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Kudos to Dari Mart, Tedeschi, Double Quick and Lee-Moore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Pinnacle Corp. honored Dari Mart Stores Inc., Tedeschi Food Shops, Double Quick Inc. and Lee-Moore Oil Co. with its 2005 Pinnacle Awards for general excellence, innovation and collaboration at the company's annual two-day Summit in Nashville.

"These awards are our way of thanking our clients for the important contributions they make to this industry," said Pinnacle president and CEO Bob Johnson. "We are proud to honor them and to let them know that we appreciate all they do for us and for others to make this industry the best it can be."

Dari Mart, which is based in Junction City, Ore., and has 42 convenience stores, was honored for general excellence due to its aggressive pursuit of excellence in technology and commitment of necessary resources, which have resulted in success with every Pinnacle project undertaken, including a recent rollout of Pinnacle's Palm POS point-of-sale system.

Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi, with more than 210 convenience stores in New England, also received a general excellence award for continually embracing technology and completing a replacement of PDI systems with Pinnacle in its acquired Store 24 stores in a very aggressive time frame without compromising service at the store level.

"Our ultimate objective was to standardize our store-level systems with one vendor with one integrated solution, and we were able to accomplish this task by partnering with Pinnacle," said Jack McLaughlin, director of information systems for Tedeschi. "We took a three-phase approach -- replaced the point-of-sale with Palm POS, replaced the back-office software with Windows-based Oasis Manager Workstation and converted the host to Retail Manager interfacing with Microsoft Great Plains. This was a difficult but successful task, which was supported by a great team effort of all involved here at Tedeschi Food Shops."

Double Quick was the winner of Pinnacle's excellence in innovation award. The Indianola, Miss.-based company, with 39 convenience stores and 18 branded food concepts, utilizes eight Pinnacle products and has succeeded in expanding its reach through innovative enhancements.

Finally, Lee-Moore took home the excellence in collaboration award for its role as the beta test site for Pinnacle's newest product Auditor, which is built on the Symphony Business Platform. Sanford, N.C.-based Lee-Moore owns and operates a network of stores primarily branded On the Run, and supplies branded gasoline to another 20 independently operated locations in central North Carolina.

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