WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.— Expanding its lineup of culinary professionals, the QuickChek chain of convenience stores has hired chef Ted Kwiecien as its new culinary specialist, according to a report from mycentraljersey.com.
With 25 years of experience in restaurant management—including stints at the Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus retail chains—Kwiecien also has degrees in culinary arts and foodservice management from Johnson & Wales University.
The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based c-store chain, which has approximately 160 c-stores in New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island, is devoting more than half of each new store’s space to fresh foodservice, said the report.
- QuickChek is No. 39 in the Top 40 update to CSP's 2018 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of retail locations.
At Nordstrom, Kwiecien held management positions at three retail locations, and at Neiman Marcus, he was a manager and chef in Short Hills, N.J.
“Today’s consumer, especially young professionals, families and health-conscious people, want fresh food to go,” Dean Durling, CEO of QuickChek, told the news outlet. “In meeting their needs, we have become a foodservice destination. Ted possesses a proven background as a chef and as a restaurateur with consumer-focused brands that fit with our mission of providing restaurant-quality food and beverages for busy people on the go.”
QuickChek's offerings include fresh-brewed coffee, as well as sub sandwiches, wraps and salads with meats that are free of antibiotics, the company said.