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What Do Your Floors Say About Your Store?

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By Michael Schaffer, Contributing Editor If there is anything retailers and convenience store owners have learned from the economic downturn, it’s that they must do everything they can to welcome their customers and keep them loyal. And it can all

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Tedeschi Food Shops Opens Quincy Store

For a limited time, customers of the new Quincy store can receive a free fresh-baked muffin when they buy any freshly brewed Green Mountain coffee. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced the opening of its newest store located at 85 Quincy Avenue in Quincy, Mass.  This 3,926 square foot mini-market features an updated design aesthetic and

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Enter the 2011 C-Store Futurecast Contest

Is your image suffering from market fatigue? Could your stores use a face lift? Are you looking for a marketing edge that will reinvigorate your retail brand? Then it’s time to enter C-Store Futurecast 2011, Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Marketing Makeover contest. CSD has joined forces with Convevo Partners and Integrate to offer one contest

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CITGO Expands With 42 Stations

“When we decided to convert these new locations, we wanted a partner who had refining might,” said president of C.N. Brown Co. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Maine-based fuel distributor C.N. Brown Co. have converted 42 locally owned gas stations across Maine and New Hampshire to the CITGO brand. The move extends the company’s 20-year partnership

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Toot’n Totum Debuts New Prototype Design

CBX, a strategic branding and retail design consultancy, has completed a new prototype design for Toot’n Totum, a 62-unit privately held convenience store/gasoline retailer based in Amarillo, Texas. The fast-track design, which debuted November 2010 in Amarillo, is housed in a newly built facility. CBX completed a new identity for the store and Toot’n Totum’s

SkinzWraps Delivers For 7-Eleven

7-Eleven has hired SkinzWraps Inc., a vehicle wrap company, to assist in its ongoing store makeover program. SkinzWraps was tasked with creating a realistic looking wrap alternative to the more costly hammer tone marble. The upgrade solution created by SkinzWraps was for the heavily-used coffee bar cabinets within 7-Eleven convenience stores. After design and print

Hoshizaki KMS-1230MLH

Hoshizaki KMS-1230MLH Hoshizaki America announces the manufacturing of the new Serenity Series Cuber Ice Machine, KMS-1230MLH. The KMS-1230MLH Crescent Cube Ice Machine is 75% quieter than traditional remote units. Serenity’s space saving design makes for an ideal installation on top of a beverage dispenser and the quality of ice will dispense easily in this application.

Identifying More Effective Profit-Building Strategies

“In a business like cigars, where unit volume is growing 10% plus year-over-year, emerging strategic thinking in convenience retail suggests that retailers can grow even faster by employing a “price-for-volume” strategy for key products.” David Bishop, partner, Willard Bishop This summer, we examined how convenience retailers could manage the cigar category differently to realize above-market

cenex gets in style

Generation Image Renewal program calls for the renovation of the chain’s 1,600 convenience stores and the addition of 550 more. Cenex, the convenience-retailing brand of CHS Inc., islaunching a multimillion-dollar rebranding and expansioneffort that will elevate the chain’s visibility in smalland major markets and enhance its overall competitiveviability. As part of its “Generation Image Renewal,”

keeping stores centered

New Willard Bishop study suggests that center of a store can be the most profitable area. New, smaller banners and greater focus on fresh foods will reduce the size of traditional grocery stores and directly impact variety and space in center of the store, according to a new study by Willard Bishop LLC, an industry

rutters stretches south

Chain explores the moving into Maryland to avoid taxes. Scott Hartman, president, told the York Dispatch of the plan to open about 10 new or expanded stores in 2008. The year after that, the 51-store chain will be looking toward the northern Maryland market. “We’ve had several good years here, and we hope to have

sheetz grows in ohio

New store plans to test food ordering at the pump. Ohio is preparing to open its 25th Sheetz store, this one located in South Zanesville. While the site is still covered with a tarp of dirt and the steel frame of the building is only just begingin to form a skeleton, the store is on

bp selloff continues

Company puts 34 sites in Ohio up for auction. BP has retained NRC Realty Advisors, LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 34 sites located throughout Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio marketing areas. Of the 34 sites, 17 are BP-branded gasoline stations of which two are closed and can also be offered for redevelopment for

hoshizaki kms1230mlh

Hoshizaki America announces the manufacturing of the new Serenity Series Cuber Ice Machine, KMS-1230MLH. The KMS-1230MLH Crescent Cube Ice Machine is 75% quieter than traditional remote units. Serenity’s space saving design makes for an ideal installation on top of a beverage dispenser and the quality of ice will dispense easily in this application. The KMS-1230MLH

chs launches next generation cenex brand

“Generation Image Renewal” creates a fresh look for consumers. CHS, Inc., operator of the Cenex convenience store brand, announced a major reimaging campaign that will roll out over the next 36 months. As part of the reimaging, each of the company’s 1,600 retail sites will undergo a major renovation to reinvigorate brand identity, increase consumer

chevron shines at global marketing event

Touting its dual branding strategy and ExtraMile convenience store concept, retailers offered concessions on gift cards and credit processing. by John Lofstock, Editor Chevron Corp.’s North American Marketing Convention, which wrapped up in Denver on Saturday, gave Chevron and Texaco operators plenty to be excited about. In addition to announcing it’s dual branded fuel strategy

kwik trip continues aggressive growth

Chain opening a store in Austin, Minn., one of 20 new units it scheduled to open in 2007. Austin, Minn. is getting its second Kwik Trip convenience store this week as the La Crosse, Wis. chain completes renovations to rebrand the former Severson Conoco gas station. The Austin stories one of about 20 new Kwik

curtain closes on kwikemart

The curtain may have closed on the Kwik-E-Mart, the fictional convenience store on The Simpsons brought to life in 11 markets by 7-Eleven, but a piece of the project will live on. That’s because 7-Eleven is donating the building materials and cardboard cutouts of Homer, Bart and the rest of The Simpsons clan and donating

change is afoot at the circle k

Company revamps the look and product selection for Arizona stores. Change is on the horizon for Circle K. The Phoenix-based company is in the midst of overhauling most of its 550 Arizona stores, according to the East Valley Tribune. The stores will undergo architectural improvements, interior renovations as well as a boost in product selection,

jim keyes to head blockbuster

Former 7-Eleven CEO replaces John Antioco as chairman and CEO of the entertainment company. Jim Keyes, who guided 7-Eleven through some of its most profitable era, today was named chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Inc. Ironically; he replaces John Antioco, another convenience story industry veteran, who served more than a decade with Tosco Corp. Under

7elevens kwike makeover

A dozen stores rebranded as part of the convenience chain’s month-long celebration leading up to The Simpsons Movie debut. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of “The Simpsons” fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores, in Manhattan, Bladensburg, Md., Orlando,

sheetz opens in st mary pa

New store brings with it several donations to local charities. Sheetz Inc. has opened a new location in St. Marys, PA. The new 4,700-square-foot unit is the company’s 337th store and its first in St. Marys. While the store opens to the public today, employees will host a community grand opening celebration July 12, with a

vanderbilt university honored for cstore concept

Nectar store awarded by Food Management magazine for innovative health food offering. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ College convenience stores are not only winning over customers, but they’re also winning awards, as is the case with Vanderbilt University and its “Nectar” store. As part of its 2007 “Best Concepts” awards competition, Food Management, a sister publication

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

mh store kums and goes

“High-volume” location unit in Montana rebranded. Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has added another store to its growing list, according to the Grand Falls (Mont.) Tribune. The new unit, previously an M&H, will bring the chain’s total count to roughly 450 stores in 13 states. The store’s transition came and went without a beat,

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