Franchise Program for Veterans

  7-Eleven Inc. has launched a new program to make it easier for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces to have the opportunity to own their own business.   This July, the convenience retailer is launching a new military veterans franchise program that offers discounted franchise fees to retired or separated veterans of

Florida Smokers Slapped With Huge Tax Increase

  The Florida state tax on cigarettes jumped to $1.34 a pack Wednesday, marking a 294% increase in the state excise tax, the Miami Herald reported.   The increase follows a 159% increase in the federal cigarette tax, from about 39 cents to $1.01 a pack, on April 1. In addition, some Big Tobacco companies

Sheetz Opens New Ohio Store

  Sheetz Inc., Altoona, Pa., which operates more than 350 c-stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina continues to expand its reach, as it opens a new store in Strongsville, Ohio.    “It is always exciting for us to expand into a new area,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of

7-Eleven Takes on G.I. Joe

  7-Eleven Inc., Dallas,  has joined forces with Paramount Pictures to promote the Aug. 7 release of the new action movie, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”    The c-store is starting a promotion Wednesday that will feature a  new G.I. JOE-themed true-blue Slurpee flavor called Liquid Artillery, a summer fruit blend of strawberry, pineapple

QuikTrip Bids On Terminal

SemGroup LP is set to sell off much of its SemFuel refined petroleum unit to Tulsa-based QuikTrip Corp. and Magellan Midstream Partners LP for a combined price tag of $37 million, according to the Tulsa World.      If the deal goes through, QuikTrip, which has 500 convenience stores in nine states,  will be purchasing

Dealers Making a Difference

Pride, hard work and HOPE. These are the three principles that drive Levent Sertbas every day. As president of Sertbas Inc. in Paramus, N.J., Sertbas has had to deal with a number of concerns while operating his two New Jersey On the Run convenience stores, but the two most pressing issues he’s been dealing with

Nice N Easy Named CSD’s 2009 Chain of the Year

Nice guys do finish first. Nice N Grocery Shoppes Inc., the Canastota, N.Y. operator of 82 convenience stores, was named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2009 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Nice N Easy will be honored at an invitation-only gala at the Wynn Las Vegas during the NACS Show on Oct. 21.  “The last line

The Rise of the Aztec Empire

San Diego State University At a Glance San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897, is the fifth-largest university in California with a student body of approximately 38,000 full- and part-time students. Its retail arm, Aztec Shops Ltd., was founded in 1932 as a not-for-profit corporation that functions primarily as an auxiliary of the university.

Roll-Your-Own Climbs Amid Tax Hit

Mounting cigarette costs are driving smokers to test cost-effective tobacco alternatives, such as roll your own (RYO). The 2009 NACS State of the Industry report, which polled 156 retail firms with 20,553 stores as of December 2008, found that pipe and cigarette tobacco sales had the strongest growth of all tobacco products and were up

Gum Sales Grow

The retail sector is still struggling overall, but as some segments continue to sink, others rise. American consumers are still buying billions of dollars of candy each year, and this isn’t changing as they resist making major purchases. Even during a recession, American consumers still have a sweet tooth, which explains why gum and candy

Developing a Late Night Menu

C-store operators burning the midnight oil thinking of ways to increase their business may have inadvertently stumbled upon their answer. While late night has grown into an identifiable daypart on its own, too many retailers either haven’t yet recognized it as such or simply don’t have the traffic to warrant promoting it. But for those

Cultivating Loyal Customers

Savvy c-store operators are using customer loyalty/scan-data-analysis programs to improve merchandise planning, forecasting and point-of-sale (POS) data management, and to provide a technology platform for long-term growth. When done well, the inevitable result is to empower store personnel to react quickly, make more informed decisions and improve cost effectiveness, so they can simplify customers’ lives.

Safe at the Store

The times necessitate that store systems do more–and few store systems are more crucial to a retailer’s success than cash handling and security. While retail technology has focused on point-of-sale (POS) systems that integrate everything from transaction accounting to inventory management, one of the most recent areas of opportunity involves the integration of cash handling

Enhancing Store Security

Data Security Standards: Are You Prepared?

PCI compliance deadlines continue to barrel toward the convenience store industry, yet many operators are still not up to speed on precisely what they need to do, or how to do it. The Payment Card Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), developed by the PCI Security Standards Council and endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services,

Construction Investments Slowing

It’s costing more than ever to build new convenience stores, according to the NACS’ 2009 State of the Industry report. This news comes at a time when the economy is dragging down sales and profits. As a result, operators face a crucial challenge as they try to grow business organically: build or renovate? The answer

Chevron Shines at Business Summit

Instead of its usual three-day convention, Chevron hosted a two-day business summit for its franchisee and company owned businesses last month, to discuss the state of the economy and best practices for flourishing in hard times. Key economists spoke on the state of the industry, alternative energy, climate change and the future of fossil fuels.

Design of the Times

Savvy c-store operators know that everything in a store should be contributing to sales, including displays and fixtures. More retailers are coming to realize that display and fixture design can, if done right, provide the flexibility needed to highlight food offerings as well as dry goods products and keep the sales space fresh, interesting and

Demand Grows for Juices and Teas

Tea Truths The U.S. is the birthplace of iced tea. More than 80% of tea consumed here is still sold as an iced drink. Tea sales in the U.S. are expected to exceed a phenomenal $10 billion in 2010 for both beverage and non-beverage categories, according to Worldteaexpo.com In the U.S., 37% of consumers prefer

A Bear of a Store

With its farmer’s market and original grilled peanut butter menu, Scotty’s Convenience Store and Grill, at the University of California Riverside (UCR) has won the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) “Best in the Business” award for excellence in marketing and merchandising. Scotty’s was one of 38 entries in the competition, which

The Pantry Inc. Acquires 38 C-stores

  The Pantry Inc., Sanford, N.C., an independently operated c-store chain in the Southeast, announced Tuesday that it had acquired 38 convenience stores from Herndon Oil Corp., using cash in hand, according to RTT News.   When plans for the acquisition were announced previously, the agreement included 40 stores, but in the meantime, one has

Consumers Embrace Self-Service Technology

  C-store owners know North American consumers are continuing to embrace self-service technology, but a recent study is showing just how popular they’ve become.   Transactions at self-service kiosks are expected to surpass $775 billion in 2009, and could increase to more than $1.6 trillion by 2013, according to a new research study conducted by

Serve Freezer-to-Oven Fresh Baked Bread

  Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., has created the industry’s first line of fresh bread that can be taken directly from the freezer and baked in the oven, eliminating the time-consuming preparing and “proofing” process otherwise necessary to make freshly baked bread.   Rich’s proprietary Fresh ‘n Ready Classic Sandwich Breads, developed over five years

Private Label Popularity Grows

    New consumer polling data shows the majority of U.S. supermarket shoppers will continue purchasing store brand products even after the recession has come to an end.   A poll conducted this month by GfK Custom Research North America for the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), found 91% of shoppers plan to continue buying

BP Closes Door on Alternative Energy

  After more than 10 years of working toward a carbon-constrained solutions, BP has shut its alternative energy headquarters in London, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.    BP spokesman David Nicholas told London’s Guardian about 80 staff members in the company’s alternative energy division would be relocated to the corporate head office, and spending on

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