giant foods heavily targeting fuel customers

Supermarket chain plans to aggressively grow gas station count. Giant Food Inc. is building a gas station at one of its stores and looking for opportunities to put up others as it joins a national trend among supermarkets aiming to be a “one-stop shopping experience.”The supermarket began construction on a gas station at its Pasadena,

mixed results for united refining

Net income jumps 33.9%, sales drop 1.3% in fiscal year 2007. United Refining Co., which operates 371 Kwik Fill, Red Apple and Country Fair convenience stores in New York and Pennsylvania, posted strong net income in fiscal year 2007, but saw sales drop more than 1% over the past 12 months. Net sales for the

the pantry facing hot gas charges

Disclosure of 45 lawsuits made in regulatory filing. Hot gas has The Pantry in some hot water. The company has been named as a defendant in seven class-action lawsuits that accuse energy companies and gas station operators of selling gas at hot temperatures — a move that reduces fuel’s energy content, the Triangle (N.C.) Business

texas ordinance preventing gas thefts

Measure fines clerks for turning on fuel pumps for cash customers before payment. A new city ordinance in Rockport, Texas that fines clerks for turning on the fuel before a customer pays has put the brakes on gas thefts. Now other local jurisdictions are looking at creating similar rules, the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times

Iowa awards grants for alternative fuels

Kum & Go among the retailers sharing $563,800 for fuel pumps and other equipment supporting E85 and biodiesel. Iowa’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board awarded $563,800 in grants to 21 Iowa fuel retailers to encourage them to install pumps and other equipment to dispense 85% ethanol gas and biodiesel fuel. In addition to biofuels pumps, the

refining drives chs earnings

Revenues for fiscal year 2007 were $17.2 billion, up 20% over $14.4 billion a year earlier. CHS Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based refiner-marketer, reported record net income for fiscal 2007 of $750.3 million. The earnings for the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2007, compared with net income of $490.3 million for fiscal 2006. Revenues for

mister car wash acquires car wash headquarters

Deal includes eight stores in Florida, Alabama and Texas. Mister Car Wash has acquired the Car Wash Headquarters chain, adding eight stores in Tampa, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Mesquite, Texas under its widening umbrella. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company believes the latest acquisition makes Mister Car Wash the second largest carwash chain in

interest in bp stores grows

Couche-Tard could make a play for units in Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said it’s interested in purchasing some of the more than 700 convenience stores BP America Inc. plans to sell in the U.S. over the next two years. The Laval, Quebec-based retailer said it interest is piqued because the company operates in some of

pei elects new officers

Blair Shwedo to serve as vice president, Peter Ward as treasurer. Blair D. Shwedo, president of SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., was appointed by the board of directors of the Petroleum Equipment Institute to serve as the 2008 vice president of the organization, while Peter Ward, president of Glasgow Equipment Service Inc. in

gilbarco veederroot partners with google

Initial rollout of 3,500 integrated touchscreen fuel pumps to offer real-time directions. Gilbarco Veeder-Root bolster its fuel pump offering by announcing a partnership with online search leader Google at the NACS show in Atlanta. The high-tech pumps integrate a Google-powered touch display. The device will use an internet connection to uplink with Google Maps and

iowa plagued by fuel shortages

Governor might allow truckers to drive more and make more deliveries. Tight supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel are pushing up prices at the pump and causing temporary outages at some retail stations in Iowa. Transport truckers must drive longer distances and spend time waiting at major terminals, such as Des Moines, to get fuel

toa adds illinois travel center

TravelCenters of America LLC (TOA) has acquired its 235th travel center location in Morris, Illinois. Formerly the Romine’s Truck Stop, the 39 acre site is branded TA and is located along I-80. At the new Morris location, customers can enjoy a meal at the 250 seat “R” Place restaurant, one of the largest and busiest

murphy oil partners with dtn portal solutions

Murphy Oil Corp. has implemented DTN Portal Solutions, which hosts a branded online message center and allocation viewer that was integrated into Murphy’s Web site to increase the effectiveness of the oil company’s communication strategies. Murphy’s goal is to drive sales and encourage customer loyalty with enhanced features in a branded environment. Murphy, based in

mannatec launches private label fleet card program

FleetCor subsidiary delivers turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers. Mannatec introduced a new full service private label fleet card program for petroleum marketers. The new program brings simplicity, growth and cost savings opportunities versus previously available self-service private label programs. “This is a turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers and retailers where Mannatec does all

shell innovates at the pump

Adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. This week, Shell becomes the first gasoline retailer in the world to adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. A recognized industry innovator, Shell also is testing attendant hand-held wireless card scanners abroad. Both

mso no more

Shell announced that it is removing the multi-site operation model from the U.S. going forward. What does this mean to the company and Big Oil as a whole? Shell Oil Products turned headslast month when the oil giantannounced it would be disassemblingits multi-site operator (MSO)partnerships across the country to continueits strategy of putting the stake

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

floridas faulty gas pumps

Florida gas customers have something to worry about other than paying above the national average per gallon: malfunctioning pumps that could be siphoning even more of their hard-earned money. A recent study conducted by South Florida Sun-Sentinel found as many as 34% of the gas stations in the state have at least one pump that

chevron to increase us fuel production

Oil company to invest $500 million to expand Pascagoula, Miss. refinery. Chevron Corp., the second largest U.S. oil and gas company based in San Ramon, Calif., said today it plans to build a major gasoline production unit at its refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The construction of the continuous catalyst regeneration project, estimated to cost around

no drivethrough cstore for canadian retailer

Plan hits a dead end after local residents circulated a petition. A plan to open the first drive-thru convenience store in St. John’s, New Foundland, has collapsed before it even made it to the checkout. North Atlantic Petroleum Co. had planned to open the drive-thru, but residents opposed and circulated a petition to complain that

clean cities push 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

New report shows 50% increase from year before. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) has revealed that its Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The amount of gasoline displaced in 2006 was

bps structure on the chopping block

CEO Hayward revealed plans to scale down company. BP Plc has created and unveiled a new plan to streamline its structure. The new plan will slash the amount of business units and do away with management layers, thanks to a poor financial performance that has left the Big Oil company behind the competition, according to

utica energies suit dismissed

Renew E-85 case still in court. Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key has dismissed Utica Energy LLC from a lawsuit filed by 42 Green Bay-area convenience store operators that have accused the company and Renew E-85 LLC ethanol stations of unfair gas pricing, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern. Though the case against Renew E-85

irving celebrates five years of care

Fuel for Care program spends half a decade providing gas for sick families. This October marks the fifth year of Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program. The program helps families pay for fuel when they drive between home and hospital for their children’s medical care. To celebrate this anniversary, Irving Oil will donate $200,000 to

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