Known for Firsts

Published in CSP Daily News

CSP to honor Quick Chek CEO Durling as Retail Leader of the Year

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- CSP Information Group has announced that Dean Durling, CEO of Quick Chek Food Stores, is its 2010 Retailer Leader of the Year. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based convenience retailer will be honored October 7, 2010, at a by-invitation-only dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta during the NACS Show.

Now in its eighth year, CSP's Retail Leader of the Year dinner and toast honors a convenience retailing executive for leadership excellence, innovation within the chain and perseverance within his or her company, positively transforming the organization to new [image-nocss] and higher levels. Past honorees have included Carl Bolch Jr., CEO of Atlata-based RaceTrac Petroleum; W.A. "Bill" Krause, founder of West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go; and Chester Cadieux, co-founder of Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp.

"Dean Durling has transformed his chain from a quaint New Jersey operation into a nationally recognized convenience leader," said Mitch Morrison, vice president and group editor of CSP. "It was really his pioneering spirit that helped build Quick Chek into a 123-store, $600-million juggernaut known for firsts&151first to embrace social networking with a dynamic Facebook presence, first to tout a 20-minute coffee freshness program, first to employ 'skin-vertising' to promote new foodservice items and first to pilot self-checkout in a c-store. That's why CSP is honoring him this year."

Quick Chek Corp. is a privately held, family-owned premier chain of more than 120 convenience food stores with locations in New Jersey and the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, including 12 pharmacy stores, 26 locations with Quick Chek gasoline and more than 2,600 team members. For more information, go to www.quick-chek.com.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP, Fare, FoodService Director and Restaurant Business magazines, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience retailing, restaurant and on-the-go food industries. In addition to its print products, CSP Information Group's two divisions (Convenience Group and Food Group) produce the CSP Daily News e-mail newsletter, CSPnet.com, MonkeyDish.com, ID Report, MyIDAccess.com, CSPNetwork CyberConferences, CSPTV, CSP Leadership Conferences & Events including Retail Leader of the Year, and CSP Custom Solutions. Visit www.cspnet.com for more information.