Xtra Mart Adds DVD Kiosks

Some 80 Xtra Mart c-store locations are adding NCR’s Blockbuster Express-branded kiosks, which allow customers to rent DVDs with no membership required. Customers use their credit card at the machine and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD to any Blockbuster Express kiosk-not just the kiosk where they rented the DVD. The

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Rutter’s Debuts Mobile Coupon iPhone App

Now the iPhone not only can point customers to the nearest Rutter’s, but now it can save them money once they arrive. Rutter’s Farm Stores is rolling out mobile couponing via its iPhone application, which is available as a free download from www.rutters.com. Customers who already have the Rutter’s app  can download an update to

Seneca Acquires Littlejohn’s Equipment

Seneca Companies has acquired petroleum service provider Littlejohn’s Equipment of Denver to combine considerable years of industry experience with complementary petroleum industry solutions. “We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Chris Risewick, owner and CEO of Seneca Companies. “Seneca will now be able to provide customers in this region with a trusted and knowledgeable

Saunders Achieves Bucketeer Award

CITGO Petroleum Corp. Marketer Donald Saunders of Warren, Ill.-based Saunders Oil has been honored with the 2010 William R. Deutsch Bucketeer Award for 50 years of service in the petroleum industry. The presentation by the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMA) was made at the IPMA Membership Meeting on Friday, April 30. “CITGO is proud to

Expectations Driving Gasoline Prices Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail prices across the country are positioned to move higher in early May, which is typical this time of year as the market prepares for increased driving demand during the warmer months in late spring and summer. Climbing retail prices follows a renewed push higher in

BP Responds To Gulf Oil Spill

BP is ramping up its response to the oil spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. More than 2,500 personnel are now involved in the response effort and well-advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A fourth onshore command centre, in

Kum & Go Debuts ‘Name Our Cup’ Contest

Kum & Go L.C. has kicked off its summer fountain drink contest dubbed the ‘Name Our Cup Contest’ where customers get a free soda with purchase. The contest, which started on May 1, is a first of its kind for the convenience store chain. Customers will submit names at the beginning of the summer for Kum

Chevron Reports First Quarter Income

Chevron Corp. has reported earnings of $4.55 billion ($2.27 per share – diluted) for the first quarter 2010, compared with $1.84 billion ($0.92 per share -diluted) in the 2009 first quarter. Results in the 2009 period included gains of approximately $400 million ($0.20 per share) from downstream asset sales. Foreign-currency effects reduced earnings in the

Register Now For The NYACS Show

The 24th annual Trade Show & Convention of the New York Association of Convenience Stores is set for next week at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Retail decision-makers representing more than 1,000 New York convenience stores are expected to attend the May 12-13 event. “Going for the GREEN” is this year’s theme. It’s a product

The Benefits of Going Green

An Illinois CITGO fuel marketer became the first gas station owner in the nation to receive the Green Business League award for its efforts to reduce energy and minimize its environmental footprint. Dave Welch, president of Deerfield CITGO, began his journey toward achieving a green business in June 2009, when he and a consultant started

Daily’s Adds Purple Stuff

Daily’s Convenience Stores in Tennessee now are offering Purple Stuff Soda.  Purple Stuff Sodas is distributed by Lipman Brothers / R.S. Lipman Co. Together, the Lipman companies service restaurant and retail accounts, and function as an educational resource for both trade and consumer markets. Purple Stuff is best known as a relaxation soda. “By switching

Kangaroo Express Signs On As Speedway Sponsor

Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is scheduled to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We are excited Kangaroo Express has come on board to sponsor the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series,” said Seamus Curley, director of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We strive to provide

Sheetz Wins Beer Battle

Sheetz Inc. has once again won the right to sell beer at its Convenience Restaurant in Altoona, Pa., after this Wednesday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). “We are happy that the PLCB has decided to grant Sheetz the right to sell beer at our Altoona Convenience Restaurant,” said Stan Sheetz, president and

Pantry Shares Soar

A week ahead of The Panty Inc.’s scheduled quarterly earnings report, Analyst Mark Miller of William Blair & Co. increased his rating of the company, sending shares skyrocketing.  Shares of The Pantry rose Thursday from $1.12 to $16.45 -the highest level since October and a 31% increase this month after Miller raised his rating of the

Coca-Cola Debuts HFC-Free Vending

The next time a member of the House of Representatives reaches for a Coke, it will be from a greener vending machine. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined Dan Beard, House Chief Administrative Officer and leaders from Coca-Cola this week to unveil 35 new climate friendly Coca-Cola vending machines for the Capitol buildings including

Gasoline Prices Pushing Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country are again moving higher after the uptrend briefly stalled in several metropolitan markets with a downturn in wholesale costs. However, wholesale gasoline costs are again on the march higher, pushed up primarily by a bullish market sentiment. There

Swipe Fee Fight Mounts

Building on 7-Eleven’s successful “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” consumer petition campaign, convenience store operators joined with U.S. Representatives Peter Welch and Bill Shuster to deliver an additional two million new customer signatures collected during the NACS “Stop Unfair Swipe Fees” campaign, which is asking Congress to put an end to unfair, hidden credit and

Woodstock, Va., Council Keeps Carwash Ordinance

Woodstock, Va., is keeping its carwash regulations as is, including a rule requiring all carwashes to obtain a special-use permit.  After Sheetz looked to bypass the ordinance in order to add a carwash to its c-store in Woodstock, the Town Council’s ordinance committee had a vigorous debate between panels on the topic, and in the

ExxonMobil Donates $7.9 Million for Education

ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $7.9 million to a total of 83 educational institutions across Texas through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2009 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors made 1,718 individual contributions totaling over $2.3 million to institutions of higher education across Texas. ExxonMobil Foundation matched those donations with

Gulf Oil Enters Virginia

Gulf Oil signaled its return to Virginia this month by announcing a branded distributor partnership with Milo C. Cockerham Inc. Cockerham plans to begin rebranding several former Chevron motor fuel outlets in southwest Virginia to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. This is the first time since 1986 that a Gulf Oil branded gas station will

Tobacco Companies Fight Display Ban In Britain

Britain’s three biggest tobacco companies are fighting for the right to display their products, asking for a judicial review of the Government’s upcoming ban on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores, Brand Republic reported. Britain’s Health Act 2009 requires all cigarettes, cigars, pipe and rolling tobacco products to be hidden from

Valero Reports Q1 Results

In the first quarter of 2010, Valero Energy Corp. reported a loss of $101 million from continuing operations (or $0.18 per share) compared to the first quarter of 2009 gain from continuing operations of $364 million ($0.70 per share). The first quarter 2010 operating loss was $32 million, versus first quarter 2009 operating gain of

Kum & Go Raises $95,000 For JDRF

Kum & Go L.C. collected $95,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during its 2010 sneaker campaign.  In March, customers at Kum & Go stores were asked if they would like to purchase a paper sneaker for $1 to support JDRF. Customers donated more than $85,000 and Kum & Go added to the total contribution.

Free Iced Coffee

Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is rolling out a new iced coffee offering made from its Farmhouse Blend coffee recipe, the Boston Globe reported. In response to customer demand, Cumberland Farms’ medium roast now is available chilled. The chain’s stores are installing iced-coffee equipment for the first time to accommodate the new offering. The chain has

Interchange Debate Reaches Georgia Committee

The issue of interchange fees found an audience at the Georgia House Banks and Banking Committee, which listened to testimony last week on HB 1456-a bill that deals with the subject of interchange fees.   Often late session bills are buried in subcommittees, but significantly Committee Chairman James Mills, who co-sponsored the bill, allowed the

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