Canadian company to buy Holiday convenience store chain
Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to purchase Minnesota-based Holiday Stationstores, in a deal announced Monday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Couche-Tard expects the sale to close during the fourth quarter of 2018. Couche-Tard’s agreement with Holiday includes all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and certain affiliated companies.
“We are pleased to entrust Couche-Tard with carrying forward the Holiday brand and our highly successful programs,” Holiday CEO Ronald Erickson said in the news release. “Our 90-year history and our promising future are being placed into excellent hands.”
Quebec-based Couche-Tard — French for “night owl” — plans to keep Holiday’s operational headquarters in Bloomington, the company said in the news release.
Founded in 1928, Holiday operates 522 stores — 374 company-owned and 148 franchise locations — across 10 states, centered in the Upper Midwest, and employs nearly 6,000 people. It has a significant footprint in the Northland, with more than 40 locations across the region. It’s been competing head-to-head with newly arrived Kwik Trip in a number of those communities, including Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Hermantown and Two Harbors.
Holiday also owns and operates a fuel terminal in Newport, Minn., that supplies one-third of the stations, as well as a food commissary that produces and provides fresh and frozen food to all
“The acquisition of Holiday is a great fit for Couche-Tard and will allow us to continue to build on our geographical growth strategy,” said Brian Hannasch, president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard. “We believe there are tremendous synergies between the two companies and that it also gives us a great entry point into the Upper Midwest and in particular a strong position in the Greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.”
Couche-Tard operates close to 14,000 stores in Canada, the U.S. and more than 20 other countries. It has operations in 42 U.S. states, with many stores using the Circle K brand name, and employs about 94,000 people in North America alone.
Its Canadian brands include Mac’s, which has more than a dozen convenience stores in Thunder Bay.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press contributed to this report.