Annual Survey Shows Small Businesses Optimistic

  Some 52% of small businesses participating in the fifth annual Small Business Holiday Outlook Survey by Constant Contact reported that they expect holiday sales to increase compared to last year.   This statistic marks a large increase over last year, when less than one-third of survey responders were similarly optimistic.   More than 35%

Coca-Cola Looks To The Future

  At its first 2020Vision meeting since 1998, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent said the company will more than double revenue to $200 billion by 2020, from $95 billion in 2008, Advertising Age reported.   The meeting took place last week with analysts and journalists. Coca-Cola laid out its goals concerning profit, people, portfolio, partners, planet

Quick Chek to Offer Free Coffee on Black Friday

  Quick Chek is offering free coffee on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for the second year in a row, through its promotion “Joe to the World,” reported NJBiz.com.   The family-operated company headquartered in Whitehouse Station, N.J. has more than 120 retail locations throughout New Jersey and New York and is hoping to

7-Eleven Expands in North Texas

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is adding 75 more stores n North Texas over the next three years, the Dallas Business Journal reported.   The move is part of the company’s fast-track plan—spurred by opportunities that arose due to the commercial real estate downturn— to add 550 stores nationwide and about 4,000 worldwide during the next three years,

Southside Oil Buys 172 Exxon Station

  Chester-based Southside Oil LLC has made a move to more than doubled it’s retail operations by acquiring 172 Exxon retail gasoline stations, mostly in Maryland, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.   Southside Oil is a wholesale gasoline distribution company owned by Steven and Linda Uphoff, who also operate 42 Uppy’s Convenience Stores Inc. locations in

Kroger Announces Black Friday Deal

  Kroger stores will begin a Holiday Gift Card offer on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, worth $10 off for every $100 customers purchase in participating gift cards for a two-week period.   Shoppers will receive $10 off their purchase automatically by using their loyalty card at checkout.   Through Sunday, Dec.13.,  this special

Hunt Brothers Pizza Welcomes New VP of Marketing

  Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced the addition of Keith Solsvig as its new vice president of marketing. Solsvig brings more than 15 years of marketing experience, including eight years of success in the convenience store industry.   “Keith has extensive experience in our niche market of convenience stores and has strategic marketing skills that

Ballot Could Poll Colorado Residents on Alcohol Sales

  A ballot initiative is on file with the state of Colorado may give residents a chance to allow full strength beer and wine to be sold at grocery and convenience stores in the state, KRDO News reported.    Currently, grocery and convenience stores can only sell beer with an alcohol content level of 3.2%. 

Uppy’s C-stores Honored

  Chester, Va.-based Uppy’s Convenience Stores Inc. received the Greater Richmond Chamber’s Impact Award during the chamber’s annual dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Thursday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.   The award is given to a for-profit company that has expanded its sales and number of employees, demonstrates innovation, offers a quality work

NACS Responds To GAO Study on Credit Card Fees

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) responded to the release of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Credit Cards: Rising Interchange Fees Have Increased Costs for Merchants but Options for Reducing Fees Pose Challenges.”   “The GAO confirmed key problems that we have raised about credit card interchange fees, also known as ‘swipe’

7-Eleven Promotes Bargerhuff to Chief Marketing Officer

  7-Eleven’s marketing vice president Rita Bargerhuff’s role is expanding with the addition of chief marketing officer to her title and responsibilities.   In her new role, she will serve on the company’s executive committee and report directly to President and CEO Joe DePinto.    Bargerhuff leads the development and execution of all advertising and

Organizations Join Forces Against Online Cigarette Trafficking

  Representatives of law enforcement groups, public health organizations and trade associations today gathered on Capitol Hill to urge the Senate to pass S. 1147, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 (PACT Act).   This legislation will help combat online cigarette sales that have robbed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues

Kum & Go Introduces Hiland Premium Artesian Water

  Kum & Go c-stores have exclusively introduced Hiland Premium Artesian Water, now available in an ENSO biodegradable plastic bottle.   Hiland Premium Artesian Water is sourced from a natural artesian aquifer that is sealed and protected for purity, producing superior quality water with perfect PH balance.   “Kum & Go is committed to improving

Drivers Get Free Gas in Phoenix

Drivers lined up at a Circle K in central Phoenix Thursday morning to take advantage of a free gas giveaway as Allstate Insurance celebrated Phoenix being named the safest big city for drivers in America, KTAR News reported. Allstate sponsored the gas giveaway at the Circle K located at Osborn Road and Third Street, from

Cigarette Tax in Florida Hurting Sales

  The $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes in Florida that hit in July may be responsible for a sharp decline in sales, the Tampa Bay Fox News affiliate reported.   State figures show that sales dropped 26% between July and September, compared to the same three months the year before.   Dora Casler, a long-time c-store

Coca Cola Debuts Sustainable Bottles

  The Coca-Cola Co.’s new, recyclable plastic bottle made partially from plants  and called the “PlantBottle” is hitting store shelves globally, the beverage giant said Monday, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.   The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30% plant-based materials through a process that turns

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Redesign

  On Tuesday, Cumberland Farms’ newest remodeled store in Plainville, Mass., donated 20 cents of every ChillZone beverage or cup of coffee sold to King Philip Regional High School, as part of its grand opening celebration, The Sun Chronicle reported.   Cumberland Farms said it hoped to raise at least $1,000 for the school.  

KSS Inc. Joins PCATS

  KSS Inc. has become a member of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS).   Bob Stein, president and chief executive officer of KSS, says that joining PCATS is necessary to ensure a simplified, plug-in-play integration between KSS’ pricing systems and most point-of-sale (POS) and back-office platforms.   “There is a lot of

Energy Mints Debut at Canadian C-store

  Quickie Convenience Stores now are offering Revive Energy Mints by RyLo Products.    Revive Energy Mints are a new product in the energy supplement market, are were featured in the NACS Cool New Products section at the NACS Show in Las Vegas this October.    The product offers consumers the same amount of energy

On-The-Go Coffee Drinkers Choose C-stores

  A new study by RitterAssociates, 22% of coffee drinkers that are on-the-go, opt to visit a c-store for their coffee.    According to the survey, more than half of coffee drinking occasions take place outside of the home, and taste is the number one deciding factor followed by value and convenience.    “We Americans

Gasoline to Hold Near Current Prices in Most of U.S.

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   American motorists should expect little fluctuation in gasoline prices this week across most of the country after pump prices slipped in early November, with the bias to the downside. There are a number of exceptions, with retail prices in the Midwest seen halting their slide and

Giant Eagle Introduces Downloadable Online Gift Vouchers

  Giant Eagle is making it easier to acquire gift vouchers with the launch of its new GifterGo program.   GifterGo is a new online service that enables customers to purchase gift vouchers conveniently from their PC for a wide variety of local and community merchants, the Pittsburgh-based supermarket retailer, which also has 153 fuel

7-Eleven Features Sherlock Holmes Promotion

  Beginning Nov. 16, 7-Eleven customers who visit stores or the retailer’s Web site may find clues about its end-of-year fresh foods and beverage deals, which are part of a Sherlock Holmes promotion that coincides with the film release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Sherlock Holmes.     As part of the promotion, leading up to the

Tornados Joins Stewart-Haas Racing

  Tornados, a brand of Dinuba, Calif.-based Ruiz Foods, Inc., has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing.   Tornados now will adorn Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Chevrolet Impala as a primary sponsor for five Sprint Cup races in 2010, and when not serving as a primary, will take associate sponsor status on the car’s lower-rear quarterpanel.  

Casey’s Acquires Green Lantern in Salina

  Casey’s is acquiring the three Green Lantern c-stores-including the fuel islands and attached car washes-based in Salina, Kan., effective Dec. 9, according to KSAL News.   Green Lanterns officials noted the stores will be under the ownership of Casey’s Retail Company of Ankeny, Iowa and will also operate as Casey’s General Stores. With this

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