Commonwealth Brands To Relocate

Tobacco company Commonwealth Brands is relocating its headquarters, WBKO News reported. Now stationed in Bowling Green, Ky., Commonweath Brands is moving its headquarters to Goodlettsville, Tenn. Some 83 employees will make the move, no later than April of 2011. Formed in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1991, Commonwealth Brands also has a cigarette manufacturing plant in

Federal Ruling ’Positive Step’ in Swipe Fee Reform

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Dec. 16 release of the Federal Reserve’s proposed rulemaking related to debit card swipe fees a “positive step” and said it will continue to push for the reforms demanded by Congress and consumers alike. While no interchange fees should be allowed on debit transactions, the Fed’s

Kroger Names President of Cincinnati/Dayton Division

The Kroger Co. has named Sukanya Madlinger president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division, replacing Geoff Covert, who has been named senior vice president, retail operations for the company. “Sukanya focuses every day on ways Kroger can best serve our customers and their families,” said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger. “Her experience and

Tri-State Petroleum Celebrates Employee’s Talent

Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, has announced that the work of employee Mike Zeiner was selected for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ winter photography exhibit. Zeiner’s photo, entitled “Mingo Run,” is on display in the Welcome Center Gallery and will

Health-Sports Bands Rollout At C-stores

  Circle K is among U.S. c-store chains adding Ampli5’s health-sports bands Florida-based 386 Warehouse LLC has announced that Ampli5, its line of health and sports wristbands, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets and convenient stores nationwide. Ampli5’s Health-Sports bands are designed to increase one’s performance by balancing the natural energy field

Thorntons Opens 44th Louisville Store

Thorntons Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location today, Thursday, Dec. 16. The new store at 4740 Chamberlain Lane, marks the chain’s 44th location in the Louisville, Ky., metropolitan area.  This latest addition expands the number of Thorntons store locations to 165, with operations in the Midwestern strongholds of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,

Manitowoc Divests Kysor/Warren Business

The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has signed a definitive agreement for the divestiture of its Kysor/Warren and Kysor/Warren de Mexico businesses to Lennox International for a value of approximately $138 million, subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment. “Over the last several years, Manitowoc has built a strong portfolio of leading brands serving the commercial foodservice

7-Eleven Gears Up For Christmas

Every year 7-Eleven stores across the country provide a convenient destination for procrastinating shoppers and a solution for parents facing battery-less Christmas morning emergencies. 7-Eleven  can serve up a desirable gift in a last-minute situation (such as one-size-fits-all gift cards, videogames, DVDs and CDs, wine, candy and this year, Snuggies and other As Seen on

CITGO Q Mart and Quality State Oil Lead Toy Drive

  For the third consecutive year, CITGO Q Mart stores across Sheboygan, Wis.,  are collecting toys and games for needy children as part of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Area motorists can drop off new, unwrapped toys and games at six CITGO Q Mart stores, as well as the Quality State Oil headquarters at 2201

7-Eleven Hires Presslink Printing Ltd.

7-Eleven Inc. recently awarded two of its print management and print fulfillment contracts to a new single-source provider. Chris Hetterich, president of Dallas-based Presslink Printing Ltd., led a collaborative effort with one of his long-time print supply chain partners to secure the business. The team of printing and fulfillment industry veterans replaced two incumbent 7-Eleven

Casey’s Acquires Market Express Store

Casey’s General Stores has acquired a Market Express convenience store on the east side of Marion, Iowa, for $1,025,000, The Gazette reported. The 4,000-square-foot Conoco-branded station and the adjacent 900-square-foot car wash were purchased from NH Petroleum LLC last month, according to Linn County Assessor records. The Market Express store was built in 1996 and

TA Adds “On Your Time” Fuel Receipts

TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has added “On Your Time” fuel receipts to enhance the professional driver’s experience and time management at all TA and Petro branded full service locations. The “On Your Time” Fuel Receipt System gives UltraONE members the choice to: Print fuel receipts at the UltraONE kiosk in any location (even a

CITGO Fundraises for Flood Victims

Torrential rains over the past two weeks have caused floods and mudslides across much of Venezuela, forcing more than 100,000 people out of their homes.   Out of great concern for the victims of this tragedy, CITGO and its corporate volunteer group, CITGO in Action, are leading a drive to raise funds for the people

Aloha Petroleum Wins Military Fuel Supply Contract

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has been awarded a $45 million, one-year contract to supply gasoline and diesel to elect military bases on Oahu, Hawaii. Under the contract with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, also known as Exchange, Aloha Petroleum will supply six Exchange locations on the island.  The contract goes into effect in January

The Pantry Releases Fiscal Q4 and 2010 Results

The Pantry Inc. has announced the financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 30, 2010. The quarter and year included 14 and 53 weeks, respectively, one more week than the comparable periods in fiscal 2009. In the fourth quarter, net income for The Pantry totaled $8.5 million or $0.38 per diluted

NOCO Express Raises $3,296 To Fight Breast Cancer

In recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NOCO Express Stores donated 10 cents from every cup of coffee sold throughout the month to the Susan G. Komen, Western New York Affiliate. NOCO Express guests helped to raise $3,296 for breast cancer education and research. “Breast cancer touches so many women and families in our

Tedeschi Remodels Three Locations

Continuing with its plan to update all of its sites, Tedeschi Food Shops has remodeled three stores in Leominster, Mass., bringing the total of locations remodeled in 2010 to 16. The stores are located at 185 Main Street, 766 Central Street and 782 North Main Street, and now offer a wide variety of fresh, healthy

Irving Oil Continues Northeastern Growth

Irving Oil continues to grow in Vermont with the announcement of a new location at 16 Route 106 in North Springfield. The North Springfield Smart Shop is the third Irving location opened by Midway Oil in the past three months. “As a family-owned company it was important for us to partner with someone with a

Fresh & Easy Adds Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has partnered with REC Solar, a solar electric system provider in the U.S., to install roof-mounted solar systems on nine stores. The systems is expected to generate more than 410 kW of solar energy. In total, the systems will produce an estimated 620,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, the equivalent of reducing

Kum & Go Celebrates Grand Openings

Kum & Go announced the grand opening of two stores this weekend, one in Mt. Vernon, Mo., and one in Sioux City, Iowa. The new Vernon, Mo., Kum & Go is located at 8900 E Mt. Vernon Blvd, and the Sioux City, Iowa location opened at 1373 Pierce St. Both stores kicked off their grand

C-Store Competitors Drive Sales With Social Media

Dunkin’ Donuts is using social media platform Foursquare to secure loyal customers in the Florida market, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. It recently launched its first Foursquare regional promotion in two markets in Florida. The promotion offers users of the location-based game the chance to win a free donut after they “check in” at the same

Retail Gasoline On the Rise

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, released an outlook projecting the U.S. retail price for regular grade gasoline will average $3 gallon in 2011-a price level previously seen as a breaking point for the American consumer. No more; with higher

Employment Outlook Shows Promise

Employers’ hiring plans for the upcoming first quarter are “the most promising” in more than two years, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey published Tuesday. A seasonally adjusted net 9% of firms said they expect to hire in the first quarter, the largest percentage since the fourth quarter of

NCSU Scores Narrow Lead In Battle for Bean Street

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., has announced more than 20,000 University of North Carolina, NC State University and Duke University branded coffee cups have been purchased at Triangle Kangaroo Express locations since the start of the Battle for Bean Street competition three weeks ago. For the first time in a single collaborative campaign, Kangaroo Express

Kroger Names SVP of Retail Operations

The Kroger Co. has named Geoffrey Covert senior vice president of retail operations, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Covert, 59, joined Kroger in 1996.  He has served as president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division for the past six years. Previously, he served as senior vice president and president of Kroger Manufacturing. Before joining Kroger, Covert worked

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