pei bulks up education at nacs

New “Mega-Sessions” will introduced during the educational sessions provided by the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) at the upcoming National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show from Nov. 6 to 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. PEI’s educational lineup on November 7 and 8 includes three new Mega-Sessions titled: “I’m No Good with

tri star energy picks up 57 scot markets

New acquisition expands the Shell brand in Tennessee and Kentucky markets. Tri Star Energy LLC has nearly doubled its company-owned convenience stores and fuel centers with the purchase of 57 Scot Markets sites. As a result of the acquisition, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy will operate 120 sites in Tennessee and Kentucky, including 103 in Middle

sheetz back in the beer business

Chain stocks coolers with adult beverages until final ruling has been made. Sheetz is once again unlocking its beer coolers to the public…for now. The chain has once again begun selling beer, six months after its original attempt into the segment was halted by the state. Sales started at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the 17th

Utica Facing 12 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Forty-five gas station owners assail the company for Unfair Sales Act violation. Ethanol Producer Utica Energy LLC and its associated retailer, Renew E-85 are being sued by 42 Green Bay-area gas stations for $12 million over alleged violations of the state’s Unfair Sales Act, according to the Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers. Judge Barbara Key has been

jennys markets energized at the cold vault

Eclipse Retail Management, operator of 35 Jenny’s Market convenience stores in Colorado, has launched an energy drink promotion with DC Brands International. With shelf space at a premium, DC Brands enacted a unique promotion to help convenience store owners while introducing Turn Left Energy Drink to its target market. The convenience store promotion revolves around

wrigleys newest vp

Manzone brings years of packaged good expertise to the company. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has revealed that Albert Manzone has joined the company as group vice president and managing director, Western Europe, reporting to Peter Hempstead, senior vice president, Worldwide Strategy and New Business. Manzone brings 20 years of experience with leading consumer packaged

kroger gets greener

New agreement opens additional biofuel stations. The Kroger Co. and VeraSun Energy Corp. are opening 20 VE85 fueling locations at Kroger convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky. Kroger becomes the first national retailer to offer VeraSun’s branded E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). With the addition of

chevron shines at global marketing event

Touting its dual branding strategy and ExtraMile convenience store concept, retailers offered concessions on gift cards and credit processing. by John Lofstock, Editor Chevron Corp.’s North American Marketing Convention, which wrapped up in Denver on Saturday, gave Chevron and Texaco operators plenty to be excited about. In addition to announcing it’s dual branded fuel strategy

shell adds incentive to proprietary card

New features aimed at attracting more cardholders, company says. Shell Oil Products US is launching a new credit card incentive and marketing campaign starting October to increase usage of the Shell Platinum MasterCard, as well as boost the number of active cardholders and increasing the loyalty of customers to Shell. The main attractions offered to

new store for sheetz

Altoona, Pa-based chain totals in with 338 stores. Sheetz Inc. continues to serve up convenience to area residents as it opens a new 5,000-square-foot store in Waynesboro, PA. The newest addition to the chain brings the total number of stores to 338. While the store has already opened to the public, employees will host a

pilot selects titan

New agreement brings extended wireless service to the chain. Pilot Oil Co. has joined with Titan Wireless, a division of Titan Global Holdings Inc, entering into a wireless sales distribution agreement to expand the company’s nationwide distribution system by an additional 281 locations. Titan Wireless is known for it brands like Ready Mobile, Mojo Mobile,

judge to hear case regarding bps dumping permit

Local activist group’s petition brings the oil refiner into question. The Alliance for the Great Lakes have managed to get the courts to notice its petition that challenges the water pollution discharge permit issued by the state of Indiana that allows BP to release more pollution into Lake Michigan from its refinery at Whiting, Ind.

cash in hand

After creating a successful financial services program, Great Stops LLC is primed to make it an attainable profit center for other retailers. The idea of cashing $1 million in taxadvance loan checks in a conveniencestore could be daunting to some retailers, but not Great Stops LLC. TheChapel Hill, N.C.-based operation has benefited from having a

exxonmobil goes back to the supreme court

Oil company hoping to have $2.5 billion fine reduced. Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2.5 billion fine against the oil company for the 1989 Valdez disaster, the nation’s worst tanker spill, according to Reuters. Exxon filed a petition on Monday asking the high court to overturn the punitive-damages

rutters gives away more gas

Chain awards third winner in “Fuel Up Free” Sweepstakes. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farms Stores has awarded a third “Fuel Up Free” winner. This time it’s Chad Marsteller of Shrewbury, Pa. Chad plans to share his newfound wealth—free gas for three years. “Friends, family, myself,” he said when describing who will benefit from his being selected

glendale heights gets its own cousins subs

New eatery features gasoline discounts with food purchases. Cousins Subs Systems Inc. recently unveiled the opening of its new store in Glendale Heights, Ill. The store, which officially opened Aug. 13, will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 13. The store is owned by George Hartnett. “We are pleased to have George Hartnett opening his

tesco gets even greener

Tesco has revealed that its Riverside distribution center, which is currently under construction, will house an extensive recycling and waste reduction program for its upcoming Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores. The chain has partnered with San Diego-based Resource Management Group (RMG), a recycling and waste services company, to develop a new system to recycle

road ranger selects pinnacle

Chain turns to Palm POS as new platform. Rockford, Ill.-based Road Ranger has selected Pinnacle Corp.’s Palm POS as its go forward POS platform for its unbranded, 59-unit chain of convenience stores and travel centers. Road Ranger chose Pinnacle’s Palm POS system for a number of reasons, including its productivity benefits, integration with back office

adult energy drinks come under fire

Adult Energy Drinks Come Under Fire Thirty states are accusing beer companies of targeting young consumers with new drinks mixing alcohol and caffeine. These alcoholic energy drinks are raising concerns that caffeine masks the intoxicating effect of alcohol. Consumers “may falsely believe that they can continue to drink and function without impairment, even behind the

supreme court to hear sheetz argument

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear a case on whether convenience and grocery stores can sell beer without also allowing customers to drink in the store. The issue arose in February when a Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 that Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz could sell take-out beer only if patrons could also drink the beer at the

shell and chevron sued over price fixing

Several retailers attack oil companies for setting artificially high costs. A group of California gasoline station owners are bringing three oil giants into U.S. federal district court in San Francisco, accusing the companies of fixing gasoline prices across the U.S. from 1998 to 2001. The suit claims that Texaco—now owned by Chevron Corp.—and U.S. units

convenience store decisions power 25

by John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25  recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and lawmakers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These influential business leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on shaping the future of convenience

dominics finds a new home

Dominic’s of New York food eateries are making a transition into the convenience store market, an unlikely move, thought John Felico, president of FoodNet Franchising, the Henrico County-based owner of Dominic’s. “It just wasn’t the type of environment I saw us being in,” said Felico, This is because the typical Dominic’s formats are kiosk carts

phillip morris dives into mst

Marlboro snuff will fully cement its place in the smokeless segment,” analysts said. Philip Morris USA will introduce a moist smokeless tobacco product this fall under the Marlboro brand, selling it first in the Atlanta area. The company will sell the loose, spitting tobacco in original and wintergreen flavors, and in long and fine cut,

daves taverna and dukes liberty work better together

New restaurant/gas station offering intended to pull in new business. Dave’s Taverna Express is moving in with Dukes Liberty gas station and convenience store. Dave Miller, owner and operator of Dave’s Downtown Taverna, hopes to expand his Taverna Express business with a larger kitchen, seating for 20 and expanded storage. Dukes Liberty is owned by