Thorntons Kicks Off Basketball Bracket Challenge

March Madness is here, and basketball fans can enter Thorntons free online sweepstakes beginning Sunday, March 13 for a chance to win free gas for a year. Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever ‘Basketball Bracket Challenge’ sweepstakes where customers can score big time by winning free gasoline for one year. Sweeps players fill in the

BP’s ampm Teams With Big West Basketball Tournament

“What could be more fitting for a brand that delivers ‘Too much good stuff’ than a tie-in program with college basketball’s most exciting time of the year,” says ampm president. As title sponsor of the 2011 Big West Tournament, BP’s ampm convenience store brand is focused on ensuring that students, alumni and fans of Big

MAPCO Express Partners With Cybera

MAPCO convenience stores add Cybera One security services with Wireless IDS to meet PCI compliance. MAPCO Express Inc. has partnered with Cybera, a data security and PCI compliance solution provider, to implement a comprehensive security solution at its 405 locations. MAPCO addresses PCI compliance requirements with the Cybera ONE solution, which includes wireless IDS (intrusion

Fresh-Cut Produce Thrives At C-stores

Convenience stores are a “tremendous growth channel” for fresh produce, notes  United Fresh Produce Association spokesperson. In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are stocking up on produce, changing their image in customers’ minds from merely the place to fill up on gas and grab a pack of cigarettes to a one-stop shop for everything from

Hunt Brothers Rewards Nashville Predator Fans

Hockey promotion trades free pizza for ticket stubs. Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Nashville Predators are offering an exclusive pizza promotion to Nashville Predators fans. As the Official Pizza of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Hunt Brothers Pizza is encouraging hockey fans to redeem their ticket stubs at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza store locations

Spinx Plans New $3 million Store

“We’re trying to get at least two new stores built before the end of the year,” says Spinx construction superintendent. Spinx Co. plans to construct an estimated $3 million convenience store in Greer, S.C., featuring energy efficient technology and space for future commercial development, Greenville Online reported. The site is planned for 1467 S. State

Beer Industry Contributes $223.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

“Our industry continues to play an integral role in providing jobs and revenue necessary to heal our recovering economy,” says Beer Institute president. A new Economic Impact study conducted by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) shows America’s beer industry—made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers—directly

Managing Word-of-Mouth About Your Brand

One-fourth of U.S. consumers admit they’re more likely to tell others about a bad experience than a good one. Consumers have sounded a clear warning to brands in COLLOQUY’s latest research into the word-of-mouth (WOM) sharing practices of U.S. households: Bad news travels fast. Of 3,295 U.S. consumers surveyed by COLLOQUY, a provider of loyalty

Quick Chek Celebrates Grand Opening

Community members and store representatives gather in Monroe, N.Y., for a Quick Chek coffee toast in honor of the new location. Quick Chek, which operates more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the southern New York metro area, celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Monroe, N.Y., on March 7.

BP Introduces Card Fraud Prevention Program

“FraudGuard empowers our network to take action to help prevent fraudulent activities at BP stations,” says BP card operations manager. BP Products North America Inc.  has announced the launch of FraudGuard, its newly enhanced payment card fraud prevention program that features proven technology options for eligible sites  and business incentives for participating retailers. Eligible BP-branded marketers may opt-in to take advantage of different opportunities to increase payment card security at purchase points both indoors and outdoors. According to a recent study, U.S. retail merchants incurred more

NCASEF Fights for Interchange Reform

Franchise owners headed to Washington, D.C. over the next 10 weeks to visit members of Congress, and encourage them to support the Federal Reserve’s swipe fee rulemaking process. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) came out Monday in support of debit card swipe fee reform, calling on Congress and the Federal Reserve

Casey’s Reports Q3 Results

Q3 earnings were impacted by compressed margins due to a competitive cigarette environment, rising commodity costs and increased operating expenses related to store openings. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported $0.34 in basic earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Jan. 31, 2011, compared to $0.34 for the same quarter a

Starbucks Turns 40

New Starbucks Petites, a line of eight sweets is rolling out at stores now. Starbucks is celebrating its 40th birthday this month, having opened its first store in Seattle on March 30, 1971. The world’s largest coffee chain with 17,000 locations in 55 countries drew in close to $11 billion last year, just posted its

Drivers Fill-Up as Gasoline Prices Spike

Federal data shows that gasoline supplied to the market, frequently referred to as implied demand, surged in late February, holding above the five-year average for the final two full weeks last month even though retail gasoline prices were setting a series of new highs. It was the first time in 2011 that the demand indicator

Gas Prices Soar Almost 34 Cents In 13 Days

California, which has the highest gas prices in the nation, has reached $3.89 for a gallon of gas. Gas prices continue to climb upward, spurred higher due to the turmoil in Libya, with crude oil prices moving above $106 per barrel in overnight trading, marking a two-and-a-half year high. The national average price for a

IDDBA Reviews Purchasing Behavior in the Deli

Deli shoppers include the quality-driven, convenience-driven and health-conscious consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released a new deli benchmark study, Consumers in the Deli: Attitudes, Buying Behavior & Purchase Drivers. The new report updates the last study published in 2004 and determines the degree to which customers are changing eating behavior or tastes and

Dollar General Opens New Location in Cleveland

A grand opening celebration planned for March 12, is set to award the first 50 shoppers with $10 gift certificates. Shoppers in Cleveland have a new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices now that Dollar General recently opened a new store at 35 Marvin Miles Road —which means competition for area c-stores.

Reese’s, NCAA Partner On Perfect Play Promotion

Lucky fan to have a shot at winning $1 million. College basketball fans love picking the perfect play, and doing so could win them $1 million, now that the Reese’s brand, a corporate partner of the NCAA for the third consecutive year, has begun its “Perfect Play” promotion. The promotion gives fans the opportunity to

Take the 2011 CSD/Kleiman HR Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Kleiman HR are collaborating to provide insight into the industry human resources practices. For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey

JDRF to Honor Wawa at 2011 Promise Ball

“JDRF is the leader in funding type one diabetes research, and Wawa stands behind its mission to find a cure,” says Wawa president. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter has announced and Wawa as the 2011 Honoree for its annual black-tie gala, the Promise Ball, themed “Keeping the Promise.” The Promise Ball

FDA Publishes Import Refusal Data

Import Refusal Report aims to provide the public with information on products that have been found to appear in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a list of every foreign manufacturer that has had a shipment refused entry to the U.S. since October 2001,

Great America Bake Sale Kicks Off

Share Our Strength launches annual Great American Bake Sale and Schedules National Challenge for May 13-15, 2011. Share Our Strength has announced its eighth annual Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar and Duncan Hines, which officially kicked off nationwide on March 1, 2011. Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign

Casey’s to Acquire Five QuikTrip Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire five convenience stores from QuikTrip Corp. The five stores are located in the Springfield, Mo., metropolitan area operating under the QuikTrip banner. The stores are expected to immediately rebranded to Casey’s once the transaction is completed. “Springfield has been a great market for

SymphonyIRI Identifies Growth Opportunities for 2011

Consumers deserted shopping malls and car dealerships in droves to spend wisely and save in 2009. While this conservative mindset has stuck with many consumers, others increased spending at least somewhat during 2010. The CPG industry demonstrated signs of improvement, with unit sales declines slowing markedly across channels, and some departments and categories experiencing positive

Atlas Oil Supporting Troops 2 Truckers Marine Program

Atlas Oil has begun hiring drivers from a unique, military-to-civilian vocational program for active duty service members. The Troops 2 Truckers program provides transportation,logistics training and credentialing and was designed to improve employment opportunities for members following their military service. Founded in 2006, Troop Transition operates these vocational training programs aboard military installations. When service

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