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High’s Debuts Proprietary Fuel Brand

Maryland chain also unveils a prototype convenience store brand as it prepares for the future with a focus on energy efficiency, foodservice and market expansion. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor High’s of Baltimore is taking its convenience store and gas station business to the next level rolling out a new proprietary fuel brand—called High’s BTG—along

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Nella Oil Joins Channel Partner Program

“The wide reach of the Voyager Network will be critical for us as we expand our business beyond California and Nevada,” says director of commercial fueling at Nella.   Nella Oil Co. LLC has joined U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program.    U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner

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Irvington Chester’s Reopens

A sizeable chicken statue has made the store a local landmark. Chester’s, a  fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has reopened its Irvington, Ala., location at 6831 Hwy 90 West. The Irvington Chester’s has become a local landmark due to the 10 –foot chicken statue sitting in the CITGO parking lot.  The

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CITGO Helps Reinvigorate Detroit Neighborhood

Upgrades and enhancements to locally-owned CITGO stations part of ongoing investment in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Detroit-area fuel suppliers are proud to launch a partnership with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and promoting the Eight Mile corridor. The ongoing efforts aim to use the assistance of

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Quix Fix to Store Management

In addition to expanding its contract management business both nationally and abroad, Strasburger Enterprises is growing its Quix c-store brand with a renewed focus on foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Wherever oil companies and convenience store chains are divesting stores or taking on new assets, Strasburger Enterprises is often a lifeline on speed dial.

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CITGO Launches 2011 Ad Campaign

Real people, stories and local impact highlighted in campaign. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its new multi-faceted advertising campaign featuring real people and stories of CITGO. All elements of the campaign highlight the unique local impact of the brand on communities and individuals across the country and the ongoing commitment to “doing good” displayed by

This March, several c-store chains inspired customers to buy paper Shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Industry Steps Up to Support Japan, Charitable Causes

Convenience stores continue to play an important role in raising much-needed funds in times of trouble. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When disaster strikes, convenience stores are often at their best stepping up to support the community. But what makes the industry so special is that it often continues to give back long after the

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Lighting the Way to Energy Efficiency

While LEDs have helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor There’s not a business owner that wouldn’t love to save to money on utility costs while achieving energy efficiencies. LED lighting is allowing many convenience store chains to

CITGO Q Mart and Quality State Oil Lead Toy Drive

  For the third consecutive year, CITGO Q Mart stores across Sheboygan, Wis.,  are collecting toys and games for needy children as part of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Area motorists can drop off new, unwrapped toys and games at six CITGO Q Mart stores, as well as the Quality State Oil headquarters at 2201

CITGO Fundraises for Flood Victims

Torrential rains over the past two weeks have caused floods and mudslides across much of Venezuela, forcing more than 100,000 people out of their homes.   Out of great concern for the victims of this tragedy, CITGO and its corporate volunteer group, CITGO in Action, are leading a drive to raise funds for the people

CITGO Adds SmartLink

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

CITGO Using SmartLink Services

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

PS Food Mart Launches Food Drive

Led by the Hillsdale PS Food Mart CITGO, 27 PS Food Mart Stores in 17 communities across South Central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio rallied their customers and neighbors in support of families in need. Generous donors purchased nearly 28,000 Kellogg’s PopTarts, which were donated to 24 different food pantries, homeless shelters, after school programs and

Milwaukee CITGO Stations Support Toys for Tots

Forty-four CITGO gas stations across southeastern Wisconsin are joining together this holiday season to light up the lives of children in need. In partnership with local radio station FM 106.1, participating CITGO stations will be collecting toys from Nov. 22 to Dec. 12 in support of Toys for Tots. Individuals from across the community are

CITGO Leads Food Drive

Local CITGO retailers are partnering with the Plymouth Whalers and WCSX radio to collect food for needy families this holiday season. The first 10 people who donate 10 non-perishable food items at the WCSX Van hits will receive a $10 CITGO gift card, a free pair of Whalers tickets and a raffle ticket for a

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Surge on Fed’s Quantitative Easing

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were pumped higher by a sharp advance in New York Mercantile Exchange oil futures during the first week of November, with crude values spiking to a better than two-year high after the Federal Reserve announced a monetary policy aimed at spurring economic growth. NYMEX

Animal Sanctuary Wins Free Fuel

The Ark Animal Sanctuary in Houlton, Maine is the winner of a year’s supply of quality CITGO fuel and a case of CITGO motor oil from the Fueling Good program, presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp. This non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing lost, injured and unwanted pets and connecting them with loving families

CITGO Launches ‘100 Days of Get & Give’

CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicks off its 2010 Fall Fueling Good campaign today, Oct. 13, to recognize and reward more charities and individuals who are making a difference in their local communities. Charities, community groups and individuals can get involved in the “100 Days of Get & Give” by submitting an entry at www.FuelingGood.com. Participants will

Sunshine Rolls Out New Technology At 100 Sites

Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc. of Doral, Fla. is rolling out Gilbarco Encore S dispensers, Passport point-of-sale (POS) systems and Veeder-Root TLS-450 tank gauges at 100 sites. “We chose Gilbarco Veeder-Root because they are in a unique position to provide turnkey solutions at the forecourt, in-store POS and underground fuel management,” said Luis Lago, vice president

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

Chicago Gasoline Prices Spike on Pipeline Leak

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Reduced driving demand following Labor Day typically presses gasoline prices lower in September. There have been exceptions, such as when supply disruptions caused by a hurricane occur, with September the peak period for storm activity in the Atlantic Basin. US drivers should brace for another run higher

CITGO Celebrates 100-Year Heritage

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is celebrating its 100-year heritage today, Sept. 2. The brand dates back to the Cities Service Co. and continues today as a U.S. petroleum refining and marketing company. With the backing of its shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, CITGO is the third largest independent refiner,

CITGO Supports Local Red Cross

Nine locally owned CITGO stations in Robeson and Scotland Counties, N.C., are supporting the local Red Cross chapter through fundraising efforts and two community blood drives. From Aug. 3 to Sep. 6, these CITGO stations are selling $1 paper blood droplets to raise money for the many community, disaster, military and health assistance programs provided

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,

CITGO Rewards Local Charities

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its 2010 Fueling Good campaign on June 1 to recognize and reward charities and individuals making a difference in the lives of others. Charities, community groups and individuals can join Fueling Good and submit their entries at www.FuelingGood.com for an opportunity to win up to $2,500 in CITGO Gift Cards,

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