Invitation to the media - Shareholders' Annual Meeting

LAVAL, QC, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.A ATD.B) is pleased to invite representatives of the media to its Shareholders' Annual Meeting to be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Laval (Room Améthyste) located at 2900, Le Carrefour Blvd., Laval.

Journalists who wish to attend are asked to go to the press table, before proceeding to the room Améthyste for the meeting.

Please note that the use of photographic, recording or television equipment will not be allowed, except for a five-minute period before the meeting.

After the meeting, members of Couche-Tard's senior management will meet with the media in room Opale.


Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In North America, Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator (whether integrated with a petroleum corporation or not) in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel in Scandinavian countries and in the Baltic States while it has a growing presence in Poland.

As of July 22, 2012, Couche-Tard's network comprises 6,109 convenience stores throughout North America, including 4,534 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. At the same date, Couche-Tard had agreements for the supply of motor fuel to 357 sites operated by independent operators. Its North-American network consists of 13 business units, including nine in the United States covering 40 states and the District of Columbia and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. More than 60,000 people are employed throughout Couche-Tard's network and at its service offices in North America.

Through its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail, Couche-Tard also operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), and Russia with 2,307 stores as at June 30, 2012, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service-stations (road transportation fuel only). Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. It operates 12 key fuel terminals and 38 fuel depots in eight countries as well as approximately 400 road tankers. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 18,500 people work in Couche-Tard's retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, about 4,000 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in nine other countries worldwide (China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Vietnam and United Arab Emirates).