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    Thorntons Adds E85 to Indiana Station

    Convenience store chain plans to have 17 sites with new alternative fuel by March.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thorntons, an independent gasoline/convenience store chain retailer based here, yesterday announced the addition of E85 fuel at a Thorntons store in New Albany, Ind. -- the second station in the Southern Indiana area to carry the environmentally friendly fuel.

    Thorntons currently has nine locations with E85 fuel: four in Illinois, two in Indiana, two in Kentucky and one in Tennessee. Over the next several months, the retailer will continue to add E85 fuel to eight more store locations. By the end of March, Thorntons will have a total of 17 stores selling this alternative fuel.

    E85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15 percent petroleum and 85 percent ethanol. The vast majority of domestic ethanol is produced from corn.

    "We are very excited about the expansion of E85 fuel in our stores," said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons. "We support the use of ethanol, wherever it is economically available."

    E85 as an alternative fuel has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years, according to the company. Thorntons attributes the growth to the fuel's many benefits as a renewable fuel that helps create a cleaner environment, boosts the U.S. economy and reduces oil imports.

    Thorntons Inc., founded Thorntons in 1971, operates 161 gasoline/convenience stores, one travel plaza, and seven car washes. It also distributes its petroleum products through a wholly owned Thornton Transportation Company subsidiary and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville.

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