Holiday Shopping Results

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The holiday shopping results for this year have been mixed. Reports have been negative on the expected sales reports. My son and business partner Eric and I differ on our opinions on the sales reports. He believes the economy is doing better, so the retailers didn’t have the


Costly Words

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I am the second youngest of 13 siblings. My father passed away when I was 11, leaving my mother to raise us. The family checkbook was titled “Steve and Carmen.” Upon the death of my father, the bank froze my mother’s checking account because of the word “and.” I

Know Your Customers

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Knowing your customers means more than knowing what they are going to purchase when they visit your store. The ability to remember each customer’s needs is an art but, it is more important to know if the customer is a private person and doesn’t want you to notice

Roll In Profits With Make-Your-Own Tobacco

A trend over the last year has been the continued decline in cigarette consumption and the growth in OTP. The consumers’ mindset has been that of trying new products and experimenting which has led to the use and growth of pipe tobacco consumption, cigarette rolling papers, cigarette filter tubes, and cigarette making machines. For those

Tedeschi Donates To Life is Good Playmakers Foundation, SSYMCA

Employees give donations through Jeans for Charity. Over the years through Jeans for Charity, a program that collects donations when employees wear jeans on Fridays, Tedeschi Food Shops’ employees have contributed to local and national non-profit organizations. In the past, Tedeschi’s has donated to the Friendship Home, St. Vincent DePaul, the Women’s Place Crisis Center

GetGo Opens 24-Hour Location in Mentor, Ohio

The new 24-hour Mentor GetGo offers a wide-ranging menu of meal options. GetGo continues to bring the best in food, fuel and convenience with the grand opening of its newest location on Dec. 18, 2014. Located at 7750 Reynolds Road in Mentor, Ohio the new store celebrated with a ribbon cutting event at 9 a.m.,

CITGO, Flash Market, Core Mark Sponsor MDA Event

Local CITGO marketer raises $40,000 to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Dec. 4, local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc., Core Mark and CITGO Petroleum Corp. hosted the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event featuring keynote speaker Zack Arnold, director and producer of GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story, which follows the life of a

Pilot Flying J Announces Kyle Cones as 2014 Road Warrior Winner

Professional driver and U.S. Army veteran wins $10,000. Pilot Flying J has announced that Sandia Park, New Mexico, resident and professional driver Kyle Cones is the 2014 Road Warrior winner. As the winner, Cones, a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport, will receive a $10,000 check from Pilot Flying J. After months of

Sheetz Debuts New Store

“We are honored to grow that existing connection with the Lancaster community,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Lancaster, Pa., to increase convenience for customers in Lancaster County. Located at 2425 Old Philadelphia Pike, the new store will give people in Lancaster a new location for great food and drinks.

TA Opens New Location in Lincoln, Ala.

“We continue to look to add locations to the network that have the space and potential for us to offer drivers a wide variety of amenities and services,” says TravelCenters president and CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its

Avigilon Acquires ObjectVideo’s Patent Portfolio and Licensing Program

Avigilon acquires strategic intellectual property and continues to build video analytics patent portfolio. Avigilon Corp., a global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the entire patent portfolio and the patent licensing program of ObjectVideo Inc. for cash consideration of US$80.3 million. Founded in 1998, ObjectVideo is an innovator

Low Oil Prices and U.S. Gasoline Demand Elasticity

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A more than 30% drop in the U.S. retail gasoline price average from the end of June to mid-December has spurred greater gasoline consumption in the U.S., with two of the three highest weekly demand rates in 2014 occurring in November and December. There have been a host

Empire Petroleum Acquires 13 CST Locations In Colorado

“The acquisition further solidifies our relationship with Valero,” says Empire’s vice president of mergers & acquisitions. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully acquired 13 former CST Corner Store locations in the State of Colorado from CST Brands Inc. The purchase of these 13 CST locations is in addition to the 28 former CST locations acquired

Congressional E-Cigarette Opponents Play Grinch

Three Congressional Democrats want State attorneys general to declare vaping products “cigarettes.”  Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement: “These representatives are asking state attorneys general to violate both the Constitution and their own state laws. State attorneys general have no power to force e-cigarette companies to become parties to

Petroleum Marketing Group Funds Playground

Local CITGO marketer provides support to National Center for Children and Families’ Clinton Farm Foster Home. Since its founding in 2001, local CITGO Marketer Petroleum Marketing Group (PMG) has maintained a strong commitment to its surrounding community. After a recent visit to The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) Clinton Farm in Clinton, Md.,

Shoppers Spending More On Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Some 70% of shoppers plan to buy gift cards, 92% plan to spend more on them. An interim holiday spending report released by Stored Value Solutions (SVS), a global provider of gift cards and stored value services, found that spend on prepaid gift cards is on the rise, and that a significant majority (70%) of

Love’s Opens New Locations In Pennsylvania and Illinois

“We remain committed to serving drivers by expanding our network and offering convenient access to products and services in new areas,” says Love’s co-CEO. Professional drivers now have access to driver services and additional parking in two new parts of the country. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened for business in Londonderry Township, Pa., at Pennsylvania

Altria Group Recognizes Pan-Oston

Pan-Oston receives preferred supplier recognition from Altria Group for tobacco fixtures. Pan-Oston has been named a preferred supplier from Altria Group, a Fortune 200 company that has built some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, and Black & Mild. For over 45 years, Pan-Oston has provided quality fixtures for

Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices

Fuel having less impact on economy. The recent decline in fuel prices has resonated with consumers, 80% of whom report that gas prices are lower than they were 30 days ago and, for the first time in two years, more consumers think that gas prices will be lower in the next 30 days (30%) rather

ROO Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express guests save on fountain beverages this holiday season. Kangaroo Express recently invited ROO Cup fanatics to “take back summer” by bringing its 2014 ROO Cup to any Kangaroo Express location to enjoy unlimited 25-cent ROO Cup refills on frozen and fountain beverages between Dec. 15-21. The 2014 ROO Cup has captured the hearts

Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction can experience 3-D chocolate printing. The Hershey Co., in partnership with 3D Systems, on Dec. 19 debuted its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will have the opportunity to witness live 3-D chocolate candy printing for the first time.

New Corner Store Opens in Magnolia, Texas

Officials present $5,000 donation to Magnolia High School. Corner Store held a grand opening celebration today for its newest location in Magnolia at 32502 FM 2978 near the intersection with Egypt Lane. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Pete Linton, regional vice-president of Corner Store, presented Magnolia High School with a check for $5,000 to show

GetGo Brewing Up Pennsylvania Store Plan

New c-store will offer kitchen-cooked food and beer on site. By David Bennett, Senior Editor GetGo is moving ahead with its plan to construct its newest prototype store—this one outside of Erie, Pa. Officials from Harborcreek Township are reviewing the company’s plan for the 6,100-square-foot c-store and restaurant that is the second proposed GetGo location

SpeedStop Stores Convert to SuperAmerica

Concerns over BP’s long-term viability in the Midwest prompted change in fuel supplier. Longtime owner and operator of SpeedStop stores, JM Companies is converting its BP-supplied gas stations — except those in Jenkins, Pequot Lakes and Pierz, Minn. —to SuperAmerica convenience stores, as well as at an E-Z Stop store that JM Companies recently acquired.

Couche-Tard Acquiring The Pantry

Definitive merger agreement strengthening Couche-Tard’s position in attractive Southeastern and Gulf Coast U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and The Pantry Inc. have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Couche-Tard will acquire The Pantry in an all-cash transaction valued at $36.75 USD per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion USD, including debt