November 11, 2012 |
If you're thinking of going into business for yourself, one option is to buy a franchise in a national or regional chain. Franchises are available for restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, cleaning companies and many other fields. It's not a decision to make lightly. Some things to consider: •Benefits: As a franchisee, the parent company will typically provide you with training, assistance in establishing your business, and help with marketing and advertising. Most franchisers will offer ongoing advice and support.
July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A proposed federal rule that could force convenience stores, pizza joints and supermarkets to post calorie counts on ready-to-eat food items is causing political heartburn on Capitol Hill. As a result, a group of lawmakers, led by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), have introduced the Common Sense Nutrition Act aimed at limiting the scope of the requirement, largely to restaurants. "The rules the government now seeks to impose on pizza alone would force these guys to wallpaper their stores with calorie information on every possible combination of toppings, while the majority of their customers order delivery over the phone and never come in - and that's crazy," Carter said.
May 4, 2011 |
If you're fed up with high gasoline prices, you might want to avoid the roads less traveled. In the remote town of Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui, you'll find vistas of natural beauty and what may be the nation's most expensive regular-grade gasoline at $6.03 a gallon. You also might skip the scenic drive along Highway 190 in Death Valley, which will lead you to the Furnace Creek Resort, where regular was selling for $5.75 a gallon Tuesday. "It's a resort. They charge what they want," said Raymond, a fellow who declined to give his last name and said he answers the phone at the Furnace Creek Chevron now and then.
March 26, 2011 |
Just before opening his convenience store Saturday morning in Albany, N.Y., Steve Gallucci was met at the front door by a reporter with big news: Gallucci's shop had sold the lone winning ticket for the $319 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, among the largest ever. So like any lotto dreamer, Gallucci checked the two tickets he had bought from his store. Then he double-checked. No luck. "Well, I know for sure now it wasn't me," he said with a chuckle. But Gallucci won't walk away empty-handed.
February 25, 2011 |
A fraternity loyalty ritual goes blazingly wrong in the jacked-up indie thriller "Brotherhood. " The film invests a lot of emotional energy in raising moral stakes for the kind of boorish male pranksters it's hard to feel sympathy for when one reads about them in newspaper accounts of fatal hazings and sexual assaults. In first-time feature director Will Canon's all-nighter scenario, co-written with Doug Simon, a frat house's carefully rigged scheme to make a pledge think he's robbing a convenience store leads to bullets flying, a wounded freshman, a kidnapped clerk and circumstances that get progressively worse, complete with the kind of shaky handheld camerawork and endless shouting matches that are the usual indie-movie distress signifiers.
November 21, 2010 |
Phoebe Naoum still gets up at 5 a.m., just as she did before her husband's slaying. She still does a few exercises, then walks the dog, which she always did alone anyway because Bassam was off to work by 6. Routine, she tells herself, is glue. It will hold her together for everything the day brings later, when all routine is gone. By 10 a.m. on most days now, she's at Munchies convenience store, walking over the same chipped floor tiles where, several weeks ago, her husband was shot in the back for reasons still unclear.