indiana smokers head south for cigarettes

Tax hike pushes smokers to Kentucky for cheaper products. Hoosier smokers will have to pay more for their cigarettes. A new Indiana law went into effect Sunday that boosts the price. It’s always been cheaper in Kentucky. Indiana’s cigarette tax was 55 cents a pack. Now that’s it’s jumped to 99 cents, many more smokers

freon leak shuts down cstore

Pa. store evacuated, but no injuries reported. A leaky refrigerator shut down a gas station and convenience store for several hours Monday morning. Meadville, Pa. firefighters were sent to the Country Fair store to investigate a suspected Freon leak. Firefighters confirmed the leak and evacuated the store, Meadville Fire Chief Tunie Hedrick said. The leak

prestige coffee acquired

Convenience store distributor has depots in 12 Midwest cities. A large Midwest Culligan water treatment and bottled water dealership is becoming even larger by acquiring Prestige Coffee/Coffee Time, which operates coffee services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. With the purchase, Hall’s Culligan Water, which owns and operates 12 Culligan dealerships in five Midwest states,

7elevens kwike makeover

A dozen stores rebranded as part of the convenience chain’s month-long celebration leading up to The Simpsons Movie debut. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of “The Simpsons” fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores, in Manhattan, Bladensburg, Md., Orlando,

jim keyes to head blockbuster

Former 7-Eleven CEO replaces John Antioco as chairman and CEO of the entertainment company. Jim Keyes, who guided 7-Eleven through some of its most profitable era, today was named chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Inc. Ironically; he replaces John Antioco, another convenience story industry veteran, who served more than a decade with Tosco Corp. Under

alon adds pipelines in california

Alon USA Energy Inc., today finalized the purchase of the crude and unfinished products pipeline system from Kinder Morgan, Inc. known as the “Black Oil System” for a purchase price of $4.5 million. The “Black Oil” system includes approximately six miles of active and thirteen miles of inactive pipelines in the Long Beach, Calif. area.

translating shopper insights into merchandising strategy

Knowing how consumers are shopping the store helps a retailer make more effective decisions relative to store layout, product flow, category adjacencies, in-store signage and secondary product placements. Translating Shopper Insights into Merchandising Strategy (pdf)To view this document, click here

leveraging activitybased costing in merchandising decisionmaking

If knowledge is power, than activity-based costing is an important catalyst to building a knowledge base that can give you the power to analyze complex business issues more effectively. Leveraging Activity-Based Costing in Merchandising Decision-Making (pdf)To view this document, click here

kroger launches line of cholesterolreducing milk

New proprietary product contains made of organic products to promote heart health. The Kroger Co. is launching a new, cholesterol-reducing, fat-free milk available in its stores beginning this week. The non-fat milk product will be sold under the expanding Active Lifestyle in-house brand. “The war against high cholesterol just got stronger and easier,” said Linda

bp offering 28 stores in indianapolis

Chain opening stores up to am/pm franchise opportunities. BP is offering long-term franchising opportunities for 28 of its Indianapolis-area BP locations. BP will convert and reimage 20 of its BP Connect locations to “am/pm” franchise operations. Buyers of the remaining eight sites, which include six new construction sites, will be expected to complete the convenience

sheetz opens in st mary pa

New store brings with it several donations to local charities. Sheetz Inc. has opened a new location in St. Marys, PA. The new 4,700-square-foot unit is the company’s 337th store and its first in St. Marys. While the store opens to the public today, employees will host a community grand opening celebration July 12, with a

exxonmobil and conocophillips wave goodbye to venezuela

Tension between nation and oil companies on the rise, experts say. ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips are packing up and leaving Venezuela, according to The Wall Street Journal. The paper reported the two oil companies are leaving behind their multibillion-dollar investments in Venezuela. Experts see this as further evidence that the relationship between Western oil companies

shell zone pricing suit dismissed

Six local dealers plan to appeal against ruling. A federal judge dismissed claims by six gas station owners who alleged that Shell Oil Co. charged them more for gasoline in order to drive customers to nearby company-owned locations. The month-long lawsuit was thrown out of a U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Tuesday before

seveni holdings pour 24 billion into us stores

Japan-based parent of 7-Eleven preparing to increase its presence in the market. 7-Eleven’s parent company, the Japan-based retailer Seven & I Holdings revealed that it will invest $2.4 billion over the next four years to open 1,000 new stores in the U.S. while revamping existing outlets. The Japanese retailer has been only limitedly vested in

cumberland farms break ground and donates money

Local police and fire department children’s education program benefits from charity. To mark the grand opening of its newest store, and in support of the young people of Epsom, N.H., Cumberland Farms presented a $1,000 donation Monday to support the Police and Fire Department’s children education program. The Dover Road address of the new Cumberland

maverik gives customer a free ride

Brand new Subaru awarded after four-week contest co-sponsored by Pepsi. Salt Lake City-based Maverik stores and Pepsi have proved that there is such a thing as a free ride, awarding a lucky drinker with a new Subaru. For four weeks in April, customers from over 150 participating Maverik stores across four states had the opportunity

del cigarette tax worries retailers

Proposed 60-cent increase could threaten out-of-state business. Retailers in Delaware are preparing for a debate over a proposed 60-cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax–a tax lawmakers expect to be approved this week, stating it’s for the greater good of the state. “We have committed that it will go to help school construction and to help

pearson fuels expands califs e85 market

New ARB grant helps company develop “greener” gas stations. Pearson Fuels has become a major recipient of grant funding from the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Under the grant, ARB has agreed to work closely with Pearson Fuels and financially support the company’s building of Ethanol (E-85) infrastructure throughout the state of California, according to

gas prices fall eleven cents

Drop expected to taper off sooner than later. Gasoline prices fell an average of about 11 cents per gallon in the U.S. over the past two weeks, according to data published by the Lundberg survey. The survey revealed that the average price of self-serve regular unleaded gas stood at $2.9961 per gallon on June 22–a

milk prices jump

Are retailers ready to deal with consumer complaints once prices reach $5 per gallon? Think we’re talking about gasoline? Think again. Skyrocketing milk prices in New York will climb another 53 cents a gallon next month, and milk in the city could cost up to $4.40 a gallon. And it could get worse by year’s

texas oil companies prepare for emergencies

New protocol sets up state to handle possible fuel shortages. Texas oil company executives and state leaders are constructing measures to improve gasoline delivery during hurricanes, hopefully reducing the amount of stranded motorists often seen during such disasters, such as in 2005 when Hurrican Rita left roads filled with3.6 million fleeing residents. Because of those

7eleven emphasizes innovativeproduct needs

Chain investing $1 billion to make stores “more presentable from the fresh foods perspective.” by David Orgel, Editor-in-Chief, Supermarket News 7-Eleven is urging suppliers to help boost the convenience store company’s innovative products pipeline, said Joseph DePinto, president and chief executive of the Dallas-based chain. In a speech last week, DePinto said the retailer, which

tenn law attacks underage sales

State is first to pass legislation to card all customers, no exceptions. Tennessee is set to become the first state in the nation to require carding of anyone, without exception, who buys beer for off-premises consumption starting July 1, thanks to the new Tennessee Responsible Vendor Act, according to the Associated Press. Designed to curb

indiana operator unleashes bold expansion plan

Jerry Tipps has already found success in his sole Jerry’s Junction store in Muncie, Ind. He’s had so much success, that he plans on increasing it tenfold by starting up 10 more stores by the end of the year. “It’s an aggressive number,” Tipps told the Star Press. “I’m hoping to have a minimum of

senate passes new energy bill

CAFÉ and ethanol become hot topics in Washington. A new bill passed has called for a 40% increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAF⊃) for automobiles. The increase is intended to force manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient automobiles. The new bill calls for the CAF⊃ to be raised to 35 miles per gallon (mph)

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