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    Hubbard Promoted To E-Z Mart President, COO

    Other promotions include Bubba Kirkland to V.P., merchandising.

    TEXARKANA, Texas -- E-Z Mart Stores Inc., operator of 370 convenience stores and gas stations, announced a round of promotions Thursday aimed at helping the Texarkana, Texas-based retailer remain competitive in its five-state marketing area.

    * Bob Hubbard (pictured) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. He will continue his responsibility for overseeing all aspects of store operations and has been with E-Z Mart for more than 15 years.

    * James "Bubba" Kirkland, promoted to vice president of merchandising. Kirkland continues directing the merchandising department and will expand his realm of responsibilities to include all areas of foodservice as well. Kirkland has been a company employee for more than 28 years.

    * Lifford Luthringer, vice president of petroleum operations. Luthringer will now oversee the entire petroleum operation and has been an E-Z Mart employee for more than 12 years.

    * Dale Sides, vice president of loss prevention. Sides duties include direct responsibility for compliance, safety, security and inventory audits. He has been with E-Z Mart for more than 15 years.

    "These individuals have helped move this company forward and it is only appropriate that we recognize their contributions and dedication," said Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E-Z Mart. "They represent a total of 70 years combined experience as part of the E-Z Mart team."

    In other news, E-Z Mart said it is continuing its fund-raising efforts. Aside from the being raised at the annual Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Classic, E-Z Mart also gave away a Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary edition V-Rod. One lucky person drove away with a new Harley on September 2nd. The bike had an approximate value of $25,000.00.

    The winner, Clay Nutal of PepsiCo, was selected by random drawing. Those wishing to be entered donated $50.00 or more to the Jim Yates Memorial Fund. The golf tournament is held annually to raise funds for the various charitable causes that E-Z Mart chooses to support throughout the communities in which they operate. More than $143,000.00 was raised at this year's event.

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