Couche-Tard Acquires 15 Stores in Illinois



    ATD.A, ATD.B / TSX

    LAVAL, QC, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
announces that it has signed, through its subsidiary Mac's Convenience Stores
LLC, an agreement to acquire 15 stores in central Illinois from SPEEDWAY
SUPERAMERICA, LLC which does business as Speedway. The transaction is
anticipated to close in April, 2008 and is subject to standard regulatory
approvals and closing conditions. The company estimates that these
acquisitions would contribute positively to its earnings on an annualized
basis. According to a confidentiality agreement between the parties, the
purchase price cannot be disclosed at this time. Internal available cash
dollars will pay for the transaction.
    The 15 convenience stores currently operate under the Speedway banner and
are all company operated. The stores would be converted to the Marathon fuel
brand and would be operated by the Circle K Midwest Division under the
Circle K(R) banner. Pursuant to this transaction, the company would buy the
land and buildings for 14 locations and would assume the third-party lease for
the fifteenth location.
    "Subsequent to this transaction, our network in the Circle K Midwest
Division would include a total of 354 company operated stores. These 15 stores
are located on highly visible and well-traveled roads and occupy strategic
locations within their respective trade areas. In addition, these sites are
well operated and have a strong management team in place. Strategically, this
acquisition is an excellent fit with our network and complement our expansion
and growth plans for the Midwest Division," - Darrell Davis, Vice-President
Operations, Midwest Division.

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    Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is the leader in the Canadian convenience
store industry. In North America, Couche-Tard is the second largest
independent convenience store operator (whether integrated or not with a
petroleum company) in terms of number of stores. Couche-Tard currently
operates a network of 5,690 convenience stores, 3,440 of which include motor
fuel dispensing, located in nine large geographic markets, including six in
the United States covering 29 States and three in Canada covering
six provinces. Some 45,000 people are employed throughout Couche- Tard's
retail convenience network and executive offices.

    The statements set for the 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 "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 natures, 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 projections. 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.




For further information:

For further information: Richard Fortin, Executive Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer, (450) 662-3272; Darrell Davis, Vice-President
Operations, Midwest Division, (812) 379-9227; info@couche-tard.com;
www.couche-tard.com


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