The Pantry CEO Terrance Marks is leaving the Cary convenience store chain to take the same position with Hooters of America, the restaurant chain known for its Hooter Girls waitresses.
The Pantry announced Monday that Marks would depart within 60 days. Monday's release said Marks was returning to Atlanta to be closer to his family but did not disclose his new job.
In today's release put out by Hooters, Marks said the opportunity to contribute to a great brand like Hooters "is extremely energizing to me." Take that Kangaroo Express.
Hooters is the franchisor and operator of 435 restaurants in 44 states and 28 foreign countries.
The Pantry operates more than 1,600 convenience stores in the Southeast, primarily under the Kangaroo Express brand.
"In just a little over two decades Hooters has become known around the world for great American food, a fun environment and of course the iconic Hooters girls," Marks said in a statement.
Hooters was acquired in January by a consortium of private investors, including H.I.G. Capital, KarpReilly and Chanticleer Holdings.