The Price is Right

A sales promotion in Bay Shore, N.Y., by radio station 106.1 FM WBLI this week offered 106 customers at a LukOil gas station a massive discount on fuel, WABC news reported. The average price for a gallon of gas in New York City this week was about $3.85 a gallon. The radio station offered a

Susser Sales Up In First Quarter

Susser Holdings Corp. said its total first quarter 2008 merchandise sales increased more than 80% to $168.8 million, compared to $93.4 million a year earlier for the stand-alone Susser operation. The company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores helped bolster the sales. On a same-store basis, merchandise sales at Susser increased 8.2% from

High-Tech Hoagies

Wawa Inc. is expanding a pilot program for a service allowing customers to pre-order food through text messages or online, the company said. Partnering with GoMobo, an innovator in mobile payment technology, the Pennsylvania retailer launched the service in two Pennsylvania locations earlier this year, and is now rolling it out to six other Philadelphia-area

Pilot Opens New Travel Center in Tenn.

Pilot announced it will open a new travel center in Jackson, Tenn., on May 12. The new, 11,423-square-foot facility features six fuel islands, eight diesel islands, a CAT scale and seven showers. “We hope that Jackson area residents and fleet customers will welcome having our new travel center just around the corner,” said Jimmy Haslam,

Chrysler Offers Gas Price Protection

As gas prices climb, more and more companies are offering ways to save at the pump. Now Chrysler dealerships are on board. Starting Wednesday, the “Let’s Refuel America Program” will give new car buyers the opportunity to pay $2.99 a gallon for three years, no matter how high gas prices rise. The price protection program

Not Until You’re 21

“No Sale, No How, No Way.” It’s what teens who may attempt to buy alcohol during prom and graduation season will hear from retailers who are on alert and committed to helping prevent underage drinking. That’s according to a new poll that shows preventing minors from obtaining alcohol is a priority for those who sell

The Pantry Rolls Out Retalix

The Pantry Inc., has begun rolling out Retalix StorePoint, Retalix Fuel, and Retalix HQ convenience software to its more than 1,600 retail locations. The Pantry, whose primary brand, Kangaroo Express, has a strong footprint in 11 southeastern states. Many of its 1,643 locations offer gasoline, while commercial fuel is also offered at about 80 travel

VeriFone Offers Pump Protection

VeriFone Holdings Inc. is extending its VeriShield Protect credit and debit card encryption technology to Secure PumpPay, its PCI-approved solution for upgrading fuel dispensers to accept electronic payments securely. VeriShield Protect, introduced last month, is designed to thwart continuing criminal efforts to gather unencrypted account holder data via breaches of merchant networks, applications and servers

Valero Strikes Deal with Albertsons

In a sign that Albertsons may be getting out of the fuel business or at least sharply centralizing its fuel operations, San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. reached a deal with the Boise, Idaho grocer to acquire 72 convenience stores and fueling centers in four major markets. The fueling sites are located in Texas, Colorado, Arizona

Gilbarco Launches AskAboutPCI.com

To help retailers better understand compliance and payment security, Gilbarco Veeder-Root has launched an interactive payment security Web site, askaboutpci.com. The site lets retailers learn directly from Gilbarco payment security experts and includes powerful information featuring: Video questions and answers from industry experts. Downloadable white papers regarding PCI compliance. A blog forum for asking questions

Rutter’s Opens Redesigned Pa. Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to mark the completed expansion and renovation of its store in East Berlin, Pa. Company representatives were joined by East Berlin officials for the event at the store, which reopened on April 25. Rutter’s also presented a check for $25,000 for the borough’s “Build a Park”

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

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

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

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