Thorntons Partners With Nug Truck to Offer Free Chewable Ice

Also announces winners in Bet or No Bet Sweepstakes, Father's Day photo contest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thorntons Inc. has announced that it has partnered with Scotsman Ice Systems to bring the Nug Truck to two Thorntons stores this week. The Nug Truck is a mobile truck that serves nugget ice, a chewable ice that the retailer said has gained a passionate following nationwide.

On Tuesday, June 21, the nugget ice truck was at Thorntons store No. 154, in Louisville, Ky., from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. handing out free 12-ounce samples of chewable nugget ice.

Thorntons also offered a free fountain fill to any customer who comes in with this 12-oz. "Luv the Nug" [image-nocss] cup.

The Nug Truck will make a second stop on Wednesday, June 22, at Thorntons store No. 98 in Louisville from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Thorntons will offer the same free fountain drink promotion at this location, it said.

The Nug Truck is part of the Nugget Nation, a "digital community of ice chewers," located at

In other company news, Thorntons is also running its "Bet or No Bet Sweepstakes" on June 17 and 24 and July 1 at Churchill Downs. Fans get a chance to choose between placing a $1,000 win wager on the horse of their choice or walking away with a $100 Thorntons gift card.

Also, the winner of the retailer's Father's Day photo contest on Facebook is Steve Verdun of Peoria, Ill. The prize was a $100 Thortons gift card.

Thorntons is one of the leading independent gasoline and convenience chain retailers in the United States, currently operating throughout the Midwest under the brand name Thorntons. With more than $1.4 billion in revenue, Thorntons is one of largest privately held corporations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Headquartered in Louisville, Thorntons operates 163 gasoline and convenience stores, car washes and travel plazas in five states: Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Thorntons distributes its petroleum products through its wholly owned Thornton Transportation Co. and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville.

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