Mail Order Cigarette Ban Upheld

Seneca cigarette businesses cannot ship cigarettes through the U.S. Postal Service, according to a federal district court ruling last week. Judge Richard Arcara upheld the mail-order ban contained in the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act but temporarily exempted more than 140 Seneca-owned businesses from a provision requiring them to comply with all taxing laws

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Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain of the Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rally in Wholesale Gasoline Prices Hits Wall

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN When gasoline prices at the pump spike, consumers should realize that theses daily and weekly changes are muted when considering the extraordinary volatility in the wholesale market. This risk is primarily borne by wholesalers and retailers that look to more gradually pass on these costs to

Valero Selects Spacenet as a Broadband Provider

Valero has added Spacenet to serve as a provider for its broadband network managed services and offer connectivity to its nationwide branded wholesale locations. Spacenet Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., and a provider of broadband network solutions. Valero, an independent refiner in North America and a retail operator with

CSC Teams With Haskel Thompson & Associates

Haskel Thompson & Associates has welcomed Convenience Store Coaches as a Strategic Alliance Program member.   Convenience Store Coaches Inc. (CSC) is a training and consulting firm specializing in human capital optimization within the petroleum/convenience industry. CSC helps organizations achieve greater financial results by optimizing store operator, store employee and store supervisor job performance; transforming

7-Eleven and Slim Jim Sponsor SummerSlam

7-Eleven and Slim Jim are set to be co-presenting partners of World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual SummerSlam pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 5pm PT/8ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. SummerSlam weekend kicks-off Thursday, Aug. 12, and includes a two-day fan extravaganza: SummerSlam Axxess, at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live, sponsored the National Guard.

Casey’s Completes Financing for Recapitalization Plan

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed a private placement for $569 million of 5.22% senior unsecured notes due 2020. Casey’s plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance its previously announced recapitalization plan set to be executed through a modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer for up to $500 million in value

Industry Mourns John Hervey’s Death

John Hervey, a former NACS employee and PCATS executive director, with a long and distinguished career in the convenience and petroleum retailing industry passed away on Aug. 5. Hervey’s 40-year-plus career began at Mobil Oil Corp., where he served in a variety of capacities for 25 years, including providing retail automation solutions for its 1,000-plus

TravelCenters of America Posts Q2 Results

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010. As of  June 30, 2010, TA’s business included 229 sites, 166 of which were operated under the “TravelCenters of America” or “TA” brand names and 63 of which were operated under the “Petro” brand name. TA’s

SSA President Leads United Way Campaign

Tony Kenney, president of Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA), has been selected to lead this year’s Clark County campaign for United Way, Springfield News-Sun reported. Speedway and Kenney have been long-time and strong supporters of the United Way, Executive Director Doug Lineberger said. “Tony’s been someone who believes in the United Way and believes it’s important to

Walgreens Launches Social Responsibility Web site

Walgreens has introduced a new Web site for socially-conscious consumers, investors and employees to find information about its commitment to community, diversity, supplier diversity, disability inclusion and the environment. Walgreens.com/responsibility allows users to find new articles, personal stories, videos and interactive features about the company’s benefits to the communities it serves. The new site showcases

Rutter’s Congratulates Fourth Winner

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway has reached the half-way point in its 2010 journey. Customer David Wagner of Littlestown, Adams County, Pa., is the fourth of eight lucky Rutter’s customers who will receive free gas for a year in the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” contest. The contest runs through Aug. 29, with

BP Makes Amends

BP has paid $303 million in claim payments to more than 40,000 individuals and businesses impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. In just the past three weeks, BP has paid out $112 million and will continue to pay claims until the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) takes over

United Refining Reduces Crude Processing

United Refining Co. has temporarily reduced its Warren, Pa., crude processing until a crude line operated by Enbridge’s Lakehead System in Kalamazoo, Mich., can be repaired. On July 26, a leak was detected in the Line 6B pipeline on Enbridge’s Lakehead System in Michigan and was subsequently shut down. In response to the partial reduction

BP Cements Well, Assesses Damage

On Aug. 5, BP completed cementing operations at the MC252 well. The procedure began at 9:15 a.m. CDT and was completed by 2:15 p.m. CDT, as part of the static kill plan. By filling the damaged Macondo well with cement from the top down, the company hopes to guarantee it won’t leak oil again. The

Thorntons Reaches Fans Through Facebook

Thorntons has started a new promotion called: Fan of the Month, exclusively through Facebook. To enter the contest, customers must post a photo of themselves with a Thorntons’ beverage on Thorntons’ Facebook wall. One lucky fan will be voted the c-store chain’s Fan of the Month for August and will win a

$50 Thorntons Gift Card.

7-Eleven Appoints Jesus Delgado-Jenkins

Jesus Delgado-Jenkins has been named senior vice president of merchandising and logistics at 7-Eleven Inc. He joins 7-Eleven Inc. with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Delgado-Jenkins was president and CEO of JNI LLC, a convenience store-acquisition firm. Prior to that, he held the position of

CVS To Compete For Redbox Customers

Watch out c-stores, CVS is vying for movie rental customers. The drug store chain is rolling out fully-automated Redbox DVD rental kiosks at locations nationwide, including in Puerto Rico and Longs Drug locations in Hawaii. The national rollout, which comes on the heels of a successful pilot program at select CVS/pharmacy locations, is set to

Delek US Reports Q2 Results

Delek US Holdings Inc. has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2010. For the three months ended June 30, 2010, Delek US reported net income from continuing operations of $15.0 million ($0.28 per diluted share) compared to $29.6 million ($0.54 per diluted share) in the second quarter 2009. Excluding special items, the

Skimmers Found In Arizona Gas Stations

Police departments in Arizona have reported a whopping 30 cases of skimmers, illegal reading devices attached to credit card readers to steal electronic data, discovered at state gas stations in the past six months, prompting the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures to warm customers to be careful with their cards, the Arizona Republic reported.

Alabama Quik Mart Adds E85

Growth Energy has partnered with Edwards Oil to provide E85 at a Quik Mart Convenience Store in Florence, Ala., DomesticFuel.com reported. “We appreciate Growth Energy’s assistance in helping us to fund this infrastructure. Alabama has not seen much investment or sales demand for E85, we are hoping to have a role in changing that,” said

Brinker Appoints Joe DePinto

Brinker International Inc., a casual dining restaurant company, has elected Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., to its board of directors. In his current role, DePinto leads 7-Eleven Inc., which operates, franchises and licenses more than 38,400 stores worldwide of which some 8,200 are in North America. Previously, DePinto served in other executive

Pizza Hut Launches Franchise Web site

Pizza Hut has launched PizzaHutFranchise.com, a new Web site that showcases franchising opportunities nationwide and makes it easier for potential franchisees to join the Pizza Hut team. “We’re excited to offer people a way to really understand, step by step, what it means to become part of the Pizza Hut franchise system,” said Jim Avery,

QuikTrip Expands Rewards Debit Card Program

QuikTrip is expanding its QuikTrip Rewards Debit Card program, using Tempo’s affinity debit card platform and re-issuing the cards with Tempo partner First Bank & Trust of Brookings, S.D., part of Fishback Financial Corp. Tempo-powered affinity debit cards link to consumers’ existing checking accounts and can be used everywhere Discover cards are accepted. The QuikTrip

The Pantry Announces Q3 Results

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 24, 2010. The Pantry reported net income for the quarter of $18.0 million or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $749,000 or $0.03 per share in last year’s third quarter. The results for the third

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