Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In North America, Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator (whether integrated with a petroleum corporation or not) in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel in Scandinavian countries and in the Baltic States while it has a growing presence in Poland.
As of October 14, 2012, Couche-Tard’s network comprises 6,172 convenience stores throughout North America, including 4,590 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North-American network consists of 13 business units, including nine in the United States covering 40 states and the District of Columbia and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. More than 60,000 people are employed throughout Couche-Tard’s network and at its service offices in North America.
Through its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), and Russia with 2,301 stores as at September 30, 2012, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service-stations (road transportation fuel only). Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. It operates 12 key fuel terminals and 38 fuel depots in eight countries as well as approximately 400 road tankers. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 18,500 people work in Couche-Tard’s retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.
In addition, under licensing agreements, about 4,100 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in nine other countries (China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Vietnam and United Arab Emirates).
Couche-Tard is a Canadian company which shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: ATD.A and ATD.B).