Couche-Tard Acquires 53 Stores in Oklahoma City



    ATD.A, ATD.B / TSX

    LAVAL, QC, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announces
that it has signed, through its subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement
to acquire 53 stores in Oklahoma City, from Star Fuel Marts, LLC. Should the
transaction close as anticipated in April 2007, these assets would add to
Couche-Tard's revenues and contribute to its earnings on an annualized basis.
The transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing
conditions. Star Fuel Marts' total 2006 sales for the subject stores were
approximately $215 Million US. According to a confidentiality agreement the
purchase price cannot be disclosed at this time. Internal available cash
dollars will pay for the transaction.
    The 53 convenience stores currently operate under the All Star banner and
are all company operated. Twenty-nine of the stores have ConocoPhillips
branded gasoline and twenty-four have Shell branded gasoline. Both gasoline
brand would remain unchanged. There are thirty-nine drive-through car washes
at the locations. The stores would be converted to the Circle K(R) banner and
would be operated by the Arizona Circle K division. According to the
agreement, long term leases would be in place with the seller for 42 sites and
the company would assume the 11 third party leases for the remaining sites.
    "Subsequent to this transaction, our network in the Arizona Division
would include a total of 672 company operated stores. The All Star sites 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 would be an excellent fit with our network and would complement
our expansion and growth plans for the Arizona Division," indicated
Geoffrey Haxel, Vice-President Operations, Arizona 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 5,360 convenience stores, 3,308 of which include motor
fuel dispensing, located in nine large geographic markets, including six in
the United States covering 28 States and three in Canada covering six
provinces. Some 39,500 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; Geoffrey C. Haxel, Vice-President
Operations, Arizona Division, (602) 728-4302; info@couche-tard.com,
www.couche-tard.com


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