Fresh & Easy Opens Bakersfield Stores

Fresh & Easy has opened its first two stores in Bakersfield, Calif., this week, though four more stores in Kern County are also on the agenda. “At Fresh & Easy, we offer quality food our customers can trust at budget prices,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “Particularly in today’s economy, we are excited


Kum & Go Opens Conifer, Colo., Store

Kum & Go LC has opened a new store in Conifer, Colo., continuing its expansion in the Rocky Mountain region. The 3,400-square-foot store took less than four months to construct. “We are thrilled to offer a Kum & Go location for the residents of Conifer and surrounding areas,” said Kyle Krause, Kum & Go president

Pepsi Bottling Group Names Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer

The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., of Somers, N.Y. ha appointed Eric Llopis as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. In his new role, Llopis will lead the company’s planning efforts and work closely with PBG’s global management team to drive innovation and strengthen and diversify the company’s brand portfolio. He’ll also look to capitalize

Hot Stuff Lands “Wow” Award

Hot Stuff Foods landed top honors in the newest category at the 2008 Packaging Awards ceremony in New Orleans, sponsored by the Foodservice Packaging Institute. Hot Stuff Foods’ new Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza container captured first place in the newly created category called “The Wow! Factor.” FPI said “The Wow! Factor” award honors foodservice

Supreme Sentiments

The U.S. Supreme Court is looking at how big oil companies are handling franchise agreements with thousands of independent gas station owners, Bloomberg news reported. The justices asked the Justice Department this week for advice on a bid by Massachusetts gas station owners to sue Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, Bloomberg reported. A

Susser Expanding with KSS

During its third quarter earnings call, Susser Holdings Corp. credited KSS Inc. as a key contributor to the success of its fuels business and noted that they will complete the rollout of PriceNet to the remainder of their network of stores early in the New Year. The Corpus Christi, Texas convenience store chain owns and

Fuel Decline Continues

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Energy For weeks now, retail gasoline prices have tumbled alongside plummeting crude costs as the current economic blight cuts industrial and commercial demand and triggers conservation efforts by Americans not seen since 1980. The double digit weekly decline rate continued ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, with the Energy

PCATS Celebrating Five Years

Members of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) will celebrate the organization’s fifth year next month when they gather at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando, Fla. PCATS members are gathering for the annual conference at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando that month (from Jan. 26 to Jan.

Kum & Go Adds Calorie Burner

Celsius calorie burner has been added to the mix at 438 Kum & Go locations in 12 states, the companies said this week. Celsius makers say the product is scientifically formulated and clinically tested to burn up to 100 calories or more per serving. Additions to the Kum & Go stores will include Celsius’ popular

Iowa Retailers Ready For Annual Benefit

Residents in some Iowa communities will be able to help disabled individuals every time they fill up their car, the Clinton Herald in Clinton, Iowa, reported. The 28th annual Cent-A-Gallon Day is being held Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, at gas stations across the state. For every gallon of fuel sold at participating businesses, one

Banking on fuelperks!

O’Hara, Pa.-based grocery chain Giant Eagle is using its fuelperks! program to partner with Citizens Bank, offering the bank’s customers pennies-per-gallon savings off fill-ups at Giant Eagle-owned GetGo c-stores, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported. Giant Eagle already partners with Citizens by hosting it as the in-store bank at 55 locations. In the new promotion, Citizens

RaceTrac Participating in Florida Holiday Drive

RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., operator of over 250 retail gasoline convenience stores, has teamed together with Metropolitan Ministries in Florida to hold a holiday food and toy drive through December 24 Metropolitan Ministries, a faith-based and community-supported non-profit organization, is collecting unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items to help local residents this holiday season. Collection bins

Compassion in Convenience

At a Glance: Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s generates approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and has aggressive plans to grow 15 stores annually. Headquarters: Oklahoma City Number of Stores: 200-plus in 33 states Employees: 6,000 Foodservice Brands: Love’s operates 120 QSR’s under multiple national brands including

Three-Mile Marketing

As John Matthews sees it, a store languishing in mediocrity is a store that has become wallpaper in the halls of retail.   "Generally, when starting a business, it’s easy to get people excited when its new and fresh," said Matthews, founder of Chicago-based retail marketing firm Gray Cat Enterprises. "After a few years, though,

Operations Wake-Up Call

Tougher economic times are pushing convenience retailers to look at how they can improve operations. While cutting costs may be one common theme, savvy retailers are also looking at other avenues to help them stand out among the competition. "The economy changed and that changes how people are buying," said Brooks Blair, owner of Bells

Super-Convenience, Kentucky-Style

While Wal-Mart and Tesco are embroiled in a battle royale over the super-convenience concept on the West Coast, Kentucky-based Houchens Industries has quietly been having its druthers in the college town of Bowling Green, Ky. "This was part of senior management at Houchens coming up with the next generation of grocery-and-convenience store of the future,"

Foodservice Flexibility

New items that c-stores carry personify the industry’s mission more fully than sandwiches and wraps: convenient, colorful, fast, tasty, inexpensive and full of impulse-sale potential. But the fact that consumers can also find them everywhere—from Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble to Starbucks and every local grocery and convenience store in between—means operators have to get

By the Numbers

» 5 Anniversary years the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is celebrating next month at the annual conference in Orlando. » 17 Sites Smoker Friendly has added to its retail network, including 16 Discount Tobacco Outlets in Alabama and Wallace Oil’s Quickees in La Junta, Colo. » 18 Ohio customers who will win

Partnering for Perfection

Choosing a branded pizza partner means balancing a complex equation that weighs such factors as product quality, financial and logistical considerations, marketing programs, employee training, ongoing support, brand equity and local competition. Suddenly, a cheese pizza isn’t so simple any more. It’s a complex decision that must be made carefully, said Dan Rotherham, director of

Fuel Freefall Continues

Gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 per gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcome news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason for the freefall from all-time record highs set during the summer is tumbling crude oil

PCATS Appoints New Executive Director, CEO

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has appointed Thomas Oare as its new executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2009. Oare replaces the present executive director and CEO, John Hervey, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. "We are extremely pleased to have found someone with the background and experience of Tom

Shades of Gray

As Howard Glavin tells it, this whole PCI thing starts to sound more like a job for Ernest Borgnine than it does the information technology department. The Digital Dozen. Nuclear toxic waste. Shades of gray. A former FBI agent turned global manager of PCI at IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS), Glavin turned some smooth analogies

Freefall Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Commonly called a tax on American households, gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcomed news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason

7-Eleven: Cross-Promotion and Private-Label Devotion

7-Eleven Inc. has teamed with department-store retailer J.C. Penney Co. for a creative cross-promotion while also committing to the expansion of its private-label products, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven and J.C. Penney Co. are using the cross-promotion as a test in Dallas-area stores this week, as well as stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and