Bid Deadline for Pantry Sites Announced

A bid deadline of July 20, 2010 has been set for the 74 sites throughout the Southeast being divested by The Pantry Inc. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) noted that details on each available property are now available online. Properties being sold include a mix of convenience stores with gas, stand-alone convenience stores,

Keeping C-Stores Secure

When he thinks of PCI compliance, Ed Freels, director of information systems for Honey Farms Inc. recalls an old t-shirt slogan from the 1970s, “It showed the AC130 gun ship from the Vietnam era and it said, ‘You can run, but you’ll just die tired,’ and PCI compliance is no different. The most dangerous merchant

Oil Spill Investigation Continues

BP’s internal investigation team has started sharing initial perspectives of its review of the causes of the tragic Deepwater Horizon fire and oil spill. The investigation is a fact-finding effort that is still underway, and has already identified various issues for further inquiry. BP has shared these early perspectives with the Department of the Interior

BP Investigates Spill Impact

BP today announced a commitment of up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident, and its associated response, on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico. “BP has made a commitment to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of this tragic

BP Webcam Shows Riser Flow

In an effort to capture oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP using a riser insertion tube tool (RITT) containment system. Once on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, the oil is then being stored and gas is being flared. The RITT remains a new technology and both its continued operation and its effectiveness in

BP Pledges Transparency Regarding Spill

BP has reiterated its promise to be open and transparent in its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced in a press release. BP confirmed its continuing commitment to co-operate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in facilitating access by the US

BP Refutes Atlantis Accusations

BP has responded to allegations that its Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico operated with incomplete and inaccurate engineering documents. In light of claims recently made in the media that flawed or missing documentation posed a threat to safe operation of the platform, BP said it had thoroughly investigated these allegations when they were

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caught

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

Couche-Tard COO Steps Down

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced that Réal Plourde is stepping down as chief operating officer effective today. Plourde plans to remain executive vice-president and a member of the executive committee. Brian Hannasch, currently senior vice-president of  U.S. operations and a close associate of Plourde, will succeed him as chief operating officer. “Plourde’s contribution to the

BP Responds To Gulf Oil Spill

BP is ramping up its response to the oil spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. More than 2,500 personnel are now involved in the response effort and well-advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A fourth onshore command centre, in

Florida Holdings Acquires 24 BP Stations

Scottsdale-based Florida Oil Holdings LLC bought 24 BP locations in Florida’s Lake, Orange and Osceola counties between March 8-11 for $33.5 million, marking its entry into the Central Florida market, the Orlando Business Journal reported. The stations were purchased in separate transactions under different business entity names. In acquiring the stores, the firm signed a

Would You Like Wi-Fi With That?

Wi-Fi is a trendy offering customers are clamoring for, and it’s starting to appear at more c-store locations, including BP, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and Rutter’s Farm Stores, especially as chains expand their foodservice programs and look for new ways to pull foot traffic into the store. Coffee shops, such as Starbucks have long

Ampm Entices Customers with Free Pizza

C-store chain ampm is introducing a new, great tasting pizza in cheese and pepperoni varieties geared toward its hungry male demographic. The chain boasts that its new foodservice offering is “a whole lot rounder and a lot more manly.” At participating stores, the offering can be purchased for only $1.59 until April 27. And, on

Royal Dutch Shell stops gasoline sales to Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped gasoline sales to Iran, the latest addition to a growing list of firms, including BP, that have halted supplies or decided not to enter new trade agreements under threat of future U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported. “Shell currently does not supply gasoline to Iran,” a Shell spokesman said. U.S. politicians are

Ricker, BP Lawsuit Settled

A dispute between Ricker Oil Co. and BP’s Indianapolis-area locations has been resolved as both companies came to an agreement this week, following a lawsuit filed by Ricker Oil last October. “BP Products North America and Ricker Oil Company are pleased to announce a joint agreement to dismiss all claims related to the ampm franchise

BP Looks To Future Goals

BP has outlined plans to further boost efficiency and reduce costs as it plans to improve its annual underlying pre-tax profitability by more than $3 billion over the next two to three years, the company announced in a press release. In addition, the company has extended its medium-term oil and gas production outlook, projecting that

BP’s ampm Launches Personal Size Pizza

On March 3, ampm  debuted its new personal-size pizza, adding another fresh food to its line of proprietary products. The new pizza comes in two flavors: pepperoni and four-cheese (a blend of mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses). The New York-style pizza will be baked fresh on-site and packaged in a box with two eye-catching

Quiznos Looks To Grow Within C-store Channel

Quiznos sandwich chain has plans to increase its presence within convenience stores in 2010. In the recession, customers are busier and thriftier and have been increasing their visits to convenience stores while reducing their visits to restaurants. Restaurant visits began slowing in 2007 and then fell 3% last year while trips to convenience stores to

Flexibility Fuels Chicken

TOP FIVE U.S. Chicken producers Average Weekly Production (in million pounds)    Market    Share %     Pilgrim’s Pride 146 20.30% Tyson Foods 144 20.00% Perdue Farms 55 7.60% Sanderson Farms 42 5.80% Wayne Farms 34 4.70%   Investing in foodservice is a big step for any c-store chain, but if it’s done right, the

BP Sponsors U.S. Olympic Teams

BP has joined the U.S. Olympic Committee’s family of sponsors as the official USOC energy partner. It will be a sponsor of the 2010 and 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, as well as the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team. “We look forward to partnering with America’s Olympic and Paralympic teams to engage with the

BP Collaborates With Universities on Materials and Corrosion Research

BP has announced the launch of a major research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Manchester. BP and the universities will work together on materials and corrosion research, as it applies to oilfield applications. The initial investment from BP has been $2 million, with the company intending to match

Cody The Dog’s Gas Station Shuts Down

A chocolate Labrador named Cody, owned by BP c-store owner Karim Mansour, became well-known by fans across the country in recent months, even gaining his own Web site and facebook page. The pooch who was often seen wearing a BP shirt and name tag and popping up behind the drive through window, had been an

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