brookshire brothers and polk oil partner up

Brookshire Brothers and Polk Oil have signed an agreement to operate their respective businesses together, according to the Longview (Texas) News Journal. The companies will continue to operate as separate entities with Carl Ray Polk, Jr. remaining president of Polk Oil after the merger, all 360 employees of Polk Oil will be welcomed as Brookshire

exxonmobil warns customers of hot fuel

New decals placed on pumps not enough to quell FTCR anger. ExxonMobil will put decals on its gasoline pumps in California and Arizona acknowledging that “hot fuel” may not deliver the full value of a gallon of gasoline, according to a report in the industry publication Oil Express, a division of the Oil Price Information

opw names new president

Carlin replaces Crause as head of Fluid Transfer group. OPW Fueling Components, producer of commercial and retail fueling equipment, has named Phil Carlin president of its OPW Fuel Management Systems Inc. business unit. Carlin will replace David Crouse who was recently promoted to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, another Dover Company. Carlin has held

a matter of trust

Companies and candidates need to be diligent in their career search, but should rest easy in knowing that their confidentiality will not be compromised. by Haskel Thompson, National Executive Personnel Imagine that you are the CEO of a major company in the convenience store industry. A key division manager within the organization has just informed

rutters presents customer with free gas for three years

Pennsylvania resident wins contest prize valued at over $6,750. Rutter’s Farm Stores presented the first grand prize in its summer gas giveaway–free gas for three years–to Wrightsville, Pa. resident Mary Wherley. Rutter’s officials presented the award, valued at $6,750.74, at Wherley’s family-owned business, Wherley Automotive. Her husband, Lowell, with whom she has two sons, accompanied

conocophillips auctions off missouri properties

Units available for sealed bid through Sheldon Good & Co. ConocoPhillips, the third largest integrated energy company in the U.S., has set up gas stations and investment properties in Missouri for sealed bid through Sheldon Good & Co. Auctions. The portfolio consists of 11 operating gas stations and c-stores (two with Subway restaurants), a bulk

ab signs deal with icelandic glacial

Anheuser-Busch Inc. is the new master distributor for Icelandic Glacial super-premium natural spring water in the U.S., effective immediately. Anheuser-Busch has taken a 20% equity interest in Icelandic Water Holdings as part of a new agreement. Initial distribution will focus on select markets–including California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut–with plans to expand nationwide in

mcpherson oil selects redprairie

McPherson Oil Products has selected RedPrairie, a consumer-driven optimization company, to support its rapid expansion and increase customer satisfaction. McPherson, which is a leading Southeast distributor of industrial lubricants and a full-service petroleum products and services company, plans to implement the RedPrairie solutions at its two regional distribution centers in Trussville, Ala. and Atlanta beginning

mark vii expands to arkansas

Company signs distribution agreement with SourceONE. Mark VII Equipment Inc., supplier of solutions for the car wash business worldwide, has signed SourceONE as distributor for the state of Arkansas. Based in Fort Smith, SourceONE is a full-service car wash company engaged in the development, construction, consulting, management, marketing, distribution, sales and service of car wash

rutters installs skyline electronics priceadvantage

New software helps the chain instantly change gas pricing displays. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Market has turned to Skyline Electronic Pricing Solutions, an electronic price display manufacturer, to install its newest product, PriceAdvantage Central Control Fuel Pricing Software. The patent-pending software allows petroleum marketers to simultaneously update fuel pricing at their Skyline Products Electronic Price

bp sells off akron stations

Twenty-six units acquired by Giant Oil. BP has made a deal with Tampa, Fla.-based Giant Oil Co., selling off 26 stations in the Akron, Ohio area. While the details to the deal were not disclosed, a BP spokesperson told the AkronBeacon Journal that the deal was running as a typical business procedure for the worldwide

senate goes to vote on tobacco tax increase

R.J. Reynolds sets up Website opposing bill. Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a vote over the proposed 61-cents-per-pack increase on cigarettes and the possibility of a 156% increase on other tobacco products, such as cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless products. The new tax, introduced by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), is

iowa cstore group fights new tobacco tax

Proposed increase could leader to higher security and operating costs. Fearing that a new federal tobacco tax will hurt overall store operations for a lot of retailers, the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa has stepped up and taken an open stand against the proposed legislature. The group feels that another increase in tobacco

campaign against hot fuel continues

OOIDA sets up new Website to inform motorists. The “Turn Down Hot Fuel” campaign has just launched a new website to educate consumers on how “hot fuel” may have them paying higher prices than necessary for fuel. The campaign is spearheaded by a professional truckers’ organization, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), and includes a

delek to acquire interest in lion oil

Purchase of equity may lead to minimum ownership in the private company. Delek US Holdings Inc. has entered into agreements with several shareholders of Lion Oil Co. to acquire a minority equity interest of 28.3% in Lion Oil. Total cash consideration paid to the selling shareholders will equal approximately $65.4 million in the aggregate. The

visa helps protect small business

New program helps strengthen data security. Visa USA has released a program designed to help the nation’s small businesses improve their security. The credit card company’s program calls for acquiring financial institutions to strengthen their existing data security efforts to identify and address risks among their small merchant customers–such as smaller c-store chains–including identifying whether

thirteen el paso stores caught selling tobacco to minors

County-wide undercover operation leads to big fines for illegal sales. When it got suspicious as to how so many minors in the area were acquiring cigarettes, the El Paso County Sheriffs Dept. in Texas launched an undercover investigation. The investigation targeted local grocery and convenience stores, catching 13 of them in the act of selling

iezzi joins executive leadership solutions

Executive Leadership Solutions, a search firm that specializes in executive recruitment for the convenience store, petroleum and travel center industries, has signed on Robert “Bob” Iezzi as a senior executive recruiter. Iezzi is no stranger to the convenience store industry. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family he was behind the counter at a very young

kroger fights against hunger

Company continues efforts with “Bringing Hope to the Table.” In its continuing fight against hunger, The Kroger Co. is inviting customers to join in “Bringing Hope to the Table,” a two-week campaign running this month in every store to support America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. With the help of numerous vendor

7eleven surpasses mcdonalds

Company operates more stores worldwide than the popular QSR. Not only has 7-Eleven become the largest c-store chain in the world, but now it’s considered the most common store in the world, according to the Star-Telegram in Texas. The chain, which just celebrated its 80th birthday, has surpassed QSR giant McDonald’s as being the most

pittsburgh cstore owner begins own coop

New group to receive discounts for costly merchandise. Brian C. Weiss, owner of four convenience stores in Pittsburgh, has called together a cooperative for convenience store owners that could enable members to collectively negotiate lower prices on merchandise. “Over the past five years, we’ve been noticing how things have been getting really, really pricey,” Weiss

pantry changes 07 forecast

Falling shares cause company to reevaluate current financial condition. The Pantry Inc. has needed to reissue it’s financial forecast for the 2007 year for the third time since November, sending the price of shares down more than 11%, reported Reuters. The main reason for this change stems from an evaporation of gas margins the store

rutters experiences shifts in power

New executives moved into position within store’s corporate structure. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s has experienced some recent changes in personnel, altering the chain’s financial and operational staff. The new changes include the transfer of Patty Chatterdon from Rutter’s Farm Stores’ training supervisor to Rutter’s system support manager. Other changes include three new hires: Casey Sheehe as

gasselling cstores more likely to sell cigarettes to minors

New research shows which types of clerks are selling to young smokers. Even though most states stipulate that consumers be 18 years old to buy tobacco products, a new study finds that clerks who work in convenience stores that sell gasoline are the most likely to sell tobacco to minors. When compared to other retailers

shell honors wholesalers

“Go Further Grand Awards” rewards operators for hard work and sticking to guidelines. Shell Oil Products US and fuel marketer Motiva Enterprises LLC have recently recognized their highest-performing wholesalers in the U.S. for consistently providing exceptional experiences at their Shell-branded stations. The prestigious “Go Further Grand Awards” were presented in acknowledgment of efforts to deliver