Marathon Petroleum Co. Celebrates 70 Years

Minnesota’s first refinery, now the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery in St. Paul Park, Minn., which launched subsidiaries SuperAmerica gas stations and SuperMom’s bakery, is celebrating its 70 year anniversary, the Hastings Star Gazette reported. The refinery, originally named the Northwestern Refining Company, began with 24 employees and an output of 1,000 barrels of oil per

7-Eleven to Debut In-Store TV Networks

  7-Eleven Inc., the world’s premier convenience retailer, has contracted with Digital Display Networks Inc. to create one of the nation’s largest out-of-home digital networks in more than 6,200 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.   When it is fully deployed nation-wide, 7-Eleven TV is expected to reach an estimated 190 million monthly viewers.

Trends Show Consumers Eating More at Home

  Studies show that as cash-strapped consumers are eating more meals at home, the perishable department (bakery, fresh meat, deli and produce) is growing faster, leading non-grocery channels to take notice, according to Nielsen data.    About half (46%) of U.S. households say they are eating out less, and as a result, value-priced meals at

Clark and Crown Introduce New Credit Card

Clark Brands LLC, Crown Central LLC and First National Credit Card Center (FNCCC), a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have announced the introduction of the Clark Platinum Edition MasterCard card.   The new credit card will be issued by First National Bank of Omaha and is designed to increase consumer loyalty and add

Take the CSD/Kleiman HR Survey

The second annual CSD/Kleiman HR survey serves as an important benchmarking tool for industry operators, a summary of which will be published in our January issue.   All surveys returned will either be anonymous (no names required) or, you can provide your contact information to receive a complete, in-depth report on the survey’s findings. All returned surveys will be held in strict

7-Eleven’s First ‘World-Wine’ Debuts in U.S., Japan

Taking its first steps into global merchandising, 7-Eleven Inc.  in the U.S. and Seven-Eleven Japan (SEJ) are jointly introducing two proprietary wines – a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon – today, Nov. 4,  under the Yosemite Road label.    The California wines were produced by The Wine Group exclusively for 7-Eleven stores and its parent

Wilson Farms Fundraiser Supports Elderly, Disabled

  The Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY and Wilson Farms has kicked-off the sixth annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled residents served by the Meals on Wheels programs throughout New York.   Customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress convenience stores can participate

NACS Show Reports Increased Attendance

  A total of 22,524 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show – a 6% increase compared to 2008 NACS Show attendance – according to attendance figures released today by NACS.      More impressive, the number of attendees classified as “buyers” (retailers, wholesalers and distributors)

NCR Launches Secure, High Capacity Outdoor DVD-rental

  NCR Corporation, Duluth, Ga., has launched its first outdoor DVD-rental kiosk, the NCR SelfServ Entertainment 2381.    Able to hold as many as 950 DVDs, this weather-protected outdoor kiosk calls itself the most secure and highest-capacity outdoor DVD-rental kiosk in the industry.  Through its new outdoor kiosk, NCR extends its deployment of BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental

7-Eleven Buys Zoom Inc. Chain in Virginia

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven has purchased the chain Zoom Inc. of Hampton, Va., which operates 13 c-store locations on the Peninsula, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   7-Eleven acquired the Zooms locations as of Friday, according to David Erbe, 7-Eleven’s market manager on the Peninsula. Most of the 13 sites operate as local franchises, but 7-Eleven will run

U.S. Gasoline Prices Peaking for 2009?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets nationwide have surged in October, climbing nearly 20cts per gallon to average nationally at a $2.674 gallon four-month high. The previous high was reached in late June at $2.691 gallon.   View DTN’s Weekly and Historical Gas Prices.

BP Joins fuelperks! Rewards Program

  Excentus Corporation and BP have joined forces to expand the reach of the fuelperks! Rewards Program, a program that allows consumers to earn gas rewards and redeem them instantly at the pump.   Under terms of the agreement, BP will become the fuelperks! redemption partner in the majority of marketing areas in which BP

7-Eleven Holds First Private-Label Summit

7-Eleven Inc. held its first-ever Private-Label Summit in Dallas on Oct. 28-29. The two-day event provided the company’s private-label suppliers the opportunity to meet with its category managers and product directors and attend a formal Private-Label forum. The purpose of the collaborative program was to educate 7-Eleven supply partners about the company’s business strategy and

AMCON Expands Reach in Arkansas

  AMCON Distributing Company, an Omaha, Neb.-based consumer products company is increasing its wholesale distribution presence in the Northwest Arkansas market by acquiring the convenience store distribution assets of Discount Distributors from its parent Harps Food Stores Inc., Reuters reported.     “We are delighted that this acquisition will expand our distribution network in the State of

Terrible Herbst Sign Sale Benefits Homeless Youth

Terrible Herbst convenience stores in southern Nevada, in conjunction with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, one of Nevada’s largest non-profit providers for homeless, neglected and runaway youth, kicked off its Safe Place Sign Sale on Oct. 30, the Las Vegas Sun reported.   Donations start at $1 and range up to $10,000. In exchange for donations,

California Gas Prices Surpass $3

  Gasoline prices in California have been inching upward this week, tipping the average price in most communities past $3, Central Valley Business Times reported.   At $3.012 California is one of three states with an average gas price exceeding $3-the other two being Alaska at $3.406 and Hawaii at $3.270- according to the American

Circle K To Expand Tucson Site

  Circle K Stores of Tempe, Ariz. has purchased 3.2 acres of vacant land in Marana, Ariz., from a private seller for $2.15 million, CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company reported.   Located off I-10 at Ina Road, the newly purchased property surrounds the existing Circle K building at 4500 W. Ina Road,

PACT Act Would Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco Sales

On Nov. 5 the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a bill called the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act that would get tough on the illegal sale of tobacco products that takes place through Internet and mail order, NACS reported. The association has been leading a business coalition of retailers and distributors

7-Eleven Exits Ottawa

  7-Eleven is pulling out of Ottawa and with it goes the chain’s very affordable cellphone service, the Ottawa Citizen reported.   The chain sold all six of its Ottawa outlets to Quickie Convenience Stores, an Ottawa-based chain that operates 47 stores across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.   In a statement, 7-Eleven noted its

Valero CEO Expresses Industry Concerns to the U.S. Senate

  Bill Klesse, chairman of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), and CEO and chairman of Valero Energy Corp., testified this week before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, expressing the refining community’s concerns with S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, NACS reported.   “The implications of this

Sales Rebound at C-stores

  After c-stores endured several quarters of decline in customer purchases caused by a struggling economy, a new report by the NPD Group’s Convenience Store Monitor shows consumers have returned to buying a larger variety of products from the stores in the second quarter of 2009, Food Product Design reported.   According to the report,

IDDBA Reports In-Store Bakery Trends

  As bakery offerings continue to grow in c-stores, it’s crucial to know what types of products consumers are opting for and how trends are progressing. What’s in Store 2010, the recently released annual trends report from the International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association (IDDBA), offers a clear look at consumer activity in the bakery sector.   The

C-stores in Quincy Card for Eggs, Shaving Cream on Halloween

  Can c-stores play a role in helping to deter vandalism on Halloween? Police in Quincy, Mass., seem to think so.   The Police Department in Quincy, Mass. has asked local convenience store operators not to sell eggs and shaving cream to minors on Halloween this Saturday, the Patriot Ledger reported.   At the 7-Eleven

New Coffee Brand at Buffalo Noco Stores

  Noco Energy Corp. is using Buffalo-based McCullagh Coffee to supply coffee to 29 Noco convenience store locations, Business First of Buffalo reported.   The coffee will be sold under the Nickel City Roast brand name at various Noco Express locations in the Buffalo region.   “Our people have worked hard to produce a uniquely-blended

Quick Chek Opens 121st Store

  Teammates from the 11U division of the Ramsey Baseball and Softball Association enjoy the grand opening of Quick Chek located at 40 N.J. State Route 17 North, Ramsey, N.J. Quick Chek, which operates locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, just celebrated the grand opening of its 121st  store located at 40 N.J.

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