cumberland farms to carry coinstars pay as you go line

Turnkey solution aims to drive in-store traffic, new customers and revenue. Cumberland Farms, the largest convenience store and petroleum marketer in the Northeast, said it would begin carrying Coinstar’s ‘pay as you go’ products at all 600 Cumberland Farms convenience stores. The product line includes national and regional prepaid wireless programs, prepaid MasterCard and Visa

atm surcharges jump

Bank of America to charge non-customers $3 to use machines. Can you put a price on offering convenience for your customers? The Bank of America has and it’s $3. That what the nation’s largest banking chain is now charging non-customers for as a surcharge for using one of its ATMs. The $1 hike in the

couchetard takes stock of its future

U.S./Canadian marketer launches share repurchase program. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, said that the Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its share repurchase program, authorizing the Laval, Quebec-based company to purchase up to 2,808,765 of the 56,175,312 Class A multiple voting shares and 7,332,066 of the 146,641,334 Class B subordinate

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and Canada. As a result of its outstanding growth and strong leadership, Convenience Store Decisions

noco adds to store count

New unit in Tonawanda, N.Y. features Nickel City Market Café. NOCO Express Shops today reported that it has acquired a Mobile Station in Tonawanda N.Y. and has completely rebranded the entire location, which is now officially open for business as a NOCO Express Shop. The 3,000 sq. ft. store, NOCO’s 32nd unit, took three days

nacs awards scholarships

Ten convenience store employees receive memorial Jim Yates award. NACS announced the 10 convenience store employees who are recipients of a 2007 NACS Yates Scholarship, which annually recognizes employees in the convenience store industry based on their dedication to achieving excellence in retailing, strong leadership skills at the store level, and persistence in the pursuit

chevron revs up gift card program

Limited edition cards feature No. 42 Texaco/Havoline driver Juan Pablo Montoya. In celebration of Texaco’s 20th anniversary in sponsoring stock car racing and a successful season for rookie driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevron Products Co. introduced its special limited edition gift card carrying the image of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline racecar and driver Juan Pablo

big payday for tedeschi

Convenience store operator sells 25 shopping centers for $377 million. Tedeschi Realty Corp. yesterday sold 25 shopping centers, most in Greater Boston, to a Colorado company for $377 million, in the largest transaction of its type in Massachusetts history, the Boston Globe reported. The Tedeschi family will continue to operate and franchise 200 Tedeschi Food

flash cooker

Smokaroma introduces the newInstant Burger cooker. Utilizing directenergy transfer, the Instant Burgercooks two hamburgers, chicken filets, sausage patties or hot dogsin 25 seconds. Produce sandwiches as fast as you can prep the buns.The meat temperature reaches over 180 degrees. No hood, venting oradditional labor needed. The product only uses energy while cooking andrequire 23 inches

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alon usas wiessman and morris honored

Duo receives “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from Ernst & Young. David Wiessman, chairman of Dallas-based Alon USA Energy, Inc., and Jeff Morris, president and CEO of Alon, have been named Entrepreneurs of the Year (EoY) in the Energy, Chemicals and Mining category by Ernst & Young. This honor recently was awarded to Wiessman and

mark vii launches direct operations in new england

Car wash firm to sell and service accounts from Connecticut to Maine. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, Has begun directly selling and servicing Mark VII equipment in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. “Following a management change at our former distributor, both parties decided not

kroger to certify dairy purity

Company to complete transition to rBST-free milk by early 2008. The Kroger Co. said it would complete the transition of milk it processes and sells in its convenience stores and supermarkets to a certified rBST-free supply by February 2008. The Company said its decision was based on customer feedback in the markets it serves. Earlier

hot stuff foods steaks a claim on breakfast

Foodservice provider adds new steak and egg pizza to the menu. Hot Stuff Foods is “steaking” a claim that it has one of the best breakfast menus in the QSR segment. The food solution’s provider announced the launch of its new Steak & Egg Personal Size Pan Pizza. “Our new Steak & Egg PSPP is

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and

kwik trip continues aggressive growth

Chain opening a store in Austin, Minn., one of 20 new units it scheduled to open in 2007. Austin, Minn. is getting its second Kwik Trip convenience store this week as the La Crosse, Wis. chain completes renovations to rebrand the former Severson Conoco gas station. The Austin stories one of about 20 new Kwik

curtain closes on kwikemart

The curtain may have closed on the Kwik-E-Mart, the fictional convenience store on The Simpsons brought to life in 11 markets by 7-Eleven, but a piece of the project will live on. That’s because 7-Eleven is donating the building materials and cardboard cutouts of Homer, Bart and the rest of The Simpsons clan and donating

highs dairy partners with radiant

Self-service food-ordering system to be deployed at more than 50 convenience and dairy locations. High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more than 50 of the mid-Atlantic retailer’s 82 High’s Dairy Stores. “Experience, reliability and ease-of-use were keys to our decision,” said Benjamin Jatlow,

texaco launches virtual auto show contest

Chevron Global Marketing launched Texaco’s Car of the Decades contest celebrating cars and the people who love them with a virtual auto show that lets visitors decide the best cars from every decade in the 20th century through today. During the Texaco Car of the Decades submission process, which concludes Sept. 3, auto enthusiasts can

alcohol vendors offered sales guide

Anheuser-Busch’s 2007 Drivers License Guide given to convenience stores, supermarkets and bars to help spot fake I.D.’s. A partnership between Schilling Distributing in Lafayette, La. and Anheuser-Busch is helping local bars and grocery stores keep up with changing photo I.D.’s from all 50 states. More than 1,300 copies of a 2007 Drivers License Guide has

oregon to begin testing biodiesel quality

The Oregon Department of Agriculture next month plans to begin testing biodiesel sold within the Portland city limits to ensure the fuel meets quality standards. Dirty biodiesel can clog fuel filters and cause engines to run inefficiently. “It is a huge concern for the (fuel) industry right now,” Rick Wallace, senior energy analyst for the

beer is americas beverage of choice

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s To Beer” campaign toasts adults’ appreciation for beer. The latest Gallup Poll shows that of the 64% of Americans who consume alcohol, beer continues to be their beverage of choice, with 40 percent choosing it over wine and hard liquor. The 2007 consumption poll was reported on Gallup’s Web site. Having maintained its

supermarket shift

Wal-Mart scaling back plans to expand its grocery business. After years of deteriorating same-store sales, Wal-Mart plans to curtail spending on expansion in the U.S. The spending pullback might give other grocers and convenience stores the opportunity to reverse the trend that has seen Wal-Mart eat up local market share at their expense “It’s difficult

fusion oil stations to be auctioned off

Sale of 41 stores part of bankruptcy proceeding against Fusion Oil by Comerica Bank. A sealed bid auction of Fusion Oil’s assets is underway as part of a bankruptcy proceeding against the oil marketer by Comerica Bank. The sale includes 41 gas stations and convenience stores in Michigan and Ohio. Some of the stations and

anheuserbusch releases 2006 environmental health and safety report

Company enhances environmental achievements, improves workplace safety record. In 2006 alone, the nation’s largest brewer generated enough renewable fuel to heat more than 25,000 homes, recycled more than 27 billion cans, cut its employee injury rate by nearly half in the last five years and helped its employees lose 5,000 pounds – an amount equal

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