Artist of the Deal

How Pete Sodini turned The Pantry into a retail powerhouse.

By
Mitch Morrison, Vice President & Group Editor

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"I love the deal,” says Pete Sodini, the retiring chairman and CEO of one of the country’s largest growth-by-acquisition convenience chains,  holding nothing back in expressing where his passion lies.

With his voice dropping to a register others would use to describe a triple-fudge brownie or that first puff of a hand-rolled Cuban cigar, he calls the  deal—any deal—a challenge of people, perception and timing.

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