pilot refuses visa and mastercard at pump

Pilot Travel Centers LLC is following Flying J’s lead by becoming the latest truck stop chain to stop accepting Visa and MasterCard at the pump. Pilot made the change in order to halt “significant” quarterly losses due to chargebacks– a process by which credit card banks bill merchants after a cardholder claims either fraud or

the fair fight against hot fuel

New act offers solution to motorists paying more for gasoline due to hot temperatures. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced the Future Accountability In Retail, or FAIR, Fuel Act, which requires the installation of automatic temperature compensating equipment in all retail gas station pumps within six years to adjust the price of gas as it

titan grows with appco acquisition

Plans to swell its energy division come together in three-part strategy. Titan Global Holdings Inc. has released its Energy’s Strategic Initiatives for fiscal 2008 following the acquisition of Appalachian Oil Co. (Appco). Titan has launched a three-part strategic plan to follow the Appco deal, starting with securing the supply of biofuels products through strategic agreements

kumgo auctions 33 locations

Twenty-one stores and 12 surplus locations become available for sealed bid. West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has launched plans to sell 21 convenience stores in three states. The stores and 12 surplus sites–33 locations in all–will be sold in a sealed bid auction conducted by the Energy Exchange of Chicago on Sept. 18,

senate supports tobacco tax increase

The Senate has fully approved, by a vote of 68-31, plans to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which provides health coverage to low-income, uninsured American children whose parents do not qualify for Medicaid. To do this, the bill will increase taxes on cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products as a way of

rutters honored in pa

Named fourth in state’s list of Top 100 Private Companies, up one spot from 2006. Rutter’s Holdings Inc. moved up to fourth on the Central Penn Business Journal’s annual list of the Top 100 Privately Held Companies in central Pennsylvania. The list, featured in the weekly newspaper’s Aug. 3 issue, ranked companies based on their

house passes clean energy bill

Measure reduces oil company tax breaks, promotes renewable fuels. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a radical new energy bill, which aims to expand the use of renewable fuels and cut tax breaks to oil firms The draft law details support for “clean” energy sources like biofuels, wind, and solar and geothermal resources. It

pool power bringing bigbusiness electricity choices to small and midsize businesses

Health insurance. Wholesale clubs. Retirement plans. Small and mid-size businesses have longunderstood the power of banding together, gaining strength in numbers to address the basic costs of doing business. The ability to save money on operational essentials can directly affect your opportunities to survive and grow. Pool Power: Bringing Big-Business Electricity Choices to Small and

cumberland farms to carry coinstars pay as you go line

Turnkey solution aims to drive in-store traffic, new customers and revenue. Cumberland Farms, the largest convenience store and petroleum marketer in the Northeast, said it would begin carrying Coinstar’s ‘pay as you go’ products at all 600 Cumberland Farms convenience stores. The product line includes national and regional prepaid wireless programs, prepaid MasterCard and Visa

tesco fares poorly in market study

Even before European grocery-retail giant Tesco arrives in the U.S., it’s already under scrutiny for its business practices. A study issued yesterday by the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, titled “Shopping for a Market: Evaluating Tesco’s Entry into Los Angeles and the United States” said the company fails to meet the environmental

couchetard takes stock of its future

U.S./Canadian marketer launches share repurchase program. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, said that the Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its share repurchase program, authorizing the Laval, Quebec-based company to purchase up to 2,808,765 of the 56,175,312 Class A multiple voting shares and 7,332,066 of the 146,641,334 Class B subordinate

atm surcharges jump

Bank of America to charge non-customers $3 to use machines. Can you put a price on offering convenience for your customers? The Bank of America has and it’s $3. That what the nation’s largest banking chain is now charging non-customers for as a surcharge for using one of its ATMs. The $1 hike in the

big payday for tedeschi

Convenience store operator sells 25 shopping centers for $377 million. Tedeschi Realty Corp. yesterday sold 25 shopping centers, most in Greater Boston, to a Colorado company for $377 million, in the largest transaction of its type in Massachusetts history, the Boston Globe reported. The Tedeschi family will continue to operate and franchise 200 Tedeschi Food

chevron revs up gift card program

Limited edition cards feature No. 42 Texaco/Havoline driver Juan Pablo Montoya. In celebration of Texaco’s 20th anniversary in sponsoring stock car racing and a successful season for rookie driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevron Products Co. introduced its special limited edition gift card carrying the image of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline racecar and driver Juan Pablo

nacs awards scholarships

Ten convenience store employees receive memorial Jim Yates award. NACS announced the 10 convenience store employees who are recipients of a 2007 NACS Yates Scholarship, which annually recognizes employees in the convenience store industry based on their dedication to achieving excellence in retailing, strong leadership skills at the store level, and persistence in the pursuit

noco adds to store count

New unit in Tonawanda, N.Y. features Nickel City Market Café. NOCO Express Shops today reported that it has acquired a Mobile Station in Tonawanda N.Y. and has completely rebranded the entire location, which is now officially open for business as a NOCO Express Shop. The 3,000 sq. ft. store, NOCO’s 32nd unit, took three days

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and Canada. As a result of its outstanding growth and strong leadership, Convenience Store Decisions

mark vii launches direct operations in new england

Car wash firm to sell and service accounts from Connecticut to Maine. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, Has begun directly selling and servicing Mark VII equipment in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. “Following a management change at our former distributor, both parties decided not

alon usas wiessman and morris honored

Duo receives “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from Ernst & Young. David Wiessman, chairman of Dallas-based Alon USA Energy, Inc., and Jeff Morris, president and CEO of Alon, have been named Entrepreneurs of the Year (EoY) in the Energy, Chemicals and Mining category by Ernst & Young. This honor recently was awarded to Wiessman and

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flash cooker

Smokaroma introduces the newInstant Burger cooker. Utilizing directenergy transfer, the Instant Burgercooks two hamburgers, chicken filets, sausage patties or hot dogsin 25 seconds. Produce sandwiches as fast as you can prep the buns.The meat temperature reaches over 180 degrees. No hood, venting oradditional labor needed. The product only uses energy while cooking andrequire 23 inches

kroger to certify dairy purity

Company to complete transition to rBST-free milk by early 2008. The Kroger Co. said it would complete the transition of milk it processes and sells in its convenience stores and supermarkets to a certified rBST-free supply by February 2008. The Company said its decision was based on customer feedback in the markets it serves. Earlier

texaco launches virtual auto show contest

Chevron Global Marketing launched Texaco’s Car of the Decades contest celebrating cars and the people who love them with a virtual auto show that lets visitors decide the best cars from every decade in the 20th century through today. During the Texaco Car of the Decades submission process, which concludes Sept. 3, auto enthusiasts can

highs dairy partners with radiant

Self-service food-ordering system to be deployed at more than 50 convenience and dairy locations. High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more than 50 of the mid-Atlantic retailer’s 82 High’s Dairy Stores. “Experience, reliability and ease-of-use were keys to our decision,” said Benjamin Jatlow,

curtain closes on kwikemart

The curtain may have closed on the Kwik-E-Mart, the fictional convenience store on The Simpsons brought to life in 11 markets by 7-Eleven, but a piece of the project will live on. That’s because 7-Eleven is donating the building materials and cardboard cutouts of Homer, Bart and the rest of The Simpsons clan and donating

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