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C-Store Retailers Get Hot for Summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- More than 50 retailers either opened new Hot Stuff Pizza units or upgraded existing units during the month of May, the company reported.

“The Memorial Day weekend was a great way to both conclude a successful May as well as kick off what we expect to be a very successful summer,” said Des Hague, president and CEO of Hot Stuff Foods. Hague noted that the May figures bring the total number of new store openings since the beginning of the year close to 150, in addition to nearly 150 upgrades in the same time period.

Hague noted that the company's year-to-date performance is ahead of both last year's numbers and Hot Stuff's 2005 plan. He says several “hot” initiatives are keeping momentum strong, including new summer promotions, pilot programs and operational support to make sure Hot Stuff Foods franchisees are always positioned to provide customers with “24/7 food solutions.”

Chains that opened or upgraded Hot Stuff units in May included 7-Eleven, am/pm, Chevron, Circle K, Flash Market and Quik Chek.

Hot Stuff Foods franchises and/or licenses its branded food concepts in more than 1,600 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Hot Stuff Foods offers a number of individual and bundled brands in various categories, including Hot Stuff Pizza, Hot Stuff Food On the Go, Hot Stuff Food Xpress, Smash Hit Subs, Summit Subs, C-Street Bakery, Mean Gene's Burgers, Mean Gene's Pizza, Stone Willy's Pizza, Moose Bros. Pizza, Eddie Pepper's, Asian Creations, Chix Chicken, Nap Hendrix's Southern Grill and Caffé Origins Coffee.

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