Circle K acquiring Holiday Station Stores

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Re: Circle K acquiring Holiday Station Stores

Post by wnetmacman » August 10th, 2017, 8:43 am

pseudo3d wrote:From existing evidence, Diamond Shamrock did the initial start of Corner Store becoming its own brand, where they had a new pentagon-shaped (similar but not identical to Albertsons Express signage) red "Corner Store" signage (without the DS logo on the sign), and under Valero that just became the first Valero Corner Store signage, with the Valero "V" with "cornerstore" written below it.


The Corner Store name has existed since the early 80's, from driving around Texas during that timeframe. Yes, they rebranded it in the very late 90's, but it has been around for quite a while.

I suspect the name will continue for a while longer, as will Holiday, because Couche-Tard doesn't seem to be in a big hurry to rebrand, seeing as they are still running stores under Kangaroo, which finalized some time back.

Moderator Note:Let's try to steer the discussion back to Holiday, as that's the thread. If you want to talk about CST, there is another thread for that. It can be found at this link.

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Re: Circle K acquiring Holiday Station Stores

Post by storewanderer » August 10th, 2017, 10:56 pm

Has anyone here had any experience with Holiday?

I see they go all the way to Spokane, WA..

I guess this Holiday is different from the clown Holiday in Utah.

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Re: Circle K acquiring Holiday Station Stores

Post by storewanderer » September 6th, 2017, 10:15 pm

I was finally able to check out one of these Holiday Station Stores. I can see this is a very good purchase for Circle K. They already use the same NCR/Radiant POS as Circle K and the same "Rewards" program attached to the gas pumps and cash register as some of the Circle K Regions use.

They also offer all sizes coffee at 99cents and most fountain sizes at 99cents (the 52oz was 1.19). They have a handfull of private label items including water, candy, etc. Many "2 for" pricing schemes throughout the store, even odd ones like canned cat food 3 cans for 3.50 or 1.29 each (or go to Wal Mart where it is 48 cents per can...).

They had quite a bit more food than Circle K. They had store produced donuts in many flavors/shapes, store produced muffins, store produced cookies in at least 6 flavors, the usual hot dogs, some hot pretzels...

Their website is interesting also as it has some coupons you can print, one is for 79 cent Coffee, the other is for .05 off per gallon of gas, must "pay inside." It seems at Holiday, "Pay inside" is post-pay so pump first then go in and pay and redeem your coupon. While I was inside the store I observed at least 4 other customers also doing post pay. Funny to think that practice is largely unheardof in much of the west. I guess it is much different in these upper mountain states.

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Re: Circle K acquiring Holiday Station Stores

Post by storewanderer » October 9th, 2017, 9:33 pm

Circle K announced they will be retaining the Holiday banner and programs.

I am not surprised.

I was confident they would make the right decision on this...

The right decision with a lot of Kangaroo Express and portions of CST is a bulldozer. That is going to take A LOT of money. Wasting money on something that is not broken (Holiday) is not a good idea when so much else they bought needs A LOT of money.

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