More Details on Quarles Sale

7-Eleven Inc. has closed on an agreement to purchase 14 gasoline locations in Virginia from Quarles Petroleum Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va.  The stores will be re-branded as 7-Eleven operations, and these sites will continue to sell Shell gasoline. Financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed. The locations are part of a 20-store divestiture

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Couche-Tard’s Bid Gains Appeal

A recent drop in the S&P 500 might help Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile US$1.9-billion ($36 per share) bid for Casey’s General Stores look like a more attractive option, an industry analyst told the Winnipeg Free Press. Martin Landry of Desjardins Securities told the paper that the 14% premium offered by Couche-Tard has increased in appeal

Quarles Petroleum Divests 20 Stores

Fredericksburg-based Quarles Petroleum’s food and convenience stores recently announced the sale of 13 stores to 7-Eleven. Six other locations, including the Opal truck stop on U.S. 29, were also recently sold to unidentified independent dealers, the Culpeper, Va., Star Exponent reported. “Quarles has decided to transition the operation of our Food Store 
locations to new

The Battle Begins

Twelve from a field of 906 home-grown rock and popular bands have been named the most deserving performers and will compete in this year’s 7-Eleven and Slurpee Battle of the Bands (BOTB) contest that kicks off July 11 (7-Eleven stores’ recognized birthday). Starting this Sunday, the musical groups will begin showcasing their talents and competing

Second Rutter’s Gas Winner Announced

From left, Beth Himmelright, Rutter’s fleet sales representative; contest winner Joe Kopp; and Robert Perkins, Rutter’s director of marketing.    As an insurance salesman, Joe Kopp of Fairview Township, York County, Pa., can appreciate this kind of coverage. As the second winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” contest, his gasoline purchases are covered

Walgreens Tests Fresh Food

Walgreens is venturing into convenience store territory as it begins to conduct a test of chilled foods at 12 of its stores this fall, feeling out its ability to thrive in the growing fresh foods market, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Washington confirmed the test noting the fresh food initiative could help

Four Puffin Stops Head To Auction

JJManning Auctioneers is selling four “Puffin Stop” Gas Stations / Convenience Stores in Maine. The stores will be auctioned off individually on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The Terms of Sale include a 10% deposit of which $20,000 Per Property must be presented in cash, certified or bank check at the auction. The remainder of the

Pilot Flying J Gets Down To Business

Just two days after Pilot won Federal Trade Commission approval to acquire rival Flying Jay on Wednesday, the company, now called Pilot Flying J, isn’t wasting anytime getting busy with acquisitions, divestments and restaurant plans. As of today, Pilot Flying J-an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas in 43 states

Shareholder Sues Casey’s

One day after Casey’s General Stores Inc. received a letter from shareholder ClearBridge Advisors urging Casey’s to participate in talks with Couche-Tard, another shareholder is suing the company for neglecting stockholder interests, the Des Moines Register reported. West Des Moines, Iowa attorney J. Barton Goplerud sued Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s on Tuesday on behalf of veterinarian

Pilot And Flying J Complete Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday gave final approval to Flying J to merge its travel plaza business with Pilot Travel Centers, Truckinginfo.com reported. The merger, effective July 1, is expected to help Flying J emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and create an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Sponsors Autism Speaks

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes presented Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, with a donation of $19,800 before the start of the Autism Speaks 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes, a new line of single-serve milk

House Passes Swipe Fee Reform Bill

Last night, Wednesday, June 30, the House voted on the financial bill package, passing it by a vote of 237-192, with the swipe fee amendment intact, NACS reported. The bill was not without changes though. Earlier this week the Conference committee working on the financial services overhaul met again to alter aspects of the bill

Savings Oil Teams With Cardtronics

Savings Oil Co. and Cardtronics Inc. have joined to provide ATM services to customers at 47 convenience stores owned by Savings Oil. Under the multi-year agreement, Savings Oil will own the ATM equipment while Cardtronics will provide ATM management services. Cardtronics plans to operate the ATMs through its own high-availability processing platform and provide ATM

Lighting the Way

Best Practices for Reducing Operating Costs There is a lengthy list of general maintenance items retailers should have to maximize cooler efficiency. Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, recommended the following no-cost tips that are designed to help reduce

Cigars and Papers

HBI International offers Juicy Bluntarillo Quad Wrapped Cigars, which are smaller than a blunt, but bigger than a cigarillo. The Bluntarillos have four wraps because the flavor of a cigar is mostly held in its wrapper. By using four, this cigar has four times the flavor. Plus some of the wraps can be peeled off

Lessons in Leadership

As the director of real estate for High’s of Baltimore and a member of the Darnell family, which owns the Hanover, Md., chain of 69 stores in Maryland and Delaware, Briana Darnell knows first hand the importance of being a strong leader and how it can impact a company’s success.   In her current role, she

Churro Fries

Looking for an innovative, versatile new product feature on your appetizer and dessert menus? J&J Snack Foods introduces TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries—authentic churros in a fun, new shape. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries offer the perfect anytime item. Bite-size/mini offerings were ranked the No. 4 trend on the “What’s Hot” Chef’s Survey

AriZona to the Rescue

AriZona Beverage Co. has launched RESCUE Water, a new line of enhanced waters filled with a proprietary blend of Twinlab vitamins and antioxidants. It comes in four flavors, each of which corresponds to a different function. Berry Blend helps the body to relax; Lemon-Lime assists in supplying energy; Orange Citrus supports liver function so the

Convenience on Campus

At a Glance: The University of Northern Colorado Located in Greeley, Colo., the University of Northern Colorado was founded in 1889. The university features students from 38 states and five countries. Other highlights include: • College nickname: The Bears. • A 2009 enrollment of 9,973 undergraduate and 2,175 graduate students. • Student population: 60% female,

Impulse Buy Books

“Thin Threads—Real Stories of Life Changing Moments” is a unique book series published and distributed by Kiwi Publishing. Thin Threads Special Editions are now available with a customized point-of-purchase (P-O-P) display. The P-O-P has a small footprint (11-inches by 11-inches) and can fit well close to the coffee station, a counter or a shelf. The

War Games Lighters

DjEEP has introduced War Games, its newest full color design series, available now and throughout the balance of 2010. The new War Games lighters will replace the DjEEP Freedom Series, which has been in the market since 2003. The new designs are done in a more combat-oriented color pallet to reflect the reality of America’s

Pricing, Promotions Key for Salty Snacks

When the American Public Health Association highlighted a December 2009 study on candy, snack and sweetened beverage availability in non-food retailers, it was worried about obesity. Convenience store retailers are only worried about thin margins. The Tulane University researchers found snack food in 41% of all stores whose primary merchandise was not food. Candy was

Citrus Mints

Sunkist Citrus Burst is a line of citrus mints that combines all-natural fruit flavors with a low-calorie, sugar-free formulation. Key selling features include high profile Sunkist branding; a natural, sugar-free option for health-conscious consumers with no aspartame or aftertaste; a pocket-friendly custom design with attractive graphics. The product is priced for a strong unit profit

Spooktacular Treats

Plan ahead for Halloween. PEEPS are dressing up in chocolate for upcoming holidays like Halloween. PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins offer orange marshmallow on the inside and are drenched in milk or dark chocolate on the outside. Research indicates that consumers love PEEPS combined with chocolate. Just Born’s complete Halloween lineup includes PEEPS Chocolate Covered

Energizing Beverage Sales

Thirteen years after the energy drink market emerged in the U.S. with the introduction of Red Bull, the category remains popular with consumers, who are willing to pay higher prices in a difficult economy for an extra jolt.  But while Mintel reported in July 2009 that the energy drink market had climbed to an estimated

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