CARY, N.C., (Oct. 28, 2013) – Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), today announced it will now offer Little Caesars® HOT-N-READY® menu items at select stores across the Southeast. This is the first time any Kangaroo Express locations will feature an on-premises Little Caesars® carryout restaurant.
Guests who visit Kangaroo Express stores with a Little Caesars® will enjoy the popular HOT-N-READY® Classic original round pepperoni or cheese pizza, Crazy Bread®, Caesar Wings® and other delicious, freshly made selections.
Little Caesars® large HOT-N-READY® pizzas are made with high quality ingredients including naturally aged mozzarella and Muenster cheese, dough made fresh daily in each store and sauce made with California vine-ripened tomatoes. These pizzas and other products are offered HOT-N-READY®, meaning they are hot out of the oven and ready to be carried out immediately after the order is placed.
Four Kangaroo Express stores have recently opened Little Caesars® restaurants, including Hickory and Cornelius, N.C., Fruitland Park, Fla. and Vicksburg, Miss.
“Customers demand high standards for quality and service, and we’re ready to exceed their expectations,” said Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Ed Gleich. “Little Caesars quality HOT-N-READY® pizzas are ready for carry-out when our customers want them, with no waiting or need to call ahead to order. Customers can now simply visit a Kangaroo Express and a fresh, quality pizza will be waiting for them.”
The expansion of Little Caesars® into Kangaroo Express stores is part of Kangaroo Express’ mission to provide even more fresh, quick service options for guests on-the-go. It is a prime example of the investments Kangaroo Express is making in its communities across the southeastern United States, including plans to open more quick-service restaurants in stores and remodel more than 70 stores.
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 August 6, 2013, the Company operated 1,559 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. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or visit us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
Little Caesars Pizza, known for its HOT-N-READY® pizza and famed Crazy Bread®, is the largest carry-out pizza chain in America and the fastest growing pizza chain in the world.* Named Best Value in America** for the sixth year in a row, Little Caesars products are made with quality ingredients, like fresh, never frozen, mozzarella and Muenster cheese, dough made fresh daily in the stores and sauce made from fresh California vine-ripened tomatoes.
For franchisee candidates, Little Caesars is rapidly expanding in prime markets including internationally, providing an opportunity for independence in a franchise system. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.
Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan in 1959. In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Michael and Marian Ilitch’s companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information about Little Caesars, visit www.LittleCaesars.com or call 1-800-553-5776.
*Fastest growing pizza chain in the world – based on net number of stores added 2008-2012.
** “Highest-Rated Chain – Value for the Money” based on a nationwide survey of quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2007- 2012.
Largemouth Communications (on behalf of Kangaroo Express)