|Publicly traded company|
|Traded as||NASDAQ: PTRY|
|Industry||Convenience store chain|
|Fate||Acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard, with stores rebranded as Circle K|
|Headquarters||Cary, North Carolina, United States|
Number of locations
|Southeast United States|
|Dennis Hatchell (CEO)|
The Pantry, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTRY) was a publicly traded convenience store chain based in Cary, North Carolina that operates Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry was founded in 1967 by Sam Wornom and Truby Proctor, Jr. The company has been publicly traded since June 1999 and owned by investors since 1987, when then investor Montrose Capital purchased controlling shares from Wornom and Proctor. Recent CEOs have included the former Chairman of the Board and interim CEO Edwin J. Holman, who took over after Terrance M. Marks, the former President and CEO, resigned in December 2011. (Marks had replaced the longtime former CEO Peter Sodini who had held office since 1996 until retiring in September 2009.) Dennis Hatchell is the current CEO of the company as of 2012.
The Pantry was one of the United States' largest convenience store chains and the leading independently operated chain in the southeastern U.S. As of September 29, 2014, the company operated 1,518 stores in thirteen states under several banners, including its primary operating banner Kangaroo Express. States include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
On December 18, 2014; Quebec based Alimentation Couche-Tard, the parent company of Circle K, has announced its acquisition of "The Pantry, Inc." for $860 million all cash tender. The acquisition is expected to close in March 2015. Couche-Tard operates more than 10,000 stores in multiple countries under the Circle K banner. The newly combined company will increase Couche-Tard's presence in the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Following the closing, all 1537 Kangaroo Express stores are expected to be rebranded under the Circle K banner.
It was the largest independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States. The Pantry expanded rapidly during the late 1980s into the 2000s through various acquisitions. In 2008, it was announced that all Pantry stores would be rebranded under its primary operating banner, Kangaroo Express. In 2009, the company moved its headquarters from Sanford, North Carolina, to Cary, North Carolina.
Products and services
The Pantry offered its own private label "Kangaroo" brand of gasoline, and operates 250 in-store quick-service restaurants. Additionally, 285 stores sell Marathon gasoline under a co-branding agreement.
The Kangaroo Express chain offered "Bean Street Coffee Company", its own brand of coffee, and its own private label for selected merchandise, and Roo's Water its own label for bottled water. Company promotions included "Freeze the Swamp" in Florida, "The Battle for Bean Street" in North Carolina's Triangle Area stores, Salute Our Troops, and Roo Cup.
In 2009, then-new CEO Terrance M. Marks announced that all its stores would expand their food service offerings to include fresh fruits, improved sandwiches, and more merchandise options. Select stores offer fast food outlets such as Subway and Taco Bell.
In 2010, its "Fresh Initiative" was announced to improve the Bean Street Coffee Service, revamp nearly all Kangaroo Express stores, and add more appealing meals and snacks. The program was planned to encompass all stores by end of 2012.
More than half of Kangaroo Express stores were located within 25 miles of a military installation. The company has raised millions of dollars each year for military support organizations as part of its summer-long Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign.
In 2014, the first military-themed Kangaroo Express store opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Kangaroo Express hosted a round table at the USO of North Carolina Fort Bragg Center to collect input from servicemen and women, their spouses and children, and the store design was developed as a direct result of their feedback.
- 1997 – "Lil’ Champ", of Jacksonville, Florida, from Docks de France
- 1998 – "Quick Stop", of Fayetteville, North Carolina
- 1998 – "Zip Mart", primarily of North Carolina
- 1999 – "Etna", of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from Taylor Oil
- 1999 – "Handy Way Stores", of Crescent City, Florida, from Miller
- 2000 – "Kangaroo", from Kangaroo Inc.
- 2000 – "On-the-Way Foods", from McKnight Oil
- 2003 – "Golden Gallon", of Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Ahold USA
- 2005 – "Cowboys" of Rome, Georgia from D & D Oil Co.
- 2007 – "Petro Express", of Charlotte, North Carolina
- 2011 – "Presto", of Olathe, Kansas
Awards and acknowledgements
- Fortune 500 - since 2007
- Convenience Store News 2012 Grand Spirit Award 
- Convenience Store News 2011 Spirit Award for companies with 500-plus stores 
- Convenience Store News 2014 Best Original Store Design
- Convenience Store News 2014 Gold Medal Award Best Food Service/ LTO Promo
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- "Kangaroo Express' Salute Our Troops Raises $1.9M". Convenience Store News. September 22, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- Tammy Mastroberte (September 2014). "Modelled After The Military". Convenience Store News. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "Kangaroo Express Wins 2012 Grand Spirit Award". Convenience Store News. October 17, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "Kum & Go Wins CSNews' Grand Spirit Award for Community Outreach". Convenience Store News. October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- Linda Lisanti (October 20, 2014). "CSNews Celebrates the Best in Chain-Store Design". Convenience Store News. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
- Don Longo (November 3, 2014). "Maverik Takes Gold in CSNews Foodservice Innovators Awards". Convenience Store News. Retrieved December 5, 2014.