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CST Brands, Inc. was the second-largest publicly traded convenience and fuel retailer located in North America. It operated 1,900 locations in the United States and Canada and brought in up to $12.3 billion in annual revenues. It employed about 12,000 people in Eastern Canada and the Southwestern United States and about 400 at its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, 

History of the brand 

CST Brands was founded in May 2013 after Valero Energy Corporation spun off its retail operations to focus on refining. A year later, CST decided to acquire Lehigh Gas GP LLC from Lehigh Gas Corp in stock and cash. It also bought LGP’s associated Incentive Distribution Rights. The deal came into effect on October 1, 2014. LGP was rebranded to CrossAmerica Partners LP and traded under the symbol “CAPL”. 

CST Brands also acquired Nice N Easy Grovery Shoppes in the same year. The acquired company was based in New York and operated more than 30 stores. CST would then buy Flash Foods the next year from the Jones Company – a chain of convenience stores based in Waycross, Georgia. Flash Foods operated 164 stores that also sold fuel in North Florida and Georgia. 

The chain would later sell its Canada-based fuel division Ultramar where it operated 840 sites in eastern Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, and Quebec. It was the largest supplier of home heating oil in Eastern Canada and had 80 card locked sites situated in industrial parks and natural tracking routes that allowed commercial and trucking fleets to get access to fuel 24/7. 

In 2016, the parent company to Circle K, Alimentation Couche-Tard, merged with CST and acquired the latter’s stores in a cash deal worth about $4.4 billion. The transaction officially came to an end on June 28, 2017. All stores under the Corner Store brand name were remodeled and converted to Circle K stores. The fuel sites that were operated under the Utramar brand name in Canada were sold to Parkland Fuel Corporation. 

Business Directions

Corner Store offered a wide selection of products such as tobacco, fresh food, snacks, and beverages. It also stocked products under its own brand including salads, packaged goods, U Force energy drinks, Transit Café and Bakery in Canada, Cibolo Mountain coffees in the United States, Flavors 2 Go fountain sodas, FC bottled sodas, and Fresh Choices Sandwiches. In addition, it also sold fuel under several energy brands such as Shell, Phillips 66, Exxon, and Valero. 

Key Facts

Within the years that CST Brands operated Corner Store, the industry was highly competitive. The company went against others large chains such as Casey’s General Stores, 7-Eleven, its future parent company Couche-Tard, and The Pantry. By 2014, CST operated the third-largest convenience stores with over 1,900 sites. 

Conclusion

Corner Store allowed people to pop up at any of its locations for gas and other signature brand products and foods. It was easy for customers to find tasty and low-priced offers on everything including pies, donuts, hot dogs, subs, and cheeseballs. Unlike other stores where you’d be treated with indifference, the staff at Corner Store were always cheerful and

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 6:00 - 23:00
Tu 6:00 - 23:00
We 6:00 - 23:00
Th 6:00 - 23:00
Fr 6:00 - 23:00
Sa 6:00 - 24:00
Su 7:00 - 22:00

Locations: 983 locations in 41 states and 400 cities.

Categories

  • Gas Stations
  • Convenience Stores

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