shell adds incentive to proprietary card

New features aimed at attracting more cardholders, company says. Shell Oil Products US is launching a new credit card incentive and marketing campaign starting October to increase usage of the Shell Platinum MasterCard, as well as boost the number of active cardholders and increasing the loyalty of customers to Shell. The main attractions offered to

cash in hand

After creating a successful financial services program, Great Stops LLC is primed to make it an attainable profit center for other retailers. The idea of cashing $1 million in taxadvance loan checks in a conveniencestore could be daunting to some retailers, but not Great Stops LLC. TheChapel Hill, N.C.-based operation has benefited from having a

tesco gets even greener

Tesco has revealed that its Riverside distribution center, which is currently under construction, will house an extensive recycling and waste reduction program for its upcoming Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores. The chain has partnered with San Diego-based Resource Management Group (RMG), a recycling and waste services company, to develop a new system to recycle

glendale heights gets its own cousins subs

New eatery features gasoline discounts with food purchases. Cousins Subs Systems Inc. recently unveiled the opening of its new store in Glendale Heights, Ill. The store, which officially opened Aug. 13, will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 13. The store is owned by George Hartnett. “We are pleased to have George Hartnett opening his

rutters gives away more gas

Chain awards third winner in “Fuel Up Free” Sweepstakes. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farms Stores has awarded a third “Fuel Up Free” winner. This time it’s Chad Marsteller of Shrewbury, Pa. Chad plans to share his newfound wealth—free gas for three years. “Friends, family, myself,” he said when describing who will benefit from his being selected

exxonmobil goes back to the supreme court

Oil company hoping to have $2.5 billion fine reduced. Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2.5 billion fine against the oil company for the 1989 Valdez disaster, the nation’s worst tanker spill, according to Reuters. Exxon filed a petition on Monday asking the high court to overturn the punitive-damages

adult energy drinks come under fire

Adult Energy Drinks Come Under Fire Thirty states are accusing beer companies of targeting young consumers with new drinks mixing alcohol and caffeine. These alcoholic energy drinks are raising concerns that caffeine masks the intoxicating effect of alcohol. Consumers “may falsely believe that they can continue to drink and function without impairment, even behind the

road ranger selects pinnacle

Chain turns to Palm POS as new platform. Rockford, Ill.-based Road Ranger has selected Pinnacle Corp.’s Palm POS as its go forward POS platform for its unbranded, 59-unit chain of convenience stores and travel centers. Road Ranger chose Pinnacle’s Palm POS system for a number of reasons, including its productivity benefits, integration with back office

shell and chevron sued over price fixing

Several retailers attack oil companies for setting artificially high costs. A group of California gasoline station owners are bringing three oil giants into U.S. federal district court in San Francisco, accusing the companies of fixing gasoline prices across the U.S. from 1998 to 2001. The suit claims that Texaco—now owned by Chevron Corp.—and U.S. units

supreme court to hear sheetz argument

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear a case on whether convenience and grocery stores can sell beer without also allowing customers to drink in the store. The issue arose in February when a Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 that Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz could sell take-out beer only if patrons could also drink the beer at the

how inertia expresses itself a graphical review

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daves taverna and dukes liberty work better together

New restaurant/gas station offering intended to pull in new business. Dave’s Taverna Express is moving in with Dukes Liberty gas station and convenience store. Dave Miller, owner and operator of Dave’s Downtown Taverna, hopes to expand his Taverna Express business with a larger kitchen, seating for 20 and expanded storage. Dukes Liberty is owned by

phillip morris dives into mst

Marlboro snuff will fully cement its place in the smokeless segment,” analysts said. Philip Morris USA will introduce a moist smokeless tobacco product this fall under the Marlboro brand, selling it first in the Atlanta area. The company will sell the loose, spitting tobacco in original and wintergreen flavors, and in long and fine cut,

dominics finds a new home

Dominic’s of New York food eateries are making a transition into the convenience store market, an unlikely move, thought John Felico, president of FoodNet Franchising, the Henrico County-based owner of Dominic’s. “It just wasn’t the type of environment I saw us being in,” said Felico, This is because the typical Dominic’s formats are kiosk carts

convenience store decisions power 25

by John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25  recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and lawmakers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These influential business leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on shaping the future of convenience

christys accepting stopshop coupons

Customers can now enjoy discounted gasoline at both stores. Christy Mihos, owner of the Christy’s of Cape Cod chain of convenience stores and unsuccessful independent gubernatorial candidate last November, has made a deal with Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos. that makes its discount gas coupons worth something on Cape Cod, reported the Boston Globe. Stop

mid pacs new owners

Investors buy up the Union 76 brand and property. Hawaiian Bank Chairman Walter A. Dods Jr. and some other investors are buying Mid Pac Petroleum from its Singapore owners for $44 million according to the Pacific Business News. The sale of the petroleum marketing company and Union 76 licensee by K1 Ventures Ltd. to Kokooha

tesoro supports seniors

Company donates to Meals on Wheels charity. Tesoro Corp. is teaming up with local Meals On Wheels programs to donate two cents of every gallon of gasoline sold at its more than 450 Tesoro locations during August 17-19. Tesoro is teaming with 15 local Meals on Wheels programs to help raise public awareness about the

walmarts new cstore concept

Big-box giant experiments with smaller concept to compete with Tesco. The convenience business is poised to get a whole lot more competitive. Wal-Mart is preparing to stand up to Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market concept with two small-footprint concepts of its own, reported The Wall Street Journal. The new concepts may come off as

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changing of the guard at general mills

Fieldhouse named VP, GM for convenience channels. General Mills has appointed Tim Fieldhouse to vice president, general manager, Convenience Channels. In his new role, Fieldhouse is responsible for General Mills’ business in key segments including Convenience Stores, Vending, and Non-Food Retailers in addition to the company’s Restaurant Accounts business segment. Prior to his current role,

susser shows secondquarter growth

Strong margins shown for the fiscal year. Susser Holdings Corp. has revealed the financial results for the second quarter of 2007, reporting earnings that raised 67% from last year, helped by better-than-expected retail fuel margins and good gains in merchandise sales, both overall and on a same-store basis. The company also raised its merchandise same-store

sheetz remains entangled in tainted tomato lawsuit

The chain and one bankrupt supplier are last two defendants in the case. Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva dismissed a group of tomato suppliers from a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was sickened by salmonella-tainted tomatoes he got at a Sheetz store in 2004, according to the Associated Press. The judge said

deweese up for sale

Super Stop! owner puts all of its properties on the block. Meridian, Miss.-based Deweese Enterprises Inc. (DEI) and its Super Stop! were placed on the sales block by NRC Realty Advisors LLC. Super Stop! currently owns and operates 45 convenience stores located in the Meridian and Jackson, Miss. and Southern Alabama markets, a gasoline distribution

sunoco and nascar give away gas

Fuel 5000 promotion launches for third straight summer. Sunoco, the Official Fuel of Nascar, has launched the Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 summer promotion. For the third consecutive year, the Free Fuel 5000 rewards customers for visiting Sunoco with free gas. Consumers are encouraged to enter by stopping at one of more than 4,000 participating Sunoco