Strong First Quarter for United Refining

United Refining Co. the Warren, Pa.-based operator of 371 Kwik Fill/Red Apple and Country Fair convenience stores in western New York and western Pennsylvania, reported net sales for the three months ending Nov. 30, 2007 jumped $109 million to $693.6 million, an increase of 18.6% over the same quarter for 2006. The company, which also

“K” Marks the Spot

THE CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY makes for a very competitive climate. With the vast number of convenience chains in business-not to mention the impinging presence of hypermarts- making a store’s presence known in a busy market can be very diffi cult. Ed Marszal and Liz Pritchard, co-owners of California Retail Management (CRM), discovered this when they

Atlas Oil Acquires R & J Inc.

Atlas Oil Co., a Taylor, Mich.-based fuel marketer, has acquired five convenience stores in Battle Creek, Mich., from R & J Inc. and has folded that company into its own retail segment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction essentially buys out the ownership stake of R & J partners Richard Folk and

Kwik King Selling Off Stores

Many Kwik King Food Stores will get a new name, new look and new gasoline provider in the coming weeks. That’s because they have new owners. Bill Tuck, the co-owner and chief executive of Kwik King told The Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner that the convenience store company has sold 19 of its 49 stores. Sam Patidar

Just Desserts

Despite unchanging consumer demand and fickle consumer tastes, the market for frozen desserts is expected to grow by more than $4 billion by 2012, according to The U.S. Market for Ice Cream and Related Frozen Desserts, a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Dollar sales continue to grow annually, but not because Americans

Tidel Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Tidel Engineering, L.P., a provider of cash management systems and robbery prevention products, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Originally a subsidiary of The Southland Corp., (7-Eleven’s parent company), Tidel introduced robbery prevention cash controllers to the convenience store industry in 1978. Tidel’s cash management solutions have since expanded to virtually all varieties of retail stores. "Tidel

Krause Named Kum & Go’s Senior VP of Marketing

Kum & Go, L.C., one of the nation’s leading convenience store chains, is proud to announce that Kevin Krause has joined the Iowa-based, family-owned company as its new senior vice president of marketing. Krause has been involved with the Kum & Go organization for 20 years as a director and has extensive store operations experience.

Krause Named Kum & Go’s Senior VP of Marketing

<p>Kum & Go, L.C., one of the nation’s leading convenience store chains, is proud to announce that Kevin Krause has joined the Iowa-based, family-owned company as its new senior vice president of marketing. <p> Krause has been involved with the Kum & Go organization for 20 years as a director and has extensive store operations

The Simple Secrets of Getting Ahead in the C-Store Businessby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

A Must Read for all your cashiers! First, it is an established fact that getting ahead in the convenience store industry is much, much easier than in most any other industry. While we absolutely believe in the value of a good education–indeed many company’s help fund continuing education for their employees, our industry does not

McLane Grows in Texas

McLane Co. Inc. has bought the former building of an oil field manufacturing company in Alice, Texas, to use as a dispatch center for its distribution services. Trucks coming in from the distributor’s Temple, Texas headquarters already loaded will arrive at the dispatch center where 10 drivers will deliver the products to their destinations in

Coffee Gets Hotter at McDonald’s

McDonald’s is riding high, enjoying a resurgence fueled by new snacks and longer restaurant hours. But is it about to put the whole thing at risk by trying to take on Starbucks? The burger chain plans to install specialty coffee stations in all its restaurants over the next 18 months. The stations, which are a

Bottled Water Tax Scrutinized

The beverage and retail industries took a stand today for their already over-taxed customers by filing a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the city of Chicago’s new 5-cent-per-bottle tax on bottled water, which amounts to an astounding 30 percent tax on a case of safe, healthy bottled water. The first-of-its-kind tax, which took effect Jan. 1,

Counterfeit Products Targets

More than 20 retailers, including several convenience store owners in Houston County, Georgia, were cited during the past three months for the sale and distribution of counterfeit merchandise, a Houston County sheriff’s investigator said Tuesday. Counterfeit merchandise valued at $623,718, plus $11,612.25 in cash, were seized during a sting operation from Oct. 1 to Jan.

Black Market Tobacco Under Fire

Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court yesterday in the Eastern District of New York against importers, C.H. Rhodes of Flushing, N.Y., and U.S. Sun Star Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y. The lawsuits are aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s

SUBWAY Offering Online ServSafe Certification

The SUBWAY restaurant chain is proud to announce that it now offers online ServSafe Food Safety Training and Certification courses for its franchisees and their staff. ServSafe, developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is the premier source for food safety training, recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program in

Clean-Diesel-Blitz in Full Swing

"German manufacturers have once again prevailed on the difficult U.S. market with excellent results. In 2007 they grew against the general trend and have boosted their sales by 3 percent to 948,000 light vehicles. We are confident that we will be able to continue to increase our U.S. market share even further this year and

United They Stand

United El Segundo Inc. Retail arm: United Oil Co. Primary areas of operation: Owns and operates convenience stores in Southern California in addition to maintaining a vast dealer-operated network and a chain of car washes. Long-range plans: Increasing market share while growing store count through new-to-market stores and acquisitions. Established: 1948 Net sales (2006): $1.27

SuperFly Sustainable Energy

Who would have imagined fitting the energy of six Red Bulls in your pocket? Thanks to the introduction of SuperFly, the first line of Energy DrinkTabs in the energy drink category, consumers now can have easy access to the power-packed, effervescent energy of six energy drinks in one small tube. Better yet, all this energy

Managing Real Estate Operations

The foundations for other industries lay in the product. The film industry pumps out movies. Pharmaceuticals companies manufacture drugs. Publishers print magazines. For convenience stores the world over, the foundation is literally the foundation.   “It comes down to location, location, location, just like in real estate,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of communications for

Red Man Moist Snuff

The number one brand of smokeless chewing tobacco is leveraging more than 100 years of experience producing the highest quality tobacco products to delight consumers with something new–a line of premium moist snuff. Made from premium quality tobacco, Red Man Moist Snuff is available in Long Cut Wintergreen, Fine Cut Natural and Long Cut Straight.

Gravy to Go

Lettieri’s has unveiled its new Sausage Gravy Stuffed Biscuit, which allows customers to eat their biscuits and sausage gravy on-the-go with no muss, no fuss. “As always, we start with the finest ingredients, which begins with a light and tender buttermilk biscuit with the mouth-watering look and taste as though it were made from scratch,”

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

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