Casey's acquiring 24 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota

Stop-N-Go acquisition will springboard construction of additional stores

George Ford
Published: February 13 2014 | 5:30 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:34 am in
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Ankeny-based Casey's General Stores on Wednesday disclosed itáhas signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire 24 Stop-n-Go convenience stores in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Twenty of the stores are located in North Dakota and four are located in Minnesota.

"This acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the first year of operation and will provide future earnings enhancements as we realize operating efficiencies and integrate our prepared food operations," Robert Myers, Casey's president and CEO, said.

The acquisition is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, including the Casey's receipt of satisfactory inspection reports related to the stores. The transaction is expected to close in May.

Myers said the Stop-n-Go acquisition is expected to act as a springboard for construction of additional Casey's stores in Minnesota and North Dakota as well as potential purchases and conversions of existing convenience stores.

Casey's plans to fund the Stop-n-Go acquisition with a combination of existing cash and operating cash flow.

Casey's had about 1,775 company-owned storesáon Nov. 30, 2013, primarily in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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