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

all in the family

Terry Gallagher, Jr.Smoker Friendly International LLC Terry Gallagher, Jr. may very well have oil in hisblood. The first and only president of Boulder, Col.-basedGasamat Oil Corp. dba Smoker Friendly International LLC,Gallagher grew up pumping gas and washing windshieldsunder his father’s watch. He spent college summers getting hishands dirty in the oil fields and refineries, all

cool and simple

Hoshizaki KMD Modular Series Ice Makers fit on beverage dispensers producing crystal-clear, individual cubes on its patented stainless steel double-sided ice making surface, which will never chip, flake or peel, yielding more ice than competitive units. Its vertical position of the evaporator allows ice to form on both sides, doubling the ice production. The KMD

finding your foodservice niche

The good news for conveniencestore owners is that industry foodservice sales continued climbingin 2006 and the forecast for theupcoming year is just as strong. The badnews, however, is that other retail channelsare keying in on food sales and are keenlyfocused on diverting your customers totheir coffee bars, quick-service restaurants(QSRs) and supermarkets. Predicting just how long

betterforyou chicken

Chester’s International has embarked on a system-wide transition to 100% trans fat-free operations. This change emphasizes Chester’s commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients to produce the highest quality fried chicken. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2007. For More Information fromChester’s International www.chestersinternational.com

thinking outside the cup

Over the past few years, many retailers haverevamped their food offerings. As those foodservicesgrow, so do the other categories that strongly supplement them, such as frozen beverages. However, some frozen beverage offerings are starting to become as elaborate—andas profitable—as the categories they were meant to complement.In other words, chains are finally starting to realize just

digitally doable

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information fromInnovation

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

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

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

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

ez does it

Israel-based company acquires Harper Oil. Harper Oil Co., a chain with more than 70 years of history in Springfield, Ill. Area, is selling its chain of 26 convenience stores to Israeli company EZ Energy USA Inc. The sale should be completed this summer. Both Harper Oil and EZ Energy. said the chain would remain based

7eleven rebranding white hen

Chain expects convert 100 stores by the end of the year. 7-Eleven this week revealed that they will be rebranding the White Hen Pantry stores the chain acquired in the past year. 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said both White Hen stores in St. Charles, Ill. at 2400 Main St. and 1705 W. Main St., and

cumberland reaches agreement in tobacco case

Payments and new regulations enforced to regulate sales. Cumberland Farms Inc. has reached a settlement with the Mass. Attorney General’s Office of allegations that the company’s convenience stores “lacked proper procedures to curb tobacco sales to minors,” according to the Providence Business News. According to testing conducted by the Mass. Department of Public Health’s Tobacco

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