FDA Prepares to Announce Tobacco Czar

  The FDA plans to announce the director of its new tobacco division this week, according to the agency’s commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, who personally interviewed six potential candidates for the position.   After President Barack Obama formally signed a bill giving the FDA the power to regulate tobacco in June, the FDA began its search


U.S. Gasoline Average Hovers Near June High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. continued their upside trajectory through the middle of August, responding to higher costs passed through from the wholesale markets, with pump prices near the 2009 high reached in late June.   The U.S. average for regular

Save on Snickers at Sam’s Club

  As part of the Sam’s Club ongoing commitment to help independent convenience store owners make a profit and simplify their business needs, the company has lowered prices on chocolate bars-the leader among candy sales in c-stores.   From Aug. 29-Oct. 10, independent convenience store owners can purchase 48-count boxes of Snickers at a discounted

Kum & Go Announces Harley Winner

  Kum & Go and XYIENCE, a provider of nutritional products, have named Tim Nolan, a 32-year-old father of four from Omaha, Neb., the winner of the Kum & Go and XYIENCE Harley-Davidson promotion.   Nolan’s winning entry was selected randomly from among thousands of entries from Kum & Go customers, who have been submitting

Indiana Panel Gathers Facts Ahead of Alcohol Debate

Indiana law has long prohibited the sale of carry-out liquor on Sundays, and has prevented businesses other than liquor stores from selling cold beer. But that could all change after the Indianapolis Legislature Interim Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverages meets later this summer, the Indianapolis Star reported. The committee will be gathering facts on possible

BP to Display New Digital Signage

BP has chosen Retail Media Company LLC, a digital signage business based in Los Angeles, as its  digital signage provider at the pump and in the c-store. BP selected Retail Media out of a field of competitors during a process that began this July. Retail Media will build a network of screens above the pumps

Pilot and Food City Plan $10 Million Fuel Terminal

  Pilot Corp. and Food City are building a new $10 million fuel terminal in Knoxville, Tenn., the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.   The facility will procure and distribute gasoline, diesel, ethanol and aviation fuel to Food City Gas’n’Go Fuel Centers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, and to Pilot Convenience Stores and Pilot Travel Centers

New York Tobacco Vendors Fight Fees

An increase in the annual state application fee for tobacco vendors in New York could cause many of them to stop selling cigarettes and cigars, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. The whopping 900% increase for small vendors is currently part of the New York state budget. The annual fee is skyrocketing from $100 to

Kum & Go’s Krause Talks Tulsa

  Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause recently sat down with the Tulsa World to share some thoughts on his business, the economy and social networking as a way to connect with customers.   In addition his career at Kum & Go, Krause also owns Solar Transport, the largest Iowa-based transporter of refined

nFinanSe, Coinstar Form Nationwide Distribution Agreement

  nFinanSe Inc. and  Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc., a subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc., are teaming up to distribute nFinanSe’s reloadable prepaid and gift cards to Coinstar’s Pay as You Go Solution, found at retailers nationwide.   The nFinanSe prepaid cards are expected to be available to Coinstar retail partners starting in the last quarter of

BP and Martek Biosciences Join To Deliver Advanced Biodiesels

  BP and Martek Biosciences Corp. have signed a joint development agreement to work on the production of microbial oils for biofuels applications, BP announced in a press release this week.   The partnership will combine a broad technology platform and operational capabilities to convert sugars into biodiesel.   “Martek is pleased to partner with

Sheetz Adds New Store in Martinsburg, W.V.

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is opening a new store in Martinsburg, W.V. today at 5715 Hammonds Mill Road.   Employees will host a grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at 3:30 p.m., and customers are invited to attend.   “For more than 20 years we have been a part of the

Kids Charity Awarded Free CITGO Gas For A Year

  The Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN), based in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is the first winner of the Fueling Good promotion presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp.   CVHN provides free health and dental care to uninsured and underinsured children across northwest Florida.   Launched this June, the CITGO Fueling Good promotion recognizes and rewards

QuikTrip Opens Kansas City Clinic

  QuikTrip Corp. has opened a health clinic for its workers in the Kansas City, Mo. area, the Kansas City Star reported.   Located in Belton, Mo., the clinic is the second established by the c-store chain. The first was opened two years ago at the company’s headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.   The clinic assures

Study Used to Fight Proposed Cigarette Tax

Michigan’s cigarette tax of $2 a pack could grow by another 25 cents, and c-stores are fighting the proposal with a new study, the Detroit Free Press reported. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed the tax. But a recent study conducted by three economists shows the proposal would result in minimal revenue and more smuggling from

One Stop Supports Wishes of Kids In Need

  One Stop Convenience Stores, in conjunction with the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA), are supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation through a new promotion, The Charleston Gazette reported.   As part of the promotion, one penny for every gallon of gas pumped each Tuesday in August at One Stop locations throughout West Virginia

Petroleum Consolidators Enters Capital Raising Agreement

  Petroleum Consolidators of America, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla., a gasoline station and c-store operator has formed a capital raising agreement with a southwest Florida-based broker-dealer for $15,000,000 in financing.   The company said it is implementing a targeted acquisition strategy to create a portfolio of consolidated retail gasoline facilities and wholesale fuel distributorships

Wawa Names Six Hoagiefest Winners

Wawa Inc. has announced the winners of its Hoagiefest Music Contest, which ran for four weeks, during Wawa’s in-store Hoagiefest Campaign. The contest challenged hoagie fanatics to create and submit an original song about Wawa and Hoagiefest or to shoot a video set to one of Wawa’s official Hoagiefest tunes for a chance to win

Fuel Increases Recede

By Brian L. Milne is the Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Heading into mid-August, retail gasoline prices will be mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets following choppy price action in wholesale markets during the first full week of the month.   While the bias was on the downside, wholesale costs moved higher

Valero Sued For Allegedly Overworking, Underpaying Managers

  Valero Energy Corp. is up against a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of underpaying and overworking its convenience-store employees, the Wall Street Journal reported.   The lawsuit was filed Monday by two former Valero store managers and one current manager, all from Santa Cruz, Calif. The former female employees are suing, alleging

Circle K Selling 87 Stores

  Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., is putting 87 of its locations up for sale with help from NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC.   The final list of properties to be divested includes 74 petroleum sites and 13 commercial sites. Sixty of those properties are operating locations, while 22

Mark VII Launches Direct Sales in Oklahoma

  Mark VII Equipment Inc., Arvada, Colo., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, which supplies innovative solutions for the carwash business worldwide, has launched direct sales and service operations in Oklahoma.   “We look forward to directly supporting our former distributor’s customer base,” said Murray Kennedy, CEO of Mark VII.  “It includes plenty

Rutter’s Names Fifth and Sixth Free Gas Winners

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is in the final weeks of its gas giveaway, and customers still have a chance at winning a number of prizes, including two more chances to win free gas for one year and the opportunity to win a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle.   The Rutter’s “Fuel Up Free!” promotion

C-stores Become SNAP Card Compatible

  As the economic downturn continues, many customers are applying for food stamps, which now are being given in the form of food debit cards, prompting more retailers to begin accepting the cards.   States hardest hit by the housing market collapse have seen some of the biggest increases in food stamp demand, although Western

CITGO Helps Retailers Gain Competitive Edge

  CITGO is offering a helping hand to small independent business owners in the convenience store and petroleum sector with its expanded CITGO Buying Group program.   The program offers customized business solutions for the daily challenges facing independent owners and is available to each of the CITGO marketers and the nearly 7,000 locally owned