Four retail members to serve on National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Board of Directors

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

New board members are:

  • Chris Coborn, President & CEO of Saint Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s Inc.
  • Brian Hannasch, President & CEO at Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
  • Chuck McDaniel, Vice President of Facilities, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip Corporation
  • Glenn Plumby, Senior Vice President Operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC
  • Art Stawski, President, Pueblo-Colorado-based Loaf ‘N Jug

A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the Board of Directors.

The following are brief biographies of the five new NACS Board members:

CHRIS COBORN
President & CEO, Coborn’s Inc.
Coborn is president and CEO of family-owned Coburn’s, a corporation of 120+ grocery, pharmacy, convenience, liquor, retail stores and central facilities in the Midwest. Coborn’s employs about 7,600 people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Coborn promotes a corporate culture of leadership through community involvement and charitable contributions. His company is a recognized leader in promoting charitable contributions through development and promotion of a Community Leaders Volunteer Program for employees, initiation of needed social and human service programs to meet community need, and educational support of community’s youth through employee education and scholarships.

Coborn graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in management.

BRIAN HANNASCH
President & CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Hannasch was appointed president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard in September 2014. In this role he has oversight for global operations of the company. Prior to his current role, he was COO since May 2010, and during that time had all functions of the company reporting to him, with the exception of the CFO. During this period, Hannasch also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Statoil Fuel and Retail into the ACT family. From May 2008 to 2010, he was senior vice president, U.S. operations. From 2004 to 2008, Hannasch was senior vice president, Western North America and vice president, integration. In 2001, he was appointed vice president operations, U.S. Midwest and responsible for U.S. operations. From 2000 to 2001, Hannasch was vice president of operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225-unit convenience store chain in the Midwest, Couche-Tard’s first step into the U.S. market. From 1989 to 2000, Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility.

Hannasch holds a B.A. in finance from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.

CHUCK McDANIEL
Vice President of Facilities, QuikTrip Corporation
McDaniel serves as vice president of facilities, for QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held convenience and gasoline marketer headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has more than 700 stores in 11 states, with more than 19,000 employees. McDaniel began work for QuikTrip Corporation in July 1991 as a night assistant manager in Kansas City. He worked in operations through April 2000 through the position of store supervisor. In May 2000, Chuck was promoted to director of facility support in Tulsa, overseeing QuikTrip’s maintenance department. In 2003, he was promoted to director of facilities, overseeing various departments in QT’s store development department.

McDaniel graduated from Central Missouri University in 1990 with a degree in business administration.

GLENN PLUMBY
Senior Vice President Operations, Speedway LLC
Plumby has more than 35 years’ experience starting in 1981 with Marathon Oil Company. He held various accounting and marketing positions until being transferred to Emro Marketing (Speedway) in 1994. Over the last 22 years at Speedway, Plumby has held positions including vice president of light product marketing, vice president marketing and vice president operations, construction and real estate.

Plumby graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a B.S. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1985. He attended Indiana University Executive education program in 1993 and attended the Wharton School Advanced Management program in 2012.

ARTHUR STAWSKI
President, Loaf ‘N Jug
Stawski is president of Load ‘N Jug, a chain of convenience stores owned by Kroger and headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado. Stawski was inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame for community advocacy in 2012. He received the Pueblo Business Person of the Year award from the Pueblo Chamber in 2009 and was selected as the Community Advocate of the Year by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation in 2007. He also served on the NACS Coca-Cola Retail Council from 2010 to 2014. Stawski began his career in the convenience store industry with Total Petroleum when he was 19 years old.

Stawski attended the University of New Orleans and earned his B.S. in business management from the University of Phoenix.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.

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SOURCE: NACS

Couche-Tard received approval from Canadian Competition Bureau to proceed with the proposed acquisition of certain retail assets of Imperial Oil

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A / ATD.B) announces that it has received approval today (September 7, 2016) from the Canadian Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) to proceed with the proposed acquisition of certain retail assets of Imperial Oil (“Imperial”) in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec, which was previously announced on March 8, 2016. Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur in October 2016. It will be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities.

Since the proposed transaction announced in March, Couche-Tard has worked closely with the Bureau with the aim of obtaining approval for the deal. Following the Bureau’s review, Couche-Tard has agreed to divest two retail sites, one in Ontario and one in Québec. The resolution will be registered as a consent agreement with the Competition Tribunal. Until completion of the divestitures in accordance with the consent agreement, one of the sites to be divested and one of the other sites that will be acquired by Couche-Tard will be held and operated separately from Couche-Tard.

In March 2016, Couche-Tard announced an agreement with Imperial to acquire 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites. Of these sites, 229 are located in Ontario – the majority of which are in the Greater Toronto Area – and 50 sites are located in Québec. All of the Québec sites are in the Greater Montréal Area or on the south shore of Montréal. The agreement also includes 13 land banks and 2 dealer sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement for Esso-branded fuel. Of the 279 sites, 238 are owned and 41 are leased.

Subsequent to this transaction and the consent agreement reached with the Bureau, Couche-Tard’s network in Canada will be comprised of 1,719 sites.

“We are very excited to announce this new addition to the Couche-Tard family and to welcome the great people at Imperial to our team”, says Brian Hannasch, President and CEO of Couche-Tard. “The sites we are acquiring are a great strategic fit for our business and combine some of the strongest brands in the country. We view this transaction as a transformative acquisition in Canada.”

Jean Bernier, Couche-Tard’s Group President Global Fuels & North-East Operations, added “We are pleased to have closed this transaction as it represents an outstanding opportunity for growth. The addition of Imperial’s sites allows us to expand our network and reach more fuel customers than ever before. Together with the team at Imperial we looking forward to creating an even greater offer and experience for our customers.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and in Ireland with an important presence in Poland.

As of July 17, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,863 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,474 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia, Ireland, Poland, the Baltics States and Russia through ten business units. As of July 17, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network is comprised of 2,708 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel sites which only offer road transportation fuel. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Including employees at its branded franchise stores, approximately 25,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, more than 1,500 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries and territories worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam), which brings the total network to over 12,000 stores.

For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

Contacts:
Investor Relations:

Claude Tessier
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (450) 662-6632, ext. 4407
investor.relations@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer
Director Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603-4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Source: Couche-Tard

Couche-Tard acquires retail assets in Ontario and Québec from Imperial Oil

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today that it has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. and Couche-Tard Inc., an agreement with Imperial Oil (“Imperial”) to acquire certain of its Canadian retail assets located in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec.

The transaction is for 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites. Of these sites, 229 are located in Ontario – the majority of which in the Greater Toronto Area – and 50 sites are located in Québec. All of the Québec sites are in the Greater Montréal Area or on the south shore of Montréal. The agreement also includes 13 land banks and two dealer sites, as well as a longterm supply agreement for Esso branded fuel. Of the 279 sites, 238 are owned by Imperial and 41 are leased. The total transaction is priced at approximately CAD$1,686 million. Pending the customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close within six months.The acquisition would be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities.

“Since our acquisition of Silcorp in 1999 we have been looking for an opportunity for a further transformative acquisition in Canada. Today we are happy to announce our agreement with Imperial for 279 Esso sites in Ontario and Québec. Esso is a great brand and a strong partner and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them,” said Brian Hannasch, President & CEO of Couche-Tard. “The opportunity to combine some of the strongest brands in Canada to create a great offer and experience for our customers is very exciting. The sites we would acquire represent an excellent strategic fit for our business, allowing us to expand our network and reach more fuel customers than ever before,” concluded Mr. Hannasch.

Jean Bernier, Couche-Tard’s Group President Global Fuels & North-East Operations, added “Imperial operates an attractive convenience and fuel network with excellent locations, well-upgraded facilities and a professional team that would complement our existing business in both Ontario and Québec.” Mr. Bernier continued, “These sites are among the best assets in these provinces. They have significant customer support for their convenience, coffee and car wash businesses as well as impressive fuel throughput. They are in key urban locations and in two solid growth markets. We look forward to welcoming them to the Couche-Tard family.”

INVITATION TO CONFERENCE CALLS FOR ANALYSTS AND MEDIA – MARCH 9, 2016

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. invites analysts and media representatives to two separate conference calls in which representatives of Couche-Tard’s management team will participate.

For analysts: There will be a conference call for analysts only that will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. It will start at 10:00a.m. promptly (EST)/ 15:00 (GMT) and analysts will need to contact CNW at one of the following numbers: 1-866-865-3087, 1-647-427-7450 or 514-807- 9895, conference number # 67061596 and will need to identify themselves. Lines will be available 30 minutes in advance to allow them to register. Participants will not be able to join the call after it has started. The session will be taped and the recording will be made available on http://corpo.couche-tard.com for a 30 day period.

For media: There will be a conference call for media only that will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. It will start at 11:00a.m. promptly (EST)/ 16:00 (GMT) media representatives will need to contact CNW at one of the following numbers: 1-866-865-3087, 1-647-427-7450 or 514-807-9895, conference number # 67070395 and will need to identify themselves. Lines will be available 30 minutes in advance to allow them to register. Participants will not be able to join the call after it has started.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a significant presence in Poland.

As of October 11, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 8,006 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,579 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at October 11, 2015, it comprised 2,217 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service stations which offer road transportation fuel only. CoucheTard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe. Since its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited on February 1st, 2016, Couche-Tard also operates a convenience and fuel retailing network comprised of 444 service stations in Ireland as well as a significant commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two terminals.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam).

For more information about Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations:

Claude Tessier, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4607
claude.tessier@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: 514-603-4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forwardlooking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

SOURCE: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announces the appointment of Mr. Claude Tessier as its Chief Financial Officer

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“CoucheTard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today the appointment of Mr. Claude Tessier as its Chief Financial Officer, with effect from January 28, 2016. Mr. Tessier is a retail industry veteran and joins us from Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc., where he was President of the IGA Operations Business Unit.

“I am excited to join the Couche-Tard family. Couche-Tard is one of the true success stories of Québec,” says Mr. Tessier. “In addition to overseeing the financial, reporting and investor relations functions in Couche-Tard, I look forward to joining President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Hannasch in evaluating opportunities for further expansion under the new, global Circle K brand,” Mr. Tessier continues. “I am thrilled at this opportunity to play a part in CoucheTard’s continuing strategic growth and in reaching its goal to become the world’s preferred destination for convenience and fuel.”

Brian Hannasch, Couche-Tard’s President and Chief Executive Officer, says, “Claude has deep experience in large retail businesses and understands the reality of lean, multi-site environments – including service station operations. He has a proven track record as the Head of Finance of a large, complex business and has experience with financing, acquisitions and capital markets in publicly traded companies. Claude is the ideal candidate to help Couche-Tard continue its strong growth and to continue adding shareholder value with us.” Mr. Hannasch adds, “Claude’s extensive and relevant experience, combined with his solid leadership skills, will be an excellent addition to our already strong team.”

Claude Tessier joins Couche-Tard from Sobeys, where he has been President of the IGA Operations Business Unit since 2012. He joined IGA in 2003 as Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning for Sobeys Québec. Prior to his position with IGA, Mr. Tessier gained more than 15 years’ as senior financial leadership experience with Fly Furniture, Provigo and Costco, including in CFO and Vice President roles. He has also held management positions in Mallette International and PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand).

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Sylvain Aubry, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4619
sylvain.aubry@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603-4505 or 011 47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a significant presence in Poland.

As of October 11, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 8,006 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,579 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at October 11, 2015, it comprised 2,217 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. CoucheTard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 14,900 the number of sites in Couche-Tard’s network.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements set forth in this press release, which describes Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as ”believe”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, ”estimate”, “assume” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in the reports filed by Couche-Tard with securities authorities in Canada and the United States. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. to acquire Ireland’s leading convenience and fuel retailer Topaz

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2015-12-4 — /EPR Retail News/ —Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today that it has signed, through one of its wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries, an agreement to acquire Ireland’s leading convenience and fuel retailer Topaz, through purchasing the majority share capital (more than 99.86%) of both Topaz Energy Group Limited (“TEGL”) and Resource Property Investment Fund plc (“RPIF”), together with the entire share capital of Esso Ireland Limited. The minority shareholders of TEGL and RPIF will be invited to take part in the same opportunity. This acquisition would position Couche-Tard as the leading convenience and fuel retailer in Ireland.

The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of Couche-Tard’s fiscal year 2016 and is subject to the usual regulatory approvals and closing conditions. It would be financed using Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price for this acquisition.

Topaz is the leading convenience and fuel retailer in the country, made up of 464 stations across the island of Ireland including its recently acquired Esso station network. Of these stations, 162 are owned by Topaz and 302 by dealers. The agreement also encompasses a commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two owned terminals.

“In 2012 we declared that Statoil Fuel & Retail would be our platform for growth in Europe. This agreement to acquire Topaz’s network and assets, our second announcement in Europe this year following the Danish Shell deal, would allow us to add yet another high quality network to our operations,” says Brian Hannasch, President & CEO of Couche-Tard. “Ireland has been on an extraordinary journey over the past decade. We have been looking at this market for several years. With the addition of Topaz, we would expand our geographic footprint into what, today, is one of Europe’s best performing economies.”

“As part of the larger Couche-Tard merchant family, and with the strong, global Circle K brand in our portfolio, we are well-equipped to take on this significant market,” says Jacob Schram, Couche-Tard’s Group President Europe. “Topaz would be a great strategic fit for Couche-Tard and it would strengthen our position in Western Europe. It has an extensive and attractive convenience and fuel network, with good locations, quality forecourts and stores, an excellent food offering and very professional teams. We look forward to welcoming Topaz into our family.”

INVITATION TO CONFERENCE CALL FOR ANALYSTS AND MEDIA
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. invites the analysts and media representatives to a conference call to which representatives of the Management Team will participate. The conference call will start at 8:45 A.M. promptly (ET)/ 1:45 P.M. (GMT) and analysts and media representatives will need to contact CNW at one of the following numbers: 1-866-865-3087, 1-647-427-7450 or 514- 807-9895, conference number # 95369970 and will need to identify themselves. Lines will be available 30 minutes in advance to allow them to register. Participants who wish to join the call after it started will not be able to join it.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a significant presence in Poland.

As of October 11, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 8,006 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,579 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at October 11, 2015, it comprised 2,217 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 14,900 the number of sites in Couche-Tard’s network.

For more information about Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Contacts
Media Relations:
Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: 514-603-4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Investor Relations:
Sylvain Aubry, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4619
sylvain.aubry@couche-tard.com

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

SOURCE: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Alimentation Couche-Tard VP and CFO Raymond Paré to resign effective October 16

Laval, Québec, Canada,  2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A / ATD.B) today announced that its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Raymond Paré, has resigned effective October 16, 2015.

Mr. Paré has indicated his intention to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family. Couche-Tard’s Board of Directors has accepted his resignation and wishes him success in his future endeavors. Couche-Tard has begun the process of identifying a successor and Mr. Paré will remain available to facilitate a smooth transition. In the meantime, financial and investor queries will be handled by Couche-Tard’s President & CEO, Brian Hannasch.

“We thank Raymond for his contributions to the company over the past 13 years,” says Brian Hannasch. “He has been instrumental in the completion of milestone acquisitions including Statoil Fuel & Retail and The Pantry, reaching thousands more customers in dozens of new markets and multiplying our market value several times over, as well as laying the foundations for further growth with our new, global Circle K retail brand. We wish him well in his pursuit of new ventures.”

Contacts:
Media Relations:

Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Investor Relations:
Sylvain Aubry, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4619
sylvain.aubry@couche-tard.com

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries with a significant presence in Poland.

As of July 19, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,987 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,556 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at July 19, 2015, it comprised 2,229 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service-stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 12 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 14,900 the number of sites in Couche-Tard’s network.

Forward-looking statements The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. CoucheTard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.