Susser Holdings Reports Q1 Results

“Based on this strong first quarter performance, we are raising our guidance for 2011 for same-store merchandise sales growth to a range of 3.0-5.5%, and we also are raising the lower end of our guidance range for new dealer sites to a minimum of 20,” says Susser CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. released its Q1 2011

Tedeschi Adds Skinny Water

Enhanced zero-calorie water meets customer demand for better-for-you beverages. Tedeschi Food Shops is adding Skinny Water, a zero-calorie enhanced water at all 190 store locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. With the addition of these stores, Skinny Water is now available in 7,486 retail locations nationwide. “As consumers search for ‘healthier-for-you-beverages,’ Skinny

PS Food Mart Beats Fundraising Goal

Close to  $60,000 raised for local food banks. In just 17 days, the second annual PS Food Mart Charities “Fight Hunger. Give Hope.” campaign beat its fundraising goal by more than $10,000. Employees and customers from 30 PS Food Mart stores across South Central Michigan and Northwest Ohio raised almost $60,000 in support of local

Rutter’s Fayetteville Store Opens

“This store represents all the things we’ve been working on through the years,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores celebrated the grand opening of its newest store Tuesday, May 10, in Fayetteville, Pa., at U.S. 30 and Pa. 997, Public Opinion News reported. Rutter’s President and CEO Scott Hartman kicked off the festivities by cutting

NOCO and AAA Team to Provide Fuel Savings

Customers save three cents per gallon at NOCO Express locations. NOCO Express and AAA Western and Central New York have launched an exclusive fuel savings and rewards program for Western New York AAA members. The “AAA & NOCO Fuel Advantage” saves motorists three cents on every gallon of gasoline purchased when they swipe their AAA

XYIENCE Launches Summer Sweepstakes

QuikTrip and independent retailers join XYIENCE in text message-based summer promotion. XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, is teaming up with its retailers to launch a series of text message-based summer sweepstakes, including one with QuikTrip (QT) Convenience Stores and a second with hundreds of independent convenience stores throughout the

Applause Media To Broadcast Amber Alerts

First system to print photos on demand at the gas pump. Information about abducted children can now be distributed through the gas pump. In support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s AMBER Alert program, Gilbarco Veeder-Root is working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a secondary AMBER Alert distributor to

Pemmican Partners With Operation Gratitude

Starting this May, every time a customer buys Pemmican beef jerky, the company donates a bag to support deployed U.S. Troops. Marfood USA has partnered with Operation Gratitude to donate a minimum of $100,000 worth of Pemmican Beef Jerky to deployed U.S. troops. Specially marked Pemmican–Operation Gratitude shipper displays will be in stores from May

Is Oil in a Bull or Bear Market Now?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After seven consecutive weeks moving higher, we should see a decline in the U.S. average price for gasoline following a $16.75 barrel tumble by crude prices in futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange during the first week of May, which pressed the U.S. benchmark

7-Eleven To Expand In Hawaii

The expansion would create  jobs and give 7-Eleven control over close to a third of the c-store market in Hawaii. 7-Eleven aims to nearly double its store count in Hawaii, expanding to some 100 locations during the next five years, Pacific Business News reported. The move would give 7-Eleven control of almost one-third of the

CITGO Launches 2011 Ad Campaign

Real people, stories and local impact highlighted in campaign. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its new multi-faceted advertising campaign featuring real people and stories of CITGO. All elements of the campaign highlight the unique local impact of the brand on communities and individuals across the country and the ongoing commitment to “doing good” displayed by

Sunoco Releases Q1 2011 Results

Earnings from retail marketing saw a $22 million drop compared to the same quarter in 2010 due to lower average retail gasoline margins. Sunoco Inc. reported a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $101 million ($0.84 per share diluted) for the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders

CSD Announces Amazon Gift Card Winner

After participating in the roller grill usage study, retailers were entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Ryan White of Blarney Castle Oil was selected in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card, after participating in Convenience Store Decisions’ Roller Grill usage study. CSD launched the study to learn more about

Chevron Launches Take Off to Adventure Game

Chevron ExtraMile and Disney partner to celebrate the re-launch of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland Park. Beginning this week, every person who visits a participating ExtraMile location in California, Oregon and Washington can request a game card with two chances to win. The West Coast game runs May 1 to June 30 with thousands

Eisman Appointed CEO of Alon USA

“I am looking forward to working with all of our employees to build upon the good foundation we have in place,” says Eisman. Alon USA announced that, effective May 3, Paul Eisman was named CEO of the company in addition to his role as president, and Jeff Morris was named as vice chairman of the

Vermont Rolls Out Fit And Healthy Campaign

State calls on small stores to help fight obesity. The state of Vermont is launching a “Fit and Healthy” campaign aimed at small stores, encouraging them to offer more healthful products in the quest to fight obesity, WPTZ News reported. More than half of all Vermont adults are overweight or obese, while the number of

Commonwealth Brands, Altadis USA Announce Integration

Commonwealth Brands and Altadis USA have announced the integration of their sales and marketing units into a unified team. The unified team is expected to provide greater sales coverage and more comprehensive service to its customer. “This will put us in a stronger position to drive growth across our USA mass market portfolio that comprises

NACS Chairman Speaks To Congress On Renewable Fuels

Jeff Miller outlines industry concerns on E15. Convenience store retailers, who sell 80% of the country’s motor fuels, want the opportunity to sell more renewable fuels, but they need help from Congress to do so, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Power. “We

C-store Study Groups Forming

Three new study groups aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skill sets, tools and peer-group support. Study Groups, a division of Finance & Resource Management Consultants Inc. (FRMC), and Employee Performance Strategies Inc., have joined forces to provide operations personnel with their own unique Study Groups. Three distinct Operations Study Groups are being formed

United Supermarkets Introduces United Express

Fresh foods, traditional c-store offerings available at new smaller format store. United Supermarkets has entered the convenience market, introducing its first United Express standalone convenience store location this week in Lubbock, Texas,  Chain Store Age reported. The new United Express offers six fuel pumps, fresh foods and traditional c-store items. “Our goal with United Express

Reward Points Bring Fuel Savings

Save Mart and S-Mart Foods team with Shell Stations to reward customers with gas discounts. Save Mart Supermarkets and S-Mart Foods announced that beginning May 9, customers who shop at any of their greater Sacramento-Modesto- Stockton, Calif.-area stores using their new Save Mart or S-Mart Foods Reward Cards can now earn significant discounts on fuel

Lawsuit Filed Against BP and Retalix

Franchisees of BP, ARCO, and am/pm file class action lawsuit. The law firms of SeegerWeiss LLP and Lee Tran & Liang, APLC have jointly filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of owners of BP and ARCO gas station franchises and am/pm convenience store

B&R Stores Selects KSS Retail

“Leveraging the KSS Retail PriceStrat solution, we will be able to more intimately understand our shopper, deliver pricing and promotions that matter, and improve the shopping experience,” says president of B&R Stores. Lincoln, Neb.-based B&R Stores has selected KSS Retail, a dunnhumby Company, as its provider for price modeling and optimization. B&R aims to leverage

Core-Mark Acquires Forrest City Grocery

“Strategically, this merger enables us to increase our infrastructure into the very important Southeastern U.S. market,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has closed its previously announced acquisition of Forrest City Grocery Company (FCGC). The final purchase price

7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match