Quick Chek Awards Sweepstakes Winners

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has announced the winners of its third annual Devils Night Out Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which celebrate Quick Chek’s famed coffee as the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils, asked customers to submit an essay stating why they

SymphonyIRI Reveals Top New Products

At the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week, Matt McCourt, director of Convenience / Spirits for SymphonyIRI Group, spoke on the new products in the c-store channel drawing the most excitement from consumers. Topping the list by Symphony IRI of the top new items in total U.S. c-stores for the 13

ZUN Energy-Plus Enters Midwest

Packaged in a patent-protected, retro-style rocket bottle, ZUN, a new Energy-Plus beverage, is continuing its national rollout, entering stores in 11 Midwest states. “Stores are reporting that ZUN is selling fast and selling out within just days of placing,” said Brian Stearns, founder and CEO of ZUN. “The ZUN brand is quickly gaining favor with

NATO Sets Date, Location For Show

In time for its 10th anniversary, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) is launching its inaugural NATO Show at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas next spring. The dates for the first NATO Show are April 12-14, 2011. The NATO show will feature educational seminars for retailers, the NATO Annual Awards Dinner, along with evening

PS Food Mart Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Customers of 29 PS Food Mart stores across south central Michigan and northwest Ohio raised more than $50,000 for local charities in just two weeks in the PS Food Mart “Fight Hunger. Give Hope.” campaign. From March 15-31, PS Food Mart employees encouraged patrons, vendors, and friends to purchase paper hearts, with 100% of the

First E85 Blender Pump Installed In Colorado

Burlington, Colo.-based Stratton Equity Co-op recently installed the first E85 blender pump in Colorado. Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributor Littlejohn’s Equipment Company, Colorado Corn and Colorado Oil & Public Safety joined Stratton Equity Co-op in hosting a grand opening celebration to announce the new addition.  “We are excited today to be bringing Ethanol into a place in

Kum & Go Expands Redbox Kiosks

Kum & Go plans to add Redbox DVD rental kiosks to more than 281 Kum & Go convenience stores nationwide this year.  Redbox kiosks are currently installed at 26 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  “Redbox has made a positive impact on our stores and has been very popular

Pye Promoted At Just Born Inc.

Bethlehem, Pa.-based Just Born Inc., a confectionery manufacturer, has promoted Matthew Pye to vice president of brand development and corporate services. Pye returns to Just Born headquarters from North Carolina where he has been heading up the company’s Southeast Sales Division since 2006.  In his new role, Pye reports to Matthew Petronio, COO and executive

The Search is on for America’s Favorite M&M’s Character

America has always loved M&M’S characters. In fact, according a recent study conducted by E-Poll Market Research1, the M&M’S characters are the most beloved ad spokescharacters in America. For the first time, M&M’S is asking which one America loves most. Through July 15, 2010, fans across the country can vote for their favorite M&M’S character

NACS Releases State of the Industry Report

C-store sales jumped 5% in 2009 despite the economic conditions, reduction in overall consumer spending. Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.9% in 2009, one of the lone bright spots in a battered U.S. economy that saw overall retail sales drop 7%, according to figures released today by NACS. The industry numbers were announced in Chicago

Florida Holdings Acquires 24 BP Stations

Scottsdale-based Florida Oil Holdings LLC bought 24 BP locations in Florida’s Lake, Orange and Osceola counties between March 8-11 for $33.5 million, marking its entry into the Central Florida market, the Orlando Business Journal reported. The stations were purchased in separate transactions under different business entity names. In acquiring the stores, the firm signed a

Law Office Conducts Investigation On Behalf of Casey’s Shareholders

The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announced it is looking into potential claims against the board of directors of Casey’s General Stores Inc. related to the unsolicited purchase offer the company received from Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Couche-Tard is looking to acquire all outstanding shares of Casey’s for $36 per share in cash. The proposed

Wawa’s Surcharge-Free ATMs Reach One-Billionth Transaction

Wawa Inc. announced that its ATM transactions are on pace this month to surpass an extraordinary milestone: the one-billionth transaction using Wawa’s surcharge-free PNC Bank ATMs. Through the years, Wawa and PNC customers have collectively saved more than $1.3 billion in potential ATM surcharge fees. To celebrate this milestone, Wawa is hosting with PNC Bank

Walgreens Finalizes Duane Reade Acquisition

Walgreen Co. has completed the acquisition of Duane Reade Holdings Inc. The transaction includes all 258 Duane Reade stores in the New York City metropolitan area, as well as Duane Reade’s corporate office and two distribution centers. “Just as Walgreens has been a trusted community pharmacy for more than 100 years, we plan for Duane

Casey’s Acquires 10 Holiday Stationstores

Just days after publicly rejecting Alimentation Couche-Tard’s unsolicited bid, Akron, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. announced that it will be the one making an acquisition. Casey’s is purchasing 10 Holiday Stationstore convenience stores in Nebraska and Iowa, Bill Walljasper, senior vice president and CFO of Casey’s told the Omaha World Herald. Casey’s, which operates 1,500

Gasoline Prices Retreat from Fresh Highs

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline values are easing from an 18-month high while the national average for retail gasoline prices started April at a 17-month high, prompting some in the industry to quip, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” borrowing a line from legendary baseball star Yogi Bera. Widely discussed,

Shells Launches New Shell Drive For Five Card

Shell Oil Products U.S., in partnership with its credit card issuer Citi, is launching a new Shell Drive for Five Card. The Shell Drive for Five Card will offer new cardholders the opportunity to save five cents per gallon on Shell-branded fuel. Shell believes the new card is one of the first proprietary cards with

Casey’s Rejects Unsolicited Couche-Tard Bid

Following an unsolicited proposal from Alimentation Couche-Tard, Casey’s General Stores stock grew 20.7% to $38.10 in premarket trading Monday after the company unanimously rejected the offer, The Street reported. Casey’s received the unsolicited buyout proposal for $36 a share in cash on March 9. In a statement released on April 9, Casey’s said “the board

Quick Chek to Open Manchester, N.J., Store

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is hosting a grand opening celebration at its newest location in Manchester, N.J., with free coffee; plus kids under five feet tall get free fountain drinks during the store’s first 13 days in business (Apr. 13-25). Located

Gulf Oil Sponsors Baltimore Orioles

Gulf Oil has entered a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles in time for the Orioles’ home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, the company announced Friday, April 9.  The cornerstone element of the relationship will be new field level signage in right field, which will proudly display Gulf’s iconic orange disc. 

CITGO Pop Shoppes Raise Over $27,000 for Muscular Dystrophy

CITGO Pop Shoppe stores across North Carolina have rallied the community in support of children and families touched by debilitating neuromuscular diseases. Through paper shamrock sales, CITGO Pop Shoppe stores and their supplier Mid-State Petroleum, raised more than $27,000, enough to send more than 30 children with muscular dystrophy to a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Rutter’s Recognized For Community Involvement

On April 28, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s will accept the 2010 Community Service Award at the York County Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of York” breakfast. The award recognizes an organization for having a culture that motivates its employees to be personally involved in community service. “Rutter’s has been a strong champion of the community,” said Bob

Quick Chek Mourns Loss of Colleague, Friend

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, mourns the passing of long time friend and corporate family member Anthony Napodano.  Napodano, who served as the company’s vice president legal and general counsel until his retirement in 2007, was 72. Napodano began his legal career

Valero to Sell Delaware City Assets for $220 Million

Valero Energy Corp. is selling the assets of its terminal operation and discontinued operations in Delaware City to the Delaware City Refining Company LLC and Delaware Pipeline Company LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of PBF Energy Partners LP. Valero is selling the assets for $220 million and will retain the minimal levels of remaining crude oil

Chevron Announces $1 Million Investment in South Bay Schools

Chevron Products Co. plans to distribute a series of “Energy for Learning” grants totaling $1 million among 15 South Bay schools, signifying the largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related donation ever made by Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery in support of local educational programs.  As part of the announcement activities, and in recognition of Mathematics

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