pittsburgh cstore owner begins own coop

New group to receive discounts for costly merchandise. Brian C. Weiss, owner of four convenience stores in Pittsburgh, has called together a cooperative for convenience store owners that could enable members to collectively negotiate lower prices on merchandise. “Over the past five years, we’ve been noticing how things have been getting really, really pricey,” Weiss

kroger fights against hunger

Company continues efforts with “Bringing Hope to the Table.” In its continuing fight against hunger, The Kroger Co. is inviting customers to join in “Bringing Hope to the Table,” a two-week campaign running this month in every store to support America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. With the help of numerous vendor

pantry changes 07 forecast

Falling shares cause company to reevaluate current financial condition. The Pantry Inc. has needed to reissue it’s financial forecast for the 2007 year for the third time since November, sending the price of shares down more than 11%, reported Reuters. The main reason for this change stems from an evaporation of gas margins the store

rutters experiences shifts in power

New executives moved into position within store’s corporate structure. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s has experienced some recent changes in personnel, altering the chain’s financial and operational staff. The new changes include the transfer of Patty Chatterdon from Rutter’s Farm Stores’ training supervisor to Rutter’s system support manager. Other changes include three new hires: Casey Sheehe as

gasselling cstores more likely to sell cigarettes to minors

New research shows which types of clerks are selling to young smokers. Even though most states stipulate that consumers be 18 years old to buy tobacco products, a new study finds that clerks who work in convenience stores that sell gasoline are the most likely to sell tobacco to minors. When compared to other retailers

shell honors wholesalers

“Go Further Grand Awards” rewards operators for hard work and sticking to guidelines. Shell Oil Products US and fuel marketer Motiva Enterprises LLC have recently recognized their highest-performing wholesalers in the U.S. for consistently providing exceptional experiences at their Shell-branded stations. The prestigious “Go Further Grand Awards” were presented in acknowledgment of efforts to deliver

chevron teams up with university of texas

New alliance dedicated to recovering oil from difficult reservoirs. Chevron Corp. has formed a research alliance with The University of Texas at Austin to develop new technologies to increase the amount of oil recovered from mature and challenging reservoirs. Under the alliance, Chevron Energy Technology Co., a Chevron subsidiary, will provide up to $5 million

7eleven turns 80

Company celebrates with free Slurpees. Back in 1927, the first 7-Eleven store opened, offering customers the items they needed from 7am to 11pm—hours that were practical, yet unheard of at the time. Now 80 years later, that first store has evolved into what is now the world’s largest convenience retailer with more than 32,400 stores.

kum and go fuels good about e85

New sweepstakes targets green customers. Kum and Go is helping customers do just that by giving them a car to “go” home with. The Des Moines, Iowa-based chain has just launched its “Fuel Good” sweepstakes, offering green-conscious customers a chance to win cars and thousands of dollars in E85 fuel. Customers simply go onto the

ds shows off for retailers

Recent Vendor Expo showcases new equipment for car wash operators. D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. recently held its third annual National Sales Meeting and Vendor Expo on June 20th at the High Ridge plant near St. Louis, Mo. Distributors from all across the U.S. attended the event, which covered sales and service topics on D&S

BP and Shell Possibly Joining

U.K. newspapers share leaked information regarding mega-merge. BP and Royal Dutch Shell may be on their way to a merger. According to two U.K. newspapers the London Times and the Daily Mail, the two are in talks and well on their way to creating what would be the world’s largest company. Rumors have been floating

nyacs takes to airwaves to protest tobacco treatment

New York convenience store operators are taking to the airwaves to voice their frustration with Governor Eliot Spitzer’s inaction on the tax fairness issue. A 60-second TV commercial will begin airing in Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and possibly other markets on July 5, 2007, demanding that Governor Spitzer begin collecting taxes on the vast amounts of

snus already a hit

Citigroup tobacco analyst Bonnie Herzog revealed a new survey that suggests Marlboro Snus, Phillip-Morris’s new entry into the smokeless tobacco market, may already be a success. The survey questioned both retailers and wholesales, who revealed that they feel the new product will be a hit among both smokers and moist smokeless tobacco (MST) users alike.

tesoro in hot water over hot fuel

Consumer group attacks chain over consumer warning attempts. Tesoro is putting warning decals on its gas station pumps, including dozens of Shell stations, warning that consumers may not get all the energy they paid for in a gallon of gasoline, according to industry reports today. However, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is

larry the cable guy the beer

Small brewer unveils new beverage named after popular comedian. Rednecks rejoice! Larry the Cable Guy, popular comedian and actor, will now be immortalized in beer form with the release of a beer dedicated to his brand of redneck humor. The new beer, called–you guessed it–“Git-R-Done” is the brainchild of independent brewers Schilling Bridge Winery and

prestige coffee acquired

Convenience store distributor has depots in 12 Midwest cities. A large Midwest Culligan water treatment and bottled water dealership is becoming even larger by acquiring Prestige Coffee/Coffee Time, which operates coffee services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. With the purchase, Hall’s Culligan Water, which owns and operates 12 Culligan dealerships in five Midwest states,

freon leak shuts down cstore

Pa. store evacuated, but no injuries reported. A leaky refrigerator shut down a gas station and convenience store for several hours Monday morning. Meadville, Pa. firefighters were sent to the Country Fair store to investigate a suspected Freon leak. Firefighters confirmed the leak and evacuated the store, Meadville Fire Chief Tunie Hedrick said. The leak

indiana smokers head south for cigarettes

Tax hike pushes smokers to Kentucky for cheaper products. Hoosier smokers will have to pay more for their cigarettes. A new Indiana law went into effect Sunday that boosts the price. It’s always been cheaper in Kentucky. Indiana’s cigarette tax was 55 cents a pack. Now that’s it’s jumped to 99 cents, many more smokers

alon adds pipelines in california

Alon USA Energy Inc., today finalized the purchase of the crude and unfinished products pipeline system from Kinder Morgan, Inc. known as the “Black Oil System” for a purchase price of $4.5 million. The “Black Oil” system includes approximately six miles of active and thirteen miles of inactive pipelines in the Long Beach, Calif. area.

jim keyes to head blockbuster

Former 7-Eleven CEO replaces John Antioco as chairman and CEO of the entertainment company. Jim Keyes, who guided 7-Eleven through some of its most profitable era, today was named chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Inc. Ironically; he replaces John Antioco, another convenience story industry veteran, who served more than a decade with Tosco Corp. Under

7elevens kwike makeover

A dozen stores rebranded as part of the convenience chain’s month-long celebration leading up to The Simpsons Movie debut. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of “The Simpsons” fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores, in Manhattan, Bladensburg, Md., Orlando,

sheetz opens in st mary pa

New store brings with it several donations to local charities. Sheetz Inc. has opened a new location in St. Marys, PA. The new 4,700-square-foot unit is the company’s 337th store and its first in St. Marys. While the store opens to the public today, employees will host a community grand opening celebration July 12, with a

bp offering 28 stores in indianapolis

Chain opening stores up to am/pm franchise opportunities. BP is offering long-term franchising opportunities for 28 of its Indianapolis-area BP locations. BP will convert and reimage 20 of its BP Connect locations to “am/pm” franchise operations. Buyers of the remaining eight sites, which include six new construction sites, will be expected to complete the convenience

kroger launches line of cholesterolreducing milk

New proprietary product contains made of organic products to promote heart health. The Kroger Co. is launching a new, cholesterol-reducing, fat-free milk available in its stores beginning this week. The non-fat milk product will be sold under the expanding Active Lifestyle in-house brand. “The war against high cholesterol just got stronger and easier,” said Linda

leveraging activitybased costing in merchandising decisionmaking

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