Pain at the Pump

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   The US average for regular grade gasoline was last reported by the government at $2.524 gallon, with the price to advance from there. The national average increased 9 cents during the last week of May, and 47 cents or 23% since the end of April.

Canadian Tire Honored for Retail Store Design

At Canada’s largest retailing awards presentation this week, Canadian Tire was awarded the Retail Council of Canada’s 2009 Excellence in Retailing Award for ‘Retail Store Design for a Large Chain’. Canadian Tire won for its Smart Store format, beating out 12 other high profile submissions. The Smart Store is designed to improve operating productivity while

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

nFinanSe Matches Wal-Mart Price for Reloadable Prepaid Cards

nFinanSe Inc. said today it was reducing the retail price of its Reloadable Prepaid Card to $3 from $5.95 effective July 1. This reduction matches a change that Wal-Mart announced recently when it reduced the price of its reloadable card from $8.94 to $3.00.   The company said it believes that this reduction in price

Novelty Lighters Officially Banned in Oregon

Novelty lighters are now illegal in Oregon.   The ban on novelty lighters went into effect June 2. They are are sold at many convenience stores, and backers say they pose a danger to children because they look like toys, the Associated Press reported.   The law bans lighters with “features attractive to children,” like

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

7-Eleven Inc. today introduced its version of iced coffee with a new marketing campaign that references cup sizes, cheap dates and love at first sight. Available in French Vanilla and Mocha flavors, the new iced beverage met with such enthusiasm in pilot programs earlier this year that the company believed there would be great demand

County Market Express Expanding

Niemann Foods Inc. (NFI), operator if the County Market Express chain, reached a deal with Big River Oil Co., of Hannibal Mo., to acquire its convenience store division. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed over the next month, were not disclosed.   The acquisition includes 16 Pick-A-Dilly convenience stores, all of

Robots Invade 7-Eleven In Time For Movie Premiere

  This month, 7-Eleven is celebrating the release of the new Transformers movie, by introducing new Bumblebee Blast Slurpee flavor, collectible 3D cups and a refillable mug, character-straws and an online sweepstakes.    The film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro, Inc., debuts in theaters June

R.J. Reynolds Launches New Retailer Web Site

Looking to provide convenience store operators with tobacco industry news and information, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has launched www.EngageRJRT.com, a new Web site that provides the company’s retail partners with “anytime” access to tobacco category information, as well as consumer and industry data that retailers can utilize to engage their adult tobacco consumers.   “It’s

Gasoline Prices Spike into June

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Across the country, gasoline prices are marching higher into June on a combination of tight supplies in some regions and a broad-based rally by gasoline and crude oil driven by a growing view that the U.S. economy is improving.   Nationally, the average for regular

Cumberland Farms Expands Coinstar Partnership

Coinstar E-Payment Services, a subsidiary of Coinstar Inc., said today it is launching a line of digital entertainment products in U.S. retail locations.   Coinstar has partnered with leading online game companies including Aeria Games, Rixty Inc., Spare Change and Wild Tangent, to offer more than 15 products that provide consumers flexible online spending options.

Pan-Oston and Tolt Service Group Create Alliance

Bowling Green, Ky.-based Pan-Oston, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of retail checkout products has formalized a strategic partnership with Tolt Service Group, a nationally-recognized, single-source provider of managed services for technology equipment used in supermarkets and other enterprises. Pan-Oston’s Utopia, a self-check solution endorsed by the National Grocers Association, gives independent grocers the opportunity

McDonald’s Targets Atlanta Commuters

  Watch out Atlanta-area c-stores. McDonald’s will be luring coffee-drinking commuters on Wednesday morning, hoping to entice them with its new McCafé line.   The local McDonald’s association will pay the 50-cent toll for Ga. 400 drivers between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Drivers also will be given a card for a free

Circle K Acquires ExxonMobil Stations in Arizona

  Some 43 ExxonMobil On the Run gas stations in Arizona that closed last Friday quickly reopened as Circle K stores, according to azcentral.com.   Many of the stores were converted in as little as 24 hours, while others will take longer. Once reopened, all stores will carry Circle K branded fuel.   Canada-based Alimentation

Fossil Fuels Predicted to Continue for Next 100 Years

  Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said fossil fuels will continue to supply the dominant portion of the world’s energy needs until 2030 and beyond, according to the Wall Street Journal.   Tillerson spoke at at the oil giant’s annual meeting, and assured attendees that despite progress in biofuels, wind and solar, the world may

Love’s Announces New Employee

  Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Oklahoma City,  today announced that Ralin Nespeca has joined the Love’s team as customer contact center manager.   Nespeca comes to Love’s with a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma Christian University, and brings a wealth of professional business experience. She has held a variety of positions

Prepaid Program Saves Card-Holders Money

Tampa, Fla.-based LUCKY 777, a program offered by nFinanSe, a financial services company and provider of stored value and prepaid card solutions, is helping hard-working Americans avoid costly check cashing fees. Through the Lucky 777 program, nFinanSe’s reloadable prepaid cardholders can set up free direct deposit with their employers. Employers will process cardholder direct deposits

Atlas Oil Co. Expands

  Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Mich., is acquiring 33 more retail gas stations/convenience stores in Southwest Chicago and the surrounding suburbs from BP Products North America Inc.   With this purchase, scheduled to close in June, Atlas will operate 113 BP stations in the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana region and will distribute more than 300,000,000 gallons of fuel annually for

Rutter’s Ranks No.1

  Rutter’s Farms Stores, which operates 56 c-stores in Pennsylvania, beat out McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks, placing first in five categories in the York Sunday News’ 2009 “Best of in the York.”   Rutter’s won first place for coffee (Starbucks ranked No. 2); breakfast-quick service (followed by McDonald’s and Burger King, respectively); lunch-quick service

Retalix to Offer Tidel Cash Management Systems

  Dallas-based Retalix, a global provider of software solutions for retailers and distributors, has entered into a reseller agreement with Tidel Engineering L.P., in order to provide Tidel’s electronic cash management systems to c-store operators.   Under the agreement, Retalix will tightly integrate the Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS) software with Tidel’s Sentinel retail cash security

Equipment Key to Driving Food Sales

Convenience store operators in search of faster cooking times and longer holding times are finding foodservice equipment that can help. But which pieces, at what price points, with what sort of ROIs and in what sort of configuration remain questions that must be weighed and answered. For an industry whose core competency isn’t food, and

A Shot of Red Bull

Beginning this June, Red Bull will expand its energy options in the U.S. with Red Bull Energy Shot and Red Bull Sugar Free Shot. Red Bull’s entry into the shot category will grow its consumer base by introducing a premium shot from a trusted brand. The Red Bull Energy Shot will engage new consumers, create

New Products, Fuel Dispensed Beverages

The cold frozen dispensed category is undergoing some major changes these days, with many c-stores adding milkshakes and even energy slushees to their offerings. The additions continue to make the cold and frozen dispensed category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. “We’ve had great success with using energy drinks like Monster, Rock

It’s Not Just a Southern Thing!

  Lettieri’s is building on its already sensational breakfast program by adding two Southern Style biscuit sandwiches for busy customers on-the-go. The two new menu choices will include the Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit and the Chicken & Cheese Biscuit.   The Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit offers a light and tender southern-style biscuit,

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