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The Industry’s Power 25 (part 2)

Robert Myers President and CEOCasey’s General Stores Inc. About 40 years and 1,470 stores later, Casey’s General Stores still prefers those small Midwestern towns. If not for the small-town charm they offer, then at least for the collective $4.8 billion they generated this past year to make Casey’s a leader in the world of convenience.

Partnering for Perfection

Choosing a branded pizza partner means balancing a complex equation that weighs such factors as product quality, financial and logistical considerations, marketing programs, employee training, ongoing support, brand equity and local competition. Suddenly, a cheese pizza isn’t so simple any more. It’s a complex decision that must be made carefully, said Dan Rotherham, director of

The Industry’s Power 25 (part 3)

Donald ZietlowPresident and CEOKwik Trip Inc. Kwik Trip CEO Donald Zietlow and his team at the La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc. have built a well-oiled network of facilities and operations that support more than 380 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The Kwik Trip brand started in a small

Grocery Aisles Growing Sales

According to Nielsen’s Gas Monitor Report, when gas prices rose, consumers reacted by limiting the amount of fuel they bought during each visit to the pump. But this trend encouraged more trips to the fuel island. Additionally, higher fuel prices encouraged consumers to shop more at c-stores rather than travel to additional destinations. The economy

The Industry’s Power 25 (part 4)

J. Michael Walsh President and CEO Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. It would be tough to overstate how important the company J. Michael Walsh leads is to the c-store industry. As one of the largest broad-line, full-service distributors of packaged consumer products to the convenience retail industry in North America, Core-Mark provides distribution and logistics services

Store Brands Bring Big Bucks

Looking for ways to boost your grocery sales? Sales figures show that in today’s scary economy, shoppers are pinching pennies wherever they can—and one way that’s becoming increasingly popular is buying generic or so-called "house" brands. Gone are the days when generic brands looked, well, generic. Today’s generic brands are more attractively packaged, and the

The Industry’s Power 25 (part 5)

Tom LongPresident and Chief Commercial OfficerMillerCoors Since becoming president and chief commercial officer of Miller Brewing Co. in 2006, Tom Long has guided his company through several successful changes, including the joint venture agreement that created MillerCoors last July. Long also made the crucial decision to locate the newly merged company in downtown Chicago instead

Compassion in Convenience

At a Glance: Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s generates approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and has aggressive plans to grow 15 stores annually. Headquarters: Oklahoma City Number of Stores: 200-plus in 33 states Employees: 6,000 Foodservice Brands: Love’s operates 120 QSR’s under multiple national brands including

Fuel Freefall Continues

Gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 per gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcome news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason for the freefall from all-time record highs set during the summer is tumbling crude oil

Freefall Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Commonly called a tax on American households, gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcomed news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason

7-Eleven: Cross-Promotion and Private-Label Devotion

7-Eleven Inc. has teamed with department-store retailer J.C. Penney Co. for a creative cross-promotion while also committing to the expansion of its private-label products, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven and J.C. Penney Co. are using the cross-promotion as a test in Dallas-area stores this week, as well as stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and

Cash Room Automation: A “Revolution” Has Begun

Rutter’s Continues Record Growth

Rutter’s Farm Stores is continuing its year of record expansion with today’s opening of a c-store in Chambersburg, Pa. “We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Chambersburg,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO at Rutter’s Farm Stores. “It is a vibrant community that fits our brand and product offering well. We have been

Game On

Take it from 7-Eleven: Today’s average gamer is not a teenager – he’s in his early 30s and most likely a male. That’s good news for the Dallas-based retailer, whose customer base skews heavily toward males between the ages of 18 and 34. The c-store chain said it’s taking the plunge into video game sales

Winn-Dixie Adds nFinanSe Discover Network

Stored value and prepaid card program provider nFinanSe said its Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card is now available at all 521 Winn-Dixie grocery stores in the southeast. Consumers can purchase the Reloadable Card for $5.95 and load funds at their discretion. No credit check or bank account is required. Consumers can also use the Discover

Truckers Rejoice

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In less than four months, the national average price for diesel fuel sold at retail outlets went from rapidly marching towards $5 per gallon to now falling below $3 per gallon, with the Department of Energy’s statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration (EIA), reporting a nearly

QuickTrip Reconsiders Car Wash Biz

Oklahoma-based convenience store chain QuickTrip is growing its convenience stores’ footprints, though the company is also ending its brief venture into the car wash business, The Wichita Eagle reported. QuickTrip is planning to replace its current 3,600-square-foot store footprint with a store about 1,000 feet larger and bigger parking lots, company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told

Shell To Clean Up 83 Washington Gas Stations

Shell Oil Co. told the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology that it would voluntarily clean up contamination at 83 current and former gas stations in Western Washington, the AP bureau in Seattle reported. It’s the first time an oil company has voluntarily undertaken such a massive cleanup in the state at one time, Ecology

Rutter’s Donates $25K to United Cerebral Palsy

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $25,000 to the United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania to help the organization purchase equipment for its children’s center in York. UCP of South Central Pennsylvania serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs in York, Adams, Franklin and Fulton counties. The chapter has offices in

Kroger Expands ‘Fresh Fare’ Footprint

The Kroger Co. opened its biggest "Fresh Fare" store this week, with plans to open more of the stores to serve the eat-at-home and natural foods shoppers, according to the Associated Press. In addition to typical supermarket fare, Kroger’s Fresh Fare store in Kenwood, Ohio, features high-end meats and seafood, gourmet cheeses and natural and

Sheetz Kicks Off Fuel Giveaway In Ohio

Sheetz convenience stores is giving away free gas for a year to 18 customers starting November 17. Customers can visit any Sheetz location in Ohio and enter to win when they sign up for the "My Sheetz Card” rewards program. Members of the rewards program are automatically entered into the contest. Each week, three Sheetz

The Continued Push For Private

Once considered a lower-price, lower-quality substitute for name brands, private-label products are being viewed positively by a majority of U.S. consumers, according to a new survey by The Nielsen Company. About 72% of consumers believe store brands are good alternatives to name brands, while 62% of consumers say they consider store brands to be as

Smoker Friendly Crowns King Maker

Smoker Friendly International has recognized King Maker Marketing Inc., of Paramus, N.J., as its manufacturer of the year, awarding the company its 2008 Visionary Award at the 12th Annual Smoker Friendly Tobacco Festival and Conference held recently in Boulder, Colo. King Maker manufactures SF Cigarettes and SF Roll Your Own Tobacco. Smoker Friendly operates more

PCATS Appoints New Executive Director, CEO

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has appointed Thomas Oare as its new executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2009. Oare replaces the present executive director and CEO, John Hervey, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. “We are extremely pleased to have found someone with the background and experience of Tom