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  • Last Year Rank: 14
  • Investment Range: $186,500 - $1,924,500
  • Initial Investment: $25,000
  • Category: Retail
10. Circle K

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: $12,457,942,533
  • US Units: 5,976
  • International Units: 3,416
  • Total Units: 9,392
  • Percent Franchised: 31%
  • % International Units: 36%
  • US Franchised Units: 615
  • International Franchised Units: 2,288
  • Sales Growth %: 22.0%
  • Unit Growth %: 16.7%