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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Holiday Stationstores is reportedly making a huge push to be a large player here. For the past few weeks, rumors continue to swirl that the operator of approximately 875 convenience stores will purchase seven SuperAmerica (SA) stores in Rochester, Minn., from SA parent Northern Tier Energy LP, reported PostBulletin.com.
In addition, residents of the eastern Minnesota community, nicknamed Med City, have also heard Holiday Stationstores may open an additional two new c-stores/gas stations in the area.
"As a general policy, we do not comment on our business operations, so we would prefer not to provide any details on this manner," Northern Tier spokeswoman Christine Carnicelli told the news outlet.
However, the website reported "evidence is building" that the rumors circulating in the city of 106,000 people are true. Most revealing is the fact that Holiday Stationstores is currently accepting job applications for eight Rochester locations, seven of which match SA addresses, with the other one being a current Holiday Stationstore location.
Holiday Stationstores also filed a permit with the city to build a c-store and gas station on open land located at the corner of West Circle Drive Northwest and Valleyhigh Road Northwest, reported PostBulletin.com.
Ridgefield, Conn.-based Northern Tier Energy operates 166 SuperAmerica stores, primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and licenses and brands its name to 70 more locations.
During the company's conference call on March 14, the company revealed no plans to purchase or sell any of its company-operated sites. But Director of Planning and Strategy Maria Testani did tell CSNews Online that Northern Tier would soon add franchisees.