Quick Chek on the Hudson

Retailer expanding in New York; honors 2009 vendors of the year

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- Two years ago, QuickChek was an unknown name to most Hudson Valley, N.Y., residents, but the company has since built eight convenience store/gas stations in Ulster and Orange counties, building a name for itself in a new market, according to a report in the Mid-Hudson News.

Quick Chek, a chain of more than 120 fresh-food convenience store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, operates more than 120 retail locations in New Jersey and southern New York, including 12 pharmacy stores and 24 locations with fuel.

Vice [image-nocss] president of sales and merchandising John Schaninger said of the expansion, "It allows us to grow, not [in] leaps and bounds, [but] so we can just continue our market." The demographics in the Mid-Hudson area of New York are very similar to those in north Jersey, and a lot of the people in this area are commuters and already know the company, Schaninger told the newspaper.

QuickChek currently operates two stores in Kingston and one each in Saugerties, Lake Katrine, Wallkill, Middletown, New Windsor and the Village of Florida. In the next year, the company plans to target development of two to three new stores and look at Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Rockland counties as possible locations. QuickCheks have also popped up in neighboring Sussex County New Jersey, just over the state line, said the report.

The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based retailer has also announced the names of two long-time business partners as the company's 2009 Vendors of the Year: Quick Chek foodservice distributor AFI and Drew Grosso, owner of Empire Millwork.

Cited for its "unwavering" contribution in helping to strengthen Quick Chek's business operations and customer service, AFI, the company's foodservice distributor for the past eight years, was also recognized for its dedication in successfully moving the company's foodservice category forward.

In addition, Drew Grosso, owner of Empire Millwork, based in Millstone Township, N.J., received Vendor of the Year honors. Responsible for Quick Chek's cabinetry, countertop, trim and molding construction work, Grosso has represented Quick Chek for the past three decades where he was acknowledged by company representatives as an innovative problem solver during Quick Chek's annual recognition event.

"We are fortunate to partner with invaluable vendors such as AFI and Drew Grosso," said Quick Chek president and CEO Dean Durling. "They are both true members of our extended Quick Chek family who work with the utmost professionalism and dedication to help us not only meet, but exceed our annual business goals. We are delighted to recognize both partners for their unwavering commitment and hard work on our behalf."

[Pictured (top left): Quick Chek senior category manager for foodservice Jennifer Vespole (second from left) and Quick Chek senior vice president Mike Murphy (right) present AFI representatives with the company's 2009 Vendor of the Year Award.

Pictured (bottom right): Quick Chek director of engineering Rick Wisler (right) presents Empire Millwork owner Drew Grasso with Quick Chek's 2009 Vendor of the Year Award.]