Customizable Cases

Refrigerated display case designer and manufacturer Structural Concepts is offering a new feature on its Web site that allows users to build custom cases, the company said. The “Build-A-Case” customer interface feature, called a “wizard, applies to five of Structural Concepts’ most popular cases. Customers can select their model and configure as they wish by

Atlas Oil Acquires 23 BP-branded Sites

Atlas Oil Company has closed on 23 BP-branded retail assets acquired from BP in the Northwest Indiana market area, the company said. The sites include a number of retail locations owned by BP, several dealer-supplied sites and an agreement for Atlas to operate a number of sites on the Indiana Toll Road. Eight of the

Now That’s Customer Service …

A manager at a Sheetz store in Selinsgrove, Pa., spent more than an hour tending to an elderly couple involved in a traffic accident near the store, The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reported. Linda Gilson, a manager at the Selinsgrove Sheetz, spent more than an hour on Monday tending to an elderly couple involved

San Francisco WalGreens Fights Ban on Smoke Sales

Attorneys for Walgreens are seeking an emergency injunction to stop San Francisco from banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. In July, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid, saying that sick

Arkansas C-store Group Wants State-run Lottery

A trade group representing roughly 85% of Arkansas’ convenience stores announced its support Tuesday for a proposed state-run lottery, The Morning News in Arkansas reported. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s proposed constitutional amendment, which has been certified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot, could create a lottery to fund college scholarships. Analysts estimate the lottery

Texas Town Latest To Mull Pay Before Pumping

Corpus Christ City Council members are considering an ordinance that would require all gas stations to implement a pay-before-you-pump rule, Channel 6 KRIS-TV news reported. The city is looking to cut down on gas thefts and drive offs, which Corpus Christi police say they receive thousands of reports of each year. Police Chief Bryan Smith

Wal-Mart Readies for Marketside, Smart Marketing

Wal-Mart is gearing up to open its new small-format Marketside grocery stores in southern California and Arizona, while also introducing a new in-store marketing program that offers micro-targeting right down to the store location and category, The Financial Times reported. The retailer applied for a liquor license for a small Marketside store planned as part

Gustav Mixes Retail Gasoline Price Outlook

By Brian L Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Hurricane Gustav ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and came ashore Labor Day, forcing oil companies to evacuate oil rigs operating in the offshore waters in advance of the storm, while causing power outages in states along the Gulf that, in turn, kept oil refineries offline. However,

Wawa’s 1 Billion Brews

Wawa has celebrated the sale of its one-billionth cup of coffee in the new millennium. To mark the milestone, the Pennsylvania chain has rolled out “Wawa Coffeetopia,” a campaign and celebration of all things Wawa coffee. “As a five-state regional company, we are extremely proud that we have gained such a significant share of the

TA Renovates, Reopens Porter, Ind., Site

Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America has reopened its Porter, Ind., site at Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 20 after a major renovation project, the company said. The renovated location now includes improved driver amenities such as new restrooms, nine new showers, a new game room and a renovated TV lounge. In addition, the fuel island

Exxon, General Mills Donate To Hurricane Relief

ExxonMobil donated $1.5 million for disaster relief assistance in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, while General Mills pledged $200,000 dollars for the remainder of the hurricane season. “The physical damage from Gustav’s hurricane force winds has been devastating, particularly in south Louisiana,” said Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO at ExxonMobil. “Hundreds of thousands

Green Mountain’s Boisterous Brew

Green Mountain Coffee has launched Revv coffee, a new “Extra-Bold” coffee delivering 27% more coffee and 27% more kick, the company said. The new blend is now available by the cup at all On The Run and Tiger Market convenience stores nationwide – about 1,100 locations. Revv, which expands the coffee that Green Mountain has

HP Expands POS Options

HP said it has expanded its business systems portfolio to include advanced point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the small to midsized retail market, including new business desktop PCs with enhanced performance and security and HP’s Total Care service and support. The new HP rp3000 Point of Sale (POS) solution offers small to midsized retailers functionality exceeding

Altria Acquires UST

Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement in which Altria is acquiring all outstanding shares of UST, the world’s leading moist smokeless tobacco manufacturer, the companies said. The transaction is valued at approximately $11.7 billion, which includes the assumption of approximately $1.3 billion of debt. UST shareholders will receive $69.50

Tobacco Taxes: No Means No

For the second consecutive year Congress is talking about raising cigarette taxes by as much as $6.10 a carton to fund a $35 billion expansion of the SCHIP health program. A vote could happen as early as this month. Since 2000, cigarette excise taxes have been raised 88 times increasing the cost of cigarettes, an

KAG Signs 5-Year Agreement With 7-Eleven

Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) has signed a five-year transportation agreement with 7-Eleven Inc., becoming the chain’s single-source provider of bulk fuel transportation and logistics services. KAG is North America’s largest bulk transportation and logistics provider to the petroleum and specialty products industries. The contract, signed in July, is valued at more than $300 million. "Extending

Convenience for Kids

Fresh & Easy is kicking off the new school year by offering more affordable foods for student’s lunchboxes, including all-in-one meals that sell for just $2.98 each. Consumers are looking for ways to save money as their children head back to school, but they aren’t willing to sacrifice what they are feeding their children, according

Citgo Gets 250,000 Barrels From Oil Reserve

The U.S. granted Citgo permission to pull 250,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because of the company’s inability to secure crude in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, The Associated Press reported. Venezuela’s government-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. said supplies to its refinery in Lake Charles, La., were cut off when the Calcasieu Ship

7-Eleven Awards Mars Snackfood U.S. ‘Retailer Initiative Award’

7-Eleven Inc. named Mars Snackfood U.S. the recipient of its Retailer Initiative Award for 2007, the company said. The annual honor recognizes a top supplier and partner who excels at supporting 7-Eleven stores in meeting their customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods, category management and creativity in advertising and promotional


Five hundred IHOP restaurant locations in nine states are participating in a Florida Orange Juice Suggestive Sell Program developed specifically for IHOP by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) as a way to increase sales and profits, the companies said. IHOP’s Suggestive Sell Program starts Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 16, offering rewards for

Mississippi AG Eyes Up Price-Gougers

Attorney General Jim Hood is looking to clamp down on price-gouging gas station owners who he feels may be taking advantage of consumers during hurricanes, The Sun Herald in Mississippi reported. It’s against the law to take advantage of a state of emergency by hiking up prices, but Hood discovered before Gustav hit that some

Heineken USA Adds Newcastle

Heineken USA said it has assumed the rights to import, market and sell Newcastle Brown Ale in the U.S., adding one of the leading import brands to its roster. The addition to the Heineken USA portfolio serves as a platform for future growth and places the brand as one of the top national sales priorities

PCATS Teams With W. Capra

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and W. Capra Laboratories said they’ve established the PCATS interoperability Laboratory and Expanded Certification Program. PCATS signed a service agreement with Capra to provide technical assistance in developing conformance testing tools, as well as its interoperability laboratory and services for testing PCATS standards. Since 2003, PCATS technical

Profits Fall at Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reported a 32% drop in quarterly profit, primarily the result of a sluggish U.S. economy. The company also announced Richard Fortin was stepping down as chief financial officer, effective immediately, but will become chairman of the board on Oct 12. Raymond Pare,

Retail Gasoline Prices to Turn Higher After Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Wholesale prices for gasoline moved higher across the country just ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along the southern Louisiana coastline, as fear of potential supply disruptions caused by the one-time powerful Category 4 storm triggered increased buying that pushed up values. The increase in wholesale prices will