ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has purchased 10 convenience stores in Dublin, reports the Irish Times. The Circle K owner is buying the high-profile stores from the Griffin Group, which currently operates them under the Londis banner. The deal still needs to be approved by competition regulators.
The stores would be rebranded as Circle Ks, and the deal includes several in-store food franchises for Subway and Chopped. The 200 Griffin Group employees that work in the 10 stores will become Circle K employees.
Recently, Alimentation Couche-Tard said it will acquire 35 Porter’s brand convenience stores in Oregon and Washington from ARS Fresno LLC and certain affiliated companies.
Couche-Tard operates convenience stores in 26 countries and territories, with more than 14,200 stores, of which about 10,800 offer road transportation fuel. With its Couche-Tard and Circle K banners, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated stores in the United States.
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