Cigarette Tax Pending in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers return to the Capitol today to debate a cigarette tax that many hope will prevent a surge in car-tag costs in the state.   The House and Senate have been stalled on a decision about the tax, with the Senate proposing a 64-cent cigarette tax–the average of the surrounding states–and the House suggesting

ExxonMobil Supports Higher Education

The 2008 Educational Matching Gift Program, lead by ExxonMobil Foundation, presented more than $36 million in donations to 900 colleges and universities nationwide with help from the company’s employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors, who made more than 8,500 contributions totaling more than $11 million.   ExxonMobil matched their contributions with more than $25 million

Teams Test Energy Options at Shell Eco-Marathon

More than 500 students tested the boundaries of fuel efficiency this past weekend at the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Houston.   Students designed, build and then raced their vehicles around a track, in an attempt to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel.   The team from Laval University achieved 2,757.1 miles

Break for Tobacco Customers

Recognizing that consumers are struggling to purchase tobacco products following this month’s hefty increase in the federal excise taxes, South Boston, Va.-based American Smokeless Tobacco LLC announced its 2009 economic stimulus package.   American Smokeless, the only independent manufacturer of pasturized snus in five flavors in the U.S., will reduce the price on Discreet snus

Gasoline Prices Push Higher in Northeast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Nationally, retail gasoline prices at major metropolitan markets will edge higher this week on mostly modest increases in wholesale markets.   In the lower Northeast however, prices at the pump are expected to see sharper increases following greater pass through costs due to an outage

Break for Tobacco Customers

Recognizing that consumers are struggling to purchase tobacco products following last month’s hefty increase in the federal excise taxes, South Bostan, Va.-based American Smokeless Tobacco LLC announced its 2009 economic stimulus package.   American Smokless, the only independent manufacturer of pasturized snus in five flavors in the U.S., will reduce the price on Discreet snus

NOCO Opens Newest Unit

NOCO Express Shops reported that is has purchased and completely refurbished a former Sunoco station in North Tonawanda, N.Y. The newest Express Shop, which replaces a NOCO store in the same city, offers all of the high quality products and amenities that customers of the area’s premier convenience store chain have become accustomed.   Renovations

Sheetz Opens W.Va. Recruitment Center

Sheetz Inc., the Altoona, Pa.-based operator of more than 350 convenience stores, has begun training employees for its units in West Virginia, and it’s doing so at a new recruitment, hiring and training center at the Huntington Mall.   The center has a classroom area and foodservice area to train employees on how to make

Gulf Gears Up for Baseball Season

To celebrate the beginning of baseball season, Gulf Oil LP is running a ticket giveaway sweepstakes in conjunction with Major League Baseball.   With every fill-up, Gulf Oil customers can enter for a chance to win choice seats at pre-selected Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, or 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies games this season.

Coca-Cola Sponsors New Retail Commission

As part of its ongoing Shopper Merchandising and Marketing leadership strategy, Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) is sponsoring the creation of the Retail Commission on Shopper Marketing. This group of prominent retailers will work with industry experts to determine how to best leverage manufacturers’ insights to develop shopper-based marketing approaches and capabilities that enhance the shopping

Restructuring Officer Named for Appalachian

P. A. (Andy) Weber, senior vice President of NRC Realty Advisors LLC, has been named chief restructuring officer for Appalachian Oil Co. in Blountville, Tenn, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.   In his role, Weber will be responsible for all operational and financial matters of the company as well as all

The Pantry to Acquire 40 Stores

The Pantry Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., said it reached a deal to acquire 40 convenience stores from Herndon Oil Corp. The Sanford, N.C., chain also announced it repurchased $26 million in principal amount of outstanding bonds.   The acquisition, which will include the real estate underlying 32

Wesco Embraces PCI Compliance

Wesco, a chain of more than 50 convenience stores and gas stations across Michigan, is one of the busiest retailers in the Midwest in terms of the volume of individual credit card transactions they process. When embarking on the PCI compliance road, Wesco made a strategic decision based on their commitment to their customers: to

Dunkin’ Donuts Eyeing New Markets

Dunkin’ Donuts said today that the Louisville market will be one of its key franchise development markets in 2009, with plans to develop multiple new restaurants over the next several years. The targeted growth markets are Louisville and Evansville, central Kentucky, and counties in southern Indiana.   Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Louisville and the recent

New Retail Brand for Southcorp Capital

Southcorp Capital Inc., a marketer in the business of owning, operating and acquiring good quality gas stations and convenience stores throughout south and central Florida, said it plans to begin introducing new stores to the market commencing on the third quarter of 2009.   The new proprietary brand name will be Petrofast. Stores will have

Denny’s Growing Fresh Express Concept

Looking to snag breakfast customers away from convenience stores and quick-service competitors, Denny’s is expanding a test of its Fresh Express grab-and-go concept and adding drive-throughs to two franchised units, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Denny’s Fresh Express, a 200-square-foot, grab-and-go counter situated inside a traditional full-service unit, features hot and cold beverages and sandwiches

Tidel Strikes Deal with Loomis

Tidel Engineering, a leader in cash Management systems and robbery prevention products, announced an exclusive agreement for Loomis Armored to deploy Tidel’s leading edge Sentinel electronic cash management systems for its SafePoint product line in the U.S. market. While Loomis will continue to provide service for SafePoint legacy customers with installed equipment from different manufacturers,

Gasoline Prices Inching Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Gasoline prices will edge higher at most retail locations in major metropolitan regions in the U.S. through mid-April following an increase in costs passed through from wholesale markets earlier in the month.   The change in pump prices will be mixed, depending on regional supply

Beer: Good for Sales, Good for the Economy

A new economic impact study shows America’s beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes more than $198 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The study, commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), also shows that the industry provides nearly

Daily’s Partners with KSS PriceNet

Daily’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of Tri Star Energy, has selected KSS PriceNet and PriceNet Web to provide day-to-day fuel price management and optimization at 104 sites in Mid-Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.   The Nashville, Tenn.-based company purchased PriceNet in order to respond quickly to changing oil prices and help its sites maintain profitability despite

DAG Petroleum Expanding

Long time Shell marketer Joe Mamo of DAG Petroleum Suppliers LLC has completed the purchase of 19 Shell gas stations and conveneince stores in Arlington and Alexandria, Va., The sites were acquired through two newly formed and related companies, NOVA Petroleum Suppliers and Nova Properties.   “We look forward to integrating these newly acquired sites

Denny’s Growing Fresh Express Concept

Looking to snag breakfast customers away from convenience stores and quick-service competitors, Denny’s is expanding a test of its Fresh Express grab-and-go concept and adding drive-throughs to two franchised units, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.   Denny’s Fresh Express, a 200-square-foot, grab-and-go counter situated inside a traditional full-service unit, features hot and cold beverages and

Hunt Brothers Partners With Richard Petty Motorsports

Hunt Brothers Pizza has partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2009 NASCAR racing season. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company will serve as a primary sponsor of the No. 44 car driven by AJ Allmendinger, one of the sport’s hottest drivers, who is currently ranked 15th in the Sprint Cup points standings. The Hunt Brothers-sponsored Dodge

Stripes Bolsters Prepaid Offering

Stripes, the convenience store division of Susser Holdings Corp., is now carrying Coinstar’s full range of Pay As You Go products and services at more than 500 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Coinstar’s complete Pay As You Go solution features national and regional prepaid wireless programs, long distance cards, gift cards, digital entertainment

Rutter’s Continues Growing

The address hasn’t changed, but the new Rutter’s in Wrightsville is miles in size and appearance from the convenience store that preceded it. Rutter’s closed and razed the original store in March to make way for the replacement store built next to it. At 5,125 square feet, the new store is nearly 80% larger than

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