White Hen Changes Holiday Shopping Habits

LOMBARD, IL | Monday, December 05, 2005

This year many Chicagoans will forgo one tradition, the annual chore of holiday shopping at the traditional malls. White Hen stores will be selling over 30 varieties of gift cards at different dollar nominations for every person on your Christmas list. Customers can stop in at White Hen to quickly and easily purchase pre-paid cards from Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Joanne’s Fabrics, Home Depot, American Express, Verizon, and many other department store, financial, and telecommunication companies.

This season, the name of the game is convenience. Instead of looking for a parking spot at the mall and waiting in lines, gift givers are visiting the checkout line at their local White Hen. "Holidays are a time to spend with family - not the mall," says Ari Goldsmith, White Hen Marketing Manager. According to Bain & Co., a research and consulting firm based in Boston, gift card sales soared toward the $45 billion mark in 2004. With that news, gift cards promise to be once again the hottest gift-giving trend for 2005. Findings from an independent study showed that grocery stores topped the list as the place most consumers would go to find multiple cards at one stop. That survey also found that gift cards for dining, books, music and fashion are going to be the top sellers for this season. “Our customers are tired of driving all over town shopping for the perfect gift,” Goldsmith said. “Whether stopping in for coffee or making a quick stop for a Hot & Fresh oven-toasted sandwich, that gifts can now be found at your local White Hen.” White Hen Pantry Inc. is a premier franchised chain of convenience stores that has been serving Chicago and greater Boston for 40 years. With headquarters in Lombard, IL, White Hen Panty is predominantly franchisee-owned and operated with more than 265 stores serving 250,000 customers each day. Renowned for its quality, cleanliness and outstanding customer service, White Hen offers a full line of distinctive products including toasted to order sandwiches, sliced to order deli meats and cheeses, fresh garden salads, a wide variety of soups, and fresh brewed coffee. To learn more about White Hen Pantry's market leadership history, franchise network and array of product offerings, please visit www.whitehen.com.

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