mall variety

Coinstar Inc. announced an agreement between Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. and Charter One for Coinstar to distribute the universal Charter One MasterCard Gift Card through Coinstar gift card malls. Theprogram offers consumers the convenience and flexibility of being able to usethis card at millions of locations where Debit MasterCard is accepted. Thebalanced program allows retailers

village qwik stop celebrates 25 years of service

Store holds raffle to reward the customers that kept it going strong. The Village Qwik Stop in Pigeon, Mich. is celebrating 25 years of filling gas tanks and its customers’ needs. Opened in 1982, owners Mike and Lorraine LePage bought and converted an old drive-through car wash after realizing the convenience niche in the area

upgrading the kitchen

The type of equipment and its efficiencies play a major part in the success of a foodservice offering. Forget that crusty, old buttered roll grandpa picked up atthe corner store to complementhis morning coffee back in the day.Forget about those tiny bags of pretzelsor chips that used to suffice as a “meal onthe go” during

shure thing

Shure Manufacturing Corp.’s Shuresafe Deal Trays are designed as anefficient pass-thru system when installed in a countertop with a wall belowand a glass security window above. Model #670094 has a stationary base with a sliding stainless steel tray and features perfect economical securitysolution for cashier windows or other high-risk areas. Model #670100Stationary Deal Tray comes

infinite possibilities

With a short life, big margins and a susceptibility to promotions, lighters can illuminate sales with the right variety and display. Lighters were once a ways toa mean—to light up a cigarette,ignite a candle or fire up a birthday cake—but they’ve evolved into a form of self-expression. David Dill,vice president of sales and marketing forJacksonville,

soup sensations

Knorr Easy Bistro Soups is a new line delivering fresh-tasting,scratch-quality soups with incomparable operational ease. The EasyBistro line is delivered in a shelf-stable pouch format, making it ideal foroperations with limited or no cooler/freezer space. Each pouch yields about60-oz. and can be heated in 11 minutes on the stove-top, boil-in-a-bag,microwave, combi-steamer or steam table. Once

the other tobacco product

Boosted by new flavors and additional varieties, cigars continue strong incremental sales growth. While tobacco has long been a backbonefor the industry, pulling millions in individualunit sales as well as boosting the profit from theaverage smoker’s market basket, it has not come without its problems. Consistent tax increases and society’s dour view on cigarette smoking

sweet surprise

Swisher International introduces the newestaddition to the family—Swisher Sweets GrapeLittle Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigaroffers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfectlittle cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy.Available in 10-pack cartons and displayswith 20 Little Cigars per pack. For More Information fromSwisher International800-874-9720

how to get employees to play by the rules

The best way to ensure cooperation is to have rules that make sense. by Mel Kleiman ____________________________________________ Every time I leave for a speaking or training engagement, I take the same route to the airport and, 98% of the time, in the same spot, parked on the same side of the freeway, I pass the

clearing the house of credit card fees

Combining ACH networking technology with an established loyalty program can divert customers from paying with plastic. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Cash, in its green, paper form, is being phased out. Customers are relying more and more on credit cards to make most of their transactions. And why shouldn’t they? Cash can be cumbersome to have

schunks readies grander retail strategy

Schnuck Markets Inc. and its Schnucks Express fuel center is stretching out to the Memphis area by acquiring two convenience stores formerly operated as Fill ‘n Stations. The sales of stores were finalized May 14. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move comes as part of the company’s strategic expansion. “The Schnucks Express

new digs for 7eleven

New store in Downtown Dallas opens with a bang. 7-Eleven is kicking off the grand opening of its new store off of Routh St. in Downtown Dallas with a party celebrating its new store and corporate offices. The new store and offices represent a new opportunity for the chain to become acclimated with its home

susser reports first quarter earnings

Busy year brings growth to c-store owner. Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi-based convenience store and gasoline distribution giant that operates Stripes stores, reported an 8.8% increase in merchandise sales and an increase in revenue for the first quarter. On Wednesday, the company reported a first-quarter net loss of $2.4 million, a 39% improvement from

kroger celebrated for cause marketing

Company executive speaking at forum discussing combining store efforts with supplies and non-profits. Lynn Marmer, group vice president of corporate affairs for The Kroger Co.–owner of almost 780 c-stores across the country–will be a featured speaker at the Cause Marketing Forum’s fifth annual conference to discuss how corporations and non-profits can meaningfully measure their impact

the pantry increases its credit facilities

Company renegotiates terms and ups capacity. The Pantry Inc. has completed the expansion and renegotiation of certain terms of its senior secured credit facilities. The facilities include a $350 million term loan, increased from approximately $304 million previously, and a $225 million revolving credit facility, increased from $150 million previously. In addition, the agreement includes

the dep comes down on getty

Reports of a gasoline leakage trigger strict regulations. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week ordered Getty Realty Corp. and Getty Petroleum Marketing to investigate and correct soil and groundwater contamination from three underground storage tanks at the Getty gas station located at 2100 Market St., Linwood, Penn. “Residents of this community need to

a push for e85

Kum & Go offers one-day promotional sale to support biofuels. Kum & Go, with the help of Iowa Governor Chet Culver, a longtime advocate of cleaner-burning biofuels, kicked off a special promotion yesterday by offering E85 fuel for only $1.85 a gallon at its store at 715 Lang Creek in Grinnell. The event also celebrated

chevron supports the sciences

Educational grant donated to encourage academics in New Orleans. Chevron Corp. will invest up to $4 million to support science education in selected New Orleans public middle schools through its “Energy for Learning” program. Energy for Learning will support grades six, seven and eight at various schools in the area. Students at these schools will

toa reports big first quarter losses

Recent merger and taking the company public gobbled up revenues, profits. TravelCenters of America LLC has reported a huge loss for its first quarter, which ended March 31, due in large part to costs connected with going public. The company’s net loss in the quarter totaled $54.3 million. $45 million of the loss came from

murphy joins tempo

New loyalty program rewards customers at the pump. Murphy USA has joined Tempo Payment Inc.’s network, which is initiating a system-wide implementation of Murphy-branded PIN debit cards at more than 1,000 gas stations, with an initial rollout to 111 stores in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. As a result of the substantially lower interchange fees it

tesoro takes control of la refinery

Deal also includes distribution to 278 stations. Tesoro Corp. has completed the purchase of Shell’s 100,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery and 278 operating stations. All 278 retail sites will remain Shell branded, but will be supplied by Tesoro. Tesoro has already assumed operational control of the refinery and has began overseeing responsibilities included the operations of

a break from the norm

Red Hed Oil stirs up interest in its packaged beverage category with a warehouse soda. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ While other companies consistently sell large quantities of non-alcoholic packaged beverages, Richmond, Ky.-based Red Hed Oil has always been a go-to place for beer. The company devotes four to five doors to beer, with just one

buyers beware

Pennsylvania looks to collect taxes from Internet tobacco buyers. Thousands of Pennsylvanians who purchased cartons of cigarettes over the Internet or by mail order have been sent letters by the state Revenue Department informing them they owe taxes. The first batch of letters went out about two weeks ago to 4,300 people who are believed

new gasoline branding for the panty

New supplying agreement signed with Chevron. The Pantry Inc. has executed a new gasoline branding and supplies agreement with Chevron, covering the 66 Petro Express convenience stores that The Pantry recently acquired in North Carolina and South Carolina. Under the agreement, all of the gasoline operations at the Petro Express stores will be converted to

valero tightens its belt

More than 100 retail managers released into early retirement. Valero will be releasing more than 100 managers on the retail end of its operations. The released managers, if they worked above the store level, will be offered early retirement. There are a total of 130 candidates eligible for early retirement, according to Valero spokesman Bill

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