The Industry’s Power 25 (part 5)

Tom LongPresident and Chief Commercial OfficerMillerCoors Since becoming president and chief commercial officer of Miller Brewing Co. in 2006, Tom Long has guided his company through several successful changes, including the joint venture agreement that created MillerCoors last July. Long also made the crucial decision to locate the newly merged company in downtown Chicago instead

Compassion in Convenience

At a Glance: Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s generates approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and has aggressive plans to grow 15 stores annually. Headquarters: Oklahoma City Number of Stores: 200-plus in 33 states Employees: 6,000 Foodservice Brands: Love’s operates 120 QSR’s under multiple national brands including

Fuel Freefall Continues

Gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 per gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcome news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason for the freefall from all-time record highs set during the summer is tumbling crude oil

Three-Mile Marketing

As John Matthews sees it, a store languishing in mediocrity is a store that has become wallpaper in the halls of retail.   "Generally, when starting a business, it’s easy to get people excited when its new and fresh," said Matthews, founder of Chicago-based retail marketing firm Gray Cat Enterprises. "After a few years, though,

PCATS Appoints New Executive Director, CEO

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has appointed Thomas Oare as its new executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2009. Oare replaces the present executive director and CEO, John Hervey, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. "We are extremely pleased to have found someone with the background and experience of Tom

Feel the Power

Convenience Store Decisions is proud this month to present our Power 25 issue. The Power 25 recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and manufacturers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These prominent leaders were selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on

The Industry’s Power 25

"AN OUTSTANDING LEADER," "INNOVATIVE," AND "A TRUE VISIONARY." Such high praise could only describe the outstanding leaders guiding the convenience store and petroleum industry during a period of economic turmoil. Convenience Store Decisions is proud to recognize these titans of industry in the second annual Power 25 issue. These influential business leaders were selected for

Operations Wake-Up Call

Tougher economic times are pushing convenience retailers to look at how they can improve operations. While cutting costs may be one common theme, savvy retailers are also looking at other avenues to help them stand out among the competition. "The economy changed and that changes how people are buying," said Brooks Blair, owner of Bells

Freefall Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Commonly called a tax on American households, gasoline prices continue to plunge with regular grade having now broken below $2 gallon in numerous metropolitan regions across the U.S., offering a tax break that is certainly welcomed news amid the current bleak economic outlook. The primary reason

7-Eleven: Cross-Promotion and Private-Label Devotion

7-Eleven Inc. has teamed with department-store retailer J.C. Penney Co. for a creative cross-promotion while also committing to the expansion of its private-label products, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven and J.C. Penney Co. are using the cross-promotion as a test in Dallas-area stores this week, as well as stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and

Cash Room Automation: A “Revolution” Has Begun

Rutter’s Continues Record Growth

Rutter’s Farm Stores is continuing its year of record expansion with today’s opening of a c-store in Chambersburg, Pa. “We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Chambersburg,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO at Rutter’s Farm Stores. “It is a vibrant community that fits our brand and product offering well. We have been

Game On

Take it from 7-Eleven: Today’s average gamer is not a teenager – he’s in his early 30s and most likely a male. That’s good news for the Dallas-based retailer, whose customer base skews heavily toward males between the ages of 18 and 34. The c-store chain said it’s taking the plunge into video game sales

Winn-Dixie Adds nFinanSe Discover Network

Stored value and prepaid card program provider nFinanSe said its Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card is now available at all 521 Winn-Dixie grocery stores in the southeast. Consumers can purchase the Reloadable Card for $5.95 and load funds at their discretion. No credit check or bank account is required. Consumers can also use the Discover

Truckers Rejoice

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In less than four months, the national average price for diesel fuel sold at retail outlets went from rapidly marching towards $5 per gallon to now falling below $3 per gallon, with the Department of Energy’s statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration (EIA), reporting a nearly

QuickTrip Reconsiders Car Wash Biz

Oklahoma-based convenience store chain QuickTrip is growing its convenience stores’ footprints, though the company is also ending its brief venture into the car wash business, The Wichita Eagle reported. QuickTrip is planning to replace its current 3,600-square-foot store footprint with a store about 1,000 feet larger and bigger parking lots, company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told

Shell To Clean Up 83 Washington Gas Stations

Shell Oil Co. told the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology that it would voluntarily clean up contamination at 83 current and former gas stations in Western Washington, the AP bureau in Seattle reported. It’s the first time an oil company has voluntarily undertaken such a massive cleanup in the state at one time, Ecology

Rutter’s Donates $25K to United Cerebral Palsy

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $25,000 to the United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania to help the organization purchase equipment for its children’s center in York. UCP of South Central Pennsylvania serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs in York, Adams, Franklin and Fulton counties. The chapter has offices in

Kroger Expands ‘Fresh Fare’ Footprint

The Kroger Co. opened its biggest "Fresh Fare" store this week, with plans to open more of the stores to serve the eat-at-home and natural foods shoppers, according to the Associated Press. In addition to typical supermarket fare, Kroger’s Fresh Fare store in Kenwood, Ohio, features high-end meats and seafood, gourmet cheeses and natural and

Sheetz Kicks Off Fuel Giveaway In Ohio

Sheetz convenience stores is giving away free gas for a year to 18 customers starting November 17. Customers can visit any Sheetz location in Ohio and enter to win when they sign up for the "My Sheetz Card” rewards program. Members of the rewards program are automatically entered into the contest. Each week, three Sheetz

The Continued Push For Private

Once considered a lower-price, lower-quality substitute for name brands, private-label products are being viewed positively by a majority of U.S. consumers, according to a new survey by The Nielsen Company. About 72% of consumers believe store brands are good alternatives to name brands, while 62% of consumers say they consider store brands to be as

Smoker Friendly Crowns King Maker

Smoker Friendly International has recognized King Maker Marketing Inc., of Paramus, N.J., as its manufacturer of the year, awarding the company its 2008 Visionary Award at the 12th Annual Smoker Friendly Tobacco Festival and Conference held recently in Boulder, Colo. King Maker manufactures SF Cigarettes and SF Roll Your Own Tobacco. Smoker Friendly operates more

PCATS Appoints New Executive Director, CEO

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has appointed Thomas Oare as its new executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2009. Oare replaces the present executive director and CEO, John Hervey, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. “We are extremely pleased to have found someone with the background and experience of Tom

Turkey Hill Rolls Out Holiday Contest

With the holidays fast approaching, Pennsylvania convenience chain Turkey Hill has added its Peppermint Stick and Egg Nog Premium Ice Cream to its seasonal lineup. Egg Nog is currently available in most stores with Turkey Hill products, while Peppermint Stick will arrive on Nov. 17. But the retailer is also hosting a recipe contest, which

‘Joe To The World’

In honor of the early risers who plan to storm the retail world on Black Friday, New Jersey-based Quick Chek is holding its first annual “Joe To The World” coffee event that day, where customers can get a free medium-sized cup of coffee. The offer begins at midnight on Friday, Nov. 28, and will last

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