|Headquarters||Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Products||Food, snacks, non-food, dairy, gasoline, liquor|
Quick Chek is a privately owned, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey based chain of convenience stores with 139 stores in New Jersey and New York. The first store opened in Dunellen, New Jersey in 1967, and has since then grown into a chain. Several stores include pharmacies, gas stations, and liquor departments.
The size of the stores range from smaller corner-type shops to larger convenience stores. Many stores are located in urban areas and most are open 24 hours a day. Stores with pharmacies tend to offer a pharmacy-like selection of health products and aids.
Quick Chek stores typically offer basic groceries such as bread, milk, and fresh convenience fruit, as well as soft drinks, bottled water, and a wide selection of snack foods. They also serve coffee, ICEEs, and sub sandwiches. Some stores also serve milkshakes and frozen cappuccinos. Like most convenience stores, Quick Chek sells cigarettes and other tobacco products, along with lottery tickets.
The stores sell sub sandwiches and a variety of ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, and salads, hamburgers. Along with subs, various soups and chili are served. The deli also serves as an area for cold-cuts. The only way to place an order is by entering the order directly into a computer system, which sits in front of the deli counter.
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Quick Chek hosts an annual hot-air balloon festival in Readington, New Jersey, which runs the last weekend in July. An outdoor Quick Chek is set up with an actual deli and coffee counter, and during the weekend, visitors are able to attend the various activities that go on through the festival. Quick Chek's Balloon festival featured many exciting artists (2011) such as Meatloaf, Barenaked Ladies, and Abba in Concert. Meatloaf apparently collapsed shortly following his performance.
References in pop culture
The New Jersey-based band, The Bouncing Souls, has a song written about a girl who worked in a Quick Chek.
Another New Jersey-based band named The Number Twelve Looks Like You mentions Quick Chek coffee in their song "The Garden's All Nighters" from the album Worse Than Alone with the line of lyrics; "Quick Chek coffee is cooling down."
Branchburg Quick Chek incident
A clerk at the Quick Chek at 1296 Easton Turnpike in Branchburg, New Jersey called the police about a suspicious man in the store on January 26, 2010. The clerk said she knew the man "had something on him", but was uncertain what it was. Officers arrested Lloyd Woodson, and found in his possession and in his motel room a large weapons cache that included illegal weapons and ammunition, a detailed map of Fort Drum, and a traditional red-and-white Middle Eastern headdress. He was charged on multiple state and federal weapons charges. Branchburg Police Chief Brian Fitzgerald later praised Quick Chek clerk Linda Yannazzno and employee Michael Murray for their alertness.
- Mulvihill, Geoff, "Va. man arrested with arsenal, map of NY Army base", The Seattle Times, January 26, 2010, accessed March 3, 2014
- Garlic, Tiffani N. (March 9, 2010). "Three police officers are honored for quick response to Virginia man with arsenal in Branchburg motel room". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "Man with weapons, map of military base arrested", CNN, January 26, 2010, accessed January 26, 2010