Fuel Drops Nationwide

By Brian L. Milne is the Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Double-digit declines were reported in virtually every large metropolitan gasoline wholesale market across the United States during the third full week of February. The question becomes will the steady increase in retail gasoline prices, which have moved higher in every week in 2009 except

Sheetz Does, In Fact, Hire The Best

An 18-year-old who works as an employee at a Pittsburgh-area Sheetz store has earned himself some major accolades and recognition from folks in his community. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Justin Stuebgen, 18, has become the first winner of the “Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year” award from the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce. The

Bulk Petroleum Files Chap. 11

Bulk Petroleum Corp., which supplies gasoline to more than 200 gas stations throughout the Midwest, has filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Bulk Petroleum is owned by Darshan Dhaliwal. Its estimated assets and liabilities range from $50 million to $100 million, according to its filing in U.S. Bankruptcy

New York Chef Praises Wawa Hoagies

A new chef hired to lead Allen & Delancey, a restaurant in New York’s Lower East Side, heaped praises on the Wawa hoagie during an interview with a popular New York blog this week. The blog, Gothamist, is a site in the Gothamist LLC network of blogs, was founded in early 2003. The bloggers interviewed

PepsiCo Touts New Snack For Women

PepsiCo is aiming a new snack at women who are looking for a low-calorie, healthier alternative to mainstream snacking, according to Reuters. Additionally, Pepsi also announced that it signed a deal with Rockstar Energy, where it will distribute the energy drink through its bottlers, including Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas. Terms for the energy-drink deal

Love’s Team Donates $165K To Nonprofits

Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has launched a new program in conjunction with the company’s 45th anniversary, “Making a Difference From the Heart.” Love’s founder and CEO Tom Love and his daughter, Jenny Love Meyer, announced the new program on Valentine’s Day last week. The program makes $165,000 available to nonprofit organizations

Handee Marts Wins Ethics Award

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals announced the 2008 recipients of its eighth annual Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards (PBEA), held on Feb. 13 at a Pittsburgh hotel, and convenience store operator Handee Marts Inc. took away top honors in its category. The awards were presented to honor Pittsburgh-area companies that demonstrate

Mark VII Grows In Michigan

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, a supplier of innovative solutions for the carwash business worldwide, said it has purchased the Michigan assets of PDQ distributor Washing Equipment Technologies. Mark VII said it will service former Washing Equipment Technologies customers via its existing direct-service operation in Michigan, which has

Sara Lee Highlights Growth Initiatives

Sara Lee Corp. presented new growth initiatives during the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, with company Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes highlighting the plans. Discussing the company’s progress on its multi-year transformation, Barnes detailed Sara Lee’s expanding global customer portfolio and product innovation and marketing efforts. She also addressed Sara Lee’s

Fuel Trending Upward

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTNWholesale gasoline prices ended the most recent week mixed which will lead to flattening if not lower retail prices in some metropolitan markets, halting a steady march higher so far in 2009. The price decline was diverse, occurring in several wholesale markets in the Midwest to the

Clark Promoting Fleet Services Card

Clark Brands has created a sales kit to help new Clark-branded stores effectively launch the Clark Fleet Services Card at their locations. Starting this month, every new branded Clark store will receive the comprehensive kit, which contains all the marketing tools they need to begin promoting the Clark Fleet Services Card to commercial customers. “Promoting

Sheetz Hires VP Of IT

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. said it has promoted 12-year employee Jim Wenner to the newly created position of vice president of information technology. Wenner, who started with Sheetz in 1996 as manager of programming services, will now be responsible for providing strategic direction for the two primary functions of technology at Sheetz. He will also

Coinstar Bets On DVD Kiosks

Coinstar said it is positioning to purchase the remaining stake of Redbox Automated Retail LLC from GetAMovie Inc. and other minority interest holders, which would give Coinstar 100% of Redbox. With 35 million unique customers and 12,000 locations, redbox has become the leading DVD renter through self-service kiosks in the U.S. Redbox rents movie releases

Judge Stops Wisconsin’s Minimum Markup Rule

A federal judge last week declared Wisconsin’s 70-year-old minimum markup on gas unconstitutional, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported. The state must stop enforcing the mandatory markup on gas because it illegally restricts trade, according to a ruling by Rudolph T. Randa, chief judge of the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Randa’s decision came

Judge: Sheetz Sub Promo’s A Go

A Virginia federal judge has denied Subway’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop Sheetz from promoting its $4 footlong campaign, The Altoona Mirror reported. Subway officials sent a letter dated Jan. 22 to Sheetz requesting that the Altoona-based company cease and desist its campaign. Subway claimed the advertising was in

Hot Stuff/Lettieri’s Elevates Execs

Hot Stuff Foods announced that Jim Ilaria, board member and principal of Allied Capital, has become interim CEO following the departure of CEO John Fontana. “Allied Capital remains committed to Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri’s and its future growth,” said Ilaria, “and we are poised for even greater growth with key members of the executive team who

Clark Brands Ramps Up Fleet Card Promo

Naperville, Ill.-based Clark Brands has created a sales kit to help newly branded Clark stores effectively launch the Clark Fleet Services Card. Starting this month, every newly branded Clark store will receive the comprehensive kit, which contains all marketing tools needed to promote the Clark Fleet Services Card to commercial customers. “Promoting the Clark Fleet

Green Mountain, Greener Yet

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is building Vermont’s largest solar array on top of the distribution center of the Green Mountain Coffee facility in Waterbury, the company said. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array is expected to begin in the spring of 2009 and be completed by summer. The company said the solar array

Fresh & Easy Wines Win Awards

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market received nine medals for its specially selected wines at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the majority of which retail for under $10, the company said. Fresh & Easy now has more than 30 award-wining wines, but it has won accolades for the following wines at the 2009 San

Riding Out the Economic Storm

Facing one of the most difficult financial crises in the nation’s history, convenience store operators must maximize store performance and drive efficiencies. That old axiom “fall back, spring ahead” takes on an entirely new meaning for 2009. Faced with the worst recession in more than half a century, springing ahead means fighting for survival for

New Jersey ExxonMobil Dealers Unite

By John Lofstock, Editor When ExxonMobil Corp. announced last June that it was getting out of direct-store operations, dealers of its venerable retail brands found themselves at a crossroads. They could either be on the receiving end of the deed to their own properties or be forced to work with a new master and an

Pump Prices Edge Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A potential strike by United Steelworkers at oil refineries that could have impacted as much as two-thirds of oil refining capacity in the U.S. was averted on Feb. 3 after the two sides hobbled together a three-year agreement, taking away a worry that lost gasoline production

Kum & Go Purchasing Cody’s

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go LC has signed an agreement to purchase the 37 Cody’s Convenience Stores located in southwest Missouri. Cody’s is currently operated by Springfield, Mo.-based Cody Ventures LLC, which is led by CEO Curtis Jared. The deal’s closing is subject to completion of due diligence and customary closing conditions, the

Whose John Is A Gem?

Nominations are now being accepted for the eighth annual “America’s Best Restroom Award,” which is presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation. Nominations can be submitted at www.bestrestroom.com through March 31, 2009. The public is also invited to visit the America’s Best Restroom (ABR) YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/BestRestroomAwards to post comments, view and share videos. Facebook subscribers

7-Eleven Lays Off 200

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is reducing its non-store and non-operational workforce by about 10%, which amounts to about 200 employees in the U.S. and Canada, the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC TV news affiliate reported. The nation’s biggest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven is also suspending raises, incentives and 401(k) matching in an attempt to remain as profitable as possible,

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