Couche-Tard institutes two new business units in the United States

    ATD.A, ATD.B / TSX

    LAVAL, QC, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announces
the realignment of geographies that creates two new business units in the
United States. These two new business units will be identified as the
Southwest division to be based in Dallas and will be comprised of the states
of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. As for the Gulf division, it will
be based in Pensacola and will be comprised of the states of Tennessee,
Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and the western Panhandle of Florida.
    Lou Valdes has been appointed to the position of Vice-President
Operations for the Southwest Division. Lou has been with Circle K for almost
10 years holding a variety of positions from District Manager to Director of
Operations and Facilities. He has over 27 years of experience in operations
starting in 1985 with Drug Emporium Drug Stores.
    Jason Broussard has been appointed to the position of Vice-President
Operations for the Gulf Division. Jason has been with Circle K for over
17 years holding a variety of positions from Zone Manager / P.O.S. Coordinator
to Director of Marketing and Fuel. He has over 24 years of experience in
operations and marketing starting in 1983 with Southland Corporation.
    "This realignment was necessary due to acquisitions that occurred over
the past few years, and in order for our business units to position themselves
for growth opportunities and to maintain the integrity of our business model
which calls for each of the divisions to remain close to their stores, their
customers and provide opportunities for our people", indicated Réal Plourde,
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.


    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's network is
comprised of 5,634 convenience stores, 3,434 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; Réal Plourde, Executive Vice-President and Chief
Operating Officer, (450) 662-3272,,

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