Shell Reaches Deal with PacWest Energy

Shell Oil Products US, closed on a deal to transition ownership of 84 branded sites to PacWest Energy LLC, a joint venture formed between Shell and Jacksons Food Stores Inc., a Meridian, Idaho-based Shell-branded wholesaler. The sites will continue to sell Shell-branded gasoline, although PacWest will rebrand the stores at 62 of these locations to

BP to Hold Guitar Hero Tournament

BP’s ampm convenience store brand plans to make its mark in Atlanta. To spotlight the arrival of ampm in the Greater Atlanta area, stores will host a month of Guitar Hero play-off events Throughout March, all would-be rock stars, young and old, will have the chance to unleash their inner guitar hero and battle it

Chevron Unveils Employee Giving and Volunteer Program

Chevron Corp. announced a new employee giving and volunteer program that will provide up to $20 million annually for U.S. nonprofit organizations. The new program, Chevron Humankind, includes company matching for employee financial contributions, grants to nonprofits for volunteer time and company-sponsored volunteer opportunities. Chevron Humankind, open to U.S.-based employees and retirees, allows employees to

Philip Morris Stays on the Offensive

Just a week after filing suit against a New York company to stop importation of counterfeit cigarettes, Philip Morris USA has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) to stop illegally imported gray market cigarettes bearing PM USA’s trademarks, including the Marlboro mark, from entering the U.S. “Our brands are among our company’s

Sheetz Aims to Improve Field Service Activities

Sheetz Inc., the Altoona, Pa.-based operator of 344 stores in six states, has partnered with ViryaNet Ltd.’s Service Hub for Retail to automate its field service operations, including the activities associated with workforce management, facilities maintenance and store equipment repair. Sheetz prides itself on the adoption of the most current technology and continually is seeking

What’s in a Name?

Nestlé Foodservices North America is now the newly-created Nestlé Professional. More than just a change in name, the foodservice-dedicated organization has been restructured to allow for a closer partnership with its customers in delivering creative profitable solutions. As a globally-managed business in the Nestlé group, Nestlé Professional will utilize its global reach and depth of

Village Pantry Adds Nine Stores

Village Pantry Inc. said it has acquired nine convenience stores in central Ohio from Petro Acquisitions, Inc. The stores, formerly operated by AmeriStop Market, will be rebranded under the Village Pantry banner. Each store averages 2,700 square feet and like most traditional convenience stores offers quick snack items, lottery tickets, money orders, pre-paid cellular and

Gas Stations Slapped With Huge Fine

Two Georgia travel plazas in St. Marys are back open after being fined $500,000 by the Department of Agriculture. Tests by the agency showed gas at the Cisco Plazas in St. Marys and Kingsland was being shorted, some by about a pint per gallon. The pumps were locked for almost two weeks but have been

BP Selling Ohio, Pa. Stores

BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail unit said that 146 retail sites are for sale throughout the Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas. Of the 146 sites, 121 are available for franchise, one as a de-branded gasoline site, 24 as BP dealer sites with fuel agreements, and 12 with multiple offerings including commercial use. As part

Road Ranger Acquires 11 AmeriStops

Road Ranger Convenience Stores, which made headlines last month for its multimillion dollar lawsuit against CITGO Petroleum, reached a deal to acquire 11 AmeriStop convenience stores in Kentucky and Ohio. Road Ranger, based in Rockford, Ill., now operates 74 stores across the Midwest. Petro Acquisitions Inc., the Cold Spring, Ohio-based parent company of the AmeriStop

Wright Express Completes Pacific Pride Deal

Wright Express Corp. has completed its $32-million acquisition of privately held Pacific Pride Services Inc. The deal was financed through the company’s existing credit facility. Pacific Pride’s franchise network encompasses more than 330 independent fuel franchisees who issue their own Pacific Pride commercial fueling cards to fleet customers. These cards provide access to fuel at

Another Satisfied Customer

On a recent tour of convenience stores in the Northeast, I came across an outstanding Mobil store in northern Maine. What caught my attention at this particular store was the clerk who immediately greeted me and told me about the store’s foodservice special that day, a homemade Boston chowder. That I was greeted was not

Dairy-Free Yogurt

Turtle Mountain, makers of America’s most popular line of dairy-free ice creams and frozen desserts, has brought its quality and reputation for delicious flavor concoctions to a brand new line, So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt. This 100% all natural, certified vegan yogurt line features five enticing flavors including fruity favorites Blueberry, Raspberry and Peach, Cinnamon

Stella D’oro 100 Calorie Breakfast Treats

The Stella D’oro Co. announced the introduction of a new line of 100 Calorie items featuring its famous Breakfast Treats. The 100 Calorie items will be offered in two flavors: original and chocolate. The product was designed using the company’s signature "S" cookie shape. Each pouch has approximately 18 mini Breakfast Treats. Each box contains

Foodservice Workers: How to Hire the Best

As convenience stores evolved from quick stops to full-blown foodservice centers that compete with the likes of Starbucks and McDonald’s, the need for top-notch employees has become as important as ever. Despite the increased demand required of employees, experts believe leading convenience store operators are in a good position to attract outstanding employees, they just

4-H Blue Bell Ice Cream

In honor of the Texas 4-H organization’s 100th birthday, Blue Bell Creameries is introducing Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream. Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream is a delicious cake batter ice cream with pieces of yellow cake, a chocolate icing swirl and four-leaf clover sprinkles. 4-H is a national organization which prides itself on teaching young people across

Orange Energy

Living Essentials, whose 5-Hour Energy berry and lemon-lime flavored energy shots have been the top two selling nutritional supplements in convenience stores for 18 straight months, has answered popular demand and added orange to its hugely successful lineup. The 5-Hour Energy drink is a two-ounce energy shot-sized beverage that provides hours of energy, alertness and

Skinny Dippers

The newest addition to The Skinny Cow brand urges dieters everywhere to release their inhibitions and "dip" into new Skinny Dippers. Weighing in at just 80 calories per pop, the perfectly-portioned chocolate-dipped ice cream snacks are available in rich vanilla, creamy caramel and refreshing mint flavors. Skinny Dippers contain no trans fats and only 3

Designer Signage

Walls + Forms Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of display components introduces its EuroSign DisplayFrame. This sign system combines style with function and is stocked for immediate delivery. EuroSign DisplayFrame is designed for attachment to walls, media displays, windows and more. Signs, posters and graphics can be inserted from the front, thus eliminating the

Alternative Fuel Distributors Pushes Aggressive Retail Plan

Alternative Fuel Distributors, of Wilmington, Del., said that it plans to construct and operate 1,000 convenience stores on the East Coast that will strictly provide E-85 and other alternative automotive fuels. The company plans to have the stores up and running within the next three years, with the first 100 stores opening by the first

LATICRETE Anti-Fracture Mortar

LATICRETE, a provider of innovative systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, has developed LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar, a lightweight, superior crack prevention mortar that passes the ANSI A118.12 specification for crack isolation in thin-set ceramic tile and dimensional stone installations. LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar takes the place of liquid or sheet anti-fracture

Whipping Up a Retail Destination

Big box operators and supermarkets seem to dominate the Texas retail landscape. But while most of those stores focus on getting bigger, some convenience operators are finding that connecting with the consumers on a personal level is better. Consider Whip In, a dynamic marketer based in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t have the size and real

Spicing Up the Roller Grill

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. "Customers automatically associate c-stores and roller grills. It’s been a source of great sales for us," said Scott Huggins, a marketing specialist for San Antonio-based Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

Alon Resumes Rack Distribution

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it has reopened the Big Spring, Texas refinery truck rack following an explosion and subsequent fire at facility on Feb. 18. All of the other company racks have remained operational since the explosion. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. "We are pleased with the progress we are making

Dealing with Drive-Offs

With the onset of spring, retailers can count on a segment of their "consumers" filling up and driving off without paying. Increased gas prices haven’t helped the situation, but it is improving. Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day.

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