Mark Vii

Mark VII Equipment Inc. announced a new speed enhancement to its SoftWash friction rollover carwash line. The SoftWash line, which uses the company’s proprietary SofTecs foam brush material, can now deliver a basic wash complete with pre-soak, two passes of top and side foam brushing, clear coat and reverse osmosis rinse in about two minutes.

Lessons in Leadership

As the director of real estate for High’s of Baltimore and a member of the Darnell family, which owns the Hanover, Md., chain of 69 stores in Maryland and Delaware, Briana Darnell knows first hand the importance of being a strong leader and how it can impact a company’s success.   In her current role, she

Casey’s Chairman of the Board Passes Away

Ronald Lamb, Chairman of the Board and former CEO, of Casey’s General Stores Inc., passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. “Ron’s exceptional character and integrity influenced the lives of many people,” said Robert Myers, president and CEO of Casey’s. “His tireless work ethic and

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,

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

Working to Make a Difference

An introspective look at life through the fading eyes of a genius. As our 28 year old daughter lay ill in Emory University Hospital, a wonderful second-generation Spanish surgeon knelt down and held my wife’s hands to share words of wisdom he learned from his father. He imparted to us what a great privilege it

Wawa Remembers Harry Kalas

On April 13, Wawa and its associates celebrated the life of famed Phillies announcer, Harry Kalas, who passed away one year ago. The event took place during one of Wawa’s Snappy Hours-associate appreciation events that occur throughout the year. As part of the celebration Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher, Jamie Moyer and Kalas family members joined Wawa

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

The 2010 Foodservice Report

Convenience store operators still not convinced foodservice is the future take heed. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is predicting record-high sales of $580 billion in 2010. Furthermore, of the 70 different retail segments NRA tracks, the group identified convenience stores as the food industry’s “bright spot” when it comes to meeting consumer demand for fresh

Register Now for IRI’s 2010 Retail Summit

Innovation will differentiate the winners from the losers in this crowded retail marketplace. IRI’s Summit 2010 will enable retailers to identify innovative ways to use valuable insights to drive profitability and growth in the current economy, how to understand and predict shopper behavior across channels and geographies and learn best practices for profitable pricing and

Maintaining Faith in America

With jobs being transferred overseas and business burdened with new financial challenges, more and more employees are struggling to survive. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a great understanding of the global economy, but there’s a disturbing trend of outsourcing jobs overseas, while at the same time hamstringing American business

Turning a Foodservice Profit

C-store operators looking to grow their foodservice programs just may be overlooking, or at least underestimating, one of the best tools at their disposal: the humble roller grill. As in-store menus have expanded to include fresh foods and entrees, the time-honored roller grill has quietly continued to please customers and bolster bottom lines thanks to

Design of the Times

Savvy c-store operators know that everything in a store should be contributing to sales, including displays and fixtures. More retailers are coming to realize that display and fixture design can, if done right, provide the flexibility needed to highlight food offerings as well as dry goods products and keep the sales space fresh, interesting and

Role of Technology Expanding

Whether it’s PCI compliance, overcoming high credit card fees or getting more out of a current point-of-sale (POS) system, investing in technology has never been more important for c-stores. With PCI compliance deadlines looming, many operators are still not up to speed on what they need to do, or how to do it. The Payment

Handee Marts Garners Ethics Award

Don’t think customer service makes a difference? Handee Marts’ President and CEO Mike Triantafellou would disagree. Handee Marts, which operates 67 7-Eleven convenience stores in Pittsburgh, was honored recently with the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award (PBEA), presented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, in conjunction with the David Berg Center

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