Rutter’s Doles Out First of Four Gas Awards

Kathy Wallick doesn’t consider herself a lucky person, and her family members won’t even let her touch lottery tickets for fear she’ll have a negative effect on them. But if you want proof that her luck has changed, consider this: Wallick is the first grand-prize winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ gas giveaway, the company said.

Fresh & Easy’s Manhattan Beach Opening Draws 2,600

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market saw nearly 2,600 customers show up to the grand opening of its store in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, the company said. It’s the company’s 62nd store on the West Coast, the others being in California, Nevada and Arizona. The store’s “grill pack” sold particularly well, the company said, adding

Roundup On Competitors …

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks announced plans to close 600 stores this week, while big-box retailer Wal-Mart said it’s stepping up efforts to bring more U.S. farmers into its supply chain as a way to keep food prices down. Dunkin’ Donuts, meanwhile, added a new Southwest Chicken Flatbread sandwich to its oven-toasted menu. Wal-Mart said it’s

Atlas Oil To Acquire 23 BP Sites In Indiana

Atlas Oil Co. will acquire 23 BP retail sites in Indiana, as well as operate a number of sites on the Indiana Toll Road, Crains News Service reported. The deal, scheduled to close this fall, includes a number of retail locations owned by BP and several dealer-supplied sites, Crains reported. As part of the transaction,

Gas And Diesel Demand Down

With fewer people on the road, retailers are seeing fuel demand drop, according to data released by a trade group representing the travel plaza industry. And ask any economist what happens when a product’s supply is ample but demand is lower, they’ll tell you the price of the product is likely to fall. Not so

RedPrairie Optimizes Shipping

RedPrairie Corporation announced enhancements to its industry-leading warehouse management solution, which is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of shipment and delivery of food and other perishable goods. While useful for a variety of multi-environment and campus distribution operations, the enhancements are especially helpful for food distributors and grocery retailers. “In food and grocery

The Cyber Slurpee

A Web site for 7-Eleven’s favorite frozen carbonated beverage, www.slurpee.com, just got a whole lot cooler, the company said. The redesigned site now includes interactive features, giving Slurpee lovers around the world a chance to post messages and share photos and videos featuring their favorite frozen beverage. The site was renamed Slurpee Nation to reflect

A Billion-dollar Deal?

Delek US Holdings Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn., is in exclusive negotiations to purchase a U.S. refinery for about $1 billion, a deal that could also land the company 400 to 500 retail locations if the plan pans out, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Delek did not name the

Zarco 66 Teams With Dresser Wayne

Dresser Wayne and Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels have announced the grand opening of Zarco’s sustainable and alternative fuel site in Lawrence, Kan. The Zarco location not only dispenses ethanol and biodiesel produced within a 75-mile radius of the facility, it also represents an innovative vision for sustainable construction and energy consumption, according to Dresser

Fresh & Easy Touts Holiday Savings

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is offering a special summer grill pack offering nearly five pounds of beef patties, mild pork sausages and lightly seasoned chicken – and a 12-pack of Fresh & Easy’s Taurino Cerveza beer – for under $10. The company said its USDA-certified grill pack includes a mix of eight hand-trimmed and

NACS: Visa’s Move to Reduce Debit Holds a “Smokescreen”

With retailers and consumers struggling from the card companies’ policy of placing excessive holds on credit- and debit-card transactions at the fuel pumps, Visa announced a plan to reduce hold times to just a couple of hours. Right now, issuing banks impose a hold on funds in their customers’ bank accounts for an amount exceeding

Private-Label Energy Boosts Profits

A little more than a year after teaming with Boo Koo Holdings Inc. to launch GazZu Energy, a proprietary 16-ounce energy drink, the Circle K brand is taking the next logical step and extending the private-label energy lineup to include 2-ounce shots. Dubbed GazZu Shooters, the shots are more than lightening in a bottle for

By the Numbers

» 3 Years Pennsylvania resident Kathy Wallick gets free fuel as part of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ gas giveaway. She is the first of four grand prize winners in the c-store chain’s promotion, which runs through Aug. 24. » 10 Optimum number of seconds for a pumptop TV advertisement to foster greater consumer recall of advertising

Atlas Oil to Acquire 23 BP Sites in Indiana

Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., has reached an agreement with BP Products North America to acquire and supply 23 BP branded stores in northwest Indiana. The sale, which is scheduled to close in the fall, includes a number of retail locations owned by BP, several dealer-supplied sites and an agreement for Atlas to operate

Zarco 66 Expanding Alternative Fuels

Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels last month celebrated the official grand opening of its first sustainable and alternative fuel site in Lawrence, Kan. The Zarco location not only dispenses ethanol and biodiesel produced within a 75-mile radius of the facility, it also represents an innovative vision for sustainable construction and energy consumption. Dubbed the "Green

The Jackpot in Goldsby

Try as they might, the triumvirate at Nine West Marketplace in Goldsby, Okla., just couldn’t get the beer drinkers in their small Oklahoma town to help themselves to the brews in the beer cave. "We tried everything under the sun to get them to go in there," said Carri Moore-Colwell, one of three owners at

A Tobacco-Free County: Could it Ever Happen?

I remember it clearly. It was an overcast day in June 2002 in Lancaster County, Pa., when I attended a meeting that has always left me with a lasting impression. As the tobacco buyer for a major oil company, I quietly sat (not something I’m known for) and I listened to the discussion that one

C-Stores 101

There’s a profitable parable tucked somewhere inside the hodge-podge of mix-and-match cereal containers laid out on a table in the University of Rhode Island’s Corner Store. Something deeply religious, or at least something that screams "diversity" and "open-mindedness." For every Tony the Tiger, there’s a Lucky Charms leprechaun. For every Cookie Crisp, there’s a Cinnamon

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

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