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Thorntons Partners With Norton Cancer Institute

Helps provide low-cost/no-cost mammogram screenings. As part of its ongoing “Thorntons Challenge” philanthropic commitment toward breast cancer awareness, Thorntons Inc. is partnering with Norton Cancer Institute to provide mobile unit mammogram screenings for women throughout the Louisville metropolitan area later this month.  This important—and often life-saving—initiative is made possible by a $100,000 grant Thorntons has

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Thorntons Joins Growing Ranks of C-Store Chains to Oppose the Proposed Visa, MasterCard Settlement

Thorntons Inc. today joined the growing list of convenience store retailers to blast the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. In a statement to the media, the Louisville, Ky. chain said, “The proposed settlement, announced on July 13th, does not make meaningful changes to the broken credit card

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Thorntons Joins the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Matt Thornton says he is proud to be a partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a fifth year. Thorntons announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it would partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. On May 1, all Thorntons store locations began to sell “wish stars” for $1. All of the

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Thorntons Expands in Florida

Thorntons embarks into a new metro/state region for the first time since 2007. Thorntons is expanding into the Florida metro market of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. The first location is set to open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater. Thorntons’ strategic plan for the region is to 15-20 Tampa—St. Petersburg—Clearwater area stores in the next three years. “To

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Thorntons Celebrates Earth Day

Customers have a chance to win free flex-fuel for a year. Thorntons has rolled out its Flex-Fuel Earth Day Promotion, where customers who drive flex-fuel vehicles can enter for a chance to win FREE Flex-Fuel for a Year. Of Thorntons’ 166 gasoline and c-store locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, currently 63 offer

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Thorntons Enhances Coffee Lineup

Introduces proprietary coffee blends, while phasing out Dunkin’ Donuts brand affiliation. Thorntons Inc. is expanding and enhancing its proprietary coffee brand, Thorntons Premium Blend Coffees in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. The official rollout date for the 33 Kentucky locations that currently serve the Dunkin’ Donuts brand coffee, is set to commence Monday, April 2

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Thorntons Renews Partnership With Churchill

“Not only do both companies share a Louisville heritage, Churchill Downs and Thorntons have an ongoing commitment to customers and fans, our loyal team members and associates, as well as to the community itself,” says Thorntons CEO. Thorntons Inc. has announced an extension of its partnership with Louisville, Ky.-based Churchill Downs Inc. as the “Convenience

Finding Your Way with Foodservice

Growing up in New YORK CITY few things were as natural to me as eating out. Even now with three children, a minimum of two meals a day are eaten outside the house seven days a week. The kitchen table is more of a convenient place to store things, like takeout menus and the kids’

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Boosting Energy Sales

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus toward energy products, many believe the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of energy shots are soaring despite the lingering recession. New products, flavors and marketing messages are making it one of

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Thorntons Selects GSP

GSP to provide POP services and solutions. GSP, a provider of retail services, has entered into an agreement with Thorntons to provide point of purchase (POP) solutions and management services for all their stores. “We selected GSP because of their years of expertise in delivering the highest quality, lowest cost POP marketing and software management

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Thorntons Names Harris Chief Operating Officer

Harris’ leadership of Thorntons’ retail strategy has helped result in the chain’s unprecedented growth, says Thortons CEO. Thorntons Inc. has named Tony Harris chief operating officer (COO) of the Louisville, Ky.-based convenience store chain. Harris will be responsible for operations, marketing, gasoline pricing, brand management, customer experience and retail strategy. A Thorntons Inc. veteran of

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Thorntons Reopens Bloomingdale Store

Station features eco-friendly E85 flex fuel. Thorntons is celebrating the grand re-opening of its store location at 190 East Lake Street, Bloomingdale, Ill., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Thorntons currently operates 162 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers will experience a newly designed store, with a clean and friendly environment. Thorntons will

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Thorntons Donates To Santa’s Workshop Program

Thorntons partners with the Red Cross to provide 100 bicycles and 3,500 care packages to soldiers and their families. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Thorntons Inc. and the American Red Cross joined forces to show their appreciation for the awe-inspiring sacrifice of the soldiers of Fort Knox, Ky. As part of Thorntons Humanitarian Day event, 300

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Thorntons Salutes Employees, Troops

The 2011 General Manager’s Conference in Louisville features awards for top team members and vendors and a Humanitarian Event at Fort Knox. By John Lofstock, Editor Close to 400 general managers, regional managers, company executives and corporate sponsors gathered in Louisville, Ky., this week as Thorntons Inc. kicked off its 2011 General Managers’ Conference. The

James Thornton, (left) founder of Thorntons Inc., and Matt Thornton, (right) president and CEO of Thorntons accept the Chain of the Year award from CSD Editor John Lofstock.

Thorntons Earns Top Chain Honors

Kentucky operator presented the industry’s most prestigious retail award at a gala in Chicago. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience Store Decisions honored Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. as its 22nd annual Convenience Store Chain of the Year at an exclusive dinner at Café Spiaggia in Chicago last month during the NACS Show. More than 200

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Thorntons Honored as 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky. chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. By John Lofstock, Editor. The late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., once said, “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize. We chose a different path.

Honoring the Thorntons Culture

Pride, tradition, exceptional service, an outstanding culture and dedicated employees. These are just some of the unique qualities found in the industry’s top convenience store chains. For the past 22 years, Convenience Store Decisions has had the honor of recognizing this excellence in retailing and this year we are proud to honor Thorntons Inc. as

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NACS CAFÉ is Calling

With foodservice taking on an expanded role in convenience stores, retailers can utilize NACS CAFÉ to learn about best practices, new ideas and emerging solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor. Foodservice now accounts for nearly one in every six dollars spent inside convenience stores. Getting foodservice right is no longer just a challenge, it is absolutely

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Thorntons Announces Text-To-Win Sweepstakes Results

Winner receives a 2011 Ford Explorer. Jody Kistlers of Lyons, Ill., is the winner of Thorntons Inc.’s 2011 Text-to-Win Sweepstakes, Thorntons announced this week. The sweepstakes was part of Thorntons’ summer-long promotion, kicking off the company’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The contest began on May 25, at all 162 Thorntons stores located throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois,

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Thorntons To Sell $1 Pink Ribbons In October

All proceeds from ribbon sales to go to the Fight Against Breast Cancer. As part of Thorntons commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness, during the month of October, all Thorntons store locations will sell pink ribbons for $1; with 100% of the proceeds going towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Another way customers can help Thorntons

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Convenience Store Chains Celebrate CofFREE Day

Some c-stores are offering free hot dispensed beverages and other coffee deals on National Coffee Day. Thorntons, Kangaroo Express and 7-Eleven are among the c-store chains participating in National Coffee Day, today, Sept. 29.   To celebrate CofFREE Day, Thorntons is offering  a free coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate to every customer who visits a

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Thorntons Introduces Phone App

New app enables customers to have Thorntons with them 24/7. Louisville Ky.-based Thorntons has announced the launch of its brand-new proprietary, free mobile phone app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry users. The mobile phone app, powered by OpenStore by GasBuddy, is free for all Thorntons customers at http://thorntons1.com/MobileApps.aspx. “Thorntons consumers are extremely tech-savvy and

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Clean Restrooms Offer Distinct Competitive Advantages

As convenience store operators vie for foodservice customers, they need to ensure they are conveying a safe, sanitary image throughout the store. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When David Miller, president of Chandler Oil Chevron, remodeled his 3,000–square-foot convenience store in Chandler, Ariz. last year, he had design team C7 Works give extra attention to

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Thorntons’ Promotion Targets Cards and Wildcats Fans

Now through Sept. 12 fans can win free tickets to the Big College Football Match-Up in Lexington on Sept. 17. Fall is almost here and with it the seasonal rivalry that signals the start of the college sports season. Thorntons invites customers to show their true fan colors, Cardinals Red or Wildcats Blue, as Thorntons

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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

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