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Thorntons Salutes Hot Dogs

On National Hot Dog Day Thorntons serves up 40 cent hot dogs. July 23 marks National Hot Dog Day, and Thorntons is set to celebrate by offering Ball Park hot dogs with a variety of toppings for less than a dollar  at participating stores. Customers are limited to two specially-priced hot dogs upon their visit.

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Thorntons Rewards Cup Challenge Winner

Winning customer receives gift package that includes 20 free fountain or coffee drinks. Thorntons Inc. has announced the winner of the Northside vs. Southside Cup Challenge promotion, which began on Friday, May 13 at all Chicagoland Thorntons store locations. The lucky winner is Darlene Kolanowski of Chicago, and she has won a gift package that

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Thorntons Selects Sanders\Wingo As Agency of Record

“We appreciate the team’s strategic thinking and creative approach to the assignment, especially as we look toward expansion of digital efforts,” says Thorntons’ executive vice president.  Thorntons has picked Sanders\Wingo as its agency of record. “A name like Thornton’s carries such a great amount of brand trust and loyalty, and we’re honored to be beginning

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Thorntons Offers Fuel Discount

Customers who stopped by a Thorntons convenience store on Friday, June 10, saved 10 cents per gallon by using a debit card to buy gas. Thorntons offered a fuel promotion to debit card carrying guests on Friday, June 10, just days after the Senate voted to upload a law that would provide interchange relief on

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Thorntons Celebrates National Donut Day

Stores to offer free doughnut with beverage purchase on June 3. Thorntons is participating with “National Donut Day” by offering a free doughnut with any coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, fountain or fresh brewed tea purchase. The promotion is taking place today, Friday, June 3, at all 42 Louisville and southern Indiana store locations until 6

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Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation

“We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers in regards to this program, and we are thrilled to serve as a vehicle for our customers to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and beginning on Wednesday,

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

C-store operators are featuring a wider array of products on their roller grills to better compete on the foodservice front.

Roller Grills Grow Up

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. And the one thing c-store operators like and appreciate most about roller grills is that you hardly notice they’re there. Grills don’t take up much room and can

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Thorntons Launches ‘Gas Price Text Alerts’

New text message program from Thorntons helps customers save on gas. Thorntons Inc. is helping customers get a ‘jump on the pump’ before fuel prices change and giving them the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs, with the launch of a new text messaging program, Thorntons Gas Price Alerts. The

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Thorntons Holds Job Fair

Thorntons is expanding its coffee program and is now filling new positions created by its coffee initiative. Thorntons is launching a new coffee program, company-wide, starting in the Louisville/Southern Indiana Market, and plans to add up to 160 new jobs over the next year to support its new coffee program. Thorntons will be accepting applications

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Thorntons Named Top Place To Work in Louisville

Thorntons Inc. has been ranked as one of the top workplaces in Louisville for 2010 in a survey conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. Thorntons employs 625 people at 44 Kentuckiana store locations, with over 2000 team members companywide throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. “It’s a great honor for Thorntons to be named

Thorntons Debuts “CofFREE Day”

Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever “CofFREE Day Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 24, at all 165 Thorntons locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. From 3 p.m. to midnight (Central & Eastern Standard Times) on Christmas Eve, customers may enjoy a complimentary coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate. Thorntons signature coffee blend is made from

Thorntons Donates $1 Million To Speed Art Museum

Thorntons Inc. has donated $1 million to The Speed Art Museum’s Changing Speed Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign will fund the expansion and renovation of the Museum’s site in Louisville, Ky. The expansion is intended to serve the community through new programming and increased space for educational initiatives, public events and additional gallery space to

Thorntons Opens 44th Louisville Store

Thorntons Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location today, Thursday, Dec. 16. The new store at 4740 Chamberlain Lane, marks the chain’s 44th location in the Louisville, Ky., metropolitan area.  This latest addition expands the number of Thorntons store locations to 165, with operations in the Midwestern strongholds of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,

Thorntons Offers Black Friday Deal on E-85

Thorntons is offering E-85 flex fuel for 85 cents per gallon on  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at select locations. E-85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15% petroleum. Ethanol can be made from virtually any agriculture feedstock from which starch is derived, such as corn, sugar cane, wheat or milo. Today, the

Thorntons Opens New Illinois Location

Thorntons opened of its newest store location at 205 South Route 12, Volo, Ill., on Nov. 17.  With the addition of this location, Thorntons operates 164 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. “We are thrilled about the grand opening of our newest store,” said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons.  “Our goal is to

Thorntons To Donate $1 Million

Thorntons has pledged $1 million dollars to 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization that creates new parks for Louisville, Ky. Thorntons Inc. is a locally-based and owned company in Louisville, Ky., and has been a long-standing supporter and provider for this community. “We are very excited to support this project,” said Matt Thornton, president and

Awards Ceremony, Humanitarian Effort Highlight Thorntons’ Annual Meeting

By John Lofstock, Editor “The work we do everyday to satisfy and exceed our customers’ expectations is a result of the outstanding work of the people in this room and I’m proud to work alongside all of you.” That was the message sent last night by Matt Thornton, president and CEO of Thorntons Inc., the

Seizing Real Estate Opportunities

Prying Properties Loose   Important for retailers to understand is that commercial real estate today is an industry in transition. Its landscape is littered with landlords, if not desperate, than at least strongly motivated to make deals work.   “Things are tight,” said George Anderson, vice president of market analytics for NAI Global in Princeton,

NACS Recognizes Scholarship Winners

NACS recognized 10 convenience store employees who earned scholarships through the NACS Scholarship Program in Memory of Jim Yates at a reception on Oct. 7 during the NACS Show in Atlanta. The annual scholarships recognize convenience store employees for their dedication to achieving excellence in retailing, strong leadership skills and persistence in the pursuit of

Thorntons Launches eGift Cards

Thorntons Inc. has signed a deal with Transaction Wireless, a provider of virtual mobile and gift card services. Transaction Wireless is using its proprietary technology for gift card services to create a turnkey store on Thorntons Web site at www.thorntonsinc.com and Thorntons Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thorntonsinc. The new agreement is being launched through a relationship

Thorntons Celebrates Store Openings In Illinois

Thorntons recently celebrated the grand opening of its two newest store locations in the Chicago suburbs. On Sept. 21, the company opened a store located at 28937 West IL Route 120 in Lakemoor, Ill., and on Sept. 28, Thorntons opened a location at 110 West Devon Ave. in Wood Dale, Ill. With the addition of

Thorntons Reopens Evansville Store

Thorntons celebrated the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 2401 Morgan Ave. Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 16, 2010. With the addition of this location, Thorntons will operate 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

Thorntons Announces Football Cup Challenge

Thorntons has announced its new College Football Cup Challenge, taking place in Louisville, Ky., southern Indiana, and Lexington, Ky., store locations. The promotion began on Saturday, Sept. 4, coinciding with the college football game between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Thorntons’ stores now feature new 32-ounce fountain cups that say “Bleed

Thorntons Debuts Remodeled Store

Thorntons has announced the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 4154 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 31. With the addition of this location, Thorntons  operates 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

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