Two New Ethanol Fuel Stations Open in California

Pearson Fuels will join CALSTART to celebrate the grand opening of the first Ethanol (E85) alternative fuel stations in Pomona, Calif. and Perris, Calif., with special ribbon-cutting ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 16. The Pomona grand opening is set for noon at Foothill Chevron at 100 West Foothill Boulevard in Pomona and at 3:00 p.m. at


New Jersey Retailers Sue Exxon

  A group of 88 Exxon Mobil Corp. gas station operators, including at least 24 from New Jersey, are suing Exxon Mobil Corp., alleging that the company is delaying deliveries on fuel when prices increase in order to manipulate the price of gas at the pump, reported.     The 45-page lawsuit filed in

Rutter’s Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Rental Kiosks

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is debuting Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks at 19 of its stores.   The big blue kiosks arrived this week, with plans to have them at all stores in the next few months. For ease of customer access, the kiosks are located outside on the stores’ front docks.  

Dos Equis Launches Consumer Program

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., is rolling out the brand’s most interesting Game within the Game January through March consumer program designed to capture the sports enthusiast’s attention and keep grocery, liquor and c-store retailers cash registers ringing during the January through March, 2010 period.    Playing off the

Toot ‘n Totum Announces $10 Million Expansion

  As Toot ‘n Totum celebrates its 60th year in business next year, it is embarking on a $10 million expansion project in Amarillo, Texas, that will commence in February. The company will add three new stores to its 61 locations and completely replace two existing stores, Amarillo Globe-News reported.   The new designs will

Circle K Launches Franchise Program in Florida

Circle K stores are breaking new ground this year by offering franchise opportunities to business owners in Florida. Circle K has more than 450 stores in Florida.  Its position in the Florida marketplace creates a host of efficiencies, such as marketing, financing, support and training for franchisees. Franchising with Circle K provides c-store operators brand

Casey’s Second Quarter Profit Grows 23%

  Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal second-quarter, ended Oct. 31, saw profit grow 23% on higher margins, while commodity costs and gasoline prices declined compared to last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Casey’s reported a profit of $33.6 million, or 66 cents a share, up from $27.3 million, or 54 cents a share,

Gilbarco Passport Passes Certification By PCI SSC

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has validated that the Gilbarco Veeder-Root Passport Point of Sale system’s Enhanced Dispenser Hub (EDH) V01.XX, included with Passport Version 8.02, is compliant with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).   Passport application software, which will be released for Chevron, Concord (Generics, Gulf, Sinclair, Sunoco,

Sheetz Named Best Place To Work

For the eighth consecutive year, Sheetz was named the best retailer to work for in Pennsylvania, according to The Best Places to Work in PA group.   The 2009 rankings were recently announced in Hershey, Pa.  and convenience retail chain Sheetz was listed at number 25 on the list of top 50 large companies. The

U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices to Slide into Mid-December

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will gradually move lower across the country through the middle of December after wholesale markets rallied on the first day of the month before easing on limited demand and climbing inventory.   Preliminary industry data for the week of Thanksgiving showed a

Chevron Closes One Door, Opens Others

While Chevron’s decision last week to pull out of several U.S. markets, the oil major said it is refocusing it’s efforts on key states where its supply infrastructure is strong, a decision that will allow it to compete more effectively. The San Ramon, Calif. marketer surprised the industry with its announcement to withdraw motor fuels

Clark Brands Rolls Out Fuelman Fleet Card

  Clark Brands and Fuelman has introduced a new program that will allow Fuelman customers to make purchases at the pump at participating Clark branded and credit card locations. This new program will provide advantages to Clark’s Licensees and their stores and to Fuelman fleet clients.   The program is being rolled out beginning in

7-Eleven To Expand In Pacific Northwest

  7-Eleven Inc. is expanding its presence in Puget Sound, Wash., and in northern California by 65 stores in the next two years.   By the end of 2011, the chain will have added about 15 new stores in the Puget Sound, Wash. area; and more than 50 new stores in northern California, starting with

PCATS To Evaluate Use Of Payment System Product Codes

  The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has created a survey to identify the use of PCATS payment product codes within the convenience store industry. Retailers are requested to participate in the survey located at by Friday, Dec. 18.   In addition to measuring the number of merchant fueling locations that have

Quick Chek Announces “Warm Up Wednesday”

  Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is celebrating the beginning of the cold weather season on Wed., Dec. 16, offering morning coffee patrons a complimentary cup of soup during its daytime operating hours.   Customers purchasing any size Quick Chek coffee between 5

Canadian Renewable Fuel Pioneers Honored

  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced the 2009 Green Fuels Award Recipients. The awards honor pioneers in the development and commercialization of low carbon renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel in Canada. The awards were presented at the recent  6th Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels summit in Vancouver.    The New Producer Award

Tyson Food Service Introduces Charbroil Beef Patties

  Recent data shows consumers are craving mini sandwiches, which has grown on menus 183% during the past year, according to Mintel Menu Insights, Q1 2008 and Q1 2009. In addition, mini burgers were the number one appetizer/starter in the National Restaurant Association’s Chef’s Survey: What’s Hot in 2009 survey.    Tyson is meeting the

USOG Acquires United Oil & Gas Inc.

  United States Oil & Gas Corporation (USOG), an oil and gas products, services and technology company, has entered a preliminary agreement to acquire United Oil & Gas Inc. of Bottineau, North Dakota.   Under the terms of the agreement, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010, United will be a wholly owned operating

Customers Respond To Sheetz Beer Petition

  Sheetz is leading a crusade for beer sales with its petition drive started a few weeks ago at, and the company’s CEO notes that consumers are offering overwhelming support.   “We’re getting lots of people signing up,” Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of the Altoona-based company told The Sentinel  Friday. “We’re not surprised

Chevron Cuts Over 1,000 Stores In The East

  Chevron is lowering its profile in the East, closing more than 1,000 stores from Indiana to South Carolina. Here is a list of affected states and the District of Columbia.   Delaware   Indiana   Kentucky   North Carolina   New Jersey   Maryland   Ohio   Pennsylvania   South Carolina   Virginia  

Florida Gas Stations Struggle Amid Tank Upgrade Deadline

  Hundreds of Central Florida gas stations are facing an end of the year deadline: upgrade storage tanks or face fines and possibly be forced to close.   About 1,250 tanks in Central Florida-900 underground and 350 above-ground-still remain out of compliance, News 13 a central Florida news station reported.   Many of the gas

Platts Global Energy Awards Honor Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Houston-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation was recognized at the 2009 Platts Global Energy Awards held at the Cipriani Wall Street, first as Energy Company of the Year, and then for CEO of the Year (James Hackett). More than 500 energy executives from 20 countries attended the annual awards

Kum & Go Opens New Store in Colorado

Kum & Go L.C., which operates more than 400 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming) has opened a new store in Idaho Springs, Colo. The 3,400-square-foot store took only 102 days to construct and is located at Miner & 13th Avenue in Idaho

Give a “Terrible” Gift This Season

  In time for the holiday season, Terrible Herbst, which operates 18 car washes, 19 lube locations, and more than 100 convenience store/gas stations in the Las Vegas area, is introducing new car wash gift cards from Terrible’s Car Wash.   The new MVP-or Monthly Value Plan-gift cards start at just $15.99, and are available

The Pantry Inc. Sets Strategy For 2010

  The Pantry Inc., which operates more than 1,650 stores in the Southeast, has announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 24, 2009.   Its net income for the fourth quarter was $13.3 million, or $0.60 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $22.9 million, or $1.03 per share