Quick Check Donates To Ramsey N.J. Ambulance Corps.

Ramsey, N.J. Quick Chek representatives have presented a donation of $1,234 to members of the Ramsey Ambulance Corps. The donation represents $0.25 for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold during the store’s first 30 days in operation following its recent grand opening celebration.  Located at 40 N.J. State Route 17 North, the new store includes

Stewart Shops Profit Grew 10% In 2009

Stewart Shops saw overall sales fall in 2009 due to a decline in gas prices, but in-store sales and profits grew for the year, company officials told the Albany Business Review. Sales in 2009 for Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart’s, which has 327 stores in upstate New York and southern Vermont, totaled $1.26 billion, compared to

Quick Chek Adds Single Origin Blend To Coffee Offering

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has added Nicaraguan Matagalpa, a mildy-roasted, medium-bodied coffee, which will make its debut in all store locations beginning Monday, Feb. 22. Certified organic by Quality Assurance International, this Fair Trade Certified Nicaraguan blend from the Matagalpa region

NATO Fights New York On Proposed Ban of Flavored Tobacco

This week, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sent a letter to all 213 members of the New York state legislature urging them to defer legislative action on Bill Number A.9482, which aims to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state except for products with a tobacco, menthol, mint or

NOCO Express Kicks Off Shamrock Campaign

Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO Express Stores are joining with their guests and associates to “share the shamrock spirit” in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). For just a $1.00 donation, guests can purchase a paper shamrock to benefit MDA of Western New York at all NOCO Express locations beginning Feb. 8 through March 17. This

Time to Get Fresh

If you’re not doing foodservice, consider this your call to action. As the economic downturn eases, the restaurant industry will see a gradual improvement in 2010, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Industry sales are expected to reach $580 billion this year, up 2.5% in current dollars over 2009. But that’s

Stewart Shop President To Work Friday Shift At C-Store

Gary Dake, the president of Stewart’s Shops, which operates 327 c-stores in more than 30 counties across upstate New York and southern Vermont, is going to work a four-hour shift Friday Jan. 29 at the Stewart’s on the corner of Route 50 and Jones Road in Saratoga Springs. The special visit by Gary is to recognize the

NOCO Express Announces Free Gas Sweepstakes

M&T Bank and NOCO Express are offering western New Yorkers a chance to win Free Gas for one year, along with four additional prizes of $100 NOCO gift cards awarded each month. The sweepstakes runs Jan. 15 to March 31. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about April 15.  M&T Bank

Suncor Plans More Layoffs

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has plans to lay off an another 1,000 workers this year as it continues to digest the assets of Petro-Canada it gained in a $20-billion merger last fall, the Calgary Herald reported The decision was announced at an investor’s conference in New York last Tuesday. The new round of layoffs would bring

Quick Chek Introduces Sumatra Mandheling

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, is announcing the availability of Sumatra Mandheling, a smooth, dark and full-bodied coffee which features a subtly complex mocha flavor. Quick Chek’s new single origin coffee – coffee known for coming from one specific geographical region where

New York City’s New Sodium Guidelines Meet Resistance

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is firing back at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after it recently announced preliminary sodium reduction guidelines for restaurants and food manufacturers.  CCF warns that these new guidelines could cause many of America’s favorite foods to take an unfortunate turn for the bland. “The

Quick Chek Debuts New Fresh Food Options

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is starting the year off by enticing its customers with a number of new fresh food offerings. New for breakfast, the chain is offering an egg white turkey sausage omelet on a multigrain roll, targeting those looking for a healthy

NOCO Express Donates To Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Tonawanda, N.Y. -based NOCO Express donated more than  $4,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to save lives and end breast cancer forever during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2009. NOCO Express donated $.10 of every cup of coffee sold to the Komen Western New York Affiliate and were able to also support National Breast

Clifford Fuel Takes it Nice N Easy

As one of the largest franchisees of the Nice N Easy convenience store brand, Clifford Fuel Co. Inc., a petroleum marketer and c-store retailer throughout central and northern New York, pairs the brand recognition and reach of a large c-store chain with the more intimate management of a small franchise. Founded in 1961, the Utica,

Meeting the Demand for Meat Snacks

Meat snack manufacturers are going after the teen demographic, solidifying them as the product’s target audience, and introducing new flavors and varieties to meet the changing needs of consumers. Many retailers agree flavored meat sticks are driving the category. “Flavors products are strong right now whether it’s the hot, teriyaki or the smoked,” said Bill

Nice & Envied

Mission accomplished. When John MacDougall challenged his team at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes to come up with a company mission statement, he left pretty simple instructions. “Keep it short, keep it focused and let’s be true to ourselves,” he said. The result was a concise proclamation of the chain’s commitment to the customers it

Construction Investments Slowing

It’s costing more than ever to build new convenience stores, according to the NACS’ 2009 State of the Industry report. This news comes at a time when the economy is dragging down sales and profits. As a result, operators face a crucial challenge as they try to grow business organically: build or renovate? The answer

Nice N Easy Named CSD’s 2009 Chain of the Year

Nice guys do finish first. Nice N Grocery Shoppes Inc., the Canastota, N.Y. operator of 82 convenience stores, was named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2009 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Nice N Easy will be honored at an invitation-only gala at the Wynn Las Vegas during the NACS Show on Oct. 21.  “The last line

Staying Competitive in a Tough Economy

A moribund economy is not the best time to take over as a category manager in charge of identifying what customers will spend their money on, but Pat Zelechoski is up to the challenge. Zelechoski, named category manager for NOCO Energy Corp.’s 31 NOCO Express convenience stores in the Eastern New York, will take on

Prepaid Cards: The Sky’s the Limit

Prepaid cards have been used in the U.S. for about 20 years, and forward-thinking marketers continue finding new ways to use and promote them. This is a boon for convenience retailers, many of whom have been instrumental in growing the category. Prepaid cards were invented in Europe in the mid-70s when Italians found themselves short

Sunoco Downsizing

Sunoco Inc. said it is selling off 165 convenience stores and gas stations in the Eastern U.S.  The properties are located in selected markets in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Philadelphia-based Sunoco operates a network of approximately 4,700 retail sites—including the APlus

Java Jolts Beverage Sales

According to a recent study from the National Coffee Association, more coffee-drinkers than ever before say their favorite brew improves mental focus and provides health benefits. Not surprisingly, consumption of coffee now surpasses that of soft drinks—and while the gap is still narrow, daily consumption of coffee is pointing directionally higher. Young adults are the

Marketing the Forecourt

When it comes to convenience stores, every square inch of selling space is precious real estate. And when the inside of a store is fully merchandised, the only place left to go is the forecourt area. Some convenience store retailers have always made good use of the forecourt area—whether or not it featured fuel pumps—to

The Tax Train Keeps Rolling

January could not end soon enough. The industry hasn’t seen such a tumultuous month since November 1998 when Congress first turned to tobacco as its financial panacea. Big Brother was at it again last month with the U.S. Senate passing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)—including all of the cigarette and tobacco tax rate

A Legend Among Us

Growing up during the Great Depression, Bob Seng learned to appreciate hard work, dedication and the value of an honest day’s work. It was those principles that guided him during his nearly 20-year career at Shell Oil, which began 60 years ago in 1949. For Seng, now a spry 85 years young, the experience at

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