Kroger Names SVP of Retail Operations

The Kroger Co. has named Geoffrey Covert senior vice president of retail operations, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Covert, 59, joined Kroger in 1996.  He has served as president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division for the past six years. Previously, he served as senior vice president and president of Kroger Manufacturing. Before joining Kroger, Covert worked

Gas Prices Grow

Gas prices have soared to the highest price of the year, topping $3 a gallon, The Citizens’ Voice reported. For the first time since Oct. 2008, gas prices have risen to an average of $3.05 a gallon in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa. area, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The national average price of self-serve regular gas sits

7-Eleven Buys 183 ExxonMobil Locations in Florida

7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire ExxonMobil’s retail interests in 183 Florida sites. Included in the acquisition is a combination of company- and dealer-operated sites located in Orlando, Southwest Florida, Palm Beach and Broward County.  The 183 sites include five unused parcels of land.  The majority of locations will be rebranded as 7-Eleven operations, and

Kroger Provides Free Flu Shots

The Kroger Co. is bringing free flu shots to thousands of eligible individuals. Beginning today, Kroger is making free flu shot vouchers available to The Salvation Army and to Feeding America, a domestic hunger relief organization. Uninsured or underinsured shoppers in areas with a Kroger or a Kroger banner pharmacy such as City Market, Dillons,

Sunflower Farmers Market To Open In California

Sunflower Farmers Market, a rapidly growing value-priced organic and natural foods grocer in six Southwestern states, is set to open its first store in California in April 2011. While the concept is new to California, Mike Gilliland, the man behind the brand, is well known there. He established the popular Wild Oats supermarket in the

AWMA Announces Education Sessions

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) plans to offer more than 18 hours of education during the 2011 AWMA Show scheduled to take place Feb. 8-10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. “Distributors, brokers, retailers and manufacturers will experience an entirely new event as we continue on the path to re‐invent the Show

Gasoline Prices continue to Chug Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Preliminary federal data shows gasoline demand down 0.5 percent through the four-week period ended Nov. 26, but gasoline prices continued to move higher. Based on the sharp gains, with several cities seeing their wholesale prices up by more than 10 cents from the previous week, the US gasoline

Gulf Oil Returns to Minnesota

Gulf Oil has returned to the Twin Cities after 23-years through a partnership with Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-based Lucky Oil Co., the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reported. Six metro-area stores are already open for business and more store openings are planned in the last few weeks of 2010. “I think this market’s looking

Casey’s 2nd Quarter Results Impacted by Hostile Bid

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. released the results of its second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Oct. 31, 2010. Casey’s reported 51 cents in basic earnings per share during the period and approximately $19.4 million in expenses pertaining to the company’s recapitalization plan completed in the second quarter, as well as the unsolicited hostile

Quick Chek Adds Digital Music Kiosks

Quick Chek customers who are music fans now have a new and convenient way to buy DRM-free MP3s, now that the chain has added Download2Go digital music kiosks by MOD Systems. Quick Chek  has added the new music kiosks to 10 locations across its New York and New Jersey convenience stores. Download2Go kiosks bring digital

ConocoPhillips Approves Passport

ConocoPhillips has approved Passport with PA-DSS point-of-sale (POS) system software Version 8.03G for retailers on their network. Gilbarco is now shipping orders for new Passport systems and Passport upgrades for the ConocoPhillips V8.03G software. ConocoPhillips joins the extensive list of other major oil companies and networks for software applications that were previously released. Broad approval

Flying J Sells Nine Stores To Moyle Petroleum

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J (now known as FJ Management) has sold nine of its convenience stores in Utah and Idaho to Moyle Petroleum. Moyle Petroleum, which maintains its corporate offices in Rapid City, S.D., now owns and operates 35 Common Cents convenience stores in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Of the nine stores

FDA Loses Appeal On E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not hold the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes under the drug/device provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to a ruling by an appeals court, which upholds a decision by a lower-court, BusinessWeek reported. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said today the FDA

Shell and Pennzoil Return to Indianapolis 500

On Dec. 2,  Shell Oil Co. and Penske Corp. unveiled their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series car line-up along with important driver details for the 2011 season. Officials from both companies met with members of the media at the Penske-Wynn Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Las Vegas to unveil both the

Sheetz Among Virginia’s Best Places to Work

Not only is Sheetz one of the top convenience stores in Virginia to stop for food, hot coffee and fuel, it’s now been named to be one of Virginia’s best places to work. The annual competition is judged by a public/private partnership that includes the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Society for Human Resource

Slurpee Goes Mobile

7-Eleven Inc.’s famous frozen, carbonated Slurpee drink now has its own application available for iPhone and Android through iTunes and Android marketplaces. The Slurpee application makes it easy for Slurpee fans to find 7-Eleven stores to get their Slurpee fix on the road or in their own hometown. The App provides information on the nearest

Boston College Faces Nevada In Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

The first-ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is raising money and awareness about the issue of hunger in the U.S. The bowl celebrates the culmination of Kraft Foods’ HUDDLE TO FIGHT HUNGER program, which is the food company’s largest-ever branded initiative to fight hunger in America. The goal of the program is to donate as many

CITGO Adds SmartLink

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

CITGO Using SmartLink Services

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

DEA To Regulate Smokeable Herbal Products

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at

TRO Extended On Commercial RYO Machines

Companies with RYO cigarette making machines can breath easy for a few more weeks after a judge extended the temporary retraining order (TRO) prohibiting the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) from enforcing the bureau’s recently issued rule regulating commercial RYO cigarette making machines. The restraining order, originally issued on Nov. 15,

Retailers Embrace New POS Technology

Ricker Oil, Open Pantry and Tri Star Energy Daily’s stores are adding LIFT Retail Marketing Technology’s LIFT station, a new suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology that displays up-sell offers to customers based on what they are actively buying. LIFT launched the new interactive system last month at the 2010 NACS Show in Atlanta. “These convenience

Marathon Selling Minnesota Downstream Assets

Marathon Oil Corp., an integrated energy company, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Marathon Petroleum Co. LP has closed the transaction with ACON Investments LLC and TPG Capital for the sale of most of Marathon’s Minnesota downstream assets. ACON and TPG formed Northern Tier Energy LLC (Northern Tier Energy) to operate the assets as

The Pantry Completes Presto Acquisition

The Pantry Inc. has completed the previously disclosed acquisition of 47 convenience stores from Presto Convenience Stores LLC. The stores operate under the Presto trade name and are located in Kansas with three stores in Missouri. The 47 acquired stores generated revenues of approximately $194 million for the 12 months ended May 2010. The acquisition

Sunoco to Sell Toledo Refinery

Sunoco Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to sell its 170,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Toledo, Ohio to Toledo Refining Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of PBF Holding Company LLC. Sunoco plans to sell the refinery for approximately $400 million (consisting of $200 million in cash and a $200 million two-year note). In addition, the