7-Eleven Adds BAZI Natural Energy Shots

BAZI Natural Energy Shots, which offer both nutrition through superfruit extracts and an energy boost, debut on c-store shelves. 7-Eleven, starting this March, is adding BAZI Natural Energy Shots to its energy shot lineup. “7-Eleven is our first retailer in the convenience store channel,” said Debbie Wildrick, BAZI’s sales and marketing executive vice president. “Because

Kroger,USO Honor Service Members

In time for USO’s 7oth anniversary lifting the morale of American troops, Kroger launches a fundraising campaign and donates $400,000 to the effort. The Kroger Co. and the USO are expanding their partnership with a new campaign to support men and women in the armed forces and their families. As part of the Daytona 500

Kroger Mourns Death of Executive Vice President

Donald Becker leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what’s right for customers and associates, says CEO. Donald Becker, executive vice president of The Kroger Co., has passed away unexpectedly  in Cincinnati after suffering an aneurysm. He was 62 years old. “We are deeply saddened to lose Don, our dear friend and

7-Eleven Acquires Illinois Tollway Oases Sites

“This acquisition gives our brand great visibility in Chicagoland,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven is taking over the remaining 17 years of a lease agreement for  ExxonMobil outlets located on seven Oases sites along the Illinois Tollway. The new agreement with 7-Eleven Inc. of Dallas includes maintenance and operations responsibilities for Mobil fuel stations at the

Swipe Fee Fight Returns To Capital Hill

“We’re not looking for a free ride. What we’re looking for is fair and reasonable,” notes 7-Eleven Franchisee Dennis Lane. Thursday, Feb. 17, marks the eighth public hearing on debit and credit card swipe fees. The hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. is set to be held in the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer

Ricker Oil Co. Extends Partnership With Cardtronics

“Cardtronics has developed the infrastructure to provide the high-availability ATM service Ricker Oil Co. needs for our customers,” says chairman of Ricker Oil Co. Ricker Oil Co. has reached a multi-year agreement extension with Cardtronics Inc., which is set to provide ATM services to customers of Ricker Oil Co.’s convenience stores in select markets. Under

Mid-Atlantic Opens Business Support Center

New center consolidates four former company headquarters. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest consortiums of ExxonMobil retailers in the U.S., has moved into its new Business Support Center in Richmond, Va. The 22,000 square-foot Business Support Center consolidates four former headquarters locations into a single operations hub for the company. The

Casey’s Acquires 11 Stores From NuWay

The acquisition “strengthens our existing market presence in southern Minnesota,” says Casey’s president and CEO. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 11 convenience stores from NuWay Cooperative of Trimont, Minn. All of the stores are located in Minnesota operating under the NuMart banner and will be immediately

NOCO Donates $8,835 To Food Bank

For every dollar NOCO raised, the Food Bank was able to provide seven pounds of food for the hungry. To help fight hunger in Western New York, NOCO Express Stores recently donated $8,835 to the Food Bank of Western New York. NOCO donated ten cents from the sale of every cup of Nickel City Roast

Casey’s Sues Subway

The right to use the word “footlong” in relation to sandwiches sparks debate, court case. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc., is suing Subway following the sandwich chain’s assertion that it owns the exclusive rights to the non-hyphenated, term “footlong” in promoting sandwiches, The Des Moines Register reported. Subway, with 34,000 outlets in 93 countries,

David Yale Joins Just Born

Yale’s “spectrum of experience will be invaluable to Just Born’s long-standing history of continued growth,” says Co-CEO. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS, HOT TAMALES, MIKE AND IKE and PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies, welcomes David Yale, who has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. In this role, Yale is expected to work

SSA Becomes Speedway LLC

The name change “leverages the inherent strength of our Speedway brand,” president says. Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA) has changed its official corporate name to Speedway LLC. The Speedway name is largely recognized by consumers in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky as a source for quality fuels and merchandise items. With the

Outcast Media Announces Merger

Outcast Media joins with PumpTop TV and Health Club Media Network to reach 68 million active consumers in 130 U.S. markets. Outcast Media, a digital media company,  has merged with its long-time joint venture partner PumpTop TV and Health Club Media Network (HCMN), an advertising company in the health club industry. Together, this combined network

Chandler Oil Gets an Upscale Facelift

David Miller renovates his flagship Chevron store in 45 days. He is expecting a 20% sales lift from his investment. When David Miller, president of Chandler Oil Chevron, decided to remodel his 3,000–square-foot Chandler, Ariz., store last year, he knew it was crucial to his customers, as well as to his business, that he keep

Rotten Robbie Co-brands With Smoker Friendly

Smoker Friendly International has signed Rotten Robbie convenience chain based in Santa Clara, Calif., as an authorized dealer. Rotten Robbie is co-branding with Smoker Friendly in its tobacco category and is set to be the exclusive retailer for SF/Smoker Friendly private label tobacco products in its 34-store chain, in that region of northern California. Rotten

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Higher in Early February

Wholesale trading for gasoline in the U.S. was again volatile during the week-ended Feb. 11, with the benchmark futures contract trading in a 12.4 cents range although prices moved up a more modest 3.0 cents during the week. Wholesale gasoline offers at distribution terminals were mixed across the country, higher along the West Coast on

Rutter’s To Award 1,000 Prizes Monthly

In addition to cents-off-per-gallon savings, Rutter’s customers gain sweepstakes entry by using their rewards card. Rutter’s customers have saved money on millions of gallons of gasoline using the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty program. Now Rutter’s Rewards has introduced the latest way to earn benefits with the “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes,” which will award more than

Kum & Go Acquires Two JC’s Corner Stores

Renovated stores reopen Sat., Feb. 12, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. Kum & Go has acquired two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa, which were renovated and reopened on Feb. 12, under the Kum & Go brand. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause noted that it was extremely important to Kum &

NAFEM Honors Members

Peter Nordell receives the President’s Award, while John Nackley is given the William W. Carpenter Award. Both awards were presented on Feb. 11 at the NAFEM Show in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. The President’s Award recognizes a non-elected NAFEM volunteer who has donated their time and expertise for the betterment of the association. “I’m

The 2011 Foodservice Report

Convenience store retailers posted strong across-the-board sales gains in 2010 and expressed optimism for an even more robust 2011. Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s convenience store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods. For

Preparing for Higher Pump Prices

While these difficult economic times continue to peck away at customers’ disposable income, fuel prices are creeping up, which will only further erode discretionary spending. Gasoline prices nationally have increased steadily since September, rising nearly 60 cents to an average of $3.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to the Department of Energy at

NAG Scholarship Enrollment is Open

As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits and relationships. This group meets once a year to share best business practices, operational improvements and revenue-generating

Rite Aid Raises $4.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

In 2010, $1 paper Miracle Balloons were sold in Rite Aid stores nationally, with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Drugstore chain Rite Aid has raised $4.9 million in 2010 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised by Rite Aid funds life-saving medical care, research, education and outreach programs at 117 Children’s Miracle

NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

“Their efforts and dedication to the betterment of the associations they represent, and the collective hospitality industry, is truly valued,” says CEO. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has awarded 53 allied association leaders its Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) honor. The awards were presented during ceremonies held at The The North American

Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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