pa senate evaluates beer sales

New bill votes on what kinds of packaging distributors can carry, as well as what kind of venues are allowed to sell alcohol. A Pennsylvania Senate committee is discussing a bill that could change the way beer is sold in the state. The bill has left the senate committee divided over the right to sell

top star express qa

The Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based chain explains the design steps that made the store a success.. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Top Star Express has made its mark in the area with its fuel and product offering. However, the chain told Convenience Store Decisions that it keeps customers coming back by giving them a store that both

rutters helps customers fuel up for free

Popular gas giveaway returns offering more prizes than last year. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway returns May 28 and runs through Aug. 26. Four lucky customers will win free gas for three years, compared with three grand-prize winners in 2006. “We had an incredible response to ‘Fuel Up Free!’ in 2006,” said

pmaa seeks relief from gouging accusations

New bill in play sets new ground rules. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Gasoline Prices, Oil Company Profits and the American Consumer” on Tuesday, May 22. Afterwards, thanks to the efforts of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the committee released a new version of Rep. Bart Stupak’s

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

gas stations losing against driveoffs

Record-high prices driving desperate drivers to desperate measures. Escalating gas prices are becoming standard fodder for nightly news programs, all of which have been accurately reporting on the dangerously high records recent gas prices have been shattering. With the ever-increasing prices at the pump comes desperation from motorists who either cannot or choose not to

7eleven reaches a state of xen

Xenergy energy drinks to be sold at more than 5,000 company stores.. 7-Eleven has entered a new distribution agreement with Xyience, allowing Xenergy energy drinks, to be stocked in more than 5,000 locations. “This partnership represents an enormous opportunity for Xyience to bring the Xenergy name and product to a broader customer base,” said Bill

exxonmobils memphis conversion

Forty stores rebranded from Tigermarket to On the Run. ExxonMobil has converted its 40 Memphis-area Tigermarket convenience stores to On the Run convenience stores at Exxon service stations. “When you walk into an On the Run store, you’ll notice a difference,” said Ben Soraci, U.S. retail sales director, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. “We’ve worked hard

nice n easy earns its honors

New York chain to be recognized for its proprietary foodservice program. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. (Canastota, N.Y.) is no foodservice novice. The company has culled its expansive family of proprietary brands under the Easy Street Eatery umbrella, which remains a popular foodservice destination in its upstate New York market.

village qwik stop celebrates 25 years of service

Store holds raffle to reward the customers that kept it going strong. The Village Qwik Stop in Pigeon, Mich. is celebrating 25 years of filling gas tanks and its customers’ needs. Opened in 1982, owners Mike and Lorraine LePage bought and converted an old drive-through car wash after realizing the convenience niche in the area

sheetz prepares to give back

For the Kidz Golf Classic helps raise money for Sheetz Family Christmas charity. Sheetz Inc. today is hosting the 9th annual Sheetz Family Christmas “For the Kidz” Golf Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio to benefit Sheetz Family Charities. Among other professional athletes, celebrity guests of honor include Marshall Faulk, Jim Kelly, Jim

spykes gets spiked

Anheuser-Busch pulls controversial beverage. After receiving heat from critics, Anheuser-Busch has stopped producing “Spykes,” a 2-oz. Alcohol-based energy shot. Much of the condemnation aimed at the beverage came from critics who felt that the beverage was aimed at a younger crowd and encouraged underage drinking. “Due to its limited volume potential and unfounded criticism, we

schnucks readies grander cstore strategy

Grocer plans standalone units in Illinois, acquires Tenn. units. Schnucks, the St. Louis-based grocery chain is preparing to test the waters for stand-alone convenience stores with gas pumps outside its grocery stores by adding them to its two stores in the Champaign-Urbana and the one under construction at Savoy Plaza, according to Schnucks spokeswoman Lori

xtremely tasty

The ultimate in performance enhancement hashit the market with a product that brings scienceand nature together in a new, healthy and greattasting variety—vitamin water xxx. The flavor of xxx blends the taste of acai, blueberry andpomegranate together, bringing the antioxidantlevels for this new brand variety off the charts.With 15 varieties, each providing a unique flavorand

variety stand

Calico Brands c-store rack configurations offer a threeprice-point strategy: entry level, mid-tier and premiumretail. Included in the four-tier racks is a combination of Calico Texas Hold’em Cigar lighters, Calico Electronic,Scripto Mini Match, Scripto Mighty Match, ScriptoElectronic, Cricket Plus and Cricket Electronic. Each 4-tierrack includes a free pre-selected 50-ct. tray of CalicoJeweltone lighters or custom logo

turn up the torque

Point Blank Beverages introduces Torque,alcohol-fueled with caffeine, ginseng, taurine and guarana. Torque has a lemon-lime citrusflavor to it and comes in cases of 24 16-oz. cans. Torque, which has been on the market for more than a year now, is available from 45wholesalers and is sold across the U.S. in 16 states. The product is

tools for buying

DTN announced importantenhancements to DTN Fuel Buyer, a Web-basedapplication that provides instant access to supplierprice messaging from DTN DataConnect. Users can now leverageenhanced analysis tools in DTN Fuel Buyer to add contract prices and special prices based on adifferential off-rack or index prices at multiple terminals, and can createproduct blend recipes for automatic compare. New

sweet surprise

Swisher International introduces the newestaddition to the family—Swisher Sweets GrapeLittle Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigaroffers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfectlittle cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy.Available in 10-pack cartons and displayswith 20 Little Cigars per pack. For More Information fromSwisher International800-874-9720

soup sensations

Knorr Easy Bistro Soups is a new line delivering fresh-tasting,scratch-quality soups with incomparable operational ease. The EasyBistro line is delivered in a shelf-stable pouch format, making it ideal foroperations with limited or no cooler/freezer space. Each pouch yields about60-oz. and can be heated in 11 minutes on the stove-top, boil-in-a-bag,microwave, combi-steamer or steam table. Once

shure thing

Shure Manufacturing Corp.’s Shuresafe Deal Trays are designed as anefficient pass-thru system when installed in a countertop with a wall belowand a glass security window above. Model #670094 has a stationary base with a sliding stainless steel tray and features perfect economical securitysolution for cashier windows or other high-risk areas. Model #670100Stationary Deal Tray comes

mall variety

Coinstar Inc. announced an agreement between Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. and Charter One for Coinstar to distribute the universal Charter One MasterCard Gift Card through Coinstar gift card malls. Theprogram offers consumers the convenience and flexibility of being able to usethis card at millions of locations where Debit MasterCard is accepted. Thebalanced program allows retailers

keeping in the know

OPW Fuel Management Systems introduces its new Mag Sump Sensor that provides immediate detection of the presence ofhydrocarbons and/or water in a tank sump or dispenser sump. The newsensor uses magnetostrictive technology for accurate detection of liquid incontainment sumps and pans, and has been proven to provide the fastest reaction times in the industry by

fresh breath latches on

Attach/Mints LLC is launching a revolutionary product to solve one of the most common problems experienced by smokers—losing or carrying bulky mint containersin one’s pockets or purse. The attach/Mint is designed specifically to clipperfectly on to the top or bottom of any standard cigarette pack. Attach/Mints potency is strong enough to eliminate the odor of

dispensing deals

To help merchandise and promote fountainbeverages, Modular Dispensing Systems offers a "Custom Decal/Cup Dispenser Program." This program includes custom decals and one modularcup dispenser per decal with all mounting hardware included. Modular's Simpli-Flex cup dispensers areself-adjusting, accurate dispensers for paper, plastic and foam cups to 64-oz. The Simpli-Flex gasket isdesigned to seal the cup from

choice cuts

Jack Link's Beef Jerky beefs up its product offerings with the introduction of six innovative new snack items—two A.1. Steak Sauce-branded meat snacks and an entirely new deli-style product line. New mouth-watering varieties include: A.1. Steak Sauce Beef Jerky and Beef Steak Nuggets, Deli Cuts Sausage Bitesand Sticks in Original and Pepperoni. The Steak Sauce

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