Convenience Evolution Partners Launches Core Consulting Services

Convenience Evolution Partners (, a retail consulting firm, recently launched by  Greg Ehrlich, a c-store loyalty, operations and marketing expert, announced the creation of  two new service offerings  to provide consulting services to convenience store retailers and suppliers. The first service group, CEP Strategic Advisor SM, essentially augments a c-store chain’s senior management team with

McDonald’s Launches McCafe Scavenger Hunt

This Friday, Nov. 19, McDonald’s plans to hide three giant McCafe coffee cups in three locations located throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties during its first-ever national McCafe Scavenger Hunt. Beginning at 7 a.m. PST, McDonald’s will distribute clues on their local Twitter account, @McDonalds_SoCal. The first person to find one

New York Bans Four Loko

The recent New York ban on Four Loko, a drink that contain 12% alcohol and as much caffeine as three cups of coffee, reportedly has many c-store owners and parents in the state breathing a sigh of relief. Four Loko, which is geared toward young adults, has been blamed for several deaths over the last

Chevron To Acquire Atlas Energy

Chevron Corp. is acquiring Atlas Energy for $3.2 billion in cash and assumed pro forma net debt of approximately $1.1 billion. The acquisition will provide Chevron with an attractive natural gas resource position primarily located in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.  The acquisition is subject to certain Atlas Energy restructuring transactions, approval by Atlas Energy shareholders

NATO Show Secures Key Tobacco Companies

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc. (NATO) has announced that all of the leading cigarette manufacturers in the country are committed to participate in NATO’s 10th Anniversary and Trade Show. Altria Sales and Distribution, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard Tobacco and Commonwealth Brands are all confirmed exhibitors at the show to be held April

National Coffee Break Planned

The National Coffee Association (NCA) is preparing to celebrate a century of service to the industry in 2011. To kick off its Centennial year, NCA is asking industry members and consumers to set aside Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 as a day for a National Coffee Break. Commemorating coffee’s iconic place in U.S. history and culture,

Retail Gasoline Prices Hover near Two-Year High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Pricing data from the federal government shows retail gasoline prices were averaging just 4 cents below May’s 18-month high in early November, a time of year when gasoline prices are usually under downward pressure. Wholesale gasoline costs for the week-ended today (11/15) were mixed, likely arresting an

Kum & Go Store Planned For Berryville

A Kum & Go has been given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new gas and convenience store at the site of an old Kraft Food plant property in Berryville, Ark., the Carroll County News reported. Rob Wadle, Kum & Go’s real estate development representative recently appeared before the Berryville Planning

Dos Equis Rolls Out Limited Release Winter Variety Pack

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import brand, is introducing this holiday season a new limited edition Dos Equis Winter Variety Pack. The 24-bottle pack combines Dos Equis, the hottest-selling Mexican import brand with Noche Buena, the top selling winter seasonal in Mexico. Noche Buena is a super-premium, limited run craft beer that has been enjoyed

Business-For-Sale Marketplace Flat

While the business-for-sale market has bottomed out, it is experiencing a very slow recovery,, an Internet marketplace for buying or selling a small business, reported with the release of its third quarter 2010 economic data. According to the Insight Report data, the number of closed transactions nationwide in Third Quarter 2010 was 1,117,

Thorntons To Donate $1 Million

Thorntons has pledged $1 million dollars to 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization that creates new parks for Louisville, Ky. Thorntons Inc. is a locally-based and owned company in Louisville, Ky., and has been a long-standing supporter and provider for this community. “We are very excited to support this project,” said Matt Thornton, president and

Tim Hortons Shuts 36 Stores

Tim Hortons Inc. has closed 36 stores and plans to shut 18 kiosks in southern New England, the Buffalo News reported. The Oakville, Ontario-based company closed all its locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut last week, as it reported a 21% rise in third-quarter profits. In addition, Tim Hortons closed two of its stores

Tax On Reservation Cigarettes On Hold

A federal judge has sided with New York in the latest ruling over the state’s plans to tax most Indian reservation smokeshop sales, but collection of the tax is on hold for now, the New York Post reported. U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo, N.Y. denied a request to block the state from collecting

FDA Proposes Rules on Cigarette Warnings Labels

On Nov. 10, 2010, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products issued a 140 page document titled “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisement Proposed Rule,” which modifies the current cigarette package warning labels and also requires color graphic warnings to accompany the new text warnings, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The FDA

BBU Acquires Sara Lee’s Bakery Business

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) announced that its parent company Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. has acquired the North American Fresh Bakery business of Sara Lee Corp. “This transaction demonstrates Grupo Bimbo’s commitment and singular focus on baking,” said Gary Prince, BBU president.  “Our goal is to build a U.S. bakery business that provides the highest

Shriber Joins PetroProperties & Finance

PetroProperties & Finance LLC is welcoming Ken Shriber, managing director of Petroleum Equity Group LTD. of Chappaqua, N.Y., to its team of petroleum professionals. Serving in the capacity of region vice president, Shriber and his company will exclusively represent PetroProperties & Finance from Delaware to Maine. “Ken brings to the PetroProperties & Finance network the

Awards Ceremony, Humanitarian Effort Highlight Thorntons’ Annual Meeting

By John Lofstock, Editor “The work we do everyday to satisfy and exceed our customers’ expectations is a result of the outstanding work of the people in this room and I’m proud to work alongside all of you.” That was the message sent last night by Matt Thornton, president and CEO of Thorntons Inc., the

Sheetz Opens Greencastle Store

Sheetz is opening another long-awaited location in Greencastle, Pa.  The new store is on Buchanan Trail (U.S. Route 16) and Grindstone Road. Employees are hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting today at 11 a.m. The new store offers the same great fresh food items as always like the MTGo! and Shweetz Bakery lines

Mac’s Offers Free Popcorn

To commemorate Remembrance Day and as the latest element of the We Salute Our Heroes initiative to honor and aid Canadian troops, Mac’s convenience stores are rewarding customers with a free bag of popcorn, The Province reported. Customers who enter any Canada-based Mac’s Convenience Store from Manitoba to B.C. today will receive one large, 190-gram

Shell Named Top Gasoline Brand

Shell has been named the “Favorite Gasoline Brand” in Popular Mechanics magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards for the second consecutive year. More than 10,000 Popular Mechanics readers participated in the 2010 survey, which determines readers’ favorite consumer products across more than 30 categories. Among five brand choices, Shell was voted as the preferred gasoline brand. “Shell

ExxonMobil Introduces Station Locator App

ExxonMobil has introduced the “Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder” iPhone and iPod touch application, which provides drivers with real-time maps, driving directions and station information for more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental U.S. “We are very excited to bring our customers the first mobile app from ExxonMobil, using technology to allow

RYO Machine Rule Stands

A judge has struck down a request for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) ruling that regulates the commercial size cigarette-making machines being used in retail stores, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The TTB previously ruled that a retailer who provides a commercial

7-Eleven To Introduce ATM Advertising

Advertising is coming to ATMs in 7-Eleven stores. Cardtronics plans to launch advertising on approximately 2,200 of its Vcom financial kiosks located in 7-Eleven stores in the U.S., on the heels of offering third-party advertising on about 800 ATMs operated by Bank Machine, Cardtronics’ United Kingdom subsidiary. Cardtronics signed a multi-year agreement with i-design, the

The Pantry Relaunches Coffee Program

The Pantry Inc. has unveiled a coffee re-launch program in the Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga., markets to serve its guests new coffee in a fast, friendly and clean store environment. New and improved high-quality Bean Street Coffee is now being served at The Pantry’s local Kangaroo Express convenience stores. There are 81 Kangaroo Express

Sheetz Unveils East-West Clean Fuel Corridor

Pennsylvania motorists wishing to use E-85, a cleaner fuel consisting of 85% Ethanol, will soon have a more consistent source of fuel as they travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Sheetz has unveiled its “East-West Clean Fuel Corridor” where E-85 fuel may be purchased. That includes three Pittsburgh area Sheetz locations and three locations in and