Tri-State Petroleum Goes Pink for a Day

Tri-State Petroleum Corporation, a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is going pink for a day to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The company has encouraged employees at its 50-plus locations to wear pink on Oct. 29 in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness

Gas City Files for Bankruptcy

Frankfort, Ill.-based Gas City Ltd., a chain of independent gas stations founded and owned by William McEnery, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. Founded in 1966, Gas City includes 51 gas stations located mainly in the south suburbs of Chicago, but also in Indiana, Arizona and Florida, and listed

Convenience Stores For Sale In The Twin Cities

Thirteen former Oasis convenience stores are being sold at auction in the Twin Cities metro area, and are expected to sell for less than the current debt owed on the properties, according to bankruptcy trustee John Hedback, MarketWatch reported. “It’s a definite possibility that the lender will take a loss on these, but that’s just

Mintel Predicts Consumer Trends

As the economy slowing recovers, customers are still adapting.  With that in mind, Mintel has predicted nine key consumer trends for the year ahead, examining how long term behavior has been implicated. In 2011, consumers are living for the long term with attitudes inspired by a changed value set. “The effects of the global economic

Customers Earn Fuel Savings At Ralphs Grocery

Ralphs Grocery Co. and Shell have teamed to give customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Ralphs shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Ralphs rewards card. Beginning Nov. 1, every time

Casey’s Completes Short Stop Acquisition

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed the acquisition of six convenience stores in Iowa owned by J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. The stores operate under the Short Stop banner and are expected to be immediately rebranded to Casey’s. “After approaching Short Stop nearly three months ago, we were pleased with how smoothly the process

BP Outlines Plan to Move Brand Forward

BP Products North America Inc. recently reaffirmed its commitment to the BP retail brand in Gaylord, Md., at the 2010 BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA)  Convention and Business Expo, an annual gathering of BP marketers. A record number of marketers attended this year’s event to hear from several top BP executives how the company plans

Data Security Solutions

First Data Corp. and VeriFone Systems Inc. are joining forces to offer a VeriFone edition of the First Data TransArmorSM solution to U.S. multi-lane and petroleum merchants that will give businesses using VeriFone’s MX 800 series of devices, Secure PumpPay and the Ruby point-of-sale (POS) solutions a complete security solution combining VeriFone’s VeriShield encryption along

A Roadmap to Success: Convenience Stores on the Fast Track

FDA Calls For Food Safety Managers

In the name of food safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that all restaurants and retailers employ certified food protection managers, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. The recommendation is supported by the National Restaurant Association and the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) and came on the heels of the results of a

Cardtronics To Operate ATMs For Pump & Pantry

Bosselman Inc., an owner and operator of convenience stores and travel centers throughout the Midwest has hired Cardtronics Inc. to provide ATM services at 24 of its 42 Pump & Pantry convenience stores. Located in Nebraska, the Pump & Pantry stores provide consumers with a wide range of convenience products and services. Under terms of

Shell To Sell Downstream Businesses in Finland, Sweden

Shell has agreed to sell the majority of its refining and marketing businesses in Finland and Sweden to Keele Oy. The terms of the transaction, which are subject to regulatory approvals, include Shell’s retail business, including some 340 service stations in Sweden and some 225 in Finland, as well as its commercial road transport (CRT)

Irving Oil Station Opens in Winooski

The Handy family has opened the first Irving Oil gas station at 401 Main Street in Winooski, Vt., expanding the regional brand to the community. “Our family has owned and operated convenience stores in Vermont and New Hampshire since the 1970′s,” said Charlie Handy. “We have been impressed by Irving’s cleanly, well-lit, efficient stores and

Parker’s Convenience Stores Drives Inside-Sales with the LIFT Station

Kroger Announces Employee Promotion

The Kroger Co. has promoted Jeffrey Burt to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement. Burt previously served as vice president of Deli/Bakery Merchandising and Procurement for the company, a position he has held since 2004.  Prior to that, Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle. Burt began his

Rutter’s Opens New Store

York, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened its newest location, bringing some 40 permanent jobs to a 24-hour store at 1455 York Road, Monroe Township, Cumberland County. The store is at the junction of routes 74 (York Road) and 174 (Boiling Springs Road). Rutter’s has opened three Cumberland County stores-the others are in Shippensburg and

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide into Late October

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs slid across the country’s major metropolitan markets ahead of the final week of October, falling amid a year-on-year supply surplus and tepid demand. The decline has been limited however, displaying uncommon contra-seasonal strength despite the weak state of fundamentals, propped up by a

Lettieri’s Rolls Out New Product Lines

  Lettieri’s introduces new Stufferz. Lettieri’s is rolling out new additions to its foodservice line. It recently introduced new Stufferz-mini loaves of bread stuffed with meats and cheeses-and has also extended its Stuffed Bread Stix line, creating several new flavors plus a blend of unique bread dough for each filling recipe. “In addition to providing

USDA To Help Fund E-15 Blender Pumps

On Oct. 21, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA plans to allocate existing funds to assist the installation of 10,000 blender pumps across the country within the next five years, Ethanol Producer magazine reported. The initiative was one of many put forth by the USDA to further support the development, production and

Chevron Helps School District With Energy Efficiency

Chevron Energy Solutions and the Huntington Beach City School District have announced the groundbreaking for an energy efficiency and solar project, which is expected to save the district more than $15 million over the life of the project. The project is the first energy efficiency and solar project at an elementary school district in Orange

Market District Opens In Ohio

Inspired by the open-air markets of Europe and a passion for food, Giant Eagle Inc. opened its Kingsdale Market District food store-a 132,000 square-foot culinary, dining and shopping destination, on Oct. 14, in Columbus. The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multi-format food retailer and first in Ohio, delivers central Ohio residents with a

QuikTrip Selling Five Stores

Tulsa-based QuikTrip is selling its five Springfield, Mo.-based convenience stores, The Springfield, Mo. News Ledger reported. QuikTrip is focusing its efforts on very large metropolitan markets, and Springfield no longer fits the company’s plans, noted spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s accurate that the stores ultimately will be sold,” he told the News Ledger. “But there is

BP Partners With Telvent

BP has selected Telvent DTN TABS, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, to manage U.S. credit limits and monitor production allocations. DTN TABS terminal automation system authorizes or denies fuel loads based on pre-defined controls, which reduces the risk of credit losses or inventory depletion. By monitoring real-time load data from its terminals, BP

ExxonMobil Honors Hispanic Students

This fall, ExxonMobil, in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, is recognizing Hispanic high school students around the country for achievements in engineering and mathematics through the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.7 million to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in the 10 years the company has sponsored the awards. ExxonMobil’s grants

Xyience, Serra Extend Partnership

Xyience is extending  its relationship with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Matt Serra. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion has been a brand ambassador for Xyience, the maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, since May 2009. “Matt Serra is not only an exceptional athlete, but he’s proven to be 

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