Circle K Stores, Inc. is an international chain of stores, owned by Canadian multinational Altchen Kush Tard. The company was founded in 1951 in El Paso, Texas, and filed for bankruptcy protection in 1990, and went through several owners, before being acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard in 2003. As of February 2020, Circle K has 9,799 stores in North America (primarily in the United States and Canada), 2,697 stores in Europe, and an additional 2,380 stores operating under franchise agreements worldwide. In 2015, Circle K unveiled a new logo and brand identity, and Kush Tard announced that it would deploy the brand globally, including English-speaking Canada (changing the Mac brand), Europe (rebranding statoil) and the United States (rebranding the Kangaroo Express brand and modernizing the current Circle K brand). since the 1980s, Circle K has been the largest (non-franchise) store chain in the United States. With 7,230 stores overall in the United States, Circle K is second after 7-Eleven 9,348 stores (as of July 2019). As of February 2020, there are more than 14,800 stores with the Circle K brand worldwide. Within the United States, Circle K owns and operates stores in 48 states, with the largest concentration of stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Fuel is sold.