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    CHS Inc. Converts 33 Zip Trip Stores

    Stores to lose 76 brand in favor of Cenex.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Earlier this month, CHS Inc. closed a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash., area, a move that includes converting the existing 76 energy brand to Cenex.

    "We expect to have almost all of these stores converted within just a few weeks," Bob Schulte, CHS retail financial operations manager, said in a released statement.

    The newly acquired locations, along with three other Cenex retail locations operated by an independent dealer, make Spokane the single largest metropolitan market for Cenex convenience stores in the nation. CHS will supply the stores with Cenex gasoline and diesel fuel from its Laurel, Mont., refinery.

    Schulte explained that the initial conversion process will include installing new signs and lighting, as well as updating graphics on canopies and fuel pumps.

    "At CHS, we have the people, the processes and the partners to quickly and efficiently convert multi-location retailers to the Cenex brand, with minimal disruptions to customers," he said in a released statement. “Because payment solutions are so critical to today's c-store business, we are also working to ensure a smooth and fast transition to Cenex proprietary credit cards."

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