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SANFORD, N.C -- Steven J. Ferreira, senior vice president of business development and real estate for The Pantry Inc., passed away Tuesday. During Ferreira’s long tenure with the c-store chain, he served in numerous leadership roles, but was best known for his contributions in the development and execution of the company’s acquisition strategy.
"All of us at The Pantry mourn this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter J. Sodini said in a statement. "Steve’s passion, dedication and loyalty will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues. Serving side-by-side with Steve since he joined us 12 years ago, I have had the privilege of working closely with one of the most talented individuals in our industry as we acquired over 1,600 stores in almost 100 separate transactions."
Ferreira, 52, had a distinguished career and leaves behind a creative and entrepreneurial legacy at The Pantry, according to the company. He served in his most recent role since May 2008, and prior to that, Ferreira served as vice president of administration since February 2001, and vice president of strategic planning since May 1997. Before joining The Pantry, he was chief operating officer of The Store 24 Cos. Inc., a New England-based convenience store chain.
Headquartered in Sanford, N.C., The Pantry Inc. is one of the largest independently operated c-store chains in the country. As of April 10, it operated 1,648 stores in 11 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner.
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