The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 March 2007

The return of Circle K

A reader expressed some surprise that I hadn't mentioned this:

The Canadian parent company of Circle K Stores Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire 53 Oklahoma City Star Fuel Marts Inc. stores.

Expected to close in April, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said the convenience stores' total 2006 sales amounted to about $215 million. The company did not disclose the purchase price.

I'd like to say that this was a desperate attempt to avoid Couche-Tard jokes, but actually, it's simply that I spend next to no time on the inside of C-stores; I drive up, shove my card into the reader, fill up Gwendolyn's tank, and vanish into traffic.

It seems remarkable, though, that these 53 stores grossed $215 million last year: that's just over $4 million per store. I can see why the Canadians might be interested.

Posted at 4:14 PM to City Scene

When they're charging 5 cents per gallon more for the same fuel and charging $1.39 for a 20 oz bottle of soda, I'm surprised that they are making ONLY $4M per year.

Posted by: Dan B at 9:50 AM on 12 March 2007

I, for one, will now spend the rest of the week, nay, the rest of 2007, doing nothing but making Couche-Tard jokes. My god, it's amazing they held out that long before selling.

Posted by: briantologist at 12:35 PM on 12 March 2007

Is that French for couch potato?

Voulez vous Couche-Tard avec moi, ce soir?

Posted by: Michael Bates at 3:18 PM on 13 March 2007