CARY, N.C., May 13, 2013 – Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), today announced the grand opening of a new Kangaroo Express store located infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Grand opening celebrations will take place during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend, May 17 and 18, featuring an autograph signing with NASCAR drivers Jeb and Ward Burton and a $1 million check presentation to Victory Junction.
Kangaroo Express is the exclusive convenience retailer at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the new infield store location marks the start of a three-year partnership. It is accessible to all infield campers and speedway guests during each NASCAR event day in May and October. In addition to grabbing their favorite Coca-Cola refreshments, snacks, alcoholic beverages and convenience items, race fans can refuel on fresh food options, such as hotdogs and Aunt M’s Kitchen, known for seasoned fried chicken, hearty sides and fresh sandwiches.
“Kangaroo Express is a community store, ready to serve our on-the-go guests with a fast and friendly experience,” said Scott Smith, division vice president, Kangaroo Express. “Our integration with the communities we serve coupled with our fast pace environment align perfectly with Charlotte Motor Speedway, a North Carolina icon and racing landmark. The opening of the Kangaroo Express at Charlotte Motor Speedway is just the beginning of our ongoing partnership.”
Members of the Roo Club will receive the ultimate V.I.P. treatment, including special access to reserved parking (first come, first serve), a free shuttle service and access to the Roo Lounge, where Roo Club members can take a break and relax. Fans can join the Roo Club by simply downloading the free Kangaroo Express app at www.kangarooexpress.com/mobileapps and gain entry by showing the app on their phone.
Race fans are invited to kick off the grand opening celebration at an autograph signing with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jeb Burton and 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, on Friday, May 17. The father-son racing duo will meet with fans and sign memorabilia from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. outside of the Kangaroo Express at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
During the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Pre-Race Ceremonies on May 18, Kangaroo Express will present a check for more than $1 million to Victory Junction, a camping environment for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. During its fifth annual fundraiser this year, Kangaroo Express collected donations for Victory Junction at more than 700 Kangaroo Express convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as more than 100 restaurants at Kangaroo Express stores. Funds raised during this year’s fundraiser will send more than 400 children ages six to 16 to summer camp.
Kangaroo Express is also a proud supporter of the military, raising millions of dollars for the USO and other military support organizations through its Salute Our Troops® campaign. To thank local service members and their families, Kangaroo Express is providing the United States Veterans Corps and other military support organizations free tickets to the Sprint All-Star Race and upcoming NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express
The Pantry’s Kangaroo Express® convenience stores meet the daily food and fuel shopping needs of guests. As of May 7, 2013, the Company operated 1,567 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including its primary operating banner Kangaroo Express. The Pantry is one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains and the leading independently operated chain in the southeastern United States. The Pantry is headquartered in Cary, N.C. For more information, visit www.thepantry.com.
Kangaroo Express offers hot and cold beverages, snacks, fresh foods, gasoline and a wide assortment of merchandise and services for guests’ on-the-go lifestyles. It is home to more than 220 foodservice restaurants, including Subway and Dairy Queen. Kangaroo Express associates are committed to providing store guests with the fastest, friendliest and cleanest shopping experience and embracing communities with campaigns such as Salute Our Troops®, raising millions of dollars for the USO and other military support organizations. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or visit us on Twitter and Facebook.
Largemouth Communications (on behalf of Kangaroo Express)