New Retail Brand for Southcorp Capital

Southcorp Capital Inc., a marketer in the business of owning, operating and acquiring good quality gas stations and convenience stores throughout south and central Florida, said it plans to begin introducing new stores to the market commencing on the third quarter of 2009.   The new proprietary brand name will be Petrofast. Stores will have

Denny’s Growing Fresh Express Concept

Looking to snag breakfast customers away from convenience stores and quick-service competitors, Denny’s is expanding a test of its Fresh Express grab-and-go concept and adding drive-throughs to two franchised units, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Denny’s Fresh Express, a 200-square-foot, grab-and-go counter situated inside a traditional full-service unit, features hot and cold beverages and sandwiches

Tidel Strikes Deal with Loomis

Tidel Engineering, a leader in cash Management systems and robbery prevention products, announced an exclusive agreement for Loomis Armored to deploy Tidel’s leading edge Sentinel electronic cash management systems for its SafePoint product line in the U.S. market. While Loomis will continue to provide service for SafePoint legacy customers with installed equipment from different manufacturers,

Gasoline Prices Inching Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Gasoline prices will edge higher at most retail locations in major metropolitan regions in the U.S. through mid-April following an increase in costs passed through from wholesale markets earlier in the month.   The change in pump prices will be mixed, depending on regional supply

Beer: Good for Sales, Good for the Economy

A new economic impact study shows America’s beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes more than $198 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The study, commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), also shows that the industry provides nearly

Daily’s Partners with KSS PriceNet

Daily’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of Tri Star Energy, has selected KSS PriceNet and PriceNet Web to provide day-to-day fuel price management and optimization at 104 sites in Mid-Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.   The Nashville, Tenn.-based company purchased PriceNet in order to respond quickly to changing oil prices and help its sites maintain profitability despite

DAG Petroleum Expanding

Long time Shell marketer Joe Mamo of DAG Petroleum Suppliers LLC has completed the purchase of 19 Shell gas stations and conveneince stores in Arlington and Alexandria, Va., The sites were acquired through two newly formed and related companies, NOVA Petroleum Suppliers and Nova Properties.   “We look forward to integrating these newly acquired sites

Denny’s Growing Fresh Express Concept

Looking to snag breakfast customers away from convenience stores and quick-service competitors, Denny’s is expanding a test of its Fresh Express grab-and-go concept and adding drive-throughs to two franchised units, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.   Denny’s Fresh Express, a 200-square-foot, grab-and-go counter situated inside a traditional full-service unit, features hot and cold beverages and

Kum & Go Opens Missouri Stores

In celebration of the grand opening of its newest stores in southwest Missouri, Kum & Go, one of the nation’s leading convenience store chains, will give away a 2009 Harley Davidson Nightster motorcycle to one of its loyal customers. “The Harley Davidson giveaway is a perfect opportunity for us to get to know our newest

Hunt Brothers Partners With Richard Petty Motorsports

Hunt Brothers Pizza has partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2009 NASCAR racing season. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company will serve as a primary sponsor of the No. 44 car driven by AJ Allmendinger, one of the sport’s hottest drivers, who is currently ranked 15th in the Sprint Cup points standings. The Hunt Brothers-sponsored Dodge

Stripes Bolsters Prepaid Offering

Stripes, the convenience store division of Susser Holdings Corp., is now carrying Coinstar’s full range of Pay As You Go products and services at more than 500 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Coinstar’s complete Pay As You Go solution features national and regional prepaid wireless programs, long distance cards, gift cards, digital entertainment

Rutter’s Continues Growing

The address hasn’t changed, but the new Rutter’s in Wrightsville is miles in size and appearance from the convenience store that preceded it. Rutter’s closed and razed the original store in March to make way for the replacement store built next to it. At 5,125 square feet, the new store is nearly 80% larger than

Retail Gasoline Prices to Extend Higher in Early April

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices will continue higher across the U.S. during the first full week of April, pushed up by increases in gasoline’s wholesale markets from coast-to-coast. Expectations are that gasoline prices will continue to edge higher through much of spring, which is typical. The Energy Information

Arkansas Gambling on a State Lottery

The Arkansas lottery is getting closer to becoming a reality for the states convenience store and gas station customers. Last month, Gov. Mike Beebe signed both the identical Senate and House bills passing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act. Arkansas will soon join boardering states Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas in the lottery fraternity, according

Houchens Expanding

Houchens Industries, operator of 215 Save-A-Lot stores and 85 convenience stores, reached a deal to acquire Sheldon’s Express Pharmacies, a two-unit chain based in Bowling Green, Ky. The Sheldon’s units are described as state-of-the- art prescription drug stores that deliver quick service, extremely competitive pricing, and friendly service to their loyal customers. Sheldon’s Express Pharmacy

Meijer Plays Fare

Meijer is having a Simply Give spring food donation to help stock the shelves of 185 food pantries throughout the Midwest. People can buy $10 donation cards at Meijer stores, gas stations and convenience stores from Sunday to May 30. The donation equates to a typical bag of groceries from Meijer. The chain will seed

Light Beers Poised for A Big Year

Think the U.S. leads the world in beer consumption? Think again. Though America has a larger population than beer-drinking countries like Germany or Britain, the winner in this year’s beer sales sweepstakes is a brew many Americans have probably never heard of: A Chinese beer named Snow. “SAB-Miller was going to roll Snow beer into

The Night They Burned Tobacco Down

Increases on cigarettes have put the category’s long-term viability in jeopardy. By Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions I recently saw a statistic that declared tobacco was no longer king in convenience stores. While that is not yet true for most of us, it’s about to become an indisputable fact. The entire country now gets to

FDA Moves Closer to Tobacco Oversight

The federal government would for the first time have regulatory powers over the tobacco industry under a bill the House approved today after years of campaigning by anti-smoking forces. The measure, passed 298-112, gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate–but not ban–cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Senate could take up its version

Pollution Rules on Hold in California

As small businesses struggle to weather the economic downturn, California lawmakers are scrambling to temporarily suspend state rules requiring gas station owners to install costly pollution control equipment. California Assemblyman Martin Garrick introduced a proposal Wednesday that would suspend the start date for enforcement of the rules by one year, to April 1, 2010. The

MAPCO Partners with nFinanSe

In an effort to capitalize on the growing prepaid gift card trend, MAPCO Express Inc. said it would carry nFinanSe’s Discover Network General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards at its more than 450 MAPCO Express convenience stores. Consumers can purchase the nFinanSe General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Card for only $5.95 and conveniently add

Electrolux Rolls Out Energy-Saving Equipment

Foodservice operators can make a positive contribution to the energy-saving effort and their bottom line by using professional kitchen equipment that features energy saving technology. Through committed research and development, Electrolux Professional has incorporated energy-efficient features into their foodservice equipment that are both operator-friendly and earth-friendly. Energy-conscious operators can use Electrolux air-o-steam combi ovens, both

Sweet Profits

Confectionery manufacturer BestSweet Inc. has introduced a new, smoother shape for its licensed Baskin-Robbins Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy.  In addition to the new candy shape, updated packaging for the product is also being introduced and will prominently feature a picture of the new shape on the front of each candy bag. The new Smooth

Smoke Be Gone

When customers need a quick remedy to remove smoke and other odors from hair and clothes, Gone Smoke is the solution. Gone Smoke Ultimate Smoke ‘n’ Odor Eliminator is the newest, hottest product in the convenience store industry. Convenient and discreet, the .60-ounce Gone Smoke displays neatly as an impulse item in an 18-count highly

Can Packaging Boost Sales?

The Anti-Styrofoam Brigade C-store retailers beware. If the current political and regulatory trends continue, you may have to find an alternative packaging that doesn’t contain Styrofoam, and fast. Because non-biodegradable garbage threatens more and more marine and coastal ecosystems as it continues to accumulate in the world’s oceans, California legislators have introduced a bill that