Cigar Bar Wins 5-year battle with New York City

Merchants NY Cigar Bar, a go-to smoker’s paradise on New York’s Upper East Side for the past decade, has triumphed in a prolonged legal battled with the New York City Health Department, according to operators at the cigar bar. New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New

Gilbarco, Developers Introduce New Signage, POS Tools

Users of Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport POS system will soon be able to remotely manage their sites from a central location as Gilbarco and RedPrarie Corp. are poised to release Passport Version 9, an integrated remote-management solution offering centralized control over configuration, fuel pricing, reporting and software maintenance. Additionally, Gilbarco and Allure Global Solutions Inc. are

Oil Giants Dominate Fortune 500 List

With combined profits of almost $72 billion in 2007, oil juggernauts Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Inc. secured three of the top five spots on the Fortune 500 list, the magazine reported. ExxonMobil racked up $39.5 billion in profit last year, the largest-ever in U.S. history. That figure topped the previous record of

Oil Giants Dominate Fortune 500 List

With combined profits of almost $72 billion in 2007, oil juggernauts Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Inc., secured three of the top five spots on the Fortune 500 list, the magazine reported. ExxonMobil racked up $39.5 billion in profit last year, the largest-ever in U.S. history. That figure topped the previous record of

Pantry Investors Are Mixed Bag

Just a week after a New York investor yanked its 7.5% share in The Pantry Inc., another investor stepped forward and raised its shares from just under 5% to 6.4%, the Triangle (N.C.) Business Journal reported. Oregon-based Stadium Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund investing in small-cap companies, now owns 1.42 million shares of the

Rutter’s Unveils Winning Design for Recycling Bin

At the urging of his college-student grandson, retired Navy technical illustrator George Geisler Sr. of Camp Hill started putting pencil to paper. “I got on a roll and was having a lot of fun with it,” said Geisler, 81. By “it” he was referring to Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Win Green Design Contest,” which challenged entrants

Fresh & Easy Pushes Green Initiatives

Fresh & Easy and Rutter’s Farm Stores marked Earth Day with new initiatives, including the introduction of a reusable “bag for life” at Fresh & Easy and a recycling opportunity 0for consumers who visit Rutter’s Farm Stores, the companies said. Fresh & Easy, the U.S. arm of UK-based grocery retailer Tesco, distributed reusable shopping bags

Fresh Look For Quick Chek

Quick Chek, Whitehouse, N.J. chain of more than 100 stores throughout New Jersey and New York, announced today it is launching a new brand positioning complete with logo, private-label product packaging and enhanced Web site. With its new logo in the shape of a bright, lime green-colored letter “Q” with tail shaped like a dark

The Pantry Braces For Losses; Investor Pulls Shares

A New York-based investor that owned 7.5% of The Pantry as of Dec. 31 has cashed out its holdings in the company, the Triangle (N.C.) Business Journal reported. Securities and Exchange Commission documents show Hayground Cove Associates on April 14 sold its last shares in the Sanford, N.C.-based The Pantry, which operates about 1,500 c-stores

Verc Converting Exxon Stations to Gulf Brand

Verc Enterprises, a Duxbury, Mass. company with 20 c-stores in the New England area, is planning to convert its Exxon-branded stations to the Gulf brand by the end of this year, The (Mass.) Enterprise reported. The company is making the move to help lower its gas price for consumers, Verc CEO Leo Vercollone told The

P&G Plans Car Washes in Ohio, Kentucky

After seeing strong sales at two test locations, Procter & Gamble is planning to open up to seven more Mr. Clean Performance Car Washes in southern Ohio and Kentucky, Promo Magazine and The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Procter & Gamble plans to test several full-service locations in the Cincinnati area before deciding to launch a national

McCain Calls For Gas-Tax Suspension

Just as presidential hopeful Republican Sen. John McCain this week proposed a suspension of the federal highway user fees – the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax and the 24.4- cents-per-gallon diesel tax – some in the transportation industry say it could hurt the economy. McCain called for a summer-long suspension of the federal gas tax and several

Groups Offer $100,000 Small Business Makeover

In honor of National Small Business Week, small business owners across diverse industries, including convenience stores, will have a chance to win a $100,000 makeover, complements of Sam’s Club, SBTV.com and the National Federation of Independent Business during National Small Business Week April 21-25. The Small Business Makeover includes: up to $25,000 in cash, merchandise,

N.J. Motorists’ Bad Gas Caused by Water Contamination

Gas station chain Lukoil blamed water contamination for bad gas that was sold at seven or more gas stations in New Jersey this week, WCBS television in New Jersey reported. The contaminated gas left dozens of motorists stranded, and some estimates said 75 cars died on highways and roads all across New Jersey as a

Clark Brands Bolsters Relationship With Buying Group

Clark Brands LLC, which licenses the Clark gas brand and Four Corners Coffee brand in 25 states, is expanding its relationship with a division of CBC, an Illinois-based marketing services company. Clark Brands will expand its use of C-Buying, a division of CBC, which will provide new ways for the company to help increase operators’

Minnesota Looks To Pump-Top Marketing

Gas prices set new records on Friday, reaching almost $3.50 a gallon at the pump. Republican lawmakers in Minnesota, meanwhile, say they’ll be using pump-top TVs at gas stations to deliver critical messages against Democrats’ support of a state gas tax aimed at generating funds for Minnesota’s transportation projects, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The Minnesota

QuikTrip Gives Back to Community

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip, owner and operator of nearly 500 c-stores, is commemorating its 50th anniversary by shelling out more than half the $2.5 million to $3 million cost of the new plaza and playground at a park in Tulsa, the Tulsa World News reported. QuikTrip President Chet Cadieux told the newspaper he began brainstorming for

Fresh & Easy Plans 10 More Las Vegas Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced 10 new locations in Las Vegas, which will add to the 11 stores already in that city, the company said. There are currently 60 Fresh & Easy locations in California, Nevada and Arizona. Fresh & Easy’s UK-based parent company, Tesco, said this week that sales for its U.S.

NACS: Credit Card Fair Fee Act Gaining Momentum

NACS says the Credit Card Fair Fee Act (H.R. 5546) is gaining momentum in light of a concerted effort by NACS, the Merchants Payments Coalition and a number of retailers nationwide. The bill would provide retailers the ability to negotiate rates and terms with Visa and MasterCard. As of late this week, the bill has

Florida Gov. Bucks Cig Tax

Efforts to hike Florida’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack received bipartisan support from the Florida Senate’s healthcare panel, but Gov. Charlie Crist said flat out that he opposes the tax, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. South Florida Sen. Ted Deutch proposed the cigarette tax increase, which was endorsed Tuesday by the state’s Senate Health Policy

BP Halts Gas Sales to North Dakota, Minnesota

BP has stopped selling gasoline products in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota because customers in those areas are on the edge of the company’s “supply envelope,” The Forum online reported. BP stopped selling gas products to those areas at the beginning of the month, and most of the former BP stations have either changed brand

Coca-Cola, Starbucks Go Retro

Industry giants Coca-Cola and Starbucks are trying to push consumer engagement by introducing limited-edition, vintage designs on their packaging, brandweek.com reported. Coca-Cola recently reintroduced its 1906 bottle design, the "Diamond Label," in a move to place the brand’s product heritage and history in the consumer mindset. The bottles are available nationwide in four-packs, the Web

Getty Realty Corp. Tries to Resolve Lukoil Rift

Getty Realty Corp., of Jericho, N.Y., is looking to one of its directors to resolve a troubled relationship with its primary tenant, the U.S. arm of Russian oil giant Lukoil, Newsday reported. Lukoil is looking to shed nearly half of the gas stations it leases from Getty Realty. A real-estate investment trust that specializes in

Chevron Appoints New Technology Officers

Chevron Corp. has appointed presidents of two technology divisions, Chevron Energy Technology and Chevron Information Technology, the company said. Melody Meyer will become president of Chevron Energy Technology, while Louie Ehrlich will become president of Chevron Information Technology, as well as chief information officer beginning June 1, 2008. Meyer replaces the retiring Mark Puckett, while

Kroger Trading Tax Checks for Gift Cards

Cincinnati-based grocery retailer The Kroger Co., which also operates convenience stores including QuikStop and Turkey Hill, is offering customers financial incentives when they exchange their tax refunds at Kroger stores, the Business Courier of Cincinnati reported. The company said Wednesday it will trade customers’ Internal Revenue Service rebates for Kroger gift cards in the following

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