Posts Categorized: C-Store

Nestlé Uses Prank to Promote New, Butterfinger-branded Yahoo! Comedy Network

In an April Fool’s prank designed to promote a Butterfinger comedy channel on Yahoo!, Nestlé re-named its Butterfinger candy bar simply “The Finger,” supposedly to shake off the candy’s association with clumsiness. Some 200,000 of the re-branded bars were sold at 7-Eleven stores in ten major markets. The Butterfinger comedy channel is available at:… Read more »

7-Eleven Named Best Franchise Oppty. by Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur’s designation, issued in its Franchise 500 rankings, is based on factors like number of years in business, number of years franchising, franchise unit growth and financial stability.  7-Eleven plans to fully franchise its stores.  To date, 72% are operated as franchises.  Dallas Business Journal  (Dec. 12, 2007)

Couche-Tard takes hit on gas margins

For the second quarter, Quebec based convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., realized reduced profit on U.S. gasoline.  Even with higher reveunes the profit fell from 20.73 cents per gallon in 2006 to 13.04 9n 2007.  The Montreal Gazette (Nov.21, 2007)

BP to Sell Most of its U.S.-Owned and Operated C-Stores

BP PLC. today announced plans to divest itself of its convenience stores in the United States, as part of a restructuring plan to improve its performance.  Most of the locations are expected to be sold to franchisees over the next two years.  The move comes after several setbacks to BP’s U.S. operations, including a Texas… Read more »

The Gourmet C-Store Meets the Quick-and-Easy Supercenter…

The European company Tesco introduced the new concept here in (surprise!) California last week. Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy thinks his company’s new Fresh & Easy Markets fill a gap in the types of stores available to southern California shoppers. But, they already have a lot of choices with the three big grocery chains, Costco,… Read more »

Tesco Impresses at Last Week’s CA Store Openings

The UK-based chain’s mix of smaller, 10,000 foot stores, environmentally-themed advertising, appealing design and large offerings of prepared foods won over six reviewers the Los Angeles Times sent out on inspection. Shoppers gave high marks for wide aisles and surprisingly competitive prices, such as Total Advance Clean Colgate toothpaste selling for $2.47 and private label… Read more »