debate brewing for millercoors

Locals concerned about future headquarters of new manufacturer. The recently announced merge to form Miller-Coors may be on the horizon, but now local fans of the two individual brewers that formed the new company may be revving up for a fight. Only days after Miller and Coors went public with the plan, a debate has

the power 25

The Power 25 By Kate Quackenbush, John Lofstock Driving Innovation. CSD

chevron lauded at global marketing event

Touting its dual branding strategy and ExtraMile convenience store concept, retailers are offered concessions on gift cards and credit processing. Chevron Corp.’s North America n Marketing Conventiongave Chevron and Texaco operators plenty to be excitedabout. In addition to announcing its dual branded fuelstrategy was a rousing success, the oil company reportedit is ahead of industry

brewing a java strategy

Flavorful, high-quality blends continue to drive coffee sales. Whether runninga large chainor single store, astrong coffee programis an essential cornerstone.With more flavors and choicesavailable than ever before,operators must delicately tailorofferings to meet the needsof core customers. Attention toconsumer demographics andmarket trends will help determine the best selection. Testing the WatersD.J. C-Stores, based in Unionville, Mo.,

showing off the goods

Finding the right equipment to merchandise products is one key to selling them. Retailers discuss their successes and concerns about foodservice displays and merchandisers. One of the biggest challengesconvenience store owners continueto face is developing aneffective product assortmentthat fits into a small footprint while makingsure it still meets the customers’ needs.To overcome this challenge, more

trick treat or jail sentence

It’s October, which means it’s timefor candy apples, colorful foliage andmaking extra room on the gondolasfor Halloween candy. Halloween is oneof those holidays that brings the kid out ineveryone, giving people a fun excuse todress up in costumes, make their homesextra spooky and eat more candy thanany human stomach is supposedto hold. It’s also one

grab go and come back for more

New Stuffins from Sara Lee and Jimmy Dean are taking handheld foods to a new level of taste and convenience. Foodservice in the c-store has fast become a desirablesegment in the eyes of the consumer. Because of that, operatorsare left with the challenge of providing a tasty, satisfyingmeal without sacrificing the speed and convenience thatcustomers

feel the power

This is an exciting issue for Convenience StoreDecisions as we unveil our inaugural Power 25, alist of industry pioneers, association executives andlawmakers that are shaping the way the conveniencestore and petroleum industry operates. The Power 25 is an impressive honor because theexecutives and the companies they represent wereselected directly by the hardworking professionals thatmake this

a little something xtra

Xtra Mart tops an ambitious growth plan by adding new concepts to its proprietary food program. Quietly resting upon a busy ruralhighway in Bowie, Md., one ofXtra Mart’s small satellite officesdiscreetly sits. Though it’s petiteand unassuming, this office is the baseof operations for Xtra Mart’s new proprietaryfood program, Deli Joe’s, which hasjust been heavily modified

service to the fleet

Jim Goldade has had an interest in the grocery andretail business since he was 15 years old. That passionhas fueled his dedication to the Coast Guard Exchangestores, where he

village pantry gets the next door store

Chain adds 33 Michigan and Indiana stores to its total. Village Pantry Inc. has acquired the business of Imperial Co. Inc. and its 33 Next Door Store locations in Michigan and Indiana. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Next Door Store sells premium branded fuel, convenience products, runs quick-serve restaurants, car washes and other

pilot and dennys dine together

Travel center makes a deal to bring full-service dining to its locations. Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Denny’s Corp. has unveiled plans for Denny’s to develop restaurants within Pilot Travel Centers across the U.S. This new relationship represents the joining of two of the nation’s largest companies in their respective categories. “Developing restaurants along our

fresheasy announces opening date

Six California locations set to open in early November. The long-awaited, much-talked about debut is on its way. This week, Tesco announced a Nov. 8 opening for its first six Southern California locations of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, according to the Press Enterprise. Stores set to open that day are at Florida and Lyon

Cutting Credit Card Fees

Credit card processing fees remain one of the top three concerns for convenience retailers—and though it seems reasonable to expect that improving data security at the point of sale would cut charges because it lowers transaction risks,experts say this is not the case. “I don’t know if anyone has ever been successful in presenting improved

couchetard selects trintech

Chain expands its reconciliation systems to the its Eastern Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Eastern Division has selected Trintech Group Plc’s ReconNET to automate funds reconciliation processes, monitor transactional risk and optimize the resolution and reporting of exceptions. The selection is part of an expansion; Circle K Divisions in Arizona and Mac’s Convenience Stores in Ohio currently

a 50year heritage

New Jersey dairy and c-store chain celebrates half a century of service. On Oct. 10, 1957, Heritage’s Dairy Stores opened its first location after converting a hoagie shop into a c-store. Now, 50 years later, the chain is still going strong as one of a popular stop for shoppers in the New Jersey area. Thorofare,

spinx picks radiant

New POS and self-service retail systems installed. The Spinx Co. Inc. has made an agreement with Radiant Systems Inc. to deploy Radiant point-of-sale (POS) and customer self-service technology to more than 40 Spinx-branded locations. “The mission of The Spinx Co. is to ‘Make People’s Lives Easier,’” said Stewart Spinks, founder and CEO of The Spinx

molson coors sabmiller combine us operations

The companies are projected to have combined annual beer sales of 69 million barrels with revenue of about $6.6 billion. Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC plan to combine their U.S. and Puerto Rican operations, creating a beer powerhouse with annual revenue of about $6.6 billion. The venture will be called MillerCoors. The two

conocophillips honors vietnam veterans

Company donates $2 million to new memorial. ConocoPhillips has pledged $2 million to help fund the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center, an educational facility being built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The donation puts the Memorial Fund at around $14 million in pledges for the Center, which is estimated to cost between $75 million

irving celebrates five years of care

Fuel for Care program spends half a decade providing gas for sick families. This October marks the fifth year of Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program. The program helps families pay for fuel when they drive between home and hospital for their children’s medical care. To celebrate this anniversary, Irving Oil will donate $200,000 to

retailer on hunger strike loses store

Court gives Shell control of unit after Shahbazi failed to pay taxes, violated court orders. Who needs to listen to a court ruling when you can just starve yourself? That’s what Marina, Calif. Shell retailer Mehdi Shahbazi thought. The franchisee went to court with Shell as early as September 2000, when he claimed that the

gilbarco releases patents

PCATS members receive intellectual property regarding XML. Gilbarco Inc. will make two key patents available by non-enforcement to the industry for implementations of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) Open Site Architecture (OSA), contained in the PCATS Fueling Point Specification. The Gilbarco patents are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,571,201 and 6,820,041 filed in August

chevron finds the courage to fight breast cancer

Newest addition to the collectible “Car” family line is unveiled. Chevron has introduced the newest addition to The Chevron Cars family, Courage, the seventh special edition Chevron Car created to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All net proceeds of the sale of Courage will be donated to the Susan G. Komen

president bush vetoes chipra

As expected, new tobacco tax shot down. After being approved by both the House and Senate, the bill calling for a federal excise tax of 61 cents per pack for cigarettes has been vetoed by President Bush. The tax, which would fund the $35 billion Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), has been in

subway honors franchisee of the year

The Subway restaurant chain has named three franchisees as the recipients of its Franchisee of the Year awards during the company’s recent convention in Orlando, Fla. This year’s awards were presented to Savana and Jennifer Som of British Columbia, Canada; Jean-Claude Demanne of France; and Ines Banse of Germany. “The franchisee is the heart and

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