United Supermarkets Donates To Food Bank

Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets and its guests donated an additional $28,614 and 8,338 pounds of food to South Plains Food Bank during the company’s recent mini food drive at its 10 stores in Lubbock County. Following the public announcement in early August that the food bank was facing a critical shortage of food, United responded

Nice N Easy Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, which operates 80 stores throughout New York State and was named CSD‘s Chain of the Year in 2009, recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary at Utica-Rome Speedway with bands, a kids zone, a classic car and bike show, food and fun. “It was a great day and one that many will

TD Economics: No Double-Dip Recession

The storm has ebbed, but the U.S. economic forecast remains overcast, according toTD Economics. “We don’t expect to see any miracles occurring over the next several months…but the evidence appears to be for the gradual unwind of imbalances and a continued slow pick-up in economic activity-and not another descent into recession,” wrote Deputy Chief Economist

Xpress Delivery

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced Hot Stuff Foods Xpress, a new foodservice distribution partnership and license initiative. “Hot Stuff Foods Xpress offers the retailer the best of both worlds,” noted Hot Stuff Vice President of Marketing Craig VanHyfte, “delivery through their distributor, coupled with trusted Hot Stuff branding.  In addition with hot options and self-service

NATO Responds to FDA’s Proposed Training Program

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has responded to the FDA’s proposed guidance on tobacco retail training programs. Under the FDA law, retailers are not required to train employees on how to prevent the sale of regulated tobacco products to minors. However, if tobacco products are sold to a minor, the retailer will be

NCASEF Raises $100,000 To Help War Veterans

The National Coalition of Associations of 7- Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), the professional trade association for 7- Eleven storeowners has donated $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based non- profit placement firm for returning war veterans. The award was made at the grand banquet on the last night of the National Coalition’s 35th Annual Convention

United Supermarkets To Build First Convenience Store

United Supermarkets is ready to break ground on what will be its first United Express convenience store and fuel station in Lubbock, Texas. The chain plans to begin developing the property it owns on the southeast corner of 4th and Milwaukee in Lubbock, Texas, in the next 4-6 weeks, starting with the anticipated 3,100-square-foot United

BP’s ampm Debuts New Proprietary Brand

BP’s ampm convenience store brand has long used the tagline “Too Much Good Stuff” in its advertising. Now ampm is driving the point home with the debut of its new in-store brand, Good Stuff by ampm. Two new competitively priced products, bottled water and candy, were the first items to sport the Good Stuff by

Wawa Revamps Coffee Stations

Wawa stores throughout southern New Jersey are going through an “Extreme Coffee Makeover,” trading out glass coffee pots for new insulated dispensers with the intent of making producing a fresher brew that saves energy and reduces waste, Press of Atlantic City Media Group reported. The change comes after a chain-wide price increase that boosted the

Wilson Farms Offers AAA Members New Discounts

Wilson Farms is expanding its discount offers for AAA members to include its Fresh N’ Ready lunchtime menu consisting of freshly made subs, salads and sandwiches. All AAA members can receive 50 cents off any sub, salad or sandwich offered at all Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and/or Wilson Farms Xpress locations throughout New York State. “AAA

Jack Link’s to Acquire Minnesota Facility

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is set to acquire a packaged meat snack products manufacturing facility located in Mankato, Minn., from JBS S.A., the largest beef producer in the world. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will

Cumberland Farms Offers $3 Prepaid Cards

Cumberland Farms convenience store locations in New England, the mid-Atlantic and Florida are adding nFinanSe $3 Visa and $3 Discover Reloadable Prepaid Debit Cards. “By offering it’s customers a $3 Visa or $3 Discover Reloadable Card, Cumberland Farms will now be able to compete with any retailer on the basis of price for a reloadable

Tedeschi Food Shops Remodels Westford Location

Continuing toward its goal of renovating all of its locations, Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops has remodeled its store at 103 Main Street in Westford, Mass., bringing the total of stores remodeled in 2010 to 13. This store now offers a wide variety of fresh, healthy options like TD’s Deli Express crisp salads, delicious wraps,

KISS Cups Debut at 7-Eleven

KISS, the legendary American rock band is currently wowing standing-room-only crowds across North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour. Now 7-Eleven customers can pick from four collectible Super Big Gulps courtesy of Dr Pepper, each bearing the likeness of one of the KISS band members – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and

Jewel-Osco Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community. The signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana,” is set for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street,

Quest Oil Corp. Develops Three Phase Plan

Kerrville, Texas-based Quest Oil Corp. at the request of its shareholders and in response to numerous inquiries to the company after its acquisition of B&B Oil, has released a corporate overview on recent company developments. “Since the acquisition of B&B Oil by Quest, my team has been actively preparing inventories, replacing stock items, hiring work

Chicago Gasoline Prices Spike on Pipeline Leak

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Reduced driving demand following Labor Day typically presses gasoline prices lower in September. There have been exceptions, such as when supply disruptions caused by a hurricane occur, with September the peak period for storm activity in the Atlantic Basin. US drivers should brace for another run higher

Couche-Tard Acquires 12 Stores in Indiana

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, is set to acquire 12 stores in the Indianapolis, Ind., area from Crystal Flash Petroleum LLC, which operates under the “Crystal Flash” banner. The transaction is anticipated to close in September 2010 and is subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. According

Casey’s Confirms Discussions with 7-Eleven

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has officially confirmed that it has entered discussions with 7-Eleven Inc., regarding a potential acquisition. On Sept. 2, 2010, Casey’s received an unsolicited preliminary proposal from 7-Eleven regarding a consensual transaction at $40 per share in cash. As disclosed in Casey’s Schedule 14D-9 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on

Rutter’s Announces Final Free Gas Winners

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced  the final two winners of free gas for one year in its annual summer contest, “Fuel Up Free!” Charles Powers of Red Lion and Brenda Howard of Wrightsville are the seventh and eighth winners, respectively, in the contest, which ran from May 24 to Aug. 29. The other

YoCream Sales Up 16%

YoCream International Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of frozen desserts and beverages, has reported its financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2010. Sales for the three months ended July 31, 2010 increased 15.6% to $18,445,000.  Sales for the nine months increased 12.1% to $41,721,000. Net income increased 25% to $2,141,000 for the

Couche-Tard Suggests That Casey’s Delay Annual Meeting

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has sent a letter to the Board of Directors of Casey’s General Stores Inc. in response to the chain’s announcement that it has authorized discussions with 7-Eleven involving a possible acquisition after repeatedly rebuffing Couche-Tard’s offers for the company. In the letter, the company expressed its dismay with Casey’s refusal to discuss

2010 Category Management Conference

The Category Management Association announces its 2010 Category Management Conference, set to take place Oct. 26-28, 2010 at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in Atlanta. Supporting the event’s theme of “Strategy at Retail,” a variety of sessions and workshops will be available to attendees, which are focused on the latest in trends and best

BP Spreads The Blame

BP has rolled out the results of a four-month internal investigation into the causes of the April 20 blowout of its Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the Gulf oil spill. The company spread blame among its contractors, as it pointed to a “complex and interlinked series” of failures from

Casey’s To Acquire 52 Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its first quarter of fiscal 2011 results ended July 31, 2010, and with it an announcement that it has signed commitments to acquire an additional 52 locations, which it anticipates purchasing by the end of the calendar year. Casey’s reported basic earnings per share of $0.73 and approximately $6.2

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