SkinzWraps Delivers For 7-Eleven

7-Eleven has hired SkinzWraps Inc., a vehicle wrap company, to assist in its ongoing store makeover program. SkinzWraps was tasked with creating a realistic looking wrap alternative to the more costly hammer tone marble. The upgrade solution created by SkinzWraps was for the heavily-used coffee bar cabinets within 7-Eleven convenience stores. After design and print

Mars Unveils Most Colorful Fan of NASCAR

Mars Chocolate North America announced that Joseph Haus of Phoenix was selected as the grand prize winner of M&M’S Brand “MOST COLORFUL FAN of NASCAR” Contest. Haus topped more than 6,000 other colorful NASCAR fans who entered the contest, held between Memorial Day and Labor Day, by uploading his colorful photo to, showing his

Four Loko Drops Caffeine

Alcoholic energy drink Four Loko is dropping caffeine from its beverage after New York moved to ban the beverage amid concerns over the drink’s safety and an announcement that the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was expected to take a stand on the beverage, the New York Times reported. The company, in a statement, acknowledged

BP ampm Brand Exists Central Ohio

The 25 BP ampm convenience-stores in central Ohio are set to be transformed into Duchess Shoppe stores, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The local franchise owner, Englefield Oil Co. already operates all the stores involved, plus 103 other stores that use the Duke/Duchess Shoppe name. BP is allowing Englefield Oil to drop the ampm name penalty-free

Restraining Order Issued On RYO Machine Rule

According to a Nov. 15 Court decision, the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is immediately restrained from enforcing the rule issued on Sept. 30, 2010 that regulates the commercial size cigarette-making machines being used in retail stores, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The Nov. 15 order also

Circle K, XYIENCE Award Harley-Davidson Prize

Circle K and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, announced that Dolly Charley of Akron, Ohio is the lucky winner of their Harley-Davidson sweepstakes. The text-message based contest, which took place in partnership between XYIENCE and Circle K Great Lakes Division stores in nine states, offered shoppers the opportunity to win a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low. “Our

Giant Eagle Welcomes Huntington

Huntington Bank has opened the first of its Giant Eagle in-store branches, part of an exclusive, 15-year agreement announced in September 2010 to install seven-day-a-week, full-service branches in at least 103 Giant Eagle supermarkets. “This is a true partnership between two companies that share a strong, long-held commitment to customer service, convenience, and the communities

Subway To Be Featured On Undercover Boss

Don Fertman, chief development officer for the Subway sandwich chain, has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Subway brand to become the largest quick service restaurant chain in the world. But recently, while participating in the hit CBS television series Undercover Boss, Fertman was able to get a glimpse at a part

New Irving Oil Station Opens in Somersworth

Somersworth, N.H., residents may have noticed a change to one of their local businesses recently. The familiar filling station at 55 Route 108 has a new look and a new brand of gasoline: Irving. “I am excited to expand the Irving Oil brand in New Hampshire and looking forward to serving the members of our

Thorntons Opens New Illinois Location

Thorntons opened of its newest store location at 205 South Route 12, Volo, Ill., on Nov. 17.  With the addition of this location, Thorntons operates 164 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. “We are thrilled about the grand opening of our newest store,” said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons.  “Our goal is to

Will Ferrell Designs 7-Eleven Cup

Actor Will Ferrell is warming up the winter season with his ‘Coffee Cup With A Cause’ cup as the fifth celebrity-designer in 7-Eleven Inc.’s cause-marketing campaign. Ferrell’s frosty ‘Coffee Cup With A Cause’ design features a snowman and will benefit Cancer for College, a California-based charity providing support and inspiration to cancer survivors through academic

Tri-State Petroleum Awards Grants

Wheeling, W.Va.-based Tri-State Petroleum Corp. has awarded $24,000 in grants to local schools through its participation in the 2010 Educational Alliance Program sponsored by ExxonMobil Corp. A total of 32 area schools received grants of $750 each. “For more than a decade, Tri-State Petroleum has been passionate about supporting education in our local communities,” said

CITGO Leads Food Drive

Local CITGO retailers are partnering with the Plymouth Whalers and WCSX radio to collect food for needy families this holiday season. The first 10 people who donate 10 non-perishable food items at the WCSX Van hits will receive a $10 CITGO gift card, a free pair of Whalers tickets and a raffle ticket for a

Convenience Evolution Partners Launches Core Consulting Services

Convenience Evolution Partners (, a retail consulting firm, recently launched by  Greg Ehrlich, a c-store loyalty, operations and marketing expert, announced the creation of  two new service offerings  to provide consulting services to convenience store retailers and suppliers. The first service group, CEP Strategic Advisor SM, essentially augments a c-store chain’s senior management team with

McDonald’s Launches McCafe Scavenger Hunt

This Friday, Nov. 19, McDonald’s plans to hide three giant McCafe coffee cups in three locations located throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties during its first-ever national McCafe Scavenger Hunt. Beginning at 7 a.m. PST, McDonald’s will distribute clues on their local Twitter account, @McDonalds_SoCal. The first person to find one

New York Bans Four Loko

The recent New York ban on Four Loko, a drink that contain 12% alcohol and as much caffeine as three cups of coffee, reportedly has many c-store owners and parents in the state breathing a sigh of relief. Four Loko, which is geared toward young adults, has been blamed for several deaths over the last

Chevron To Acquire Atlas Energy

Chevron Corp. is acquiring Atlas Energy for $3.2 billion in cash and assumed pro forma net debt of approximately $1.1 billion. The acquisition will provide Chevron with an attractive natural gas resource position primarily located in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.  The acquisition is subject to certain Atlas Energy restructuring transactions, approval by Atlas Energy shareholders

NATO Show Secures Key Tobacco Companies

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc. (NATO) has announced that all of the leading cigarette manufacturers in the country are committed to participate in NATO’s 10th Anniversary and Trade Show. Altria Sales and Distribution, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard Tobacco and Commonwealth Brands are all confirmed exhibitors at the show to be held April

National Coffee Break Planned

The National Coffee Association (NCA) is preparing to celebrate a century of service to the industry in 2011. To kick off its Centennial year, NCA is asking industry members and consumers to set aside Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 as a day for a National Coffee Break. Commemorating coffee’s iconic place in U.S. history and culture,

Retail Gasoline Prices Hover near Two-Year High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Pricing data from the federal government shows retail gasoline prices were averaging just 4 cents below May’s 18-month high in early November, a time of year when gasoline prices are usually under downward pressure. Wholesale gasoline costs for the week-ended today (11/15) were mixed, likely arresting an

Kum & Go Store Planned For Berryville

A Kum & Go has been given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new gas and convenience store at the site of an old Kraft Food plant property in Berryville, Ark., the Carroll County News reported. Rob Wadle, Kum & Go’s real estate development representative recently appeared before the Berryville Planning

Dos Equis Rolls Out Limited Release Winter Variety Pack

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import brand, is introducing this holiday season a new limited edition Dos Equis Winter Variety Pack. The 24-bottle pack combines Dos Equis, the hottest-selling Mexican import brand with Noche Buena, the top selling winter seasonal in Mexico. Noche Buena is a super-premium, limited run craft beer that has been enjoyed

Business-For-Sale Marketplace Flat

While the business-for-sale market has bottomed out, it is experiencing a very slow recovery,, an Internet marketplace for buying or selling a small business, reported with the release of its third quarter 2010 economic data. According to the Insight Report data, the number of closed transactions nationwide in Third Quarter 2010 was 1,117,

Thorntons To Donate $1 Million

Thorntons has pledged $1 million dollars to 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization that creates new parks for Louisville, Ky. Thorntons Inc. is a locally-based and owned company in Louisville, Ky., and has been a long-standing supporter and provider for this community. “We are very excited to support this project,” said Matt Thornton, president and

Tim Hortons Shuts 36 Stores

Tim Hortons Inc. has closed 36 stores and plans to shut 18 kiosks in southern New England, the Buffalo News reported. The Oakville, Ontario-based company closed all its locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut last week, as it reported a 21% rise in third-quarter profits. In addition, Tim Hortons closed two of its stores