Thorntons Debuts Remodeled Store

Thorntons has announced the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 4154 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 31. With the addition of this location, Thorntons  operates 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

Couche-Tard Raises Bid

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has increased its tender offer for Casey’s General Stores to $38.50 per share in cash, as Casey’s responds by advising its shareholders not to take any action as it reviews the revised bid. The revised offer of $38.50 is $0.50 per share higher than the price at which a majority of outstanding

Roadrunner Markets Ups Social Media Strategy

Roadrunner Markets of Johnson City, Tenn., has hired Creative Energy to create and manage the social media strategy for the chain’s 92 convenience store locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. “Social media is an effective way to reach out to your customers and have a relationship with them,” said Creative Energy’s social

Valero Adds Touch-Screen POS System

Valero Energy Corp. has approved the Nucleus point-of-sale (POS) system by Dresser Wayne, an innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, for implementation at Valero-branded fuel sites across the U.S. The popular touch-screen POS system has demonstrated its compatibility with the Valero payment network and seamless integration with Valero operations. To celebrate the announcement, both Dresser

Man Cave Sweepstakes Begins

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has announced its Wild Side Man Cave sweepstakes and promotion, underway now. Using the unique code found of specially marked Jack Link’s packages, brand enthusiasts can explore the elusive Sasquatch’s “man cave” online and register for a chance to win a Wild Side Man Cave of their own. As no true

Today’s Top Snack Trends

The Food Channel has released its top 10 snack trends, one of its regular trend reports prepared in conjunction with CultureWaves, Mintel International and the International Food Futurists. “These trends are meant to inspire your back-to-school snacking,” said Kay Logsdon, editor-in-chief of The Food Channel. “But they also show how people are eating today, with

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, and his

Delivering the Goods

Winning Over CPG Customers   According to a new study commissioned by MEI Computer Technology Group Inc., there is an increased emphasis on improving trade promotion effectiveness, as consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers look to bolster the value and return on their trade spend, and capture wallet share from consumers.   Despite the current climate,

Driving Car Wash Profits

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits. Determining which tactics will best accomplish these feats is where it gets complicated. Tactics that are working for many in the industry include touting loyalty programs, embarking on water-saving initiatives, participating

Maintaining Strong Energy Sales

It had to happen sometime. Energy drinks, arguably the most popular convenience store product in the early-to-middle years of the decade, have begun to slow their sharp rise. Call it a correction, perhaps. A report released last month on the category by research firm Mintel showed that while growth in the category from 2005-2010 was

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

Sweetening Cigar Sales

Small filtered cigarellos represent a real albeit temporary opportunity for convenience stores to rack up sales, so get going before the window of opportunity slams shut. These diminutive cigars have gained strong appeal among smokers laboring to afford cigarettes in the wake of multiple tobacco tax hikes. The price differential between filtered cigars and cigarettes

Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

Donna Sitka knows her way around convenience store foodservice. She is the foodservice manager for the 13 Tiger Tote Food Stores that have foodservice. Until recently that foodservice consisted of a successful fried chicken operation branded Mama’s Kitchen Fried Chicken and a failed Mexican food venture. The Gonzales, Texas chain of 23 stores, operated by

Versatility Drives Pizza’s Popularity

Pizza Trends   There are approximately 62,000 pizzerias in the U.S. according to research firm Packaged Facts, with thousands of additional convenience stores and restaurants serving up fresh pizzas every day. And with good reason. Approximately 94% of the U.S. population eats pizza. More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year,

Shell Leaps into Loyalty

At a Glance: Shell’s Fuel Rewards Program   In an effort to bring value to its fuel customers and branded marketers, Shell Oil Products U.S., in July, launched its Grocery Rewards program with several of the nation’s largest supermarket brands in markets across the country. Customers earn one fuel point for every dollar spent at

Cutting Down on Cooler Costs

Energy reduction remains an ongoing quest for convenience store operators as they look for ways to cut costs in an effort to improve their bottom lines. Building stores to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and seeking LEED certification is something more chains are pursuing, including Kum & Go, Kwik Trip and Quick

Rebuilding the BP Brand

With the Gulf Oil spill behind it, a new CEO at the helm and the clean up effort underway, BP now must turn its attention to making good on its recovery promises and helping BP branded stations win back customers who may not quickly forget the devastation in the Gulf. Since the spill began, and

Superior Surveillance Helps Bolster the Bottom Line

In today’s difficult economy, most convenience store owners are turning their focus to profit driving initiatives to give business a boost. When dollars are tight, allotting extra funds to upgrade security equipment might seem a lower priority or even a frivolous expense, but experts note investing in security and surveillance measures can be a retailer’s

White Castle

White Castle has had the same packaging design for nearly 10 years.  “We are trying to align ourselves closer to our restaurants and we’re promoting our association with our restaurants on the back of our new packages”, said Kelly Collins, Marketing Supervisor for White Castle Food Products.   The new design includes a picture of a

Hands free water and ice dispenser

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers the new hands-free water and ice dispenser, models DT-400-AR and DT-400BAH-OS. The former features a drop-in replacement refrigeration circuit, ease of serviceability for maintaining ice making/dispensing operation and simple disconnects for removal and installation. DT-400BAH-OS features a self-contained space saving design (21w x 22.5d x72.5h with 6-inch legs) and front in

Dealing with Adversity

BP’s Gulf of Mexico response has included more than $4 billion spent to date, including more than 153,650 payments totaling $395 million (as of presstime) in claims to Gulf residents and businesses affected by the oil spill. Other payments included: • $20 billion claims escrow fund • $100 million unemployed rig workers’ fund • $500

Food Sales Are On A Roll

Few things in life are easier than slapping together a sandwich. At home, that is. For c-store operators, operating a successful sandwich program is a complex matter that takes training, solid management, quality ingredients and, most of all, a commitment to a very different type of business than what they’re used to. Even then there

CITGO Supports Local Red Cross

Nine locally owned CITGO stations in Robeson and Scotland Counties, N.C., are supporting the local Red Cross chapter through fundraising efforts and two community blood drives. From Aug. 3 to Sep. 6, these CITGO stations are selling $1 paper blood droplets to raise money for the many community, disaster, military and health assistance programs provided

Working Americans Report Economic Perceptions

Working Americans report having mixed feelings when it comes to job security, the economy and worker happiness. Short-term job security is improving, but at the same time, more workers fear losing their job some day in the future. More Americans think the economy is on the upswing. But this is still a minority opinion contrasted

Retail Gasoline Prices to Edge Higher Ahead of Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After slumping to a 10-week low of $2.704 gallon on Aug. 23, the US average price for regular grade gasoline, all formulations, is poised to move higher in front of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day marks the end of the summer driving season, with

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