Bottled Water Tax Scrutinized

The beverage and retail industries took a stand today for their already over-taxed customers by filing a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the city of Chicago’s new 5-cent-per-bottle tax on bottled water, which amounts to an astounding 30 percent tax on a case of safe, healthy bottled water. The first-of-its-kind tax, which took effect Jan. 1,

Counterfeit Products Targets

More than 20 retailers, including several convenience store owners in Houston County, Georgia, were cited during the past three months for the sale and distribution of counterfeit merchandise, a Houston County sheriff’s investigator said Tuesday. Counterfeit merchandise valued at $623,718, plus $11,612.25 in cash, were seized during a sting operation from Oct. 1 to Jan.

Black Market Tobacco Under Fire

Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court yesterday in the Eastern District of New York against importers, C.H. Rhodes of Flushing, N.Y., and U.S. Sun Star Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y. The lawsuits are aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s

SUBWAY Offering Online ServSafe Certification

The SUBWAY restaurant chain is proud to announce that it now offers online ServSafe Food Safety Training and Certification courses for its franchisees and their staff. ServSafe, developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is the premier source for food safety training, recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program in

Clean-Diesel-Blitz in Full Swing

"German manufacturers have once again prevailed on the difficult U.S. market with excellent results. In 2007 they grew against the general trend and have boosted their sales by 3 percent to 948,000 light vehicles. We are confident that we will be able to continue to increase our U.S. market share even further this year and

United They Stand

United El Segundo Inc. Retail arm: United Oil Co. Primary areas of operation: Owns and operates convenience stores in Southern California in addition to maintaining a vast dealer-operated network and a chain of car washes. Long-range plans: Increasing market share while growing store count through new-to-market stores and acquisitions. Established: 1948 Net sales (2006): $1.27

Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

Competitive Assortment, Lower Prices Accelerate Cigar Growth

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 Inc., titled “Cigars: Accelerating Category Profits by Increasing Strategic Focus,” and offered new evidence

Cigars And Moist Smokeless Drive Revenues Even With Concerns Over Tobacco Taxation

The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting

Slam Dunk

The influx of people moving to western North Carolina from the Northeast and Florida—both areas where Dunkin’ Donuts does a booming business—was one reason Citizens Fuel Co. is excited these days to be adding Dunkin’ franchises to at least three of its 10 Citi Stop c-stores. “We felt it was a huge opportunity to fill

Always Stay Prepared for the Worst

Several clients have recently challenged us to try to creatively refinance convenience mortgages tied to properties that were acquired over the last several years. These properties were purchased based upon high cash flow multiples of seven times or more–multiples that have become the norm with many transactions around the country. When considered in light of

Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, locked up a $131.4-million sale and leaseback deal with Cole Capital related to 83 properties of Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores throughout the U.S. The Laval, Quebec-based convenience store operator said it would use the proceeds to reduce its

Boston Stores To Limit Tobacco Ads

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores to adhere to city regulations limiting the advertising of tobacco products to minors. "We’ve done a great job in Boston of getting these stores to comply with the law forbidding the sale of tobacco products to minors," Mayor Menino said during a

Kansas to Expand Ethanol Options

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot project that will allow fueling stations to install pumps that dispense a variety of ethanol blends and let consumers choose what blend they want. Almost all gas stations now have E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. All vehicles on the road

EZ Energy Raising Capital

EZ Energy Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary EZ Energy USA Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell up to 17 gas stations and convenience stores to a real estate investment trust (REIT) for up to $20.7 million. The properties were previously purchased from BP Products North America Inc. $15.5 million. EZ Energy will lease back

A Very Special Holiday Gift From Sheetz

Red Kettles are overflowing for one Pennsylvania chapter of The Salvation Army. Sheetz Inc. said it is donating its former convenience store and property in Chambersburg, Pa., to the Chambersburg Salvation Army, which already occupies an adjacent building. This gift immediately doubles the Corps existing property size and footprint, providing critical office space, the potential

Wells’ Dairy Sells Milk Plant

Wells’ Dairy Inc., the Le Mars, Iowa-based manufacturer of frozen dairy products, reached a deal to sell its fluid dairy and cultured dairy facility in Le Mars, Iowa to Dean Foods Co. Terms were not disclosed. "Following extensive analysis, we have made a strategic decision to focus all of our efforts and resources on our

Green Oil Embraces Holiday Season

Having just celebrated in 85th anniversary, Geo. H. Green Oil is busy proving that is only getting better, not older. Five company stores, were joined by the office staff and a $1,000 donation from is dealer organization to raise $30,000 in less than a month to assist three local charities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research

Cleanup Continues at QuikTrip Store

Cleanup continues at a suburban St. Louis QuikTrip service station, where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said more than 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked underground. The leak was discovered Friday, though state officials told the Associated Press they believe it began earlier last week. Crews were trying to remove gasoline from the soil and

7-Eleven Prepared for Christmas Rush

Between Black Friday, Green Monday and Red Alert ("Oh my gosh, I’m out of time!) Christmas Eve, millions of American shoppers realize their days… and dollars are numbered. Heading into the homestretch, time is at a premium and every convenience helps. Enter 7-Eleven. Created 80 years ago as a quick in-and-out shopping alternative for time-crunched

Shell Launches Care-Care Promotion

Building off the momentum of 2007, the Shell "Stop Gunky Build-up" advertising campaign featuring the Shell Passionate Experts will continue in 2008 with a continued focus on the company’s commitment to fuel quality. Like last year, the campaign will center around the desire to help consumers stop the build-up of engine gunk on their vehicles’

New Money Set for Release

On March 13, Federal Reserve banks will begin distributing the redesigned $5 bills to customer banks, which then distribute currency to businesses and consumers. The new bills will first begin circulating in the U.S. and gradually in other countries as international banks place orders for $5 bills from the Federal Reserve. Older $5 notes will

New Marketing Agency for Wrigley

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. said it has selected Ryan Partnership as an additional consumer promotions agency, joining GMR Marketing, in now providing creative event marketing and promotional support for the company’s brands in the U.S. The decision comes after a comprehensive agency review by Wrigley to determine its optimum U.S. consumer promotions agency resource

Dutch Oil Chooses FuelQuest

Dutch Oil Co., the Columbus, Miss.-based petroleum marketer, will implement FuelQuest’s Fuel Management System (FMS) to streamline fuel distribution and fleet operations at its network of 100 company-owned and operated locations, dealer-owned stores and independent retail sites. Tommy Gilreath, CFO of The Dutch Group Cos., said the company will deploy FMS to improve complex and

Rutter’s Keeps on Giving

Highlighted by record giving in 2007, Rutter’s charitable contributions have topped $1.4 million over the past five years. Almost all of the contributions benefit children’s programs in the communities where the York-based Rutter’s companies operate. "We’re incredibly blessed to have the long-standing trust and support of customers throughout central Pennsylvania," said Scott Hartman, president of

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