Illinois-based BP Franchises Sue Corporate

  The owners of 17 branded BP gas stations/convenience stores in Illinois, are suing the Naperville, Ill.-based company, alleging that it increased gas prices unfairly, the Naperville Sun reported.   On Tuesday, attorneys filed an amended claim for the 17 stations, which include franchisees in Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Plainfield, Aurora, Yorkville and Oswego.


Jack in the Box Officially Sells Its 61 C-stores

  Jack in the Box Inc. has successfully closed the previously announced sale of its entire gas station and convenience store portfolio, which totaled 61 Quick Stuff stores.   SMJ Capital Advisors LLC, an independent investment banking firm with one of the country’s leading gasoline and convenience store advisory group, acted as the exclusive financial

GACS Offers New Program For Single-Store Operators

  The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), based in Dallas, Ga., has introduced a new membership program for single-store operators: GACS E-Membership.   The new program sends information to a member’s e-mail address, as it works to include Georgia’s growing segment of single-store owners. E-Membership is very affordable at only $100/year for single-store owners,

C-stores in Lake Dallas Compete for Cheapest Gas

  For about a week, drivers in the Lake Dallas, Texas area enjoyed less expensive gas as the result of a battle to sell gasoline, Denton Record Chronicle reported.   The gas sales battle took place between two neighboring c-stores-a new QuikTrip that opened on Sept. 3 and a Circle K, both of which were

KSS Introduces PriceNet SaaS

KSS Inc. has introduced PriceNet SaaS, a hosted version of the company’s fuel price management software for convenience and grocery retailers.

 The new solution gives fuel providers the option to obtain automated fuel price management via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where the application and accompanying customer database and information resides and is managed by KSS

Atlas Oil Opens Rail Fuel Transfer Terminal

Atlas Oil Co. said it has opened a rail fuel transfer terminal in Albuquerque, N.M.   Located at the BNSF Railway yard, the new Atlas terminal is capable of handling 9 rail tankers for off loading ethanol. Atlas will initially be providing ethanol and transportation services to a major oil company/refiner who currently ships ethanol

Casey’s Welcomes Strong First Quarter

  Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 54%, which was much higher than expected thanks to lower retail fuel costs and the company’s decision to lock in costs for cheese, the Wall Street Journal reported.   “Strong gas margins and enhanced profitability inside the stores were the primary reasons for the record quarter,”

CSD Joins PCATS as a Solid Media Partner

  The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) today announced that Convenience Store Decisions magazine, a brand of diversified business-to-business media company Harbor Communications, is the newest member of the association and its representatives will be active participants of the PCATS Membership & Marketing Committee.   “We are delighted to welcome Convenience Store Decisions

Credit Card Coalition Bites Back at C-Stores

  The Electronic Payments Coalition (EPC), a coalition of credit cards and banks fighting against interchange reform, accused c-stores of overcharging customers for products in an advertisement, NACS reported.     EPC took out a full page ad in the Sept. 8 issue of Politico, a Capital Hill publication. The ad begins, “The only thing

Rutter’s Announces Final Free-Gas Winners

  Rutter’s Farm Stores of York, Pa., has announced the final two winners of its “Fuel Up Free!” contest that in total awarded eight customers free gas for one year over the last few months.   The lucky final recipients were Lori Pauline of New Freedom and Adam Dill of York who make up the

Retail Gasoline Mixed

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Most drivers filling up with gasoline in the country’s major metropolitan markets following the Labor Day holiday will discover a modest decline in pump prices at their local stations induced by a decrease in wholesale costs leading up to summer’s final holiday.   However, lower

Wilson Farms to Offer Free Coffee on 9/11

Wilson Farms will be giving away FREE coffee from 6 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11th to help support U.S. troops and their families.   “Stop into any of our 190 locations on Friday morning and fill up a 12 oz. cup of your favorite coffee or cappuccino for free,” said Paul Nanula, CEO

The Road To Economic Recovery

  New unemployment data is revealing why it will take the labor market years to recover from what has been one of its fastest and deepest declines since World War II, even as experts assure us economic recovery is around the corner, the Washington Post reported.   On Friday, the Department of Labor released a

Florida Cigarette Sales Fall

  Just two months since a $1 tax was tacked onto cigarette packs in Florida on July 1, cigarette sales have plummeted and smokers are driving into neighboring states to avoid the extra expense, Florida Today reported.   According to the latest figures from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, cigarette pack sales plunged

Kum & Go Awards Summer of 59 Grand Prize

  Kum & Go has awarded the $50,000 grand prize of its Summer of ’59 promotion to Russell Stutzman of Grimes, Iowa.   Kum & Go, which operates more than 428 convenience stores in 12 states celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer by offering customers the chance to win more than $100,000. Kum & Go

Shell Fuels Customer Passion with New Promotion

  Now customers can enter to win Shell V-Power premium gas for a year and a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo Motorcycle through the Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest and Sweepstakes.   Shell knows customers take pride in their vehicles, and now the company is inviting them to share stories about that passion and

Aztex C-store in Clay County First to Add Alcohol

  Eight days after Clay County, N.C. voters approved alcohol sales, Hayesville Aztex convenience store welcomed its first beer shipment, making the store the first to sell beer locally in 60 years, the Clay County Press reported.   The town had been dry since 1949.   By the time the Board of Election certified the

Sheetz Acquires Property in West Virginia

  Jenkins Chrysler is selling its Keyser, W.Va., dealership to consolidate sales in LaVale, Md., and Sheetz is buying the property on U.S. 220 south of the city to develop a new and larger convenience store, Mineral-Daily News Tribune reported.    “We were in a unique position with two stores less than 25 miles apart,”

65 Stations in Connecticut Converting to BP Brand

  In central Connecticut 65 gasoline stations owned by Green Valley Oil, a private company in Rhode Island, are being converted to the BP brand, the Hartford Courant reported.   The move marks one of the largest conversions of its kind in the state.   All but 11 of the stations being switched over are

Exxon Sells 25 Hampton Roads Stations

  Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its 25 service stations in Hampton Roads as part of the company’s shift away from owning and operating retail locations, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   Exxon has been turning over its gasoline retailing to independent owners and operators because of competition in gasoline retailing and low barriers to entry, said

Retail Gasoline Prices Head Higher in New York Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will be mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week leading up to a late Labor Day, with the holiday weekend the traditional conclusion to the summer driving season.   After Labor Day, expectations call for a typical decline

Tres Picosos Extends Its Reach with New Brokers

  Rapidly growing food manufacturer Passport Foods Company Inc. of Denver has selected regional brokers to represent its Tres Picosos burrito line for convenience retailers and distributors in emerging territories.   Promark will cover Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Co-Sales will manage Colorado and the Western states, and Putnam PCSS will manage southern

Valero Energy Donates to UTSA

  Valero Energy Corp.’s philanthropic organization is donating $2.5 million to support graduate students in engineering and business at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the San Antonio Business Journal reported.   “This gift demonstrates the Valero Foundation’s commitment to education in San Antonio,” said Bill Klesse, chairman and CEO of Valero. “It

Sheetz Opens in Eden

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has opened a new store in Eden, N.C., just North of Greensboro.     The new site sits at 102 North Van Buren Road and brings the total number of Sheetz locations in the state to 24.   “People in the Greensboro area have been good to us at Sheetz and

Couche-Tard Looks to Double its Presence

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the operator of Circle K convenience stores, is seeking to double the amount of c-store outlets it operates in the U.S. and Canada during the next few years, the Canada National Post reported.   Laval, Quebec-based Couche-Tard, the second-biggest convenience-store chain in the U.S. with 3,858 stores in 43 states and