e85 spreads to brighten colo

Combined effort of several groups leads to more momentum for the corn-based fuel. Brighton, Colo. is being introduced to its first E85 ethanol-blend gas site, thanks to Western Convenience Stores. The new site is the 22nd E85 fueling site location in Colorado, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. The station is the result of

saracen energy acquires fuelquest

New merger will provide both companies with better resources. An investment fund managed by Houston-based Saracen Energy Advisors LP has acquired FuelQuest Inc., a provider of information technology, supply chain management and tax automation technologies to the downstream petroleum complex, fuel retailers, fuel suppliers, distributors, trading firms and large transportation companies. The acquisition will provide

tio networks and exxonmobil extend strategic alliance

Services will be made available to current and newly franchised On the Run and Tigermart stores. Burnaby, B.C.-based TIO Networks Corp., automated bill payment and financial services network, opted for a five-year extension to its strategic alliance with Exxon Mobil. The relationship, which began in 2004, has been extended to 2012. Under the terms of

pa senate evaluates beer sales

New bill votes on what kinds of packaging distributors can carry, as well as what kind of venues are allowed to sell alcohol. A Pennsylvania Senate committee is discussing a bill that could change the way beer is sold in the state. The bill has left the senate committee divided over the right to sell

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

pmaa seeks relief from gouging accusations

New bill in play sets new ground rules. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Gasoline Prices, Oil Company Profits and the American Consumer” on Tuesday, May 22. Afterwards, thanks to the efforts of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the committee released a new version of Rep. Bart Stupak’s

rutters helps customers fuel up for free

Popular gas giveaway returns offering more prizes than last year. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway returns May 28 and runs through Aug. 26. Four lucky customers will win free gas for three years, compared with three grand-prize winners in 2006. “We had an incredible response to ‘Fuel Up Free!’ in 2006,” said

top star express qa

The Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based chain explains the design steps that made the store a success.. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Top Star Express has made its mark in the area with its fuel and product offering. However, the chain told Convenience Store Decisions that it keeps customers coming back by giving them a store that both

nice n easy earns its honors

New York chain to be recognized for its proprietary foodservice program. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. (Canastota, N.Y.) is no foodservice novice. The company has culled its expansive family of proprietary brands under the Easy Street Eatery umbrella, which remains a popular foodservice destination in its upstate New York market.

exxonmobils memphis conversion

Forty stores rebranded from Tigermarket to On the Run. ExxonMobil has converted its 40 Memphis-area Tigermarket convenience stores to On the Run convenience stores at Exxon service stations. “When you walk into an On the Run store, you’ll notice a difference,” said Ben Soraci, U.S. retail sales director, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. “We’ve worked hard

7eleven reaches a state of xen

Xenergy energy drinks to be sold at more than 5,000 company stores.. 7-Eleven has entered a new distribution agreement with Xyience, allowing Xenergy energy drinks, to be stocked in more than 5,000 locations. “This partnership represents an enormous opportunity for Xyience to bring the Xenergy name and product to a broader customer base,” said Bill

gas stations losing against driveoffs

Record-high prices driving desperate drivers to desperate measures. Escalating gas prices are becoming standard fodder for nightly news programs, all of which have been accurately reporting on the dangerously high records recent gas prices have been shattering. With the ever-increasing prices at the pump comes desperation from motorists who either cannot or choose not to

customer focused

Stop-N-Go Stores executes unparalleled customer service because it never loses sight of its most important asset: its people. Stop-N-Go Stores has been a convenience beacon in Medina, ohio foralmost half a century, but the 10-store chain has become a force to be reckoned with ever since Becky Shotwell took over theoperation from her parents, Ruth

mall variety

Coinstar Inc. announced an agreement between Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. and Charter One for Coinstar to distribute the universal Charter One MasterCard Gift Card through Coinstar gift card malls. Theprogram offers consumers the convenience and flexibility of being able to usethis card at millions of locations where Debit MasterCard is accepted. Thebalanced program allows retailers

village qwik stop celebrates 25 years of service

Store holds raffle to reward the customers that kept it going strong. The Village Qwik Stop in Pigeon, Mich. is celebrating 25 years of filling gas tanks and its customers’ needs. Opened in 1982, owners Mike and Lorraine LePage bought and converted an old drive-through car wash after realizing the convenience niche in the area

upgrading the kitchen

The type of equipment and its efficiencies play a major part in the success of a foodservice offering. Forget that crusty, old buttered roll grandpa picked up atthe corner store to complementhis morning coffee back in the day.Forget about those tiny bags of pretzelsor chips that used to suffice as a “meal onthe go” during

shure thing

Shure Manufacturing Corp.’s Shuresafe Deal Trays are designed as anefficient pass-thru system when installed in a countertop with a wall belowand a glass security window above. Model #670094 has a stationary base with a sliding stainless steel tray and features perfect economical securitysolution for cashier windows or other high-risk areas. Model #670100Stationary Deal Tray comes

infinite possibilities

With a short life, big margins and a susceptibility to promotions, lighters can illuminate sales with the right variety and display. Lighters were once a ways toa mean—to light up a cigarette,ignite a candle or fire up a birthday cake—but they’ve evolved into a form of self-expression. David Dill,vice president of sales and marketing forJacksonville,

soup sensations

Knorr Easy Bistro Soups is a new line delivering fresh-tasting,scratch-quality soups with incomparable operational ease. The EasyBistro line is delivered in a shelf-stable pouch format, making it ideal foroperations with limited or no cooler/freezer space. Each pouch yields about60-oz. and can be heated in 11 minutes on the stove-top, boil-in-a-bag,microwave, combi-steamer or steam table. Once

the other tobacco product

Boosted by new flavors and additional varieties, cigars continue strong incremental sales growth. While tobacco has long been a backbonefor the industry, pulling millions in individualunit sales as well as boosting the profit from theaverage smoker’s market basket, it has not come without its problems. Consistent tax increases and society’s dour view on cigarette smoking

sweet surprise

Swisher International introduces the newestaddition to the family—Swisher Sweets GrapeLittle Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigaroffers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfectlittle cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy.Available in 10-pack cartons and displayswith 20 Little Cigars per pack. For More Information fromSwisher International800-874-9720

proprietary perserverance

Retailers are creating a buzz with new foodservice concepts— with some help from vendors and suppliers. There’s more than one wayto skin a cat, just like there’smore than one way to run a convenience foodservice program.Some retailers don’t know where to start,so they team up with branded conceptsthat lay everything out for them. Othersknow what

tools for buying

DTN announced importantenhancements to DTN Fuel Buyer, a Web-basedapplication that provides instant access to supplierprice messaging from DTN DataConnect. Users can now leverageenhanced analysis tools in DTN Fuel Buyer to add contract prices and special prices based on adifferential off-rack or index prices at multiple terminals, and can createproduct blend recipes for automatic compare. New

a picture is worth 1000 reward

JAIL magazine is not only full of local criminal mug shots, it’s also flying off the shelves of the c-stores that sell it. Forget those glamour shots andfamily portraits that cause people tospend hours primping their hair andmake-up. A new school of photography has taken the top spot on the popularitypedestal: mug shots. That’s right—thoseunkempt

blockandtackle

Marlin Larson: Convenience Management Group dba On the Run When Marlin larson started his education,he thought he would teach kids a thing or twoin the classroom or coaching a team. The former has come true for some of his employees at Convenience Management Group’s (CMG) nine ExxonMobil Onthe Run stores, but it’s the lessons Larson

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