changes abound for marsh

Supermarket giant makes changes in product offering. 2007 has been a busy year for Marsh Supermarkets. The Indianapolis-based chain, known well for markets operating under the Marsh, LoBill Foods and O’Malia’s Food Markets banners as well as 148 Village Pantry convenience stores, was purchased by Sun Capitol Partners near the close of 2006. Since switching

Nice N Easy’s John MacDougall to present at ICSDSI Food Show

Time is running out to register to attend Convenience Store Decisions’  2007 Foodservice Show, which kicks off June 4 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. CSD’s  Food Show is the only foodservice event in the convenience store and petroleum industry targeted directly to retailers and suppliers managing the fast-growing foodservice category. This

quiktrip abandons plans for st louis bakery

Site problems cause the chain to move onto new plans. QuikTrip Corp. has halted plans for a bakery in the St. Louis suburb of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., choosing instead to focus efforts on a nearly completed bakery in Belton. The Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain pulled the plug on the $21 million project because of

station owner protests prices

Wisconsin operator shutters fuel pumps for 24 hours. A Mequon, Wis. Mobil dealer shutter his gas pumps for 24 hours, hoping to start a movement aimed at convincing oil companies to lower their prices. “Somebody out there is making money at these prices, but not me,” Harvey Pollack, operator of the Towne Market Mobil, told

flying j waves goodbye to visa

Travel center refuses to accept popular credit card for diesel purchases. New signs are hanging from Flying J’s diesel pumps, and they do not bode well for credit card giant Visa. The chain of travel centers announced that starting today it would no longer accept Visa for diesel purchases. The decision came when the chain

mh store kums and goes

“High-volume” location unit in Montana rebranded. Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has added another store to its growing list, according to the Grand Falls (Mont.) Tribune. The new unit, previously an M&H, will bring the chain’s total count to roughly 450 stores in 13 states. The store’s transition came and went without a beat,

pa senate evaluates beer sales

New bill votes on what kinds of packaging distributors can carry, as well as what kind of venues are allowed to sell alcohol. A Pennsylvania Senate committee is discussing a bill that could change the way beer is sold in the state. The bill has left the senate committee divided over the right to sell

e85 spreads to brighten colo

Combined effort of several groups leads to more momentum for the corn-based fuel. Brighton, Colo. is being introduced to its first E85 ethanol-blend gas site, thanks to Western Convenience Stores. The new site is the 22nd E85 fueling site location in Colorado, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. The station is the result of

saracen energy acquires fuelquest

New merger will provide both companies with better resources. An investment fund managed by Houston-based Saracen Energy Advisors LP has acquired FuelQuest Inc., a provider of information technology, supply chain management and tax automation technologies to the downstream petroleum complex, fuel retailers, fuel suppliers, distributors, trading firms and large transportation companies. The acquisition will provide

tio networks and exxonmobil extend strategic alliance

Services will be made available to current and newly franchised On the Run and Tigermart stores. Burnaby, B.C.-based TIO Networks Corp., automated bill payment and financial services network, opted for a five-year extension to its strategic alliance with Exxon Mobil. The relationship, which began in 2004, has been extended to 2012. Under the terms of

pmaa seeks relief from gouging accusations

New bill in play sets new ground rules. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Gasoline Prices, Oil Company Profits and the American Consumer” on Tuesday, May 22. Afterwards, thanks to the efforts of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the committee released a new version of Rep. Bart Stupak’s

rutters helps customers fuel up for free

Popular gas giveaway returns offering more prizes than last year. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway returns May 28 and runs through Aug. 26. Four lucky customers will win free gas for three years, compared with three grand-prize winners in 2006. “We had an incredible response to ‘Fuel Up Free!’ in 2006,” said

top star express qa

The Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based chain explains the design steps that made the store a success.. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Top Star Express has made its mark in the area with its fuel and product offering. However, the chain told Convenience Store Decisions that it keeps customers coming back by giving them a store that both

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

nice n easy earns its honors

New York chain to be recognized for its proprietary foodservice program. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. (Canastota, N.Y.) is no foodservice novice. The company has culled its expansive family of proprietary brands under the Easy Street Eatery umbrella, which remains a popular foodservice destination in its upstate New York market.

exxonmobils memphis conversion

Forty stores rebranded from Tigermarket to On the Run. ExxonMobil has converted its 40 Memphis-area Tigermarket convenience stores to On the Run convenience stores at Exxon service stations. “When you walk into an On the Run store, you’ll notice a difference,” said Ben Soraci, U.S. retail sales director, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. “We’ve worked hard

7eleven reaches a state of xen

Xenergy energy drinks to be sold at more than 5,000 company stores.. 7-Eleven has entered a new distribution agreement with Xyience, allowing Xenergy energy drinks, to be stocked in more than 5,000 locations. “This partnership represents an enormous opportunity for Xyience to bring the Xenergy name and product to a broader customer base,” said Bill

gas stations losing against driveoffs

Record-high prices driving desperate drivers to desperate measures. Escalating gas prices are becoming standard fodder for nightly news programs, all of which have been accurately reporting on the dangerously high records recent gas prices have been shattering. With the ever-increasing prices at the pump comes desperation from motorists who either cannot or choose not to

bp refocuses its customer commitment

It has been said time and again that youcan’t put a price on having an outstanding imageand offering great service. For BP, however, thatprice is $36 million–that’s what the oil supermajor is investing in a long-term advertising campaignto reach out to convenience store and petroleum customers with giveaways, in-store promotions and topromote its emphasis on

choice cuts

Jack Link's Beef Jerky beefs up its product offerings with the introduction of six innovative new snack items—two A.1. Steak Sauce-branded meat snacks and an entirely new deli-style product line. New mouth-watering varieties include: A.1. Steak Sauce Beef Jerky and Beef Steak Nuggets, Deli Cuts Sausage Bitesand Sticks in Original and Pepperoni. The Steak Sauce

xtremely tasty

The ultimate in performance enhancement hashit the market with a product that brings scienceand nature together in a new, healthy and greattasting variety—vitamin water xxx. The flavor of xxx blends the taste of acai, blueberry andpomegranate together, bringing the antioxidantlevels for this new brand variety off the charts.With 15 varieties, each providing a unique flavorand

711s new marketing man

7-Eleven Inc. is embarking on anew marketing vision by naming DougFoster its first chief marketing officer (CMO). Promoted from his mostrecent position as 7-Eleven's vice presidentof marketing, Foster brings more than 13years of professional advertising experienceto the new role, as well as an acute understanding of the 7-Eleven family culture. Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven's president andCEO,

dispensing deals

To help merchandise and promote fountainbeverages, Modular Dispensing Systems offers a "Custom Decal/Cup Dispenser Program." This program includes custom decals and one modularcup dispenser per decal with all mounting hardware included. Modular's Simpli-Flex cup dispensers areself-adjusting, accurate dispensers for paper, plastic and foam cups to 64-oz. The Simpli-Flex gasket isdesigned to seal the cup from

schnucks readies grander cstore strategy

Grocer plans standalone units in Illinois, acquires Tenn. units. Schnucks, the St. Louis-based grocery chain is preparing to test the waters for stand-alone convenience stores with gas pumps outside its grocery stores by adding them to its two stores in the Champaign-Urbana and the one under construction at Savoy Plaza, according to Schnucks spokeswoman Lori

food for thought

Patience doesn't come easy, but it can haveits rewards. Nowhere is that more evident thanby observing the foodservice programs at Exxon Mobil Corp. and Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. Bothchains have refined their food segments over severalyears to come up with the right menu to meet the needsof core customers, and that's why Convenience StoreDecisions

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