Retailers Embrace New POS Technology

Ricker Oil, Open Pantry and Tri Star Energy Daily’s stores are adding LIFT Retail Marketing Technology’s LIFT station, a new suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology that displays up-sell offers to customers based on what they are actively buying. LIFT launched the new interactive system last month at the 2010 NACS Show in Atlanta. “These convenience

Marathon Selling Minnesota Downstream Assets

Marathon Oil Corp., an integrated energy company, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Marathon Petroleum Co. LP has closed the transaction with ACON Investments LLC and TPG Capital for the sale of most of Marathon’s Minnesota downstream assets. ACON and TPG formed Northern Tier Energy LLC (Northern Tier Energy) to operate the assets as

The Pantry Completes Presto Acquisition

The Pantry Inc. has completed the previously disclosed acquisition of 47 convenience stores from Presto Convenience Stores LLC. The stores operate under the Presto trade name and are located in Kansas with three stores in Missouri. The 47 acquired stores generated revenues of approximately $194 million for the 12 months ended May 2010. The acquisition

Sunoco to Sell Toledo Refinery

Sunoco Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to sell its 170,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Toledo, Ohio to Toledo Refining Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of PBF Holding Company LLC. Sunoco plans to sell the refinery for approximately $400 million (consisting of $200 million in cash and a $200 million two-year note). In addition, the

Chevron Appoints Macfarlane General Tax Counsel

Chevron Corp. has appointed C.N. “Sandy” Macfarlane general tax counsel and an officer of the corporation. In this position, Macfarlane will direct Chevron’s tax activities. He succeeds Thomas Schuttish who has retired after 30 years with the company. “Sandy is a recognized tax professional within the broader energy tax community,” said John Watson, Chevron’s chairman

Love’s To Install 40 DEF Pumps

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores plans to install Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers at fuel islands at 40 sites during the next four months, discoverDEF.com reported. “We are installing underground storage tanks and multiple dispensers at all of our new travel stops and at many of our legacy locations. The aggressive build out of

E-Z Mart Acquires Eight Stores

Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its convenience offering in Arkansas. On Dec. 1, E-Z Mart began operating eight more stores acquired from B-B-F Oil Co., bringing E-Z Mart’s store count to 306. The new locations in Arkansas are located in Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Benton and Sheridan. “The acquisition of B-B-F Oil

Hess Introduces Online Racing Game

Hess Corp. is introducing a virtual new chapter to its 46-year-old Hess Toy Truck holiday tradition with the launch of its first-ever interactive game, the Hess Jet Game. Based on the 2010 Hess Toy Truck and Jet, the Hess Jet Game takes the Hess Toy Truck to a whole new level, providing fans with a

Getty Realty Corp. Appoints Senior Director of Acquisitions

Getty Realty Corp., a publicly traded REIT focused solely on ownership and leasing of retail motor fuel and convenience store properties, has hired Mike Ross as senior director of acquisitions. Ross has more than 15 years of origination experience at well-known industry firms including: Trustreet Properties, Merrill Lynch and FMAC. Ross will be based in

AWMA Show To Feature Expanded Exhibit Hall

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has announced its 2011 Show will feature an expanded Expo and the addition of a dedicated Foodservice Pavilion highlighting the latest foodservice products, programs and equipment for the convenience retailing industry. The AWMA Show is scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. “Foodservice is

Senate Passes Food Safety Law

By a vote of 73 to 25 on Tuesday, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to overhaul the nation’s food safety system, the New York Times reported. The law, which gives increased powers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comes after instances of tainted foods, including peanut butter and spinach,

PS Food Mart Launches Food Drive

Led by the Hillsdale PS Food Mart CITGO, 27 PS Food Mart Stores in 17 communities across South Central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio rallied their customers and neighbors in support of families in need. Generous donors purchased nearly 28,000 Kellogg’s PopTarts, which were donated to 24 different food pantries, homeless shelters, after school programs and

Wilson Farms Buys Buffalo Properties

Wilson Farms has acquired three properties in Buffalo, N.Y., Buffalo Business First reported. The properties span from 2080 Niagara St. to 2094 Niagara St., and were acquired from separate property owners, including Thomas and Salvatore Trigilio, Enrico Dabate and 10796 Group LLC, an affiliate of Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development Co. The latter had considered the

Rutter’s Breaks Ground For New Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores has broken ground for a 5,200-square-foot convenience store at routes 30 and 997 in Greene Township, Franklin County. The 24-hour store is expected to support 80 jobs during construction and create 40 permanent jobs when it opens this spring. It will be Rutter’s fourth store in Franklin County and 57th in Pennsylvania.

Quick Chek’s ’Joe to the World’ Sets Record

To welcome the holiday season, and as part of the third annual Joe to the World free coffee event, Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 125 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, supplied customers with more than 100,670 complimentary cups of ‘Joe,’ saving thousands of coffee lovers much-needed dough in

Milwaukee CITGO Stations Support Toys for Tots

Forty-four CITGO gas stations across southeastern Wisconsin are joining together this holiday season to light up the lives of children in need. In partnership with local radio station FM 106.1, participating CITGO stations will be collecting toys from Nov. 22 to Dec. 12 in support of Toys for Tots. Individuals from across the community are

Southwest Convenience Stores LLC Fundraises For USO

Odessa, Texas-based Southwest Convenience Stores LLC, the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALON USA, is again embarking on a fundraising initiative to benefit the USO for the fourth consecutive year. Southwest Convenience Stores, which operates more than 300 stores in Texas and New Mexico, is set to offer its customers

Catchfire Media To Manage Social Networking For Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has hired Catchfire Media, a social media firm, to manage social marketing strategies and technology solutions for its 1,637 c-stores. “We have loyal and passionate customers who want to communicate with us on the social Web, and our partnership with Catchfire Media will help us achieve that goal,” said Cory Hart,

Kum & Go Mourns Loss of Associate

Associates and officials of Kum & Go L.C. are shocked and saddened by the loss of a longtime associate, Sheila Myers, who was a victim of a crime at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt, Iowa this November. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sheila Myers. Our thoughts and prayers go out

Kroger Partners With Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles are once again scheduled to ring in the season at The Kroger Co.’s family of stores. Customers and associates generously support the campaign each year, helping provide food, clothing, toys and social services in the communities where funds are raised. “We couldn’t do what we do in communities nationwide

Higher Crude Costs Drive Uptrend in Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. average retail price for regular grade gasoline dipped 1.6 cents from a six-month high to $2.876 gallon just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, but are again seen moving up with an early week rally in wholesale values. Gasoline prices typically decline this time of

Irving Oil Truck Stop Opens in Poland, Maine

Perry Transport recently opened a brand new truck stop with Irving branded diesel fuel at 4 Spring Water Road in Poland, Maine, expanding the regional brand to the community. “Our company has been working in the community for 24 years, primarily focused on road maintenance. This is our first venture into the fueling business and

Free Slurpees On “Purple Friday”

7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating people coming together by offering a free, small Slurpee drink on “Purple Friday” – Nov. 26. 7-Eleven wants to extend the fun of its Slurpee Unity Tour that visited 14 cities before arriving to Washington, D.C. for a Slurpee Summit.  On Nov. 26, or “Purple Friday” as 7-Eleven has dubbed the

Love’s Ranks No. 18 On 2010 Forbes List

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores (Love’s) is celebrating its 10th consecutive year on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the nation’s largest privately held companies. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based operator of convenience stores and travel centers, which debuted in the 2000 Forbes list at No. 446, now ranks as No. 18 among private U.S. companies

7-Eleven Adds To Proprietary Wine Line-up

For legal-age millennials wanting to upgrade their wine selection without breaking the bank, 7-Eleven Inc. is adding Cherrywood Cellars to its best-selling line-up of proprietary wines. The mid-tier-priced wine ($7.99 – $8.99 per bottle) is available in three varietals – chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. “We are targeting millennials because they like convenience and want

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