Kangaroo Express Serves Up Piping Hot School Spirit

Collegiate Coffee Mugs Available for Tar Heel, Wolfpack, Blue Devil Hoops Fans

Online PR News – 11-January-2012 – – CARY, N.C., Jan. 10, 2012 – The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTRY), the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today announced collegiate coffee mugs are available at Kangaroo Express convenience stores, allowing fans to start their day with a mug of Bean Street Coffee marked with school pride.

Aligned with the start of college basketball's interconference games, the 16 oz. reusable coffee mugs with each university's logo are available, while supplies last, at most Kangaroo Express locations for $2.99, refillable with Bean Street Coffee and other hot beverages for only $.99.

All Roo Mugs, including collegiate mugs, give customers access to exclusive Roo Club text message deals, including free coffee refill days and buy one, get one free offers. Sign up by texting "ROOCLUB" to "67777."

"The Roo Club allows our loyal customers to receive great deals on our most popular items, such as Bean Street Coffee," said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing at Kangaroo Express. "Now with the collegiate mugs, members can get those same deals while proudly displaying loyalty for their favorite team."

Fans from the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University can purchase their mugs of piping hot school pride across the state of North Carolina.

Kangaroo Express is a proud official sponsor of UNC, NC State and Duke basketball. Throughout basketball season, fans can look for fun offers and participation from Kangaroo Express during the games.

The collegiate mugs, and corresponding Roo Club, are part of Kangaroo Express' "Fresh Initiative" to serve customers its improved, great-tasting Bean Street Coffee, and introduce new fresh food options with a fast, friendly, and clean shopping experience.

Additional collegiate mugs are available in other corresponding regions.

About The Pantry
Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of December 9, 2011, the Company operated 1,627 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.