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Circle K (US) Announces First Full-Service Franchise Opportunities in Canada

19 Jan 2018 - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., one of the world's largest convenience store retailers with over 15,000 stores globally, is excited to announce new full-service franchise opportunities with its Circle K brand in Canada. The expansion marks the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in Canada with the offer initially targeting the Ontario province. Interested parties will be able to join a world-wide network of company-owned and licensed stores.

Circle K's entrance into the Ontario franchise market begins immediately and aims to foster the growth of the brand in the rapidly developing province. The franchise locations will also complement Couche-Tard's nearly 10,000 stores in North America, including over 2,200 in Canada. The proposal includes access to Circle K's popular private brands, comprehensive training and continued education of the brand, and total operational and marketing support. The new franchise stores will display the Circle K logo, which is a beacon for customers across the globe looking for an easy shopping experience.

At Circle K, we are committed to growing our brand globally and look forward to providing business partners in Ontario with the full range of Circle K branded products and service," added Matt McCure, Vice President, Circle K Worldwide Franchise. "We are excited that through this franchise offer, more retailers will be able to join us in our mission to become the world's preferred destination for convenience and fuel."

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and in Ireland and also with an important presence in Poland.

As of October 15, 2017, and following the Holiday stores acquisition, Couche-Tard's network comprised 9,987 convenience stores throughout North America, including 8,657 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 19 business units, including 15 in the United States covering 48 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 100,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America. In addition, through CrossAmerica Partners LP, Couche-Tard supplies road transportation fuel under various brands to more than 1,200 locations in the United States.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia, Ireland, Poland, the Baltics and Russia through ten business units. As of October 15, 2017, Couche-Tard's network comprised 2,750 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel stations which only offer road transportation fuel. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel and chemicals. Including employees at branded franchise stores, approximately 25,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, more than 1,800 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries and territories (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam), which brings the worldwide total network to more than 15,700 stores.


Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

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