Holiday is a regional c-store and fueling-station chain with a footprint that stretches across the Northern United States, from Michigan to Alaska. Among the brand’s attributes are larger-than-average stores, a significant food and beverage selection, wide aisles, attentive employees and proprietary Blue Planet gasoline, which is billed as the “clean air choice.” For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to providing quality fuel with value, extensive product selection and a helpful staff, selecting as its slogan, “Experience the difference.”
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer Gas Stations operates under the parent Meijer organization, a major retailer with a large network of supercenter stores, gas stations and convenience stores. Most locations feature its multiple retail formats on a single site. Meijer Gas Stations offer fuel as well as c-store services, including prepared food. Billed as “The Original Supercenter,” the company is also a member of Topco Associates, a privately held cooperative company that leverages the volume of its membership to offer private-label products.
In 2014, Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard purchased the 1,500-store chain known as The Pantry and its Kangaroo store and fuel brand. Based in Cary, N.C., The Pantry was one of the first major industry consolidators, making headlines with multiple deals that resulted in one of the largest publicly traded convenience retailers in the United States.
Kwik Star is the sister fuel brand of La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc., which also runs the Kwik Trip brand of convenience stores and fuel stations. Operating primarily in Iowa, the chain offers customers a Kwik Star gas card called the Kwik Card.
PDQ Food Stores operates primarily in and around Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., with all selling privately branded fuel. The chain has an average unit size of 2,500 to 4,000 square feet. The chain also sells private-label coffee and foodservice that includes limited-service and self-serve options.
The company offers customers a gas-discount card that is tied to people’s bank accounts. It gives a per-gallon savings and is processed by National Payment Card.
One of five convenience-retail units run by Cincinnati-based Kroger Cos., Turkey Hill Minit Markets provide fresh food and beverages in addition to pay-at-the pump gasoline at 239 of its approximately 260 stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
Go Mart Inc., Gassaway, W.Va., operates as a low-cost leader, offering competitive prices on gasoline, diesel, tobacco, beer, soft drinks and milk. The convenience stores are known for being well-lit, in good locations and with courteous employees. Its customer base is working-class people employed in the timber, coal and natural-gas industries.
With 60 fueling stations, Giant ranks No. 43, just below major c-store consolidator Circle K. Giant has a market share of 0.08% but a market efficiency rating of 1.43. It’s a moderate price-cutter with a price differential of -0.86.
Based in Laval, Quebec, Alimentation Couche-Tard is the largest convenience-store operator in Canada and has a considerable presence in the United States and around the world. Its North American network (Circle K stores) consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and the District of Columbia, and four in Canada covering all provinces (under the Mac’s and Couche-Tard flags).
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