About us

Alain Bouchard

Alain Bouchard
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board


Mr. Brian P. Hannasch
President and Chief Executive Officer

A natural entrepreneur with a passion for customer service, Mr. Bouchard opened the very first Couche-Tard in 1980. Since then, the little corner store hasn't stopped growing and now has a worldwide presence!

Born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Mr. Bouchard started his career in 1968 at Perrette Dairy Ltd. as store manager, promoted to supervisor, then finally district manager until 1973. As such, he oversaw the opening of 80 stores and established the Perrette network in Quebec. From 1973 to 1976, he coordinated the opening of 70 convenience stores under the Provi-Soir banner, which belonged to the Provigo food chain. He began to operate his first franchise in St-Jérôme from 1976 to 1980.

In 1985, following the opening of 11 convenience stores under the Couche-Tard banner in the province of Quebec, Mr. Bouchard expanded his network with the acquisition of several other chains. Between 1987 and 1997, Couche-Tard acquired the following Quebec brands: La Maisonnée, Dépanneur 7 jours, Perrette and Provi-Soir. Mr. Bouchard then expanded his business network further into the rest of Canada with Mac's, Wink's, Mike's Mart and Beckers.

Between 1997 and 2012, over 5,500 stores were acquired under different banners across Canada and the United States. These banners included Bigfoot, Circle K, Dairy Mart and Spectrum.

In the following years, Couche-Tard continued to grow through the acquisition of small and large networks. In 2012, it makes its first breakthrough in Europe. Following the acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail, Couche-Tard found itself leading a vast retail network in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Poland, the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Russia with more than 2,200 service stations. In 2016, Couche-Tard acquires Topaz Energy Group Ltd. in Ireland, which is Ireland's largest convenience store and fuel retailer, with more than 444 stores.

Mr. Bouchard is one of the few Canadian entrepreneurs to have found success beyond Canadian borders!

Today, Couche-Tard leads the Canadian convenience store industry. In North America, it is the largest independent convenience store chain (including stores both with and without fuel service) in terms of the number of stores operated by the company (corporate stores).
In Europe, Couche-Tard leads the convenience and road transportation fuel industry in the Scandinavian countries, the Baltic States, and has a growing presence in Poland. Approximately 25,000 people work in Couche-Tard's European retail network, its terminals and service centres, including the employees working in franchised Statoil stations.

As of October 15, 2017, Couche-Tard's network comprised 9,465 convenience stores throughout North America, including 8,135 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 18 business units, including 14 in the United States covering 41 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 95,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America, for a total of 115,000 employees across the global network. In addition, through CrossAmerica Partners LP, Couche-Tard supplies road transportation fuel Under various brands to more than 1,200 locations in the United States.

But that's not all! Thanks to franchising contracts, some 1,800 stores operate under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). Whether under the name Couche-Tard, Circle K or Mac's in Canada, Circle K in the United States, or Statoil Fuel and Retail in Europe, each day, 4.5 million people visit our retail outlets! The company is constantly growing and Couche-Tard now includes over 15,200 branches.

Through the course of all these changes, the phenomenal growth of the company, as well as being named "Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year" in 2012, Alain Bouchard remains true to his roots and remembers the work it took to get to where he is today. He still lives in Quebec and remains faithful to his company's founding values, which he holds dear: fun, commitment, respect, discipline and trust.  

In September 2014, Mr. Bouchard quit his position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Couche-Tard, a position he held since February 1980. He is still active in the company as Founder and Executive President of the CA. This role allows him to focus on the growth and development of Couche-Tard and act as a mentor and coach for the next generation of leaders. Mr. Brian P. Hannasch takes over as President and Chief Executive Officer.  he joined the Couche-Tard on the very first acquisition in the United States in 2001, the Bigfoot banner.

So, come join the Couche-Tard team and share in our success!