Growing Same-Store Sales in a tough Market by Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions

So simple – so profitable – so what’s stopping you! Unless you run an above average operation, you might just experience a sudden urge to stop reading, part way thru this article. I’m going to put the results toward the top to help, suppress that urge!More…

susser shows secondquarter growth

Strong margins shown for the fiscal year. Susser Holdings Corp. has revealed the financial results for the second quarter of 2007, reporting earnings that raised 67% from last year, helped by better-than-expected retail fuel margins and good gains in merchandise sales, both overall and on a same-store basis. The company also raised its merchandise same-store

changing of the guard at general mills

Fieldhouse named VP, GM for convenience channels. General Mills has appointed Tim Fieldhouse to vice president, general manager, Convenience Channels. In his new role, Fieldhouse is responsible for General Mills’ business in key segments including Convenience Stores, Vending, and Non-Food Retailers in addition to the company’s Restaurant Accounts business segment. Prior to his current role,

deweese up for sale

Super Stop! owner puts all of its properties on the block. Meridian, Miss.-based Deweese Enterprises Inc. (DEI) and its Super Stop! were placed on the sales block by NRC Realty Advisors LLC. Super Stop! currently owns and operates 45 convenience stores located in the Meridian and Jackson, Miss. and Southern Alabama markets, a gasoline distribution

sheetz remains entangled in tainted tomato lawsuit

The chain and one bankrupt supplier are last two defendants in the case. Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva dismissed a group of tomato suppliers from a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was sickened by salmonella-tainted tomatoes he got at a Sheetz store in 2004, according to the Associated Press. The judge said

gilbarco and kickback join forces

Gilbarco has certified a loyalty program from KickBack Rewards Systems, Twin Falls, Idaho, for use with its Passport point-of-sale (POS) system with Version 6 software. The KickBack Rewards Systems specializes in turnkey, custom-designed proprietary loyalty programs for convenience store operators. Passport supports full integration with KickBack Rewards Systems through a generic, loyalty program interface that

toa reorganizes employee structure

Company eliminates 160 corporate staffing positions. TravelCenters of America LLC revealed that it expects to eliminate about 100 positions in its company as well as another 60 positions in Petro Stopping Centers L.P., which it acquired in May, as part of a new reorganization plan. The company expects to incur $2 million to $3 million

chicago considers bottled water tax

Chicago is evaluating a tax of 10 to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle of water sold in the state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Currently, Chicago citizens are preparing for post-election tax increases to close a $217 million budget gap, but that hasn’t stopped the city from evaluating the added money bottled

sunoco and nascar give away gas

Fuel 5000 promotion launches for third straight summer. Sunoco, the Official Fuel of Nascar, has launched the Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 summer promotion. For the third consecutive year, the Free Fuel 5000 rewards customers for visiting Sunoco with free gas. Consumers are encouraged to enter by stopping at one of more than 4,000 participating Sunoco

are you leaving money on the table

Every year, thousands of employers fail to claim their fair share of the billions of dollars in government tax credits and incentive programs set aside for them. If you’ve never claimed yours, then the question is: “Why?” Maybe you just didn’t know about these federal and state programs designed to encourage employers to hire members

wooten oil closes sale of 12 kwik mart stores

Sold sites now under ownership of Wilco Hess and Sampson-Bladen. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has successfully closed the sale of 12 Kwik Mart convenience stores owned by Goldsboro, N.C.-based Wooten Oil Co. The company revealed that it is leaving the industry to focus more on commercial real estate ventures. In March of 2007, Matrix

phillips 66 leaves the carolinas

Change is in the air in North Carolina and South Carolina, where several stations that once supplied Phillips 66 fuel products are now sporting black brands. The reason for this is the petroleum supplier’s sudden removal from the two states, pulling out the last of its stations on August 3, according to the Charleston Post

petro group buys 110 us gas stations

Acquisition set to be finished by the end of 2007. Israel-based Petro Group Ltd. controlled by Arcadi Gaydmak through Ameris Holdings Ltd., has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy 110 U.S. gas stations and convenience stores Coast for $60 million, plus inventory when the deal is closed, through its subsidiary GPM Investments LLC. The

krist oil fined over consumer law violations

State court forces company to pay fee of $3,933. Iron River, Mich.-based Krist Oil Co has agreed to pay a fine of $3,933 to over allegations that it violated Wisconsin’s consumer protection law, according to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. The Wisconsin Department of Justice brought a civil action in Marinette County Circuit Court, charging

Making a Mountain Out Of — Fountain by Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions

In my usual rush, I found myself in a long, but swiftly moving line at a fast-food restaurant recently. Having nothing better to do, I did a little observing and confirmed what I really already knew, but had just never taken the time to place in proper perspective.More…

dunkin in packaging deal

Distribution deal with P&G makes the coffee available at chains like Wal-Mart, Kroger and CVS. As part of a branding strategy that was successful for Starbucks, packaged Dunkin’ Donuts coffee will be sold by the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger and CVS in a bid to get customers to brew the brand at home. Procter &

conterfeit cigarette warehouse raided in queens

Three men arrested for posession of Chinese imitations and $350,000 in cash. Authorities in Queens, N.Y. have seized nearly 600,000 packs of cigarettes with brand names like Marlboros and Newports, half of which are suspected of being counterfeits from China, reported the Associated Press. The cigarettes were found during a raid late last week at

sheetz fined for gasoline leak

Roughly 200 gallons of spilled fuel have been recovered. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. has been fined $8,500 by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a gasoline spill in March 2006 at its College Township, Pa. store. The spill caused soil, groundwater and surface water contamination. “Sheetz lost an undetermined amount of gasoline when an

quiktrip selects multiplan inc

New network gives the chain central resources for healthcare management needs. QuikTrip has opted to use Multiplan Inc. for its PPO networking needs. The chain will utilize the MultiLine’s national primary PPO, the PHCS Network, throughout the country. In order to maximize employee choice while still saving on healthcare costs, QuikTrip will also make use

ryan oil sells to quality state

Acquisition marks end of friendly competition. After 33 years of service, Ryan Oil has decided to sell its five stores in Wisconsin to local competitor, Quality State, which operates the Q-mart chain. The deal was finalized July 30, and the former Ryan stores are now officially Q-marts, although the signage has yet to change. “It’s

valero fined for air emissions

Money to be used at funding local schools and transit systems. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has fined San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. $119,149 for air emissions released by its Texas City plant in 2006, according to the Express-News. The TCEQ cited 12 different incidents that occurred at the plant. During each

another listeriainduced sandwich recall

IFS brings back 7,500 units. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the processing of recalling 7,500 IFS Inc. vending machine and c-store sandwiches due to a possible contamination outbreak. According to the FDA, the South Elgin, Ill.-based company discovered some of the sandwiches might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that

sun mart collects for reading

New campaign collects donation for local charity. Sun Mart and the Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation, located in Kennewick, Wash., are teaming up to raise money to donate books to children During the month of August, area customers can buy a card for a dollar at all Sun Mart gas stations. Customers can then send those cards

10 critical questions to ask a manufacturing erp vendor

Plexus Systems suggests that many manufacturers are focusing on the wrong issues whenconsidering ERP solutions. The ERP industry has earned such a poor reputation for delivery in thelast 20 years that users has learned to live within a very narrow set of constraints – and thoseconstraints have been in place for so long that the

hot fuel protestors criticize exxons warning stickers

FTCR claims new campaign by the chain is just a cover up. Many Mobil and Exxon stations in California have begun posting small signs on each pump, calling it a “Motor Fuel Measurement Notice.” The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), however, feels that the stickers–warning that the energy content of a gallon of

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