Quick Chek’s ’Joe to the World’ Sets Record

To welcome the holiday season, and as part of the third annual Joe to the World free coffee event, Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 125 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, supplied customers with more than 100,670 complimentary cups of ‘Joe,’ saving thousands of coffee lovers much-needed dough in

Milwaukee CITGO Stations Support Toys for Tots

Forty-four CITGO gas stations across southeastern Wisconsin are joining together this holiday season to light up the lives of children in need. In partnership with local radio station FM 106.1, participating CITGO stations will be collecting toys from Nov. 22 to Dec. 12 in support of Toys for Tots. Individuals from across the community are

Southwest Convenience Stores LLC Fundraises For USO

Odessa, Texas-based Southwest Convenience Stores LLC, the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALON USA, is again embarking on a fundraising initiative to benefit the USO for the fourth consecutive year. Southwest Convenience Stores, which operates more than 300 stores in Texas and New Mexico, is set to offer its customers

Catchfire Media To Manage Social Networking For Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has hired Catchfire Media, a social media firm, to manage social marketing strategies and technology solutions for its 1,637 c-stores. “We have loyal and passionate customers who want to communicate with us on the social Web, and our partnership with Catchfire Media will help us achieve that goal,” said Cory Hart,

Kum & Go Mourns Loss of Associate

Associates and officials of Kum & Go L.C. are shocked and saddened by the loss of a longtime associate, Sheila Myers, who was a victim of a crime at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt, Iowa this November. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sheila Myers. Our thoughts and prayers go out

Kroger Partners With Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles are once again scheduled to ring in the season at The Kroger Co.’s family of stores. Customers and associates generously support the campaign each year, helping provide food, clothing, toys and social services in the communities where funds are raised. “We couldn’t do what we do in communities nationwide

Higher Crude Costs Drive Uptrend in Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. average retail price for regular grade gasoline dipped 1.6 cents from a six-month high to $2.876 gallon just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, but are again seen moving up with an early week rally in wholesale values. Gasoline prices typically decline this time of

Irving Oil Truck Stop Opens in Poland, Maine

Perry Transport recently opened a brand new truck stop with Irving branded diesel fuel at 4 Spring Water Road in Poland, Maine, expanding the regional brand to the community. “Our company has been working in the community for 24 years, primarily focused on road maintenance. This is our first venture into the fueling business and

Free Slurpees On “Purple Friday”

7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating people coming together by offering a free, small Slurpee drink on “Purple Friday” – Nov. 26. 7-Eleven wants to extend the fun of its Slurpee Unity Tour that visited 14 cities before arriving to Washington, D.C. for a Slurpee Summit.  On Nov. 26, or “Purple Friday” as 7-Eleven has dubbed the

Love’s Ranks No. 18 On 2010 Forbes List

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores (Love’s) is celebrating its 10th consecutive year on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the nation’s largest privately held companies. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based operator of convenience stores and travel centers, which debuted in the 2000 Forbes list at No. 446, now ranks as No. 18 among private U.S. companies

7-Eleven Adds To Proprietary Wine Line-up

For legal-age millennials wanting to upgrade their wine selection without breaking the bank, 7-Eleven Inc. is adding Cherrywood Cellars to its best-selling line-up of proprietary wines. The mid-tier-priced wine ($7.99 – $8.99 per bottle) is available in three varietals – chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. “We are targeting millennials because they like convenience and want

Retail Gasoline Prices Hold Near Highs as Thanksgiving Approaches

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The regular grade retail gasoline price average for the United States continues to hold near this year’s $2.905 gallon high reached in May, reported last at $2.892 gallon by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), boosted by tight supply in the Northeast and a weaker dollar. The

‘Joe to the World’ Returns For Black Friday

When alarm clocks ring Friday, Nov. 27, waking thousands from their after-turkey slumbers to hit those early morning holiday sales at their local malls, Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, will offer these early risers complimentary medium coffees to help jump

Kangaroo Express Helps Break Guinness World Record

The Pantry Inc., an independently-operated convenience store chain in the Southeastern U.S., helped break a Guinness World Record by hosting a Wake County elementary school’s official World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) Stack Up! event at one of its Kangaroo Express convenience stores. The 2010 WSSA Stack Up! was a Guinness World Record event in which

Thorntons Offers Black Friday Deal on E-85

Thorntons is offering E-85 flex fuel for 85 cents per gallon on  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at select locations. E-85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15% petroleum. Ethanol can be made from virtually any agriculture feedstock from which starch is derived, such as corn, sugar cane, wheat or milo. Today, the

Revolutions in Sales Data Gathering

Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample have launched Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cci Panel), the consumer research field’s first mobile panel designed to capture sales information from hard-to-reach younger shoppers within the convenience-store channel. The cci Panel employs cutting-edge Smartphone technology in breakthrough applications, as a means to both recruit c-store shoppers as

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Walgreens To Add Charging Stations

Drug store retailer Walgreens and energy company NRG Energy have teamed to deliver the first privately-funded electric vehicle network in the U.S., Energyefficiencynews.com reported. Some 18 eVgosm high-powered rapid charging stations are scheduled to be rolled out at Walgreens stores across Houston, Texas, starting in February. “Our neighborhood stores will be a great and convenient

Chevron Offers Techron2Go App

Chevron has introduced the new Techron2Go iPhone app which helps commuters locate the closest Chevron station while on the go. In addition, the app lets them plan a route showing all Chevron stations along the way, find the latest meal and drink deals at ExtraMile convenience stores and get more information on how the cleaning

SkinzWraps Delivers For 7-Eleven

7-Eleven has hired SkinzWraps Inc., a vehicle wrap company, to assist in its ongoing store makeover program. SkinzWraps was tasked with creating a realistic looking wrap alternative to the more costly hammer tone marble. The upgrade solution created by SkinzWraps was for the heavily-used coffee bar cabinets within 7-Eleven convenience stores. After design and print

Mars Unveils Most Colorful Fan of NASCAR

Mars Chocolate North America announced that Joseph Haus of Phoenix was selected as the grand prize winner of M&M’S Brand “MOST COLORFUL FAN of NASCAR” Contest. Haus topped more than 6,000 other colorful NASCAR fans who entered the contest, held between Memorial Day and Labor Day, by uploading his colorful photo to NASCAR.com/MostColorfulFans, showing his

Four Loko Drops Caffeine

Alcoholic energy drink Four Loko is dropping caffeine from its beverage after New York moved to ban the beverage amid concerns over the drink’s safety and an announcement that the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was expected to take a stand on the beverage, the New York Times reported. The company, in a statement, acknowledged

BP ampm Brand Exists Central Ohio

The 25 BP ampm convenience-stores in central Ohio are set to be transformed into Duchess Shoppe stores, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The local franchise owner, Englefield Oil Co. already operates all the stores involved, plus 103 other stores that use the Duke/Duchess Shoppe name. BP is allowing Englefield Oil to drop the ampm name penalty-free

Restraining Order Issued On RYO Machine Rule

According to a Nov. 15 Court decision, the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is immediately restrained from enforcing the rule issued on Sept. 30, 2010 that regulates the commercial size cigarette-making machines being used in retail stores, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The Nov. 15 order also

Circle K, XYIENCE Award Harley-Davidson Prize

Circle K and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, announced that Dolly Charley of Akron, Ohio is the lucky winner of their Harley-Davidson sweepstakes. The text-message based contest, which took place in partnership between XYIENCE and Circle K Great Lakes Division stores in nine states, offered shoppers the opportunity to win a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low. “Our

Giant Eagle Welcomes Huntington

Huntington Bank has opened the first of its Giant Eagle in-store branches, part of an exclusive, 15-year agreement announced in September 2010 to install seven-day-a-week, full-service branches in at least 103 Giant Eagle supermarkets. “This is a true partnership between two companies that share a strong, long-held commitment to customer service, convenience, and the communities

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