CVS/pharmacy Enters St. Louis Market

CVS/pharmacy has entered the St. Louis market, opening four stores in the past week-two in St. Louis, one in Olivette and one in Ellisville. The chain will open a fifth location in Ballwin in the fall. In total, the five stores will bring about 125 new jobs to the St. Louis community this year. “We

NACS Past President Sam Jacobsen Passes Away

Sam Jacobsen, one of the early leaders who helped expand the role of NACS after its founding in 1961, and its 1971-1972 president, died Monday at his home in Madison, Wisconsin at age 84, NACS reported. “Sam’s contribution to our association and our industry goes far beyond his tenure as president,” said NACS president and

Kroger Joins Haiti Relief Efforts

The Kroger Co. announced that donations from customers and associates are expected to exceed $1 million to support the American Red Cross’ Haitian relief efforts. In addition, The Kroger Co. Foundation has donated $250,000. Kroger customers and associates have already contributed more than $600,000 through local collection points set up last week. All funds collected

CVS/pharmacy Delivers More Rewards

CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare rewards program is paying off for customers. Cardholders received a combined total of more than $1.9 billion in savings and rewards throughout 2009 by using their ExtraCare card each time they shopped at CVS/pharmacy or online at CVS.com. “In 2009, Americans continued to cut costs and look for new ways to help stretch

The NY Coalition and CFF Speak Out on Proposed Sin Taxes

New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes, a coalition formed in opposition to taxes on food and beverage products, today announced its disappointment in Governor Paterson’s proposal to place a tax on sugar sweetened beverages of 12 cents per 12-ounce can. This tax would be 10 times higher on a 12 pack of non-alcoholic beverages, like soft

NACStech Announces Keynote Speaker

Professional comedian and motivator Don McMillan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at NACStech, the premiere technology solutions event for the convenience and petroleum retailing industry, NACS reported. NACStech will take place May 5-7, 2010, in New Orleans. McMillan will combine his technical experience and humor during the event’s Opening General Session talk. At

Is Your Land at Risk?

The question of eminent domain may sound scary and far fetched, but as a convenience store owner your land could in fact be seized by a municipality. It happens more than you think, said noted attorney William Goldman, who works with landowners facing this threat to ensure they get what they deserve. Goldman spoke with Convenience

Irving Oil Responds to Haitian Disaster

Irving Oil, a Fort Reliance company, is partnering with the Red Cross to provide aid to the Haitian disaster relief effort. The company will donate $50,000 and has committed to match all donations collected by Irving Oil employees until the end of January. “We’re all beginning to see the devastation the earthquake has caused to this

Reay’s Ranch Raises More Than $141,000 For Arizona’s Children Association

Employees at Reay’s Ranch stores spent the last year dedicated to an important cause. In January 2009 the employees of Reay’s Ranch Investors’ Super Stop and Minit Market convenience stores and Gordon’s IGA Markets in Southern Arizona made it their goal to raise $100,000 to benefit vulnerable children and families served by Arizona’s Children Association

Coinstar Centers Accepting Donations to UNICEF for Haiti Emergency Relief

More than 15,000 Coinstar Centers have been enabled across the country to support victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake that occurred earlier this week. A special U.S. Fund for UNICEF code, 5556, has been added to Coinstar Centers in participating locations allowing individuals to help the millions of children and families struggling to survive the

NOCO Express Donates To American Red Cross Haiti Fund

Tonawanda, N.Y.-NOCO Express Stores has partnered with the National Payment Card Association, the processor of the NOCO Friends & Family Club Card with EZ Pay, to give customers an opportunity to support the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti. For every gas purchase customers make with their NOCO Friends & Family Club Card

Pullback in Wholesale Costs Leads to Fuel Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Better than a nickel decline in wholesale prices for metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the weekly period ended on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will arrest the rapid increase in retail gasoline prices seen since late 2009. The U.S. average retail price for regular grade

Walgreen’s Fresh Food, Alcohol Sales Up The Competition

Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. is getting into fresh foods and prepared meals to draw “time-starved” customers to its more than 7,000 stores, Business Week reported The drugstore chain has been talking with foodmakers including Unilever NV, Nestle SA and Sara Lee Corp. about creating private-label and branded products, according to Bryan Pugh, vice president of

New Sin Taxes For New York City?

New sin taxes are being proposed for New York City, and would be aimed at soft drinks and cigarettes under a spending plan for 2010-11 unveiled by Gov. Paterson this morning that would also cut $1 billion in education funding and raise health care taxes, the New York Post reported. “There are no more easy

Ronald Samuel Wins Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000”

Sunoco has awarded 5,000 gallons of gasoline to the winner of its 2009 Free Fuel 5000 promotion, Ronald Samuel. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000″ promotion offered millions of Sunoco customers a decal identical to the ones on every racecar in NASCAR’s three top series. By getting spotted with a decal

Huck’s Raises Nearly $200,000 for Kids

Huck’s Convenience Stores, through corporate and store level fundraising, collected and distributed $195,463 to help kids in its 102 local markets have a great Christmas.   Huck’s “Karing for Kids” program is now in its 6th year of making a difference in r local communities with the simple of idea of providing children whose circumstances

Family Express Achieves Zero Turnover in Half of Stores

Family Express, a northwest and north central Indiana 52-store chain, reached a new milestone by experiencing zero turnover in half of their store locations in 2009.   “Reaching this milestone underscores the wisdom of building our business model around what we call the ‘living brand,’” said Kris Condon, director of human resources for Family Express.

Suncor Plans More Layoffs

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has plans to lay off an another 1,000 workers this year as it continues to digest the assets of Petro-Canada it gained in a $20-billion merger last fall, the Calgary Herald reported The decision was announced at an investor’s conference in New York last Tuesday. The new round of layoffs would bring

7-Eleven Inc. Wins Retailer Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence

This week, 7-Eleven is being honored by Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) as the 2009 winner of the Retail Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence. The award will be given during POPAI’s Annual Night of Honors on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Miami Beach, Fla., concluding the 2010 MarketSmart Conference. “I can’t think of a more

Mac’s Renews Price Management Solution

Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Canadian convenience retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has renewed the deployment of DemandTec Inc.’s Everyday Price Management solution. Mac’s Convenience Stores operates more than 800 stores throughout 12 states in the Midwest and Northeast, and has chosen to extend its relationship with DemandTec based on the business benefits realized

Shell Pledges Aid to Haiti

Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. “This is a trying time for Haiti and a chance for the rest of the world to lend a hand to those in need,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell

QuikTrip Opens In Tucson, Ariz.

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip opened its first Tucson, Ariz. c-store at 2345 E. Irvington Road on Wednesday night, ahead of it’s scheduled opening Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, “we were just standing around taking pictures; we were ready to go, and finally we just took the barricades down and let them in . . . about

Rutter’s Sends Valentine’s Boxes To Troops

For the fifth year in a row, Rutter’s Farm Stores and the nonprofit Support Our American Recruits will send Valentine’s Day goodie boxes to area troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait. The organizations plan to send about 50 boxes – each containing enough items for a military unit of 15 to 20 people. Area

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Wawa Assists Haitian Relief Effort

In response to the devastation in Haiti caused by the recent Haitian earthquakes, Wawa Inc. has launched of a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to send aid to those affected.  The campaign is being held  in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to help contribute to the disaster effort  through scannable UPC

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