The Pantry Names Marks to Succeed Sodini

  The Pantry Inc., headquartered in Cary, N.C., has appointed Terrance Marks to the role of president and CEO, effective Sept. 25.   With 1,679 stores in eleven states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner, the Pantry is the leading independently operated c-store chain in the Southeastern U.S.   Marks previously


7-Eleven Honors Kraft

7-Eleven Inc. will present long-time supplier-partner Kraft Foods Global Inc. with the company’s 2008 Retailer Initiative Award at its Business Partners Dinner Sept. 9 in Dallas.  Retailer Initiative is 7-Eleven’s strategy for providing customers with what they want through item-by-item management at each store.   Kraft was selected for its high level of partnership throughout

Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces New Wings

  Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced its newest program, Hunt Brothers Wings, the perfect complement to the company’s well-known core pizza product.   Hunt Brothers Pizza is the largest distributor of fresh dough pizza to the convenience store market, with more than 6,000 locations in 28 states. Its new wings offering began stores in June, and

Thorntons to Open Six New Stores

  Thorntons has broken ground on six new sites, which are set to open for business by the end of December 2009.   Four of the new locations will open in Nashville,Tenn., expanding the market to 10 locations in 2 1/2 years. The additional two stores will open in Chicago and Champaign, Ill.   With

Lil’ Drug Store Products Celebrates 35 Years

  Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a pioneer in the non-prescription sample drug market that has changed health and beauty care in the convenience, grocery, drug and mass market retailing sectors.    What began in 1974 as a four-item product line available in Iowa, now serves customers,

Quick Chek’s Murphy Rides For A Cure

  As Quick Chek’s senior vice president Mike Murphy heads to Whitefish, Mont. on Sept. 3, to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes, he will not only attempt to bike 100 miles to support research to find a cure for type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, but will do so as

Appco Sale Pending

Florida Sunshine Investments, the same company that recently bought Crescent Oil Co. of Independence, Kan., is nearing the final stages of acquiring Appco, the convenience store chain in eastern Tennessee, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is handling the Appco sale under direction of the bankruptcy court. Appco’s

7-Eleven Named One of 20 Top Franchises to Start

7-Eleven was named number three on Forbes magazine’s list of the “Top 20 Franchises to Start.” Forbes took many variables into account when deciding on the 20 companies, including the initial franchise fee; total locations (they wanted at least 50, but more was better); survival rates (they looked at the percentage of closings during the

Atlas Oil Company Makes Inc. 5000 List

  Inc. magazine has ranked Atlas Oil Company number 4,424 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.   When the list is sorted by revenue, Atlas Oil Company is one of only two Michigan-based companies to make the Top 20, coming in at number 20.
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Couche-Tard Profits More Than Double

  Alimentation Couche-Tard, based in Laval, Quebec, reported Tuesday that its profits more than doubled to $91.1 million USD during the first quarter, despite a 15% drop in sales, mainly caused by lower fuel prices, The Canadian Press reported.   The company, which operates stores under the Couche-Tard, Mac’s, Circle K and On The Run

Wawa Wanders Into New York Market

  Wawa, which operates more than 560 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, soon will be adding New York to its list of locations.   The convenience store chain is entering the Syracuse and central New York region in just one week, WSYR-TV Syracuse reported.   Following the closing of an area

NACS Asks for Retailer Input on Credit Card Fees

  NACS is looking for c-store retailers to complete an eight-question survey that would help give Congress more data about the impact debit and credit card usage has on retail operations.   The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, was signed into law this May, and contains measures that would strengthen

QuikTrip Takes On Tucson

  C-store chain QuikTrip has begun construction on its first location in the Tucson, Ariz. market, The Arizona Star reported.   The site is located at 2345 E. Irvington Road, and QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said he expected the 5,000-square-foot store with 16 gas pumps to be open by mid-January.   This site will mark

Junk Food Tax Debated

Can a tax on junk food cure obesity? Some politicians think it can work, just like cigarette taxes have been shown to help reduced smoking, The Chicago Tribune reported. Public health experts are pushing for extra taxes on foods and drinks that contain a high amount of calories but no nutritional value, and lawmakers in

Pump Surge

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Wholesale gasoline costs moved higher for the week-ended Aug. 24, underpinned by a surge in crude oil prices on renewed enthusiasm for an economic recovery and a weakening U.S. dollar.   The higher wholesale costs will be passed through to the retail market, lifting prices

Wawa Launches Prices You Can Trust Campaign

  Wawa Inc. has introduced a new advertising campaign called Prices You Can Trust, which began Aug. 17 in the Greater Philadelphia area, in an effort to educate customers about fees that an increasing number of retailers charge when customers purchase fuel with credit cards.    Wawa noted that while some retailers post fuel prices

Has Smoking Ban Gone Too Far?

  Three years underway, Ohio’s smoking ban still is meeting with strong criticism and is now being re-challenged in the courts, with opponents claiming the ban is costing small businesses money and jobs.   The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) said it stands behind those trying to appeal a lawsuit against the

Crescent Point Acquires Wave

  Crescent Point Energy Corp. has agreed to acquire privately held Wave Energy Ltd., which will improve its position in Saskatchewan’s Lower Shaunavon medium-oil resource arena, the Wall Street Journal reported.    Crescent Point, which recently converted from an income-trust structure, is a conventional oil and gas producer with assets focused in Western Canada.  

Kum & Go Opens New Store

  Kum & Go L.C., headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, opened a new convenience store in Neosho, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 21.   The 3,400-square-foot store took only 84 days to construct and is located at Highway 60 & Kodiak Road in Neosho.   “Kum & Go is please to open our second store

Gasoline Markup Law May Survive

  Wisconsin’s controversial minimum markup law for gas is still alive, at least for now, the Associated Press reported.   The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing a business group to appeal the February ruling that ruled against the law, which requires gas stations to add on 6% more than what they paid

Starbucks Plays with Prices

    Starbucks Corp. is adjusting its pricing in several cities nationwide over the next few months, lowering the cost of smaller, more basic beverage choices and charging up to 25 cents extra for more complex options, the Wall Street Journal reported.   In some markets, customers will pay 5 cents more for a venti

Community Partnership Hopes to Curb Underage Drinking

  As college students begin returning for school, the Fairfax County Police, Premium Distributors of Virginia, Heineken USA and state delegates are teaming up to offer Fairfax County retailers another tool in the fight against underage access to alcohol.   The community partnership provides licensed retailers with a “Responsibility Toolkit” including a small device to

Rutter’s Opens Dairy Exhibit at Museum

Annabelle, the life-sized model of a milking cow that is central to the “Marvelous Milk” exhibit.   The York County Heritage Trust and Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., have opened an interactive dairy exhibit called “Marvelous Milk: From the Farm to Your Table.”   Funded by a $55,000 donation from Rutter’s, the exhibit, which is

The Food Group Offers Information Online

  The Food Group now is distributing its press releases via a RSS Feed.    By visiting retailers can sign up to receive updates directly to their inbox by clicking on the Foodservice Releases via Email button at the top of the page.   The group will no longer be sending monthly PR emails. This

Sheetz Continues Expansion in West Virginia

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is proceeding with its plan to rapidly develop a new market of its convenience stores in southern West Virginia with the opening of another location today at 432 Eighteenth Street West in Huntington, W.Va.   This marks the third Sheetz store opening in that area since June. The first two stores