prepaying for the future

Reloadable cards are revolutionizing the prepaid wireless category and reaching out to new consumers. Convenience stores delvedinto the prepaid categoryyears ago by carrying long distance phone cards, long before the explosion of cellular phones. Today,the category has evolved into a distinctwireless display that caters to customerslooking for a commitment-free way to usethe latest cell phones.

couchetard offers new employee perks

Company goes to new lengths in order to fill a shallow labor pool. Alimentation Couche-Tard, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Chain of the Year, has started a new campaign to bring new blood into its labor-starved Alberta market. The company has begun recruiting in Ontario and the Maritimes, offering enticements such as apartments and regular flights

road ranger on the upswing

New acquisition brings store count closer to the 100-unit mark. Road Ranger LLC has recently completed the acquisition of seven c-store and travel centers from four separate companies. Three stores from Dubuque, Iowa-based Dubuque Discount Gas were acquired earlier this month, and last month the company acquired a single store from Okawville, Ill.-based Karko LLC.

ameristop running dry

Locals left wondering why chain has no gas or Coke products. Ameristop is making local customers uneasy with one store–and possibly more–sporting both dry shelves and dry gas pumps. The problem was first noticed by a local news team in Wilder, Ken., which noticed a local store that had its fuel pumps wearing a sign

loyalty trends among hottest us market segments

Young adults, Hispanics eEmerge, charity rewards overrated, according to COLLOQUY. In era of loyalty program saturation, one size will no longer work for all. That was the key message delivered by loyalty marketing consultancy and publisher COLLOQUY. The group’s latest research views loyalty marketing through the demographics prism to yield these revelations: * A surprisingly

convenience stores get security tips

Houston task force says security cameras, clearing clutter could cut crime at the shops. Convenience store owners could reduce their vulnerability to crime by installing security cameras and clearing clutter from their windows, Houston Mayor Bill White’s Task Force on Convenience Store Security reported. The 38-member task force, comprising city officials, the Houston Police Department

nacs boosts lobbying efforts

Report finds the association spent $900K in the first half of 2007. NACS spent $900,000 lobbying the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a recent disclosure form. The group lobbied on various pieces of legislation including those dealing with credit card fees, price gouging, underground storage tank funding, immigration reform, minimum

motiva sells connecticut sites

CPD acquires 18 stores and the supply agreements for 53 independent sites. Motiva Enterprises LLC, marketer of Shell-branded gasoline in the Eastern U.S., reached a deal to sell 18 gas stations and convenience stores in Connecticut to CPD Parent Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Inc., a New Paltz, N.Y.-based wholesaler and distributor.

valero donates 5 million to university

Money to be used for developing new transplants surgery and research center. Valero Energy Corp. has donated $5 million to the University of Texas Health Science Center to create a distinguished transplant surgeon faculty chair and to support transplantation research, among other programs, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The donation is among the largest

kumgo helps lance armstrong fight cancer

More than $27,000 collected for charity. Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has raised more than $27,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) during a recent fundraising push. Brenda Heeren, general manager of the Kum & Go store that raised the most donations, and Al Schwarz, district manager, earned the opportunity to deliver the check

whole foods dabbling in convenience

Grocery chain unveils new grab-and-go concept. Whole Foods has revealed that they will be experimenting with a new grab-and-go concept store, according to the Associated Press. The decision came only days after Whole Foods closed its purchase of Boulder-based Wild Oats grocery stores. The plans for the newly acquired store a conversion of an 18,500-square-foot

chevron to sell proprietary credit businesses

GE Money and FleetCor to consumer and commercial cards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Chevron Credit Bank, N.A., announced today that it has reached agreements to sell its consumer and commercial credit card businesses. Chevron has selected GE Money Bank, N.A. to own and operate its Chevron- and Texaco-branded consumer credit cards, and FleetCor Technologies Operating

conphil extends credit fee reduction

Marketers offered lower processing rates through Sept. 30. ConocoPhillips said its temporary credit card processing fee reduction on all Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express transactions has been extended through Sept. 30. The oil company, which first announced the fee reduction on May 3, said the extension is aimed at helping its marketers compete more

chs launches next generation cenex brand

“Generation Image Renewal” creates a fresh look for consumers. CHS, Inc., operator of the Cenex convenience store brand, announced a major reimaging campaign that will roll out over the next 36 months. As part of the reimaging, each of the company’s 1,600 retail sites will undergo a major renovation to reinvigorate brand identity, increase consumer

couchetard reports a profitable quarter

Announced plans to acquire 250 additional units. Alimentation Couche-Tard, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Chain of the Year winner, has reported an increase of its first-quarter profit by 55% to $69.1 million as revenues climbed 25%. The chain had sales of $3.6 billion in the three months ended July 22, compared with $2.9 billion in the

altria spins off phillip morris int

Company trying to avoid effects of U.S. reducing consumption. Altria Group is planning to spin off Philip Morris International seeking faster overseas growth and less risk from U.S. smokers’ lawsuits. “Tobacco is growing overseas, while in the U.S. it’s in decline, making a reasonable argument for separating the two entities,” Matthew Kaufler, a fund manager

new store for kwik trip

Chain to unveil prototype with additional services. Kwik Trip is expanding, announcing plans to open a new prototype store in November. This store marks the La Crosse, Wis.-based company’s fourth unit in the Green Bay metro area, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. While the company is excited to be opening the store, it’s keeping

redners offers food for thought

New program provides money for local students education. Redner’s Markets Inc. is creating a new and innovative tuition reimbursement program to be offered to students attending Bucks County Community College (BCCC).Additionally, Redner’s has plans to offer a tuition reimbursement pilot program to students at Wilson High School, near Reading, Pa.Redner’s has partnered with the two

sheetz back in the beer business

Chain stocks coolers with adult beverages until final ruling has been made. Sheetz is once again unlocking its beer coolers to the public…for now. The chain has once again begun selling beer, six months after its original attempt into the segment was halted by the state. Sales started at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the 17th

Utica Facing 12 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Forty-five gas station owners assail the company for Unfair Sales Act violation. Ethanol Producer Utica Energy LLC and its associated retailer, Renew E-85 are being sued by 42 Green Bay-area gas stations for $12 million over alleged violations of the state’s Unfair Sales Act, according to the Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers. Judge Barbara Key has been

jennys markets energized at the cold vault

Eclipse Retail Management, operator of 35 Jenny’s Market convenience stores in Colorado, has launched an energy drink promotion with DC Brands International. With shelf space at a premium, DC Brands enacted a unique promotion to help convenience store owners while introducing Turn Left Energy Drink to its target market. The convenience store promotion revolves around

pei bulks up education at nacs

New “Mega-Sessions” will introduced during the educational sessions provided by the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) at the upcoming National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show from Nov. 6 to 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. PEI’s educational lineup on November 7 and 8 includes three new Mega-Sessions titled: “I’m No Good with

tri star energy picks up 57 scot markets

New acquisition expands the Shell brand in Tennessee and Kentucky markets. Tri Star Energy LLC has nearly doubled its company-owned convenience stores and fuel centers with the purchase of 57 Scot Markets sites. As a result of the acquisition, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy will operate 120 sites in Tennessee and Kentucky, including 103 in Middle

wrigleys newest vp

Manzone brings years of packaged good expertise to the company. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has revealed that Albert Manzone has joined the company as group vice president and managing director, Western Europe, reporting to Peter Hempstead, senior vice president, Worldwide Strategy and New Business. Manzone brings 20 years of experience with leading consumer packaged

kroger gets greener

New agreement opens additional biofuel stations. The Kroger Co. and VeraSun Energy Corp. are opening 20 VE85 fueling locations at Kroger convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky. Kroger becomes the first national retailer to offer VeraSun’s branded E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). With the addition of