EBT Tips Authorities to Food Stamp Fraud

In Belle Glade, Fla., two c-store employees at Billy’s Market were charged with organized fraud, grand theft and food stamp fraud of nearly $1 million. Police were tipped off when the store began seeing food stamp sales with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) at a rate seven times the average in Belle Glade.   The Florida


Economy Stagnating Businesses in Maine

The recession has taken a toll on c-stores in Maine, The Kennebec Journal reported. Albion Variety is one of 56 c-stores in the state that have gone out of business in the past year.   Jeff Leonard, a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, said Maine’s c-stores decreased from 1,146 to 1,090 in

C-Stores Prospering Despite Downturn

The convenience store market is growing faster than any other retail format. That was the message delivered by a leading chain at a major investment conference last week.   Susser Holdings Corp. CFO Mary Sullivan spoke with attendees at the Burkenroad Investment Conference in New Orleans about how c-stores are profiting as the rest of

Liquor Proposal Fails in Iowa

A proposal that would have allowed gas stations and c-stores in Iowa to sell hard liquor in the main aisles of stores has failed in the Iowa House, The Des Moines Register reported. The House voted 63 to 24 to remove the liquor sales provision from the budget bill, which was approved in the Senate

Mark VII Expanding

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has acquired the assets of its distributor Atlantic Wash Systems.   Atlantic Wash Systems has sold and serviced Mark VII carwash systems throughout the Carolinas since 1971.   The company, which was founded by Mitch Lancaster, pioneered the concept of servicing all major

Rutter’s Opens Newest Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores opened its newest convenience store Tuesday afternoon, bringing 40 jobs to Fairview Township, York County.   The store, just south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, has 18 fueling positions (12 for gasoline, six for diesel) and a one-bay automatic car wash.   The 24-hour store features Rutter’s latest foodservice offerings, including custom stir-fry,

Looking Beyond Beer

A controversial proposal is moving rapidly through the State House in Iowa, which if approved would allow all gas stations in the state to sell hard liquor in the main aisles, along side everyday products.   Supporters say this will reduce the burden and expense placed on small business owners, while making liquor more available

Texaco Launches New Ad Campaign

Chevron Global Marketing, San Ramon, Calif., has started a new marketing campaign, using newly created ads to promote its Texaco branded fuels. The ads showcase people who know and love their cars, are driven by performance and trust only one brand of fuel: Texaco with Techron. The new ads continue to reinforce the “people in

Gas Tax Hike Possible in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said a proposal to up the gas tax by 3 cents a gallon in his state was worth considering, even though the law would go against his 2006 campaign promise not to raise the gas tax in his second term, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. Doyle said the state probably should

Heineken Gives Back to Communities

Heineken USA’s Heineken with a Heart initiative has succeeded in raising more than $520,000 in donations for more than 50 local charities and non-profit organizations since its inception in 2007. The milestone was reached in the last two months as the company hosted Heineken with a Heart events in New York, Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago and

Circle K Focused on PCI

Circle K said that Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be providing FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pad field upgrades for more than 2,000 Circle K locations in the U.S., as well as Encore S dispensers to upgrade its legacy dispensers to achieve PCI compliance.   The award-winning FlexPay EPP hardware is Payment Card Industry Encrypting PIN Pad (PCI EPP)

Proposed N.Y. Tobacco Ban Stirs Debate

New York could be the first state to adopt a ban on cigarette sales in drugs stores, supermarkets and big-box stores with pharmacies, such as Wal-Mart.   A bill is currently being debated in Albany, N.Y., that if approved by both chambers and signed by Democratic Gov. David Paterson, would ban cigarettes  in pharmacies and

Tobacco Bill Back in Senate’s Court

Tobacco legislation is picking up speed in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) added the House-approved version of FDA tobacco legislation to the Senate calendar Monday, a sign the Senate may not wait for a tobacco bill emerging from the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, before debating the bill from the House.

Circle K Partners with MasterCard

Circle K customers can now purchase their everyday items more quickly and conveniently using MasterCard PayPass at select stores across the U.S.   “For more than 50 years, Circle K has remained one of North America’s most popular places to shop because we continually look for innovative ways to improve the customer experience in our

GetGo Adopts Fuel-Saving Program

Giant Eagle Inc. reached a deal to purchase 25 of ARID’s PERMEATOR gasoline vapor containment systems for its GetGo convenience stores and gas stations in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland metropolitan areas.   Giant Eagle joins a growing list of petroleum retailers who have chosen the PERMEATOR to reduce emissions and conserve fuel. PERMEATOR will help

Cigarette Tax Pending in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers return to the Capitol today to debate a cigarette tax that many hope will prevent a surge in car-tag costs in the state.   The House and Senate have been stalled on a decision about the tax, with the Senate proposing a 64-cent cigarette tax–the average of the surrounding states–and the House suggesting

ExxonMobil Supports Higher Education

The 2008 Educational Matching Gift Program, lead by ExxonMobil Foundation, presented more than $36 million in donations to 900 colleges and universities nationwide with help from the company’s employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors, who made more than 8,500 contributions totaling more than $11 million.   ExxonMobil matched their contributions with more than $25 million

Teams Test Energy Options at Shell Eco-Marathon

More than 500 students tested the boundaries of fuel efficiency this past weekend at the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Houston.   Students designed, build and then raced their vehicles around a track, in an attempt to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel.   The team from Laval University achieved 2,757.1 miles

Break for Tobacco Customers

Recognizing that consumers are struggling to purchase tobacco products following this month’s hefty increase in the federal excise taxes, South Boston, Va.-based American Smokeless Tobacco LLC announced its 2009 economic stimulus package.   American Smokeless, the only independent manufacturer of pasturized snus in five flavors in the U.S., will reduce the price on Discreet snus

Gasoline Prices Push Higher in Northeast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Nationally, retail gasoline prices at major metropolitan markets will edge higher this week on mostly modest increases in wholesale markets.   In the lower Northeast however, prices at the pump are expected to see sharper increases following greater pass through costs due to an outage

Break for Tobacco Customers

Recognizing that consumers are struggling to purchase tobacco products following last month’s hefty increase in the federal excise taxes, South Bostan, Va.-based American Smokeless Tobacco LLC announced its 2009 economic stimulus package.   American Smokless, the only independent manufacturer of pasturized snus in five flavors in the U.S., will reduce the price on Discreet snus

NOCO Opens Newest Unit

NOCO Express Shops reported that is has purchased and completely refurbished a former Sunoco station in North Tonawanda, N.Y. The newest Express Shop, which replaces a NOCO store in the same city, offers all of the high quality products and amenities that customers of the area’s premier convenience store chain have become accustomed.   Renovations

Sheetz Opens W.Va. Recruitment Center

Sheetz Inc., the Altoona, Pa.-based operator of more than 350 convenience stores, has begun training employees for its units in West Virginia, and it’s doing so at a new recruitment, hiring and training center at the Huntington Mall.   The center has a classroom area and foodservice area to train employees on how to make

Gulf Gears Up for Baseball Season

To celebrate the beginning of baseball season, Gulf Oil LP is running a ticket giveaway sweepstakes in conjunction with Major League Baseball.   With every fill-up, Gulf Oil customers can enter for a chance to win choice seats at pre-selected Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, or 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies games this season.

Coca-Cola Sponsors New Retail Commission

As part of its ongoing Shopper Merchandising and Marketing leadership strategy, Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) is sponsoring the creation of the Retail Commission on Shopper Marketing. This group of prominent retailers will work with industry experts to determine how to best leverage manufacturers’ insights to develop shopper-based marketing approaches and capabilities that enhance the shopping