13 Facts About Alimentation Couche-Tard


Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc, or simply Couche-Tard, is a Canadian multinational operator of convenience stores.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard operates its corporate stores mainly under the Couche-Tard, Circle K and On the Run brands, but under the affiliated brands 7-jours, Dairy Mart, Daisy Mart and Winks.

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In May 1997, Alimentation Couche-Tard acquired C Corp, a subsidiary of Provigo that owned the chains Provi-Soir in Quebec, Winks in Ontario and Red Rooster in Alberta.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard has since revived the Provi-Soir name in Quebec which it keeps as a distinct chain, much like the 7 Jours division.

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In 2001, Alimentation Couche-Tard broke into the American market with the acquisition of 172 Bigfoot convenience stores from Johnson Oil Company of Columbus, Indiana.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard held the master franchise for Dunkin' Donuts in Quebec since August 2003, but agreed in August 2008 to terminate this franchise within 12 to 18 months.

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In early 2010, Alimentation Couche-Tard started consolidating its outlets in Quebec by closing down many of those that did not do well in sales, and therefore allowing the successful ones to prosper.

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In 2014, Alimentation Couche-Tard sold off its Tiendas Extra chain, a subsidiary of Circle K, in Mexico to Grupo Modelo.

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In July 2017, Alimentation Couche-Tard announced an agreement to acquire Holiday Stationstores, the 18th largest convenience store chain in the United States, with over 500 locations in 10 states.

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Many Alimentation Couche-Tard locations are gas stations co-branded with Irving Oil.

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Partnership expanded in 2008, as Irving leased its remaining Bluecanoe and Mainway convenience stores to Alimentation Couche-Tard, expanding the latter chain's reach into Atlantic Canada and New England under the Circle K brand.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard has begun to phase out other local brands such as Mac's in favour of the Circle K brand.

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Casey's rejected Alimentation Couche-Tard's offer and was successful in September 2010 in retaining its board of directors vs Alimentation Couche-Tard's nominated slate.

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