Mac’s Convenience Stores Support Fort McMurray
The wildfires in Alberta that began on May 1st, 2016, have forced the evacuation of thousands of people, and destroyed more than 1,600 homes and buildings in the city of Fort McMurray. With five locations, Mac’s Convenience Stores is very much a part of this community. Due to the evacuation and state of emergency, all five Mac’s stores in Fort McMurray have been closed since May 2nd.“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the families, friends, colleagues and customers in the Fort McMurray area,” says Bonnie Birollo, Mac’s Western Canada Vice President Operations in a statement issued days after the fires started. “Thankfully all of our store dealers & their staff members are safe. As an organization Mac’s is committed to doing what we can to support those affected by the fires. We also want to acknowledge the courage and endurance of this community during such a difficult time.”
Effective Saturday, May 7th, with every purchase made at a local Mac’s Convenience Store location across Canada, customers can choose to make a $2 donation. One hundred percent of all proceeds collected will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal to support the needs of the displaced citizens of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.
In only four days, over $13,000 has been raised by our generous and loyal Mac’s Western Canada customers. The fundraising efforts have now also been initiated in our Mac’s Ontario Division, as well as in our Couche-Tard & Circle K Divisions within Quebec and the Maritime provinces.
On Monday, May 9th, 2016 an official CIBC Mac’s Convenience Stores company bank account was established in Canada to accept donations. Canadian residents can make donations in person at any CIBC branch, via wire transfer or via e-mail “interact” transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org (password: fire) using the following account details: Account name: Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. (Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund)
Mac’s Convenience Stores, Western Canada, has made a donation of CAD$50,000 in support of the victims of the fire and now Mac’s parent company, Alimentation Couche-Tard has announced that it will match all customer donations up to CAD$150,000.
Additionally, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Couche-Tard Alain Bouchard and his wife Sandra are making a CAD$300,000 donation from their private foundation.
“I’m very proud of our Mac’s store network and the Couche-Tard organization for being so willing to support Western Canadians during this time of crisis,” comments Ms. Birollo.
These and all additional funds received by the Northern Alberta Fire Support Fund will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal to help directly address the needs of those affected by the wild fires.
At this time all five Mac’s locations are reported to be intact, and will re-open just as soon as the state of emergency is lifted and it is safe to do so.
Mac’s is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B)
Doug Hartl Manager of Security & Loss Prevent, Western Canada
Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc.
Tel: +1 403-540-1385
Director, Global Communications
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Tel: +1 514-603-4505
About Mac’s Convenience Stores
Mac’s Convenience Stores has served Canadians since 1961 in hundreds of communities large and small throughout Ontario and Western Canada. Our stores and offerings have been constantly evolving as we continually strive to be refreshingly convenient to our customers by offering quality products and services in an easy and efficient shopping experience.
Our Parent Company — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries with a significant presence in Poland.
As of January 31, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,979 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,560 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.
In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As of January 31, 2016, it comprised 2,218 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel stations. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at franchise stations carrying its brands, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe. Since its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited on February 1st, 2016, Couche-Tard also operates a convenience and fuel retailing network comprised of 444 service stations in Ireland as well as a significant commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two terminals.
In addition, around 1,500 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam).
For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: corpo.couche-tard.com.