The Power Pretzel

To help make consumers New Year’s resolutions easier to keep, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels introduces its Empowered Pretzel, the first of the company’s "Empowered Energy Pretzel" line that offers a healthful twist on the traditional pretzel. The six-ounce heart-healthy Empowered Pretzel is ‘empowered’ with two grams of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids. It is dairy

Building a Solid Foundation

The most extraordinary structure is only as strong as it’s weakest link. The same principle applies in business. The higher up the leadership chain that weakness exists the more likely the organization is to crumble. That’s why the companies that are succeeding in the market these days are controlled by innovators that aren’t afraid to

Couche-Tard Realigns Retail Operations

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, announced a dramatic realignment of it retail business that creates two new business units in the U.S. These units will be identified as the Southwest Division to be based in Dallas and will be comprised of the states of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New

Wrapped and Ready

Lettieri’s has launched its newest grab-n-go lunch specialty item, Meatball Wrapz. The sandwich combines the demand for a high quality specialty sub with the need for portability to accommodate the consumer’s busy lifestyle. Greg Dornbach, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the new Meatball Wrapz was designed to deliver a slightly spicy meatball

Tesco Selects Four New Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. unit of Britain’s biggest grocery retailer, plans to open four stores in the Sacramento area, according to liquor license applications with the state. The Sacramento locations named in the filings include 3311 Northgate Blvd. and 3615 Bradshaw Road. Two Folsom sites, 25000 Blue Ravine Road and 9522 Greenback

Sugar Free Indulgence

Clemmy’s Ice Cream has introduced the first all natural, sugar free, super premium ice cream. Americans concerned about the health risks of sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners can now enjoy five great tasting, rich and creamy flavors: vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee, toasted almond and chocolate mint swirl. "Before Clemmy’s, ice cream lovers seeking a sugar

The Building Blocks of Foodservice

Experts have long espoused the theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a supposition that foodservice purveyors across the retail spectrum are clinging to as they revamp their foodservice programs focused on upscale coffee programs and product portability. NACS’ 2007 State of the industry numbers show the food category is

The Simple Secrets of Getting Ahead in the C-Store Business

First, it is an established fact that getting ahead in the convenience store industry is much, much easier than in most any other industry. While we absolutely believe in the value of a good education–indeed many company’s help fund continuing education for their employees–our industry does not require a college degree. Many managers and general

What VoIP Can Do For You

Even if managing phone calls isn’t a top priority, c-store owners should consider the advantages that a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) system can provide. In addition to providing freedom from escalating phone company bills forever, VoIP can make tasks easier and provide services that may be harder to get or more expensive using a

Just Desserts

Despite unchanging consumer demand and fickle consumer tastes, the market for frozen desserts is expected to grow by more than $4 billion by 2012, according to The U.S. Market for Ice Cream and Related Frozen Desserts, a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Dollar sales continue to grow annually, but not because Americans

A Taste of New Orleans

French Market Coffee, New Orleans’ first coffee purveyor, expands beyond its New Orleans home with the launch of two additional retail coffee products: Restaurant Blend Dark Roast and Decaf Coffee & Chicory, which join the original Coffee & Chicory in its signature red can. French Market Coffee’s new retail line features the Restaurant Blend Dark

Technologies to Watch: Google and VoIP

Two of the most impressive technologies on display at last November’s NACS Show promise to enhance the convenience value proposition for customers and storeowners alike. The first of these comes to the marketplace courtesy of a strategic partnership between Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Google. It will allow customers fueling their vehicles at stations using Gilbarco’s Encore

Fresh & Easy Moving into San Francisco

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. subsidiary of mega UK retailer Tesco, unveiled plans to bring its retail concept to California’s Bay Area. Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy’s chief executive, disclosed the locations of the company’s first 18 store sites in Northern California, which will begin opening in 2009. Fresh & Easy currently has

White Hen Testing New Convenience Concept

White Hen Pantry has introduced a prototype in Northborough, Mass., that shatters the mold of its previous convenience offering. The 3,200-square-foot store offers some elements of traditional convenience stores, but goes upscale with a full-service cafe and deli, fresh foods, baked goods and a wide assortment of healthier snack with a heavy emphasis on natural,

Colorado C-Stores Face Stings

A Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store in Walensburg, Colo., has had its liquor license suspended after state authorities allegedly saw an employee sell beer to an 18-year-old. During routine compliance checks in October, the state Liquor Enforcement Division sent an under-aged person into 13 restaurants, bars, liquor and convenience stores in Huerfano County to try

SSA Partners with Lynk

Speedway SuperAmerica LLC reached a deal with RBS Lynk, the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, to provide credit card processing to its 1,600 gasoline and convenience stores. Under terms of the agreement, RBS Lynk will initially provide in-store and pay-at-the-pump credit card processing system wide for Speedway, to be

AmeriStop Franchisees in Limbo

Owners of more than 60 AmeriStop convenience store franchises across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are waiting for a Thursday court hearing that could determine the future of their businesses. In November, Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company of the AmeriStop chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt estimated between $1 million and $100 million,

Houchens Acquires Browning Oil

Houchens Industries, Bowling Green, Ky., has signed a letter of intent to purchase Browning Oil, operator of 14 Shell gas stations and convenience stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction will close in March, according to David Browning, president of Browning Oil. “I intend to pursue other business interests,” Browning told

Foodservice Demand to Reach $16.6 Billion by 2011

Foodservice disposables demand in the U.S. is projected to increase 3.8% annually to $16.6 billion in 2011. Growth will be fueled by rising disposable personal income and increased spending for food eaten or prepared away from home. Such spending will reflect consumer willingness to pay for convenience, along with interest in more sophisticated food choices.

Big Incentives for Susser Holdings

Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of more than 500 Stripes convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, has received $640,000 in tax incentives from the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Business and Job Development Corp. With the Corpus Christi, Texas-based company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores,

Tesco Selects Four New Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. unit of Britain’s biggest grocery retailer, plans to open four stores in the Sacramento area, according to liquor license applications with the state. The Sacramento locations named in the filings include 3311 Northgate Blvd. and 3615 Bradshaw Road. Two Folsom sites, 25000 Blue Ravine Road and 9522 Greenback

Industry Takes Action Against Native Americans in N.Y.

New York State Assemblyman David R. Townsend Jr. joined convenience store operators in New York in announcing legal action to compel the Spitzer administration to uphold the state law that requires collection of state taxes on Native American sales of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Native American New Yorkers. Plaintiffs in the tax fairness lawsuit are

Negotiation Practices for Small C-Store Chainsby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

The sweet science of obtaining a better deal than was offered! To compete with the big chains more effectively, you’ve got to be able to buy better, which is obviously much more difficult for a smaller chain, even more so for the single store operator. But in reality it’s much easier than you might think

Kum & Go Introduces Private-Label Wines

Kum & Go L.C., operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, has launched Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Sea Ridge Merlot wines to its long list of private-label offerings. The wines are sold exclusively at participating Kum & Go stores. Kum & Go set out last year to provide its customers a

QuikTrip Garners Top Employer Honors

Paid sabbaticals for long-timers and bonuses for part-timers helped make QuikTrip Corp. one of the nation’s top employers again this year. The Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain ranked 28th in its sixth straight appearance on Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies To Work for" list, which was released this week. "We are honored to receive this

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