Wawa Increasing Coffee Prices

Wawa Inc., which operates 570 convenience stores in five Mid-Atlantic states, began notifying customers today that it is raising the price of coffee to help offset the increased price of fuel. In-store signs at many of its units are letting customers know that hot beverage prices will increase by six cents per cup. Wawa says

Kum & Go Stores Hit the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Out With the Old, in With the Wawa

A drawn-out process involving the demolition of a historic store in East Brandywine, Pa., to make way for a Wawa c-store has reached a critical point, The Daily (Pa.) Localin Chester County reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and preservationist groups reached an agreement with Wawa recently that would allow Wawa to tear down

Houchens Acquires 22 Grocery Stores

Grocery store native Houchens Industries has signed a letter of intent to purchase Buehler Foods Inc., which operates 22 grocery stores in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, the Bowling Green Kentucky Daily News reported. Since its founding as a grocery business in 1917, the Kentucky firm has spun off into a number of other industries, everything

Turkey Hill Dairy Gobbles Up Award

The unveiling of Turkey Hill’s new frozen dessert, Duetto, in 2007 was backed by a campaign that has been named “Best in Show” by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) in its annual round-up of the industry’s best promotional efforts. The Duetto campaign was a collaborative effort between the Lancaster County-based Turkey Hill Dairy and

Couche-Tard Strikes Deal with Spirit Energy

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached an agreement to acquire 83 stores in Missouri and central Illinois area from Spirit Energy. Of the 83 convenience stores, 69 operate under the Convenient Food Mart banner and are all company operated. The stores would be operated by the Circle

Racetrac Honoring Moms on Mother’s Day

For the second year in a row, RaceTrac, one of the Southeast’s leading convenience store companies, will honor Moms by offering its customers a free 22-ounce coffee mug featuring a special Mother’s Day design. On May 3, customers can stop by any of the 242 RaceTrac locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas and pick

Fuel Costs Drive Verc from Exxon to Gulf

Verc Enterprises, a Duxbury, Mass. company with 20 c-stores in the New England area, is planning to convert its Exxon stations to the Gulf brand by the end of this year. The move is being made to get a better wholesale deal on fuel, Verc CEO Leo Vercollone said. "I think Exxon is a more

By the Numbers

» 2 Lawsuits filed by Philip Morris USA in federal court in Los Angeles aimed at stopping the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of its trademarks » 10 New Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets Tesco plans to open in Las Vegas within the next few months. Despite reports the

McDonald’s Eyes C-store Customers

McDonald’s Corp. is urging its store owners in the Western U.S. to slash large soda prices to $1 this summer in a move the company hopes will attract consumers away from convenience stores, a company memo obtained by Crain’s Chicago Business showed. "Let’s take the c-store drink out of their hands and build our transactions,"

Banking on Big Branding

When it came to choosing between a bank and quick-service restaurant to complement a Tom’s Convenience Store in a travel plaza just outside State College, Pa., Tom’s parent company, Shipley Energy, placed its money where the mouths are. It’s a decision that could pay big dividends for York, Pa.-based Shipley Energy, owner and operator of

P&G Plans Car Washes in Ohio, Kentucky

After seeing strong sales at two test locations, Procter & Gamble is planning to open up to seven more Mr. Clean Performance Car Washes in southern Ohio and Kentucky. Procter & Gamble plans to test several full-service locations in the Cincinnati area before deciding to launch a national chain, though the company has yet to

NACS SOI Reveals Mixed Results

Convenience store industry sales reached a new high of $577.4 billion in 2007, but profits dropped by $1.4 billion, largely because of higher credit card fees, the 2008 NACS State of the Industry report found. Overall, industry revenues climbed only 1.4%, leveling off an extraordinary decade of growth that saw industry revenue grow more than

Hinsdale’s Friendly Faces

Whether they’re spending $2 or $250,000, customers descending on the 200 block of East Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale, Ill., are likely to require some fundamental features in the products they purchase. It doesn’t matter if it’s a turkey on rye from Hinsdale Shell Food Mart at 210 East Ogden Ave. or a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Fresh Look for Quick Chek

Quick Chek Food Stores, the Whitehouse, N.J. chain of more than 100 stores throughout New Jersey and New York, launched a new brand positioning complete with logo, private-label product packaging and enhanced Web site. With its new logo in the shape of a bright, lime green-colored letter "Q" with tail shaped like a dark green

Tobacco products that reduce harm featured at Tobacco Plus Expo

It all began to take place on April 23, 2008 on US Airways flight #797 as I was headed to the Tobacco Plus Expo 08 in Las Vegas. As usual I was excited to explore new products and programs at this year’s show, and as I would learn, the show would not disappoint. The night

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts To Customers

Wawa Inc. is trying a fuel discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being

Finding Success with Divesting Dealer Sites

I’ve devoted several articles over the past few years to the necessity of implementing a network rationalization strategy whereby marginal retail sites are divested and proceeds redeployed to improve chain quality. Heeding the call, several marketers have enlisted our support to find optimal solutions for their unique retail circumstances including both direct store operations and

Chevron Announces Revamped Credit Cards

Chevron and Texaco personal credit cards are being reintroduced with enhanced benefits, such as no annual fee and flexible payment options. Chevron Global Marketing will offer customers newly designed Chevron and Texaco personal credit cards that offer enhanced benefits, the company said. In the coming weeks, active Chevron and Texaco cardholders will be reissued the

Couche-Tard Strikes Deal With Spirit Energy

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached an agreement to acquire 83 stores in Missouri and central the Illinois area from Spirit Energy. Of the 83 convenience stores, 69 operate under the Convenient Food Mart banner and are all company operated. The stores would be operated by the

McLane Show Draws Record Numbers

The Temple, Texas distributor hosts the show annually to bring its retailer and supplier partners together to help educate marketers on current industry trends and make them aware of the new products they could expect to see in the coming months. This year’s show went a step further. In addition to national and regional vendors

Kum & Go Stores on the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Mixed First Quarter Results for Sunoco

Not every oil company is enjoying windfall profits in the era of expensive oil. Sunoco Inc., which refines oil it buys from producers, today reported a net loss of $59 million on sales of $12.8 billion for the first quarter of the year. Sunoco earned $175 million on sales of $9.3 billion in the first

Kum & Go Names New Vice President

Kum & Go, operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, named Terry Montgomery its new vice president of business intelligence. In this newly created position, Montgomery’s main focuses will be developing the new Kum & Go Business Intelligence department and the expansion and growth of business intelligence function for the West Des

Mars, Wrigley Meld $23-Billion Merger

Mars Inc., of McLean, Va., announced a merger agreement with Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a transaction that could ultimately be valued at $23 billion, the companies said. The agreement will make Wrigley, a $5.4 billion gum and confections company, a separate, stand-alone subsidiary of Mars. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both companies’

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