A Very Special Holiday Gift From Sheetz

Red Kettles are overflowing for one Pennsylvania chapter of The Salvation Army. Sheetz Inc. said it is donating its former convenience store and property in Chambersburg, Pa., to the Chambersburg Salvation Army, which already occupies an adjacent building. This gift immediately doubles the Corps existing property size and footprint, providing critical office space, the potential

Green Oil Embraces Holiday Season

Having just celebrated in 85th anniversary, Geo. H. Green Oil is busy proving that is only getting better, not older. Five company stores, were joined by the office staff and a $1,000 donation from is dealer organization to raise $30,000 in less than a month to assist three local charities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research

New Money Set for Release

On March 13, Federal Reserve banks will begin distributing the redesigned $5 bills to customer banks, which then distribute currency to businesses and consumers. The new bills will first begin circulating in the U.S. and gradually in other countries as international banks place orders for $5 bills from the Federal Reserve. Older $5 notes will

Rutter’s Keeps on Giving

Highlighted by record giving in 2007, Rutter’s charitable contributions have topped $1.4 million over the past five years. Almost all of the contributions benefit children’s programs in the communities where the York-based Rutter’s companies operate. "We’re incredibly blessed to have the long-standing trust and support of customers throughout central Pennsylvania," said Scott Hartman, president of

Hess Reaches Deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Hess Corp., operator of more than 1,350 convenience stores in 14 states from Massachusetts to Florida, announced an exclusive agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts, to offer high-quality coffee, hot chocolate and donuts in a new self-service offering. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide greater value to our customers by partnering with an outstanding brand

7-Eleven Garners Top Honors in Franchise 500 Rankings

7-Eleven Inc., the Dallas-based convenience store operator of more than 7,300 stores in North America, has been recognized as the number-one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine’s "Annual Franchise 500" rankings for 2008. This marks the first time the convenience retailer has captured the top spot and recognizes 7-Eleven for its accelerated franchising activity, expansion and

nacs posts strong show numbers

Attendance, number of exhibits increased for the 2007 conference in Atlanta. Total attendance at the NACS Show 2007 was 22,800, a 1% increase over attendance in 2006, according to final attendance numbers released by NACS. Of the total attendees, 7,773 were classified as “buyers,” retailers, wholesalers and distributors. The NACS Show 2007 took place November

bp continues us selloff

British oil company to franchise its remaining 700-plus stations. BP America Inc. said it will sell all of its more than 700 company-owned and -operated U.S. convenience stores over the next two years. The company said most of the sites will be sold to franchise owners, while some will be sold to dealers and large

lewis group acquires shell stores

Deal includes 10 stations and increases minority ownership of the fuel brand. Building on its commitment to increase minority opportunities throughout the Shell retail network, Motiva Enterprises LLC said The Lewis Group LLP (TLG) will acquire 10 of its Shell-branded convenience stores in the Houston marketer. “We are proud to be members of the Shell-branded

nacs adds medical coverage

Partnership with Financial Marketing Concepts offer discounted health care for uninsured employees. NACS has teamed with Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. to offer a new member benefit that provides discount medical coverage for uninsured employees. The program, Med Values Plus, helps NACS member companies provide discount medical coverage for uninsured employees at a fraction of the

csd comes full circle

Convenience Store Decisions Group acquired by Harbor Communications, a publishing firm led by CSD founder Bill Donohue, Dan Ramella and Tom McIntyre. The Convenience Store Decisions Group has been acquired by Harbor Communications, the Westlake, Ohio-based publisher of Club & Resort Business. Terms were not disclosed. The deal, which includes Convenience Store Decisions magazine, CSDecisions.com,

sheetz honored in pennsylvania

Chain recognized as top firm to work for in the state…again. Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania ranked Sheetz Inc. No. 12 on its list of 100 top companies for 2007 and the top retailer among them. The Altoona, Pa.-based convenience store chain has been given that honor for the past six years. Sheetz, which

NACS Emphasizes “The Power of One”

NACS PRESIDENT AND CEO Hank Armour stressed a simple message at the 2007 Opening General Session. “We may not look the same or operate the same, but we are one. And our theme for this year’s NACS Show perfectly reflects this mission and where we are today—one industry, one voice and one show.” Armour discussed


COUCHE-TARD THROUGH THE YEARS ALAIN BOUCHARD STARTED Alimentation Couche-Tard with one store in 1980. In 1986, with a network of 34 stores, a predecessor of Couche-Tard completed an initial public offering and listed its shares on the Montreal Exchange. After establishing a leading position in Quebec, Couche- Tard expanded through internal growth and acquisitions in

conocophillips rewards commercial creativity

More than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes given to college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. ConocoPhillips Co. awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships and prizes to talented college students competing in the My 76 Video contest. Entrants created original video commercials for the 76 gasoline brand. The top three entries were awarded

florida convenience stores to become safer

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies now have the authority to enforce security measures regulating convenience businesses. The Collier County Commission last week OK’d a sheriff’s request for the Florida’s “Convenience Business Security Act” to be adopted as a county ordinance. The security measures, which are meant to help protect convenience business employees and customers, include

canadian tire gearing up for acquisition

Retailer increases committed bank lines by $500 million to $1.15 billion. Canadian Tire Corp., the Toronto-based operator of more than 1,100 general merchandise retail stores, gas stations and car washes, said that its committed bank lines have been increased by $500 million to a total of $1.15 billion raising speculation that it could be in

dunkin donuts sets sights on florida

Tallahassee, Fla., is the next stop for Dunkin’ Donuts as the company proceeds with the aggressive expansion program it announced in September. Tallahassee has been without a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise since two locations were closed by their owner last year. Giving itself the title “the world’s largest coffee and bakery quick-service restaurant chain,” Dunkin’ Donuts

wilson farms turns to tripifoods

Distributor will take over operations in Upstate New York locations early next year. Wilson Farms, which is headquartered in Amherst, has 198 locations in Upstate New York either under its own name, Wilson Farms Xpress or Sugar Creek. Paul Nanula, Wilson Farms president and chief executive officer, said the switch was made as part of

interest in bp stores grows

Couche-Tard could make a play for units in Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said it’s interested in purchasing some of the more than 700 convenience stores BP America Inc. plans to sell in the U.S. over the next two years. The Laval, Quebec-based retailer said it interest is piqued because the company operates in some of

bp selling off cstores

Oil company to franchise units in Indiana and other U.S. regions. BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail unit announced it will sell all of its company-owned and company-operated convenience stores in Indiana and other regions in the U.S. The move will bring new ownership to more than 700 company-owned and operated convenience stores and will eliminate 9,500

wawa fights hunger

Chain partners with local food banks as part of the “Check Out Hunger” campaign. Wawa Inc. is reaching out to consumers to stamp out hunger. The Pennsylvania chain is holding its eighth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run through Dec. 3 in all of Wawa’s 570 stores

toa adds illinois travel center

TravelCenters of America LLC (TOA) has acquired its 235th travel center location in Morris, Illinois. Formerly the Romine’s Truck Stop, the 39 acre site is branded TA and is located along I-80. At the new Morris location, customers can enjoy a meal at the 250 seat “R” Place restaurant, one of the largest and busiest

usda grant to fund rural store initiative

Kansas State University program helps small, local communities survive. When a small town loses its grocery store, it loses not just an economic driver, but a bit of its identity, too. “If your store closes, that says bad things about your town and the direction it’s headed,” said David Procter, director of the Center for

nacs emphasizes the power of one

Association President and CEO Hank Armour stresses “one voice, one show.” “We may not look the same or operate the same, but we are one,” stressed NACS President and CEO Hank Armour at the NACS Show 2007 Opening General Session. “And our theme for this year’s NACS Show perfectly reflects this mission and where we