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US chain Circle K opens first store in SA as it begins rapid expansion drive with Puma Energy

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A Circle K counter at a Puma Energy station.
A Circle K counter at a Puma Energy station.
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US retail group Circle K is gearing up for an aggressive rollout in SA using Puma Energy’s forecourt network, with the convenience chain launching the first of its stores in Pretoria on Thursday.

Millat Group, which owns the licence for the Circle K convenience store in SA, believes the American brand has the necessary ingredients to take on the country’s top players in the forecourt market, and says it plans to disrupt the convenience retail segment.

As part of its deal with Puma Energy, an initial 10 forecourt shops will be established in partnership with the global energy group with plans to expand more rapidly across its more than 112 service stations in SA. Puma Energy and Millat say the rollout had the potential to create 2 000 jobs in a year.

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