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cstore financing know your options

Alternative lenders may be offering better deals than traditional banks. Waking up in a cold sweatover those burgeoning paymentson the adjustable ratebank loan you took out for yourc-store? Stop sweating it! With a little preparation—and someone to guide you throughthe process—you can probably get a muchlower, fixed-rate payment using one of severalalternative-financing methods. Frequently referred

codys offers university fuel discounts

Three-cents off per gallon for Southwest Baptist students and faculty. Cody’s Convenience Stores, a 22-store chain based in Springfield, Mo., is offering is reaching out to a local university to drive its fuel business. Beginning this week, students at Southwest Baptist University and faculty a three cent per gallon discount on gasoline purchases, according to

supply meets demand

Follett Corp.’s newest Horizonicemaker, the Horizon 1400, canproduce up to 1,400 pounds ofice per day. With the Ice Managerdiverter valve system, one Horizonmachine can now automatically fill two dispensers, sensing when ice isneeded and diverting production to that location. All Horizon applicationsprovide customer-preferred Chewblet ice, reduced energy and waterconsumption, and advanced flushing and cleansing features

the new age of convenience

Megan Ramey created a convenience concept for worldly urbanites that is a true departure from the gas stations Bubba is used to. From the street, the MoCoMarket in Madison, Wis. looksmore like a beauty salon or a furniturestore—with its large frontwindows and minimalist, communal-stylebench seating—than a convenience store.Once inside, customers are captivatedby its bamboo floors,

terror money laundered through md cstores

U.S. indicts 39 in scheme to funnel money to al Qaeda. A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 39 people in an international money-laundering scheme using an informal currency transfer system known as hawala, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The defendants and one business face charges including money laundering, conspiracy to bribe

form and function

Organize self-serve areas and eliminatecountertop clutter and product wastewith quality dispensing equipment forcups, lids, straws, napkins, condiments and ice cream cones from ModularDispensing Systems. CombinationCabinet Dispensers are the newest lineaddition and are ideal for c-stores wherecounter space is limited, as they combinecup, lid, domed lid and straw dispensinginto one area. A variety of sizes and

homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

ez as pie

The new EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser from San Jamar is the simple,affordable way to protect beverage lids and keep counters clean andorganized. The EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser dramatically improves the organization ofself-serve beverage countersby providing a simple,efficient solution. Two sizesare available to dispensemost cold beverage cuplids. The design requiresno adjustments or specialparts for different lid sizes.In-counter models

yogurt and then some

YoCrunch yogurt introduces two new flavors to its core line offering healthyand decadent yogurt experiences. Smooth and creamy low-fat YoCrunchVanilla yogurt is paired with crunchy Butterfinger and Strawberry-Bananais joined by 100% natural low-fat granola. All of YoCrunch’s low-fat yogurtproducts contain live and active cultures perfect for digestion and repletewith a mix of health benefits. The

quickchek expands its empire

With the opening of its first store in New York, the retailer ushers in a new era of convenience retailing. Some companies would celebratetheir 40th anniversarywith balloons and a lot of handshakes.For QuickChek, themilestone was an opportunity to show offits innovation and commitment to growingoperations. Last month, the Whitehouse Station,N.J.-based chain moved into the NewYork

blast off with freshness

Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newestinnovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blastis the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, aningredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away fromthe mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors, Winter Chilland Cool Lime,

water with punch

Coca-Cola launches Dasani Plus vitaminenhancedflavored water beverages. The line, withzero calories per serving, comes in three varieties,Refresh + Revive: Kiwi Strawberry Flavor has 10%of the RDI per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12;Cleanse + Restore: Pomegranate Blackberry Flavorcontains 10% of the RDI per serving of vitamins E,B3, B6 and B12, plus one gram of

belflower finds chemistry at davis oil

While Mike Belflower didn

impactful concoctions

Impact Confections announces the launch of Mike and Ike Spray and HotTamales Spray through a licensing agreement with Just Born, and with Mikeand Ike’s sweet and Hot Tamales’ spicy flavors, they are expected to boostthe growing spray category. In just 9 inches of shelf space, three differenttaste profiles are represented withthree powerful brands, Mike and

driving instore sales with fuel

Facing increased competition, Fabulous Freddy’s is investing in gas pumps with interactive merchandising displays. Fabulous Freddy’s is looking to cultivate a new baseof loyal in-store customers, and it isn’t going very farto find them. The Las Vegas-based chain is investing innext-generation interactive fuel pumps that communicatestore specials and offer valuable coupons directly totheir fuel customers

one good product

The newest “must have” in any purse or beachbag is the new Kodak HQ Maximum VersatilitySingle Use Camera. With a smaller, simple,modern design and silver-colored body, thenew HQ camera gives consumers a stylishway to get a photo when an expensive camera isn’t available.The new design, featuring a Kodak Ektanar Lens and Kodak’s800-speed film, delivers the

innovators come in all sizes

With our annual Chains to Watch issue,we set out to profile companies big andsmall that are doing innovative things,either with technology, operations, design or justgood, old-fashioned customer service. This year

tornado of flavor

El Monterey Tornados continue to be the consumer’s choice for foodsthat are convenient, flavorful and hot-to-go. Ruiz Foods introduces thenew 3-oz. El Monterey Tornado flavor—Firecracker Chicken—a hotwing style medley of tender chicken and Monterey Jack cheese meltedto perfection in a crispy seasoned tortilla. It’s recommended that theproduct is prepared on the roller grill, but then

quiktrip moving into the spring center

The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind in an arena, stadium or entertainment venue,” Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip will open a store in Sprint Center as part of a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City arena, built to host sports and entertainment events. The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind

chevron supports annual marathon

Company extends sponsorship until 2013. Chevron is keeping people running as it extends its sponsorship contract for the Chevron Houston Marathon, according to runnersweb.com. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the nation’s premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries. The race has been going on for 35

the all candy expo sweetens chicago

Over 20,000 show up for biggest event in candy. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) concluded its annual All Candy Expo yesterday in Chicago. Sponsored by the NCA, the All Candy Expo boasted 2,000 new products from nearly 500 exhibitors from 75 different countries. Top trends driving product releases of 2007/08 included: new flavor fusions focusing

four down 1200 to go

BP settles multiple lawsuits, but litigation far from over. BP has settled four civil lawsuits filed by contractors who were injured on March 23, 2005, when an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the company’s Texas City, Texas, refinery, abruptly ending the first civil trial stemming from the blast. Details of the settlement

industry pioneer swearingen dies

Former president of Standard Oil was 89. John E. Swearingen, oil executive and well-known defender of the industry in the energy crisis of the 1970s, died on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89 and lived in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Swearingen presided over Standard Oil of Indiana, one of the companies

bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

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