Alcoholic Beverage Customers Cautious

U.S. consumers remain somewhat cautious about their alcohol beverage spending, the Nielsen Company reported this month. Nielsen’s research revealed that a significant percentage of consumers claim they are going out less often now than before the economic downturn. Nearly half of consumers (47%) report going to bars or clubs less often, while an even greater

APPCO’s Ex-Owner Wins Court Battle

APPCO’s former owner won the right to keep the 12 convenience store buildings he repossessed early this month, according to a ruling by Federal Bankruptcy Judge Marcia Parsons, the Johnson City Press reported. After the decision, a representative for Jim MacLean said MacLean’s property companies plans to gain possession of the other 16 stores he

Boycotted Stations Want BP Help

As many Americans avoid BP stations in protest over the Gulf oil spill, BP-branded station owners are insisting BP do more to help them convince customers that such boycotts hurt independently owned businesses, not the British oil giant, the Associated Press reported. To win back customers, stations want BP to help in reducing the price

Swipe Fee Reform Faces Crucial Vote

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is urging retailers to contact legislators one more time as the financial reform bill, which contains the swipe fee amendment, goes to a vote. Last week, House and Senate financial services reform negotiators agreed to finalize the financial bill with the swipe fee reforms included. Now, both the

Crude Oil Stays Steady

Crude oil prices remained steady above $76 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Friday, June 25, according to United Press International. July delivery crude oil prices added 27 cents to $76.78 per barrel, while heating oil prices for July delivery added 0.0076 cents to $2.0648 per gallon. Reformulated gasoline blendstock prices added

The Pantry Expands Fresh Initiative

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. this week unveiled its “Fresh Initiative” to serve customers new coffee, and fresh food options. Triangle-area residents will be the first to experience the new Bean Street Coffee and a broader assortment of pastries, warm breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. In addition, the stores will offer a variety of fresh

Swipe Fee Reform Advances

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators have sided with retailers, reaching an agreement to include swipe fee reform provisions in the final financial services reform bill that is now on its way to Congress for a final vote. The provisions, known as the Durbin Amendment after the author, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), is

Mid-Atlantic Acquires Uppy’s

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, backed by equity firm Catterton Partners, has acquired a majority interest in Uppy’s Convenience Stores Inc. and 170 convenience stores/fuel stations from Exxon Mobil Corp. The transaction creates a leading convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region with more than 200 convenience store operations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.  Uppy’s was founded

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

The company’s 2010 Sustainability Report, recently published online, shows the company has reduced overall energy consumption by more than 27%, and includes updates in four core areas:            —Reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage;            —Eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use;             —Lowering the impact of

Couche-Tard Versus Iowa

Alimentation Couche-Tard plans to challenges the constitutionality of several Iowa anti-takeover laws as part of the company’s hostile bid to purchase Casey’s General Stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Couche-Tard, which operates 5,883 convenience stores in the U.S. and Canada, filed court papers late last week alleging that three Iowa statutes contradict U.S. law, creating

Bankrupt Sunshine Wants Stores Back

Bankrupt Sunshine Energy, owner of APPCO, is fighting in the courts to regain its 12 closed convenience stores, which were repossessed by Management Properties Inc., the Johnson City Press reported. Meanwhile, Management Properties Inc. (MPI)  wants Sunshine’s recently filed bankruptcy thrown out of court, so it can repossess another 16 stores. According to Sunshine Energy,

Terrible’s Hosts UFC Fighter

Terrible Herbst-Gas-Convenience Store, at 6716 S. Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, is set to host Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Dan Hardy, who will be signing autographs for fans on Saturday, July 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hardy plans to be in Las Vegas to support fellow XYIENCE team fighter Wanderlei Silva

Hess Express ATMs Welcome PNC Customers

Hess, PNC Bank and Cardtronics Inc. agreed this month to expand ATM access for PNC customers at 230 Cardtronics-owned ATMs located in Hess Express stores across Florida. Under terms of the ATM branding deal, Cardtronics will place the PNC brand on the ATMs, operate the machines on behalf of PNC and make them available on

NOCO Express Adds Just Pizza

Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO Express has added a Just Pizza location within its Depew store located at French and Borden Roads. The approximately 600-square foot Just Pizza location features a full menu of more than 75 varieties of pizza, chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, salads and appetizers for dine-in and carry-out. “We are always looking for ways

Retail Gasoline Prices to Renew Move to Upside

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices moved higher in metropolitan markets across the U.S., which will reverse the trend in retail prices since the middle of May from down to up. Broad-based economic data underpinned the higher wholesale prices, which continue to climb during the first day of summer.

Campbell’s Celebrates Grand Opening

Campbell Soup Company kicked off the grand opening celebration of its Campbell Employee Center, an 80,000-square foot addition to the company’s World Headquarters, earlier this month. Against the backdrop of a glass entrance complete with a signature red wall and iconic “Campbell’s” logo, Campbell Soup Company executives, along with hundreds of community members and state

BP Erects Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

BP’s has instituted a new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, set to manage the company’s long-term response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the MC252 oil and gas spill. Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed president and CEO of BP’s new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, and will report to Tony Hayward, BP’s Group Chief Executive. The

Agreement Reached On Interchange

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and key conferees have reached an agreement on the Wall Street reform bill, regarding his amendment regulating interchange fees, NACS reported. The agreement makes minor, clarifying changes to the language, which passed the Senate 64 to 33 on May 13, and responds to concerns raised by state governments

SFI Tobacco Festival Dates Announced

Smoker Friendly International (SFI) is set to host its annual Tobacco Festival and Conference from Aug. 30- Sept. 1 at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, Colo. SFI also has announced the members of its 2010 legislative panel. This year’s distinguished group will include:  David Riser, vice president of External Relations Trade Marketing, RJ Reynolds

NY Cigarette Taxes To Hit $4.35 A Pack

On Monday night, June 21, 2010, the New York Legislature narrowly agreed to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes. The tax is now set to grow by an additional $1.60-to a national-high $4.35 a pack, the New York Daily News reported.   When adding in city and federal taxes, the tax charged on one pack

Aloha Petroleum Revamps Security

Aloha Petroleum, an independently-owned retail gasoline marketer and convenient store operator in Hawaii, has added SonicWALL’s advanced line of network security and data protection solutions. “We needed a state-of-the-art security infrastructure that can be centrally managed to eliminate intruders from accessing our networks or crossing the gateways,” said Dwight Mascowe, IT support specialist at Aloha

Walmart Infiltrates Chicago

Chicago retailers could face increased big box competition now that Walmart has announced its goal to build several dozen stores in the city over the next five years. Part of a long-term initiative called the “Chicago Community Investment Partnership,” the new plan between the city of Chicago and Walmart would help eradicate food deserts and

7-Eleven and Police Team To Reward Kids

The uniformed officer approaches a group of kids, hands them “tickets” and says, “You have the right to … a free Slurpee drink.”  It’s all part of Operation Chill, 7-Eleven stores’ popular community program that rewards “good behavior” with a cool beverage treat and helps build positive relationships between local law enforcement agencies and young

BP Claim Payments Climb Past $100M

BP has paid $104 million to residents along the Gulf Coast for claims filed as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported in a press release. “Our focus has been on getting money into the hands of fishermen, shrimpers, condo owners and others who have not been able

Kum & Go Features E85 Promotion

To start off the Iowa Corn Indy 250 race weekend the Kum & Go station at 2110 Guthrie Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa featured an E85 promotion and a two-hour appearance and autograph signing by race car driver Marco Andretti. On Thursday, June 17 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. customers that visited the Kum &

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