rutters concludes the fuel up for free

Fourth winner awarded free gas for three years in giveaway. Thanks to Rutter’s Farm Stores “Fuel Up For Free” giveaway, Steve Slyder is taking his family on a vacation to West Virginia in October, and he’ll definitely be stopping at a few units of the York, Pa.-based chain on his way out of town. Slyder

western convenience joins in the e85 momentum

Chain teams up with local supporters to offer biofuel options. Western Convenience Stores is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), the Colorado Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, Regional Air Quality Council and General Motors to celebrate the opening of a new E85 pump location in Thornton, Colo. The collaboration kicked off the launch of

bp restructuring management

Recent events leave new CEO contemplating new structure. Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, is warning employees of an impending management “shake-up” in an attempt to refocus the company following a “dreadful” third quarter and a deeper reappraisal of the business after the exit of his predecessor, according to United Guardian. Hayward revealed new plans to

bp and shell return to the gulf

Oil companies re-man their offshore stations after threat of storm passes. BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell have both revealed that they are returning to normal operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Both companies evacuated their structures to avoid the potential threat caused by a particularly dangerous storm, according to Bloomberg News Oil and

gas prices drop 2 cents

National average lowers, but relief may only be temporary. The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 2.03 cents in the last two weeks, but unfortunately, prices are set to move up as crude oil prices rise, according to a recent Lundberg Survey. According to the recently published report,

michigan court affirms ruling against bulk petroleum corp

Company issued to pay $2.4 million for underground tank leakage. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) director, Steven E. Chester, revealed that the Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling against the Bulk Petroleum Corp. that requires the company to pay penalties totaling roughly $2.4 million for failing to properly clean up leaking

bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

four down 1200 to go

BP settles multiple lawsuits, but litigation far from over. BP has settled four civil lawsuits filed by contractors who were injured on March 23, 2005, when an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the company’s Texas City, Texas, refinery, abruptly ending the first civil trial stemming from the blast. Details of the settlement

growth on tap at gulf

As part of a fuel reimaging campaign, the oil company is launching the new Gulf Express convenience store brand. Gulf Oil, the venerable New England fuel brand, is midway through a major branding campaign that will seethe oil company convert 11 Exxon travel plazas along theMassachusetts Turnpike. But what is most significant aboutthe Turnpike deal

tulsa gas up to 80 a barrel

Hurricane Humberto affects Texas refineries and Midwest supplies. Thanks to Hurricane Humberto’s jot through Texas, oil prices finished above $80 a barrel for the first time, reported Tulsa World. On Wednesday, the Energy Department reported declines in inventories and refinery activity with the price ending at $79.91. On Thursday, the October contract for light, sweet

sunoco goes twowheelin with nascar and occ

New promotion offers customers a chance at a custom OCC chopper. Sunoco is working with Orange County Choppers (OCC) to bring NASCAR fans an opportunity to win a customized OCC chopperjust like the ones top drivers—Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart—customized earlier this summer. The Sunoco/OCC Custom Chopper Giveaway involves full

sinclair to up production

Plans to boost refinery output at Tulsa plant by 60%. Sinclair Oil Corp. unveiled plans to increase gasoline and diesel production at its Tulsa, Okla., refinery by 60%. The expansion is scheduled for completion by late 2010 and will include the addition of a crude distillation unit that will raise processing capacity to 115,000 barrels

irving oil shaws extendrewards program

Customers could save up to 60 cents per gallon through Oct. 18. Shaw’s Supermarkets and Irving Oil have revealed even more savings to be had by the 7,500 Shaw’s Reward’s customers. The two companied have launched an expanded month-long partnership that will provide gasoline discounts with every Shaw’s purchase. The program involves 57 Shaw’s supermarkets

conocophillips makes kansas a little greener

At the request of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, ConocoPhillips will allow the sale of E-85 fuel in Kansas. Sebelius reached out to company executives in mid-August expressing Kansas’ commitment to the fuel blend. The production of the fuel creates a market for over 96 million bushels of Kansas sorghum and corn each year. “Kansas is

ameristop running dry

Locals left wondering why chain has no gas or Coke products. Ameristop is making local customers uneasy with one store–and possibly more–sporting both dry shelves and dry gas pumps. The problem was first noticed by a local news team in Wilder, Ken., which noticed a local store that had its fuel pumps wearing a sign

motiva sells connecticut sites

CPD acquires 18 stores and the supply agreements for 53 independent sites. Motiva Enterprises LLC, marketer of Shell-branded gasoline in the Eastern U.S., reached a deal to sell 18 gas stations and convenience stores in Connecticut to CPD Parent Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Inc., a New Paltz, N.Y.-based wholesaler and distributor.

valero donates 5 million to university

Money to be used for developing new transplants surgery and research center. Valero Energy Corp. has donated $5 million to the University of Texas Health Science Center to create a distinguished transplant surgeon faculty chair and to support transplantation research, among other programs, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The donation is among the largest

tri star energy picks up 57 scot markets

New acquisition expands the Shell brand in Tennessee and Kentucky markets. Tri Star Energy LLC has nearly doubled its company-owned convenience stores and fuel centers with the purchase of 57 Scot Markets sites. As a result of the acquisition, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy will operate 120 sites in Tennessee and Kentucky, including 103 in Middle

Utica Facing 12 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Forty-five gas station owners assail the company for Unfair Sales Act violation. Ethanol Producer Utica Energy LLC and its associated retailer, Renew E-85 are being sued by 42 Green Bay-area gas stations for $12 million over alleged violations of the state’s Unfair Sales Act, according to the Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers. Judge Barbara Key has been

kroger gets greener

New agreement opens additional biofuel stations. The Kroger Co. and VeraSun Energy Corp. are opening 20 VE85 fueling locations at Kroger convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky. Kroger becomes the first national retailer to offer VeraSun’s branded E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). With the addition of

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

judge to hear case regarding bps dumping permit

Local activist group’s petition brings the oil refiner into question. The Alliance for the Great Lakes have managed to get the courts to notice its petition that challenges the water pollution discharge permit issued by the state of Indiana that allows BP to release more pollution into Lake Michigan from its refinery at Whiting, Ind.

exxonmobil goes back to the supreme court

Oil company hoping to have $2.5 billion fine reduced. Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2.5 billion fine against the oil company for the 1989 Valdez disaster, the nation’s worst tanker spill, according to Reuters. Exxon filed a petition on Monday asking the high court to overturn the punitive-damages

shell and chevron sued over price fixing

Several retailers attack oil companies for setting artificially high costs. A group of California gasoline station owners are bringing three oil giants into U.S. federal district court in San Francisco, accusing the companies of fixing gasoline prices across the U.S. from 1998 to 2001. The suit claims that Texaco—now owned by Chevron Corp.—and U.S. units

convenience store decisions power 25

by John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25  recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and lawmakers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These influential business leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on shaping the future of convenience

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