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Lone Star Installs Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Douglass Distributing Retail Co. is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at their Lone Star Food Store No. 50 in Sherman, Texas—the first installation of its kind in the state of Texas.

Vendgogh’s patented, UL-approved vending systems integrates seamlessly with Lone Star Food Store’s Gilbarco Passport point of sale system to enable gas customers to purchase gas and cold drinks with their choice of payment (cash, credit/debit or contactless payment) without ever leaving the gas island.

Lone Star Food Stores wants all of its customers to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant shopping experience, whether they come into the store or simply visit the gas island.

“We want to surprise and delight all of our customers,” said Bill Douglass, CEO of Douglass Distributing. “We have invested in new pump technology that incorporates Applause TV, an advertising, news and entertainment system that will be a great complement our new gas island vending solution.”

“We realize that every one of our customers is different and we are doing everything we can to make each of them a repeat customer,” Bill Martin, president Lone Star Food Stores added.

Research shows that a growing number of fuel customers are paying at the pump and a large percentage of them do not go into the store. Lone Star Food Stores are focused on continually enhancing the shopper experience at the pump.

“We are excited about working with Douglass Distributing to bring this exciting new service to their fuel customers,” said Larry McAnallen, vice president business development at Vendgogh. “This innovative combination of gas island vending and Applause TV coupled with their constant customer focus should create real excitement for Lone Star Food Store gas customers.”

The installations were completed in late June 2012. Lone Star Food Stores operates 15 convenience stores in North Texas under the Douglass Distributing Co. umbrella.

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