Santa Celebrates Opening of New Terrible Herbst

  Santa is coming early to Las Vegas this year to celebrate the opening of a new Terrible Herbst location, which is set to open in the northwest valley on Saturday, Dec.19, with a celebration from 12 p.m.-2p.m., Marketwire reported.    Located in northwest Las Vegas at Cheyenne at I-215, the valley’s newest Terrible’s is

7-Eleven Acquires New England Pantry

  7-Eleven, Inc. has acquired New England Pantry, a company that operates 58 convenience stores under the White Hen Pantry brand, from affiliates of Sanders Morris Harris Group Inc., a Houston-based wealth management firm.   Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition significantly expands 7-Eleven’s presence in the greater Boston area, bringing

Landmark Industries Installs Gilbarco Passport POS At 162 Sites

  Multi-branded petroleum retailer and wholesaler Landmark Industries of Houston, Texas is installing Gilbarco Passport point of sale (POS) systems at 162 Houston area locations.   “Passport has helped reduce training costs by as much as 18%,” said Chuck Miller, operations manager at Landmark Industries. “The reliability of the product and its availability on a

Construction Begins On Green Airport Gas Plaza

  GAZ Realty Inc., a developer and operator of Superstation and Airport Plazas has begun development on the first multi-service, green airport gas plaza in the nation, set to open next year at Newark Liberty International Airport.   The services provided at Newark Airport Plaza will include a gas and diesel fueling station offering alternative

Exxon Acquires XTO Energy

  Exxon Mobil acquired XTO Energy for $41 billion on Monday, the Epoch Times reported. The all-stock purchase resulted in positive gains in all mid and small cap stocks.   “We are pleased that Exxon Mobil and XTO have reached this agreement,” said Rex Tillerson, CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil in a recent press

Kum & Go Receives First Silver LEED Certification

  Kum & Go L.C. announced today, Dec. 15, that two Des Moines area stores have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, becoming the first convenience stores in Iowa with the distinction.    The LEED certified Kum & Go stores are located at 5800 Northglenn Drive, Johnston, Iowa and 2110 Guthrie

7-Eleven Texts To Reach Younger Generation

  7-Eleven Inc. is testing a new mobile marketing campaign in San Diego where customers can text for free stuff. The test runs through Dec. 31, 2009, with some 200 7-Eleven stores participating.  During this time, local residents can send an SMS (Short Message Service) text with the word “FAST” (in Spanish, “RAPIDO”) to “72579.” 

Gas Prices Slipping into Holiday Season

Wholesale gasoline costs posted sharp declines in most regional markets during the second week of December, driving pump prices at retail outlets lower, with the trend expected to continue through the holidays.   Pressuring gasoline prices are slumping crude costs, which can account for as much as 70% of the cost of a gallon of

Wilson Farms’ Bells of Hope Fundraiser Begins

  Wilson Farms stores across New York State are ready to ring in the holiday season with “Bells of Hope,” a month-long fundraiser to support The Salvation Army.   Beginning today, Dec. 9, through Jan. 2, Wilson Farms customers may purchase miniature red Salvation Army bells for $1 at any of the chain’s 189 stores.

Retailers Can Protect Bottom Line During Holidays

  Transparent Financial Services (, a marketplace for businesses seeking financial services, noted that small retailers may overpay an estimated $73 million for credit card processing during an already tight holiday season.   As a result of weak predicted sales, retailers are looking to cut operating costs as much as possible in order to maximize

Retailers Can Protect Bottom Line During Holidays

  Transparent Financial Services (, a marketplace for businesses seeking financial services, noted that small retailers may overpay an estimated $73 million for credit card processing during an already tight holiday season.   As a result of weak predicted sales, retailers are looking to cut operating costs as much as possible in order to maximize

Top Food Trends For the New Year

As foodservice grows to be more and more important in the c-store channel, it’s worth noting  The Food Channel’s list of the top 10 food trends to watch for 2010. The Web site released its top 10 for ’10 based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves and the International Food Futurists. According to the

Stewart’s Shops Matches Donations

  Stewart’s Shops has kicked off its annual Holiday Match campaign, which continues through Christmas Day, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.    Stewart’s Shops, which operates 327 c-stores in Upstate New York and Vermont will match individual donations made to charity in any of its convenience stores.   In 2008, the Holiday Match total reached $1.1

New Gift Card Aimed At Hispanic Community

  Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish-language media companyhas introduce the Univision MasterCard Gift Card (Tarjeta de Regalo Univision MasterCard) issued by The Bancorp Bank.   The new gift card will provide the U.S. Hispanic community the gift of choice with a secure, flexible and convenient card that can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.

Five Rivers MetroParks Recycle Used Oil

  Employees at the 25 Five Rivers MetroParks facilities in the greater Dayton, Ohio area recently started collecting used motor oil from service vehicles that maintain the system’s nearly 15,000 acres.   They’re recycling the used-oil to generate heat for their offices and workshop. The environmentally friendly effort has spurred neighboring businesses and residents to

Missouri Woman Wins BP Fuel Contest Grand Prize

  BP Products North America Inc. has announced the winner of the BP Younger for Longer Challenge, awarding 30-year-old Rachel Malone of Springfield, Mo., $10,000 in BP gasoline for sharing her inspirational story of how she overcame all odds with her love for running.   After battling a brain tumor in her 20s, Malone was

NCR Acquires DVDPlay, Adds Rental Kiosks

  NCR Corporation is significantly expanding its network of DVD-rental kiosks through the acquisition of Campbell, Calif.-based DVDPlay, which operates about 1,300 kiosks in the U.S. and Canada.   With the acquisition, NCR expects to operate some 3,800 kiosks by the end of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   NCR plans

NYC Cracks Down On Untaxed Cigarette Sales

New York City has accused several cigarette dealers on a Long Island Indian reservation of secretly defying a court to stop selling untaxed cigarettes to the general public, the New York Post reported. In August, a federal judge ruled that the largest shops on the Poospatuck reservation were to cease the sale of untaxed cigarettes

New Granby Kum & Go Prepares To Open

  A new Kum & Go located on Highway 40 in Granby, Colo., is set to open this month, the Sky-Hi Daily News reported.   The opening target for the 3,400 square-foot convenience store and gas station is 6 a.m. on Dec. 18. The store will feature heavily insulated glass, LED cooler door lights and

Two New Ethanol Fuel Stations Open in California

Pearson Fuels will join CALSTART to celebrate the grand opening of the first Ethanol (E85) alternative fuel stations in Pomona, Calif. and Perris, Calif., with special ribbon-cutting ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 16. The Pomona grand opening is set for noon at Foothill Chevron at 100 West Foothill Boulevard in Pomona and at 3:00 p.m. at

New Jersey Retailers Sue Exxon

  A group of 88 Exxon Mobil Corp. gas station operators, including at least 24 from New Jersey, are suing Exxon Mobil Corp., alleging that the company is delaying deliveries on fuel when prices increase in order to manipulate the price of gas at the pump, reported.     The 45-page lawsuit filed in

Rutter’s Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Rental Kiosks

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is debuting Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks at 19 of its stores.   The big blue kiosks arrived this week, with plans to have them at all stores in the next few months. For ease of customer access, the kiosks are located outside on the stores’ front docks.  

Dos Equis Launches Consumer Program

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., is rolling out the brand’s most interesting Game within the Game January through March consumer program designed to capture the sports enthusiast’s attention and keep grocery, liquor and c-store retailers cash registers ringing during the January through March, 2010 period.    Playing off the

Toot ‘n Totum Announces $10 Million Expansion

  As Toot ‘n Totum celebrates its 60th year in business next year, it is embarking on a $10 million expansion project in Amarillo, Texas, that will commence in February. The company will add three new stores to its 61 locations and completely replace two existing stores, Amarillo Globe-News reported.   The new designs will

Circle K Launches Franchise Program in Florida

Circle K stores are breaking new ground this year by offering franchise opportunities to business owners in Florida. Circle K has more than 450 stores in Florida.  Its position in the Florida marketplace creates a host of efficiencies, such as marketing, financing, support and training for franchisees. Franchising with Circle K provides c-store operators brand