Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

RedPrairie’s Food Service Management Solution

RedPrairie Corp., a leading consumer driven optimization company, introduced its Food Service Management solution for petroleum and convenience stores. The solution optimizes food service operations for retailers, including food preparation, production planning, recipes and fresh item management. This information can be fully integrated with inventory, labor and sales data for an accurate forecast of production

Executing Background Checks

You’ve certainly heard the old saying: “Our people are our greatest asset.”  We all know what the phrase intends to convey, but, if you think about it, the analogy is clumsy at best. In the real world, assets are things that can be bought, sold or traded, like buildings, equipment, patents, systems and secret ingredients.

Ultra Light Lattes

Finally an ultra light latte that is low in calories, low in carbs, and has no added sugar. Recent research has found many added health benefits associated with the consumption of coffee due to it’s high antioxidants level. To capitalize on this research, New York Coffee Co. is offering a new line of pure Colombian

Competitive Assortment, Lower Prices Accelerate Cigar Growth

New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton Inc., titled “Cigars: Accelerating Category Profits by Increasing Strategic Focus,” and offered new evidence

Tea For Two

Bigelow Tea and AriZona Beverages are teaming up to offer retailers and tea drinkers a new line of bottled ready-to-drink Chai teas as well as new hot tea flavors. The partnership marks a debut for both companies, with Bigelow entering the bottled, ready-to-drink market and AriZona the hot tea category. Bigelow Tea’s new ready-to-drink flavors

Always Stay Prepared for the Worst

Several clients have recently challenged us to try to creatively refinance convenience mortgages tied to properties that were acquired over the last several years. These properties were purchased based upon high cash flow multiples of seven times or more–multiples that have become the norm with many transactions around the country. When considered in light of

Encore by Structural Concepts

The spherical glass–the latest in glass technology–in the new “S” Series line of refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases provides a distinctive look and flowing curves to create outstanding presentation of fresh bakery goods. The “S” Series, part of the Encore line of cases from Structural Concepts, can be mixed and matched in modular fashion for

Cigars And Moist Smokeless Drive Revenues Even With Concerns Over Tobacco Taxation

The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting

Hot Diggity Value-Priced Subs

Pierre Foods’ newest entry to their Vending and C-stores line-ups will have customers exclaiming “Hot Diggity!” Finally, great tasting, microwaveable sandwiches at an entry-level price point. This line of sub-shaped sandwiches capitalizes on what Pierre Foods does best—full-flavor seasoned and sauced meats on their famous hearth-baked yeast roll. The moderate portion size is also ideal

Growing the Family Business

Employee Relations Though its owned and operated entirely by the Huppert family, the Team Oil Travel Center employs 16 people from the local Spring Valley, Wis. community. Tony Huppert, CEO and vice president of the company, calls employees and customer service the backbone if Team Oil’s success. Employees are encouraged to learn many interesting and

Dinner is Brewing

There’s nothing quite as satisfying and refreshing as a glass of beer. And, when paired with the right food and enjoyed over a leisurely meal with friends and family, the beverage becomes all the more perfect. Whether it’s a tailgate party, a get-together to watch a big game or just dining with friends, beer fits

Slam Dunk

The influx of people moving to western North Carolina from the Northeast and Florida—both areas where Dunkin’ Donuts does a booming business—was one reason Citizens Fuel Co. is excited these days to be adding Dunkin’ franchises to at least three of its 10 Citi Stop c-stores. “We felt it was a huge opportunity to fill

Innovative Design Concepts

Italian stone and tile manufacturer GranitiFiandre is launching its GeoStyle Collection to the U.S. market. GeoStyle, which premiered at the 2007 Cersaie Exhibition in Italy, is a collection of porcelain surfacing products that highlights the company’s most innovative design concepts and expansive R&D efforts. GeoStyle is a vanguard collection of the company’s most creative and

Big Stuff From Hot Stuff Foods

In an effort to satisfy large groups of customers, Hot Stuff Foods has developed the Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza, a 52-inch party pizza ideal for “wowing” hearty appetites at football parties, youth sports events, birthdays, family get-togethers and all other gathering of pizza lovers. The new Big Stuff Pizza delivers about $15 of gross profit

Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, locked up a $131.4-million sale and leaseback deal with Cole Capital related to 83 properties of Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores throughout the U.S. The Laval, Quebec-based convenience store operator said it would use the proceeds to reduce its

Boston Stores To Limit Tobacco Ads

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores to adhere to city regulations limiting the advertising of tobacco products to minors. "We’ve done a great job in Boston of getting these stores to comply with the law forbidding the sale of tobacco products to minors," Mayor Menino said during a

Kansas to Expand Ethanol Options

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot project that will allow fueling stations to install pumps that dispense a variety of ethanol blends and let consumers choose what blend they want. Almost all gas stations now have E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. All vehicles on the road

Wells’ Dairy Sells Milk Plant

Wells’ Dairy Inc., the Le Mars, Iowa-based manufacturer of frozen dairy products, reached a deal to sell its fluid dairy and cultured dairy facility in Le Mars, Iowa to Dean Foods Co. Terms were not disclosed. "Following extensive analysis, we have made a strategic decision to focus all of our efforts and resources on our

EZ Energy Raising Capital

EZ Energy Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary EZ Energy USA Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell up to 17 gas stations and convenience stores to a real estate investment trust (REIT) for up to $20.7 million. The properties were previously purchased from BP Products North America Inc. $15.5 million. EZ Energy will lease back

A Very Special Holiday Gift From Sheetz

Red Kettles are overflowing for one Pennsylvania chapter of The Salvation Army. Sheetz Inc. said it is donating its former convenience store and property in Chambersburg, Pa., to the Chambersburg Salvation Army, which already occupies an adjacent building. This gift immediately doubles the Corps existing property size and footprint, providing critical office space, the potential

Green Oil Embraces Holiday Season

Having just celebrated in 85th anniversary, Geo. H. Green Oil is busy proving that is only getting better, not older. Five company stores, were joined by the office staff and a $1,000 donation from is dealer organization to raise $30,000 in less than a month to assist three local charities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research

Cleanup Continues at QuikTrip Store

Cleanup continues at a suburban St. Louis QuikTrip service station, where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said more than 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked underground. The leak was discovered Friday, though state officials told the Associated Press they believe it began earlier last week. Crews were trying to remove gasoline from the soil and

7-Eleven Prepared for Christmas Rush

Between Black Friday, Green Monday and Red Alert ("Oh my gosh, I’m out of time!) Christmas Eve, millions of American shoppers realize their days… and dollars are numbered. Heading into the homestretch, time is at a premium and every convenience helps. Enter 7-Eleven. Created 80 years ago as a quick in-and-out shopping alternative for time-crunched

Shell Launches Care-Care Promotion

Building off the momentum of 2007, the Shell "Stop Gunky Build-up" advertising campaign featuring the Shell Passionate Experts will continue in 2008 with a continued focus on the company’s commitment to fuel quality. Like last year, the campaign will center around the desire to help consumers stop the build-up of engine gunk on their vehicles’

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