FRONT & CENTER

News about NYACS Member Retailers and Suppliers

February 2014

KENYON'S VARIETY: In late December, the Lockport-based chain reopened two newly renovated Niagara County locations. The 3,600-sq ft store at 2897 Main Street in Newfane was expanded by 1,000 sq ft and completely remodeled from floor to ceiling, adding a Tim Horton's QSR with drive-thru. Meanwhile, the store at 6470 Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton was updated and reconfigured, adding a new Tim Horton's with drive-thru. Both locations offer unbranded fuel.
COCA-COLA REFRESHMENTS: The Coca-Cola Co. has split its North America business into two operating units – Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Refreshments – in order to streamline operations and accelerate its refranchising to independent bottling partners. J.A.M. "Sandy" Douglas will lead Coca-Cola North America and continue his role as Global Chief Customer Officer. Paul Mulligan is President of Coca-Cola Refreshments, the bottling operations of North America.
REID STORES INC./CROSBY'S: The Brockport-based chain has reopened its newly remodeled store at 6 East Main Street in Springville, Erie County (left). Aided by a New York Main Street Program grant through the village, the exterior was transformed to better blend with the historic character of the neighborhood. Inside, the 2,200-sq ft store was remodeled wall-to-wall, including new counters, flooring, and expanded dairy and freezer space.
SANTA FE NATURAL TOBACCO CO.: The firm's manufacturing facility in Oxford NC, which produces about 4 billion Natural American Spirit cigarettes each year, achieved a major goal in October 2013 by becoming a 100% landfill-free facility. One big step was taken several years ago when the plant began collecting nitrogen-rich tobacco dust and recycling it as compost.
SKIP'S MARKET: Owner Wayne Christofferson has sold the IGA store at 116 North Main Street in Sherburne, Chenango County, to John Richardson, and is retiring.
HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS INC.: For the seventh year in a row, Information Week magazine named the payment processor and merchant business solutions provider as one of the top technology innovators in the U.S., ranking it No. 106 on the 2013 Information Week 500. In addition, Selling Power magazine named Heartland the No. 3 company to sell for in the U.S., its sixth consecutive appearance in the Top 5.
HESS CORP: Hess Retail Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary, has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission containing preliminary information about potential terms and conditions of either a spin-off of Hess Retail Corp. to Hess stockholders or its sale as a standalone company.
FASTRAC MARKETS LLC: The Syracuse-based convenience store chain has promoted Randy Case (right) to Vice President of Petroleum. He joined Fastrac in May 2006 as Chief Information Officer, and introduced programs that improved the reporting of information at all levels, including a recent NCR/POS upgrade. As a search for his successor as CIO progresses, over the next several months, Randy will transition into his new position taking on the operational oversight of all our fuel-related business. Randy will also manage fuel related relationships and participate in negotiating fuel supply contracts.
OSTROFF ASSOCIATES INC.: Partner Fred Hiffa left the lobbying firm in December to join a different firm, Park Strategies, the founder of which is former U.S. Senator Al D'Amato. Ostroff Associates, headed by Rick Ostroff, continues to provide a high level of service to NYACS as its lobbying agency of record.
DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP: Late-night TV host Chelsea Handler (left)teamed up with the beverage firm's 7UP Ten brand to challenge Americans to toss out their New Year's resolutions and "stop depriving themselves of the things they love" in a series of videos that can be viewed here.
GULF OIL LP: Continuing to diversify, Gulf has entered the commercial and industrial fuel supply business, supported by its nationwide infrastructure, including 12 proprietary terminals and 130 other fuel supply points. Industry veteran Douglas Moore, formerly with Hess, leads day-to-day operations.
CUMBERLAND FARMS: John McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Cumberland Group, was named a 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the Global HR Summit.
KINSLEY POWER SYSTEMS: The East Granby CT-based firm was featured in the Hartford Business Journal's "Connecticut Green Guide" supplement as a leader in supplying, renting and servicing power generation equipment.
LORILLARD TOBACCO CO.:
Two well-known Lorillard Tobacco Co. sales executives retired December 31. Mike Siwik (Syracuse - 39 years with Lorillard) and Murph Pidisi (Rochester - 44 years) were fixtures at NYACS trade shows, golf outings, and other events.
THE HERSHEY COMPANY: J. Burke FitzPatrick, Syracuse-based Customer Sales Executive in the Convenience category, has left the company after nearly 26 years.
WESTERN UNION: Scott Scheirman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is leaving the company February 28. Raj Agrawal, currently Executive Vice President, and President of Western Union Business Solutions, has been serving as Interim CFO pending the appointment of a permanent successor.
PETROSOFT INC.: At the National Retail Federation Show in January in New York City, the software company introduced its "Qwickserve" online application that allows QSR customers to use a PC, smart phone or tablet to order and pay for items online and let the retailer know when they will be in to pick them up; and "POSPro," a rugged, compact POS system offering high-speed, high volume performance.
QUICK CHEK CORP.: For the second straight year, the Whitehouse Station NJ-based chain, which has 12 locations in southern New York with plans for more, has been named one of the Best Places to Work for in New York State by the New York State Society of Human Resources Management and Best Companies Group.
FRITO LAY: The "Do Us A Flavor" contest is back, offering Lay's fans the chance to submit ideas for the next great potato chip flavor – and possibly win a $1 million grand prize. Fans will choose from three potato chip forms – Lay's Original, Lay's Kettle Cooked and/or Lay's Wavy – for their flavor ideas, and a fourth finalist flavor will be created and brought to store shelves. Submissions are now open at www.dousaflavor.com. Emmy Award-winning entertainer Wayne Brady is helping promote the contest.
NICE N EASY GROCERY SHOPPES: In the Adventure Snowmobile Sweepstakes presented by Nice N Easy and Bud Light, the winner of the random drawing for a 2014 Polaris 600 Switchback Adventure ES snowmobile was customer Joanne Sheffield of Pennellville, NY.
GERHARZ EQUIPMENT INC.: The equipment dealer was featured in a recent issue of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Energy Star" Commercial Food Service Newsletter, highlighting its efforts to help customers save money and help the environment. Gerharz has been an Energy Star partner since 2011 and is on the Energy Star "Where to Buy" list.
NEW YORK LOTTERY: January's instant game launches include the $25 "Silver Spectacular," the $5 "Million Dollar Money Clip," the $2 "Lucky 8's," and the $1 "5X Cash." February's new scratch-off games will be the $5 "Monopoly Jackpot" and "Ruby 2s" and the $3 "Spin 3." The Lottery is offering retailers incentive programs focusing on Mega Millions this month, Take 5 in February, and Lotto in March – including opportunities to reward top-selling store employees.
PINE STATE TRADING CO.: Starting July 1st, Pine State will become distributor of record in the state of Maine under a 10-year agreement with the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverage and Lottery Operations. It had been acting as a subcontractor for the previous distributor of record.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH: Paul Chibe, Vice President of Marketing, is resigning in late February, to be succeeded by Jorn Socquet, the company's current VP of Marketing in Canada. Also, Kevin Wilkerson is the new Vice President of National Retail Sales for Small Format, succeeding Tony Gaines.