the power 25

The Power 25 By Kate Quackenbush, John Lofstock Driving Innovation. CSD

pilot and dennys dine together

Travel center makes a deal to bring full-service dining to its locations. Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Denny’s Corp. has unveiled plans for Denny’s to develop restaurants within Pilot Travel Centers across the U.S. This new relationship represents the joining of two of the nation’s largest companies in their respective categories. “Developing restaurants along our

village pantry gets the next door store

Chain adds 33 Michigan and Indiana stores to its total. Village Pantry Inc. has acquired the business of Imperial Co. Inc. and its 33 Next Door Store locations in Michigan and Indiana. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Next Door Store sells premium branded fuel, convenience products, runs quick-serve restaurants, car washes and other

Cutting Credit Card Fees

Credit card processing fees remain one of the top three concerns for convenience retailers—and though it seems reasonable to expect that improving data security at the point of sale would cut charges because it lowers transaction risks,experts say this is not the case. “I don’t know if anyone has ever been successful in presenting improved

fresheasy announces opening date

Six California locations set to open in early November. The long-awaited, much-talked about debut is on its way. This week, Tesco announced a Nov. 8 opening for its first six Southern California locations of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, according to the Press Enterprise. Stores set to open that day are at Florida and Lyon

molson coors sabmiller combine us operations

The companies are projected to have combined annual beer sales of 69 million barrels with revenue of about $6.6 billion. Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC plan to combine their U.S. and Puerto Rican operations, creating a beer powerhouse with annual revenue of about $6.6 billion. The venture will be called MillerCoors. The two

spinx picks radiant

New POS and self-service retail systems installed. The Spinx Co. Inc. has made an agreement with Radiant Systems Inc. to deploy Radiant point-of-sale (POS) and customer self-service technology to more than 40 Spinx-branded locations. “The mission of The Spinx Co. is to ‘Make People’s Lives Easier,’” said Stewart Spinks, founder and CEO of The Spinx

a 50year heritage

New Jersey dairy and c-store chain celebrates half a century of service. On Oct. 10, 1957, Heritage’s Dairy Stores opened its first location after converting a hoagie shop into a c-store. Now, 50 years later, the chain is still going strong as one of a popular stop for shoppers in the New Jersey area. Thorofare,

couchetard selects trintech

Chain expands its reconciliation systems to the its Eastern Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Eastern Division has selected Trintech Group Plc’s ReconNET to automate funds reconciliation processes, monitor transactional risk and optimize the resolution and reporting of exceptions. The selection is part of an expansion; Circle K Divisions in Arizona and Mac’s Convenience Stores in Ohio currently

retailer on hunger strike loses store

Court gives Shell control of unit after Shahbazi failed to pay taxes, violated court orders. Who needs to listen to a court ruling when you can just starve yourself? That’s what Marina, Calif. Shell retailer Mehdi Shahbazi thought. The franchisee went to court with Shell as early as September 2000, when he claimed that the

irving celebrates five years of care

Fuel for Care program spends half a decade providing gas for sick families. This October marks the fifth year of Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program. The program helps families pay for fuel when they drive between home and hospital for their children’s medical care. To celebrate this anniversary, Irving Oil will donate $200,000 to

conocophillips honors vietnam veterans

Company donates $2 million to new memorial. ConocoPhillips has pledged $2 million to help fund the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center, an educational facility being built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The donation puts the Memorial Fund at around $14 million in pledges for the Center, which is estimated to cost between $75 million

gilbarco releases patents

PCATS members receive intellectual property regarding XML. Gilbarco Inc. will make two key patents available by non-enforcement to the industry for implementations of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) Open Site Architecture (OSA), contained in the PCATS Fueling Point Specification. The Gilbarco patents are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,571,201 and 6,820,041 filed in August

subway honors franchisee of the year

The Subway restaurant chain has named three franchisees as the recipients of its Franchisee of the Year awards during the company’s recent convention in Orlando, Fla. This year’s awards were presented to Savana and Jennifer Som of British Columbia, Canada; Jean-Claude Demanne of France; and Ines Banse of Germany. “The franchisee is the heart and

president bush vetoes chipra

As expected, new tobacco tax shot down. After being approved by both the House and Senate, the bill calling for a federal excise tax of 61 cents per pack for cigarettes has been vetoed by President Bush. The tax, which would fund the $35 billion Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), has been in

chevron finds the courage to fight breast cancer

Newest addition to the collectible “Car” family line is unveiled. Chevron has introduced the newest addition to The Chevron Cars family, Courage, the seventh special edition Chevron Car created to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All net proceeds of the sale of Courage will be donated to the Susan G. Komen

worsley prototypes open for business

Newly launched stores offers services unique to other stores within the chain. The Worsley companies have opened two new locations utilizing a brand new prototype design. These locations opened in Wilmington, N.C., where the chain is based, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The company operate 142 locations in North and South Carolina under the banners of

solo hires scott to get creative

Flatware manufacturer brings on new firm to help with marketing efforts. Solo Cup Co., manufacturer of disposable foodservice products, has appointed Scott Advertising as its creative agency of record for its foodservice marketing and advertising following an extensive agency review. “Solo is stepping up its efforts to support its products and brand with a full

irving oil expands in new england

Foodstop acquisition adds five stores to the chain in New Hampshire and Vermont. Irving Oil is adding five new locations to its ever-popular retail network by purchasing the operating assets of five Foodstop Inc. stores in the Upper Valley area. The stores are located in Andover, Hanover and West Lebanon, N.H., and in Hartford and

an expanding empire

Isal Amlat subsidiary gains 21 new U.S. stores. Empire Petroleum Holdings LLC, subsidiary of Isal Amlat Investment Ltd, has purchased 50% of 19 gas stations in the U.S. and long-term leasing rights to two more for $23.5 million, according to Globes Online. Eighteen of the properties operate in Virginia with the rest in Tennessee. All

agenda set for csds beverage webcast

The beverage business is booming thanks to the ongoing innovation offered by energy drinks, bottled water and FCBs. Convenience Store Decisions, as part of its ongoing Online Roundtable Webcast series, will present “Beverage Trends and How to Capitalize at Retail,” sponsored by Tetley Harris Food Group. The Webcast will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at

7eleven coffee gets defensive

New Fusion line extension offers health benefits to drinkers. 7-Eleven believes that the best defense is a good offense, which has led to the launch of its new Fusion Defense coffee, a brew with herbal extracts, in anticipation of this year’s cold and flu season. Available this fall, Fusion Defense is infused with echinacea, ginseng

valero refinery gives back to local area

Company offers $50,000 grant and more to N.J. community. Valero, through its Paulsboro, N.J. refinery, has donated $50,000 to the local Paulsboro High School during the company’s annual “Report to the Community.” The donation comes in recognition of the oil company’s 90 years of success and fellowship in the community, according to Gloucester (N.J.) County

loves adds 6 million in expansions

Store reopens with more pumps, parking and foodservice. Love’s Country Store is introducing its new $6 million expansion to the town of Tumcumcari, N.M. The new expansion doubled the store’s diesel lanes to eight and upped the gasoline lanes to six, according to the Quay County Sun. “The new location opened without any major delays,”

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