sheetz and chase make credit purchases as quick as a blink

New deal leads to the release of the Sheetz MasterCard. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. and Chase Card Services, the credit card division of JP Morgan Chase  Co., has launched the enhanced Sheetz MasterCard with “blink.” The card features a more robust rewards program called Sheetz Rewards, which includes the ability to earn everyday essentials,

travelcenters move in on petro stopping centers

New sale divides acquired stores into owned and leased units. TravelCenters of America (TA) has acquired Petro Stopping Centers—some of which for outright ownership, others for leasing. The $700 million deal involved TA’s parent company Hospitality Properties Trust, which purchased 40 Petro fuel stops and leased them to TA for $630 million, according to Land

changing of the guard at bp

Conn replaces Manzoni as chief executive of refining and marketing. BP has appointed Iain Conn has been appointed chief executive of the company’s refining and marketing business starting June 1, 2007. He replaces John Manzoni who is leaving BP after 24 years’ service. Manzoni has agreed with the board that, following a three-month handover period,

former employees file suit against caseys

Two assistant managers claim the chain owes them for unpaid overtime. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. was named in a federal lawsuit with two assistant managers claimed the company refused to pay them overtime. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, seeks class-action status to compensate anyone who worked as an

murphy closes 47 stations

Six stores located adjacent to Wal-Mart get the axe. Murphy USA will be closing 47 gas stations, six of which are located near Wal-Mart stores in Iowa. The stores to be shut down include the Waverly, Independence, Marshalltown, Anamosa, Grinnell and Le Mars locations, according to the Associated Press. The company entered an agreement April

tobacco in the crossfire

Cigarette tax increases in Oregon and Tennessee. Oregon and Tennessee state lawmakers are combating the proposed rate increases on cigarette taxes. Oregon House Republicans are raising questions about using a state cigarette tax to pay for children’s health insurance. In response, Oregon Senate Democrats are turning to voters and proposing a ballot measure under which

marketing beyond the pump

Gasoline brings in lots of customers and sales, but come with the consequence of paper-thin margins for the retailers who sell it. To offset this, retailers are developing ways to lure in gas-centric customers and turn their interest onto in-store products. In order to do this, more and more retailers are relying on the marketing

kwik trip encourages safe driving

Chain teams with DriveCam to offer incentives to precautious teen drivers. Kwik Trip Inc. has teamed up with DriveCam, a driver risk management company, to reward teens in Minnesota and Wisconsin who are enrolled in the Teen Safe Driver Program (www.teensafedriver.com). DriveCam developed the Teen Safe Driver Program in conjunction with American Family Insurance to

western refining to close giant acquisition

FTC loses lengthy court battle to prevent the refining merger, plans appeal. After a long court battle, Western Refining Inc. won approval of its $1.13 billion purchase of Giant Industries Inc. after a U.S. judge denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) claim that the merger would increase gasoline prices in New Mexico. U.S. District Judge

chevron gets schooled on biofuels

New partnership with Texas A&M extends research on cellulose conversion. Chevron Corp. and the Texas AM Agriculture and Engineering BioEnergy Alliance have entered a research agreement to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other biofuels from cellulose. Chevron unit Chevron Technology Ventures will support research initiatives over a four-year period

quiktrip abandons plans for st louis bakery

Site problems cause the chain to move onto new plans. QuikTrip Corp. has halted plans for a bakery in the St. Louis suburb of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., choosing instead to focus efforts on a nearly completed bakery in Belton. The Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain pulled the plug on the $21 million project because of

rutters goes twofortwo

Local newspaper awards the chain for top honors second year in a row. Rutter’s doubled its pleasure on its way to finishing first in four categories in the York Sunday News’ 2007 “best of” reader survey. Rutter’s was No. 1 in milk and “deli, sub or sandwich”–two categories it also bested in 2006. In 2007,

changes abound for marsh

Supermarket giant makes changes in product offering. 2007 has been a busy year for Marsh Supermarkets. The Indianapolis-based chain, known well for markets operating under the Marsh, LoBill Foods and O’Malia’s Food Markets banners as well as 148 Village Pantry convenience stores, was purchased by Sun Capitol Partners near the close of 2006. Since switching

nice n easys john macdougall to present at icsdsi food show

Time is running out to register to attend Convenience Store Decisions’  2007 Foodservice Show, which kicks off June 4 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. CSD’s  Food Show is the only foodservice event in the convenience store and petroleum industry targeted directly to retailers and suppliers managing the fast-growing foodservice category. This

station owner protests prices

Wisconsin operator shutters fuel pumps for 24 hours. A Mequon, Wis. Mobil dealer shutter his gas pumps for 24 hours, hoping to start a movement aimed at convincing oil companies to lower their prices. “Somebody out there is making money at these prices, but not me,” Harvey Pollack, operator of the Towne Market Mobil, told

flying j waves goodbye to visa

Travel center refuses to accept popular credit card for diesel purchases. New signs are hanging from Flying J’s diesel pumps, and they do not bode well for credit card giant Visa. The chain of travel centers announced that starting today it would no longer accept Visa for diesel purchases. The decision came when the chain

mh store kums and goes

“High-volume” location unit in Montana rebranded. Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has added another store to its growing list, according to the Grand Falls (Mont.) Tribune. The new unit, previously an M&H, will bring the chain’s total count to roughly 450 stores in 13 states. The store’s transition came and went without a beat,

pa senate evaluates beer sales

New bill votes on what kinds of packaging distributors can carry, as well as what kind of venues are allowed to sell alcohol. A Pennsylvania Senate committee is discussing a bill that could change the way beer is sold in the state. The bill has left the senate committee divided over the right to sell

e85 spreads to brighten colo

Combined effort of several groups leads to more momentum for the corn-based fuel. Brighton, Colo. is being introduced to its first E85 ethanol-blend gas site, thanks to Western Convenience Stores. The new site is the 22nd E85 fueling site location in Colorado, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. The station is the result of

saracen energy acquires fuelquest

New merger will provide both companies with better resources. An investment fund managed by Houston-based Saracen Energy Advisors LP has acquired FuelQuest Inc., a provider of information technology, supply chain management and tax automation technologies to the downstream petroleum complex, fuel retailers, fuel suppliers, distributors, trading firms and large transportation companies. The acquisition will provide

tio networks and exxonmobil extend strategic alliance

Services will be made available to current and newly franchised On the Run and Tigermart stores. Burnaby, B.C.-based TIO Networks Corp., automated bill payment and financial services network, opted for a five-year extension to its strategic alliance with Exxon Mobil. The relationship, which began in 2004, has been extended to 2012. Under the terms of

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

pmaa seeks relief from gouging accusations

New bill in play sets new ground rules. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Gasoline Prices, Oil Company Profits and the American Consumer” on Tuesday, May 22. Afterwards, thanks to the efforts of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the committee released a new version of Rep. Bart Stupak’s

rutters helps customers fuel up for free

Popular gas giveaway returns offering more prizes than last year. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” gas giveaway returns May 28 and runs through Aug. 26. Four lucky customers will win free gas for three years, compared with three grand-prize winners in 2006. “We had an incredible response to ‘Fuel Up Free!’ in 2006,” said

top star express qa

The Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based chain explains the design steps that made the store a success.. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Top Star Express has made its mark in the area with its fuel and product offering. However, the chain told Convenience Store Decisions that it keeps customers coming back by giving them a store that both

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