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New Year in Florida Means Out With The Old Tanks

Gavin P. Smith The Griffin Report   LINK to PDF copy The New Year may not be a happy one for many Florida petroleum businesses thanks to sweeping new regulations put in place by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  The new laws require all businesses with single-walled USTs and ASTs (underground storage tanks and […]

Winn-Dixie Forges Ahead With Grand Remodel Effort

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report With “change” being the consummate buzz word these days, Florida-based Winn-Dixie certainly is doing its part to make a few changes of its own. Despite having to navigate through shaky economic waters, Winn-Dixie has created a remodeling plan that may indeed change a lot of the old familiarities […]

2008 FPMA Convention A Success

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando was home to the 2008 Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association’s (FPMA) Annual Convention and Trade Show, held July 19-23. A forum for the movers and shakers in the petroleum and convenience stores industries, the trade show featured the latest […]

Publix GreenWise Food Brand Blossoms into New Supermarket Brand

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report Publix Supermarkets is taking the high organic road as they seek to expand their GreenWise food brand throughout Florida and eventually, throughout the country in the form of newly-developed stores of the same name. “GreenWise began as our private label line of health, natural and organic foods in […]

Sun Capital Partners Increases Presence In Southeast With Two Major Buys

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report Sun Capital Partners, a private investment firm picked up two major purchases in May which increases their presence in North and South Carolina. Worsley Companies, a prominent Wilmington, N.C.-based convenience store operator, has been acquired by an affiliate of  Sun Capital Partners, Inc. The deal, which happened for […]

Sands Petroleum Builds Brand, New Presence in South Florida

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report Sands Petroleum Development, a corporation focused on the development and refurbishing of one-stop gas stations and convenience stores in South Florida for over 21 years, is forging ahead with plans to build 14 brand-new sites in the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Coast and Lee County markets in 2008, despite […]

New UST Laws Require Pricey Upgrades

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report As if gas demand and consumption, gas taxes and gas prices are not enough, Florida’s gas stations and convenience stores face another costly hurdle between now and the end of next year.  Florida is finally tightening down on violators of legislation passed eighteen years ago requiring new USTs […]

Goya Foods Sets Sights on Miami-Dade Expansion

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report Goya Foods of Florida, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, recently announced its plan to build a new $26-million manufacturing and distribution facility in Miami-Dade County. The 120,000 sq. ft. expansion is expected to create at least 30 additional jobs for the Miami-Dade area over the […]

Aldi – The New (Discount Grocery) Kid in Town

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report When it comes to the consumer marketplace, nothing is better for the consumer than a little friendly competition.  Competition gives the consumers extensive choices, access to more variety and the benefit of lower prices.  Central Florida discount grocers are about to see more competition enter the marketplace.  For […]

Opportunity in Chaos?

Deciphering the Economic Downturn Gavin P. Smith – Griffin Report It has been a rocky time in the markets, both in the U.S. and around the globe.  No industry can escape the affects of the current credit freeze and financial failures.  The climate is dicey, and major industry leaders are taking bold adaptive measures to […]

Publix Expands Florida Stronghold

Acquires Florida Albertsons Locations Gavin P. Smith – Griffin Report In a major move to strengthen their Florida market presence, Florida-based Publix Super Markets, Inc. recently wrapped up a deal to purchase 49 stores from Albertson’s, LLC. The transaction includes 15 locations in North Florida, 30 locations in Central Florida and four locations in South […]

What a Difference a Quarter Makes

The gas price pendulum in full “swing” Gavin P. Smith – Griffin Report Remember those high gas prices at the pump?  Remember the cries of talking heads from various media outlets chastising the greedy Big Oil companies?  Just a year ago, gas at the pump hit an average of $4.50 or more throughout most of […]

Ethanol in Florida – One Year Later

Gavin P. Smith – The Griffin Report The drumbeat of the green-olution gets louder and louder by the day.  However, as has been proven by society throughout history, people, laws and habits are slow to change.  It seems this also applies to the use of alternative fuels, which has been slow to move into the […]