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14. Circle K

Last Year's Rank: 18

Investment Range: $186,500 - $1,924,500

Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000

Category: Retail

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Company Description

Circle K is a convenience store franchise that offers snacks, fresh foods, coffee and gasoline. It is owned by Alimentation Couche-Tard, a Canadian convenience store operator that owns other American, Canadian and European convenience brands.

Started in 1951 by Fred Hervey by the purchase of three Kay’s Food Stores in El Paso, Texas, Circle K has thousands of units in all 50 states and countries including Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Japan.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $10,209,355,454

US Units: 5,908

International Units: 2,143

Total Units: 8,051

Percent Franchised: 34%

% International Units: 27%

US Franchised Units: 562

International Franchised Units: 2,143

Sales Growth %: 26.0%

Unit Growth %: 13.7%

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