause Conflict in Connecticut

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is demanding that convenience stores and other retail locations in the state immediately stop selling cosmetic contact lenses, the Hartford Courant reported. Noncorrective lenses can only be legally sold to consumers by licensed eye care professionals, Blumenthal said at a press conference. Dr. William Ehlers, a Hartford ophthalmologist, discovered the

Gulf Oil Partners With Atlanta Braves

Gulf Oil Limited Partners has entered a multi-year sponsorship deal with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, The Boston Globe reported. The agreement will allow Gulf a presence at Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves, where rotational signage, displaying Gulf’s “Sunrise” logo will appear behind home plate for all Braves home games. “We want

Kum & Go Fundraises for Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

Kum & Go, L.C. announced a major fundraising effort to benefit the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. Kum & Go will contribute three cents from every gallon of gas sold on April 8 at 41 Springfield area locations to the organization, which supports the Springfield Public Schools. The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of

Stop-N-Go Pulls Adult Magazines

Stop-N-Go, which runs more than 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, has stopped selling adult magazines at its stores. The chain’s owner, Sheldon Ellig, told the Grand Forks Herald adult magazines were previously removed from six Stop-N-Go stores and other stores pulled the magazines from shelves this week. “We have had a number of

GACS Offers Lighting Retrofit Fund

The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) has introduced a new GACS Lighting Retrofit Fund for members that will provide financing for energy-saving lighting retrofits to convenience stores-all with no out of pocket costs, NACS reported. GACS expects that the fund will provide for retrofits for between 50-80 locations in 2010. The association plans to

Sheetz Builds In West Virginia

Sheetz, which operates locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, is constructing a new store in Fayetteville, W.Va., off U.S. 19, scheduled to open in late summer.   This expansion in the southern part of West Virginia comes after the convenience chain’s success in nearby counties as well as the northern

NACS Spends $770K Lobbying For Industry

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) had a busy fourth quarter in 2009, lobbying the federal government on fuel issues and other business that affects c-stores. The association spent $770,000 in both the third and fourth quarter to fight for the interests of the industry, Business Week reported. The amount spent lobbying in the

Initial Injunction Against NYC Flavored Ban Denied

The U.S. Federal District Court denied a request by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Company and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands for a preliminary injunction against a recently enacted New York City ordinance that bans the sale of virtually all flavored tobacco products except in “tobacco bars,” the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The USST

ExxonMobil Sweepstakes To Award Smart Fortwo Coupes

Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi are giving cardholders the chance to win a 2010 smart fortwo coupe each week through the ExxonMobil Personal Card “Win a smart fortwo Sweepstakes.” From April 1 through June 30, a new winner will be drawn every week. In addition to the weekly car giveaways, consumers will also have the chance

Chevron Confirms First Oil from Perdido Development

Chevron Corp. has announced its the Perdido deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production. Production from the Great White, Silvertip and Tobago fields using the Perdido hub is expected to reach full capacity of 130,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day after the drilling of additional

Odwalla Helps Build Fruitful Future For Haiti

The ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti soon will be energized by the newest beverage from Odwalla, which plans to donate 100% of the profit from sales of its new Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid. The donation will help provide training and better market access to 25,000 mango farmers in Haiti as part of a long-term investment

Sunoco Completes Sale of Polypropylene Business

Sunoco, Inc. has completed the previously announced sale its stock of subsidiary Sunoco Chemicals Inc., comprised of its polypropylene business, to Braskem S.A., for approximately $350 million.  “The sale demonstrates our continued progress in realigning our portfolio of assets and provides capital to redeploy for future growth in our core businesses,” said Lynn Elsenhans, chairman

Atlas Oil Offers Protection from Spring Storm Power Outages

Atlas Oil Company’s Generator Assurance Plan guarantees customers priority access to fuel and delivery during power outages. With spring’s stormy weather on its way, businesses that rely on diesel generators for emergency power can close the final gap in their disaster readiness plans by making sure they do not run out of generator fuel. In

Register Now for CSD’s Free ’Earning Green while Getting Green’ Webcast

The cost of energy has been shown to the third highest operational expense for some convenience store retailers. However, most don’t have a comprehensive program in place to minimize energy usage. Join Convenience Store Decisions for a free Webcast on April 22 as Emerson Climate Technologies will share how retailers can reduce this expense by

Jennifer Hudson Designs New ‘7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause’

Oscar and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson chose a candle to light up the side of the second celebrity-designed “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”  Hudson’s cup goes on sale today at participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and will be available through May 31 or while supplies last. Proceeds from the cup featuring Hudson’s personal

Nielsen Reveals New Retail Trip Trends

Nielsen released a list of overall shopping trends hitting the retail market. Among them, the downward trend of consumers shopping less reached a new low in February, with a 4% year-over-year decline in monthly all-outlet shopping trips. (All outlets included: supercenters, club stores, grocery stores, dollar stores, drug and mass merchandisers.) Retailers are focusing more

IDDBA Program Reimburses Retailers For Food Safety Certification

To promote food safety certification for retail dairy, deli, and bakery department employees, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) offers a Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP). The program reimburses IDDBA member retailers for food safety certification test fees (up to the published cost) for dairy, deli, and bakery employees who successfully complete the certification exam.

Master-Bilt Welcomes Ross Buel

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of  commercial refrigeration systems has appointed Ross Buel as national/chain accounts manager for foodservice sales, effective March 24. Buel brings a new dimension to Master-Bilt  and expects to help further penetrate the Master-Bilt foodservice chain business. Most recently, Buel served as general manager for the foodservice equipment division of

Sheetz Adds RedPrairie’s Execution Management Solution

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has implemented RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution at its more than 365 stores. Sheetz now has a one source tool to send all actionable communications to the right stores at the appropriate time, with the added ability to escalate issues to corporate management. “With Execution Management, our original intent was to provide our

Chevron Announces Board Nominees

Chevron Corp. announced that Senator Charles (Chuck) Hagel and John Stumpf have been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Hagel and Stumpf will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 26. If they are elected,

Pemmican Offering Free Beef Jerky

Marfood USA, recently purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky, and today the company is officially launching the new Pemmican Web site by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky for every minute-the entire day.   Simply go to www.pemmican.com anytime April 1 to enter for a chance to win. Visitors to the Web site

Securing the Store

C-store operators are increasingly turning to advanced electronics to help stem the time of theft both internally and externally, including “smart” surveillance cameras and Internet-based security systems that can prompt and warn cashiers and track and record every store transaction. Stuart Levine, CEO of The Zellman Group in Port Washington, N.Y., a nationwide retail and

Embracing Automated Cash Control

More convenience store operators are phasing out their drop safes and replacing them with sophisticated cash management systems that perform a variety of functions more easily and quickly than ever before. One of those is the linking of computer networks for easier access to information throughout the organization. In doing so, cash shrinkage due to

Why Every Convenience Store Owner Needs An Exit Plan

By Ted Thomas, Sun Exit Advisors Most convenience store owners are too busy to think about their exit plan. There comes a time, however, when business owners want to successfully leave their business. Unfortunately, when it comes time for transition, most don’t know how to accomplish that goal. A common mistake is to rush to

Tools of the Trade

Busy consumers continue watching their wallets, but one thing hasn’t changed. They want great tasting meals and snacks—and they want them fast. In spite of today’s economic angst, opportunities abound for providing time-crunched consumers with foods on the run. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), 69% of adults surveyed said purchasing

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