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Encyclopedia > Circle K
Circle K Stores, Inc.
Type Wholly owned subsidiary
Founded El Paso, Texas (1951)
Headquarters Houston, Texas, USA
Industry Retail (Convenience stores)
Products Thirst Buster fountain drinks
Revenue $1.79 billion, USD (2004)
Parent Alimentation Couche-Tard
Website www.circlek.com
Circle K Kawada Shop(Higashi-Osaka Japan)
Circle K Kawada Shop(Higashi-Osaka Japan)

Circle K is a trademark owned by Alimentation Couche-Tard to designate a chain of company operated and convenience stores in the United States. A Service club is a type of voluntary organization where members meet regularly for social outings and to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organisations. ... Circle K International (CKI) is an international collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... El Paso redirects here. ... Houston redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... THIRST BUSTER This is a flavourful drink put out by the gas staion company SHELL. It is a slushy coming in a variety of flavours. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... USD redirects here. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... Photo of the entrance of a Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, QC. Photo of an advertisement pannel indicating the presence of a nearby Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Circle KSouth-Terakata East Shop photography day April, 2005 photography person MASA File links The following pages link to this file: Circle K Categories: GFDL images ... Circle KSouth-Terakata East Shop photography day April, 2005 photography person MASA File links The following pages link to this file: Circle K Categories: GFDL images ... Photo of the entrance of a Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, QC. Photo of an advertisement pannel indicating the presence of a nearby Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...



Circle K, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is the United States' largest company-owned convenience store chain, and second in overall number of U.S. stores to 7-Eleven. Some Circle K stores operate gasoline pumps selling Union 76 branded motor fuels, others sell Mobil, Marathon, BP or Shell branded fuel. Until mid-2006, nearly all Circle K stores in South Texas sold Citgo branded fuel, however those stores have dropped the Circle K name and now operate as Stripes Convenience Stores and are served by Valero branded fuel. The chain operates internationally, branching into other continents such as Asia. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, the store is called OK in reference to the circle around the K. Circle K was previously in Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as the food store portions of many Shell stations. Photo of the entrance of a Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, QC. Photo of an advertisement pannel indicating the presence of a nearby Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... For other uses, see 7-Eleven (disambiguation). ... Traditional Union 76 in Rocklin, California(2003) Three bays for auto service, and eight fuel dispensers; four serving diesel. ... Mobil gas station in the Loisaida section of the East Village of New York City Mobil was a major American oil company which merged with Exxon in 1999 to form ExxonMobil. ... Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), based in Houston, Texas, is a worldwide oil and natural gas exploration and production company. ... This article is about the energy corporation. ... The Shell emblem known as the Pecten Shell Oil Company (SOC) is the Houston, Texas based wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. ... Citgo Petroleum Corporation or Citgo, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company, is a United States-incorporated firm refiner and marketer of gasoline, lubricants, petrochemicals and other petroleum products. ... Stripes Convenience Stores is a chain of 320 convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma, owned by Susser Holdings Corporation. ... Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas with approximately 22,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $80 billion. ... Shell Canada Limited (TSX: SHC) is one of Canadas largest integrated oil companies. ...

The chain is primarily located in the Southern, Western and Southwestern U.S., and within the past couple of years expanded into the Midwest when the Circle K name replaced Couche-Tard brands Mac's, Bigfoot, Dairy Mart, and Handy Andy. Most recently, the company has acquired the 90-store Spectrum chain serving Georgia and Alabama[1], and 35 Sterling Dairy locations in Northwestern Ohio. The U.S. Southern states or The South, known during the American Civil War era as Dixie, is a distinctive region of the United States with its own unique historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Entrepreneur Fred Hervey purchased three Kay’s Food Stores in El Paso, Texas in 1951. Hervey renamed the stores Circle K. He grew the Circle K chain into neighboring New Mexico and Arizona, which has been the company’s home base since 1957 (Hervey would go on to serve two terms as mayor of El Paso).

According to the Circle K website, Circle K grew its retail network through a series of acquisitions conducted during the next few decades, which were incorporated into the Circle K brand. By 1975, there were 1,000 Circle K stores across the US. In 1979, Circle K entered the international market when a licensing agreement established the first Circle K stores in Japan. In 1983, the number of stores increased to 2,180 with the purchase of the 960-store UtoteM chain. UtoteM, also spelled U-tote-M or U Totem, was a chain of convenience stores which operated until 1984, primarily in the southwestern United States. ...

The Thirst Buster® fountain drink was introduced in 1983. It is one of Circle K's flagship products today.

Karl Eller, a prominent Phoenix businessman, served as the company's CEO from 1983-1990. During that time, Eller built Circle K into the second largest convenience store operation and the largest publicly owned convenience store chain in the U.S. with over 4,600 stores in 32 states and an additional 1,300 or so licensed or joint venture stores in 13 foreign countries. Under Eller's leadership, the company grew from annual sales of $747 million to over $3 billion. Karl Eller is an Arizona business leader and nationally recognized entrepreneur. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ...

Fortunes declined in the late 1980s as the US economy began to slow down, and Circle K filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 1990; Eller resigned as CEO. Some underperforming locations were sold or closed. In 1993 the company was purchased by Investcorp, an international investment group, and emerged from bankruptcy. Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code governs the process of reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ...

Circle K was acquired by Tosco Corporation, an independent petroleum refiner and marketer, in 1996, but kept its headquarters in Phoenix. Tosco was purchased in 2001 by Phillips Petroleum, which in 2002 merged with Conoco to form ConocoPhillips. In 2003 Circle K was purchased by Alimentation Couche-Tard (a large conveniece store operator based in the Montreal area) for US$804 million. Tosco (The Oil Shale COrporation) was an independent U.S. based petroleum refining and marketing corporation. ... Photo of the entrance of a Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, QC. Photo of an advertisement pannel indicating the presence of a nearby Couche-Tard store, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... This article needs cleanup. ...

In mid-2006, Alimentation Couche-Tard entered into a franchising agreement with ConocoPhillips to brand some their company-owned stores into Circle K in the western portion of the US. ConocoPhillips remodeled the stores into the Circle K scheme but will still operate them. The stores will still have the new ConocoPhillips unified canopy design and ProClean gasolines.

Pop culture

The film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure features the well known line by Keanu Reeves's character Ted "Theodore" Logan, "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K." Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure (1989) is an American comedy/science fiction movie in which two slackers travel through time in order to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is an actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Ted Theodore Logan as portrayed by Keanu Reeves. ...

See also

This is a list of automotive fuel retail brands (petrol or gasoline, diesel, etc. ... Sunkus convenience store in Tokyo Japan Derivation of the Sunkus logo Circle K Sunkus is a chain of company operated and franchised convenience stores in Japan. ...


  1. ^ http://www.csdecisions.com/issue/article/42291/couchetard_acquires_spectrum_stores.aspx

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  • [1] Large photo of a Circle K in Okayama, Japan

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