DEPOT FOOD STORES
OWNER: The Pantry Inc. of Sanford, N.C.
PRODUCT: Gas, convenience store items
LOCATION: 26 stores in Augusta-Aiken area
LOCAL EMPLOYEES: Undisclosed. The Pantry employs 8,100 people and owns 1,300 convenience stores nationwide.
2001 SALES: $2.6 billion
HISTORY: The Pantry was founded in 1967. It has grown through acquisition throughout the years and it currently operates 20 store brands, including The Pantry, Handy Way, Big K, Quick Stop and Kangaroo. The company acquired the 53-store Depot chain from Aiken-based R&H Maxxon in 1999 for an estimated $60 million. About half of the Depot stores are in the Augusta-Aiken area.
RECENT NEWS: Last month the Pantry said it inadvertently overstated its accounts payable in the March and December quarters by $8 million in each quarter. The company's stock hit a 52-week low on Aug. 20, finishing trading at $2.01 per share.
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