Thorntons Opens Four Stores

New locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky feature retailer's fresh-focused redesign

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thorntons Inc. has announced the grand opening of its two newest store locations in the Chicago suburbs. On September 21, the company opened a store located in Lakemoor, Ill., and on September 28, it opened a location located in Wood Dale, Ill. With the addition of these locations, Thorntons will operate 163 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio.

Earlier this month, the company also opened new stores in Evansville, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., as well as an additional newly remodeled store in Louisville.

Customers can [image-nocss] look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high-quality foods, such as fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit and more. The new store features a redesigned look with a greater focus on fresh food, fountain drinks and hot beverages. This includes Thorntons' roller grill bar design featuring "hot off the grill" items such as hot dogs, corndogs and more.

The stores also offer a large variety of hot, cold and frozen beverages that are made with 100% filtered watered and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed. They offer frozen Icee flavors, smoothies and fresh coffee.

They also have products at grocery store sizes, competitive prices, as well as, 100% Guaranteed fuel.

Many promotions will take place in the first 30 days following the grand re-opening celebration. Customers can expect free 32-oz. fountain drinks, free 20-oz. coffee, as well as many buy-one, get-one-free specials. Beginning on October 9, there will be several "doorbuster" giveaways, which include free RedBox DVD rental coupons, free two-liter sodas, Thorntons coffee mugs and more.

The two new Illinois stores will also offer the environmentally friendly E-85 Flex Fuel. Thorntons has 22 locations throughout the company's network with E-85 Flex Fuel and plans to expand this product to additional stores in the future.

"We are thrilled about the grand opening of our newest stores," said Matt Thornton, CEO of Louisville-based Thorntons. "Our goal is to provide our customers with a unique shopping experience. From our world-class Coffee, to our high-quality fresh food and value-priced snack, beverage and grocery products, we hope to delight our customers with an enjoyable one-stop shopping experience."

Thorntons is a leading independent gasoline/convenience chain retailer, marketing throughout the Midwest. One of Kentucky's largest privately held companies, with more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue. it operates 163 gasoline/convenience stores, one travel plaza and eight car washes. The company also distributes its petroleum products through its wholly owned Thornton Transportation Co. and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville.