CITGO Celebrates 100-Year Heritage

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is celebrating its 100-year heritage today, Sept. 2. The brand dates back to the Cities Service Co. and continues today as a U.S. petroleum refining and marketing company. With the backing of its shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, CITGO is the third largest independent refiner,

Kangaroo Express Launches “Freeze The Swamp” Campaign

The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., is rallying behind University of Florida football fans to “Freeze The Swamp.” The campaign introduces ICEE products to 92 Gainesville and Ocala area Kangaroo Express locations. Kangaroo Express is collaborating with The ICEE Co. to co-promote the frozen beverages in concert with

Nielsen Polls Customer Gas Buying Habits

As U.S. consumers prepare to hit the road for Labor Day weekend, The Nielsen Co. finds that nearly half (45%) of U.S. households are diligently seeking lower gas prices. The economy has consumers looking for cost savings across the board, even as they revert to some pre-recession habits. “Although gas prices are not as high

Thorntons Debuts Remodeled Store

Thorntons has announced the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 4154 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 31. With the addition of this location, Thorntons  operates 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

Couche-Tard Raises Bid

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has increased its tender offer for Casey’s General Stores to $38.50 per share in cash, as Casey’s responds by advising its shareholders not to take any action as it reviews the revised bid. The revised offer of $38.50 is $0.50 per share higher than the price at which a majority of outstanding

Roadrunner Markets Ups Social Media Strategy

Roadrunner Markets of Johnson City, Tenn., has hired Creative Energy to create and manage the social media strategy for the chain’s 92 convenience store locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. “Social media is an effective way to reach out to your customers and have a relationship with them,” said Creative Energy’s social

Valero Adds Touch-Screen POS System

Valero Energy Corp. has approved the Nucleus point-of-sale (POS) system by Dresser Wayne, an innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, for implementation at Valero-branded fuel sites across the U.S. The popular touch-screen POS system has demonstrated its compatibility with the Valero payment network and seamless integration with Valero operations. To celebrate the announcement, both Dresser

Man Cave Sweepstakes Begins

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has announced its Wild Side Man Cave sweepstakes and promotion, underway now. Using the unique code found of specially marked Jack Link’s packages, brand enthusiasts can explore the elusive Sasquatch’s “man cave” online and register for a chance to win a Wild Side Man Cave of their own. As no true

Dealing with Adversity

BP’s Gulf of Mexico response has included more than $4 billion spent to date, including more than 153,650 payments totaling $395 million (as of presstime) in claims to Gulf residents and businesses affected by the oil spill. Other payments included: • $20 billion claims escrow fund • $100 million unemployed rig workers’ fund • $500

Rebuilding the BP Brand

With the Gulf Oil spill behind it, a new CEO at the helm and the clean up effort underway, BP now must turn its attention to making good on its recovery promises and helping BP branded stations win back customers who may not quickly forget the devastation in the Gulf. Since the spill began, and

CITGO Supports Local Red Cross

Nine locally owned CITGO stations in Robeson and Scotland Counties, N.C., are supporting the local Red Cross chapter through fundraising efforts and two community blood drives. From Aug. 3 to Sep. 6, these CITGO stations are selling $1 paper blood droplets to raise money for the many community, disaster, military and health assistance programs provided

Working Americans Report Economic Perceptions

Working Americans report having mixed feelings when it comes to job security, the economy and worker happiness. Short-term job security is improving, but at the same time, more workers fear losing their job some day in the future. More Americans think the economy is on the upswing. But this is still a minority opinion contrasted

Retail Gasoline Prices to Edge Higher Ahead of Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After slumping to a 10-week low of $2.704 gallon on Aug. 23, the US average price for regular grade gasoline, all formulations, is poised to move higher in front of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day marks the end of the summer driving season, with

Atlas Oil Makes Inc. 5000 List

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is among the fastest growing private companies in the nation for the second year running. Inc. magazine just published its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list and Atlas increased its position by 278 spots to 4,146 overall. In Michigan, where Atlas is headquartered, the company is ranked at the top of

Winn-Dixie Offers Flu Vaccinations

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. plans to offer flu vaccinations on a walk-in basis and through vaccine clinics at all of its in-store pharmacies beginning Sept. 1. Customers using their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card will receive a $5 discount off the $28 flu vaccine ($23 with the Customer Reward Card). Winn-Dixie’s pharmacies also are offering a new,

GSTV Boosts Pepsi AMP Sales

Gas Station TV (GSTV) has released its proprietary Nielsen results from its study with PepsiCo’s AMP Energy and AMP Energy Juice drinks conducted by The Nielsen Co. The results show AMP Energy purchase intent nearly tripled after the eight-week campaign on GSTV, showing the effectiveness of GSTV as a core platform for consumer packaged products,

VERC Enterprises Fundraises For Flood Victims

In response to the devastating floods recently experienced in the country of Pakistan, VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store, gasoline station and car wash operation with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has initiated a fundraising effort at each of its stores to assist those affected by the natural disaster. “VERC Enterprises currently

7-Eleven Tests Chicken Sales

7-Eleven is expanding its food offering, testing sales of whole roasted chicken at some downtown Chicago stores this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “It’s to see if we can capitalize on home meal replacement,” Carole Davidson, senior vice president of strategic planning for the Dallas-based chain told the Chicago Sun-Times. The whole roasted chicken, priced

Tesoro Grows Shell Retail Network

Tesoro Corp. is set to acquire the existing Shell-branded wholesale supply contracts in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah and most of Idaho. The acquired contracts represent approximately 300 Shell-branded stations. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesoro may also grow the Shell brand through retail stations in these areas, which are anchored by the

Wilson Farms Holds Cutest Baby Contest

Wilson Farms is appealing to customers’ love of cuteness, while it looks to raise money for a worthy cause. The Wilson Farms, located at 4981 Southwestern Boulevard, in Hamburg, N.Y., is hosting its first annual ‘Cutest Baby Contest,’ and is currently accepting photos of kids ages 0-3 for those who hope to vie for a

Tennessee Mulls Wine in Grocery Stores

Tennessee is the latest state to debate selling wine at grocery stores. And it would appear the movement is gaining steam-25,000 Tennesseans have now registered with the “Red, White and Food” campaign to try and make it happen, Eyewitness News reported. Jarron Springer, president of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, told Eyewitness News,

Mid-Atlantic Acquires Exxon Sites

Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), an investment platform backed by Catterton Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm in North America, has acquired 58 convenience stores/fuel stations, located in Northern Virginia and Maryland, from Exxon Mobil Corp. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MACS is a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of

Pencil Pushers

7-Eleven Inc. wants to make sure Chicago schoolchildren have the “write” stuff when they head back to class this fall. As part of its Hispanic marketing and community outreach program, the convenience retailer is donating a package of No. 2 pencils for every package local customers purchase as a donation to Chicago-area students. Suggested retail

Kroger and Shell Join Forces

The Kroger Co., has teamed up with Shell to give customers in Dallas- Fort Worth and surrounding communities the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Aug. 30, every time Kroger customers in the area

Casey’s Reports Recapitalization Results

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced the preliminary results of its modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer, which expired on Aug. 25, 2010 at midnight New York City time, determining the recapitalization was a success. Based on the preliminary count, a total of approximately 28.2 million shares were validly tendered at the minimum purchase price

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