The Pantry, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTRY), a leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., today announced that it has commenced the mailing of its definitive proxy materials in connection with the Company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on March 13, 2014. The Pantry stockholders of record as of January 16, 2014, are eligible to vote at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The Pantry Board of Directors recommends stockholders vote "FOR" the Company’s nine highly qualified and experienced director nominees. The Pantry has filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The presentation is available on the Company’s website at www.thepantry.com. In addition, the Company issued the following letter to stockholders: Dear Fellow Shareholder, We are writing to you today regarding The Pantry’s upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be held on March 13, 2014. At or prior to the meeting, you will be asked to make an important decision regarding your Company’s future. We urge you to protect the value of your investment in The Pantry by voting the enclosed WHITE proxy card today FOR The Pantry’s nine highly qualified and experienced director nominees: Robert F. Bernstock, Thomas W. Dickson, Wilfred A. Finnegan, Kathleen Guion, Dennis G. Hatchell, Edwin J. Holman, Terry L. McElroy, Mark D. Miles and Thomas M. Murnane. Your Board of Directors and management team are focused on creating value for all stockholders of The Pantry through the continued implementation of our strategy, which balances prudent cost management with targeted initiatives to strengthen The Pantry’s presence in high-value, high-demand markets. Since 2012, when your Board installed the Company’s leadership team led by President and CEO Dennis Hatchell, The Pantry has successfully executed plans to improve performance and unlock the potential of our powerful convenience store platform. We have made significant progress and we are confident that The Pantry is well positioned for continued growth and success.