OPMCA Welcomes New Director of Regulatory & Government Affairs

“In a complex industry like ours, his experience in research and analysis, and (Biemel’s) attention to detail will be valuable assets,” says OPMCA CEO. The Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has announced Dave Biemel as its new director of regulatory and government affairs. Biemel is a 2010 graduate of Case Western Reserve

TPE 2011 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

E-cigarettes are a big trend on the show floor, with several new manufacturers showcasing electronic products. The Tobacco Plus Expo International (TPE) opened in Las Vegas on March 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, bringing together a broad array of tobacco, tobacco products and accessories under one roof. On the show floor, the major

TA Launches TruckSmart i-Phone Application

“TruckSmart provides invaluable data and locating services, some of which have never been available before in the industry,” says CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has launched a new smart phone application called TruckSmart. “TA and Petro offer customers the full-service advantage and TruckSmart is yet another dimension to what TA is doing to help

Lukoil Transfers Ownership of Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc.

On March 1, 2011 Getty Realty Corp. was informed by management of Lukoil North America LLC that Lukoil transferred its interest in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Marketing), Getty Realty’s largest tenant, to an unrelated party on Feb. 28, 2011. Getty Realty has commenced a preliminary dialogue with the new management of Marketing.

Midwest Circle K Offers Hunt Brothers Pizza

“We recognized a growing consumer demand for hot fresh food options,” Circle K spokesperson says. A Circle K convenience store in Manteno, Ill., has added Hunt Brothers Pizza, a national made-to-order pizza brand that serves the convenience store industry. Located at 29 South Locust and open 24/7, the store plans to offer Hunt Brothers Pizza

Seneca Honored by Illinois Safety Council

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Companies has recently been notified of their fifth consecutive Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC) for outstanding achievement in accident prevention in 2010. This award will be presented at the April 29th Awards Ceremony during the 58th Annual Professional Development Conference at Expo in Bettendorf, Iowa. The company boasts multiple

Casey’s Expands Hours

Several Illinois stores set to stay open 24 hours. More than 24 Casey’s General Stores in Illinois are set to stay open 24 hours, starting March 1, the Pantagraph reported. Three stores in Bloomington, Ill., plus one each in Pontiac, Dwight, Streator, Tremont and Heyworth, Ill., are among those that will be featuring the extended

Sunoco Completes Toledo Refinery Sale

Sunoco’s existing retail marketing and logistics operations in Ohio and neighboring states are not impacted by the sale. Sunoco Inc. has completed the previously announced sale of its refinery in Toledo, Ohio to Toledo Refining Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of PBF Holding Co. LLC for approximately $400 million (consisting of $200 million in

TA Celebrates Nashville Reopening

“Six-String Celebration” March 1-6 to provide celebrities, music, fun and prizes for customers. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is planning a grand reopening celebration event March 1-6 at the newly remodeled and reopened Nashville TA located at 111 North First Street, outside downtown Nashville, Tenn. Named “Six-String Celebration,” the week’s events promise customers music, fun

Love’s Opens CNG Fueling Station

More CNG fueling stations expected at Love’s locations around the U.S. Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores are partnering to open a new public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, reported Oklahoma City’s NewsChannel4. The CNG station at a Love’s store on State Highway 3 in downtown Kingfisher

Gasoline Prices Surge as Libya Violence Escalates

Wholesale gasoline prices surged following Presidents’ Day, as violence in Libya escalated, with street prices marching higher on the tsunami wave of climbing oil costs across the globe. Worse, the full pass through costs from wholesale to retail have not worked their way through the supply chain, meaning retail prices will continue to climb in

Aloha Petroleum Expands in Maui

New gas station is Aloha’s first in Kahului, Maui. Honolulu-based Aloha Petroleum is building a new gas station and 2,000-square-foot c-store in Kahului, Maui—its first on the island—at a time when other local stations are struggling amid high gas prices, the Maui News reported. “I don’t think any service station on Maui is growing,” Terry

Fresh & Easy Continues Expansion

Ninth new store opens in Southern California, as Fresh & Easy plans for Northern California store openings this week. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has opened its eighth and ninth stores of 2011 in the Southern California communities of San Dimas and Camarillo last week, and is scheduled to open its first stores in Northern

Kum & Go CEO Honored

Kyle and Sharon Krause are named Iowa Star Award recipients for philanthropic work. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause, along with his wife, Sharon, recently were honored with The Des Moines Register’s “2010 Iowa Star Award.” This prestigious award recognizes central Iowans who have given back to the community and made an extraordinary

Lorillard Sues FDA

“We are taking this action reluctantly after the FDA failed to constitute the committee in accordance with the law and failed to properly address legitimate concerns regarding fairness and impartiality,” says Lorillard’s senior vice president. Lorillard Inc. today filed suit to stop Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from receiving or relying on recommendations from its

7-Eleven Hits 40,000 Store Milestone

7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto is scheduled to present a $40,000 donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity in celebration of  the chain’s achievement. From its humble beginnings in 1927 selling milk and bread from an ice dock in Oak Cliff, Texas, 7-Eleven Inc. has grown into an international powerhouse with more retail outlets than

Remke bigg’s, Speedway Partner To Offer Fuel Rewards

“Our partnership with Speedway provides customers with 87 convenient locations in which to save at the pump,” says Remke bigg’s president. Remke bigg’s, a grocer with 14 stores throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati,  and Speedway are partnering to help customers save on fuel with Pump Perks fuel rewards program. The Pump Perks program, along with

ShopRite Adds RelaxZen

As the popularity of relaxation beverages soars, grocery stores like ShopRite, increasingly are adding them to store shelves. ShopRite, which operates 190 grocery stores in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware, has added RelaxZen DAY and RelaxZen NIGHT products from RelaxZen Inc. to its product line. RelaxZen’s 2.5-ounce tapered bottles being added to

Sunflower Farmers Market Opens 33rd Store

Organic grocer to celebrate Salt Lake City grand opening with giveaways, food and festivities. Sunflower Farmers Market, a full-service natural and organic grocer, is only one month away from the grand opening of its latest Salt Lake City store, which debuts March 16, bringing more “serious food at silly prices” to the area. The new

Thorntons Launches ‘Gas Price Text Alerts’

New text message program from Thorntons helps customers save on gas. Thorntons Inc. is helping customers get a ‘jump on the pump’ before fuel prices change and giving them the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs, with the launch of a new text messaging program, Thorntons Gas Price Alerts. The

Susser Holdings Releases Q4 Results

“Following a challenging 2009, we set a new all-time record for Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2010, driven by unusually strong fuel margins, steady same-store growth in merchandise sales and careful expense control,” says Susser president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. released its fourth quarter of 2010 report, showing strong merchandise sales and fuel volumes as

7-Eleven TV Set For Nationwide Rollout

When deployment is complete, 7-Eleven TV is expected to reach more than 200 million customers with programming and promotional advertising tailored to specific markets, customer segments and dayparts. 7-Eleven TV, a digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising network, already operating in 500 of the highest traffic volume 7-Eleven stores in the country, including in New York, Los

Circle K Elevates Xenergy To A National Brand

Now at least three different varieties of XYIENCE’s Xenergy are planned for each region where Circle K operates, catering to local taste preferences. Circle K has sealed an agreement with XYIENCE, elevating its energy drink brand Xenergy to national status and giving it potential access to all 4,200 locations of the convenience store chain. The

Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Makeover Contest: Foodservice Edition

Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. But if you are committed to foodservice, Convenience Store Decisions is here to help!Whether you’re planning

Hutchens Petroleum Launches Tanker Truck Advertising

Images on tanker trucks promote “Fueling Your Life” and supporting the community. Fuel supplier Hutchens Petroleum has launched a new advertising campaign prominently displayed on its fleet of tanker trucks. The tankers are brightly wrapped with images of Hutchens Petroleum fueling the life of local communities from southern Virginia to the Piedmont Triangle of North

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