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Susser Expects To Report Q3 Growth

Susser anticipates same-store merchandise sales growth ahead of its third quarter results release. Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the third quarter of 2011 of approximately 7.4% versus the third quarter of 2010.  Meanwhile, retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to increase by 5.6% year-over-year. For the first three

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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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Murphy Oil Launches Gas Island Vending Pilot

Using Vendgogh’s integrated gas island vending solutions, Murphy Oil is set to allow fuel customers to buy fuel and cold drinks right at the pump with the swipe of a credit card. Murphy Oil USA is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at selected Murphy USA stores in Arkansas, Georgia and North

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Climbing Gasoline Costs to Slow Retail Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs in the majority of US metropolitan markets moved higher during the first week of the fourth quarter, with some of those increases up sharply, climbing, in part, on easing concern that the U.S. would again slide into recession. The higher costs will, however,

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High’s Debuts Proprietary Fuel Brand

Maryland chain also unveils a prototype convenience store brand as it prepares for the future with a focus on energy efficiency, foodservice and market expansion. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor High’s of Baltimore is taking its convenience store and gas station business to the next level rolling out a new proprietary fuel brand—called High’s BTG—along

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Lower Gasoline Costs Moving Through Downstream Markets

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Most wholesale gasoline costs countrywide are moving lower as we march toward the end of the third quarter, with the current decline consistent with its historical pattern of falling prices as demand eases from the summer peak and production costs decrease with the transition to winter-grade

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Inside Sales Drive Casey’s Strong Q1 Numbers

Casey’s annual goal is to increase same-store sales 5.8% with an average margin of 32.8%, and to grow it’s store count by 4-6%. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is off to a strong start in fiscal 2012 strong with a “record quarter.”  The c-store chain has reported basic earnings per share of $1.04 for the first

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Looking Good in the Neighborhood

A clean, consistent, upscale image and outstanding service isn’t enough to distinguish your brand anymore—it’s the bare minimum to stay competitive. By Jim Callahan. It’s February and I’m not quite sure about the official name for this dismal season, but this much is certain: I prefer the dog days of summer. This winter has seen

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Susser Holdings Releases Q4 Results

“Following a challenging 2009, we set a new all-time record for Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2010, driven by unusually strong fuel margins, steady same-store growth in merchandise sales and careful expense control,” says Susser president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. released its fourth quarter of 2010 report, showing strong merchandise sales and fuel volumes as

The Pantry Releases Fiscal Q4 and 2010 Results

The Pantry Inc. has announced the financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 30, 2010. The quarter and year included 14 and 53 weeks, respectively, one more week than the comparable periods in fiscal 2009. In the fourth quarter, net income for The Pantry totaled $8.5 million or $0.38 per diluted

Chevron Donates To Local Public Schools

Over the past three weeks, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion has encouraged East Bay, Calif., drivers to help earn up to $1 million in funds for their neighborhood public schools. To participate customers simply have to fill up their gas tank at participating Chevron stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties between Sept. 1 and

CSD Exclusive: WPMCA Hails Legislative Victory

By Jennifer Badeau, WPMCA Director of Regulatory Affairs The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) is pleased with its recent legal victory: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act is constitutional. The decision marks the 10th time an appellate court has ruled in favor of keeping the law

Fueling New Sales

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the downstream energy industry, has released ForeSite, an innovative, map-based fuel inventory management solution that deploys in a single day. Offering real-time views of inventory across multiple sites, ForeSite gives retailers control and visibility over their fuel inventory, reducing runouts and retains, as well as optimizing

Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

Sunoco Inc. reported its 2010 second quarter results today, including a net income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $145 million ($1.20 per share diluted) compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $55 million ($.47 per share diluted) for the second quarter of 2009. “While market conditions during the second quarter remained challenging,

Hess Estimates Second Quarter Results

Hess Corp. has reported its estimated results for the second quarter of 2010, including a net income of $375 million compared with net income of $100 million for the second quarter of 2009. Exploration and production earnings totaled $488 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared with $215 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Tiger Management Acquires 26 Exxon Stations

Tiger Management Groups LLC, owned by Chattanooga, Tenn. businessman Lyle Finley, has acquired 26 ExxonMobil gas stations in the Nashville area, The Tennessean reported. Finley already owns and operates 11 Exxon gas stations, and this new purchase grows his store count to 37 locations.    The purchase also puts Irving, Texas-based Exxon closer to its

Stewart Shops Profit Grew 10% In 2009

Stewart Shops saw overall sales fall in 2009 due to a decline in gas prices, but in-store sales and profits grew for the year, company officials told the Albany Business Review. Sales in 2009 for Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart’s, which has 327 stores in upstate New York and southern Vermont, totaled $1.26 billion, compared to

Empowering Foodservice Customers

The latest technologies being used to manage c-store foodservice programs—from touchscreens and POS ordering terminals to digital signage—are allowing marketers to enhance communications and streamline operations. Touchscreens communicate the menu in a very efficient way. This is especially important as chains look to build incremental sales and make more subtle changes like expanding the number

Susser Holdings Provides Fourth Quarter and 2009 Results

Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corporation said it expects to report a same-store merchandise sales decline of about 1.2% for the fourth quarter of 2009 and growth of about 3.3% for the full year. Retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to decline by 5.9% versus the fourth quarter of last year, but on a

Nice & Envied

Mission accomplished. When John MacDougall challenged his team at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes to come up with a company mission statement, he left pretty simple instructions. “Keep it short, keep it focused and let’s be true to ourselves,” he said. The result was a concise proclamation of the chain’s commitment to the customers it

Riding the Hess Express

The first Hess gas station was opened in 1960, and the first Hess Express opened in 1997 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hess Express was named Chain of the Year nine years ago amidst its aggressive southern retail expansion. “When we were recognized with the Chain of the Year award in 2000, we had about 900

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

Changing its Stripes

Susser Holdings Corp. at a glance A dynamic marketer Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings is the largest non-refiner, convenience store operator in Texas, with additional stores in Oklahoma and New Mexico. It operates 516 convenience stores through its Stripes LLC division and is the 19th largest c-store chain in the U.S. Convenience Store

Products, Packaging Key to HBC

Private Label Predicament Private label categories are increasing across all product categories, including HBC. While consumers still want the brands they know and trust, in today’s economy many are looking for a more optimally priced equivalent. In the first aid category, private label sales are up 10% compared to last year, according to Nielsen for

Tracking the Trends

An otherwise tough year for convenience stores was balanced out by strong retail fuel margins from the unprecedented drop in wholesale fuels prices during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to National Association of Convenience Stores’ (NACS) 2009 State of the Industry report. However, credit card fees continue to take a toll on industry profitability.

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