indulging new demographics

Research by Mars Snackfood U.S. shows retailers can attract a broader base of consumers with an emphasis on new and premium products. The female customer today makes approximately 85% of allconsumer purchases, so it’s no wonder that convenience storeowners are among the many retailers eager to cater to thisemerging customer base. Traditionally focused on male

double kwik to sell 57 local stores

Fas Mart to acquire the Virginia and Tennessee units. Wise, Va.-based Double Kwik markets has entered into plans to sell its 57 store locations to Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments. GPM plans to convert the entire Double Kwik chain to its Fas Mart brand across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee, according to The Bristol Herald Courier. “This

reaching new heights

Fresh off the acquisition of Cummings Oil, Andrea Jackson leads Jacksons Food Stores’ retail strategy. By Shahla Hebets, Publisher Keeping a low profile hasits advantages, but eventuallya chain’s success starts toattract the attention, and eventhe enmity, of the competitors around it.Jacksons Food Stores is one of the conveniencestore and petroleum industry’sbiggest success stories, yet it

familial operations

Unlike many retailers profiled in Rising Stars, Kurt Straube always knew he would have a career in the convenience industry. Kurt StraubeDari Mart Stores His grandparents purchased afarm in Junction City, Ore., back in 1940, which grewinto Lochmead Dairy, a milk processing plant, and Dari MartStores in 1965. Three generations of his family have been

calling all dirty cars

The precise mix of equipment and marketing can quickly make the car wash one of the most valuable profit centers in the store. By Kim Sharrah, Associate Editor With high gasoline pricessqueezing fuel margins, theaddition of a car wash canturn a major profit for operatorslooking to make up some of therevenue lost at the pumps.

a seed of profitability

Zotes is transforming the seed category with innovative marketing and unique packaging. It has been an unexpected and exciting last two years for ZotesSunflower Co., as the seeds steadily climbed to its current numberone spot in the category touting convenient packaging andunique flavors. While other seeds in the category are packaged in bags anddisplayed on

flavor du jour

Retailers willing to get more daring with their menus stand to attract more adventurous palates and turn a tidy profit. By Kate Quackenbush, Managing Editor An American Express MarketBrief produced byTechnomic Inc. entitled “Ethnic Foods are in Fashion,”showed that more than half of consumers (51%) reportedpurchasing prepared, ready-to-eat foods from conveniencestores. Convenience stores also showed

a small rush

Living Essentials’ 5-Hour Energy is helping retailers capitalize on consumers’ needs for a timely energy boost. After surveying the flood of energydrinks introduced over the pastfew years, Living Essentials noticeda weakness in the category. Themajority of drinks continued to grow in packagesize and contained too much sugarand herbal stimulants. To fill the void of people

tesoro considers kerkorians offer

Company evaluates selling off an additional 16%. Tesoro Corp. has revealed that it is carefully reviewing an offer from billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian to sell an increased stake in the company, according to the Associated Press. The Tesoro board will be in consideration over sale for the next 10 days. The unsolicited offer asks the

ampm makes list of top 200 franchise companies

BP-owned unit ranks 39th as the only c-store on the list. BP’s ampm convenience store has been ranked 39th in the 2007 Franchise Times “Top 200.” The companies that made the list have a minimum of 20% of total units operated by franchisees. Worldwide sales are also a factor in the rankings. ampm is the

sheetz looks for a few hundred good men and women

Company launches job fair to help staff new kitchen. Sheetz Inc. will host a job fair offering hundreds of exciting employment opportunities at the new Sheetz Bros. Kitchen. The fair will be held at the Sheetz Distribution Center in Claysburg, Pa. on Nov. 2 and 3 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day. The fair will

kumgo cofounder awarded for philanthropy

NCEA committee honors Krause with highest honor. W.A. “Bill” Krause, co-founder of Kum & Go, has been named a 2007 honoree of the National Catholic Educational Association’s highest honor–the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. The committee, which selected Krause, looks for awardees whose contributions to education and youth have been major and far-reaching. Krause was

canadian tire chooses fujitsu

New self-checkout systems installed in 100 stores. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., with Canadian Tire, will install Fujitsu’s U-Scan Genesis self-checkout system at more than 100 of its 468 stores across Canada. “Customer service is a top priority at Canadian Tire and the Fujitsu self-checkout systems will provide a new and enhanced method to efficiently serve

alon picks alliance data systems

New credit card and marketing solution brought into the chain. Alon USA Energy Inc. has signed a multi-year expansion and renewal agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corp. to provide co-brand and private label credit cards services for Alon’s FINA-branded convenience stores. Through this agreement, Alliance Data will provide an integrated credit and marketing solution for

titan names anderson ceo of appco

Growing company plans on expanding into new markets. Titan Global Holdings Inc. has appointed Marty Anderson as chief executive of Appalachian Oil Co. (Appco), as well as the appointment of the energy division’s entire senior management team. Appco is the first acquisition of the company’s recently announced Titan Global Energy, which was formed to aggregate

ameristops receiver calls it quits

Court appoints new one after former leaves due to disagreements. A new receiver has been assigned to manage day-to-day operations of Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company for AmeriStop convenience stores, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Leonard Z. Eppel, president of Financial Resource Associates in Blue Ash, stepped down on Tuesday as the court-appointed receiver

cstores named for exceptional customer service

New survey discovers most consumer-friendly businesses. Corporate Research International released the results of RealPeopleRatings.com, its quarterly customer service survey that illustrates the importance of brand image and customer perception. Subway, Chevron/Texaco, Publix and Walgreens were among those that earned the highest marks in their categories this quarter. Other c-stores included were Shell and The Pantry

chevron supporting southern california victims

Donations given to help those affected by wildfires. Chevron Corp. has donated $500,000 to support relief efforts in the communities affected by the Southern California wildfires. The commitment includes a $400,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund that will support wildfire relief efforts across Southern California and a $100,000 contribution that will

iri launches allscan convenience reviews

New 100% POS system assists retail tracking. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has launched AllScan Convenience Reviews, the industry’s first service that provides 100% point-of-sale (POS)-based convenience store coverage with weekly data for more than 250 product categories and insights for more than 50 states and local markets. This cost-effective, syndicated convenience tracking service combines POS

krogers helps ban underage smoking

State Attorneys General across the country calls to enforce stronger restrictions. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff revealed that Kroger Co., the parent company of 48 stores in Utah, has agreed to enforce strict measures to keep tobacco from minors. “Utah and other states have been working since 2000 to keep cigarettes from kids. As more

two kumgo stores come under new ownership

Tulsa, Okla. stores sold for $4.8 million for franchised units. A group of Des Moines, Iowa, investors paid $4.8 million for two Kum & Go locations in Tulsa. The company, Davis Estates Ltd., spent $2.4 million to Hurd Tulsa LLC for one store and paid $2.4 million to Hurd Oklahoma LLC for the convenience store

marathon picks up four citgo terminals

Marathon Oil Corp. is in the process of purchasing four CITGO oil terminals in Ohio. The sale also includes a facility in Dayton. The Dayton Business Journal reported that the company reached an agreement to buy the terminals and purchase ownership interest in Inland Pipeline from Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corp. When the deal closes, the

bp surprises analysts

Third quarter results turn better numbers than expected. BP Plc has reported profit decline less than analysts estimated in the third quarter and said its two largest U.S. refineries are increasing production, according to Bloomberg.com. According to the report, profits excluding one-time items and changes in inventories dropped 6.4%, outgrowing analysts’ estimates for a second

treats without the tricks

Candy sales jumping with Halloween fast approaching. Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it plenty of costume-clad consumers looking for candy. According to The Nielsen Company, U.S. consumers are expected to purchase more than $2.1 billion in candy this Halloween season. The holiday generates the greatest sales volume of sweets for the entire year, with

a royal education

RBG sponsors its sixth annual scholarship program. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has revealed its sixth annual scholarship program is now open for applications. The RBG Scholarship Program is available to eligible candidates that are high school seniors or graduates who are planning to or are enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year College or

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