Pursuing the Loyalty Factor

In the convenience store industry, successful loyalty programs adhere to a tried-and-true mantra: rewards, recognition and service, said Fred Thompson, a partner specializing in retail services practices at LoyaltyOne Consulting. Offering rewards because everyone is doing it or simply to access customer information is only going to drive the business so far, said Thompson, who


Tesco Seeks Fresh & Easy Exit Plan

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain, which opened in 2007 and has failed to make a profit, appears to be weighing its exit options, the UK Telegraph reported. The chain reportedly has held talks with rivals Aldi and Trader Joe’s. Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke in December called for a strategic review of Fresh &

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Kum & Go Opens New, Larger Store in Loveland

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new Kum & Go store today in Loveland, Colo. at 1600 E. Eisenhower Blvd. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to two stores in Loveland, 10 stores in northern Colorado and 48 stores across the


Hess And Elliot Vie For Shareholder Attention

Both Hess and Elliott send letters to shareholders urging them to support their board nominees. Hess Corp. sent a letter to all shareholders, urging them to vote for the election of the board’s nominees.  The letter accompanied its definitive proxy materials filed in connection with its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, set for May 16,


NATSO Elects 2013 Chairman of the Board

Tom Heinz Elected as Chairman, NATSO Board of Directors. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, today announced that it has named Tom Heinz, President of Heinz Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, as its 2013 Chairman of the Board. Heinz, who succeeds Darrin Flitton as Chairman of the


Bankrupt Jump Oil Divests Stores

Some 46 gas stations are for sale, as well as other assets. Jump Oil Co. Inc., a petroleum marketing and convenience store company headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., is selling its chain of 46 gas stations and convenience stores.  In addition, the chain is divesting one other retail location, the related dealer leases and fuel


Leased Lehigh Gas Stores Rebranded 7-Eleven

“Lehigh Gas Partners looks forward to working with 7-Eleven and is confident customers will benefit from the rebranding of these locations,” says Lehigh Gas Partners CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. is rebranding convenience stores in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties in Ohio as part of a 19-store lease from Lehigh Gas Partners LP, based in Allentown, Pa. Lehigh

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Aloha Joins Mansfield's DeliveryONE Distribution Network

Aloha Petroleum becomes the exclusive provider for Air1 diesel exhaust fluid in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum of Hawaii has joined Mansfield Oil Co.’s DeliveryONE network distribution for Yara’s Air1 brand of diesel exhaust fluid. Ready to service the local market, Aloha Petroleum services Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Diesel exhaust fluid is the key


Love’s To Purchase 50 New CNG Trucks For Fuel Delivery

Love’s plans to power 12.5 % of its fuel tanker fleet with compressed natural gas. Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand. Gemini, a sister company to Love’s,


Leiszler Oil Brings VP Retail Brand To Kansas

Kansas distributor to adopt VP Racing Fuels retail brand program. Clay Center, Kan.-based Leiszler Oil Inc. has partnered with VP Racing Fuels Inc. In addition to operating 16 Short Stop Convenience stores, Leiszler Oil Inc. also provides wholesale distribution of fuels to 14 branded and 13 unbranded retail sites in central and NE Kansas. “We


7-Eleven Suing 7-SEVEN Stores For Trademark Infringement

The c-store behemoth wants a judge to prevent the use of the 7-SEVEN name; the numbers 7 and 11 or color combinations of red, green, orange and white as part of convenience store logos. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has reportedly filed two federal lawsuits against 7-SEVEN stores in Bibb County, Texas, claiming trademark infringement, The Telegraph


Chevron, Safeway, Vons Partner To Offer Rewards

Joint loyalty program allows customers to save at Vons, Safeway, Chevron and Texaco. Safeway, Vons and Chevron have joined forces to offer a joint Rewards Points loyalty program in Las Vegas and Northern California. Customers who earn gas rewards by shopping with their Vons ClubCard or Safeway Club Card at Vons and Safeway stores are


Susser Completes Sale/Leaseback Transactions For $15.2 Million

Three new Stripes stores debut in March. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP announced that three new Stripes stores have opened in Texas during March.  Sale/leaseback transactions worth $15.2 million for these three stores were completed on March 21. These latest Stripes store sales by Susser Holdings to Susser Petroleum Partners bring the


C-store Chain ampm Celebrates National Corndog Day

Customers can enjoy a corn dog and Pepsi deal this Saturday. This March 23, National Corndog Day gets off to a strong start at participating ampm convenience stores with an exclusive coupon offer for corn dog-loving customers. In collaboration with sponsors Pepsi and Foster Farms, participating ampm locations are offering a coupon, available in participating


CITGO, Sun Coast Resources Help Houston Furniture Bank

Houston-based businesses make surprise donation to local non-profit. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Houston-based CITGO Marketer, Sun Coast Resources, organized a surprise donation for the Houston Furniture Bank in honor of its commitment to “furnishing hope by making empty houses homes.” Together, the two companies presented furniture collected by Sun Coast Resources employees and $500 in


MACS’ Circle K Rollout Nears Completion

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores is nearing completion of a rebranding announced last summer, where its company operated stores will be unified under the Circle K banner. The company is in the midst of  a grand-opening celebration for the newly named stores, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. The celebration began Friday and is expected to last a


High’s Celebration Includes $1.99-Per-Gallon Gas

Free concert tickets, coffee and prizes also greeted customers at the Edgewater High’s grand-reopening celebration. High’s customers had the chance to fuel up for less this morning, March 15. Beginning at 6 a.m. and for the following 107 minutes, customers had the opportunity to purchase regular unleaded gasoline for $1.99 per gallon.  The offer was

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Core-Mark Reports Record Annual Sales

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2012. Highlights included record annual sales of $8.9 billion; record adjusted EBITDA in 2012 and a 30% increase in diluted


Delek US Holdings Lists Pricing of Upsized Secondary Offering

Delek US Holdings Inc. announced the pricing of an underwritten secondary offering of 9,000,000 shares of its common stock offered by Delek Hungary Holding Limited Liability Co. (the “Selling Stockholder”) at $39.50 per share. The underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock from the


Is Your C-store An Ideal Pit Stop?

Cintas helps customers identify “Where to Wee.” Travelers across the country are busy mapping out routes, packing the car and booking hotels for their annual spring break road trips. To support these road warriors, Cintas Corp., creators of the clean restroom finder app Where to Wee (W2W), announced six tips to help travelers find an


IRS Accepting Electronic Filings For Motor Fuel Excise Tax Claims

After changes to accommodate the American Taxpayer Relief Act, electronic filing is back. The Internal Revenue Service has finished updating its tax-processing system software allowing business and individual taxpayers to once again electronically file 2012 federal motor fuel excise tax returns, biodiesel credit claims, as well as alternative fuel and alternative fuel mixture credits and


1WorldSync Powers New MSA Data Portal

One trusted data source improves efficiency and data accuracy from manufacturer to retail shelves. 1WorldSync, a global product data management and data pool solutions company, and Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), a provider of data management, integration and analysis in the consumer goods industry have joined forces. 1WorldSync will power product data for MSA’s new


Automatic Mix’n Machine

Vitamix, a global supplier of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial-use, offers the Automatic Mix’n Machine, a hands-free, fully programmable commercial-grade mixer that incorporates candies, syrups, cookies and hard-to-mix ingredients into hard or soft serve ice cream or yogurt. Specifically created for convenience retailers, it’s ideal for “self-serve” and “operator-serve” milkshake and mix-in dessert

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Enmark Celebrates Grand Opening

Bluffton, S.C., station ribbon cutting draws crowds on Feb. 22. Enmark Stations Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Bluffton, S.C. The station, located on the corner of Highway 278 and Island West Park (501 Island West Park), is the company’s fourth store in Bluffton. Members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber


EPA Names Hoshizaki ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through manufacturing energy-efficient products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc.’s