Going Green

Is it time for convenience store operators to introduce so-called green fuel pumps that can accommodate E-85, biodiesels and other emerging renewable fuels? As with so many other issues in the c-store business, the answer is “it depends.” The consensus thus far is this: the trend is very much in its infancy. Those who wish

Customers Rate Rutter’s No. 1

Rutter’s topped the York Sunday News’ 2008 “Best of York” rankings in six categories, beating out a number of other national brands. Rutter’s took first place in the six categories evaluated by its hometown newspaper, including breakfast, coffee, deli/sub/sandwich, fast food, lunch and milk. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s bested the likes of Cracker Barrel in the

How Rutter’s Stays on Top

There was a time not long ago in this industry when bigger was always thought to be better. Fortunately, the folks at Rutter’s Farm Stores knew better.  With 52 stores in five Pennsylvania counties, Rutter’s focus has never been on reckless expansion simply for the sake of having a larger store count. Rather, its has

The Give & Take in Real Estate

Perhaps serendipity has placed Nikki DePhillips in an MBA program at The University of Iowa, a school whose wrestlers are known as some of the greatest in the nation.  DePhillips, recently promoted to vice president of real estate at the Iowa-based convenience chain Kum & Go, could probably drop by the Hawkeye wrestling room on

Failure to Clean Keeps Customers Away

Customers at convenience stores and restaurants are far less likely to return if they find restrooms that are unhygienic or poorly stocked with supplies, according to a recently completed national online survey. The survey, sponsored by SCA Tissue North America and conducted online by Harris Interactive among a sample of 2,175 adult U.S. foodservice customers,

The World on its Shoulders

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., that stalwart of efficient energy practices and environmental consciousness, has been chosen by The Detroit Free Press as one of the best places to work in Southeast Michigan. The newspaper conducted a survey several months ago and recently announced Atlas as a top winner. The company will be recognized in

New Day For PetroSun

A bid from PetroSun Fuel of Seattle bested a slew of bids from other convenience store and petroleum operators who last month were hoping to snatch up the 600 remaining ConocoPhillips c-store and retail gas sites on the West Coast.  PetroSun’s newly created affiliate, Pacific Convenience & Fuel LLC, acquired the sites and joins the

Abundance at Bountyland

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Parris Island facility is roughly a five-hour drive southeast from Bountyland Quick Stop’s Westminster, S.C., headquarters.   That said, new suppliers en route to one of Bountyland’s 11 stores might want to drop by the Marine boot camp and let a drill instructor toss them around for a bit. It’ll spare

The New Face of Convenience

The late Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s once said, “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” Well, the folks at Rutter’s must be drenched.  Fresh off the launch of its convenience store prototype in York, Pa., the executive team at Rutter’s, Scott Hartman, Jeff Leedy and Jerry Weiner,

Pilot Reinvigorates PaySpot Agreement

Pilot Travel Centers has turned to PaySpot Inc. for an exclusive multi-year, multi-product sales and service agreement designed to expand its in-store prepaid services, according to PaySpot. PaySpot went live in 304 Pilot locations in mid-July, integrating its electronic prepaid product delivery system with Pilot’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system, enabling Pilot to expand its prepaid

U.S. Food Workers Union Puts Pressure On Tesco

A U.S. food workers’ union has stepped up pressure on Tesco’s Fresh & Easy operations, reporting its ready-meals supplier in the U.S. to labor-relations officials yesterday for the alleged unfair firing of six employees, the UK Independent reported. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) claimed that 2 Sisters Food Group, a supplier to

Franchisee Locks Horns With Sunoco

A 42-year-old Sunoco franchise owner has camped out in his Cambridge, Mass., gas station for the past week, sleeping on a lawn chair or in his car to fend off what he says are attempts by Sunoco to board up his shop and oust him from a lease the company says he’s repeatedly violated, The

Dallas City Council Approves Stricter C-Store Security Measures

Dallas City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring Dallas convenience stores to enhance their safety programs, The Dallas Morning News reported. The ordinance will be enacted over the next 18 months, and will include requirements that stores register with the city, get high-resolution cameras and install drop safes among other things, the publication reported. Among

Fuel Spikes Driven by Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN The late July to August slide in retail gasoline prices along the East Coast will likely stall this week, as wholesale prices bumped higher at terminals at major cities and metropolitan areas in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, West Coast consumers should expect pump

Deli Express Donates $64K to Military Families

Deli Express has donated $63,635 to the National Military Family Association, an organization serving family members of U.S. military personnel, the company said. The donation comes from portions of sales from Deli Express’ hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items that were sold overseas since 2006 at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) c-stores

Hunt Brothers Sponsors Free Fill-up Sweepstakes

Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched its Free Fill-Up Sweepstakes, where participants will have the opportunity to win free gas and pizza for an entire year. From Aug. 23 through Oct. 27, visitors to www.freegasfreepizza.com will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win free gas and free pizza for a year, with

ConocoPhillips Looks To Sell 600 Sites

ConocoPhillips is expected to sell its remaining 600 company-owned gas stations to PetroSun West LLC for $800 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. ConocoPhillips – operator of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 brands – and PetroWest are likely to sign the deal today, the report said. The third-largest U.S. oil company, Conoco is expected

All Things Energy

While the number of energy drink brands continues to expand year over year in the U.S., consumers can expect to see energy concepts grow well beyond the non-beverage format, according to Mintel, a global market research firm. Mintel’s latest report on energy drinks valued the retail market for this category at $4.8 billion, a growth

Heineken Light Hits Heavy On Marketing

The Heineken brand has put its marketing muscle behind online media outlet Heavy.com to create a “semi-serious” editorial content aimed at young male consumers, mediapost.com reported. Heavy.com created "The Heavy Hit List,” its first foray into semi-serious editorial content. It consists of Top 10 countdowns designed to give guys more informed talking points over their

Sheetz Donates $500K To School’s Athletic Dept.

In what may be the largest grant in the history of the Altoona Area School District (AASD), the Sheetz family has donated $500,000 to pay for the construction of the district’s new weight-training center, The Altoona Mirror reported. The money will be used to build a 36-by-100-foot facility near the school district’s stadium. An estimated

GSTV’s In-store Counterpart Wants 8M to 10M Monthly Viewers

Gas Station TV’s new C-Store TV concept is gearing up to be a one-two punch of ad exposure to gas-pump customers who enter convenience stores to buy goodies, according to a report in The Detroit Free Press. "It’s a reminder message," GSTV CEO David Leider told the publication. GSTV has 5,500 gas station screens in

CVS Plans High-end Beauty Stores

CVS Caremark Corp will begin testing a high-end beauty store concept this year as it looks to tap into the growing demand for skin care and cosmetics, Reuters reported. The drug store chain is planning a store concept called "Beauty 360,” which will be rolled out near an existing CVS store on the East Coast,

Petro-Canada Runs Out Of Gas

Between 80 and 90 gas stations in British Columbia and Alberta ran out of fuel as Petro-Canada continues to grapple with an equipment breakdown at a refinery in Edmonton, The Canadian Press reported. About a dozen stations were out of gasoline last week. "We did know that number would rise and we very consciously made

With Soft Drink Sizes, Is Less More?

A study by Duke University researchers shows that consumers tend to avoid the largest and smallest soft drink options regardless of the actual volume of the drink, according to a Journal of Consumer Research report presented in Science Daily. Duke University researchers Kathryn M. Sharpe, Richard Staelin and Joel Huber said that the basic premise

Taming The Price Of Gas In Shrewsbury

Rutter’s Farm Stores has awarded its third of four “Fuel Up Free!” grand prizes to Ollie Gildow, of Shrewsbury, Pa. Gildow accepted the prize – free gasoline for three years – at the Rutter’s store on North Main Street in Shrewsbury. The gas giveaway began May 26 and runs through Aug. 24. Four customers are

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