Energy North To Buy Clipper Mart

Energy North placed a winning bid of $9.27 million, plus the value of the stores’ inventory to acquire M.W. Sewall’s 11 Clipper Mart stores, outbidding Cumberland Farms Inc.’s $8.5 million offer, The Times Record reported.  Other qualified bidders at Tuesday’s auction included H.A. Mapes Inc., Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC and TD Bank. Two other qualified

Budweiser Honors America’s Troops

With the help of nearly 3,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Budweiser announced a partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) early this week to honor America’s Armed Forces through the “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” program. As part of the program, Budweiser and its wholesalers will donate $250,000 in May and June

New Software Monitors Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh LLC has announced the first release of its VendTrack network monitoring software, which enables c-stores to monitor the operations of Vendgogh’s integrated gas island vending systems. Vendgogh’s gas island vending solution helps convenience stores sell cold drinks to gas-only customers who typically stop for gas but don’t go into the store. Research has shown

Quick Chek Awards Sweepstakes Winners

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has announced the winners of its third annual Devils Night Out Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which celebrate Quick Chek’s famed coffee as the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils, asked customers to submit an essay stating why they

Valero to Sell Delaware City Assets for $220 Million

Valero Energy Corp. is selling the assets of its terminal operation and discontinued operations in Delaware City to the Delaware City Refining Company LLC and Delaware Pipeline Company LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of PBF Energy Partners LP. Valero is selling the assets for $220 million and will retain the minimal levels of remaining crude oil

Boosting Bakery Sales

With sales of packaged bakery snacks down, the allure of fresh- or par-baked items can generate revenue in the coming year if c-store operators handle things correctly. Jim Schutz, vice president of people assets for Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, said his chain has two different bakery offerings, muffins and doughnuts, which are supplied

Why Every Convenience Store Owner Needs An Exit Plan

By Ted Thomas, Sun Exit Advisors Most convenience store owners are too busy to think about their exit plan. There comes a time, however, when business owners want to successfully leave their business. Unfortunately, when it comes time for transition, most don’t know how to accomplish that goal. A common mistake is to rush to

Tools of the Trade

Busy consumers continue watching their wallets, but one thing hasn’t changed. They want great tasting meals and snacks—and they want them fast. In spite of today’s economic angst, opportunities abound for providing time-crunched consumers with foods on the run. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), 69% of adults surveyed said purchasing

Georgia Bill Allows Gas Price Increase In Emergency

The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill that would allow station owners to charge higher prices for gas the moment an emergency is declared, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The bill comes less than two years after Gulf hurricanes caused a run on gas, as well as price gouging. The Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs

Brookwood Farms Appoints New Mid Regional Manager

Brookwood Farms BBQ has hired Chuck Mastruserio as its new regional manager for the Mid West region. “We are very excited to have Chuck join our team as we expand our sales and growth into the Midwest region of the country,” said Twig Wood, Brookwood Farms president. He will assume the responsibilities of managing sales

A.E. Robinson Oil Deploys ADD eStore

ADD Systems announced that A.E. Robinson Oil Company in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine is the first to fully deploy ADD eStore at all of its retail locations throughout Maine.  ADD eStore is a home office / store manager software solution for the convenience store industry.  Its intuitive data centric solution offers marketers unprecedented visibility into their operations

PDI and Acumera Form Alliance To Serve C-store Industry

PDI and Acumera have entered into a joint marketing and technology development agreement to optimize the deployment and use of Acumera’s advanced managed network services. “Acumera’s network integration services connect all store systems to a secure, PCI-compliant broadband network to reduce telecommunications costs and simplify remote support,” said Dirk Heinen, CEO and co-founder of Acumera.

Mac’s Convenience Stores To Add Seattle’s Best At 600 More Locations

Mac’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., and Seattle’s Best Coffee LLC, part of Starbucks Corporation, have entered an agreement for Mac’s to exclusively brew Seattle’s Best Coffee in Ontario in the convenience store channel. This agreement expands the more than 14-year relationship between the brands and leverages each company’s world-class capabilities with

What Do Your Restrooms Say About You?

When it comes to sanitation and store cleanliness, looks speak for themselves. Whether it’s the front counter, the forecourt or the restrooms, convenience store operators must monitor the message they are sending to customers. “If you’re in this business and want to stay in this business your customer is going to tell you what their

Wawa Title Sponsor of Welcome America! Festival

Wawa Inc. has signed on to be the title sponsor for Welcome America!, a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday.    The partnership will help continue a tradition of nearly two decades of excellence and build on the success of last year’s festival. Mayor Michael Nutter and Wawa officials made the announcement about the sponsorship at

Stewart Shops Profit Grew 10% In 2009

Stewart Shops saw overall sales fall in 2009 due to a decline in gas prices, but in-store sales and profits grew for the year, company officials told the Albany Business Review. Sales in 2009 for Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart’s, which has 327 stores in upstate New York and southern Vermont, totaled $1.26 billion, compared to

D|Fab Announces Promotions

Madison Heights, Mich.-based D|Fab (Design Fabrications Inc.), a retail design and décor manufacturing firm, has announced a number of executive promotions. Jessica Roberts, formerly vice president of Operations, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  Jessie joined D|Fab in 1988 and has worked in various managerial capacities of operations assistance, estimating, purchasing and client services. 

C-Stores In Baltimore Contend With Snow

After a huge snow storm hit Baltimore and with more snow predicted to hit today and tomorrow, businesses are wonderng what the week will bring, WBALTV Baltimore reported. Several grocery and convenience stores told the news station they can’t stock the shelves fast enough, and gas stations said they are running out of fuel. The

Breaking into Branding

Branded Check List Retailers planning to add a branded foodservice program should consider the start up cost as well what long-term factors will influence profitability such as additional labor and rising food costs. “You have to decide what’s best for you,” said Sandy Arrasmith of J&H Family Stores. “Take a look at the brand you

Foodservice Warmer

Sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide and online, the Bakers & Chefs Countertop Warmer (22.5 inches long and 14.5 inches wide) is a staple appliance for any foodservice operation. This versatile warmer is designed to be used with water and is ideal for keeping prepared foods, soups and appetizers at a safe serving temperature. Its

Chris Leader Joins Hoshizaki America

Hoshizaki America Inc. has welcomed a new Chief Operating Officer, Christopher R. Leader. In this position, Leader will have total company-wide responsibility for Hoshizaki America Inc. Leader is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Michigan with an MBA from the Ross

Hess, Crompco Sign Five Year Contract

Hess Corporation of Woodbridge, N.J., has entered a five year exclusive contract with Crompco LLC to have the company continue its role as Hess’ sole compliance management and testing service provider.  Crompco will support Hess by managing its under ground storage tank (UST), compliance testing schedules, station testing and various other compliance-related needs at Hess’

Alon President To Present At Energy Summit

Alon USA Energy Inc. will be presenting at the 2010 Credit Suisse Energy Summit Conference in Vail, Colo. on Feb. 1–5. Jeff Morris, Alon’s president and CEO is scheduled to present on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 11:10 a.m. Mountain Time. A live broadcast of the presentation will be available online in the Investor Relations section

QuikTrip Opens In Tucson, Ariz.

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip opened its first Tucson, Ariz. c-store at 2345 E. Irvington Road on Wednesday night, ahead of it’s scheduled opening Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, “we were just standing around taking pictures; we were ready to go, and finally we just took the barricades down and let them in . . . about

Circle K Acquires Eight Stores in North Carolina

Laval, Que.-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its Circle K Stores Inc. unit, is acquiring eight stores in central North Carolina from Accel Marketing LLC, The Wall Street Journal reported. The stores, which operate under the Accel banner, are company-operated and offer proprietary fuel. Once the purchase is complete, the stores will be operate under the

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