susser raising 200 million to complete towncountry deal

Stripes c-store owner to complete $50 million sale-lease back with National Retail Properties. Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings, operator of 330 convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, is in the process of acquiring San Angelo, TX-based Town & Country Food Stores, operator of 140 convenience stores in Central and West Texas and

usda grant to fund rural store initiative

Kansas State University program helps small, local communities survive. When a small town loses its grocery store, it loses not just an economic driver, but a bit of its identity, too. “If your store closes, that says bad things about your town and the direction it’s headed,” said David Procter, director of the Center for

nacs emphasizes the power of one

Association President and CEO Hank Armour stresses “one voice, one show.” “We may not look the same or operate the same, but we are one,” stressed NACS President and CEO Hank Armour at the NACS Show 2007 Opening General Session. “And our theme for this year’s NACS Show perfectly reflects this mission and where we

bics pat cordle leads new nacs supplier board

New NACS Supplier Board Chairman Pat Cordle, vice president of sales and marketing for Bic Corp., leads the new slate of officers who will serve on the 2007-08 NACS Supplier Board that was announced today during the Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show 2007 in Atlanta . In addition, Brad Heetland, director of east

tesco opens the doors to us stores

British grocer delays opening its Arizona stores until December. After quietly opening its first store in the Los Angeles market late last week, Tesco’s said its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets likely will not open in the Phoenix metro area until December, a company spokesman said. The British grocer and third-largest retailer in the world

murphy oil partners with dtn portal solutions

Murphy Oil Corp. has implemented DTN Portal Solutions, which hosts a branded online message center and allocation viewer that was integrated into Murphy’s Web site to increase the effectiveness of the oil company’s communication strategies. Murphy’s goal is to drive sales and encourage customer loyalty with enhanced features in a branded environment. Murphy, based in

veite cryogenics experience and advice adds value to miller welding supply grand rapids facility

Innovations suggested by Veite have allowed Miller Welding Supply to handle about 35% more business.Miller’s Patrick Clay says Miller chose Veite Cryogenics for the new facility because of their experience.“We’ve worked with Veite before.”“We often use Veite’s work as a selling point when we bring new customers in to show them the plant.Our facility is

rutters supports ymca preschool program

The $120,000 donation will provide scholarships for children with disabilities or from lower-income families. The Rutter’s companies has donated $120,000 to the YMCA of York and York County to provide scholarships for children who have disabilities or are from lower-income families. Rutter’s will serve as the major sponsor for a partnership called “With Rutter’s, All

mapcos core belief

Tennessee chain inks distribution deal with Core-Mark Holding Co. Core-Mark Holding Co. said it signed a non-binding letter of intent and is currently negotiating a definitive supply agreement with MAPCO Express Inc. MAPCO Express, Inc., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., operates approximately 500 convenience stores in eight southeastern states under the MAPCO Express, MAPCO Mart, East

holiday stationstores retains category one for reverse auction services

Process leads to “more competition and significant savings to the bottom line.” Bloomington, Minn.-based Holiday Stationstores operates more than 420 corporate and franchise locations in 12 states, has partnered with Category One (C1), a provider of reverse auction and eRFX services and technology, to utilize Category One’s C1 reverse auction platform to support its cost

mannatec launches private label fleet card program

FleetCor subsidiary delivers turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers. Mannatec introduced a new full service private label fleet card program for petroleum marketers. The new program brings simplicity, growth and cost savings opportunities versus previously available self-service private label programs. “This is a turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers and retailers where Mannatec does all

stewarts partners with payspot

Integrates with point-of-sale system to offer prepaid services. Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based chain with over 300 convenience shops in New York and Vermont, has partnered with PaySpot Inc., to offer prepaid products through Stewart’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system. Stewart’s Shops, known for its proprietary and dairy products, signed a multi-year agreement, which is

kumgo names boettcher director of information technology

Kum & Go, a division of Krause Gentle Corp. that operates 445 in 13 has named Brian Boettcher as director of information technology. Boettcher of Waukee, Iowa, has been with West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go for seven years and most recently held the position of director of network operations. As director of information

local 7eleven stores support troops

Alon USA begins a new fundraising program to run through November. Odessa, Texas-based Southwest Convenience Stores LLC, the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S., and the United Service Organizations (USO) have partnered to begin a new fundraising program. Throughout November, participating 7-Eleven stores in New Mexico and Texas will offer customers an opportunity to show

the paradies shops extends contract at sarasota bradenton

TravelMart brand also to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts is select locations. The Paradies Shops, the airport concessionaire/c-store chain based in Atlanta, has been awarded a contract extension at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to operate three new stores through 2022. The extension will bring exclusive store concepts to SRQ, including CNBC Sarasota Bradenton, Gulf Coast

giants sunflower seeds

GIANTS Sunflower Seeds are pleased to bring you “Dakota Ranch”; a unique ranch flavor with all the quality you have come to expect from GIANTS. Due to high customer demand we are pleased to add this to our Dill, KC Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper flavored seeds.Our unique flavoring process allows you to enjoy the

balmar petroleum rebranding to 7eleven

CEO Richard Oneslager calls decision to become a franchisee a “tremendous opportunity.” The incoming chairman for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) will convert 10 of his Colorado convenience outlets to 7-Eleven stores this month in a move designed to strengthen his offering to customers and improve his bottom line. Richard Oneslager, president of

reaching new heights

Fresh off the acquisition of Cummings Oil, Andrea Jackson leads Jacksons Food Stores’ retail strategy. By Shahla Hebets, Publisher Keeping a low profile hasits advantages, but eventuallya chain’s success starts toattract the attention, and eventhe enmity, of the competitors around it.Jacksons Food Stores is one of the conveniencestore and petroleum industry’sbiggest success stories, yet it

familial operations

Unlike many retailers profiled in Rising Stars, Kurt Straube always knew he would have a career in the convenience industry. Kurt StraubeDari Mart Stores His grandparents purchased afarm in Junction City, Ore., back in 1940, which grewinto Lochmead Dairy, a milk processing plant, and Dari MartStores in 1965. Three generations of his family have been

calling all dirty cars

The precise mix of equipment and marketing can quickly make the car wash one of the most valuable profit centers in the store. By Kim Sharrah, Associate Editor With high gasoline pricessqueezing fuel margins, theaddition of a car wash canturn a major profit for operatorslooking to make up some of therevenue lost at the pumps.

a seed of profitability

Zotes is transforming the seed category with innovative marketing and unique packaging. It has been an unexpected and exciting last two years for ZotesSunflower Co., as the seeds steadily climbed to its current numberone spot in the category touting convenient packaging andunique flavors. While other seeds in the category are packaged in bags anddisplayed on

flavor du jour

Retailers willing to get more daring with their menus stand to attract more adventurous palates and turn a tidy profit. By Kate Quackenbush, Managing Editor An American Express MarketBrief produced byTechnomic Inc. entitled “Ethnic Foods are in Fashion,”showed that more than half of consumers (51%) reportedpurchasing prepared, ready-to-eat foods from conveniencestores. Convenience stores also showed

a small rush

Living Essentials’ 5-Hour Energy is helping retailers capitalize on consumers’ needs for a timely energy boost. After surveying the flood of energydrinks introduced over the pastfew years, Living Essentials noticeda weakness in the category. Themajority of drinks continued to grow in packagesize and contained too much sugarand herbal stimulants. To fill the void of people

focus on foodservice safety

Poor safety methods could sicken customers and bring down an entire organization. Going above and beyond what’s required is the key to a healthy program. By Michael Ferrari, Staff Writer Adding a foodservice programis an excellent way toincrease profitability and developa more loyal, destination-mindedcustomer base. Committing to foodservice,however, opens the door to new dangerssuch as

diversified tobacco offering

Specialty and imported tobacco brands offer retailers an opportunity to cultivate a promising profit center. Retailers looking to develop an effective strategy forboosting sales would be wise to examine specialty andimported tobacco brands. Specialty tobacco shops havealready come to realize that brands like Djarum are attractinga new base of consumers that expect quality and value.

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