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ConocoPhillips Begins Rolling Out KickBack Loyalty Program

ConocoPhillips is officially rolling out the KickBack Points Coalition Loyalty Program to branded marketers through a series of Road Show meetings starting today in Seattle. The meeting in Seattle will be the first of 28 Road Show meetings starting on the West Coast, before moving into the other ConocoPhillips markets. This program is a turnkey

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Aloha Petroleum Unveils C-Store Prototype

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., the Hawaii-based gas retailer and convenience store operator, has unveiled the first ‘ground-up’ version of a new prototype design for its convenience store-fuel sites that highlights the chain’s local roots. Designed by CBX, the strategic branding and retail design consultancy, the 3,000-square-foot store and adjoining gas islands with five pumps opened in

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Rutter’s Expands its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores’ exceptionally diverse menu is expanding to include sloppy Joe sandwiches and chicken wings. Chicken wings are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at most of Rutter’s 56 Central Pennsylvania convenience stores. The wings are available in quantities of 6 or 12 and in 3 flavors: original, hot and

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The National Advisory Group: Building Profits and Relationships

Only one more week to capitalize on early bird registration for the 2011 NAG Ideas Conference in Savannah, Ga. There is more pressure than ever on convenience store chains to not only exceed customers’ expectations, but to stay ahead of the competition, navigate legislative issues and still be good corporate citizens in the communities they

Kroger Names SVP of Retail Operations

The Kroger Co. has named Geoffrey Covert senior vice president of retail operations, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Covert, 59, joined Kroger in 1996.  He has served as president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division for the past six years. Previously, he served as senior vice president and president of Kroger Manufacturing. Before joining Kroger, Covert worked

Getty Realty Corp. Appoints Senior Director of Acquisitions

Getty Realty Corp., a publicly traded REIT focused solely on ownership and leasing of retail motor fuel and convenience store properties, has hired Mike Ross as senior director of acquisitions. Ross has more than 15 years of origination experience at well-known industry firms including: Trustreet Properties, Merrill Lynch and FMAC. Ross will be based in

New York Bans Four Loko

The recent New York ban on Four Loko, a drink that contain 12% alcohol and as much caffeine as three cups of coffee, reportedly has many c-store owners and parents in the state breathing a sigh of relief. Four Loko, which is geared toward young adults, has been blamed for several deaths over the last

Shriber Joins PetroProperties & Finance

PetroProperties & Finance LLC is welcoming Ken Shriber, managing director of Petroleum Equity Group LTD. of Chappaqua, N.Y., to its team of petroleum professionals. Serving in the capacity of region vice president, Shriber and his company will exclusively represent PetroProperties & Finance from Delaware to Maine. “Ken brings to the PetroProperties & Finance network the

Awards Ceremony, Humanitarian Effort Highlight Thorntons’ Annual Meeting

By John Lofstock, Editor “The work we do everyday to satisfy and exceed our customers’ expectations is a result of the outstanding work of the people in this room and I’m proud to work alongside all of you.” That was the message sent last night by Matt Thornton, president and CEO of Thorntons Inc., the

Jenkins Joins Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Matt JenkinsMatt Jenkins has joined Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Commercial Business Unit as sales manager. In this role Matt will support the company’s Commercial and Industrial customers with products such as Gasboy PLUS fleet management solutions, Atlas fuel dispensers and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers, as well as Veeder-Root automatic tank gauges. “As part of our continued

Casey’s Rejects 7-Eleven Bid

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has rejected a $43-per-share offer by 7-Eleven and ended talks with the convenience store operator owned by Japan’s Seven & I Holdings, Reuters reported. Shares of Casey’s dropped 5% after it announced the revised offer did not reflect its full value and growth opportunities. In early September, 7-Eleven made a non-binding

SUPERVALU Sells Bristol Farms Division

SUPERVALU has sold its Bristol Farms division (14 stores) to a company formed through a partnership with the Bristol Farms management team and Endeavour Capital, an investment firm experienced in grocery and retail businesses. Under the terms of the sale, the stores will change ownership effective today, but will continue to operate under the Bristol

Marketing in a Digital Age

The world of marketing is fast evolving to keep pace with an influx of new technological options, and no one knows this better than Jared Sturtevant, who recently stepped into the newly created director of marketing role at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. In his new position, Sturtevant orders, proofs and provides artistic direction on

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Legacy Leadership

  At a Glance: Rutter’s Farm Stores Rutter’s enjoys a long, proud history tracing its roots in Central Pennsylvania all the way back to 1747. The company broke ground on its first convenience store in 1967 and today retails more than 100 million gallons of fuel annually throughout Pennsylvania’s York, Lancaster, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and

Inside Look at Store Activity

Series2k has released S2k Realtime Center, a realtime reporting module to complement its Series2K Back Office Management System. The S2k Realtime Center is a Web-based application that allows a convenience store operator or owner to instantaneously see what is going on in their store. The S2k Realtime Center pulls information from the point-of-sale system every

Kroger Announces Employee Promotion

The Kroger Co. has promoted Jeffrey Burt to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement. Burt previously served as vice president of Deli/Bakery Merchandising and Procurement for the company, a position he has held since 2004.  Prior to that, Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle. Burt began his

Coinstar Inc. Announces Employee Promotions

Coinstar Inc., a provider of automated retail, has appointed Mary Leonard to chief performance officer and member of the Coinstar executive management team. Leonard previously served as senior vice president of operations for redbox, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Reporting to Gregg Kaplan, president and chief operating officer of Coinstar Inc., Leonard will replace retiring

Nice N Easy’s Duskiewicz Honored

Fran Duskiewicz, the senior executive vice president at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and a 25-year veteran employee of the company, has been honored twice by the convenience store industry this past month. Duskiewicz, who has been a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Research Committee for five years, has now been

NACS Kicks Off With Opening Session

Engagement, an overriding theme of the NACS Show, was clearly the dominant theme of NACS Chairman Jay Ricker’s Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. Ricker encapsulated his past year as chairman with three stories about engagement: with the media, with customers and with elected officials. The first story related to

Global Partners Acquires 42 Exxon Stations

Global Partners LP, a wholesale distributor of gasoline, distillates and residual oil in New England, has completed the final phase of its acquisition of 42 Mobil-branded and operated retail gas stations and fuel supply rights in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Earlier this month, the Partnership completed the acquisition of 148 dealer-operated Mobil stations,

Developing a Customized Foodservice Menu

Testing New Products   As new products earn their way onto your menu don’t forget about the equipment.   “Let’s say you’ve got a roller grill and you’ve been selling hot dogs forever,” explained Larry Miller, president of Miller Management & Consulting Services Inc. in Sanford, Fla. “Now somebody brings you a handheld Mexican product,

Gulfcoast Software Solutions

Gulfcoast produces uniquely designed and highly sophisticated tools to integrate POS and facility management devices with the latest video surveillance technologies.   Booth #1517 Gulfcoast Software Solutionswww.cstorecameras.com

Train to Retain

Convenience store turnover is staggering—100% is typical, and 200% is common among hourly retail employees. Yet, in a Fortune magazine survey of the most admired companies, “the single best predictor of overall excellence was a company’s ability to attract, motivate and retain talented people.” Training and preparing employees for advancement is one proven method for

Tackling New Challenges

During her 13-year career in the industry, Donna Perkins has come a long way. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn drive her success. As pricebook manager for Calloway Oil Co., Perkins maintains costs and retails for all items in the company’s 23 E-Z Stop Food Mart stores in Tennessee. She also handles vendor issues, cost

NRC Arranges $46 Million Financing For GPM

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has arranged a $46 million senior secured credit facility for GPM Investments LLC (GPM) through an affiliate of Bayside Capital Inc.   The Bayside facility will replace existing loans as well as provide additional operating capital.  GPM is owner of the Fas Mart and Shore Stop chain of

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