The Board of Directors of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has named Jennifer Breech Rhoads as the new president and CEO of the organization, effective Sept. 21. OPMCA is a statewide advocacy group of 500 independent businesses, which own and operate more than 4,000 gas stations and convenience stores
One company’s bankruptcy troubles is leading to another company’s expansion in Kansas City. After Crescent Oil Co. filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, Sunshine Energy LLC quickly positioned itself for growth, acquiring most of the fallen company’s assets for $11 million on Sept. 4. Sunshine currently operates about 65 c-stores in Kansas
7-Eleven Inc. franchisees and store operators have collected more than 1.6 million signatures in the “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” petition drive. The company said it believes that total marks the largest number of signatures ever collected for a public policy issue on record, and called it an overwhelming referendum for Congressional action.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has awarded six employees and four dependents of employees scholarships through the Learning with Love’s Scholarship program. This the first year the company has offered this type of benefit, which is administered in partnership with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “We’re proud to assist our employees
The International Trade Commission (ITC) took action this week to stop illegally imported Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament cigarettes from entering the U.S. The ITC issued a General Exclusion Order requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deny entry of these illegal goods, which infringe on Philip Morris USA’s (PM USA) trademarks.
Rutter’s Farm Stores presented a new 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle to customer Vicki Landis of York, Pa. this week, concluding the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” summer contest. Landis accepted the prize at the Rutter’s store at 2125 Susquehanna Trail (at Lightner Road), Manchester Township. The bike is courtesy of Rutter’s and hot
Office Depot and Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a supplier to the convenience store industry, have formed an exclusive partnership that will enable Office Depot supplies to be available for sale in convenience stores throughout the country. Through this newly formed partnership, Office Depot will supply Lil’ Drug Store Products with an assortment
Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Gilligan Oil Company LLC for the development of five restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, within the next three years. The first location is anticipated to open in 2010 and the remainder by 2012. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Cincinnati is part of a steady and
On Sept. 15, Samantha Shumake learned she had won the grand prize of $25,000 in the Sheetz “Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy” sweepstakes, and the teenager has big plans for the award. “I’ve got my college paid for now,” said Shumake, who turned 19 in August. “Well, some of it. This
Exxon Mobil Corporation has increased its investment in math and science education through a partnership with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space. The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will encourage student interest in math and science education though curriculum augmentation, programs to make math
The gas pumps were working again at most Barney’s Convenience Marts in Toledo on Tuesday, after 14 Barney’s stations ran out or nearly ran out of gas Monday as the owners tried to resolve unspecified financial problems, the Toledo Blade reported. Still, nine of the chain’s 35 stations, which sell BP brand gas,
Loaf ‘N Jug, which operates more than 175 stores in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico, is teaming up with vitaminwater to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). During September, with every 20-ounce bottle of vitaminwater purchased, 10 cents will be donated to help find a
Kretek International Inc., importer and distributor of Djarum clove cigars, today filed a request for declaratory judgment against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in Federal District Court in Washington, DC. The Kretek filing comes after the FDA signaled its intention to exceed its legislative authority to regulate flavored cigarettes in order to
One day after the FDA announced an immediate ban on flavored cigarettes, confusion on just what is legal and illegal to sell still abounds. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has issued a letter, requesting that the FDA issue a list by brand name of those flavored tobacco products that are and
The FDA hosted a media briefing this morning and has posted documents on the FDA Web site issuing additional information regarding the ban on flavored cigarettes, authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in June. According to the new documents, cigarettes containing an artificial or natural flavor
Generational differences have contributed to a steady decline in consumer brand loyalty when purchasing gasoline, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. According to NPD’s Motor Fuels Index, which tracks consumer motor fuel purchasing behaviors, older consumers, those over 65, have always been more likely to limit brand choice to
Minneapolis-based Global Ethanol is suing Andover, Kan.-based Presta Oil, alleging the company failed to fulfill a contract to purchase ethanol, the Wichita Eagle reported. The lawsuit states that Presta Oil neglected to pay for shipments of ethanol in 2008 valued at more than $205,000, and refused to accept seven shipments of ethanol later
First Data, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing services, and RSA, the Security Division of EMC have teamed up to provide a new service called First Data Secure Transaction ManagementSM. The service is engineered to enable merchants to secure payment card data and remove it from their environment while allowing
Energy Recruiters (ERI) has added three new consultants to its Executive Recruiting Team. The Bonita Springs, Fla.-based company specializes in recruitment for the petroleum industry, covering the complete supply chain from refining through retail/end user. Its new consultants will be serving clients in the Convenience Retail and Petroleum Marketing sectors. “Our ability
Michael White, chief of international businesses, director and chairman at PepsiCo Inc. has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported. During his career at Pepsi Co., White led negotiations for the company’s $7.8 billion acquisition of its two biggest independent bottlers and Pepsi Co.
Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has updated its Web site to provide more benefits to mobile customers. Web site visitors now can join the new Rutter’s Rewards program; download a free Rutter’s iPhone application or Rutter’s ringtone; connect to Rutter’s presences on Facebook and Twitter; sign up to receive the latest
Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 120 fresh food stores in New Jersey and southern New York, is installing and testing self-checkout lanes equipped with note and coin recycling capabilities at its Phillipsburg, N.J., store located at 600 New Brunswick Ave. The chain partnered with NCR Corporation, a global technology leader in self-checkouts
Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has introduced its Rutter’s Rewards card. With the tagline “See the Icon, Buy the Product, Earn the Reward!,” Rutter’s Rewards allows customers to earn cents off gasoline every time they purchase any one of the of hundreds of everyday items bearing a special display icon. For