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Kangaroo Express Takes Flight to Support Salute Our Troops

The Pantry Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has named its Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Flugtag Team to test gravity’s limits on a custom-made aviation machine in honor of our military service members and their families at the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag competition in Miami on Sept.

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Joe Venezia Joins The Pantry

The Pantry appoints new senior vice president of operations. Pantry Inc. has announced that Joe Venezia is joining the executive leadership team as senior vice president of operations. Venezia joins The Pantry from TitleMax. In his new role at The Pantry, he will lead the company’s store operations and be focused on driving sales, improving

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Kangaroo Express Raises $3 Million For U.S. Military Families

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc.’s summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised $3.17 million, surpassing the total number of funds raised during the inaugural 2011 campaign. In celebration of the campaign’s success, military personnel, veterans, cause

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The Pantry Announces Early Results Of Tender Offer

The Pantry Inc. announced early results of its offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2014 and solicitation of consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the notes. As of 5 p.m. EST on Aug. 2, $198,856,000 in aggregate principal

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Kangaroo Express Supports Troops And Families Through Summer Campaign

The Pantry continues its tradition of supporting and funding U.S. servicemen. The Pantry Inc. announced it plans to launch its second annual Salute Our Troops campaign, inviting customers at more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express c-stores in 13 states to support military personnel and their families. From June 27 through Sept. 4, Kangaroo Express and Salute

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Valero Grows In Southeast

The Pantry Inc. converting 168 stores. Valero’s 2012 advertising theme is “Keeping America Moving,” and thanks to a new branding agreement with The Pantry Inc., based in Cary, N.C., Valero will be keeping more and more Americans moving throughout the Southeast.  Under the new agreement, 143 properties will convert to a newly created Valero and

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Kangaroo Express And Coca-Cola Raise A Million For Victory Junction

Guests and employees raise more than $1 million at Kangaroo Express this year to help out a local organization. The Pantry Inc. announced more than $1 million has been raised for Victory Junction, which will help send more than 400 children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or illnesses to summer camp. Kangaroo

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The Pantry Renews FleetCor Partnership

“FleetCor has been flexible and innovative in providing new products, services and programs to help The Pantry grow commercial business through our retail stores,” says a spokesperson for The Pantry.   The Pantry has renewed its commercial fleet card contract with FleetCor Technologies Inc., which has been managing The Pantry’s fleet card portfolio for over

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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The Pantry Divesting 37 Stores

Four company-owned and 33 leased sites are available in nine Southeastern states. The Pantry Inc. is selling 37 stores located in nine states throughout the Southeast as part of a strategic divestment. The facilities are located in a variety of markets in Alabama (2), Florida (4), Georgia (4), Kentucky (1), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (13),

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The Pantry Names Dennis Hatchell President and CEO

“My initial focus will be to work with the Board and the management team to refine our strategic vision,” says Hatchell. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Dennis Hatchell will become President and CEO of the company, effective March 5, 2012. Hatchell previously served as vice chairman of Alex Lee Inc. headquartered in Hickory, N.C.,

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The Pantry Announces Q1 Fiscal 2012 Results

The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2011. First Quarter Summary: Net loss was $2.9 million or $0.13 per share. This compares to a net loss of $12.2 million or $0.54 per share in last year’s first quarter. Excluding the impact of impairment charges and loss on

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Renowned Futurist Announced as NACStech Closing Speaker

Michael Rogers to help convenience store retailers think for the future. Michael Rogers, a renowned technology author, pioneer and futurist, has been announced as a closing speaking for NACStech, the industry’s most comprehensive event for top retail and supplier leaders to gather and discuss ways to improve convenience retailing through technology solutions. Social media guru

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Jackson’s Minit Marts Founder Passes Away

Julian Jackson, a former bantamweight boxer and a pioneer in the c-store industry, who founded Jackson’s Minit Marts and Lil’ Champ Food Stores, died last week. He was 98. Jackson was a member of the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame and the North American Boxing Federation Hall of Fame, the Times-Union reported. Born in Perry,

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Weighing a Sandwich Strategy

Whether doing it themselves or finding a national partner, convenience store operators are developing food programs with fresh ingredients and quick service. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Convenience store strategies for sandwich programs are as customizable as the sandwiches themselves. Some opt to develop and prepare sandwich lines in their own commissaries or via made-to-order

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The Pantry’s Holman Appointed As Interim CEO

As Terrance Marks steps down on Oct. 5, Edwin Holman, chairman of the Pantry’s Board, to take the helm as CEO. On Sept. 14, 2011, the Board of Directors of The Pantry Inc. appointed Edwin Holman to act as interim CEO, effective Oct. 5, 2011, the date of resignation for the current CEO Terrance Marks.

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The Pantry Partners with Western Union

The Pantry Inc., which operates more than 1,600 convenience stores in 13 states, reached an agreement with Western Union to provide an in-lane money-transfer service, Western Union goCASH, at its Kangaroo Express Stores. The new service enables consumers to pay for a domestic or global money transfer while shopping at more than 1,650 Kangaroo Express

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Kangaroo Express Achieves $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Campaign benefiting military non-profit organizations continues through summer after goal is achieved well ahead of schedule. The Pantry Inc. has already achieved its summer-long fundraising goal of $1 million in the early weeks of its “Salute Our Troops” campaign. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and communities

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GSP, Kangaroo Express ‘Salute Our Troops’

“We are proud to join GSP in this campaign to provide an opportunity for our store guests to thank our military for the work and sacrifices required to protect our nation and preserve our freedom,” says senior vice president of The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. and GSP, a provider of retail services, have joined for

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Carney Joins The Pantry’s Executive Leadership Team

Former senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Borders Group, brings 25 years of experience to The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Thomas Carney is joining its executive leadership team as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Carney joins The Pantry from Borders Group Inc. In his new role at

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Kangaroo Express Debuts Kronik Energy Drinks

“The Kangaroo Express deal gives us a major retailer in the Southeastern U.S. and greatly expands our distribution footprint,” says Kronik’s vice president of operations. The Pantry has partnered with KroniCo LLC, makers of Ultra-Premium Kronik Energy Drinks, to add three of Kronik’s all new formulas in more than 1,100 Kangaroo Express stores in eight

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Empowering Loyalty Customers

Retailers are energizing their rewards programs and using social media to keep loyalty customers active. The modern loyalty program may be 28 years old, but in a saturated market, chains are turning up the creativity to gain customer attention by pushing game-based promotions, cause marketing, discounts on fuel and using social networking to drive interest.

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Operations Vice President Leaving The Pantry

“The company appreciates Mr. Williams’ dedication and hard work over the years and wishes him the best in his new endeavors,” the company says. The Pantry Inc. has announced  that Brad Williams, senior vice president of operations, has announced his decision to leave The Pantry. “During his 13-year tenure Mr. Williams has made many important

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UNC Wins $20K Donation from Kangaroo Express

UNC beats NC State and Duke to benefit student-led UNC Build a Block program in Battle for Bean Street contest. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., officially announced the University of North Carolina as its Battle for Bean Street Champion, scoring the $20,000 grand prize donation

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The Pantry Selects Reflexis

“We are convinced that Reflexis is the best choice to align our workforce’s schedules and activities with our retail strategy while supporting our company’s growth,” says The Pantry’s senior vice president. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is adding the entire Reflexis store operations suite of labor scheduling, time and attendance, task management/KPI and compliance/audit solutions

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