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

Alon USA Refinery Back Online

Alon USA Energy Inc. said its 24,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) at its refinery in Big Spring, Texas, is back online. Damaged in a Feb. 18 fire, the FCCU is operating at planned rates, enabling the refinery to return to its 70,000 bpd operating capacity. More on Alon’s refinery restart and its

Southeastern U.S. Still Struggling With Fuel Frenzy

The Washington Post and other media outlets say gasoline shortages triggered by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike are continuing to hit towns across the southeastern U.S. this week, sparking panic buying, long lines and high prices. Portions of The Washington Post report: In Atlanta, half of the gasoline stations were closed, according to AAA, which said

Realities and Rumors

Wrigley shareholders approved the $23 billion sale of the company to Mars Inc., a transaction that the Chicago Tribune says will end the independence of one of Chicago’s most venerable companies. The deal is expected to close within two weeks, when Wrigley will become part of the privately-held Mars, creating the world’s biggest confection company.

Avoiding the Lottery Line

Retail equipment innovator Pan-Oston said its Utopia self-checkout system that was introduced to Crossroads Market near Bowling Green, Ky., about three months ago is proving to be a success. “We selected the Utopia self-checkout solution for our new Crossroads Market store because we just wanted to make our customers happy and our stores more profitable,”

San Francisco Tobacco Legislation Comes Under Attack

Philip Morris USA filed suit today in federal court to overturn a controversial San Francisco ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco products in convenience drug stores. The lawsuit asks the court in the Northern District of California to delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional. The ban, passed by a

Free Gas For Life

A Spokane, Wash., woman was the grand prize winner in a ConocoPhillips promotion that provides her with free gas for life. Crystal Waggy, whose husband is a disabled Marine who survived three helicopter crashes, will receive free gas for the rest of her life every time she fills up her 1997 Ford F150, the company

Philip Morris USA Sues Over San Fran Ban

Philip Morris USA filed suit on Thursday in federal court to overturn a controversial San Francisco ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco products in convenience drug stores. The lawsuit asks the Northern District of California court to delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional. The ban was passed by a

7-Eleven Pegs Bit9 For PCI, IT Security Needs

Bit9 Inc. said 7-Eleven has chosen its Bit9 Parity to protect its retail systems from malware, data leakage and unauthorized software, as well as ensure Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Additionally, 7-Eleven is using Bit9 Parity to lock down and harden its corporate laptops, given that the retailer is in the

Ricker Oil Acquires 32 BP Stores

Ricker Oil Co. Inc., of Anderson, Ind., announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with BP to purchase all 32 of BP’s company-operated or company-supplied stores in the greater Indianapolis area. The acquisition means that Ricker Oil, which was featured in the cover story in CSD’s May 2008 issue, is now one of the

Retail Gasoline Prices to Remain Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices will be mixed across the U.S. this week, with some parts of the country expected to see a decline in pump prices after wholesale values made a sharp drop last week. However, the one, two punch by hurricanes Gustav and Ike have impacted