Wawa Increasing Coffee Prices

Wawa Inc., which operates 570 convenience stores in five Mid-Atlantic states, began notifying customers today that it is raising the price of coffee to help offset the increased price of fuel. In-store signs at many of its units are letting customers know that hot beverage prices will increase by six cents per cup. Wawa says

Kum & Go Stores Hit the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Out With the Old, in With the Wawa

A drawn-out process involving the demolition of a historic store in East Brandywine, Pa., to make way for a Wawa c-store has reached a critical point, The Daily (Pa.) Localin Chester County reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and preservationist groups reached an agreement with Wawa recently that would allow Wawa to tear down

Houchens Acquires 22 Grocery Stores

Grocery store native Houchens Industries has signed a letter of intent to purchase Buehler Foods Inc., which operates 22 grocery stores in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, the Bowling Green Kentucky Daily News reported. Since its founding as a grocery business in 1917, the Kentucky firm has spun off into a number of other industries, everything

Turkey Hill Dairy Gobbles Up Award

The unveiling of Turkey Hill’s new frozen dessert, Duetto, in 2007 was backed by a campaign that has been named “Best in Show” by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) in its annual round-up of the industry’s best promotional efforts. The Duetto campaign was a collaborative effort between the Lancaster County-based Turkey Hill Dairy and

Couche-Tard Strikes Deal with Spirit Energy

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached an agreement to acquire 83 stores in Missouri and central Illinois area from Spirit Energy. Of the 83 convenience stores, 69 operate under the Convenient Food Mart banner and are all company operated. The stores would be operated by the Circle

Racetrac Honoring Moms on Mother’s Day

For the second year in a row, RaceTrac, one of the Southeast’s leading convenience store companies, will honor Moms by offering its customers a free 22-ounce coffee mug featuring a special Mother’s Day design. On May 3, customers can stop by any of the 242 RaceTrac locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas and pick

P&G Plans Car Washes in Ohio, Kentucky

After seeing strong sales at two test locations, Procter & Gamble is planning to open up to seven more Mr. Clean Performance Car Washes in southern Ohio and Kentucky. Procter & Gamble plans to test several full-service locations in the Cincinnati area before deciding to launch a national chain, though the company has yet to

Prairie Four-Pack

Prairie City Bakery offers retailers the foodservice bulk bakery solutions they need, with the right size packages, right now to meet the needs of their morning bakery case customers. Its foodservice bulk bakery solutions in four-packs and new white box donut six-packs are the ideal morning solution. The cinnamon rolls, muffins, danishes and doughnuts are

Tobacco products that reduce harm featured at Tobacco Plus Expo

It all began to take place on April 23, 2008 on US Airways flight #797 as I was headed to the Tobacco Plus Expo 08 in Las Vegas. As usual I was excited to explore new products and programs at this year’s show, and as I would learn, the show would not disappoint. The night

NACS SOI Reveals Mixed Results

Convenience store industry sales reached a new high of $577.4 billion in 2007, but profits dropped by $1.4 billion, largely because of higher credit card fees, the 2008 NACS State of the Industry report found. Overall, industry revenues climbed only 1.4%, leveling off an extraordinary decade of growth that saw industry revenue grow more than

Stix Snacks

The Procter & Gamble Co. is introducing consumers to a totally different kind of Pringle snack treat with the official nationwide rollout of Pringles Stix, an all-crispy, all-crunchy, baked cracker stick. Pringles Stix are baked-wheat, crispy-cracker sticks with a one-of-a-kind great taste. Pringles Stix are available in four popular snacking flavors including Crunchy Wheat, Vanilla,

No Mystery Here: Speedway Voted Best Customer Service

It’s impossible to know if the pool of customers hired by market research firm Corporate Research International (CRI) would have pegged Speedway SuperAmerica LLC as the leader in customer service five years ago. The Enon, Ohio-based marketer wasn’t even among the handful of convenience store chains whose customer service was evaluated quarterly by the research

Energy On the Go

Dynatabs Energy Support are natural dietary supplements in fast-dissolving, great-tasting, fun- to-take convenient strips offering consumers that extra boost of energy. Its unique oral strip format allows for the strip to dissolve quickly on the tongue so customers don’t need any water.  They’re packed in ultra-thin pocket-pack dispensers making them convenient to carry around. Taking

Finding Success with Divesting Dealer Sites

I’ve devoted several articles over the past few years to the necessity of implementing a network rationalization strategy whereby marginal retail sites are divested and proceeds redeployed to improve chain quality. Heeding the call, several marketers have enlisted our support to find optimal solutions for their unique retail circumstances including both direct store operations and

Fresh Look for Quick Chek

Quick Chek Food Stores, the Whitehouse, N.J. chain of more than 100 stores throughout New Jersey and New York, launched a new brand positioning complete with logo, private-label product packaging and enhanced Web site. With its new logo in the shape of a bright, lime green-colored letter "Q" with tail shaped like a dark green

Supreme Cookies

Otis Spunkmeyer’s Supreme Indulgence super-premium cookie dough offers the appeal of gourmet made-from-scratch cookies without the labor. Meet customer demand and command higher price points with larger sizes, more generous inclusions and distinctive eye appeal. Conveniently preportioned dough eliminates thawing, scooping or mixing. Supreme Indulgence is available in nine delicious flavors: Shortbread, Honey Nut Chocolate

Hinsdale’s Friendly Faces

Whether they’re spending $2 or $250,000, customers descending on the 200 block of East Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale, Ill., are likely to require some fundamental features in the products they purchase. It doesn’t matter if it’s a turkey on rye from Hinsdale Shell Food Mart at 210 East Ogden Ave. or a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Team M&M’s

Mars Direct Inc., a division of Mars Snackfood US, reached a licensing partnership with Major League Baseball Properties to create the new My Team M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies. MY Team M&M’S features the team logos of any of the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs on M&M’S. MY Team M&M’S give fans a fun and delicious

Changing the Channel

Maybe it’s all headed toward a day of total convergence, when the lines separating one industry from the next will be irreversibly blurred. Consider the freewheeling dynamics of retailing in the past few years: McDonald’s has been offering DVD rentals by way of in-store kiosks. Blockbuster stores have begun offering c-store fare such as fountain

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts To Customers

Wawa Inc. is trying a fuel discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being

Signature Sandwiches

Twister Croissant Rolls are the newest addition to Sara Lee Foodservice’s portfolio of premium croissants and innovative new bread carriers, including round sliced sourdough bread. Made with swirled, laminated croissant dough for an upscale bread carrier appearance, this unique format is ideal for creating signature, premium sandwiches throughout the day.  Sandwiches made with premium breads

ROI: Return on Involvement

To the lay observer, it was just a Styrofoam cup jammed between the windshield and dashboard of a working man’s pickup parked outside an Indiana convenience store. To Jay Ricker, it was testament to the importance of mastering the fundamentals, concrete proof that having a good thing means knowing when you should or shouldn’t mess

Affordable Tank-Monitoring Solution

Accurate, error-free management of fuel inventory in aboveground storage tanks at tank farms and bulk-storage facilities has never been easier than it is now with OPW Fuel Management Systems’ new SiteSentinel iSite automatic tank-gauging system. The iSite system provides site operators with a revolutionary new solution that is easy to use and install, while it

Energy Boost

The trend-setting, off-the-charts energy drinks from Monster will command more real estate on c-store shelves with the introduction of five exciting new products further enhancing the already diverse Java Monster energy drink lineup. The new beverages include: Lo-Ball, Nut-Up, Irish Blend, Russian and Chai Hai, Monster’s first tea-based energy drink. “Everybody at Monster Energy knew

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