Convenience for Kids

Fresh & Easy is kicking off the new school year by offering more affordable foods for student’s lunchboxes, including all-in-one meals that sell for just $2.98 each. Consumers are looking for ways to save money as their children head back to school, but they aren’t willing to sacrifice what they are feeding their children, according

Citgo Gets 250,000 Barrels From Oil Reserve

The U.S. granted Citgo permission to pull 250,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because of the company’s inability to secure crude in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, The Associated Press reported. Venezuela’s government-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. said supplies to its refinery in Lake Charles, La., were cut off when the Calcasieu Ship

7-Eleven Awards Mars Snackfood U.S. ‘Retailer Initiative Award’

7-Eleven Inc. named Mars Snackfood U.S. the recipient of its Retailer Initiative Award for 2007, the company said. The annual honor recognizes a top supplier and partner who excels at supporting 7-Eleven stores in meeting their customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods, category management and creativity in advertising and promotional

IHOP’s OK With OJ

Five hundred IHOP restaurant locations in nine states are participating in a Florida Orange Juice Suggestive Sell Program developed specifically for IHOP by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) as a way to increase sales and profits, the companies said. IHOP’s Suggestive Sell Program starts Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 16, offering rewards for

Mississippi AG Eyes Up Price-Gougers

Attorney General Jim Hood is looking to clamp down on price-gouging gas station owners who he feels may be taking advantage of consumers during hurricanes, The Sun Herald in Mississippi reported. It’s against the law to take advantage of a state of emergency by hiking up prices, but Hood discovered before Gustav hit that some

Heineken USA Adds Newcastle

Heineken USA said it has assumed the rights to import, market and sell Newcastle Brown Ale in the U.S., adding one of the leading import brands to its roster. The addition to the Heineken USA portfolio serves as a platform for future growth and places the brand as one of the top national sales priorities

PCATS Teams With W. Capra

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and W. Capra Laboratories said they’ve established the PCATS interoperability Laboratory and Expanded Certification Program. PCATS signed a service agreement with Capra to provide technical assistance in developing conformance testing tools, as well as its interoperability laboratory and services for testing PCATS standards. Since 2003, PCATS technical

Profits Fall at Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reported a 32% drop in quarterly profit, primarily the result of a sluggish U.S. economy. The company also announced Richard Fortin was stepping down as chief financial officer, effective immediately, but will become chairman of the board on Oct 12. Raymond Pare,

Retail Gasoline Prices to Turn Higher After Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Wholesale prices for gasoline moved higher across the country just ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along the southern Louisiana coastline, as fear of potential supply disruptions caused by the one-time powerful Category 4 storm triggered increased buying that pushed up values. The increase in wholesale prices will

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

A-B Creates Non-Alcoholic Subsidiary

Anheuser-Busch has established a subsidiary called 9th Street Beverages LLC, which could help the company expand its non-alcohol business, including brands such as 180 Energy, BORBA Skin Balance Water, Icelandic Glacial and Monster. The new subsidiary will focus on reaching consumers of energy drinks, high-end waters and other non-alcohol specialty beverages. “With the success of

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

Wilson Farms Names Midstate Field Specialist

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms announced that it has promoted Jim Pinkert to perishable field specialist for the chain’s Midstate region. Pinkert began his employment with Wilson Farms in September 1988 and moved his way up from cart boy to store manager at Wilson Farms’ East Main Street location in Rochester. In his

New Mexico Sees Drop In C-Store Crimes

Crimes at convenience stores in New Mexico have dropped ever since the state imposed regulations in 2004 aimed at protecting workers in the stores, the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico reported. A state Environment Department study of convenience store crimes in six communities found slayings decreased by about 44% a year, while assaults and

C-Store X-Treme

California retailer Ed Komski is hoping his fuel stop will appeal to trucks that jump off sand dunes and kick up dirt as they rip through racetracks in the desert. Quads, motorcycles, sand rails and anything else fueled by adrenaline are welcomed, too, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. “We’re not a truck stop,” Komski told

Abundance at Bountyland

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Parris Island facility is roughly a five-hour drive southeast from Bountyland Quick Stop’s Westminster, S.C., headquarters.   That said, new suppliers en route to one of Bountyland’s 11 stores might want to drop by the Marine boot camp and let a drill instructor toss them around for a bit. It’ll spare

New Day For PetroSun

A bid from PetroSun Fuel of Seattle bested a slew of bids from other convenience store and petroleum operators who last month were hoping to snatch up the 600 remaining ConocoPhillips c-store and retail gas sites on the West Coast.  PetroSun’s newly created affiliate, Pacific Convenience & Fuel LLC, acquired the sites and joins the

The World on its Shoulders

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., that stalwart of efficient energy practices and environmental consciousness, has been chosen by The Detroit Free Press as one of the best places to work in Southeast Michigan. The newspaper conducted a survey several months ago and recently announced Atlas as a top winner. The company will be recognized in

Failure to Clean Keeps Customers Away

Customers at convenience stores and restaurants are far less likely to return if they find restrooms that are unhygienic or poorly stocked with supplies, according to a recently completed national online survey. The survey, sponsored by SCA Tissue North America and conducted online by Harris Interactive among a sample of 2,175 adult U.S. foodservice customers,

The Give & Take in Real Estate

Perhaps serendipity has placed Nikki DePhillips in an MBA program at The University of Iowa, a school whose wrestlers are known as some of the greatest in the nation.  DePhillips, recently promoted to vice president of real estate at the Iowa-based convenience chain Kum & Go, could probably drop by the Hawkeye wrestling room on

Going Green

Is it time for convenience store operators to introduce so-called green fuel pumps that can accommodate E-85, biodiesels and other emerging renewable fuels? As with so many other issues in the c-store business, the answer is “it depends.” The consensus thus far is this: the trend is very much in its infancy. Those who wish

Clearing The Blends

Ethanol, of course, is a high-octane, liquid, domestic and renewable fuel, produced by the fermentation of plant sugars typically produced from corn and other grain products. Ethanol also degrades quickly in water and, therefore, poses much less risk to the environment than an oil or gasoline spill. Not only is ethanol generally less expensive than

Recruiting Top Employees

In the third and final part of Convenience Store Decisions’ recent Foodservice Webcast Series, human resources expert Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics, talked about “tips for finding and retaining outstanding employees” and polled meeting participants as to where their best employees come from.  Not surprisingly, the majority of Webcast attendees reported that employee referrals generate

Spicing Up the In-Store Offering: “Bienvenido A La Bodega”

Practice this phrase and try to have it down pat by midcentury: “Bienvenido a la bodega.” Sure, it’ll require a bit more than that (“Welcome to the little convenience store”) to gain loyalty from Spanish-speaking Hispanic consumers. But it’s probably a feel-good start in outfitting the c-store to attract one of the fastest-growing demographics in

Developing an Effective Foodservice Program

Menu development is an essential though often overlooked element in the success of a c-store’s foodservice program. So, while operators may go about it differently, they must all see to it that they do, indeed, go about it.  From consumers’ desires and local competition to convenience, equipment costs, supplier availability and more, menu development is

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