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, Promo Magazine and The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Procter & Gamble plans to test several full-service locations in the Cincinnati area before deciding to launch a national

McCain Calls For Gas-Tax Suspension

Just as presidential hopeful Republican Sen. John McCain this week proposed a suspension of the federal highway user fees – the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax and the 24.4- cents-per-gallon diesel tax – some in the transportation industry say it could hurt the economy. McCain called for a summer-long suspension of the federal gas tax and several

Groups Offer $100,000 Small Business Makeover

In honor of National Small Business Week, small business owners across diverse industries, including convenience stores, will have a chance to win a $100,000 makeover, complements of Sam’s Club, SBTV.com and the National Federation of Independent Business during National Small Business Week April 21-25. The Small Business Makeover includes: up to $25,000 in cash, merchandise,

N.J. Motorists’ Bad Gas Caused by Water Contamination

Gas station chain Lukoil blamed water contamination for bad gas that was sold at seven or more gas stations in New Jersey this week, WCBS television in New Jersey reported. The contaminated gas left dozens of motorists stranded, and some estimates said 75 cars died on highways and roads all across New Jersey as a

Clark Brands Bolsters Relationship With Buying Group

Clark Brands LLC, which licenses the Clark gas brand and Four Corners Coffee brand in 25 states, is expanding its relationship with a division of CBC, an Illinois-based marketing services company. Clark Brands will expand its use of C-Buying, a division of CBC, which will provide new ways for the company to help increase operators’

Minnesota Looks To Pump-Top Marketing

Gas prices set new records on Friday, reaching almost $3.50 a gallon at the pump. Republican lawmakers in Minnesota, meanwhile, say they’ll be using pump-top TVs at gas stations to deliver critical messages against Democrats’ support of a state gas tax aimed at generating funds for Minnesota’s transportation projects, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The Minnesota

QuikTrip Gives Back to Community

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip, owner and operator of nearly 500 c-stores, is commemorating its 50th anniversary by shelling out more than half the $2.5 million to $3 million cost of the new plaza and playground at a park in Tulsa, the Tulsa World News reported. QuikTrip President Chet Cadieux told the newspaper he began brainstorming for

Fresh & Easy Plans 10 More Las Vegas Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced 10 new locations in Las Vegas, which will add to the 11 stores already in that city, the company said. There are currently 60 Fresh & Easy locations in California, Nevada and Arizona. Fresh & Easy’s UK-based parent company, Tesco, said this week that sales for its U.S.

NACS: Credit Card Fair Fee Act Gaining Momentum

NACS says the Credit Card Fair Fee Act (H.R. 5546) is gaining momentum in light of a concerted effort by NACS, the Merchants Payments Coalition and a number of retailers nationwide. The bill would provide retailers the ability to negotiate rates and terms with Visa and MasterCard. As of late this week, the bill has

Florida Gov. Bucks Cig Tax

Efforts to hike Florida’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack received bipartisan support from the Florida Senate’s healthcare panel, but Gov. Charlie Crist said flat out that he opposes the tax, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. South Florida Sen. Ted Deutch proposed the cigarette tax increase, which was endorsed Tuesday by the state’s Senate Health Policy

BP Halts Gas Sales to North Dakota, Minnesota

BP has stopped selling gasoline products in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota because customers in those areas are on the edge of the company’s “supply envelope,” The Forum online reported. BP stopped selling gas products to those areas at the beginning of the month, and most of the former BP stations have either changed brand

Coca-Cola, Starbucks Go Retro

Industry giants Coca-Cola and Starbucks are trying to push consumer engagement by introducing limited-edition, vintage designs on their packaging, brandweek.com reported. Coca-Cola recently reintroduced its 1906 bottle design, the "Diamond Label," in a move to place the brand’s product heritage and history in the consumer mindset. The bottles are available nationwide in four-packs, the Web

Getty Realty Corp. Tries to Resolve Lukoil Rift

Getty Realty Corp., of Jericho, N.Y., is looking to one of its directors to resolve a troubled relationship with its primary tenant, the U.S. arm of Russian oil giant Lukoil, Newsday reported. Lukoil is looking to shed nearly half of the gas stations it leases from Getty Realty. A real-estate investment trust that specializes in

Chevron Appoints New Technology Officers

Chevron Corp. has appointed presidents of two technology divisions, Chevron Energy Technology and Chevron Information Technology, the company said. Melody Meyer will become president of Chevron Energy Technology, while Louie Ehrlich will become president of Chevron Information Technology, as well as chief information officer beginning June 1, 2008. Meyer replaces the retiring Mark Puckett, while

Kroger Trading Tax Checks for Gift Cards

Cincinnati-based grocery retailer The Kroger Co., which also operates convenience stores including QuikStop and Turkey Hill, is offering customers financial incentives when they exchange their tax refunds at Kroger stores, the Business Courier of Cincinnati reported. The company said Wednesday it will trade customers’ Internal Revenue Service rebates for Kroger gift cards in the following

Kwik Trip Contracts with Food Safety Lab

Wisconsin-based c-store operator Kwik Trip is working to increase its diversity of fresh and ready-to-serve food products by contracting a local healthcare provider’s food safety division to monitor its product lines, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. The preparation and delivery of Kwik Trip’s products, which are made fresh daily at the new Kwik Trip commissary

Slurpees’ Seasonal Promos Start Off Strong

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is ramping up its Slurpee season with the promotion of the May 2 release of “Iron Man,” a Marvel Comics superhero movie, the company said. The month-long “Iron Man” campaign at 7-Eleven will offer customers four multi-image, 3-D Slurpee cups featuring film shots of Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr’s lead character,

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,"

Customers Fill Up on Cheap Gas

Motorists at a Wilmington, N.C., gas station spent nine hours filling up on gas that was priced at 35 cents a gallon last week after a clerk’s error accidentally changed the pump price from $3.35 to 35 cents, The Charlotte Observer reported. Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson berated motorists in the Atlantic Coast town of

Consumers Cutting Out More Coupons

About two-thirds of shoppers who responded to a survey by market researcher ICOM Information and Communications LP said they are at least somewhat more likely to use coupons during a recession. About 45% of shoppers said they are much more likely to use coupons in a recession, while 22% said they are somewhat more likely,

IRI and Europanel Partner for Worldwide Shopper Insights Panel

Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and the Europanel Association, which has the largest share of the consumer panel market in the world, announced they’re joining forces to form the world’s widest-reaching, single-panel research service. The cooperative will combine IRI’s Consumer Network household panel in the U.S. with the Europanel to form a global consumer network representing

Police: Fla. Gas Thieves Used New Device

Police are investigating an elaborate scheme in which a group of thieves in Florida used a “never-before-seen” electronic device to hack into a gas station pump and steal unlimited amounts of fuel, a television news station in Casselberry, Fla., reported. Five cars filled with members of the alleged gas thieves were seen bypassing the pump

Sheetz Opens Store No. 347

Sheetz Inc. has opened a new location on 270 Route 61 South in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., the company said. The new store will be the 197th Sheetz in Pennsylvania and the 347th nationwide. As part of the store’s grand opening this week, Sheetz made a donation to Blue Mountain School District, which will be used

Tesco Responds to Fresh & Easy Speculation

In an announcement on its full-year results, UK supermarket chain Tesco said it was “very encouraged” by the start Fresh & Easy has made since opening in the U.S. in November 2007, according to talkingretail.com. “While it is still early days, the response of customers to our offer has surpassed our expectations – with our

Mars Signs Online Shop To Handle Customized Candy

Mars said it has hired digital shop imc2 to head all strategic planning, creative and media work for its customized candy unit Mars Direct, as well as for My M&M’s and My Dove brands, brandweek.com reported. It’s the first time the customized candy division at Mars has selected an online shop to handle its media