jamba juice coming to a store near you

Nestle USA to sell the popular beverage brand in grocery stores in eight states and quickly expand into convenience stores. Nestle USA is planning to sell smoothie maker Jamba Inc’s drinks at grocery stores in eight states in the western United States, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition. The deal is Jamba’s

giant foods heavily targeting fuel customers

Supermarket chain plans to aggressively grow gas station count. Giant Food Inc. is building a gas station at one of its stores and looking for opportunities to put up others as it joins a national trend among supermarkets aiming to be a “one-stop shopping experience.”The supermarket began construction on a gas station at its Pasadena,

sheetz honored in pennsylvania

Chain recognized as top firm to work for in the state…again. Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania ranked Sheetz Inc. No. 12 on its list of 100 top companies for 2007 and the top retailer among them. The Altoona, Pa.-based convenience store chain has been given that honor for the past six years. Sheetz, which

tescos us plans taking flight

UK megaretailer looking at dozens of California sites for rapid expansion. Only three weeks after opening its first American stores, near Los Angeles, Tesco is looking at dozens of sites in Northern California as it seeks to extend its Fresh & Easy convenience chain. It is part of the supermarket’s expansion drive in the U.S.

lykins oil acquires wilson oil co

The company to offer five major fuel brands: BP, Marathon, ExxonMobil, Shell and Clark. Lykins Cos. has purchased London, Ky.-based Paul R. Wilson Oil Co. Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1956 by Paul R. Wilson, the company has a deep tradition in the community. In 1970, Mike Hamm, Wilson’s son-in-law,

Balmar Petroleum Rebranding to 7-Eleven

RICHARD ONESLAGER, PRESIDENT of Firsthand Management LLC, the retail operating arm of Balmar Petroleum, a petroleum fuels distributing company headquartered in Centennial, Colo., has finalized a deal with 7-Eleven Inc. making him a 7-Eleven Business Conversion Program (BCP) franchisee for his stores in Northern Colorado. The 10 stores that will be franchised with 7-Eleven will

Susser Raising $200M for T&C Deal

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS-BASED SUSSER HOLDINGS, operator of 330 convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, is in the process of acquiring San Angelo, Texas-based Town & Country Food Stores, operator of 140 c-stores in Central and West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, for $361 million. To fund the transaction, Susser has priced

Kum & Go Launches New Coffee Line

KUM & GO IS ASKING customers to “Taste the Difference” with Java Ridge—the company’s new premium coffee line, which was introduced at its more than 450 c-stores in 13 states. The launch of Java Ridge Premium Coffee is the culmination of an 18-month search by Kum & Go for the best tasting and highest quality

Double Kwik to Sell 57 Local Stores

WISE, VA.-BASED DOUBLE KWIK Markets has entered into plans to sell its 57 convenience locations to Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments. GPM plans to convert the entire Double Kwik chain to its Fas Mart brand across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. According to David McComas, CEO of GPM, the acquisition is a “natural extension of where we’re

THE GIVING SEASON

Green H. Oil Co.’s five company operated stores kicked off its main fundraiser of the year—The Empty Stocking Fund— by collecting $3,000 in just 10 days. According to Green Oil’s Director of Marketing Jim Callahan, the company hopes to exceed the $20,000 it raised last year that assured 1,100 children woke up to presents under

A True Up and Comer

LIKE A LOT OF people in the industry, Terry Johnson, director of marketing for Chester, Va.-based Uppy’s/Southside Oil, got his start by working the cash register at a local c-store while earning his business degree. Soon after graduation, Johnson became a store manager, the fi rst step toward his 30-year career in the business. Johnson,

7eleven to offer nexon america game cards

Technology enables players to compete and interact with others from around the world. While most big news in the videogame industry revolves around the midnight launch of a hot, new game or the latest, greatest console to hit store shelves, 7-Eleven Inc. is promoting a new videogame initiative that is less about hardware and software

florida convenience stores to become safer

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies now have the authority to enforce security measures regulating convenience businesses. The Collier County Commission last week OK’d a sheriff’s request for the Florida’s “Convenience Business Security Act” to be adopted as a county ordinance. The security measures, which are meant to help protect convenience business employees and customers, include

conocophillips rewards commercial creativity

More than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes given to college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. ConocoPhillips Co. awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes to talented college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. Entrants created original video commercials for the 76 gasoline brand. The top three entries were awarded

increase productivity by hard milling stainless steels

For years, machining stainless steel has been a time consuming and costly enterprise. The desirable combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical strength of stainless steel is challenging to productively and economically machine. Many applications today also require that the stainless steel be hardened, which can make machining these materials with indexable carbide inserts an even

mixed results for united refining

Net income jumps 33.9%, sales drop 1.3% in fiscal year 2007. United Refining Co., which operates 371 Kwik Fill, Red Apple and Country Fair convenience stores in New York and Pennsylvania, posted strong net income in fiscal year 2007, but saw sales drop more than 1% over the past 12 months. Net sales for the

key sheetz salmonella case settled

Chain again praised for the way it handled the outbreak; its suit against tomato supplier Coronet is still pending. A key lawsuit filed against Sheetz convenience stores over salmonella-tainted tomatoes was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The suit was brought by Altoona resident Max Christian Anslinger, one of more than 400 people

hyvee launches sandwich venture

Maid-Rite opens shop in one of its Omaha convenience stores. Loose-meat sandwich seller Maid-Rite Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in a Hy-Vee Inc. convenience store in Omaha, Neb., this week and said it has plans to open at least four others in Iowa and Missouri. The convenience store shops will be about 900 square

competitive assortment lower prices accelerate cigar growth

CSD Webcast reveals greater profit dollars can be made even with lower retail margins. New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton

7eleven marketing to generation cool

Working with Cott, chain targets tattooed America with new proprietary energy drink. Energy drinks, one of the fastest-growing offerings in the beverage industry, are marketed to “Generation Cool,” particularly males between the ages 18 through 20-something who call many of the trend-setting shots in the U.S. So when 7-Eleven Inc. set out to create its

the pantry facing hot gas charges

Disclosure of 45 lawsuits made in regulatory filing. Hot gas has The Pantry in some hot water. The company has been named as a defendant in seven class-action lawsuits that accuse energy companies and gas station operators of selling gas at hot temperatures — a move that reduces fuel’s energy content, the Triangle (N.C.) Business

Iowa awards grants for alternative fuels

Kum & Go among the retailers sharing $563,800 for fuel pumps and other equipment supporting E85 and biodiesel. Iowa’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board awarded $563,800 in grants to 21 Iowa fuel retailers to encourage them to install pumps and other equipment to dispense 85% ethanol gas and biodiesel fuel. In addition to biofuels pumps, the

canadian tire gearing up for acquisition

Retailer increases committed bank lines by $500 million to $1.15 billion. Canadian Tire Corp., the Toronto-based operator of more than 1,100 general merchandise retail stores, gas stations and car washes, said that its committed bank lines have been increased by $500 million to a total of $1.15 billion raising speculation that it could be in

noble romans plans big 2008

Growth initiatives include development in c-stores and other non-traditional locations. Indianapolis-based Noble Roman’s, Inc. announced a number of management’s initiatives for 2008 designed to sustain the company’s growth trends over the next year and beyond. The company will continue to focus on development of franchises for both non-traditional and traditional locations featuring co-branded Noble Roman’s

texas ordinance preventing gas thefts

Measure fines clerks for turning on fuel pumps for cash customers before payment. A new city ordinance in Rockport, Texas that fines clerks for turning on the fuel before a customer pays has put the brakes on gas thefts. Now other local jurisdictions are looking at creating similar rules, the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times

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