Police Ticket Good Kids with Slurpee Coupons

“Kids love it because they love Slurpee drinks.  Police officers love it because it gives them a reason to approach youngsters in a non-authoritative role and build positive relationships,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. To foster friendly relationships with local law enforcement and encourage good behavior, 7-Eleven Inc. is giving one million “FREE Slurpee” coupons to police

NACS Show Retailer Panel Announced

Speedway LLC President Tony Kenney and Valero Energy Corp. President Gary Arthur have been announced as panelists for the NACS Show General Session panel “A Tale of Two Retailers.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Petrowski, CEO of Cumberland Farm Group of Cos. The Oct. 3 session, presented by NACS Magazine, is part

Considerations for Selling a Distressed Business

By Domenic Rinaldi, Chicagoland Sunbelt. In a perfect world, businesses would only be sold when they are healthy and attractive to buyers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and trying to market a business as an appealing acquisition while the business is in decline can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible. Here are some

EZ Trip To Offer Fresh Doughnuts

EZ Energy Partners with Aunt Mary Ann Donuts to provide improved fresh bakery offering to hungry customers. EZ Energy USA Inc. has introduced a new freshly delivered bakery program. Doughnuts and other baked goods will now be delivered to its Easy Trip stores fresh every morning. These items are expected to provide an improvement in

Petro Stopping Center Re-Opens in Salina

TravelCenters buys back and re-introduces former franchise location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, today announced it has completed its planned acquisition and opening of the newest Petro travel center at Exit 252 off I-70 in Salina, Kan. “We were very happy to have the chance to buy this location and

7-Eleven Offers Retro Treats

Building on the theme of the Super 8 Movie, 7-Eleven is offering Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops and a space-age Slurpee cup. Fans who want a real-life taste of 1970s small-town life as shown in Paramount Pictures’ Super 8 can head to 7-Eleven stores this month for Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops, special Slurpee cups and delicious

Kirk Legislation Threatens Highway Businesses

“This legislation does nothing more than grant state governments a monopoly directly on the interstate shoulder or median,” says CEO of NATSO. A bill unveiled this week threatens thousands of businesses operating at the exits along the nation’s Interstate Highway System, jeopardizing the jobs of more than two million Americans, a coalition of highway businesses

Foodservice Equipment Opens Doors for C-Stores

More and more operators are embracing bakery production and merchandising challenges to create fresh-baked opportunities. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. With tobacco sales in decline and gasoline prices volatile, convenience stores are looking to other categories to draw more customers and improve profitability. Foodservice in its varied forms—from simply hot coffee and frozen beverages to

Peanut Butter Swirl

Ice cream consumers now can combine their love for sweet chocolate, peanut butter and savory peanuts with the new DOVEBAR Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate. The fusion of peanut butter with chocolate has long been a favorite, and with new DOVEBAR Peanut Butter Swirl with Milk Chocolate, consumers can “Crack into an

Mansfield Oil Opens First Operations Center in Canada

“The opening of Mansfield’s Calgary office is a response to our current customers’ needs as well as an opportunity to serve new customers in the Canadian market,” says Mansfield Oil president. Mansfield Oil Co. has opened a new marketing office and regional operations center in Calgary. “We’re excited to announce the opening of our first

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” says Kroger president. The Kroger Co. has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, showing it continues to meet annual sustainability benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30% since 2000. “Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate

Knudsen Joins DNA Distributors

“His vast tobacco industry knowledge combined with his consulting experience uniquely qualifies him for this important and demanding role,” says DNA Distributors president. DNA Distributors, the makers of Cigalectric Electronic Cigarettes has hired Kraig Knudsen as vice president of business development. In this role, Knudsen will be responsible for all aspects of market penetration and

Gift Card Trends

First Data study finds closed-loop cards popular but open-loop growing, and virtual gift cards are on the horizon. As the U.S. gift card market matures, understanding consumer demand and trends can help gift card-issuing merchants and retailers create or adjust their strategy. In fact, First Data, a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, recently

The Science of Scan Data

As retail technology evolves, convenience store operators have the tools to turn sales figures into actionable information. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Thanks to advanced technology, retailers can now collect data at the point of sale that tells them what is moving out of their stores, when it sells, who buys it and at what

Whole Gasoline Costs continue Lower as Market Frets over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Initially moving up and reaching a two-week high on June 15, New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB gasoline futures reversed course and tumbled to a nearly one-month low on June 17, setting the stage for retail gasoline prices to continue moving lower. NYMEX RBOB futures serve as

FDA Reveals Final Cigarette Warning Labels

The new graphic health warnings must appear on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads by September 2012. This morning FDA announced the nine cigarette health warnings required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and in every cigarette advertisement. This bold measure is aimed at making sure that every American understands

Tobacco Companies, NATO File Right to Advertise Lawsuit

NATO, R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and Lorillard are fighting back against a Worcester, Mass., ordinance that would ban outdoor and most indoor advertising. On Friday, June 17, a lawsuit was filed by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. in U.S. Federal District

Thorntons Announces Nugget Ice Promotion

Customers who visit the participating Thorntons site get a free nugget ice sample from the Nug Truck and a free fountain drink upon entering the store. Thorntons has partnered with Scotsman Ice Systems to bring the Nug Truck to two Thorntons stores this week. The Nug Truck is a mobile truck that serves nugget ice,

Love’s Celebrates 100th Tire Care Center

“We have evaluated the best amenities we can offer at the new travel stop, and look forward to our partnership with the community,” says president of Love’s Development Cos. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its 100th tire care center at a new travel stop in Ocala, Fla., and is set to host

Smokeless Sales Show Promise

While managing new products and planograms is vital, retailers will need to keep an eye out for federal tax increases and FDA intervention over the next 12 months. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Smokeless tobacco has outperformed expectations for three straight years—which, while good, leaves many in the industry fearing it’s only a matter of

Salad Singles

Ready Pac Salad Singles are the latest creation from Ready Pac. While consumer demand for healthy convenience has always been a focus of Ready Pac’s, economic instability has forced many shoppers to watch their spending closely by adopting more cautious spending habits and establishing a new, lower-cost normal. Ready Pac is offering a simple solution

Rutter’s Announces Free Gas Winner

During Rutter’s Summer Gas Giveaway that runs through September, two customers per month (eight total) will win free gas for a year. The commute to Hershey, Pa., that Angela Gilbert of Marietta makes each day just got a little easier; Gilbert is the first winner of free gas for a year in the Rutter’s Farm

Family Express Partners with PeopleMatter

“We expect this year to be our most robust yet in terms of small acquisitions and new store development, and we feel that the PeopleMatter platform will bring about further efficiencies at a most welcome time,” says Family Express president and CEO. Family Express has teamed with PeopleMatter, a comprehensive talent management solution provider for

Crunk Juce is Back

Gila Brew Co. LLC announces the re-launch of CJ Crunk Juce, a premium line of malt beverages. “CJ” has a distinctly engaging taste and is currently available in many states with rapidly expanding distribution. Great taste and tasteful adult packaging differentiate CJ from its competition. The beverage is being marketed under the new slogan “TASTE,

Sweet Treats

KoKo’s is releasing three new lollipops. KoKo’s new Cupcake Lollipops convert this hot bakery trend to sweet candy form. Each 1.7-ounce lollipop is brightly decorated and resembles a cupcake with frosting. Available in fruity flavors with three designs, the treats come in 18-count open display boxes that resemble novelty bake shops, with four displays per

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