SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --Hot Stuff Foods partnered with more than 85 retailer locations to upgrade or add additional concepts during first-quarter 2005, according to Des Hague, president and CEO.
He said that the extent of the upgrades really depended on the needs of the individual locations. In all cases retailers continued to serve the Hot Stuff Pizza program that has been so successful for them. In addition, more and more are opting to expand their menu offering as well as putting in new trade dress with updated branding.
Hague [image-nocss] added that over the last two years, Hot Stuff Foods has developed two new platforms. In addition to the traditional Hot Stuff Pizza shop, the company created Hot Stuff Food On the Go and Hot Stuff Food Xpress. Now, depending on variables such as retail space, traffic flow, demographicsour existing franchisees can upgrade their Hot Stuff Pizza program to fit the specific needs of their location, he said.
Hague also credited the company's new technology for the successful upgrades: Our new iQuest (an acronym for Quality, Uniqueness, Execution, Sustainability and Teamwork) handheld technology easily walks c-store operators through a pie chart of components necessary for successful food execution.
Also, he said important components such as clean restrooms, effective marketing, employees in clean uniforms and other elements add to the perception of the upgrade.
The following is a list of stores with new Hot Stuff upgrades or additions:
S&P Superstore, Alma, Ark. Cenex Convenience Store, Athens, Wis. Barnhart Express Mart, Barnhart, Mo. Exxon Tiger Mart #102, Batesville, Ark. Bayfield Shell Truck & Auto Shop, Bayfield, Colo. Oasis Market Budget Mart #5101, Blooming Prairie, Minn. Fast Stop, Bovina, Texas Cenex Menominee Farmers Oil, Boyceville, Wis. Marathon Settler's Cooperative, Bruce Crossing, MI Park Place Foods Buda, Buda, Texas Hop & Sack #3, Cache, Okla. Oasis Market Budget Mart #5107, Cannon Falls, Minn. Marshalls Gas N Goods, Cascade, Wis. Gas Mart #10, Charleston, Miss. Exxon -- Circle N, Cherry Valley, Ark. EZ Mart #564, Clarendon, Ark. Gas Mart #101, Clarksdale, Miss. Exxon Tiger Mart #107, Clarksville, Ark. Fast Break Food Mart, Clifton Forge, Va. GoCo's, Coffeeville, Ala. Exxon -- Circle N, Colt, Ark. Cornville Country Market, Cornville, Ariz. Cenex Ag Valley Curtis, Curtis, Neb. Exxon Tiger Mart #105, Dardanelle, Ark. Flamingo Petro. (Mobil Express Delite), Davie, Fla. BP Cresview, Dora, Ala. Ricker' #6, Elwood, Ind. Texaco Farmers Loop, Fairbanks, Alaska Sourdough Fuel, Fairbanks, Alaska Hard Times, Firth, Idaho Sids Gas & Grocery, Forest City, Iowa Pic N Tote #5, Fort Smith, Ark. Pic N Tote #4, Fort Smith, Ark. Pic N Tote #6, Fort Smith, Ark. Texaco -- Gold Star, Fredericksburg, Texas J-Mart #3, Garden City, Kansas Pronto Market, Garner, Iowa Cenex Convenience Store, Glen Ullin, N.D. Grafton Square, Grafton, N.D. Cenex Convenience Store, Greenwood, Wis. Pump & Pantry, Grove City, Minn. Cowboy Junction, Hammon, Okla. Cenex Alliance Ag Cooperative, Hettinger, N.D. Stop N Shop #5, Hialeah, Fla. Presto, Hugoton, Kansas Cenex AG Valley CoOp, Indianola, Neb. Gateway Store, Iron River, Wis. Flash Market #22, Jonesboro, Ark. Pronto Market, Kanawha, Iowa Park Place Foods, Kyle, Texas Dara's Fast Lane #2, Manhattan, Kansas Food N Fuel, Milbank, SD Flash Market #47, Monette, Ark. Exxon Chaney Mart, Mount Pleasant, Texas Cenex Convenience Store, Neillsville, Wis. Conoco Short Stop, New Castle, WY Amoco Bobcat, North Port, Fla. Cenex Coop One Stop, Ossian, Iowa Presto Coastal Mart #7307, Park City, Kansas Flash Market #12, Parkin, Ark. Producers Supply Co., Parma, Idaho Campo's Fast & Easy, Payette, Idaho I-55 Motor Plaza, Pevely, Mo. Larry's One Stop, Plattsburg, Mo. Parker's #16, Port Wentworth, Ga. Choctow Travel Plaza, Poteau, Okla. Cenex Ampride, Pratt, Kansas One Stop, Redfield, S.D. Cenex Valley Home & Ranch, Rexburg, Idaho Stop N Shop, Rockwell, Iowa The Food Plaza, Shelley, Idaho Cenex Ampride, Stafford, Kansas Stilwell Super Stop, Stilwell, Okla. Chevron Stockdale, Stockdale, Texas J Mart Hot Stuff Pizzeria, Stockton, Kansas Choctow Travel Plaza, Stringtown, Okla. Stockade Travel Plaza, Sublette, Kansas Holiday Stationstore #229, Superior, Wis. GoCo's #5, Sweet Water, Ala. EZ Mart #59, Texarkana, Ark. EZ Mart #466, Texarkana, Ark. Oasis Market Budget Mart #4001, Trempealeau, Wis. Dart In, Ulysses,