Chevron Donates $500K To Help Battle California Fires

Chevron Corporation said it has donated $500,000 to California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE, to help pay down the state’s cost of battling more than 2,000 forest fires that tore through the state this past summer. The fires engulfed nearly 1.2 million acres across the state this year, several times the annual

Fresh & Easy Opens 3 Vegas Stores

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market opened another three stores in Las Vegas this week, bringing its total in that market to 22. The stores are located at Eastern and Fremont, Las Vegas and Pecos and Las Vegas and Lake Mead. The retailer said dozens of residents lined up outside the stores and joined local officials

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches ‘America’s Latte Break’

Dunkin’ Donuts says it’s offering a new way for Americans to treat themselves to a latte without blowing the lid off their budget – "America’s Latte Break," a nationwide program where customers can buy a small hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts Latte any weekday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for just 99 cents. “Americans

Gilbarco, Tridium Partner On Intelligent Device Management

Gilbarco and Tridium said they’ve joined forces to develop the Gilbarco Intelligent Device Management (IDM) solution, which will include fuel and dispenser management as part of an overall remote site/device management program. The system will encompass energy management, remote fueling and current c-store equipment monitoring and diagnostics including heating/air conditioning, lighting, power consumption, coolers and

Nielsen: Plenty Of Private-Label Opportunities

Private label products are growing faster in the convenience channel compared to other channels, and the segment represents a tremendous growth opportunity for convenience stores, according to The Nielsen Company. Nielsen is unveiling its analysis and at the NACS Show in Chicago Oct. 4 to Oct. 7. Nielsen’s research shows that sales of private-label products

7-Eleven Baking For Breast Cancer Awareness

7-Eleven Inc. is baking fresh ribbon-shaped donuts every day this October to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donut twists are topped with pale-pink icing, sprinkles and tiny pink candy ribbons. Offered at a suggested retail price of $1.19, the fresh-baked donuts are delivered every morning to participating

ExxonMobil Donates $1.6M For Students

The ExxonMobil Foundation donated $1.6 million to launch a pilot program in four New Orleans public high schools to help students prepare for college. >The donation to Tulane University will establish a training and incentive program to increase participation in the Advanced Placement Program at four public high schools in Orleans Parish over the next

Altria And UST Wait For ’09

Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. said they’ve amended their September 2008 agreement where Altria has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of UST. The amendment sets forth Altria’s and UST’s agreement to extend, at Altria’s option, the closing date of the transaction to a date no later than early January 2009, as long as

Provision Signage To Hit 800 Stores

Provision Interactive Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Provision Holding Inc., said it has signed an agreement with the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association to install its patented 3D holographic displays in up to 800 member stores throughout New York State. Provision’s displays will be inside the independent convenience stores of major franchise gasoline retailers including

Fuel Decline Slow

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Most gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country will continue to move lower as we begin October this week, which is consistent with the traditional price decline at the pump for the time of year as demand retreats after the summer driving season. Earlier in

Wawa Raises $700K For Cancer Nonprofit

Wawa convenience store chain was recognized during a Sept. 26 ceremony at The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City, N.J., for raising more than $700,000 to benefit a nonprofit organization for cancer patients and their families. The ceremony was a fundraiser of sorts for Gilda’s Club South Jersey, a nonprofit organization that offers free emotional and

Products With Purpose Can Pay

A new consumer behavior study by researchers at Duke University shows that retailers can potentially increase sales by offering products affiliated with cause-related marketing campaigns such as health or environmental issues. The results, released this week in the 2008 Cone/Duke University Behavioral Cause Study, said cause-related marketing can significantly drive actual consumer choice and entice

Sheetz Carrier Wins Top Trucking Award

CLI Transport, the dedicated carrier for Sheetz c-stores’ fuel and grocery, has been awarded The American Trucking Association’s 2008 ATA President’s Trophy. The American Trucking Association (ATA) is the premier trucking organization in the U.S., and its award is recognized as one of the highest safety awards available to motor carriers in the country. The

Chicken Delight

Village Pantry celebrated the grand opening of its newest Chester’s Chicken in the Indianapolis area yesterday. This is Chester’s third restaurant to open with Village Pantry in the market. “Chester’s is a great opportunity for Village Pantry to help grow its strong food service programs with the highest quality Fried Chicken and side dishes to

Altria Lands UST

On paper Altria Group’s estimated $11.7-billion deal to acquire UST Inc. is a deal for the ages that will meld its powerhouse Marlboro line with the immensely popular Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands. The combination of Altria, parent company to Philip Morris USA, and UST, creates the premiere tobacco company in the U.S. with

When Grocery Meets Gas, Customers Swoon

Terry Johnson figured the Uppy’s convenience store chain was on to something good when folks started chatting to each other at the gas pumps. "Nobody does that, unless you know somebody else," said Johnson, vice president of marketing at the Richmond, Va.-based Uppy’s. "It’s kind of like when you’re in an elevator—you just don’t talk

Mapping Atlas’ Technology

Maher Najjar may be the new guy at Atlas Oil Co., but he leans on an old saying to illustrate the technological challenges he knows loom on the horizon for the c-store industry. "You have to know where you are before you know where you’re going," said Najjar, who after just three months at Taylor,

Atlas Oil Recognized For Safety

Atlas Oil Company said this week that a Department of Transportation (DOT) safety audit conducted by the State of Michigan Motor Carrier Division has given the company the highest of three possible ratings. The DOT safety investigation gave positive reviews on the condition and maintenance of Atlas Oil’s trucks and security plan, as well as

N.Y. Eases Restrictions On Unbranded Fuel Sales

New York gas station owners are celebrating a new law signed last week by Gov. David Paterson that will allow them to sell cheaper unbranded gasoline, The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., reported. Owners of stations affiliated with major oil companies such as ExxonMobil, Hess and Sunoco are typically required under contract to buy gas

Gilbarco, PDI Develop Foodservice Back-office Solution

Gilbarco and PDI said they’ve partnered to develop a full back-office system linking Gilbarco’s Express Ordering self-service kiosks and PDI/Enterprise and PDI/FocalPoint applications. The companies said retailers can benefit from streamlined foodservice inventory and accounting management from the familiar PDI system operation. Express Ordering works in conjunction with the retailer’s choice on point of sale


As election day nears, things are really heating up, especially at neighborhood 7-Eleven stores. Today, the convenience store giant kicks off its third quadrennial 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll. Unabashedly unscientific, the just-for-fun poll has proven remarkably accurate in elections past, with results closely mirroring the official surveys by the country’s top political pollsters. In

A Breakfast Blitz

Starbucks said it’s planning to introduce warm sandwiches to its breakfast menu in the next week, The Associated Press reported. Additionally, smoothie chain Jamba Juice is expanding its offerings with a new breakfast menu offering a lineup of on-the-go products containing granola, yogurt and chunks of fruit, the New York Post reported. About 80% of

Slurp The Vote

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is bringing back its presidential coffee cup promotion – the same program whose results closely mirrored the actual results from the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the Dallas Morning News reported. The program begins at 7-Eleven stores on Wednesday and ends on Nov. 4, Election Day. 7-Eleven customers can cast their c-store vote

CBX Designing Prototype For Aloha Petroleum

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., a privately owned oil marketer in Hawaii, said it has chosen New York-based retail design firm CBX to put together a new prototype convenience store debuting on Oahu in 2009. Aloha Petroleum has more than 30 company-operated Island Mini-Mart convenience stores and nearly 80 retail fuel locations on the islands of Oahu

Outsite Gives $10K To Store Workers

C-store loyalty marketing company Outsite Networks Inc. has awarded $10,000 to employees at Express Convenience Center in Menasha, Wis., as part of an employee rewards contest promoting Outsite’s loyalty program. More than 1,500 stores that are part of Outsite Networks loyalty program were eligible to participate. Retailers gained entry into the sweepstakes by meeting certain