With 1,647 locations in operation across the Southeastern US, The Pantry is one of the largest and most successful c-store chains in the country. Despite the success it has experienced in recent years, its team is hungry for more growth. A spark flew when the company’s leadership team saw a major change last year; Terry Marks, former executive VP of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., was brought on board to serve as president and CEO. Armed with many years of industry experience and a fresh perspective, Marks wasted no time when he arrived. He and the rest of the executive leadership team spent the last six months developing a strategic growth plan.

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Revenues of $90 million and a growth plan that includes opening up to nine stores in the next 12 months at a time when more stores are closing than opening begs the question: what is Pharmaca doing right? It starts with the company’s approach to improving the health of its customers. 

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Thanks to a stable of concepts based on a high-quality experience, this company has taken Asian food to a whole new level. There is no doubt that Chinese food is one of the most popular ethnic-style cuisines in America. But the quality and value can vary greatly from place to place. The Panda Restaurant Group (PRG) has grown its empire based on the concept that high quality, inexpensive Chinese food, coupled with a great customer experience, can all go together no matter the location.

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Making bold statements in a competitive retail market is how this consumer products group achieved annual growth of 35% last year. The word “crowded” doesn’t even begin to adequately describe the entertainment consumer products space. The world of entertainment has changed and expanded to the point that properties are literally tripping over one another to grab and maintain consumer attention. For NBC Universal Consumer Products Group, the key to standing out in the crowd over the last few years has been putting a direct emphasis on all of its programming.

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The kids who have grown up watching Nickelodeon over the past 30 years are now having children of their own, and Nickelodeon Consumer Products is making the most of that potential for family viewing. The consumer products division works with the top retailers in every channel of distribution to create products that are extensions of the properties and characters that Nickelodeon audiences love, according to Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of consumer products.

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The history of Stanley Black & Decker can be traced back more than 166 years. Much has changed in the last century and a half, however, and the business that exists today has evolved considerably from that of yesteryear. In fact, if you were to trace the company’s evolution backward beginning with the present, you’d hit a major fork in the road before you reached the start of 2010 because one of the most significant steps in its development: a grand-scale merger that occurred just a few months back. In that respect, the business deal, which brought two industry leaders together, marks the beginning of Stanley Black & Decker, as it stands today.

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The vision behind Shoplet is fairly simple: to create the ultimate single source environment where businesses can procure office products, according to Tony Ellison, CEO, president, and cofounder. Founded in 1994 as e-commerce was just taking off, the company today offers almost 25 times as many products as many of its competitors. The company got off to a quick start in the burgeoning world of e-commerce and has not looked back since. By 1997, when profitability was not necessarily a concern for most online companies, Shoplet was already in the black.

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Founded more than 30 years ago in Southern California, Boot Barn is a specialty retailer dedicated to providing its customers with one of the largest selections of top-quality western and work footwear and apparel available in today’s market. With an 81-store footprint that spans across much of the Western US, the organization has a presence in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana. 

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