handee marts extends contract with mclane

New agreement stretches relationship until 2012. Handee Marts Inc. has agreed to a contract extension with McLane Co. who will continue to be the primary wholesale-distributor through at least 2012. Headquartered in Gibsonia, Pa., Handee Marts holds exclusive rights to operate 7-Eleven stores in 20 counties in Western Pennsylvania, 14 counties in Northeastern Ohio, one

fas mart picks up 58 stores

Parent company acquires new units in Virginia and Tennessee. Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments, parent company of Fas Mart and Shore Stop stores, has signed an agreement ot pick up 58 stores in the Virginia and Tennessee markets. The seller, according to The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., is currently operating all 58 of the units,

chs selects dtn

Company uses Guardian3 system for its automated fuel management systems. CHS Inc., an energy and grain-based foods company, selected DTN and its Guardian3 (G3) terminal automation system to manage fuel supply at its terminals supplying Cenex brand energy products. CHS will use DTN G3 to customize reporting from its terminals for better insight into product

packaged promotional punch

A new Coke program is helping smaller retailers compete with—and even overtake— their more powerful counterparts. The Coolers in Convenience stores today are a great deal different than they were 20 yearsago. While carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) used to hold the top spot, they’veslowly given way to energy drinks, bottled water, enhanced waters and teas.

solo and go

With a printing area that starts under the roll rim and goes all the way to the bottom, Solo's new Trophy Go Cup is like a walking billboard. Superior graphic capabilities give operators the ability to maximize their advertising dollars by using a cup that can deliver an attractive brand or promotional message. Now available

strong leadership begins at the top

CSD: The NACS 2007 State of the Industry report had some mixed results. Sales surged, but industry profits decreased. Is this an area of concern? Armour: The strong sales growth is validation that the industry is satisfying thegrowing and ubiquitous consumer demandfor convenience. Perhaps the clearest evidence of that is the chart showing ourindustry’s inside

quiktrip takes on camelot

QuikTrip has forged a contract to purchase the historic Camelot Hotel site to build what is planned to be the company’s 500th store, set to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary in 2008. “This site is very close to where our first store used to be,” company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told Tulsa World. “The area has

taming the morning rush

A solid bakery program is key for building breakfast daypart sales. Two chains discuss how they are able to satisfy consumers while simultaneously enhancing their coffee programs. While Starbucks was a rude awakening for the convenience industry, competition formorning traffic has further increased as quick service restaurants and fast feeders, like McDonald’s, have begun offering

citgos harvey honored by astm

Organization honors manager for commitment to high standards in fuel service. David Harvey, CITGO Petroleum Corp. manager, fuels quality technology and technical services, received a special Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Int. at an ASTM subcommittee meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The award honored Harvey for his efforts

around the world in 247

What if the average Americanconsumer took a step off ofU.S. soil and into foreign territory? Would there be a bigdifference between the convenience industry he’s used to and the way it’s operatedoverseas? CSD captured a glimpse of whatconvenience stores are like in Japan anddiscovered that convenience is conveniencein any language. Gung-Ho ServiceEven though Japan may

relief from credit card costs

It’s no secret that the cost of accepting credit cards is reaching dire newheights. According to the most recentNational Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI)report, retailers were burned for an estimated $6.6 billion dollars in credit cardprocessing fees—an increase of over $1 billion from the prior year. Accepting credit cards has

rpcs acquires several albertsons properties

Twelve stores in the Tulsa area switch hands. RPCS Inc., which operates Price Cutter stores, has revealed plans for an agreement with Albertsons LLC to acquire 12 Albertsons properties, including nine supermarkets and three convenience stores, in and around the Tulsa, Okla. market. Name changes and rebranding will take place after the company takes possession

chilling out in the open

Open-air coolers coupled with some creativity are helping retailers make the most out of limited workspace. When the average customer walks into aconvenience store—or any retail operation forthat matter—items and prices need to forma marriage of value to motivate them to buy, regardless of the purchase. This can be difficult given the limited space available

success by design

Convenience stores are now majorplayers in the foodservice business. In a fewshort years, the industry has shattered many of the perception problems that marked its initial forayinto the food business and, if anything, it is driving thecharge toward convenient, fresher foods. Chains like Sheetz, Nice N Easy, Wawa andQuikTrip are all among the innovators being

employee interviews how to get the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth

While the interview will always be the heart and soul of the hiring process, if you're not doing the preinterview, screening work (completed applications and testing for the needed capacities, attitudes, personality or skills), you're not using all the resources available to you. Why jump into interviewing when you don't know if the applicant even

brilliant brews

Brewing the richest, most consistently flavorful coffee just got easier thanks to Curtis' Alpha G3 Automatic Coffee Brewing Systems. Equipped with exclusive Curtis Generation Three (G3) Technology, the revolutionary Alpha line of decanter brewing systems delivers greater precision, more advanced control, quality-enhancing features and profit potential than any other brewer on the market. The brain

all in the family

Terry Gallagher, Jr.Smoker Friendly International LLC Terry Gallagher, Jr. may very well have oil in hisblood. The first and only president of Boulder, Col.-basedGasamat Oil Corp. dba Smoker Friendly International LLC,Gallagher grew up pumping gas and washing windshieldsunder his father’s watch. He spent college summers getting hishands dirty in the oil fields and refineries, all

cool and simple

Hoshizaki KMD Modular Series Ice Makers fit on beverage dispensers producing crystal-clear, individual cubes on its patented stainless steel double-sided ice making surface, which will never chip, flake or peel, yielding more ice than competitive units. Its vertical position of the evaporator allows ice to form on both sides, doubling the ice production. The KMD

finding your foodservice niche

The good news for conveniencestore owners is that industry foodservice sales continued climbingin 2006 and the forecast for theupcoming year is just as strong. The badnews, however, is that other retail channelsare keying in on food sales and are keenlyfocused on diverting your customers totheir coffee bars, quick-service restaurants(QSRs) and supermarkets. Predicting just how long

betterforyou chicken

Chester’s International has embarked on a system-wide transition to 100% trans fat-free operations. This change emphasizes Chester’s commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients to produce the highest quality fried chicken. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2007. For More Information fromChester’s International www.chestersinternational.com

thinking outside the cup

Over the past few years, many retailers haverevamped their food offerings. As those foodservicesgrow, so do the other categories that strongly supplement them, such as frozen beverages. However, some frozen beverage offerings are starting to become as elaborate—andas profitable—as the categories they were meant to complement.In other words, chains are finally starting to realize just

digitally doable

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information fromInnovation

food for thought

Product sampling and a thorough understanding of customers helps form an effective foodservice marketing plan. I remember my first managerial job in foodservice retail. The year was1987 and I was a manager trainee forLittle Caesars Pizza. I had just completed an eight-week apprenticeship andwas named company store manager inNorthbrook, Ill. Northbrook is a well-to-dosuburb of

ecofriendly cups

QwikStock.com added a new line of compostable paper hot cups to its assortment of online disposable packaging. Ecotainer cups provide a more environmentally sensitive alternative to traditional disposables. Sourced from fully renewable resources, these cups use a corn-based plastic as a moisture barrier rather than a petrochemical, yet provide all the same functionality as a

let the good times roll

Roller grills are turning out large profits with the help of visual promotions and dedicated suppliers. When a customer walks into their neighborhood convenience store, there are a few stapleitems they instantly look for—the soda fountain, the beverage coolers and the roller grill. The roller grill has proven to be one of those steadfast programs

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