bp gets virtual

Company markets itself through new video game. Electronic Arts and BP have teamed up to provide a cleaner environment–in the virtual world. The video game manufacturer and the big oil company have collaborated to include climate change education within SimCity Societies, the next iteration of the city-building game. BP’s logo appears in the game as

giant oil snatches 32 bp stations

Expansions and redesigns announced for new locations. Giant Oil has unveiled plans to acquire all 32 company-owned BP service stations in the Dayton, Ohio. market by the end of the year, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Tampa-based Giant Oil Inc.–which owns gas stations and convenience stores in Florida and Ohio as well as

nacs gets a new director of special events

Thomas brought in to take care of NACS Show and more. Meredith Thomas has joined NACS as its director of meetings & special events. Thomas will be responsible for many of the activities related to the convenience and petroleum association’s events, including the NACS Show, which is one of the 50 largest annual trade shows

couchetard eyeing shell sites

Canadian company looking to take advantage of dissolving MSO program. Alimentation Couche-Tard expressed its desire to expand further into the U.S. market making a bid for some of the 2,000 stations Shell plans to sell in the coming years. “We are always interested in any asset that can become available in the U.S. that can

chevron to increase us fuel production

Oil company to invest $500 million to expand Pascagoula, Miss. refinery. Chevron Corp., the second largest U.S. oil and gas company based in San Ramon, Calif., said today it plans to build a major gasoline production unit at its refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The construction of the continuous catalyst regeneration project, estimated to cost around

no drivethrough cstore for canadian retailer

Plan hits a dead end after local residents circulated a petition. A plan to open the first drive-thru convenience store in St. John’s, New Foundland, has collapsed before it even made it to the checkout. North Atlantic Petroleum Co. had planned to open the drive-thru, but residents opposed and circulated a petition to complain that

wagnermentzer caught on false advertising

Company makes amends with donation. After an investigation over pricing fraud, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning revealed that Wagner-Mentzer will change its advertising practices and give $20,000 to the community of North Platte. Bruning investigated three of the company’s stations in August for allegedly using deceptive trade practices. The stations were accused of attracting customers

clean cities push 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

New report shows 50% increase from year before. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) has revealed that its Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The amount of gasoline displaced in 2006 was

rutters renovates pennsylvania ywca

Newly remodeled office to be named after the chain. Rutter’s has donated $150,000 to the YWCA of Hanover, Pa., which will use the funds to renovate the building that houses its Junior Quantum Opportunities program. In recognition of Rutter’s donation, the building will be renamed Rutter’s Hall. “These much-needed improvements will create a better learning

7eleven customer gets animated

Grand-prize winner to be drawn into upcoming episode of The Simpsons. As the grand-prize winner of 7-Eleven’s “Get Animated” online contest, part of the company’s campaign in July heralding The Simpsons Movie, Cheryl Yex of West Newton, Pa., is getting a taste of Simpson stardom by being animated on an upcoming episode. Yex enjoyed a

bps structure on the chopping block

CEO Hayward revealed plans to scale down company. BP Plc has created and unveiled a new plan to streamline its structure. The new plan will slash the amount of business units and do away with management layers, thanks to a poor financial performance that has left the Big Oil company behind the competition, according to

new blood for susser holdings

Alvin New expected to succeed current CEO Smith. Susser Holdings Corp. has revealed that that Roger Smith, executive vice president of Susser Holdings and CEO of the company’s retail operations, will resign upon the completion of Susser’s pending acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores. Alvin New, current CEO of Town & Country is expected

the power 25

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

debate brewing for millercoors

Locals concerned about future headquarters of new manufacturer. The recently announced merge to form Miller-Coors may be on the horizon, but now local fans of the two individual brewers that formed the new company may be revving up for a fight. Only days after Miller and Coors went public with the plan, a debate has

sheetz customers shy away from e85

First year of ethanol gasoline sales prove less than impressive. Pennsylvania motorists aren’t exactly lining up at the pumps for E85, especially at Sheetz. More than a year has passed since Sheetz gas stations in Monroeville, Pleasant Hills and Robinson, Pa. switched diesel pumps over to the blend, and each of the three locations is

service to the fleet

Jim Goldade has had an interest in the grocery andretail business since he was 15 years old. That passionhas fueled his dedication to the Coast Guard Exchangestores, where he

circle ks 2 million treatment

New upscale store opened in Arizona. Circle K has bumped things up to a new level with the opening of its new store in Peoria, Ariz. The new store is located along Lake Pleasant, a popular recreation spot in the area, according to the Arizona Republic. Costing more than $2 million, the store features 20

a little something xtra

Xtra Mart tops an ambitious growth plan by adding new concepts to its proprietary food program. Quietly resting upon a busy ruralhighway in Bowie, Md., one ofXtra Mart’s small satellite officesdiscreetly sits. Though it’s petiteand unassuming, this office is the baseof operations for Xtra Mart’s new proprietaryfood program, Deli Joe’s, which hasjust been heavily modified

utica energies suit dismissed

Renew E-85 case still in court. Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key has dismissed Utica Energy LLC from a lawsuit filed by 42 Green Bay-area convenience store operators that have accused the company and Renew E-85 LLC ethanol stations of unfair gas pricing, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern. Though the case against Renew E-85

feel the power

This is an exciting issue for Convenience StoreDecisions as we unveil our inaugural Power 25, alist of industry pioneers, association executives andlawmakers that are shaping the way the conveniencestore and petroleum industry operates. The Power 25 is an impressive honor because theexecutives and the companies they represent wereselected directly by the hardworking professionals thatmake this

direct digital manufacturing impact and opportunity

At the departmental level, justification for fixtures can be quite simple. Those that use direct digital manufacturing for this application report savings of 50 to 75 percent, when compared to traditional machining and fabricating processes. So, if the typical fixture costs $500, direct digital manufacturing has the potential to produce the same item for $125

grab go and come back for more

New Stuffins from Sara Lee and Jimmy Dean are taking handheld foods to a new level of taste and convenience. Foodservice in the c-store has fast become a desirablesegment in the eyes of the consumer. Because of that, operatorsare left with the challenge of providing a tasty, satisfyingmeal without sacrificing the speed and convenience thatcustomers

trick treat or jail sentence

It’s October, which means it’s timefor candy apples, colorful foliage andmaking extra room on the gondolasfor Halloween candy. Halloween is oneof those holidays that brings the kid out ineveryone, giving people a fun excuse todress up in costumes, make their homesextra spooky and eat more candy thanany human stomach is supposedto hold. It’s also one

showing off the goods

Finding the right equipment to merchandise products is one key to selling them. Retailers discuss their successes and concerns about foodservice displays and merchandisers. One of the biggest challengesconvenience store owners continueto face is developing aneffective product assortmentthat fits into a small footprint while makingsure it still meets the customers’ needs.To overcome this challenge, more

brewing a java strategy

Flavorful, high-quality blends continue to drive coffee sales. Whether runninga large chainor single store, astrong coffee programis an essential cornerstone.With more flavors and choicesavailable than ever before,operators must delicately tailorofferings to meet the needsof core customers. Attention toconsumer demographics andmarket trends will help determine the best selection. Testing the WatersD.J. C-Stores, based in Unionville, Mo.,

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