Suncor Plans More Layoffs

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has plans to lay off an another 1,000 workers this year as it continues to digest the assets of Petro-Canada it gained in a $20-billion merger last fall, the Calgary Herald reported The decision was announced at an investor’s conference in New York last Tuesday. The new round of layoffs would bring

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7-Eleven Inc. Wins Retailer Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence

This week, 7-Eleven is being honored by Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) as the 2009 winner of the Retail Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence. The award will be given during POPAI’s Annual Night of Honors on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Miami Beach, Fla., concluding the 2010 MarketSmart Conference. “I can’t think of a more

Mac’s Renews Price Management Solution

Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Canadian convenience retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has renewed the deployment of DemandTec Inc.’s Everyday Price Management solution. Mac’s Convenience Stores operates more than 800 stores throughout 12 states in the Midwest and Northeast, and has chosen to extend its relationship with DemandTec based on the business benefits realized

Shell Pledges Aid to Haiti

Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. “This is a trying time for Haiti and a chance for the rest of the world to lend a hand to those in need,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell

QuikTrip Opens In Tucson, Ariz.

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip opened its first Tucson, Ariz. c-store at 2345 E. Irvington Road on Wednesday night, ahead of it’s scheduled opening Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, “we were just standing around taking pictures; we were ready to go, and finally we just took the barricades down and let them in . . . about

Rutter’s Sends Valentine’s Boxes To Troops

For the fifth year in a row, Rutter’s Farm Stores and the nonprofit Support Our American Recruits will send Valentine’s Day goodie boxes to area troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait. The organizations plan to send about 50 boxes – each containing enough items for a military unit of 15 to 20 people. Area

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Wawa Assists Haitian Relief Effort

In response to the devastation in Haiti caused by the recent Haitian earthquakes, Wawa Inc. has launched of a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to send aid to those affected.  The campaign is being held  in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to help contribute to the disaster effort  through scannable UPC

Federal Judge Sides With Electronic Cigarettes

A U.S. judge has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a 32-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon sided with electronic cigarette maker Smoking Everywhere Inc., and found that the FDA did not have the authority

International Carwash Association Appoints New President

The International Carwash Association (ICA), the world’s largest association for car wash professionals, has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and new Association President Jeff Gheysens, who is the owner of Sparkle Kleen Car Wash. The appointments went into effect on Jan. 1. The newly-elected board members represent both the operator and vendor community. “An ideal

Quick Chek Introduces Sumatra Mandheling

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, is announcing the availability of Sumatra Mandheling, a smooth, dark and full-bodied coffee which features a subtly complex mocha flavor. Quick Chek’s new single origin coffee – coffee known for coming from one specific geographical region where

Gulf Oil Acquires Gulf Brand From Chevron

Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil LP, a division of Cumberland Farms Inc., has acquired the rights to the Gulf brand in the U.S. from Chevron USA Inc., the Boston Business Journal reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gulf Oil began using the Gulf name in 1986 through a licensing agreement with San Ramon, Calif.-based

7-Eleven Hires FM to Manage Maintenance

7-Eleven Inc. has selected FM Facility Maintenance to handle all store maintenance for its 6,200+ corporate- and franchise-owned locations in both the U.S. and Canada. The agreement allows 7-Eleven to centralize maintenance activity in order for stores to operate more efficiently, while reducing costs. “We believe 7-Eleven, our store operators, franchisees and, most importantly, our

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

Report Reveals Areas Where Retailers Can Reduce Theft

A new study, sponsored in part by ADT and its Sensormatic Retail Solutions group, revealed the need for retailers to focus on technology solutions that enhance their current operational goals and combat theft without adding labor costs. They study, “Loss Prevention 2010: Retailers Battling Shrink in Touch Times,” found that during these challenging economic times,

Listeria Found in Parkers Farm Products

Parkers Farm Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.   Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high

Circle K Acquires Eight Stores in North Carolina

Laval, Que.-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its Circle K Stores Inc. unit, is acquiring eight stores in central North Carolina from Accel Marketing LLC, The Wall Street Journal reported. The stores, which operate under the Accel banner, are company-operated and offer proprietary fuel. Once the purchase is complete, the stores will be operate under the

Fuel Rising Fast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States is poised to climb to a 15-month high early this week when government pricing data is released, with the Jan. 4 average reported at a $2.665 gallon two-month high. A 3-cent

Dennis Wallis Soars With 7-Eleven Military Franchise Program

Since receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1977, Dennis Wallis has spent most of his civilian career as an owner/operator of multiple convenience stores in the North Pacific region.  Last month, Wallis, a former sergeant with the Aerospace Patrol Division at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., and his wife,

Rutter’s Invites Customers To Stay A While With Free WiFi

Rutter’s is reminding customers that it has free WiFi at select locations, allowing customers who stop in for coffee to sit down with their laptop while they finish a hot dispensed beverage. The WiFi at Rutter’s can instantly be accessed once customers are within a certain distance from select locations. A customer’s digital device, whether

New York City’s New Sodium Guidelines Meet Resistance

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is firing back at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after it recently announced preliminary sodium reduction guidelines for restaurants and food manufacturers.  CCF warns that these new guidelines could cause many of America’s favorite foods to take an unfortunate turn for the bland. “The

Kwik Pik Closes on 144 Uni-Mart Properties

All of the retail convenience stores and petroleum distribution assets of bankrupt Uni-Marts LLC have sold successfully, according to Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corporation, purchased 144 of the assets. The sale on 138 of those 144 assets closed on Dec. 30. Kwik Pik closed on the

McDonald’s Introduces Mac Snack Wrap In Philadelphia

McDonald’s has launched its new Mac Snack Wrap, the latest addition to the Snack Wrap line in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Debuting for just $1.49 [prices and participation may vary], the made-to-order Mac Snack Wrap consists of the same ingredients McDonald’s customers have come to expect in its classic Big Mac sandwich, including half of

Heineken and Femsa Reach $7.6 Billion Deal

Heineken is set to acquire the beer operations of Mexico’s Fomento Económico Mexicano (Femsa) for about $7.6 billion, a move that will help the Dutch brewer expand its operations in the Western Hemisphere, CNN Money reported. The all-stock deal will give Heineken, which brews Amstel and other beers, control of Femsa’s key export brands, including

Shell Kicks Off 2010 With New Campaign

Shell, building off the momentum of the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines launch in 2009, is kicking off 2010 with a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted marketing campaign to continue educating consumers on the benefits of using Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, including the premium grade Shell V-Power gasoline. Through exciting national advertising, grocer rewards programs, quarterly PR engagements

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