Circle K is a convenience store chain in Northalsted, Chicago offering a wide variety of products for people on the go. If you are looking for a great cup of coffee, a cold beverage, a Polar Pop cup, a Froster drink, or fresh food to go, we are the place to visit. We have premium quality fuels and excellent car washes. Circle K’s success in the convenience retailing industry spans more than 60 years. Our roots trace back to 1951 when Fred Hervey purchased three Kays Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Little did anyone know that these stores would serve as the beginning of Circle K. During the early years, Herveys enterprising spirit enabled the company to make its mark in the southwestern part of the United States. He grew the Circle K chain into neighboring New Mexico and Arizona. During the next few decades, Circle K grew its retail network through a series of acquisitions, which were incorporated into the Circle K brand. By 1975, there were 1,000 Circle K stores across the U.S. In 1979, Circle K entered the international market when a licensing agreement established the first Circle K stores in Japan. The companys growth continued and, by 1984, sales had reached 1 billion dollars. In 1999, a franchise program was introduced to support operators looking to build a business with a leading convenience store brand. In 2003, Circle K was acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard and has developed into a global brand represented in over 20 countries. Circle K has become one of the most widely recognized convenience store brands, known worldwide for quality products and great customer service. We have come a long way since our humble beginnings, and we are proud of where we have been and where we are going. Please visit our timeline to learn more about the Circle K story.
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