Chevron To Install Solar Panels

Chevron Corp. is installing 7,700 solar power panels near Bakersfield in California, which is expected to produce 740 kilowatts of electricity, the Los Angeles Times reported. The panels will power the pumps and the pipelines operated at Chevron’s Kern River oil field facility and showcase the latest photovoltaic technologies (converting sunlight to electricity) from seven

Valero Donates Equipment To Firefighters

San Antonio-based Valero Renewable Fuels is donating more than $40,000 in funds and equipment to 10 local fire departments in Midwestern communities where the company owns ethanol plants, the Boston Herald reported.  Valero owns the former VeraSun plant in Aurora, S.D.  The San Antonio, Texas-based company will also pay tuition and travel expenses for 20

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Speedway SuperAmerica Raises Over $777,000 for Riley Hospital

Riley Hospital for Children has named the Riley Hospital Burn Unit in the Simon Family Tower in honor of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA). The company raised $777,524 for Riley Hospital in 2009, extending their fundraising total for Riley Hospital to $3.2 million since 2003. The Riley Hospital Burn Unit is Indiana’s only pediatric burn center.

FDA Issues Final Rule On Tobacco

The FDA has released its final rules regarding the sale of tobacco. Retailers will need to be in compliance with these rules by June 22, 2010. Today’s action by FDA restricts the sale, distribution and use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, including provisions that:             •            Prohibits the sale of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to

McDonald’s To Cut Fountain Prices

McDonald’s is vying to become a beverage destination for customers with discount fountain deals this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported. In summers past the QSR chain has offered large sweet tea for only $1, with most of its markets participating in the promotion. This summer, McDonald’s wants to go a step further, selling more

Wilson Farms Launches Fourth Annual Balloon Campaign

Wilson Farms, which operates 190 c-stores across New York, has launched its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The campaign began Thursday, March 11 and will run until April 4. During that time customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper balloon for $1 with

House Passes PACT Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the PACT Act (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act) on a vote of 387-25.  “A significant amount of work has gone into getting this bill passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, and I extend a special thank you to all NATO members for their assistance

Stripes Works Toward Energy Efficiency

More than 440 Stripes c-stores throughout Texas are becoming more energy efficient and stand to collect up to $175,000 in rebates under TXU Energy’s Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The 29-month contract represents an annual load of 155,000 MWh-enough to power 8,600 homes-at more than 440 Stripes stores primarily located in West and South Texas. Under

7-Eleven Expands in Central Florida

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.’s plans to expand in Central Florida already are underway with one new franchisee open in DeLand, Fla., and five more Florida stores in the works for 2010. The chain aims to open or convert 45 local stores by 2012, the Orlando Business Journal reported. The first of the five are opening soon.

Rite Aid Stores Now Accept EBT Cards/Food Stamps

Drug store chain Rite Aid is now accepting EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards/food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at its stores nationwide. More than 38 million Americans received food assistance through SNAP last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program,

Wilson Farms Helps Fight Leukemia And Lymphoma

Wilson Farms Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Corporate Recruitment Event will kick off on Thursday, March 18 with a check presentation. Paul and Karen Nanula, chairpersons of the western and central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, will present a check from Wilson Farms for funds collected through several

Pennsylvania GetGo Becomes LEED Silver-Certified

Multi-format retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today announced the receipt of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its GetGo convenience store and fuel station located at 140 Towne Center Drive in Wexford, Pa.  “Adding a LEED-certified convenience store and fuel station to our wealth of sustainable business practices underscores Giant Eagle’s

Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Sets $20 Million Fundraising Record

The Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced that, with 92% of some 10,000 retail locations reporting, its 2010 Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser is the most successful in the event’s 27 year history.  As of today, the grass-roots initiative with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, has raised more than $20 million to advance MDA’s lifesaving mission. More Shamrocks

Vermont State Offers Amendment on Interchange Fees

The state of Vermont is proposing an amendment to S. 138 being introduced today in the Vermont Senate. This amendment would allow merchants to set minimum and maximum transaction amounts for all debit, credit and charge card transactions, permitting them to reject a customer’s card. The Electronic Payments Coalition has spoken out against the amendment

Fuel’s Price March Higher Briefly Stalls

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The price strut higher in wholesale gasoline costs stalled midway through March, slowing the advance in retail prices that have surged to fresh highs earlier this month. Weekly price data from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration showed a US retail average for regular grade at $2.751

7-Eleven Looks To Las Vegas

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is ready to expand in Las Vegas, with 15-20 more stores in the next three years. Starbucks, meanwhile has closed 12 locations in the area, Las Vegas Review Journal reported. The c-store chain already runs 160 convenience stores in Clark County, Las Vegas, but recently hired a commercial real estate firm to

Chevron To Layoff Workers

Chevron Corp. is shrinking its staff from its crude-oil refining and marketing segments by more than 20% as fuel demand remains low, The Wall Street Journal reported. Some 2,000 workers were laid off in 2009, and an equal number of layoffs are ahead this year and more are expected to continue in 2011. In 2008,

Save-A-Lot Grows Chain

Save-A-Lot food stores, a hard discount grocery chain, has opened its sixth store in Jacksonville, Fla., and it’s first store in Hinesville, Ga. “Save-A-Lot is committed to building stores in neighborhoods that want convenience and access to fresh, nutritious food at a great low price,” said Bill Shaner the company president and CEO. He added

Speedway Ranked Nation’s Top Gasoline Brand

Speedway has been ranked as the nation’s top retail gasoline brand for a second consecutive year.   According to the 2010 EquiTrend Brand Study conducted by Harris Interactive, Speedway is the highest ranked gasoline in overall brand equity. The EquiTrend study evaluates key metrics including: equity, customer connection, commitment, energy, brand behavior, brand advocacy and

NATO Urges Retailers To Fight For PACT Act Passage

As the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act moves to the House after passage in the Senate, for a final vote, NATO is urging retailers to take action. Because the Senate version of the bill is slightly different than the House version, the U.S. House of Representatives must vote on the bill again before it

Sheetz Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Rental

Sheetz is adding Blockbuster Express-branded DVD-rental kiosks at nearly all 365 locations, the Wall Street Journal reported. The rollout is one of the biggest so far in NCR Corp.’s efforts to have some 10,000 kiosks operating by year end through its partnership with Blockbuster Inc. (BBI). The current number is about 4,000. “Entertainment for us

Quiznos Serves Up Breakfast Menu

Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick service restaurant (QSR) chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, has launched a new breakfast program, available for its 175 convenience store locations nationwide. The new breakfast menu is part of the company’s convenience store growth strategy and ambition to be the premier QSR partner for the convenience

Brookwood Farms Appoints New Mid Regional Manager

Brookwood Farms BBQ has hired Chuck Mastruserio as its new regional manager for the Mid West region. “We are very excited to have Chuck join our team as we expand our sales and growth into the Midwest region of the country,” said Twig Wood, Brookwood Farms president. He will assume the responsibilities of managing sales

7-Eleven Joins NATO

NATO, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, announced that 7-Eleven Inc. has joined NATO as a retail member.  Based in Dallas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 6,970 stores in the U.S. and Canada. As one of the leading national retail trade associations that focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues, NATO’s