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

U.S. Gasoline Prices Fall

The average price of regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations declined to $2.67 a gallon as gasoline futures plunged and demand weakened, Bloomberg reported. Gasoline lost 5.8 cents in the two weeks ended Feb. 5, according to a survey ending on the same day of 5,000 filling stations nationwide by Trilby Lundberg, an independent gasoline

Slot Machines Enter Ohio Gas Stations

Eight Spee-D-Foods gas stations in Akron and Canton, Ohio are a new type of slot machine, where customers win based on skill, the Associated Press reported. The machines are marketed by Flanders, N.J. -based Reel Vegas Slots, which devised the game by converting real slot machines from Atlantic City. While traditional slots use computer chips

Shell to Cut 1,000 Jobs After Fourth Quarter Decline

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is planning new, deeper cuts to its oil refining and retail operations after downstream weakness caused a 75% decline in fourth-quarter profits to $1.18 billion, Reuters reported. According to CEO Peter Voser, in 2010 the company plans $1 billion in cost cuts and 1,000 job cuts, mainly to come from the

Kroger Opens Smith’s Express C-store in Utah

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store at 1974 S. 1100 East in Sugar House, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.   A second location at 873 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City is set to open this month. Both

Pullback in Wholesale Costs Leads to Fuel Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Better than a nickel decline in wholesale prices for metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the weekly period ended on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will arrest the rapid increase in retail gasoline prices seen since late 2009. The U.S. average retail price for regular grade

International Carwash Association Appoints New President

The International Carwash Association (ICA), the world’s largest association for car wash professionals, has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and new Association President Jeff Gheysens, who is the owner of Sparkle Kleen Car Wash. The appointments went into effect on Jan. 1. The newly-elected board members represent both the operator and vendor community. “An ideal

Shell Kicks Off 2010 With New Campaign

Shell, building off the momentum of the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines launch in 2009, is kicking off 2010 with a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted marketing campaign to continue educating consumers on the benefits of using Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, including the premium grade Shell V-Power gasoline. Through exciting national advertising, grocer rewards programs, quarterly PR engagements

OPMCA Appoints Vice President

The Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has named Christina Haddad Polesovsky as vice president of the organization. Polesovsky will oversee government and regulatory affairs as well as assist the president and CEO in managing administrative and public relations functions for the statewide trade association. Polesovsky most recently served as chief of staff

Should Customers Pay For Air?

Gas stations in Connecticut are being called out for disobeying a law that says it’s illegal for motorists to pay for air in the state, The Day reported. Across the nation, gas stations have been adding coin-operated air compressors for the customers to use to inflate tires, but while Connecticut stations are allowed to use

Fabulous Freddy’s Fuels with Flair

Fabulous Freddy’s is wooing new customers with old tricks. Resurrecting the customer service of decades past, the seven-store chain headquartered in Las Vegas, offers its patrons full-service treatment at the pump, at self-service prices. “Our company’s mission statement is to provide fabulous service to everyone, and one of the ways we do that is to

Road Ranger Growing

Tough economic times mean new opportunities and Road Ranger just found one. The Rockville, Ill., convenience store chain entered into operating lease agreements for 15 Fast Break Food Mart gasoline and convenience stores in the Louisville, Ky., market. The deal increases Road Ranger’s network of travel centers and convenience stores to 88 locations in seven

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