fabulous freddys growing

Las Vegas-based chain finalizes multimillion-dollar deal to build a new store. Fabulous Freddy’s has set in motions plans to open a store in Sandy, Utah. The chain plans to break ground over the upcoming summer and eventually open the full-service gas station/c-store in 2008. “What we do is pump people’s gas for them at no

workforce 2007

Getting & Keeping More Than Your Share of the Labor Pool in the New Economypresented by Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Workforce 2007 (ppt)To view this document, click here

when did we decide that the health department knows more about our stores than we do

by Foodservice Expert Marsha Robbins, President of HACCPplus.com When Did We Decide That The Health Department Knows More About Our Stores Than We Do? (ppt)To view this document, click here

louie sheetz delivers keynote address to close csds food show

“If you are not constantly innovating and changing to meet the needs of consumers, you might as well hand the business over to your competitors.” That was the message delivered by Sheetz Inc. Vice President of Marketing Louie Sheetz during the keynote address to conclude Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Foodservice Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

couchetard enters clearly canadian waters

Quebec-based chain begins carrying line of all-natural waters. Couche-Tard has begun listing Clearly Canadian Corp.’s new line-up of Natural Enhanced Waters in its stores. The Quebec-based chain has chosen to feature Clearly Canadian’s dailyENERGY, one of the three health-conscious beverages recently launched. “Couche-Tard plays a very important role in our strategy of gaining national exposure

wilson farms brightens up hospice care

New “Sunflower Days” fundraiser earns cash for local foundation. Wilson Farms, with its Wilson Farms, Sugar Creek and Wilson Farms Express stores, and the Hospice Foundation of Western New York stores are collaborating for the Sunflower Days promotion. With the tagline “Bring Some Sunshine into your Life,” the campaign offers the opportunity for customers to

a mega acquisition

Group takes over four store and Hosanna Development. Mega Group Inc. has entered into an asset purchase agreement pursuant leading it to acquire four gasoline convenience store operations located in Tidewater, Va. The purchase price is $12,900,000, plus the value of the inventory, payable in cash at the closing. The agreement also provides for a

new collectable slurpee cups surf into 7eleven

Chain kicks off month-long promotion for Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Surf’s Up at 7-Eleven as it prepares moviegoers for the release of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As part of the month-long promotion, 7-Eleven stores will host exclusive, advance screenings of “Rise of the Silver Surfer” in 20 U.S. cities.

chesters spreads its brand across the globe

New agreement with Alghanim Sons allows company to franchise in the Gulf Region. Chester’s Int., fried chicken foodservice offering for the convenience store category, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Alghanim Sons, a business development group with a focus in Kuwait and the surrounding Gulf Region. The agreement calls for 46 Chester’s locations to

mark vii moves further east

New contract with Car Wash Technologies allows distribution to new areas. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany and supplier of solutions for the carwash business worldwide, has signed Car Wash Technologies as its distributor for Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. With over 10 years’ experience as a carwash distributor and

the road to lean

Anyone with an interest in lean-manufacturing principles, and the challenges and rewards in implementing them, will find this brochure a handy reference. In it, UltraSource reviews their journey towards Lean and outlines some key achievements along the way, including a 475% increase in a critical productivity metric. The Road to Lean (pdf)To view this document,

pester marketing expanding

Denver company acquires 10 stores in Kansas and Nebraska. Pester Marketing Co., the Denver-based owner of the 1st Stop brand of convenience stores and gas stations, acquired 10 convenience stores in North Central Kansas and Hasting, Neb. R & C Petroleum previously operated the units under the Time Saver brand and increases to 51 the

mclane enmark stations extend agreement

Distribution deal to last an additional three years. McLane Co. Inc. said it has extended its service agreement for an additional three years with Enmark Stations Inc. Enmark, based in Savannah, Ga., approximately 80 stores in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Enmark began operation in 1963 as Interstate Stations and were branded as Enmark

gulf launches baseball promotion

Customers that fill up could win tickets to a Red Sox, Mets or Phillies game. Gulf Oil LP has launched a prize program in conjunction with Major League Baseball to give Gulf customers a chance to win Red Sox “Green Monster” tickets, Mets Dream Seats, and—for the first time—Philadelphia Phillies Luxury Suite tickets to pre-selected

nations life sciences firms report progress with the fda yet significant challenges still exist

The nation’s pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made progress with improved guidance, expectations and approvals, but the industry remains concerned about a number of regulatory challenges.A national report issued today outlines a series of issues that still need to be resolved to improve product

walmart prepared to compete with tesco

Top U.S. retailer undaunted, Tesco caps U.S. venture at $3 billion. Tesco should do well when it enters the U.S. market later this year, but it should not have a significant impact on Wal-Mart Stores’ sales in the near term, Wal-Mart’s chief executive said. “I would expect that we will learn things from them, what

alon usa inks new payment processor

RBS Lynk will manage credit, debit and gift card transactions. Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc., an independent refiner and operator of more than 200 7-Elven convenience stores, said it has selected RBS Lynk, the U.S. payments processing division of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, as its new credit card processor. RBS Lynk will manage

florida gas stations prepare for storms

Hurricane season will put new generator law to the test. As the 2007 hurricane season begins, many gas station owners are still scrambling to adhere to a new state law requiring certain gas stations within a half-mile of an interstate highway or evacuation route to be prewired so that a generator can be quickly installed

ncsa celebrates a busy 2007 annual meeting

The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) has been very busy lately. First was the introduction of eleven candy business leaders into the Candy Hall of Fame. The NCSA selected these candidates after they dedicated their careers to the industry. The 2007 inductees were: Raymond Brace, The Hershey Co.; Allan Dudovitz, Prinsen Distributing; Charles Flavelle, R.C.

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

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