tesco sets 50 fresheasy sites by february

Tesco said it expects to have 30 Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets open by Christmas and 20 more open before the end of its fiscal year in late February. Beyond those 50 stores and 10 other sites it has already identified, it has 100 more locations in the pipeline, Tim Mason, chief executive officer of

reaching beyond the pumps

For a lot of customers, the firstand last thing they see when theyapproach a convenience store arethe gas pumps. Unfortunatelyfor some retailers, the pumps may also bethe only part of the store a customer seesduring their visit. Thanks to the combination of low fuel margins and high creditcard fees, selling only gasoline is a no-winproposition

satisfying summer shoppers

The inFlux oF summer tourism isa boon for many c-store operators.That’s why adjusting merchandiseto meet vacationers’ last minute needs has proved to be a winning strategy. One area that has proved to be especially profitable is health and beauty care(HBC). Retailers report that while categorysales typically hold its own for the first partof the year,

exxonmobil nice n easy honored with best in class foodservice awards

“The majority of ‘new’ ideas are simply new interpretations of old ideas,” said Louie Sheetz, vicepresident of marketing for Sheetz Inc. “Over thelast 30 years, we’ve taken advantage of opportunities like this Foodservice Show and NACS to learn from others. Alot of success in this industry is capturing an idea you’ve seen andchanging it to

educating the industry

If there is one thing that can be said aboutConvenience Store Decisions' 2007 FoodserviceShow it's that a great time was had by all. The educational sessions, which featured David Bishop, ofWillard Bishop; Marsha Robbins, of HAACPlus.com;John Matthews, of Gray Cat Enterprises; and MelKleiman, of Humetrics Inc., touched on many of the keypoints retailers needed to

retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

competitive watch

Gas continues to fuel hypermart growth. An interesting study wasrecently published by researchers in the Department ofEconomics at the Universityof Arizona that details the impact HomeDepot’s entry into the fuel business had onthe Nashville, Tenn., market. The study found that hypermarts “do,in fact, place statistically significant andeconomically significant downward pressure on the prices of nearby

optimizing everything

Fifteen years ago, a young physicist named KenOuimet saw a strong correlation between the behaviorsof consumers and atoms. The analogy led him to developsoftware based on mathematics developed in theoretical physics that forecasts human buying behavior and incorporatesnew evidence in real time to update the forecast. Thus was priceoptimization software (POS) born. Today, Ouimet’s software

convenience 101

The average collegestudent has evolved. What was once stereotypedasanacademic pauperliving off nothingmore than pocketchange, ramen noodles and pizza crustshas transformed intosomething more: afast-paced, health-conscious studentlooking to get themost bang out oflimited bucks. Whilemost universitiesoffer extensive campus food programsfor students, many are opting for quickand simple solutions to accommodate students’ lifestyles through campus-operatedconvenience stores. College C-stores:

fas mart spreads its wings

After a successful test of a proprietary chicken program at 60 stores, the chain is preparing a company-wide rollout. With over 150 stores,Fas Mart and Shore Stop’smarket strategy focuses onspeed, quality and convenience for its customers. Its primary goalis to continuously improve the speed andthe quality of goods it offers consumers. Throughout its growth and

wallowing in deep pools of inertia

Business success requires decisive action. Get ready, get set, whoa Nelly,hold on a minute. The failureto act decisively, to implement important decisions that are clearly in the best interests of thecompany, is a trend that we’ve noticed alot lately working with marketers around the country. To remain competitive and relevantin today’s tough business environmentrequires marketers

convenience with a hint of elegance

For an iconic neighborhood c-store, Short StopMarket's current owner hasstepped up its foodservice and beverage programs. Situated behinddoors that have guarded the same structure that has stood in Sarasota, Fla. for 50years is a blend of dedicated convenienceand undeniable class. Ali Molavi took over ownership of thesingle Short Stop Market in February 2002,bringing his wife

energizing the rockies

Steve EwingSuncor Energy USA Steve ewing has spent a solid 20 years working hisway through the convenience industry. As merchandising manager for Suncor Energy USA, Ewing works tocontrol categories, balance profits and grow the business of 44 Phillips 66-branded c-stores, based largely in theDenver area. Together with contract agreements to supply 150Phillips 66 gas stations

overheard at the foodservice conference

CSD’S 2007 FooDService Showprovided outstanding educationalseminars and tradeshow exhibits forhundreds of retailers and suppliersstarving for news and information in one ofthe industry’s most profitable in-store categories. But what’s a good tradeshow withouta ton of great networking opportunities tolearn about the men and women that makethis industry run so smoothly. Here’s a sampling of the insider

marathon spreads into biofuel

Two new blended fuel offerings available in Illinois. Marathon Oil Corp. has completed projects adding biodiesel-blended fuel at its Robinson and Champaign, Ill. terminals. “Marathon is proud to announce that two more locations have been expanded to offer biodiesel storage and distribution,” said Mary Ellen Peters, Marathon’s senior vice president, marketing. “Similar to our existing

smokeless tobacco webcast agenda set

Kit Dietz, Dan Moir and John Kelly to highlight July 26 online roundtable. Convenience Store Decisions’ Online Roundtable series continues Thursday, July 26 at 2 p.m., when it presents “Smokeless Tobacco: Significant Growth Opportunity for Convenience Retailers.” Registration for the Webcast, sponsored by United States Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USST) is free. Click here or visit

ds expands its service

Company stretches its reach into the West Coast. D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. a provider of automatic and self-service carwash systems, has recently expanded their distribution network with the addition of new distributors in Oregon, California, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia. New distributors in the Western States include Jones Car Wash

osha fines bp 92000

Oil giant faces serious violations tying into 2005 refinery accident. BP Products North America has been fined $92,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for one willful and four serious safety violations found during monitoring it conduct at the company’s Texas City plant following a deadly 2005 blast. OSHA cited BP for

7eleven expands javo contract

Company stretches iced coffee offering into new markets. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with Javo Beverage Co. to supply premium coffee beverages, particularly iced coffee beverages. Until now, the program has been available at approximately 500 7-Eleven stores in the Northeast. The companies announced that the beverage program will be next available at

smoker friendly growing store count

Acquisition from S.R. Flaks includes 13 stores in Colorado. The Cigarette Store Corp. dba Smoker Friendly/Gasamat, a regional tobacco and gasoline retailer out of Boulder, Colo. and the largest shareholder and operating partner of Smoker Friendly Int., has acquired 13 Smoker Friendly stores in southern Colorado from the S. R. Flaks Co. These stores–in addition

dillons and kwik shop help revive devastated town

Kroger-owned stores reenter tornado-ravaged community. The Kroger Co.-owned Dillons and Kwik Shop have unveiled plans to reopen a grocery store in Greensburg, Kan. as the town rebuilds in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. “The community of Greensburg will rebuild, and we will be there with them during the rebuilding efforts and beyond. We look

exxonmobil and shell testify at hot fuel hearings

Companies under heat for backing different regulations in different countries. Only July 25, senior executives from ExxonMobil and Shell will testify at a Domestic Policy Subcommittee hearing on “hot fuels” and what appears to be a double standard in the way they measure gasoline. Hot fuel as been a controversial subject in the energy industry

iri insight across the convenience channel

IRI AllScan Provides Granular Level Insights for All Product Categories To more effectively analyze and understand sales and brand performance across the c-store industry, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has released its new AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service, the only service in the industry that provides comprehensive scanner-based point-of-sale (POS) data across the entire convenience channel.

tesoro shows its support for wildlife reserve

Tesoro has given a $50,000 grant to help restore the historic viewshed of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch. The USDA Forest Service recently acquired the largest remaining remnant of Roosevelt’s North Dakota ranch still in private ownership with the support of the Friends of the Elkhorn Ranch. “Environmental stewardship is one of Tesoro’s core values,”

nacs asks congresss to reconsider fda tobacco regulations

Association urges government to weigh the damage such control over the industry could have. Following a July 17 hearing, in which members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee determined that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ill-equipped to regulate food safety, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) asked lawmakers to keep

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