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Discounted Hurricanes tickets available through Kangaroo Express

If you're looking to score some discounted Carolina Hurricanes tickets, Kangaroo Express convenience stores are offering up deals on weekend games.

Here's how it works:

We have a winner in our coffee mug giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a Kangaroo Express coffee mug and free coffee coupon.

The winner is sdkordys. Please send me your address via email so I can get the mug and coupon mailed out to you as soon as possible.

And be on the look-out for my next giveaway coming up next week.

Friday freebies (Sept. 30)

It wouldn't be Friday without a few freebies. So here we go:

UPDATE: I'm giving away a Kangaroo Express coffee mug and coupon for your first cup

Pay attention, coffee lovers!

In honor of National Coffee Day, which is today, I'm giving away a Kangaroo Express coffee mug, along with a coupon for your first cup of coffee.

Leave me a comment on this post by noon Friday and consider yourself entered to win. I'll pick one winner at random and ship you the mug and coupon.

It's not free, but 50 cents still a pretty sweet deal for a soda

If you were lucky enough to score one of those Kangaroo Express refillable drink cups this summer, the free refills are about to run dry.

One week from today, on Sept. 5, the all-you-can drink promotion ends.

But don't throw that cup away just yet.

From Sept. 6 through Oct. 1, you can fill those promo cups with slushies or soda or 50 cents.

It isn't free, but still a pretty sweet deal.

On Tuesdays, kids eat for $1 at Kangaroo Express Subways

Every Tuesday is Kids' Night at Subway restaurants operated by Kangaroo Express, which means kids eat for a buck when you buy a foot-long sub for yourself.

The deal is good from 4 p.m. to close for kids 12 and under.

According to the Kangaroo Express Facebook page, some locations will also have family-friendly activities and coupons available.

There are four Subways operated by Kangaroo Express here in the Triangle:

4402 Ten Ten Road, Apex

3505 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

1900 Highway 70 E., Garner

674 Chicken Foot Road, Hope Mills

The Pantry, hurt by high gas prices and unemployment, misses Wall Street estimates

Stung by high gasoline prices and high unemployment in many of its markets, The Pantry reported third quarter earnings Tuesday that missed Wall Street estimates.

The Cary-based convenience store chain, which has more than 1,600 stores throughout the Southeast, reported net income, excluding one-time charges, of $21 million, or 93 cents per share, compared to 89 cents per share during the same period a year ago.

That was below the consensus among analysts who follow the company of $1.22 per share.

Merchandise sales at Pantry stores decrease 1.5 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase during the same period a year ago.

Rising oil prices have been driving up the cost of gas, and consumers have responded by spending less on other things.

Pantry to sell 114 stores in Southeast

The Pantry is looking to sell 114 of its stores in the Southeast, including 41 in North Carolina.

The move was announced in a press release last month put out by NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, which is assisting The Pantry with the sale.

The Pantry officials declined to comment beyond what was included in NRC's release.

The company, which is based in Cary, operates 1,659 stores in 13 states. Most operate under the Kangaroo Express brand.

The properties up for sale include owned and leased stores. All but one include both a convenience store and a gas station.

The list includes 28 sites in Florida, 3 in Alabama, 7 in Georgia, 3 in Kentucky, 5 in Mississippi, 12 in South Carolina and 4 in Tennessee.

Twenty-two of the sites are being offered in packages ranging from two to eight stores each in five markets.

The deadline to bid on the properties is Aug. 2.


Pantry CEO appears on CNBC's "Fast Money"

Pantry CEO Terrance Marks appeared on CNBC's "Fast Money" this afternoon, chatting about the company's strategy, upcoming quarter and future acquisition possibilities.

The interview came at an interesting time for the company, with its stock price rising more than 68 percent since the beginning of the year and speculation by some analysts that The Pantry may soon be targeted by other companies for an acquisition.

Marks, who took over as CEO of the Cary-based chain of more than 1,600 convenience stores about a year ago, addressed a number of questions on varying topics. Among the highlights, he said:

*Merchandise sales reamin strong in the current quarter and that so far the company has received no price increases from vendors related to increases in commodity prices.
*That the usually narrow margins on gasoline remain particularly volatile.
*The company has considered recharging stations for electric vehciles, but "I think it's clear we will be dealing with fossil fuels for quite awhile."
*And on the possibility that The Pantry may be the target of an acquisition effort by another chain: "We plan to be a net acquirer. ... But in the end it's all about creating value for our shareholders."

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