let the good times roll

Roller grills are turning out large profits with the help of visual promotions and dedicated suppliers. When a customer walks into their neighborhood convenience store, there are a few stapleitems they instantly look for—the soda fountain, the beverage coolers and the roller grill. The roller grill has proven to be one of those steadfast programs

potatoes with pizzazz

Satisfy customers’ cravings for variety with the hearty goodness of Lamb Weston brand Oven Roasted Potatoes. Made from the finest redskin and russet potatoes, the Oven Roasted line is low in fat, big in taste and offers zero grams trans fat per serving. With a fresh, colorful appearance and unique roasted flavor, Oven Roasted Redskin

packaged promotional punch

A new Coke program is helping smaller retailers compete with—and even overtake— their more powerful counterparts. The Coolers in Convenience stores today are a great deal different than they were 20 yearsago. While carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) used to hold the top spot, they’veslowly given way to energy drinks, bottled water, enhanced waters and teas.

solo and go

With a printing area that starts under the roll rim and goes all the way to the bottom, Solo's new Trophy Go Cup is like a walking billboard. Superior graphic capabilities give operators the ability to maximize their advertising dollars by using a cup that can deliver an attractive brand or promotional message. Now available

strong leadership begins at the top

CSD: The NACS 2007 State of the Industry report had some mixed results. Sales surged, but industry profits decreased. Is this an area of concern? Armour: The strong sales growth is validation that the industry is satisfying thegrowing and ubiquitous consumer demandfor convenience. Perhaps the clearest evidence of that is the chart showing ourindustry’s inside

quiktrip takes on camelot

QuikTrip has forged a contract to purchase the historic Camelot Hotel site to build what is planned to be the company’s 500th store, set to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary in 2008. “This site is very close to where our first store used to be,” company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told Tulsa World. “The area has

taming the morning rush

A solid bakery program is key for building breakfast daypart sales. Two chains discuss how they are able to satisfy consumers while simultaneously enhancing their coffee programs. While Starbucks was a rude awakening for the convenience industry, competition formorning traffic has further increased as quick service restaurants and fast feeders, like McDonald’s, have begun offering

citgos harvey honored by astm

Organization honors manager for commitment to high standards in fuel service. David Harvey, CITGO Petroleum Corp. manager, fuels quality technology and technical services, received a special Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Int. at an ASTM subcommittee meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The award honored Harvey for his efforts

around the world in 247

What if the average Americanconsumer took a step off ofU.S. soil and into foreign territory? Would there be a bigdifference between the convenience industry he’s used to and the way it’s operatedoverseas? CSD captured a glimpse of whatconvenience stores are like in Japan anddiscovered that convenience is conveniencein any language. Gung-Ho ServiceEven though Japan may

relief from credit card costs

It’s no secret that the cost of accepting credit cards is reaching dire newheights. According to the most recentNational Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI)report, retailers were burned for an estimated $6.6 billion dollars in credit cardprocessing fees—an increase of over $1 billion from the prior year. Accepting credit cards has

rpcs acquires several albertsons properties

Twelve stores in the Tulsa area switch hands. RPCS Inc., which operates Price Cutter stores, has revealed plans for an agreement with Albertsons LLC to acquire 12 Albertsons properties, including nine supermarkets and three convenience stores, in and around the Tulsa, Okla. market. Name changes and rebranding will take place after the company takes possession

chilling out in the open

Open-air coolers coupled with some creativity are helping retailers make the most out of limited workspace. When the average customer walks into aconvenience store—or any retail operation forthat matter—items and prices need to forma marriage of value to motivate them to buy, regardless of the purchase. This can be difficult given the limited space available

success by design

Convenience stores are now majorplayers in the foodservice business. In a fewshort years, the industry has shattered many of the perception problems that marked its initial forayinto the food business and, if anything, it is driving thecharge toward convenient, fresher foods. Chains like Sheetz, Nice N Easy, Wawa andQuikTrip are all among the innovators being

employee interviews how to get the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth

While the interview will always be the heart and soul of the hiring process, if you're not doing the preinterview, screening work (completed applications and testing for the needed capacities, attitudes, personality or skills), you're not using all the resources available to you. Why jump into interviewing when you don't know if the applicant even

brilliant brews

Brewing the richest, most consistently flavorful coffee just got easier thanks to Curtis' Alpha G3 Automatic Coffee Brewing Systems. Equipped with exclusive Curtis Generation Three (G3) Technology, the revolutionary Alpha line of decanter brewing systems delivers greater precision, more advanced control, quality-enhancing features and profit potential than any other brewer on the market. The brain

a novel idea

The novelty category provides retailers with a uniqueopportunity to capture customers’personal hobbies and interests ina single, high-margin item. Whether it isa mother searching for the perfect Disneykey chain for her daughter or a young car enthusiast looking for a hat to wear to the big race, novelty items run the gamut andconvenience stores are faced

chevron texaco kick off 42 days of racing

New promotion marks 20 years of motor sports sponsorship. Chevron Global Marketing has kicked off the Texaco “42 Days of Racing” promotion with a grand prize race package featuring a trip to the final six stock car races of the season and a chance to meet Texaco/Havoline driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Other prizes include a

safeway makes the wright choice

New payment processing equipment adds convenience to paying for gas. Safeway Inc., a convenience store and supermarket operator with 1,760 stores, reached a deal to begin accepting the Wright Express fleet card for fuel purchases. Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., operates a network of more than 290 fuel sites across the U.S., including Vons in

valero fights muscular dystrophy

Company raises $1.39 million with “Share the Shamrock Spirit” campaign. Valero Energy Corp. recently raised $1.39 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in its “Share the Shamrock Spirit” campaign during which customers could make a donation to MDA at any of the company’s nearly 1,000 U.S. company-operated stores. The total raised is nearly 3%

totally automatic

Kroger installs automated convenience store in Ohio. Taking aim at the convenience store industry, a Kroger supermarket in Columbus, Ohio has installed Shop24, an automated convenience store machine that will provide more than 150 products varying from drinks to pain relievers, according to a report on local television station WCMH. The equipment, which is similar

manleys mighty mart keeps on growing

New York-based chain on track with expansion plans. Manley’s Mighty Mart has just gotten a little mightier. The Binghamton, N.Y.-based chain made a goal to double the amount of stores it operated–totaling at 18 at the time–within five to seven years. The chain has been steadily on track with that plan, opening four more stores

new york cstore groups teach responsibility

NYACS and FIANY hold tobacco and alcohol education classes to prevent underage sales and use. The Responsible Retailers of New York, a joint educational initiative of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) and the Food Industry Alliance of New York (FIANY) State, has scheduled an upcoming training session for retailers of tobacco and

vanderbilt university honored for cstore concept

Nectar store awarded by Food Management magazine for innovative health food offering. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ College convenience stores are not only winning over customers, but they’re also winning awards, as is the case with Vanderbilt University and its “Nectar” store. As part of its 2007 “Best Concepts” awards competition, Food Management, a sister publication

paci joins the pantry

Replaces Daniel Kelly who will retire in November. The Pantry Inc. has appointed Frank Paci to fill the newly vacant chief financial officer role. Paci, 49, joins The Pantry from Blockbuster, where he was executive vice president and operated finance, strategic planning and business development. His role will begin July 2 when he replaces Daniel

bp ceo vows safer refining operations

Hayward guides company towards new commitment. BP CEO Vows for Safer Operations Hayward guides company towards new commitment. Tony Hayward, BP’s recently inaugurated CEO, has had his hands full. With a refinery explosion in Texas City killing 15 people, a major pipe busting in Alaska and delays with the set up of platforms in the

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