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    Florida Circle K Stores Get Makeovers

    Hurricane damage accelerates plans.

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Three Cape Coral Circle K convenience stores are getting a new look and new foodservice after Hurricane Charley devastated them this August, reported the Fort Myers, Fla.-based News-Press.

    Circle K had planned to wait another year or two before remodeling their Cape Coral stores, but Charley hastened the process by ripping off three Circle K roofs and causing water damage inside. Those three stores are still being remodeled and should open by mid-January, Mike Struble, the company's director of marketing, told the News-Press.

    The three Cape Coral stores were completely gutted starting in September. Since then, workers have been busy installing new counters, plumbing and tile flooring, plus a brighter color scheme with lots of oranges, reds and blues. The stores will also have a larger selection of coffee, beer and snacks, including hot food such as pizza and the Circle K staple -- hot dogs.

    Circle K has already completed two renovated stores in Tampa and Punta Gorda, Fla. Eventually, all of the company's stores will feature the new look.

    In Florida, 33 Circle K stores closed after Hurricane Charley. Those were the first ones to be remodeled. Another 200 stores were damaged.

    The new stores include expanded coffee sections with more flavors of coffee, more space for beer and cold beverages, more microwaveable food cooked in the store microwaves, and expanded food offerings such as sub sandwiches and pizza.

    Circle K changed hands about a year ago when it was bought by Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

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